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Polity: The Greens’ draft list

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, March 17th, 2014 - 107 comments
Categories: election 2014, greens, Politics - Tags: ,

polity_square_for_lynnRob Salmond at Polity looks at the draft Green party list.

The Greens have released their draft party list today, in advance of a party member STV vote. The top 20 is:

1 Turei, Metiria
2 Norman, Russel
3 Hague, Kevin
4 Sage, Eugenie
5 Delahunty, Catherine
6 Hughes, Gareth
7 Graham, Kennedy
8 Genter, Julie Anne
9 Logie, Jan
10 Shaw, James
11 Walker, Holly
12 Clendon, Dave
13 Roche, Denise
14 Mathers, Mojo
15 Davidson, Marama
16 Browning, Steffan
17 Coates, Barry
18 Hart, John
19 McDonald, Jack
20 Leckinger, Richard

The big movers upwards are Julie Anne Genter (up 5 from 2011), James Shaw (up 5), and Marama Davidson (new). The rest of the list rankings are fairly conservative.

At least one, and really two, of those big moves show a desire by the Greens’ central team to present a list more palatable to business than in the past. The real question now is whether the Greens’ members will agree. Steffan Browning, for example, has been poorly ranked in the draft list before. But he has a strong vein of member support, that jumped him up six spots from 16th to 10th in the 2011 exercise.

James Shaw in particular will be nervously waiting the results of the member vote, due back around the start of May.

107 comments on “Polity: The Greens’ draft list”

  1. fambo 1

    “At least one, and really two, of those big moves show a desire by the Greens’ central team to present a list more palatable to business than in the past.”

    Actually, there’s is no such thing as a “central team” determining the list rankings. All the branches make up their own preferred list (based on the wishes of their branch members) with all the branches’ choices aggregated to create a final list which every Green Party member can then vote for in their preferred order. Their choices are then aggregated again to arrive at the final list. So it’s very hard for personalities within the party to influence the final list.
    That said, the guts of your points do have a certain amount of truth to them. One of the qualities that has made James Shaw attractive is that he does have a good relationship with business. He may fall down the final list however, as those qualities may not be as well recognised and appreciated by the rank and file members as by those who participated at the branch level.
    I for one think it is vitally important that the Greens broaden their scope by having more MPs from right across the spectrum of society and I am sure many other members feel the same way. I think the Greens in general are very open to having a broader range of people both in membership and its MPs. It is a simply a case of people stepping up and becoming part of the party. The party would love to have more farmers and business people join, for instance.

    • Stephanie Rodgers 1.1

      +1 to the first part of your comment. The Greens’ media release makes it clear that this is a list voted on by candidates and delegates at their conference:
      http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/greens-announce-initial-party-list/5/184752

      Of course, the wider membership may have differences of opinion on it, but that’s why they put it to a membership vote.

      I think Genter’s rise is just as likely due to her success as transport spokesperson as any perceived ‘business-friendliness’.

    • Ant 1.2

      Isn’t there a candidate selection committee who vet candidates before it even gets to that point. They also control admission to a candidate pool which also seems to be able to be influenced by input by the Green’s campaign manager.

      You’d think they can very much shape the list by admission and omission just like all other parties.

  2. Tamati 2

    I see Bomber has already labelled the list ‘Gerrymandered’. He should probably stick to four letter words, rather than trying to use complex political terms he doesn’t understand.

    • McFlock 2.1

      irregardless of the upcoming (even eminent) election, the pacific criticizing of Bomber for his using of sapphisticated wordiage belittlises you. :)

      • Tamati 2.1.1

        A while back he started going on about Saltwater Economics, without the slightest idea what he was talking about. Embarrassing!

      • Tamati 2.1.2

        IMO he’s more of a hindrance to the left than a help. He should stick to muck raking on the right rather bashing his own team.

        • McFlock 2.1.2.1

          He’s a nextgen Trotter – a bombast who hypes his withered left-wing cred.

          More machine now, than man – twisted and bloody boring.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.2.2

          @ Tamati,

          Where has Bomber labelled the list ‘Gerrymandered’?

          For someone objecting to bashing one’s own team – you appear to be doing a very good job of it yourself – if a left-wing government is what you are aiming for.

          Bradbury has been very instrumental in setting up The Daily Blog – which along with this site – allows for more information and discussion of left wing issues and real issues than our mainstream media permits – this allows for more chance of more people making an informed vote than before The Daily Blog was set up – for this fact alone I find accusations that Bradbury is ‘more of a hindrance than a help’ entirely without foundation.

          • Tamati 2.1.2.2.1

            He sent off a tweet this morning.

            Bomber isn’t a member of my team. He won’t be near any left wing government anytime soon.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.2.2.1.1

              Thanks I’ll check it.

              You ignore the point I make. He has allowed for a huge amount more discussion on leftwing issue and information re this current bunch of incompetents being available to the public – you may not like his style – nor agree with everything he says – however I do not think you can assert him as a hindrance toward a left wing government forming – quite the opposite is true – he has created something that makes a left wing government being voted in far more likely to occur.

              • Tamati

                On that point he may not have been specifically referring to the Greens party list. All he said was “Gerrymandered Party list” with no reference to the party. It was only a few minutes after the Greens released their list though.

              • Tamati

                On your second point, I don’t think he’s done much for the left movement. If anything he’s demonised moderates in the Labour party and presents politics as an actual battle, rather than a battle of ideas. This may be red meat to his followers, but it only isolates himself from moderate swing voters. As a result he gets very little mainstream media coverage.

                The only really effective left blog at the moment is Auckland Transport Blog. Rather than mindless mudslinging, they present a rational argument with an alternative vision for the future. The Standard is pretty good, but is again, preaching to the converted.

                • Ant

                  Bit of a stretch describing Transportblog as ‘left’.

                  • Ad

                    Seriously? Total car-haters.

                    • Ant

                      Efficiency in transport planning is fairly agnostic. Their views are technocratic in nature not really left/right.

                    • Ad

                      Tamati’s point that TransportBlog present excellent cases for their argument is correct. But their policy sympathies go far beyond the merely technocratic. They are pro-city, but they are pro- a very specific kind of city. In New Zealand only Labour and the Greens even think about imagining in this space. They have no friends in Act or National caucuses.

                  • Tamati

                    It’s pretty clearly a left leaning blog.

              • Populuxe1

                No he doesn’t. He generally only promotes the party that’s hired him at the time and if anyone disagrees with him (easy enough to do because he quite often has no idea what he’s talking about or wilfully distorts facts) they get shouted down or deleted. The man is an arsehat.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 2.1.2.2.2

            I don’t know if I would call Bomber a hindrance. He’s just, in my opinion, laughably incompetent. He makes outlandish claims that never come true (Matt McCarten is the MP for Mana, anyone?) and has limited understanding of the law (give people free internet for votes!).

            His posts are poorly written and full of simple mistakes and are often put together from several of his tweets. A lot of the time is spent creating poorly photoshopped, unfunny “memes”.

            When ColeyTangerina decided she no longer wanted to write for The Daily Blog, Bomber gave away her real life identity out of revenge. He pleads for unity on the left and then often drops in snide remarks about other left-wing bloggers (Danyl McLauchlan, Imperator Fish, QoT).

            He posted an anti-semitic image on The Daily Blog. It was an honest mistake. Instead of just saying so, he lashed out at everyone who pointed it out, censored the comments and so on until he eventually realised he should’ve apologised.

            He made a mistake on one of his posts about Hone Harawira and his trip to South Africa. I pointed it out to him in the comments section. He deleted my comment and then amended his post. He wrote about the Internet Party while not declaring he was involved (no matter how briefly) in it.

            He wants to be important and famous. He worked for Mana and then when that ship didn’t set sail, went off to Kim Dotcom with half-baked policy ideas. The Internet Party wouldn’t exactly be a left-wing utopia, either. He wants to be known. He doesn’t want to help.

            Fuck it, Bomber is a hindrance and the left would be far better served if someone like Jessie Hume or Frank Macskasy went and held a virtual coup on The Daily Blog.

            • Papa Tuanuku 2.1.2.2.2.1

              mY HUNCH is that bomber isn’t too schooled on reflection and agency. Reflection – the ability to see where mistakes are made and to correct them, or to look around at what words and to do that, and agency: u dont just ID the prob, u suggest an action or solution. sure he talks about wide policy platforms, but as a reader i want to be presented with an idea that im joining a million others, and to be given ideas about where to go to bring change.

            • Murray Olsen 2.1.2.2.2.2

              A good précis of Bumbler there, DG. I think of him as an angry semi-literate peacock that is missing its tail feathers. He does some things very well but always seems to let the fact that he has the emotional maturity of an angst ridden teenager get in the way. If he made it less about him, he’d be far more useful.

              I hadn’t heard about Coley Tangerina. That absolutely sucks.

              • Tamati

                He’s basically the Whale Oil of the left, without the page views and the media scoops.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.2.2.2.3

              @ Disreali,

              Whilst you list a major negative that Bomber has managed re Coley Tangerine (and a propensity for putdowns of his own team) – you also manage some putdowns that are either a matter of opinion (and a warped ones too) or simply not negatives.

              Perhaps you sign up to the NZ culture of insularism: not speaking up or standing up to be counted, not rocking the boat, culture of the lowest common denominator and apathy – judging by your comment you do -if not, you have to admit that Bradbury rails against such peer pressure and is doing his bit (and more) to shift such apathy.

              Because I do not sign up to the negative aspects of this country’s culture I find Bradbury’s writing refreshing – he cuts through crap (another heresy) I don’t agree with all he says yet I disagree with you thoroughly -I think he gets a lot correct.

              His style is a great relief to the watered down mediocrity I have come to expect from every main stream source and believe that this aspect of his expression would be particularly appealing to younger people who are more likely to appreciate blunt opinion and more likely to view ‘carefully phrased’ writing for the self censored passionless-more-fearful-of-being-shot-down-in-flames-like-you-have-just-done-than-bothered-about-getting-a-point-across that it is.

              I am glad that I can go to one place and read the many writers listed here who write articles on the Daily Blog and fairly much have Bradbury to thank for that.

              Bradbury is in the public eye – his errors are there for all to see – I am glad that his passion for getting information across wins over any concern about any criticisms small-minded armchair critics hold toward him for speaking out strongly on things that matter in this country and encouraging others to do the same.

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                I guess it’s a lot to do with intention. The Daily Blog is a useful site (with many, many flaws) but there’s not a bone in my body that thinks Bomber did that out of selflessness. He did that because he wasn’t get enough page views at Tumeke for his ego. And unfortunately, he manages TDB in that manner. Which means that the great writers get lost in pages of his rubbish. Or he protects his friends over writers who may have the far stronger point (Trotter and Tangerina).

                Also, I find it hard that anyone views Bomber’s -writing- as “refreshing”. Maybe his style and his political positioning, sure. But his actual writing is quite bad. Like I said, it suffers from technical errors. Some people say that’s not a problem. And I want to agree with you. If we limit political discourse to people who can only type Oxford English then we’re doing the wrong thing and losing important voices. Heck, I’m not always right on these things (but editing internet comments =/= editing internet articles). But for crying out loud, would it kill him just to read up a little on the usage of the comma?! I also find his writing very condescending. His use of “wahine” is just cringe-worthy.

                There’s also this fallacy that Bomber is popular with the younger generation which I’ve seen nothing to suggest he is. I won’t get into which, where and why I’m there, but at one university campus he’s treated as a bit of a political joke by the politically savvy students who know about the rise of the politics in blogs. I think this comes back to the “memes”. He thinks he’s hip and cool (the fact that I’m using hip shows that I cannot also not talk on the subject of being cool) but he’s just forcing it. I don’t think he speaks to young people. He speaks to a very small sub-section of political people.

                Also, I’d argue that The Daily Blog is actually very insular. I admire the Standard’s moderating policy. I don’t think it’s any surprise to say I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool leftist. I’m a Third Way, New Labour, perpetual disappointment at Blair and Clinton for not getting it right, type of person. But you guys allow me to comment here and have good discussion, let me state my opinion and sometimes my opinion changes from these discussions.

                The Daily Blog heavily censors comments. I’ve had comments deleted by TDB because I stated, without an ounce of personal abuse, that I disagreed with Bomber’s “there’s no centrist voters because United Future is the proof”. Worst still, Bomber actually made a post to my first comment, counter-arguing. And then refused to let my reply through moderation. So essentially it makes him look good.

                • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                  O.k you are now assessing his intention – that is pretty impressive of you – to know what his intentions are.

                  It is plain to see, having followed some of his writings on Tumeke prior to setting up the Daily Blog, that Bradbury was entirely frustrated by the lack of information in the mainstream media and how this is effecting the election results. If personal ambition is in existence that is not a crime and it is only part of the equation and I think you really are grasping at straws to put forward that as the sole reason.

                  It was very clear that I was talking about his style and not his ability to write English with perfect grammar – what are your priorities here ? Content or form?

                  Citing ‘politically savvy students’ opinions as a justification that his writings do not appeal to all young people is hardly conclusive. Although I do concede it may not be solely a younger generation that finds his ‘cutting the crap style’ refreshing – I am aware of [rather well educated] people 20 years older than me that consider him as having an above average understanding of what is really going on in our society and beyond and consider his being banned from the radio as yet another clear attempt at ensuring NZers are not well informed.

                  This conversation has cleared one thing up though – that it matters more to those responding negatively re Bradbury that someone has good social skills than what they do or promote. This is enlightening and helps me understand how Key keeps getting positive polling – it doesn’t matter what he says or promotes – such as selling out NZ interests left, right and centre, the main thing is that he relates well to people and ‘looks like a great guy to have a beer with’.

                  Thanks for the insight – I’ve had a great deal of trouble understanding why people would vote for a complete sell-out and now I understand; it is all about prioritising form over content.

            • QoT 2.1.2.2.2.4

              “drops in snide remarks” is putting it a bit bloody diplomatically, DG. I’m no fucking Miss Manners myself, but it’s hilarious how Bomber oscillates between whinging about “unity” and then savaging every single person who doesn’t support his pet crusades – and stabbing them in the back whenever possible.

              I just thank fuck he doesn’t know who I am, because I am absolutely certain he’d have outed me as he did Coley.

              blue leopard: yeah, there are awesome writers at TDB. It’s just a fucking pity you have to wade waist-deep through hundreds of posts by boring white dudes to get to them.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                Yes, he does oscillate in that way and it was hideous what he did to Coley :(

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                I edited my original post which had words like “vindictive” and “zero journalistic integrity” but then thought that just made me seem too shrill!

          • Penny Bright 2.1.2.2.3

            Oh really?

            Then how come the PHONY Martyn Bradbury banned me from making any comments on HIS ‘Daily Blog’ after I refused to bow to his attempted bullying and continued to stand as an Independent candidate in the 2013 Auckland Mayoral campaign?

            The following comments are from facebook correspondence between myself and Martyn Bradbury – read it for yourself:

            Martyn Bradbury 9:05pm Apr 17
            If you run against Minto we have nothing to speak about ever again Penny – to run against Minto says you have an ego that is out of control and only focused on your own self-agrandment. I am bitterly disappointed by your selfishness Penny. Consider my door closed to you

            Whatever Martyn. Your ‘door’ was never really ‘open’ to me anyway, as far as I am concerned. When was the last time you gave me the opportunity to raise issues to do with corruption, the lack of transparency, the way the 1% run the Auckland $upercity on your show? errr…… NEVER? How is my trying to ‘clip the wings’ of the 1% in whose interests the Auckland region (and NZ) is run ‘egotistical’? You can stick your ‘boys’ club bullying’ where the sun don’t shine Martyn. Not impressed. Penny Bright 2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

            Martyn Bradbury 10:36pm Apr 17
            bullying Penny? That’s rich coming from you. Running against Minto is the worst thing you can do – v disappointed in your betrayal of solidarity

            Martyn – you are so FULL OF SHIT.

            As I first put my ‘hat into the Auckland Mayoral ring’ – I could argue that John Minto is standing against me?

            However – unlike you – I am consistent in my position.

            I think it’s good that John is standing – he can raise the anti-poverty issues that Mana are campaigning on, and this will help raise both his and Mana’s profile for the 2014 General Election.

            I will continue to expose the $upercity as a ‘corrupt corporate coup’ as I did in the 2010 campaign, but now with the benefit of far more FACTS and EVIDENCE (as outlined in my legal documents that were filed in the High Court as part of the Occupy Auckland Appeal) which prove how Auckland Council works in the interests of the 1%.

            Personally Martyn, I prefer to work with good people, with good hearts, brains, guts and a basic understanding of the principles of fair play and natural justice.

            Not interested in working with idiots, sheep, amateurs, saboteurs or provocateurs.

            I’m targeting the 1%.

            You appear to be targeting me Martyn.

            So – whose side are YOU on?

            ‘Solidarity’ – with whom?

            Penny Bright

            2013 Auckland Mayoral Candidate

            • Tamati 2.1.2.2.3.1

              That hardly surprises me. It just further underlines the fact he is an egotistical cunt.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 2.1.2.2.3.2

              That is odd, I am sure it was from The Daily Blog that I was made aware you were standing.

              Do you consider that because you had a disagreement with him that everything else that he does doesn’t stand for anything? – that he is ‘a hinderance to the left’ that his interaction with you and others will cause less chance for a leftwing government getting in despite his part in the existence of The Daily Blog?

              It is clear that he has had a fair few problems relating decently with quite a few people – this would be unpleasant to experience – and it would be better if he was perfect – however is it possible for you and others to get things in perspective and look at the bigger picture for a moment?

              n.b It may sound strange, yet I was disappointed that so many people with decent ideas were standing for the Auckland mayoralty – this clearly splits the vote of those that would vote for such ideas – one would hope that there was some sort of co-operative strategy involved in such a case – I am guessing when those from the left learn the advantages of cooperating is when such views will become more and better represented, perhaps that is where Martyn was coming from – although it does sound heavy handed on his part.

              • Populuxe1

                Bombast doesn’t need to be perfect, he just needs to be consistent, more reasoned, and less of a giant bullying arsebramble.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.2.2.3.3

              Off with his head!

            • Disraeli Gladstone 2.1.2.2.3.4

              “says you have an ego that is out of control and only focused on your own self-agrandment.”

              This is my new favourite quote.

              I don’t think there’s ever been a greater lack of self-awareness.

  3. George D 3

    It’s a reasonable hypothesis, but fortunately it’s not true.

    If it were, why keep Delahunty (the most radical woman in Parliament) at number five? Why push Davidson to an electable spot, and put relatively-conservative Browning behind her?

    The truth is much simpler. Shaw is both extremely competent and extremely well-liked.

    • Tamati 3.1

      They’re scared of Browning because he has a tendency to say rather stupid things. He represents the old school hippies greens, anti-GE ,anti-Vaccination, anti-Fluoride, anti-Monsanto etc. Popular with the members, but potentially embarrassing for a government.

      • Chooky 3.1.1

        @ Tamati….disagree….Steffan Browning would be an asset to any Left government. He is very intelligent and hard working. He is also quite moderate and an extremely good listener and coordinator. He gets on very well with farmers…because he was one himself. One of his sons has a PhD in agri- science I think.

        I say this because I have on occasion been co-opted by him and co-ordinated by him to do work for the Greens and I am not a member of the Greens…lol…where is the wild Chooky Party?… or Weka Party?….I want to join

        • Tamati 3.1.1.1

          He may be intelligent and well educated but he represents the agrarian-organic faction of the party. Flick through his posts on Frog Blog and you’ll see he spends most of time bashing Monsanto and GE. The Greens want to move on from these issues, it may have got them votes in 2002 but it’s not a good look in a modern government.

          • Chooky 3.1.1.1.1

            @ Tamati…au contraire….he is completely in sync with where young Europeans are at , which is agrarian -organic….this is surely where modern govts should be at !….

            uncontaminated food * clean rivers * water conservation *environmental protection * soil protection and soil health

            multi-national, industrialised farming, spray poisoned food , depleted soils , dead bees, depleted and polluted rivers and aquifers …is so yesterday… and passe …and short term

            …we should be aiming at high end markets where the terroir is valued not thrashed and trashed

            • Tamati 3.1.1.1.1.1

              He basically rabbles on about GE scaremongering and Monsanto conspiracy theories, whilst ignoring objective science.

              Clean rivers and water conservation aren’t part of his portfolios.

              We hardly sell any food to Europe anyway.

              • McFlock

                just fyi, it seems to me that you guys are arguing past each other.

                Ignoring the relative framing, you guys seem to have the same policy description of Browning, but disagree as to whether he’s liable to ShaneJones it every so often.

                FWIW, I can’t say I’d ever heard of the dude before today.

                • Tamati

                  Yeah I can’t be bothered engaging in a GE debate. Been there done that.

                  The Greens also know that this guy is yesterday’s man with yesterday’s ideas. They try their best to keep him under wraps. Hence why you’ve never heard of him. At the moment all he’s doing is blocking young talent from moving up the ranks.

                  • Chooky

                    @ Tamati…you sound very threatened by him…he must be doing a good job

                    …btw he would fit very well into the Greens in France , Germany or Italy

                    • Tamati

                      Yeah I’d be pretty terrified if he was Minister of Agriculture or something. Not that I think all Greens are all that bad. Kevin Hague would be an excellent Minister of Health. Very smart, very informed in the issues.

                      Greens in Germany often form coalitions with the centre-right CDU. I’m not sure if many Green MP’s would be in favour of a similar arrangement here.

                • Chooky

                  McFlock fyi…he is the complete opposite of Shane Jones

              • Ergo Robertina

                ‘We hardly sell any food to Europe anyway.’
                Not the point. We compete with the Europeans as a food producer.

        • weka 3.1.1.2

          “where is the wild Chooky Party?… or Weka Party?….I want to join”

          Nah, what we really need is the Lemming Party, one with global reach :twisted:

    • toad 3.2

      +1

      Agreed, George. I support Shaw having a high position on that basis, even though I am generally considered to be on the left within the Greens.

      • lprent 3.2.1

        I support Shaw having a high position on that basis, even though I am generally considered to be on the left within the Greens.

        It is the same for me in Labour.

        While I’m usually to the right in many policies inside Labour, especially economic | defense | education | science, I’ve frequently been known to support candidates from the left purely because I think that they’re more competent or potentially competent. I figure that someone who is competent will be swayed towards dealing with reality when it inevitably conflicts with dogma or ideology. But someone who is incompetent and runs with a dogma and/or ideology will tend to stand/retreat to where they feel comfortable – usually to the detriment of us all.

        I know that changing your mind is what happens when you present right-wingers like myself with enough information to decide a different course of action is required than the one we feel comfortable with. That is why I oppose most mining in NZ (economically useless deposits), the TPP (economically destructive for the NZ economy), the way WINZ operates (inefficiently wasting resources on talkback obsessions), national standards (wasting resources of moronic testing), charter schools (destroying opportunity for all kids), voting Green (I despise the factions in the Labour caucus for choosing the wrong person because it is better for the faction in the short-term) etc etc. Some people may note a trend in how I judge things BTW.

        And I’ve seen it happen from the left to the centre as well. Most notably with Ms Clark.

        After all, when putting people on a list what you are doing is selecting the people you want to help govern this country for all of its citizens. Competence (or a potential for it) is the first criteria. After that you look at other attributes.

      • phillip ure 3.2.2

        “..I am generally considered to be on the left within the Greens..”

        wow..!..that’s pretty scary..!

        ..a reactionary like you is considered ‘left’..?

        ..whoar..!

        phillip ure..

  4. Disraeli Gladstone 4

    It would be great to have Genter, Shaw and Davidson all in high list positions so that they can become MPs. All very capable.

  5. The Real Matthew 5

    There is a real lack of ethnic diversity in that List.

    As a white person myself I’m disappointed at the lack of minority representation in the Party.

    The Green Party as a list party has every ability to provide a voice to ethnic minorities yet refuses to do so.

    Time for an ethnic quota?

    • McFlock 5.1

      maybe you should put forward a remit to that effect, being a member and all… /sarc

    • Papa Tuanuku 5.2

      I agree, nine Pākehā in the top 10.

      • BM 5.2.1

        Greens are a white middle class party.

        The only time you get any sort of ethnic diversity with the greens is when the cleaning crews turn up after their meetings.

        • felix 5.2.1.1

          That’s why BM votes for this diverse bunch with one brown face in the top 24.

          • karol 5.2.1.1.1

            2 or 3….. Parata, Bennett, Bridges.

            • BM 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Unless they’re wearing a flax skirt, poking out their tongues and bearing their buttocks they just don’t register as Maori with felix.

              • felix

                Yeah that must be it. :roll:

                Or it could be that I meant just what I wrote: “one brown face in the top 24″.

                Confusing, I know…

              • karol

                Don’t get too complacent, BM. The GP also have Jack MacDonald on their lit of 20 – and Maramar Davidson – that’s 3 Maori to 3 on the Nats’ list of 24.

                • toad

                  Metiria Turei, David Clendon, Denise Roche, Marama Davidson & Jack MacDonald all identify as Maori.

                  That’s 5 of the top 20 on the draft list.

            • felix 5.2.1.1.1.2

              Hi karol,

              I note that BM referred to ethnic diversity. I also note there is no use pointing this out to him, so I didn’t bother. ;)

              • The Real Matthew

                Ethnic diversity is not just looking at the ratio of Maori to White people.

                Our country is a multicultural country yet there appears to be no Pasifika or Asian representation.

                Comparing the Greens top 24 with Nationals top 24 is silly because we all know the Greens wont get 24 seats and National will get more than 24 seats.

                My understanding is National has approximately 9 Maori MP’s as well as MP’s from Pasifika and multiple Asian backgrounds.

                If National can do it why can’t the Green Party?

                • felix

                  I never said anything about maori. I was looking at white/other, as you suggest I should.
                  I never compared the greens top 24 to anything, I believe it was the top 10 that was under discussion at the time.

                  I compared that to the Nat’s top 24, which is
                  a) somewhere in the region of the type of ratio you recommend, and
                  b) the point at which the Nats stop numbering their list on the webpage I linked to, and I don’t have all day to count the number of shitheads in the National party.*

                  as Toad pointed out above, you’re fuckshit wrong anyway.

                  *I guess the web designer didn’t have all day either. Or maybe they stop numbering them at 24 because that’s where the darkies start to appear.

                  Who knows? Who cares? But if you’re going to put words in my mouth can you please make them more interesting ones? Thanks.

    • karol 5.3

      I’m hoping Maramar Davidson will get a higher position on the list after member votes.

      I thought the Greens started recruiting more Maori/Pacific candidates in the last year or so – maybe for electorate candidates? I’m wondering if it will take a while longer for their capabilities to become more known within the Green Party?

      • George D 5.3.1

        Turei, Clendon, Roche, Davidson, and MacDonald are all Maori. That’s five from twenty.

        Agree entirely about lacking representativeness on other spectrums, but that is a representation of the membership, which is a representation of the policy issues the Greens have made important. There is a Pasifika Greens, but it has lacked energy after a key person left to pursue other interests.

  6. Dan1 6

    Sorry to see Stefan Browning possibly demoted. Always speaks sense; he gives crediblity to Greens philosophy.

    • Chooky 6.1

      Dan 1…+100…. yes he is very measured and tolerant….and listens carefully to all sides before making up his mind…and then still keeps an open mind…like a true scientist

      • Tamati 6.1.1

        Like a true scientist … except he rambles on about GE and Monsanto conspiracy theories, despite overwhelming science.

        I’d be interested to hear his views on fluoridation and vaccination, does anyone have any links?

        Also interested in Catherine Delahunty views on these issues.

        • Chooky 6.1.1.1

          @ Tamati …obviously some countries are still concerned with this issue ….so NO …he is not “yesterday’s man with yesterday’s ideas”……

          France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season

          http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/15/france-monsanto-idUSL6N0MC0BR20140315

          “Longstanding differences between EU countries resurfaced in February when they failed to agree on whether or not to approve another GM maize variety, Pioneer 1507, developed by DuPont and Dow Chemical, leaving the way open to the EU Commission to clear it for cultivation.

          France is trying to win support to overhaul the EU rules.”

          • Ergo Robertina 6.1.1.1.1

            +100 The EU’s GDP has overtaken that of the USA, and it is now the world’s biggest economy. So if it’s holding the line on GMO, that hardly constitutes ‘yesterday’s ideas’, which is just Tamati’s lame attempt to marginalise Steffan Browning. The Green Party needs at least one MP, preferably more, who is knowledgeable about this issue.

            • Tamati 6.1.1.1.1.1

              The E.U. has a larger GDP than the U.S. because they keep adding countries, not because they ban some G.E. crops.

              • Ergo Robertina

                Nope, that’s not the point. How it grew is not the issue – it is the world’s biggest economy. It is holding the line on GMO. This is an issue in play.
                Your claim that this is yesterday’s issue is quite simply wrong.

          • Tamati 6.1.1.1.2

            If the Greens really cared about this issue they would have Norman or Turei making speeches about it once in a while. It’s yesterday’s issue, even the Brits are lobbying the EU to stand down from their sanctimonious approach to Biotechnology.

            • Ergo Robertina 6.1.1.1.2.1

              Why do you say ‘even the Brits’? The British traditionally identify with the Americans (the special relationship etc), so it’s no surprise they would be soft on GMO.

        • Chooky 6.1.1.2

          @ Tamati…why are you interested in their fluoridation and vaccination views?.. ie why, given your context of criticism of Browning and the Greens , are you out to get Steffan Browning and Catherine Delahunty?

          ( you wouldnt be the man with the pie and the Penthouse in his briefcase would you?….trying to infiltrate and get evidence on the ground …..of shock /horror… subversion of state security by naughty Greens !…evidence you cant get through other interception methods( …you know, nudge , nudge,wink, wink,….GCSB, SIS?…naughty , naughty….)

          ….as far as I know the Greens don’t hold any particularly unusual views on fluoridation and vaccination…..no more so than members/voters of any other political party …..These are highly idiosyncratic, individual health subjects not connected directly with particular political parties in a democracy…(now under fascism it could be a different story)

          imo….How one feels about these health issues depends on how much one knows or is/has been affected by them ..eg similarly with mercury fillings , aspartame in diet fizzy drinks etc

          ……Do you want to go around questioning all the mummies , doctors , virologists etc ….who have questions about blanket fluoridation and vaccination of populations…and find out what political parties they belong to?….or are you just trying to make a case against the Greens?

          • alwyn 6.1.1.2.1

            My goodness Chooky, you must be getting on a bit if you remember that old story about the SIS agent and his copy of Penthouse. That must have been about 35 years ago?

            I’m sure they would be much more up to date now. They would probably emulate Shane Jones and get their porn off the internet on tax-payer supplied smart phones these days.

          • Tamati 6.1.1.2.2

            I just want to know where they stand on these issues. No hidden agenda, I just want to know.

            Fluoridation is absolutely a topical issue at the moment. The thread is about the Greens so I was asking questions about their potential M.P.s.

            Do you know where they stand on these issues? What do you mean by ‘particularly unusual views’ ?

            • Chooky 6.1.1.2.2.1

              @ Tamati …if I knew ( which i dont, because i dont know many Greens ) I wouldnt tell you.!…why dont you ask them yourself…or look up the Green Policy ?…and why do YOU want to know?!….especially as you are highly critical of Steffan Browning and you are pro the multi-national Monsanto’s GM… You ask :”What do you mean by ‘particularly unusual views’ ?”…I mean , “particularly unusual” to very conservative people like yourself

              @ alywn…yes well i am older than 35…ha ha…( I also remember that there was WW1 and WW2 and the Charge of the Light Brigade)…….also i dont know how old Tamati is…he /she might be ninety and still getting around in a light raincoat with an umbrella and with a pie in a briefcase and ….urmm a gidget with access to porn ( I have heard some of those magazines no longer exist)

              …Lets face it, there is only so much you can learn through spying on peoples computers and cell phones …. especially in this day and age when the quarry is very leery…..You have to get out your old spy craft and work and gather information where ever and whenever on the ground …and who better to do it than the old geriatric spies?….i digress

              • Tamati

                I’ve looked on their website numerous times and tried to find press releases on the subject. Neither Browning nor Delahunty have mentioned either. Despite fluoridation being a very topical issue in this last year.
                Why do I want know? Because I have a suspicion that Greens hierarchy are trying to silence his views on these issues and I want to know what his views are. What wrong with wanting to know want a member of Parliament believes?
                Yes, I’m pro biotechnology. I’m pretty pro science in general really, hence why I’m currently studying it.
                You were the one who used the phrase “particularly unusual”. Why do you think I’m , conservative?
                I’m much younger than 35 and have no idea what you are talking about with regards to pies and briefcases.

                • Chooky

                  @ Tamati…Seems like you have already made up your mind….and are hunting for anecdotal or other Greens to give credence to your accusations….and you are trying to destroy Steffan Browning from within the Green Party.( again it tells me he is a very effective MP for the Green Party)

                  Tamati 3.1
                  17 March 2014 at 1:25 pm
                  “They’re scared of Browning because he has a tendency to say rather stupid things. He represents the old school hippies greens, anti-GE ,anti-Vaccination, anti-Fluoride, anti-Monsanto etc. Popular with the members, but potentially embarrassing for a government.”

                  Tamati are you working for Monsanto or some other multi-national?… Yes they do pay people to advocate for them and destroy any critical thinking or critical thinkers which threaten their money making…Do you get paid for your work by a multi-national ?…If so what multi-nationals are paying you either directly or indirectly? What PR/ advocacy company do you work for ? Who is this company paid by?

                  What political party do you belong to?….NACT?…I bet it isnt the Greens. This is where I think you are at (from one of your previous comments) :

                  “Greens in Germany often form coalitions with the centre-right CDU. I’m not sure if many Green MP’s would be in favour of a similar arrangement here”.

                  I think you are a desperate NACT who would love to get the Greens on side…..you know there isnt a chance in hell ….so you are working to destroy the core things that they stand for ( again from one of your comments above):

                  “…he represents the agrarian-organic faction of the party. Flick through his posts on Frog Blog and you’ll see he spends most of time bashing Monsanto and GE. The Greens want to move on from these issues, it may have got them votes in 2002 but it’s not a good look in a modern government”.

                  Conclusion: You are scared of the Greens getting into a NZ Government and in particular Steffan Browning .

                  I also note you say “not a good look in a modern government”……however this is where the modern governments in Europe are at.!….this is where Greens are at around the world!….so one can only conclude that you think the multi-.nationals should take over and dictate to New Zealand agriculture ….and dictate anything else which makes a profit out of New Zealanders….whether it be what they consume or health….multi-national profits must come first.

    • Penny Bright 6.2

      I agree.

      I’ve got a lot of time and respect for Steffan Browning and his consistent and persistent work on these issues.

      Penny Bright

      • dpalenski 6.2.1

        I think he and Steffan Browing were at an event once and Steffan Browing bumped into him and spilt coffee all over him and didn’t apologize so Tamati was like ‘what a bastard I’ll nitpick this guy until he’s out parliament’ or something to that effect

  7. Te Reo Putake 7

    Quick question to Green party members: why isn’t Mark Servian on this list? He’s easily the most effective non MP in the GP, so why is he being snubbed?

    • Flip 7.1

      He has chosen to remove himself from the ranked list and run as an un-ranked candidate for Hamilton East.

    • toad 7.2

      Green candidates apply to go on the ranked list only if they want to be MPs. Other candidates stand in electorates as a platform to maximise the Green party vote in their electorate, but do not aspire to be MPs so do not go on the ranked list. When the final list is submitted they will appear on it, but listed alphabetically in positions below 41 which are obviously not electable.

      And before someone points it out, I know that realistically positions below 20 are likely not electable give current polling, but we can always hope.

    • SeanMartell 7.3

      If you can get hold of today’s Waikato Times it’s in there, but because he didn’t have an electable position he thought it’d be better to pull out.

      Annoying though, because he was right- the greens really need a Waikato/central north island based MP.

  8. outofbed 8

    I think the most effective non MP in the GP is in fact James Shaw
    James put together the team that got 5 councilors elected at the Wellington local elections
    and also put the team together who relegated Labour to third Place in Welly Central.
    He has been rightly rewarded for this.
    Mark has been effective, but is paid staffer, so one would hope he was effective.
    To the best of my knowledge Mark has not been snubbed.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      Cheers, outofbed. I note that Shaw is number ten on the list, so almost certainly an MP post election. It seems weird that an ‘effective staffer’ and popular local organiser like Mark can’t even make the top twenty.

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    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • The Daily Blog 2014 progressive voter guide – who to vote for to change ...
    If you want to know how to vote in a way to change this Government,  here is the electorate by electorate guide on how to strategically vote to kick National out of office. There are two votes. Electorate vote and Party...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Are Cameron Slater and Judiith Collins bare-faced liars?
    . . Are Cameron Slater and Judith Collins both bare-faced liars? Both of them. Liars? Here is why I ask… In the latest revelations, information disclosed by Rawshark/Whaledump to the NZ Herald alleges in further leaked sensitive information from  ...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • What has surprised me most about the Ashburton WINZ shootings
    The terrible deaths at a WINZ office in Ashburton took us all by surprise. Staunch poverty campaigner Sue Bradford commented before the deaths were known and was attacked by waves of twitterarti who knew best. Sue apologised but her wider...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kiri Hannifin  – Make domestic violence an election issue
    Violence against women and children continues to be a profound issue in this country.  Despite the stellar efforts of thousands of grass roots workers to support victims of violence every day, we cannot seem to stem the tide. The past...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Factchecking Key’s Leaders debate claims
    There were so many questionable facts Key threw at Cunliffe in last nights debate that I emailed a few contacts to ask if they were true. Here is the very long list of things Key said that simply were not...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • August Blog stats – TDB closing in on Kiwiblog – our final election con...
    The August blog stats are in, and The Daily Blog retains our position as the largest left wing blog in NZ with 416 374 visits last month and 667 411. Kiwi Blog who has been operating for a decade with...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – New Zealand First: Coalition of the Willing...
    There is, right now, an absolute metric truck-tonne of misinformation, lies, and willful distortion flying about on social media, in the blogosphere and even in the media and corridors of power about New Zealand First’s coalition position. Some of this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Judith Collins i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Victoria students lead youth engagement publication
    A group of Victoria University students are trying to reverse the trend of political disengagement by giving young people a voice....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Green Party commitment to fairness
    NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Green Party's commitment to making work fairer and more equitable, saying it would also result in tangible benefits for children and their learning....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”, said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. “GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National
    MANA Movement candidate, John Minto 3 Wednesday September 2014 “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira. Now we have Slater writing...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Craig And Mcvicar Have Some Explaining to Do
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Garth McVicar and the Conservative Party to explain how much the Party’s ‘tough on crime’ election slogan will cost. On Monday the Party was added to the Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter , but the Conservative...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Political parties to be questioned on needs of children
    Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Voting Period for 2014 General Election Begins Today
    The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. “Election day is September 20, but if you want, you can vote from...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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