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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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    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “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 the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “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 a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • 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...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement 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 vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
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