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Poor people NIMBY

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, May 17th, 2012 - 41 comments
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John Key is doing his best to keep poor people from coming to his electorate. Whilst it’s not like he visits there often himself, he’s still aiming to keep poor people committing the “economic vandalism” of living in a nice suburb – where apparently only the rich should reside.

As such, having stopped any State Housing in his electorate shortly after coming to office – Labour had planned 500 state houses in the 3000 house Hobsonville Point development – he’s now coming after the middle-income earners.

He’s scrapping the Gateway project that was originally planned to offer 500 low-cost houses at Hobsonville Point.

The project offered home loans for the currently Government-owned land, so that those who couldn’t afford a bank loan could still buy. Buyers would initially only pay off the house part of the mortgage, deferring paying for the land for up to 15 years. $230,000 mortgages could become somewhat more affordable for those not on big bucks.

But with only 17 Gateway project houses sold National have scrapped the project, meaning hundreds of lower income Aucklanders have had just about their only opportunity at home-ownership dashed.  Auckland’s home-ownership rate – now in the mid-60%s – is at its lowest ever level.  Social mobility?  Egalitarianism?  That’s for other countries.

Auckland Council plans to protest to the government: if they can’t provide affordable housing Auckland Council doesn’t know who will.  And with fewer than half the 20,000 houses needed each year to cope with Auckland’s booming population being built, it seems only the wealthy can look forward to the New Zealand dream in our biggest city.

As usual no ministers were available to go on Morning Report this morning, as the news wasn’t positive.

41 comments on “Poor people NIMBY”

  1. ad 1

    Auckland Council could look to themselves and actually make an effort to buy back the many thousands of flats that the previous Mayor John Banks sold off. Alternatively they could accelerate affordable housing themselves and stand in the market and buy Avondale Racecourse, or the New Lynn claypit site, or exercise some muscle as a major shareholder in the Auckland Airport Company and get some affordable housing there, or in general stop being utter hypocrites and go and exercise the housing provisions of the Public Works Act. It’s actually Council budget vote time on the 23rd – wonder if Cr Hulse has some housing proposals to bring to the table with actual price tags, or is it just more moaning.

    Anyone remember when Auckland Council was proud of its positive social effect on the rental market?

    Pretty spectacular to hear Deputy Mayor mouth off against the Minister – when she was Deputy Mayor at Waitakere City for oh a decade or so the Council managed to build the sum total of zero new housing for people who needed it. In fact she had ample opportunity while the deal was being formed over Hobsonville to get the Council to partner in a commercial way for affordable housing on the site, rather than simply wait for government policy to change. No brains there.

    Note this is a Government company, at the edge of the Urban Limit that was specifically moved to make this development happen, when it’s the same government that bitches and moans about local government not giving enough fresh land at the edges of Auckland for it to grow. John, you want more housing in Auckland, build it yourself.

    The real kicker is though, if Housing New Zealand no longer has a social imperative for its developments, then there is no difference between it and an private developer. So you could see it being sold off pretty quickly simply as a developer.

  2. insider 2

    Isn’t the council redeveloping wynyard wharf? Why not use that? It’s close to the city and major transport so fits nicely into the urban design their planners champion. Neighbouring St Mary’s bay used to be an affordable community so it will maintain the tradition.

    • ad 2.1

      They will extract the best price they can for the offices and business space they sell on the waterfront, principally because they need all the cash they can get to pay for the expensive rehabilitation and parks and infrastructure. So affordability is not likely to be a criteria.

      So far as I am aware there are only a very few affordable housing owners in St Mary’s Bay now – the Community Of Refuge Trust, which is run by Ponsonby Baptist Church. They got much of their stock off the Council. St mary’s Bay also has a fair bit of leasehold, but definitely nothing you could conceive of as affordable.

      • insider 2.1.1

        So it’s ok for council to maximise revenue…

        • Ad

          No, it’s not. But there’s no free money anywhere, and honestly Wellington kicks Auckland all over the park for a decent waterfront.

    • s y d 2.2

      LOL nice one…I can see the computer simulations, as we swoop down over the glistening waitemata, gliding across the viaduct just clearing the masts of the superyachts then suddenly rising up to offer a grand vista of…..what, maybe developments like 
      this shit

  3. Paul 3

    Our ‘democratic’ government that always talks to the Press about difficult issues.
    Yeah right.

  4. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4

    I am completely with you. While we are about it, why is it that only rich people have Aston Martins? Surely driving luxury motor vehicles is the very last thing that should be reserved for the elite.

    • felix 4.1

      Yeah right Ole, that’s the correct analogy – low cost housing and Aston Martins. :roll:

  5. Ad 5

    The spectacularly annoying thing is that this Hobsonville story comes out in the same week as a long statistical study showing how little income mobility there is in New Zealand. To get onto the ladder of owning your own house, about 80% of people here really and truly need help. Sometimes it’s your parents, sometimes it’s an endowment, and sometimes there’s this thing called State Advances, or a subsidized rental that enables you to save.

    The study showed the yawning policy gap if there’s to be any hope to getting up beyond really low income, to a better life.

    Oh but wait, John Key himself was brought up in a state house.

    People need help. God we have to change this government.

    • Vicky32 5.1

      Oh but wait, John Key himself was brought up in a state house.

      Back when State Houses were no big deal! When I was 12 we moved to Owhata (Rotorua) and many of our neighbours were in State houses, the street was genuinely pepper-potted! We owned our own house thanks to my rich, dead grandfather who’d left one of his two houses to my mother (the ‘holiday’ house in Rotorua), but many of my school friends were in state houses and it was not a big deal then… no sign of welfare or poverty then!

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    And jonkey proves just how out of touch with reality he is:

    Prime Minister John Key says a scheme to provide up to 100 affordable homes at Auckland to people on low incomes is not needed because low interest rates mean there is greater capacity for people to buy their own homes.

    Yeah, in the middle of a depression with jobs dropping like flies and it’s suddenly easy for poor and moderate income people to buy homes.

    • Cin77 6.1

      Hmmm I wonder what planet Key lives on? After reading that quote I’m even more sure its not planet earth.

      • tc 6.1.1

        Planet hollowmen where the poor are shunted out of sight, welfare users are left in a permanent poverty cycle and the wealthy elite get richer on the back of public asset sales, low wages and developer business friendly rules such as that provided by EPA.

  7. felix 7

    Good showing from Annette King on morning report today:

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  8. realist 8

    oh all you whiners. if you want affordable housing, buy in affordable areas. if you cannot afford to buy in hobsonville point, don’t expect the tax payers to help you out. you can’t have a low-middle income and wanna be living in an area where you know for a fact it’s going to be expensive and then going round beating up the government about it. get real people. putting in 500 state housing is bordering along stupidity. stop being so bitter and start being smart about it. thank you.

    • Bunji 8.1

      Hobsonville Point is a government development – if they’re not going to cater for affordable housing, who will? Or do those who can’t afford a $400,000 mortgage not deserve housing?

      I miss seeing why providing State Housing is “bordering along stupidity”? How so?

      That’s before we get to the point that creating gated silos of wealthy people who never see or develop empathy for the rest of us isn’t exactly healthy for society.

      • realist 8.1.1

        hi bunji. first of all, hobsonville is not entirely a government development by itself. it is a partnership between public+private sectors as i am sure you are aware of. now comes this whole perception that it is OK for us who are already paying mortgages of our own having to “foot the bill” for those who wants to get into the housing market via this gateway scheme (or even worse into state housing) into an area where people are paying up to 700-800k for a house. so tell me what’s so smart about that? do u see economic benefit for those buying and for those developing?

        ok now you are telling me about this whole mumbo jumbo about gated silos of wealthy people. first of all, there is no such thing as a gated silo. you work hard, you earn the money, you buy a good house in a good area. what i am trying to get at is, don’t wear a hat that’s too big for your head.

        empathy. i pay so much of my taxes. i think i empathise enough. it’s time people get a grip on reality and face the fact that there are just that much we as tax payers can help.

        • Bunji

          Don’t get me started on the economic foolishness that is PPPs. But the Hobsonville land is government owned, and the project is government run. That they wish to share some of the profits with their private sector mates rather than doing sensible sub-contracting is by-the-by.

          I don’t really see us as “footing the bill” – these people are still paying the mortgages, they are just having them structured in a more affordable way.

          But beyond that I guess there’s a difference in outlook here too. I don’t see it as the government’s job to simply maximise profit. They must look at wider community measures. We elect a government to give us a better society. Yes they must balance the books over a reasonable cycle, but that isn’t their whole job.

          They should be looking to make happier, healthier citizens in a happier, healthier country – so there’s care for all who live here and care for the environment in there too.

          So State Housing makes sense – people with roofs over their heads, people who aren’t living in over-crowded, damp, disease-causing conditions witll be happier and healthier.

          Creating ghettos won’t make people happier and healthier. There is plenty of research out there showing how much better communities are when there is diversity in them – firstly of wealth, but also of ages, etc.

          So we need affordable housing, and ideally we want mixed communities. The Government is meant to be our agent to work on providing what’s best for the country. If they refuse, who will step up?

        • Descendant Of Smith

          “I pay so much of my taxes. i think i empathise enough. it’s time people get a grip on reality and face the fact that there are just that much we as tax payers can help.”


          You pay much less tax than your forbears did both in terms of general taxation and other aspects such as tax on motor vehicles, on selling properties, death duties, gifting and so on.

          Those higher past taxes paid for things such as state housing, education, jobs for people with disabilities and young people in the public sector – the people that the private sector can never find enough jobs to employ, public transport and so on.

          Of course much of the other income the state had has been sold off to the private sector who have stripped it bare, especially the land the state used to own.

          As a result we now have more poverty because you preferred to only have your own interests at heart. You know for instance that if people are struggling on a reasonable income that it is even harder for those on minimum wage and even harder for those on a benefit. You can’t no know that.

          You know that 60% of GDP used to be paid in wages and we had a much better society. You know 60% of GDP is now in profit and we have a worse society for many.

          What you choose to do is blame the victims of this change and say it’s their fault.

          I don’t know a single person who lost their job because they wanted to go on a benefit- I know plenty who lost their job because their was no work.

          How you can even use empathise in your sentence above speaks volumes of your cognitive disassociation.

          And if you’re finding it tough in your current job well follow the usual rightwing idotic advice – it’s your own fault you don’t have a better paying job – get off your lazy arse and get a job that pays more. The jobs are just there waiting for you to take them. Fucking loser.

          You don’t empathise at all.

          And somehow you seem to forget that most of the people you are talking about have paid tax for much of their lives as well. there’s few people who have never worked – if the tax they pay isn’t to ensure they have some help when they don’t have a job then WTF is it for.

          Bet you also argue that the old are entitled to super because they have paid tax all their lives.

          How come that doesn’t work for other benefits.

          • fatty

            “You don’t empathise at all”

            Well put, anyone that claims they pay too much tax in NZ is either greedy or stupid, and probably a combination of the two. The country would be better off if these people packed their bags and left NZ for good…they are poverty producers and little more than parasites.

  9. seeker 9

    “anyone that claims they pay too much tax in NZ is either greedy or stupid, ………
    they are poverty producers and little more than parasites.”

    Brilliant articulation of a major source of troublemaking in this country! And to name them for what they are – “poverty producers”- is just inspired Fatty. Please allow me to round their title out- immature and irresponsible poverty producers. And now I think I can sleep.

  10. realist 10

    So, I seem to be the only one on the other side of the fence. As this is my first time looking through this blog I decided to click on the “About” tab above and suddenly everything made sense.

    fatty and seeker, oh yeah I am that greedy, stupid, immature poverty producing parasite and I am probably the few remaining greedy, stupid, immature poverty producing parasite tax payers who want to continue to stay here in NZ paying up to 60K of taxes a year so that people like you can continue to have the dough to continue eating KFC, sipping away your Coke with chips in the other hand, typing on your crappy computer which is probably sitting on your 120cm of waist circumference. I am not sorry stereotyping you as you are probably more than happy to do just that in the first instance.

    I can see we have extremes in our views so I will make this short.

    Bunji, I was referring to state housing SPECIFICALLY in Hobsonville Point. State housing is a brilliant scheme but not on premium land.

    Descendent of Smith. Good on you for continuing to talk about forebears. Maybe go back to the medieval ages? And yes, I do believe that if you have worked hard your whole life, you deserve a super. The end. Are you telling me it is the society you want to live in where people work hard, pay huge taxes, save at the same time while supporting a family and getting old and having to live on what little you have saved? Would you call that person greedy? Can you call him greedy?

    Empathy? Are you talking about the type of John Minto empathy here? Going around blaming everyone, staging protests at every single opportunity he can get, while still being on the benefit? How non sensical is that?

    So now I am working, contributing to society, providing for my family, paying my fair share of taxes FOR the government to come up with ways of helping those who need it and you guys actually are calling me a cognitively disassociated, greedy, stupid, immature poverty producing parasite.

    No wonder Labour is not in Governement when the going gets tough. Looking thru this blog has opened my eyes as to how tunnel visioned you guys are. I wish you all the best in your endeavours but please, don’t start being personal with your remarks about those that actually are contributing to the society.

    • fatty 10.1

      realist the poverty producer;

      “I am probably the few remaining greedy, stupid, immature poverty producing parasite tax payers who want to continue to stay here in NZ paying up to 60K of taxes a year”

      I wouldn’t be bothered if you are ‘paying’ over 100K per year in taxes, because that money is not something you have earned by yourself.
      ‘Your’ money was created from the ground up by everyday workers and you only ‘earn’ so much because our economic system is based on greed – It seems as though you are suited to this system?..you think you contribute too much?
      Every poverty statistic in NZ (about 300,000) is due to people getting paid too much and/or not paying enough taxes. Why would NZ care if you packed your bags and went to another country to produce poverty? Which country are you going to go to?

      “so that people like you can continue to have the dough to continue eating KFC, sipping away your Coke with chips in the other hand, typing on your crappy computer which is probably sitting on your 120cm of waist circumference”

      Sorry, wrong blog, Paula Bennett and Gerry Brownlee hang out on Kiwi Blog. If you’re in Chch I’m going for a run in a few hours…wanna join me? I do 10km with a heavy backpack, my guess is you’d slow me down…but I’ll make my backpack extra heavy so we are on the same level…let me know.

      “I am not sorry stereotyping you”

      You can assume away, I don’t care what you guess about my life (I quite enjoyed your KFC & Coke & chips in two hands statement). I based my assessment of your greed and selfishness on this statement;

      “empathy. i pay so much of my taxes. i think i empathise enough. it’s time people get a grip on reality and face the fact that there are just that much we as tax payers can help.”

      If anyone in NZ claims they already pay enough taxes and are therefore empathic, then I will label them either stupid or greedy…sorry, but you made the claim. I look at taxes from historical, social and economic perspectives and I come to the conclusion that our low taxes are the reason for our current high rates of poverty. Too much money to too few and a large number of people end up in poverty. Taxes are the only way to end poverty under a capitalist framework. So if you already “empathise enough”, then do you see child poverty as ethically acceptable? Is your offensive claim that you “empathise enough”, really just a cover to make yourself feel better for possessing too much, while others go without? Your statement focuses on individual responsibility, which is a shame. I consider empathy about helping each other and considering the problems faced by others. Love thy neighbour is an oldy but a goody.
      To claim you have empathised enough is an interesting concept…it probably suggests that you have either never empathised, or your ‘empathy’ was never empathy at all (possibly just a mask to cover your embarrassment of owning too much?…misdirected self-serving charity?)

      I enjoy the second part of your post where you bring up the issue of your ‘family’ a couple of times…yawn. Nobody is impressed with your ability to reproduce.
      If you do want to bring the importance of ‘family’ into the issue of paying taxes, then logically you will be arguing to pay more taxes so we can ensure all families are free of poverty in NZ. Or were you just talking about YOUR family, and we shouldn’t care about the other families?…I hope you weren’t just referring to only your family? That would be selfish and greedy.

      “No wonder Labour is not in Governement when the going gets tough. Looking thru this blog has opened my eyes as to how tunnel visioned you guys are.”

      You probably need to open your eyes a bit wider, and then start reading the words. I’d say the people on here are about 50/50 labour & non labour voters. If you want a ‘hate on Labour’ competition, I’m sure I’d give you a run for your money. They have never got a party vote from me, they only get an MP vote due to it being an anti-National vote. Although this site can seem to be a National-hate site, the posts are often just as critical of Labour. To be honest, Key’s policies in 2008 are about the same as Shearer’s now (i’m guessing that cause nobody seems to know Shearer’s policies). There is no way this is a pro-Labour site.

      • Campbell Larsen 10.1.1

        fatty: “Every poverty statistic in NZ (about 300,000) is due to people getting paid too much and/or not paying enough taxes.”

        The high level of poverty in NZ (about 300,000) is largely due to people not getting paid enough or not having jobs. – there fixed it for you.

        After all we don’t want to play into the ‘politics of envy’ or the ‘Labour just wants to tax you’ memes now do we?

        • fatty

          “The high level of poverty in NZ (about 300,000) is largely due to people not getting paid enough or not having jobs.”

          That’s true, but that’s an obvious and simplistic truth, which I think everyone (even John Key) agrees with. To limit your analysis there is merely describing the problem…I described the root of the problem, which is that it is the people who are getting paid too much/taxed too little, which is root of the problem.

          “After all we don’t want to play into the ‘politics of envy’ or the ‘Labour just wants to tax you’ memes now do we?”

          Doesn’t bother me, because I consider both of those memes to be a fantasies.
          The ‘politics of envy’ is a Fox News meme that is used to silence those who question the ethics of (modern) capitalism. ‘Politics of envy’ is a neoliberal buzz-slogan rooted in the concept of individual responsibility. When I hear ‘politics of envy’, I translate that as a ‘defence of greed’.
          Again, ‘Labour just wants to tax you’ is just another slight of hand by the neolibs who paint Labour as some kind of leftist socialists. Labour wants to tax people by a few percentage points more, which in the end amounts to sweet F-all, Labour do little more than justify National’s economic theory. Not only is ‘Labour just wants to tax you’ a myth, but its a myth created and perpetuated by Nact to normalise their greed.
          I don’t care if anyone taints me with those phrases, they are a sham, they have no foundation and I can de-construct them easily. If I was you I would not use those phrases, they do nothing but cement neoliberalism.

          • Campbell Larsen

            Ah no, Shonkey obviously does not believe that poverty could be reduced by increasing incomes otherwise he would have increased the minimum wage to at least $15p/h and would be supporting unions and workers rights rather than attacking them.

            He obviously does not believe in people having jobs either going by the forced redundancies in the public sector and other austerity measures. International evidence tells us that these measures do not work, and yet blinded by ideology Shonkey and Blinglish press on.

            To limit your analysis there is merely describing the problem…I described the root of the problem, which is that it is the people who are getting paid too much/taxed too little, which is root of the problem.

            Lovely sentence structure there fatty – you have a gift.

            Some people certainly are getting paid too much e.g. Rebstock and Co being paid to do Paula-let-them-eat-guacamole-Bennetts job. ..

            However I don’t think you have described the cause of every poverty statistic (or as you put it later – the root of the problem) any more than I did when I reworked your sentence – in terms of causal connection my version is more likely to result in poorer people having more money – however neither works in isolation.

            There is more to poverty than just income.

          • Johnm

            NeoLiberalism Free Market economics believes:

            Workers don’t work hard enough ’cause they’re overpaid,(Unemployment, immigration, competition, anti worker law helps there) Managers and bosses and execs don’t work hard enough ’cause they’re underpaid for those special skills.(Pay them more otherwise they’ll flee to a richer place aka Aussie,sort of reverse competition) Shareholders never get paid enough even though they don’t do any work at all! It’s all back to front in reality!

            But who actually does the work?! The Workers! So why are they treated with such contempt? Must be the Profit motive.

    • Descendant Of Smith 10.2

      It’s simple:

      So now I am working

      As am I and have done all my life as do most people including most of those currently on benefit, most of whom do work when work is there. Most of those people have paid tax for precisely the reason they are getting a benefit now, and for those yound people most of their parents have paid taxes.

      Contributing to society

      As am I and have done all my life including voluntary work, giving things away I don’t need for free. I don’t contribute to society however by having a go at those who are the most disadvantaged in society and suggesting that their lives be made worse. Part of my contribution to society is paying tax so we can have a reasonable standard of living for all.

      providing for my family

      As do I including my children with disabilities and my wife who has been needed for most of her life to care for them – unlike large numbers of males who abandon their partners when their children have disabilities. Many of those women end up on DPB.

      paying my fair share of taxes.

      Despite not having a trust to hide income and assets and despite not manipulating my finances to pay less I don’t pay my fair share of tax. I didn’t need tax cuts and certainly didn’t need them over say increasing benefit rates for the poorest people in our society. I don’t need the discounts from power companies for paying my bills on time, and so on. As I tell the power companies when they survey me they’ll get my business when they stop offering me, the reasonably well off, a discount and make power cheaper for poor people.

      And yeah if you are fortunate to have saved ( and for many people luck plays a big part) then I see no reason why you should not live off your savings. I also see no reason why underage partners should be included in NZS – for fucks sake if we are going to make sole parents with children look for work why wouldn’t we make under 65’s with no kids do the same.

      In fact if you take the right-wing argument that everyone succeeds only by dint of your own hard work and effort then it’s logical then to have death duties at 100% so everyone starts with nothing – no inheritance at all.

      And by the way modern Labour is a right-wing party not a left wing party. Fuax-left at best.

      • Descendant Of Smith 10.2.1

        And by the way your medieval comment completely ignored context as well – you obviously chose to ignore the following sentence.

        Interestingly enough the neo-lib polices are taking us further in that direction than away from it.

        Where there’s a ruling elite with all the wealth, with government and religion intertwined and the lower classes abused, castigated and if lucky living on charity.

        Still we are not there yet and still have a chance to behave more responsibly to our fellow citizens.

  11. fatty 11

    “Ah no, Shonkey obviously does not believe that poverty could be reduced by increasing incomes otherwise he would have increased the minimum wage to at least $15p/h and would be supporting unions and workers rights rather than attacking them.”

    You are confusing desire with knowledge. To say that John Key does not know that higher wages will eliminate poverty is wrong. Do you really believe that one of the most intelligent (but immoral) economists in NZ doesn’t understand that an increased income for the poor will eliminate poverty? John Key is very very intelligent, on so many levels. Do not assume he misunderstands that poverty is a lack of money…a 10 year old knows that.
    John Key accepts poverty, he knows how to get rid of it, but he benefits when people are in poverty/unemployed.
    “…and yet blinded by ideology Shonkey and Blinglish press on.”
    True, but I’m undecided if blinded is the right word here…they know exactly what they are doing and they know the outcome of their ideology. They are not ‘blind’ to poverty and they are not ‘blinded’ by their ideology…they choose their ideology to suit their needs. They know poverty is there, but they want poverty to exist so they can drive down costs/wages and drive up the profits for the elite. They consciously choose NZ’s bottom line over the well being of vulnerable people. After all, I would argue that in terms of political/economic ideology, Labour and National are about the same, but just have different ethical concerns.
    So I would say that Labour are more blinded by their ideology.
    I think your assumption that Key and English are in a way stupid is wrong. They are super intelligent, greedy, and unethical. They twist figures and statistics to knowingly perpetuate poverty to fulfil their own desires. We should stop confusing desire with knowledge…when we do we are suggesting that Key cannot understand basic kiddy economics and the NZ public have been deceived by a bunch of idiots…NZ has been deceived by a bunch of intelligent arseholes.

    “Lovely sentence structure there fatty – you have a gift.”

    I got a lot of things going on in my life, stressing over sentence structure when conversing on a blog is not something that concerns me.
    Sorry, but the patterns on the toilet paper that I use to wipe my faecal-remnants worries me more than my grammar when replying to your posts.

    “However I don’t think you have described the cause of every poverty statistic”

    Good point…a 200 word internet post makes it difficult to describe the cause of every poverty statistic.

    “in terms of causal connection my version is more likely to result in poorer people having more money”

    Yes and no…I agree with your point wholeheartedly, but I just think you are explaining the ‘what’ and leaving it at that. I think to really understand a problem we need to assess the ‘who’, the ‘how’ and the ‘why’. Critiquing social policy with only a political-economic perspective (the basic causal connection you have given) is limited in both its insight and its suggested remedies. A post-structural perspective is much more insightful and productive.
    …you do it perfectly with your last sentence (it incidentally challenges your original argument which had simply reduced the issue to income);
    “There is more to poverty than just income.”

    • Campbell Larsen 11.1

      …one of the most intelligent economists in NZ

      lol – I get it now – you’re a comedian!

      Keep up the good work.

  12. fatty 12

    “…one of the most intelligent economists in NZ…lol – I get it now – you’re a comedian!…Keep up the good work.”

    Pathetic effort Campbell Larsen, even for you…are you paraphrasing quotes into your own fantasies now? Let me repost my statement;

    “Do you really believe that one of the most intelligent (but immoral) economists in NZ doesn’t understand that an increased income for the poor will eliminate poverty?”

    Why do you think he’s held some of the top commerce jobs around the world? They could have got economists from anywhere since they were paying him millions…How could you possibly claim he is not intelligent? Please elaborate…

    • Carol 12.1

      I’ve never thought of Key as an economist. Nor do I think that someone who can operate successfully in the corporate, banking, or speculative finance world as necessarily have the skills and/or aptitude to successfully manage a country’s economy.

      • fatty 12.1.1

        “I’ve never thought of Key as an economist.”

        I see Key as an economist who knows the economy inside out….very very intelligent. The smiling assassin knows too much, and when combined with his selfish/greedy desires, he is very dangerous. Labour underestimated him when he arrived, I can’t believe some people still underestimate him.

        “Nor do I think that someone who can operate successfully in the corporate, banking, or speculative finance world as necessarily have the skills and/or aptitude to successfully manage a country’s economy.”

        I think he has the skills and/or aptitude, he just doesn’t have the desire to build an inclusive economy for a country.
        I do agree that its his the corporate, banking, speculative finance background which have fanned his flames of destruction…he’s a breaker, not a builder.
        I consider most economists to be like fighter pilots in a war…we should not expect them to build anything, they are good at what they do…destroying vulnerable targets. What’s the difference between war and capitalism?…not much from what I can see.
        Thinking John Key can build NZ’s economy is similar to hoping the wrecking balls will rebuild Christchurch…its not what they do (the difference is that a wrecking ball is dumb, Key is intelligent and can reconfigure the debris to make himself a profit).

        • Carol

          I’m not disputing Key’s intelligent and a shrewd operative in the corporate world.

          • fatty

            “I’m not disputing Key’s intelligent and a shrewd operative in the corporate world.”

            True, I thought we’d agree on that…so then I would say isn’t NZ a corporation? Isn’t a nation state now just another company in a corporate world and he’s our CEO?…no wonder he wants low wages

    • Campbell Larsen 12.2

      You’ve got a bad case of Shonkey love there fatty – I’m not sure I can help you – my voodoo is powerful, but you are too far gone.

      • fatty 12.2.1

        “You’ve got a bad case of Shonkey love there fatty – I’m not sure I can help you – my voodoo is powerful, but you are too far gone.”

        Don’t worry, I hate Key just as much as you do…probably more…I’m just not stupid enough to think that Key is stupid.
        The most destructive people in this world are intelligent, that’s how they become successful and powerful. Duh.
        If Key is as stupid as you think he is, what does that say about NZ, and also the Labour Party?

        • Carol

          Someone can be very clever with some kinds of activities, and stupid with other things.

          I still don’t think Key really understands how to run a country’s economy, but I also don’t think he has much desire to learn that. His motivations lie elsewhere.
          And I don’t think he’s an economist – but then, most economists can be clever but provide useless arguments and predictions.

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    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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