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Prepare for another delay on that brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, January 19th, 2012 - 89 comments
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NZIER: economy flat-lining
Consumer confidence: down 11 points
Employment confidence: negative
International tourism: down another 3.3%
2012 growth in NZ: cut in half since Budget
World growth: slashed from 3.6% to 2.5%
Chance of NZ recession: 20% and rising
PM and Finance Minister: MIA

89 comments on “Prepare for another delay on that brighter future”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    1) I’m amazed they are factoring in world growth at 2.5%. That seems high. It must rely completely on the BRICS countries. And China in particular has serious problems there. If the number was based on OECD countries only I suspect it would be 2% or less. Australia is now seriously slowing down.8How do countries (and individuals) pay back debt costing them between 3% pa (NZ) and 7% pa (Greece) relying on 2% pa growth?

    That’s right, they can’t. The world’s debt based private money system is going down the tubes.

    2) Never mind Key and English; Peter Dunne is in power and will save the day.

  2. vto 2

    Look, you silly eggs, listening to the World Bank’s projections on world growth is like listening to a real estate agent’s view on the housing market.

    The World Bank is in the business of growth. Without it they cannot survive so of course they are gong to spruik the situation. As always, follow the money.

    They have no credibility.

    btw, imo there aint no growth at the moment. Anywhere. They deceive.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Yep. And both the World bank and the IMF are technically insolvent themselves. As are many of their member contributing/funding states.

      • Janice 2.1.1

        Yes and we have just borrowed from overseas banks (I presume as we haven’t much spare money ourselves from government accounts) $87 million to pay our “share” to the IMF to help bail out Greece. Presumably this money will then be paid back by Greece to the overseas banks and we will be stuck with the interest payments. Nice way to keep the money go round going and spread the rot.

      • Fotran 2.1.2

        CV

        Yes, they are insolvent, but I bet they have enough money left to pay themselves

    • King Kong 2.2

      Must take a fair bit of time and money monitoring the economic indicators and researching the growth potentials for every country in the world VTO.

      I trust that you carried out at least a little bit of research rather than just plucking that statement out of your arse.

      Maybe just a hint of irony with the references to credibility?

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        Go back to primary school mate. We’re trying to have a serious conversation here.

      • vto 2.2.2

        Follow the money Little Kong. Surely you can see the conflict inherent in the World Bank commenting on world finances. I mean, would you believe everything a real estate agent would tell you about a house and the market if you were considering the purchase of the house being sold by that agent?

        It is a very simple matter and principle that has been applicable to near all human actions ever since humans sarted actioning.

    • Jenny 2.3

      World debt at over 200 times the size of total world GDP, is the biggest financial bubble of all time.

      The only question is, when will it burst?

      Meanwhile, back in Godzone, in the public discourse on the economy, at least one mainstream political party is putting all hope on “growing the pie”.

      How can Paul Shearer believe in this myth? When all his advisers, if they are worth their salt, will be giving him the real picture.

  3. dan hansen 3

    “World debt at over 200 times the size of total world GDP, is the biggest financial bubble of all time”

    The fact you believe that is a good example of how economically ilterate some of the left are…

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      She’s counting unrealised derivative liabilities as well as other off balance sheet liabilities.

      I personally think her estimate is a tad high but by less than an order of magnitude. The point remains the same. The world has now accumulated more debt than future economic production and labour can ever pay back.

      And one of the oldest rule of finance: debts which cannot be paid back. Will not be paid back.

      • dan hansen 3.1.1

        No shes not – she has taken the true figure of 200%, mis read it and written 200x (see below link under 3rd chart)

        …and not had the ability or underlying sense to figure out its no way that its 200 x.

        http://www.zerohedge.com/article/total-global-debt-has-double-over-200-trillion-2020-preserve-economic-growth

        As an aside i highly doubt the unreleased derivatives at 200x global GDP – i suspect its more in the order of 10x…

        EDIT: shock horror the answer (deviatives as % of GDP) is roughly 10x not 200x http://www.wilmott.com/blogs/satyajitdas/index.cfm/2011/1/24/Derivative-Regulation-Dances–Part-1

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1

          The true figure is NOT 2x global GDP!!!

          Sorry mate I already noted that she has used too high a number. But your wilmott link uses a 2008/09 numbers which do not include the full impact of QE and other shadow banking system loans from the Fed.

          And it doesn’t take into account the hyper-rehypothecation scam.

          In other words, whether you argue that total potential liabilities sit at 10x, 20x or 30x global GDP, you are merely arguing whether the Titanic is sinking in one hour, two hours or three.

          • vto 3.1.1.1.1

            Wha’s the “the hyper-rehypothecation scam”?

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.1.1.1

              http://www.zerohedge.com/news/kyle-bass-rehypothecation-and-other-keynesian-endgame-scenarios

              Imagine you get a mortgage to buy a home. Your home is treated as collateral by the bank. If you default on your mortgage payments the bank can hypothetically take possession of your house and make good on their loan to you.

              Now imagine if the collateral that your house represents was then used as collateral itself by the bank, to secure loans and leverage for itself. After all, both your promises to pay the bank back its loan over time backed by the underlying collateral of the house can be considered safe assets which the bank can choose to leverage off (get credit from) other financial institutions with.

              Now imagine if those other financial institutions, having been promised your house as collateral if your bank ever goes bad on that credit they have been given, decides to use that promised collateral as collateral themselves to gain further leverage into the financial system.

              And so on.

              The end effect is tens of millions of dollars worth of debt and potential derivative liabilites, hypothetically secured by a collateral chain which ends up back at your $400K house.

              Here’s the bad news. When things go wrong, and everyone suddenly becomes very interested in collecting down the chain for their collateral. But finds that there is fuck all there to offset total realised liabilities because the leverage on a single piece of collateral – your home – as become as near to infinite as makes no difference.

          • mik e 3.1.1.1.2

            The derivative food and commodity market is due to collapse soon like every other economic bubble has burst.

        • Jenny 3.1.1.2

          ….she has taken the true figure of 200%, mis read it and written 200x (see below link under 3rd chart)

          dan hansen

          Oops, I meant to type 20x.

          I was suffering from shock.

          My only excuse is that my mind had boggled at reading this figure, and in my panic my fingers typed the conflated figure.

          Sorry for that, my weakness is, that occasionally I suffer from panic attacks. And this time I was deeply shocked and truly alarmed at the enormity of the problem.

          Thank you Dan for correcting my error.

          My apologies to everyone.

    • prism 3.2

      dan hansen
      “World debt at over 200 times the size of total world GDP, is the biggest financial bubble of all time”
      The fact you believe that is a good example of how economically ilterate some of the left are…”

      And the fact that you are just questioning and deriding the figures produced is a good example of how uninterested you are in how bad the real figures and real situation is through malicious and unscrupulous manipulation of the financial system. You don’t care though. You will still be arguing about the level of disaster – whether it’s a grade one or ten – when it arrives in its full entirety to wipe out most of the personal prosperity relying on this system.

  4. Jenny 4

    As the world economy contracts. Instead of aspirational talk about growing the pie. Shearer should be preparing our side for the coming recession.

    No more bail outs for the rich.

    Bailing out all our children in poverty already.

    Removing GST off all food.

    Reversing the Nats increase in GST.

    Bring in a FTA to catch the financial speculators who are running our economy over a cliff.

    Increase the top tax take for those living in absolute overabundance while many are facing absolute ruin.

    • John D 4.1

      There was an interesting interview on Stratos a while back with the President (or PM?) of Iceland. When they defaulted they didn’t bail out the banks and all the private investors took a haircut.

      The main thing is that they got the IMF off their back, and are still living as a free country (unlike Greece and Italy who have their puppet leaders installed by the banks)

      I think there are some laws around non-government bailouts of banks in NZ. Mind you it didn’t stop SCF or those dodgy finance companies.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        You”re facts on the NZ situation are a bit out. Labour introduced legislation backstopping the banks in the immediate aftermath of the GFC.

        Problem was that National mismanaged the process and cost the tax payer over a billion dollars by backstopping SCF speculators and scammers.

      • Jenny 4.1.2

        The reason democracy in Greece and Italy has been suspended, is because the people were calling on their respective democratically elected leaders to do an Iceland as well.

        In Greece the bankers (and the CIA) also spread threats and rumours of an armed military coup if the bankers didn’t get their way.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Shearer should be preparing our side for the coming recession.

      This is what Shearer and all politicians should be looking at. Won’t happen though as they’re all too tied into the delusional growth meme needed to maintain capitalism.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        And its not a coming “recession”. The term indicates a regular down business cycle expected to pick up again in a year or two.

        This is our entry into a Great Depression. For tens of millions of Americans and millions of Irish, Greeks and Spanish its already started.

        And since asset/debt deflation driven Depressions tend to continue on for 10-20 years (we are about 4 years into that now), by the time we have a chance of coming out of it – energy depletion will be severe.

        My pick – there will be no net economic growth per capita for a generational time span.

        Our economic world is no longer driven by business cycles. A major secular change is playing out before our eyes. I ask you – what does a world economy labouring under peak oil look like. And I answer you in turn: just look around.

  5. blue leopard 5

    Draco T Bastard,

    Is there an alternative to the delusional growth meme? I’d like to know more. Any good links you recommend?

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Try reading the link I posted but generally speaking we’d need:

      1.) Zero population growth
      2.) A good estimation of the carrying capacity of the country (How much resources per time period we actually have available)
      3.) No interest rates (They’re the main driver of growth)
      4.) Democratically distributed resources

      • John D 5.1.1

        Don’t we already have zero population growth? (Excluding immigration)

        I thought NZ was one of the few western countries where we are breeding at replacement rate. Most European countries are breeding at less than replacement rate.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          Why do you exclude immigrants. Do they not use land water and food. Seriously you should check out the Stats projections out to 2028 and 2031.

          • John D 5.1.1.1.1

            “Why do I exclude immigrants”. Because I am referring to the birthrate.
            I am referring to the replacement rate of the current population.

            Sure, we can stop immigration and maintain a steady state economy. Go for it.

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      http://steadystate.org/

      Static state economy. Impossible in a debt based capitalist system where continuous interest charges on money lent into existence demands ongoing growth to pay it back. Without growth in such a system – massive debt burdens arise and loans become unrepayable.

      • Peter 5.2.1

        Not quite. I think too many people assume that the debt-based / interest-bearing money system is axiomatic, and that some giant revolution is necessary to change it. It’s not – we lend money at interest and create debt simply because for 400 years, it worked!

        Each year, more energy was extracted from the earth than the year before, allowing the debts, with very few exceptions, to be repaid, or at least serviced acceptably. As the world’s energy supply runs down, back to renewable levels, the financial system, or the “tertiary economy” to borrow a term, will adapt.

        That adaptation will happen, it’s just whether it happens in a humane way or not that is my key question.

  6. All bodes well for the future of the Labour/Green ponzi savings scam doesn’t it?

  7. Bill 7

    I sometimes wonder what ‘brighter future’ it is that people envisage under a continuation of trade dictated by market principles. There is no brighter future down that particular route, is there?

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the market’s profit motive trumps environmental concerns such as climate collapse and whatever other negative environmental consequences economic growth ‘gifts’ to us.

    And as workers and consumers the economic chains that bind us to this screeching train wreck of an economic system are gouging and debilitating us. The days of supposed personal advancement through a general increase in material well being are gone. Now-a-days, success is reasonably viewed as an ability to tread water.

    Should we really lament this possible slow passing of such a state of affairs? Is it in any way useful or empowering to hark on about the supposed financial mis-management of a hopeless situation and yearn for a brighter future from what is, as said above, a screeching train wreck?

    Surely any ‘brighter future’ comes after the wreckage has come to rest…although I can’t see how ‘brighter’ flows from societies that have been laid to waste.

    Perhaps more realistically, a brighter future comes through seeking and formulating strategies whereby we can, individually and collectively, extracate ourselves from this tumbling morass. And realistically, that cannot involve any forlorn appeal to existing centers of authority and power. Their continuation is, afterall, necessarily and inexorably bound to the status quo or some slight variation there of. So much so, that where once power was secured by keeping people mollified through increased materialism, power will be secured through increasingly repressive means. And the same screeching, tumbling economic wreckage will continue to unfold, all the while ejecting ever greater numbers of us from it’s confines (even as we cling ever tighter and fearfully to it’s edges) into a wider, unresourced and unorganised world of uncertainties and insecurities.

    So there it is. Maybe we should simply place our faith in a new configuration of the same powers espousing essentially the same values and holding the same goals as the ones we are increasingly disenchanted with and wait for the ‘good times’ to roll again?

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      The down side of the future is a potential return to an oppressive feudalism.

      There is still a chance for Greer’s “eco-tecnic future” to come about.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but the market’s profit motive trumps environmental concerns such as climate collapse and whatever other negative environmental consequences economic growth ‘gifts’ to us.

      Its worse when major shareholders are foreign, ten thousand miles away, and who will never see the waterways which are clogged up with pollution and our communities falling into poverty because of capital extraction and expatriation.

      • prism 7.1.1

        The Nigerians set themselves on fire spectacularly trying to siphon off a bit of the oil natural resource their area produces, in lieu of any worthwhile monetary value returning to them. At present we in NZ are not reduced to that dangerous expediency but farmers are having stock regularly siphoned off their large holdings, and some of these are owned by overseas interests.

        There are probably no go areas on some farms where there is marijuana growing and man traps to protect it. Just not as much publicity about farm problems as comes when people are killed and injured on the roads, safer news to report.

      • Bill 7.1.2

        I don’t buy into the ‘foreign shareholders bad’ argument. I mean, are you suggesting (for example) that NZ owned paper mills gave a flying monkey’s about the state of the rivers any more or less than if they had been owned by foreigners?

        People are people. And people seeking returns from market driven modes of production and distribution are bound by the same market rules, regardless of their or their businesses location.

        Have any business types anywhere, bar a damned few, given much of a toss about people falling into poverty? Isn’t it the disparity between the wealthy and the poor that motivates some in the first place and that retrospectively justifies their actions in many cases? (The supposed necessity of their activities/actions given the threat of potential poverty?)

        • Peter 7.1.2.1

          There is actually a strong case to be made for foreign owners actually improving on kiwi management, due to either having more capital to improve on business practices, or simply, just caring more.

          The large dairy farm in the Maniototo at Patearoa is a case in point. Since being bought by Harvard University’s endowment fund, it has seriously improved its environmental performance.

          • insider 7.1.2.1.1

            US companies IME like to do things the same way. If US law says X is the standard then that becomes the standard globally. Seems to be a risk management issue around litigation. That can bring a range of improved standards quickly into our market that we’d take years to develop. On the negative side it can be very burdensome in terms of compliance cost to impose global systems locally just because of scale issues – hammer to crack nut.

            • Bill 7.1.2.1.1.1

              If US law says X is the standard then that becomes the standard globally.

              Uh-huh. So no US firm would deny the right of workers to bargain collectively?
              No US firm would tacitly support the killing of unionists?
              No US firm would attempt to circumvent any country’s environmental legislation?
              No US firm would knowingly produce any harmful product anywhere or distribute said product anywhere?
              No US firm would conspire to overthrow any country’s democratically elected government?
              And so on?

              ‘Cause them’s all comprised of law abiding ‘good guys’?

  8. randal 8

    yes nz is still an areaof recent settlement and the coupon clippers dont give a stuff as long as the limo is there to take them out to the ritz for morning tea.
    in the immortal words of alfred e neuman….yetccccch.

  9. prism 9

    Lunchtime quote from World Bank economist Luke Riordan? that the ‘contagion’ from the European economic difficulties could lead to recession. No mention of the USA – everything that’s bad in our world economy now is connected only with Europe if you listen to the commontaters – potato heads all.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Japan is going under before long. Europe this year – Japan year after next?

      • prism 9.1.1

        Surely not Japan – they are well known savers and if we only saved we and our economy would be marching into a bright future together?

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1

          Quite correct. And that savings mentality is why the Japanese govt can still afford to operate at a debt to GDP level of 200%.

          HOWEVER they are now in a situation where approximately 49% of every tax dollar they obtain is spent in debt servicing.

          If Japan’s rate of borrowing goes up from 2% to 4%…its sayonara.

  10. james 111 10

    Yes its tough times all right ,and im sure everyone is glad we have a fiscally prudent Government in control. One that knows how to pull us out of the bad times . Versus one that just wastefully Consumes money as fast as it comes in. I think most people would back a Government with people in its ranks with considerable business skills , versus a would be government that is full of Teachers ,accademics ,and ex union delegates

    • vto 10.1

      What business skills does John Key have? I don’t recall he has ever owned a business, let alone created one from scratch. None.

      Bill English? None.

      Gerry Brownlee? School teacher. None.

      Nick Smith? None.

      David Carter? Well, considerable inherited wealth and capital movement skills I suppose, but they are very different from business skills.

      Steven Joyce? Perhaps, although look at what that led to…. dodgy taxpayer favouritism loan to the people who bought his business. Not good.

      What experience have these people got in “pulling themselves out of the bad times”? Perhaps you could be more specific. Or just continue to waste time and space.

      • John D 10.1.1

        If they were successful in business they wouldn’t be in politics

      • insider 10.1.2

        ” John Key have? I don’t recall he has ever owned a business, let alone created one from scratch.”

        So you have to start or own a business is the rule of business man definitions? So all those CEOs/GMs/MDs etc are basically irrelevant is what you are saying…not qualified as a ‘Businessman”. BTW KEy owns a vineyard, so miraculously now passes your test.

        “David Carter? Well, considerable inherited wealth and capital movement skills I suppose, but they are very different from business skills. ”

        Carter started his own company to do with artificial insemination/embryo transplant in cattle. Last I heard farming was a business too. Maybe do some research rather than doing off the top of your head?

        “Steven Joyce? Perhaps,… ”

        Perhaps? he started it. He owned it. He ran it. What will it take to get a qualification from the VTO school of Business?

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2.1

          So all those CEOs/GMs/MDs etc are basically irrelevant is what you are saying…

          Yep but for different reasons. Those CEOs, GMs and MDs are no better connected to reality than is National and Act.

        • felix 10.1.2.2

          “So all those CEOs/GMs/MDs etc are basically irrelevant is what you are saying…not qualified as a ‘Businessman”.”

          Yes, in this context. Most are entirely unconnected with running or owning the business they work for.

          “BTW KEy owns a vineyard, so miraculously now passes your test.”

          Really insider? How on earth could you possibly know what Key owns?

          • Colonial Viper 10.1.2.2.1

            A businessman puts his own money on the line.

            Whereas Key made his fortune gambling with other people’s money.

            John Key is roughly as much a businessman as an able card dealer at the casino.

            And now, Key’s just a capitalist owner. If he does own shares in a vineyard – so what. He doesn’t do any of the hiring and firing, he doesn’t have to get up in the middle of the night to check on the frost, he doesn’t have to negotiate contracts with the big wineries.

            He simply owns, while actual workers get on with doing all of that boring tedious stuff.

          • Jum 10.1.2.2.2

            Felix,

            ‘“BTW KEy owns a vineyard, so miraculously now passes your test.”

            Really insider? How on earth could you possibly know what Key owns?’

            LOLZ.

            His name is ‘insider’ Felix. Nod, nod, wink, wink.
            Key “I have a blind trust”. (crosses fingers behind his back and the nose grows ever longer…)

          • Hami Shearlie 10.1.2.2.3

            Maybe this information should be passed on to John-John – he claims not to know what he owns! Now at least we know that SOMEONE knows!

          • insider 10.1.2.2.4

            Because I read it right here in the Standard… proof of your hotline to the beehive mayhap?
            http://thestandard.org.nz/amazing-coincidences/#comment-273824 http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-19122011/#comment-419303

            • felix 10.1.2.2.4.1

              Irony is completely wasted on you isn’t it?

              • Jum

                Felix,
                And while I was checking insider’s wee links to say The Standard informed him I discovered a piece about John Key’s blind trust, the ‘something Cow’ with his wife and himself owning thousands of shares. At the bottom of the form it stated all shareholders had voted not to have an auditor. How can you vote to not have an auditor if you don’t know you have shares.

                Interesting too, is that the vote on having your business audited or not does not have to be notified to the Companies Office now.

      • mik e 10.1.3

        Conmankey
        Double Dipstick
        Bully brownoselee
        Philandering smith

    • Colonial Viper 10.2

      One that knows how to pull us out of the bad times . Versus one that just wastefully Consumes money as fast as it comes in.

      You are a silly billy.

      Money can’t be destroyed (unless you pay back a bank loan). Money either circulates or it is hoarded (usually by the few and the wealthy).

      If money circulates the normal activities of commerce, business and living can be conducted easily and quickly.

      If money is hoarded out of the community into the hands of a few – communities starve. Because in our capitalist system very little activity can occur without the exchange of money.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      Wow, you really are living in Lala Land. That “fiscally prudent” government has increased debt by about $18b over the last couple of years, hasn’t increased the nations income any (in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it had gone down) and is building roads with B/C ratio of less than one when the figures they were using were more favourable which Peak Oil has now shown as complete twaddle.

      • Colonial Viper 10.3.1

        But its all the GFC’s fault! Nothing that a free market worshipping Govt can do against the wisdom of the markets!

        Amazing Key and English have done so well when Cullen left such a mess of deficits and debt for the incoming National Government!!!

        lol

      • prism 10.3.2

        It seems strange that the NACTS are basing our continuing economic activity on repairing the bad results of disasters such as Canterbury. The rehashed methanol plant will employ about 120 full time employees as contractors while they are checking, repairing and preparing for opening. Then there will be a core of full time employees quite small I think and the rest contractors.

        Then there is road laning to be done before March, paid for by whom? It is all useful activity for feeding into national economic indicators. Has any economist come up with planned destruction as a means of keeping a tired economy in growth mode?

        • Colonial Viper 10.3.2.1

          I hear Libya has about US$100 billion of post-’liberation’ infrastructure repairs needed. That must be good for someone’s economy.

    • Jum 10.4

      james 111

      Your stupidity leaves me breathless.

      You are so LOL.

    • mik e 10.5

      jim anderton was the most successful businessman in parliament for years jturd.
      Labour has a much better record at running the economy jturd.
      Bills English the worst finance minister in the history of this country
      Double dipping double downgrade dipstick!

  11. randal 11

    the nashnil gubmint is not there for the good of the country.
    they are there to loot the states assets and anything else they can get away with.

  12. John D 12

    Why don’t we get rid of the ETS while we are at it? That is the biggest rip-off ever invented.

    A massive transfer of wealth from the citizens to corporations.

  13. John D 13

    This is where it gets crazy

    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2012/01/beyond-surreal.html

    The UK govt has to find 19billion pounds to fund the IMF. It has to borrow that and add it to its nearly 1 trillion pounds of debt.

    As the article says, beyond surreal.

  14. Jum 14

    So, the IMF is going to give money to needy governments, but first it has to extract the money from needy governments – fascinating.

    Also, corrupt, greedy, unnecessary…

    • mik e 14.1

      Then it imposes austerity on govts who,s taxes then decline needing an even bigger payout.
      Most of these countries are in the EU and can’t lower their exchange rate print money etc so they only have the austerity option.

    • Colonial Viper 14.2

      They’re not interested in extracting money from those indebted countries. Remember, the IMF and the World Bank are just operational tools of TPTB.

      Their job now is to facilitate sovereign asset stripping for their masters, allowing the global top 0.01% to take ownership of Greek assets for cents on the dollar.

      PS add the BIS and the CME to the list

      • Colonial Viper 14.2.1

        NB TPTB are aware that printed fiat dollars are ultimately worthless in an energy and physical resource constrained environment.

        Only hard assets count. Ports, energy companies, road, rail, productive land.

  15. randal 15

    germany 1920′s.
    ldc’s 1980′s.
    nothings changed.

  16. tsmithfield 16

    We are already in a much brighter future than most of the world.

    • Hami Shearlie 16.1

      Yep, it’s brighter here alright -but only from loss of ozone – all we get from the brighter future here is skin cancer and sunburn!!!

  17. james 111 17

    Do you believe that the Maritime union has got good support from the Labour Party on this issue seeing they donated $18500 to the Labour Party for the Election.
    Havent heard anything from Shearer yet

    • felix 17.1

      What what what???

      You mean the Labour Party isn’t just a political mouthpiece for it’s big donors?

      What kind of fucking politics do you call THAT?!?!

    • lprent 17.2

      You have an interesting view of the world. That the only reason to give money to political parties is to extract support from them? After watching The Good Wife recently, I’d have to call that as being so very American (or National party)….

      Tell me, do you apply the same viewpoint to donating to charities as well? Because that is the closest thing I know of to how most on the left (and many on the right here) view contributions to political parties.

  18. After reading all above I must say Im still rather confused on financial matters/ .So perhaps some one in the know would tell me how an American Firm of accountants can downgrade a vast country just by adding a plus or minus sign. Therfore creating mass unemployment. Its well beyond me,and who the hell are Standards and Poor?

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Standards and Poor, Fitch and Moody’s are part of the hired muscle in the bankster sovereign takeover scam.

      First the banksters get you, your country and your companies into debt and needing more debt. The price that debt comes at is determined by the mates of the Banksters, the credit ratings agencies (named above).

      You keep those mates sweet, and you can access further debt cheaply. You piss them off for any reason (or sometimes no reason) and they will make sure the other way you can access additional funds it by giving up an arm and a leg.

      At a given time, when TPTB decide they want to take over your country and your life, their mates the Credit Ratings Agencies will make it so hard for you to get additional funding, that your only way out is to get all your shit repossessed by your creditrs (the big banksters) at cents in the dollar. If you look at Greece, hard assets are what TPTB want these days. Ports, airports, roads, farm land, property, electricity infrastructure, virgin daughters, a people in intergenerational indentured servitude forever more.

      NB many pension funds and investment funds have rules stipulating that they can only invest in “AAA” rated investment assets. So TPTB paid the ratings agencies to give AAA ratings to a whole lot of toxic false assets which were then bought up by these pension funds, university endowment funds etc.

      Of course, the AAA ratings were a farce, and the banksters offloaded their toxic false assets on to the unsuspecting, at top dollar just in time before they blew up. Our pension funds get wrecked, while the banksters make a billion.

  19. foreign waka 19

    Consider this – The Fed is an independent corporation. It has been so since the 70′s. Their product is the US $, yes the currency itself is a commodity and traded as such. The American President has absolutely no influence over the nations financial future. To make sure that the recent loss of value of the US$ is regained in the world market the biggest impediment has to be removed: the Euro. Very successful until recently, even so much so that no one wanted to invest in the product of the Fed, hence the value kept dropping. Actual production value is not existent anymore in the States as all is contracted out to India and China so someone has to buy those bonds. China did and effectively has now the US economy by the short and curlies. This in turn has wider repercussion in the World Economy at large. Never in human history have people been so powerless as right now. So the question is whether the kids of the “greed is good” generation will and can make a difference. Because nothing short of a radical change is needed – in many ways.

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    Mana | 20-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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