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‘Reclaiming Our Children’s Birthright’- Metiria’s speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 27th, 2014 - 53 comments
Categories: child welfare, class war, education, election 2014, greens, housing, Metiria Turei, poverty, sustainability, vision - Tags:

Metiria Turei delivered a very strong, inspiring, and well-targeted speech yesterday at the Picnic for the Planet.

Picnic for the planet

She began with some powerful words: words that outlined a fractured set of values, torn apart by the ruthless “neoliberal” onslaught against strong community values; words for an inclusive society where we are all in it together, working with and for each other.

Turei 2014 election launch

Near the beginning of the speech, Turei said:

New Zealand needs the Greens in Government this year and we, I promise, are ready to be there.

We are so ready to be there! For the sake of our planet and for the sake of our kids.

Our country was built on the values of hard work, a fair share and looking out for your neighbour. And if you do, you’ll make it, and so will your family.

This is the opening line in the New Zealand story.

And it was written in a pact, made decades ago, that in exchange for our collective efforts the state will have our back.

A strong, free public health system and a strong, free public education system was the manifestation of that pact.

We were promised that no one would be left out because they were too sick or unable to work, or because their parents were poor and illiterate.

We were promised that the health and welfare system would be there for all of us.

We were promised that our kids would leave school ready and able to achieve to the fullest extent of their talents.

This pact is precious to us. It’s defined us, as a community, and it has defined what it means to be fair, and what is good and what is right.

Over the past 30 years that pact has been torn apart.

We can use our power this year to make sure that pact is honoured again.

Turei then points out, that these values were not fully realised, even in the better days of our past.  She wants to fully implement these values in a way that’s appropriate for our current 21st century context:

This is not some hankering for the good old days, because let’s be honest, they weren’t exactly perfect, especially for Māori, Pacific People, disabled New Zealanders, women, or the environment for that matter.

It’s about reclaiming the  values of fairness, and equality and a passion for our land and waters.The essence of our national character.

We can, and will, harness those  values to drive us forward to something even better, for everyone: A place that’s fairer, happier, smarter, and Greener.

Yes, Greener!  Reclaim the birth-rights of our children!

The right to swim in unpolluted rivers, to live in warm dry homes, to have a great education, to eat good healthy food.  The right of everyone to be free to be everything they’re capable of being.

Turei identifies inequality as a defining issue for the coming election. I gave some background to the damaging impact of a wide inequality gap, in this post focused on The Spirit Level, and NZ’s inequality crisis.

In yesterday’s speech, Turei argues that environmental and human-focused policies, problems and solutions are intertwined.

Inequality encourages ecological recklessness among the wealthiest people and  the richest nations.

Inequality drives over consumption, then hides the impact from the people who do most of the consuming; rich nations who shift their polluting industries offshore, and wealthy individuals who can afford to fly to Fiji to swim in pristine waters, while other people’s kids can no longer swim in their local river.

Turei refers to the Children’s Commissioner’s report, which shows that this is what poverty looks like in New Zealand today:

17 per cent of kids going without fresh food, their own bed, raincoats, doctors’ visits, birthday parties, and other things most of us would say are the bare minimum.

Ten per cent of kids living in severe poverty.

Poorer kids have three times the rate of hospital admissions for preventable illnesses. They are one and a half times as likely to die in infancy, and have an up to 50 per cent chance of becoming a poor adult, when, inevitably, the poverty cycle begins again for their kids.

The Education Hub Policy

A major plank in the Green party solution will be to create hubs for schools in lower income areas:

We will establish schools in lower income areas as hubs, where the health, social and welfare needs of children, and their families can be met onsite, where the kids are, at school.

Kids in lower decile schools will be: fed, through a national school lunch fund; sick kids will get medical attention from dedicated school nurses; and  families will get the support they need to work, further their own education and be engaged in their kids learning.

We’ll employ a coordinator in each school to make these hubs happen and to take the burden off stretched teachers so they can do what they do best – educate our kids.

A key part of our plan is free after school and holiday care in decile one to four schools.

Free after school care will gives poorer children an opportunity to get involved in sports and cultural and music activities, and the space to do homework.

We’ll build early childhood centres onsite in low decile schools where there is a need.

Schools form the “heart” of communities.  The education policy is further outlined in this press release.

Turei children

MSM Reports

Parliamentary Labour have signalled that they support this policy (NZ Herald).

NewstalkZB: ‘Greens to focus on inequality this year’.

TVNZ on the Green’s school policy.

The Dominion Post – Greens target lower decile schools

RNZ – Greens target poverty

MSM News – greens policy gets support from Labour, NZEI

3 News- Greens’ education policy focuses on inequality

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 comments on “‘Reclaiming Our Children’s Birthright’- Metiria’s speech”

  1. Polish Pride 1

    All good sounding stuff on the face of thing.
    I suspect that the issue will be on how it will be funded under the current system….Redistribution of wealth?

    Couple of points for accuracy
    “Inequality encourages ecological recklessness among the wealthiest people and the richest nations.

    Inequality drives over consumption, then hides the impact from the people who do most of the consuming; rich nations who shift their polluting industries offshore, and wealthy individuals who can afford to fly to Fiji to swim in pristine waters, while other people’s kids can no longer swim in their local river.”

    It is not inequality that encourages ecological recklessness nor does it drive over consumption. Instead it is the Profit Motive that drives both of these things.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1

      PP,

      Re first paragraph you quote: Inequality most certainly does encourage ecological recklessness – this involves lobbying i.e. the political power that large amounts of wealth creates – allowing for direct influence on the policies our governments focus on and pursue.

      I agree it is more accurate to say that the profit motive drives overconsumption and ecological recklessness than inequality – yet for the same reasons as stated above inequality does fuel the covering up of the impact of ecological recklessness – therefore the second paragraph you quote of Metiria’s is not entirely accurate – however it is most certainly accurate to say that ecological recklessness, hiding the facts and overconsumption are encouraged by inequality

      • Polish Pride 1.1.1

        Blue If we want to actually solve the problems then we need to identify the root cause. In the two examples given it is the profit motive in the current system. Yes political lobbying can and all to often in this day and age does play a role in this but the reason for it is still the profit motive.
        I.e. the reason lobbyists representing big corporations lobby government to get laws enacted, environmental protections weakened… or whatever they are lobbying for is always to create an environment that will enable their firm to do any one or all of the following
        reduce the cost of doing business which will increase their profitability,
        gain access to corporate welfare which will increase their profitability
        insert benefit X that Corporation Y is after – which will increase their profitability.

        Remove the profit motive and you will remove things such as planned obsolescence and many other drivers for ecological destruction. Example: It is cheaper to find a place to dump toxic waste than it is to ensure that it is disposed of properly (Broad example but you get the general principle)

        There has always been inequality (not saying that should continue..), there has not always been environmental destruction. The difference.. The importance and strength of the profit motive as a driver under Capitalism.

        To say that inequality drives it is grossly innacurate. It is great as a political message if you can get the punters to buy it. The problem is that followed to its natural conclusion it will not solve wither problem.
        You can tax and redistribute wealth and (ignoring other factors that will come into play) theoretically create equality but you will not eliminate the drive for profit that will result in ecological destruction and over consumption. After all it is more profitable to overfeed the west. It is unprofitable to feed those in African nations and until the reverse becomes true the west will continue to be overfed and those in certain African nations will continue to not have enough food (yes granted there are other factors at play as well corruption, despotic regimes etc).

        The problems are fixable but we need to stop kidding ourselves about the continual drive for profit.

        What do you think would happen to insidious things that still happen in the world today such as human trafficking and child pornography if there was no way to make money (read profit) from them.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 1.1.1.1

          PP

          “If we want to actually solve the problems then we need to identify the root cause.”

          This is true – and is why I agreed that there was some inaccuracy to Metiria’s speech – however another very important factor to actually getting workable solutions actualised in this world – while democracy ostensibly does still exist – is that ordinary people need to understand the connections between inequality and how it is extremely harmful to getting anything improved. This is what Metiria is doing here.

          And for this reason the parts that you quoted of Metira’s speech were actually my favourite bits – because she is spelling out to people why inequality is so very harmful – yes people being substantially poorer than others is horrible – yes some having a glut while others are near starving is wrong – however there is something going on here actually worse than that – it is worse because while this inequality is as severe as it is nothing substantial is going to be able to be changed

          None of your or anyone else’s good, creative, and/or forward-thinking ideas will get a look in until this issue is addressed – because there is too much power and influence for a few self-absorbed individuals being created by this inequality. No decent approach toward any of the biggest problems we have will get a platform in the media, they consequently struggle to gain the strong public support necessary to shift things, therefore won’t get represented effectively in governments because money is being directed to ensure this doesn’t occur.

          • Polish Pride 1.1.1.1.1

            I get your point Blue. I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one.
            I think that if/when (they will eventually) they get into power and implement their policies the problems will still exist as unfortunately they always have.

            How can I be so certain? This has been my career for almost 20 years – fixing broken systems.

            Unfortunately I’ve been into many organisations that have a problem (or many problems) with a system that they have tried a number of times to fix (the last one was in the public sector 4 attempts and 12 million dollars later). The problem is the same every single time – failure to identify and fix the root cause of the problem.

            You can increase taxes and redistribute wealth to address inequality all you want. You can make it so everyone has the same or is between points x and y but so long as you have money coupled with the current capitalist system you will have the profit motive.
            So long as you have the profit motive you will have companies looking for ways to increase their competitiveness and often that will come at a cost to the environment. You will continue to have lobbyists try to water down environmental protections and you will have the right wing weaken labor laws as part of their efforts to redistribute wealth.

            Many will not like what I have to say. But unfortunately it is the only way to actually solve the problems as it identifies and addresses the root cause. It is the only system that is designed to enable/provide the things required for the group it is designed for (mankind) to be happy. Unfortunately it really is that simple.

            These are the questions I have for you. When they get into power and they implement the policies they want to and the problems still exist……then what?
            When They are voted out again and National gets back into power again and the problems you want to solve get even worse, then what?
            When Labour and the Greens get in again and make the changes they want to and the problems persist still (as they always have)……then what?

            There comes a time when people have to start to understand the concept that you can’t do the same thing over and over the same way time after time and expect to get a different outcome. Things just don’t work that way.
            It comes down to whether or not we really want to fix the problem.

            We can continue to do the same things we have always done. it simply means that we will be in a similar (more likely worse) position in twenty years from now and we can have the same conversation then.

            “None of your or anyone else’s ideas will get a look in until this issue is addressed – because there is too much power and influence for a few self-absorbed individuals being created by this inequality. No decent approach toward any of the biggest problems we have will get a platform in the media, in the governments and consequently by the public because money is being directed to ensure this doesn’t occur.”
            This statement I by and large agree with (accept that I don’t think it will be able to be adequately addressed and I do hope I am wrong) Changing the world is never and was never going to happen in the MSM. The change will only come from the bottom up as like you say there is too much power and influence at the top.

            • Flip 1.1.1.1.1.1

              PP

              I got the profit motive is the/a problem. The solution…..???

              PS

              There are amendments being made to the National Policy on Freshwater Management which are out for comment for those concerned about the health of rivers.

              • Polish Pride

                the solution is to start looking at and discussing a system designed to meet Mankinds needs and wants
                That system should be designed with the goal of enabling Man to be happy. Afterall when you get right down to it that is what everyone wants in life.
                Maslows Hierarchy of Needs provides a good foundation for this.
                Rather than focussing on low unemployment we should be using automation and technology with the goal of freeing people from having to work. Thats not to say there won’t be work to do, there will as not all roles will be able to be automated.
                With money and the profit motive removed, design can be improved to enable goods to last far longer and to have new parts interchangible with old and in doing so reducing the consumption of resources.

                The closest system too this is the Resource Based Economy but a discussion needs to be had on exactly what form this should take and how to transition to it from where we are now.
                Doing so enables the goals of the majority of right wing and left wing voters to be met as well. i.e. the left want people to be able to live a normal and dignified life, the right don’t want to be taxed to pay for it. Their goal is to ensure they their families are successful
                Money no longer becomes a barrier to achieving what we need to in society.
                Under proper systems analysis of what Man requires in a system designed for us, Money dosen’t come into the equation. This is because the reasons it was originally introduced no longer hold true in this day and age.

                You only need to look at Maslows hierarchy to see how poorly our current system performs.

                The solutions to our problems are not cutting back on consumption. That is just never going to happen for many in society. It is about using science (uncorrupted by money and vested interests) automation, technology and design to move forward and find more efficient ways of doing things.

                • karol

                  Money is just a symptom of the problem and a means to another end – the will of some to have power and advantage over others.

                  Remove money from the system, some people will use other means to try to dominate others to their advantage.

                  The solution needs to include a focus on democratic processes.

                  • Polish Pride

                    Human nature is dictated by the surroundings or the system that it is subjected to. I don’t doubt that you can’t change peoples thinking overnight and some will still try to cling to power and will given the opportunity to dominate others for their own ends.
                    It becomes a little harder to achieve without money in the equation and in a system where people have their needs and wants met.

                    But yes agreed that a discussion around democracy and what form it should take in such a society will be key to its success for everyone.

                    I personally think we would need to start with the development of a constitution ensuring certain inalienable rights for all.
                    I think that their should for lack of a better name be a Senate whose sole job it is is to enact the will of the people whilst ensuring that it does not contravene rights given by the constitution.

                    I used to be a fan of direct democracy but have moved away from this a little because of the risk of mob rule and the oppression of minority groups that could result, although a well drafted constitution could mitigate that problem.

                  • Polish Pride

                    Karol what my reply below didn’t say is that this (the democracy process and how it should look) is not something that I have got very far on. I can’t get excited about it. I know it should be there and I have intial thoughts on certain requirements (constitution, senate etc) but I agree it is a very important area and in my view viable concepts for this should probably come from people like yourself who do understand many of the issues we have and who are passionate about having a well functioning democracy that gives people a say. You will probably come up with much better solutions in this particular area than I ever could.

                • Flip

                  PP
                  I do not think money itself is the problem and so dispensing with it will not solve it.

                  Money is just a representation of the value of trade. An ‘agreement’ in the loosest sense of the word of value.

                  It is perhaps the control of the resources that are traded which is the main problem and who receives the value from the resource usage. To me that boils down to ownership, the share of value of product and compensating future generations for non-renewable resource loss.

                  I’ll have a bit more of a read about a RBE but it seems a little idealistic at first look.

    • bad12 1.2

      Polish pride, did you ask the same question of Slippery the Prime Ministers 300+ million dollar splurge into the education system as far as where the money will come from,

      Didn’t think so, if National can magic up 300+ million dollars the Green Party policy looks a breeze…

      • Polish Pride 1.2.1

        No and I don’t need to. It too comes from the redistribution of wealth.
        The difference is I don’t sit there trying to defend one side for doing exactly the same as the other side does. Both approaches (although the greens is arguably noble in intent) are shortsighted and will not solve the problems that we face as a society. Why? If you want to solve any problem then you need to identify the root cause and address it.
        Unfortunately the root cause is that we have a System (that has evolved over time) that does not and is not designed to meet the needs of those that it should be for.
        Until we are prepared to look at that then the problems we face as a society will persist regardless of who is in power.
        Furthermore if the Greens and Labour get in, how long will it be for? Yes they will implement their redistribution of wealth policies for 6 maybe nine years before they are again voted out and National gets back in. At which time they will implement their redistribution of wealth policies. Will the problems get solved? No of course not.
        Why? because nobody has bothered to address the root cause.

        • bad12 1.2.1.1

          Polish Pride, while i somewhat agree with you on the need for the ‘system’ to change, firstly admitting that it cannot employ all it’s able bodied citizens using the current economic model i would suggest that until there is a total collapse of economy and the political system the current model will not to any marked extent change,

          Of course upon the occurrence of such a collapse of economy and the political system along with it, it is then a lottery whether or not we end up with a system based around fascism as opposed to a far more enlightened society…

          • Tracey 1.2.1.1.1

            Yup

            We know that economic collapse won’t precipitate the change because (other than Mickey Savage’s government) all others have merely shored up the current system following major crashes… Interestingly National was government in the aftermath of both large recent crashes in 1987 and late 2007/2008

        • Tracey 1.2.1.2

          I agree with what you have written. However the conundrum is anyone who proposes such radical change won’t get elected, therefore they water down and we just get the same old, same old. It’s why revolutions have tended to be the fore-runner to drastic change. Too many in Labour are still caught by the connundrum (IMO). How do we get power (to stop the current damage of the “others”) and make a radical change. I also don’t believe enough in Labour believe such change is needed. They want Neo-Liberalism with a kind heart.

          At this stage I can only see two places for my vote to begin to reflect the kind of change I want to see, and that is Green and Mana…

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.2.1

            However the conundrum is anyone who proposes such radical change won’t get elected
            That is why you have to take control of the narrative. Show people what is wrong and other alternatives that will actually solve the problems. show them how they will logically solve the problems. No smoke and mirrors. They get enough of that from our incumbent political parties.
            We need to stop focussing on what is on offer by each political party and instead focus on what we want for the society we want to live in.
            Determine this and then use this to show how inadequate the current system is. The result will be that either the parties will adapt to give what a growing number of the public want or they simply won’t and change will come anyway.
            It is a very powerful concept and even hard core right wingers fail to mount even a shred of a credible argument around a system designed to make mankind happy and one that has money removed from the equation.

            The best argument against continued Capitalism is Maslows hierarchy as it shows how inadequately it performs and highlights the fact exceedingly well.

            But that is not enough. You also have to show people an alternative that will solve the problems and how.
            This is change management 101 – Problem, Reaction, Solution.
            The reason most right now will continue along with the current system is that they either don’t see a problem (althought many now do) and it is the job of those wanting change to make it a problem for them. Make it a pain point for them i.e. find a way to connect it with their life. Wait for the reaction Provide the solution.

        • KJT 1.2.1.3

          The root cause being that every time we make some progress on fixing it. The right wing come along and fuck it up, out of greed.

          The solution is, of course, real democracy, so that social initiatives cannot be reversed by every idealogical, or greedy, destructive maniac that manages to get into parliament. And, redistribution of wealth so that a few cannot get so overwhelmingly wealthy they can buy power, to cheat the system in their favour.

          • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.3.1

            Well, that and the fact that the modern Left tends to rely on cosmetic or managerial progressive change which is not Tory proofed, and which the Right can generally all unpick in their first 18 months in power.

            The Right on the other hand, when they want something done and changed for good, they make it permanent and nearly impossible to reverse.

            Closing down Hillside Workshops is an example. Tories don’t just shut down railways, they rip up the tracks too.

          • Polish Pride 1.2.1.3.2

            Thought for the day:
            Capitalism is inhuman.
            Socialism is enslavement.

  2. George D 2

    It was an excellent way to start the year and define what NZ’s major left-environmental party stands for.

  3. Bill 3

    A-ha! An actual education policy and not a $400 million use of public money to lay the foundations for the privatisation of NZs schools. ;-)

    (Not that pumping $400 million into forming a tier of enforcers to lock in league tables and national standards and whatever other market friendly measurable criteria has anything to do with privatisation – it was a ‘left turn’ by the Nats, uh-huh)

  4. RedBaronCV 4

    Shouldn’t be hard to fund. The private schools have $35m for 6 years to pay back – that’s $210m up front and $35m a year ongoing. They and the integrated schools might have to sell some assets to pay but hey selling assets is the name of the “rich game”

  5. bad12 5

    An excellent speech from Metiria, while i voice some initial disquiet that such Hubs in schools may be addressing the symptoms and not the cause, on reflection, such Hubs located at schools are the best location to deliver en masse to these children what is really needed while providing this in an inclusive way where the kids do not feel alienated by being singled out for special attention,(even where such attention is obviously for their betterment),

    A big YES to the provision of sports,arts, and culture in such programs especially in the after school hours and holiday weeks when the children of the poor have little in the way of ‘a holiday’ or a structured activity,

    Special attention should be given to such children in an attempt to identify areas in which these kids excel that are not strictly covered in the education curriculum, such gifts, and most kids have one, where there is disposable income in a household are usually provided for by parents but the low income of many(in the 1-4 decile),means that the myriad of ‘gifts’ these kids possess are not fostered and eventually will be forgotten, even by the kids as poverty grinds out of them any and all hopes and dreams,

    A BIG ups to the Green Party for this well thought through policy,and i hope that the welfare policy is similarly robust with a ‘first focus’ on the kids policy…

  6. greywarbler 6

    bad 12
    I have thought about having mobile health units, fairly simple going round suburbs with two staffers each (definitely not one.) And bringing health services and interaction with the people ,
    to the people they want to reach. They would be noted in a computer and attempts made to follow up and ensure that wellness was reached, or even that someone could get them to an interpreter, a counsellor, through a second-tier health van.

    But getting the children help at school is excellent idea. And parents who are perhaps going through a temporary depression, can benefit from a hand with their young ones’ needs at that time. And parents who are in recurring or semi-permanent negative states, will have those large holes in their care filled for that occasion, and if continuing help is available, perhaps each time that it occurs. This may prevent the need for fostering, which often is worse for the child, than a parent with many faults but is known and familiar, and actually cares about the child.

    • bad12 6.1

      Another benefit of the policy is where working parents or a working parent on low wages and most likely to have to work during school holidays will have a safe place during the day where they know the kids will be well cared for and have plenty of ‘holiday activities’ to keep them occupied,

      i know from our experience as kids with a working solo mum,(no DPB in those days),that while we all looked after each other leaving 4 kids alone all day for weeks is a recipe for Trouble, and, the pattern being set early Trouble we provided in truckloads…

  7. Papa Tuanuku 7

    Finlayson park School in Manurewa does this kaupapa really well, a model to follow?

  8. Tracey 8

    Thanks karol.

  9. Pasupial 9

    There’s a few snippets in the “MSM Reports” links, but I can’t find a video of the picnic speech. There’s nothing on the Green Party website either that I can find. Labour’s handling of Cunliffe’s speech seems much better coordinated – having both the live stream and a quickly accesible recording.

    I fear that Turei’s speech – excellent though it is to read – is destined to become a lost event in NZ political consciousness. Good to hear a bit of cooperation between Labour & Greens in backing up each others positions though. Even if the speech itself vanishes from the mind of those who were not physically present in Wellington on Sunday, I trust that the policy will endure.

    • Tracey 9.1

      Compare with coverage of

      A. Colin Craig
      B. Len Brown

      IF the Greens got a fair share of media coverage… would they go up or down in the polls?

  10. Steve Wrathall 10

    “Our country was built on the values of hard work”… but don’t worry about that old tosh. If you want to sleep in until 11 and have your kids go to school hungry, don’t worry. We’ll nick money of those who actually do “hard work” and feed them for you…and you can still keep all the bennie money. Please vote for us!

    • McFlock 10.1

      It’s always amazing how tens of thousands of nzers suddenly turn lazy and go on unemployment benefit as soon as the nacts come into power.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        +1

      • Polish Pride 10.1.2

        and unfortunately for anyone on the left what steve has put above is a very real concern for many on the right. As such they will continue to always vote against this sort of policy. The answer is in Steves post though if you want to look hard enough. Find a way to make the changes you want without redistributing what others have earned or increasing taxes. The problem is that the current system doesn’t lend itself very well to that.
        The problem is not with what the left want to do, it is also not with what the right want (and whether you like it or not it is a valid argument). The problem is the inability for the current system to be able to cater for both sets of view points. This is why the Left vs Right paradigm exists.
        Stick with the status quo and the problem will unfortunately always exist.
        Find a system that gives both sides what they want and you will by and large solve the problem.

        • McFlock 10.1.2.1

          The right will always be opposed to any solution that does not preserve their power. That is their nature, right back to the Middle Ages and beyond. You cannot cater to their viewpoints and those of others any more than you can reconcile the viewpoints of predator and prey.

          • Polish Pride 10.1.2.1.1

            Have you bothered to try?
            The voting right don’t really have anymore or less power than you do. Do not confuse the vast majority of the voting right with those at the top of the food chain. There is a big difference. Understand what the voting right want and solutions will emerge. But don’t assume you already know because much of the views about right wingers on here from those on the left couldn’t be further from the truth. Not surprisingly the same goes for right wingers on Whaleoil saying what those on the left are all about.

            • McFlock 10.1.2.1.1.1

              I’ve been closer to a lot of tory voters than I care to recall.

              It’s not a reasoned position, it’s a lifestyle and a sense of entitlement. I recognised I was fortunate to be in my position – they assumed that they were responsible for theirs. That’s the difference. Everything flows from there.

              • Polish Pride

                Yes I would agree that many on the right think exactly that that they are responsible for theirs. What you will also be aware of then is that they don’t like the idea of the govt taking what they see as their hard earned money period. It irks them even more if they think it is going to those that can’t be bothered getting off their arse and getting a job (their words not mine).
                The point is they want a solution that doesn’t mean the harder they work the more they give. It isn’t possible under the current system. It is under an alternative one.
                That same one also happens to solve the problems that the left want solved. Big ticket items such as poverty. Problems that have always existed and have never been able to be solved.

                The thing that needs to be accepted is that regardless of your thoughts on their viewpoint they get the same vote as you do and as such in a system that has the Lvs R paradigm at its very core you will never fully achieve the world you want to live in under the current system. Why? because there are others (those on the right) who have an opposing view of how the world should be. Even then thats not an entirely accurate way of putting it. Those on the right are happy for others to be able to lead a comfortable and dignified existence where their children are well fed etc. etc. etc. They just don’t think they should have to pay for it.

                The wakeup call should be that neither side can achieve what they want to under the current system. A system that has been designed to meet the needs and wants of Man and puts in place a framework for doing so just so happens to give both sides the outcomes they are after. It does this without redistribution of wealth.

                Surely that has to be worth taking a serious look at

                • McFlock

                  Nah, not really, if I recall previous discussions on the matter correctly.

                  The obvious problem with your statement is that you talk about everyone’s needs being met – this is perfectly possible, but tory greed is not about their needs.

                  The people who you talk about being upset at being taxed still live a life of comfort, even after tax. Something in them creates an insatiable desire for more. If the causes of that desire were addressed, then they would no longer be tories.

                  • karol

                    Plenty wrong with Maslow’s Needs Theory – based on very limited research of selected individuals. It’s a psychological theory (therefore focused on the behaviour of individuals), and does not take into account social context or social processes.

                    • Polish Pride

                      Simply look at the hierarchy. In your view is anything missing for what someone would need on some level to be happy.

                      Then ask yourself this simple question. Should the system be designed with the goal of enabling a person to be happy?
                      If not why not?

                  • Polish Pride

                    it is not about Tory greed and this is part of why the system fails. failure to understand the true nature of each side. I have been reading the standard and whaleoil for 3 years. I see what you all complain about.I see what they complain about on whaleoil. I see what they call you. I see what you fellas call them. Both are a good representation of the Lvs R paradigm and both fail dismally to understand what the voter on each side wants.

                    But lets for a moment and take your stated desire…

                    “Something in them creates an insatiable desire for more. If the causes of that desire were addressed, then they would no longer be tories”

                    Lets say it is addressed and there is no longer tories. you have full blown socialism.
                    So people are now essentially enslaved those receiving a hand out from the government so they can live what someone else determines is a dignified life. Then you have those that earn a good wage but are highly taxed to pay for the system. They work until they retire and then they get a pension.
                    Throughout your life the govts goal has been low unemployment
                    part of your education is paid for by your parents
                    Free healthcare (mostly), you pay for your prescriptions and you hope the drugs you need are bought by pharmac
                    Poverty still exists
                    Every 6 or so years your pet govt gets voted out and replaced by the one you don’t like quite as much and they make things a bit worse for the next 6 or so years.
                    You still have to buy the things you need and want
                    You work at least 40 hrs per week or more. You see your family in the evenings after a hard days work and you also get two days on the weekend.
                    If you want to take the boat out on the weekend. You have to have saved up and bought one or know someone who has one or unfortunately you don’t get to take a boat anywhere.
                    Your home – yep you either rent and pay someone elses mortgage or you get a mortgage of your own and work to pay that off for the next 20 -30 years.

                    The alternative you redesign the system to meet the needs and wants of mankind. You use science technology and automation to work towards automating roles so people don’t have to work. You use science and technology to determine the best use and management of resources to serve the needs and wants of everyone. You give people the resources they want. Yes there are still plenty of jobs to do, but you only need to work half the time as many roles can be automated and all financial roles are no longer required.
                    Throughout your life your govt or the system had the goal of and automated many roles so more and more people were not required to work
                    free education
                    free healthcare
                    No poverty
                    your govts goal is to free you from having to work, enable you to be happy, they want to maximise the time you get to spend with family and friends
                    The things you need and want you simply order.
                    you maybe need to work 3 days out of seven because you job share with someone who does the other 3. You only have to work until your 45
                    You want to take the boat out on the weekend you just book it.
                    Your house yes you get a house – all families get to have a home designed and built for them (well of course there’s existing houses too) But everone has a safe warm healthy home of their own –

                    Thats the difference between the shit system we have now and one that is designed for the needs and wants of mankind

                    oh and the right wing voter doesn’t get his hard earned money taken from him and given to someone else cause that is pretty much why he votes right.
                    Of course he doesn’t have money anymore but like everyone else his needs and wants are catered for so he pretty much gets to live the life he wants to.

                    • McFlock

                      So people are now essentially enslaved those receiving a hand out from the government so they can live what someone else determines is a dignified life. Then you have those that earn a good wage but are highly taxed to pay for the system. They work until they retire and then they get a pension.
                      Throughout your life the govts goal has been low unemployment
                      part of your education is paid for by your parents
                      Free healthcare (mostly), you pay for your prescriptions and you hope the drugs you need are bought by pharmac
                      Poverty still exists
                      Every 6 or so years your pet govt gets voted out and replaced by the one you don’t like quite as much and they make things a bit worse for the next 6 or so years.
                      You still have to buy the things you need and want
                      You work at least 40 hrs per week or more. You see your family in the evenings after a hard days work and you also get two days on the weekend.
                      If you want to take the boat out on the weekend. You have to have saved up and bought one or know someone who has one or unfortunately you don’t get to take a boat anywhere.
                      Your home – yep you either rent and pay someone elses mortgage or you get a mortgage of your own and work to pay that off for the next 20 -30 years.

                      No
                      yes
                      same as everyone else – what right have they to live in ease when others die
                      yes
                      indirectly via govt
                      yes, much better than now
                      nope
                      nope, because there are no tories to vote for and no tories to vote
                      yes, but you get everything you need
                      nope, you can work 40hpw if you want to, though. Everyone gets to, nobody has to work longer
                      etc

                      ” You use science and technology to determine the best use and management of resources to serve the needs and wants of everyone. ”
                      Huxley describe that society, ISTR.

                • KJT

                  Most of the people who pontificate about hard working Kiwi’s have never done anything harder than pushing a pen, for all their life.

                  Richer Kiwi’s are richer, at least in part, because of the leg up and assistance given to them by other workers and taxpayers. If they had been born in a less prosperous society they would not be so rich.

                  Refusing to pay the taxes, that help pay for their advantages, is bludging selfishness.

                  This, very hard working Kiwi, has no problem at all with paying a few dollars more tax, so all our kids can get a leg up.

                  This policy has a return of at least 11 times. (If I help them now they will have enough prosperity and resources to look after me when I am fully geriatric, instead of half way there) Good value for money. Nationals tax cuts have cost the country billions in borrowing and compounding interest.

                  And, What I said previously about universality, a discussion you must have slept through.

                • Flip

                  Myth. Hard work = more income.

                  Everybody has the same amount of time. How they are able to apply it is circumstantial. Some have more talent (natural) and skill (applied time), but not the amount > others that obscene income differentials suggest.

                  Deservedness is to salve the conscience of the wealthy when it was really almost entirely luck.

                  Everytime ‘hard work’ is used as justification for wealth it should be challenged and expunged from media.

    • tricledrown 10.2

      steve i think the political climate is changing and people are warming to the policies of the left that will make sure our kids that are being left on the bottom of the heap because bullshitting bullies like you have had your day the average length some body stays on a benefit and the numbers have gone up under the rights bullying policy $6 billion of potential being lost is what you idiots blindly ignore.

    • tricledrown 10.3

      steve our country was also built on caring and sharing all in together team spirit that picked up we johnny keys mum and him put him in a state house gave his mum a widows pension johnny got a free education milk in school tertiary education so he could reach his potential.

    • Murray Olsen 10.4

      We’re coming for your money, Steve. Better bugger off real quick before we get it. And never, ever take the risk of returning. I’m sure you’ll be an asset to whatever cut rate fiscal paradise you manage to flee to.

  11. tricledrown 11

    steve I paid high taxes so we johnny could reach his potential.

  12. Tracey 12

    ” steve i think ”

    Trickledown, thank you for succinctly summing up the difference between you and steve.

  13. AsleepWhileWalking 13

    I <3 Greens!

  14. Pasupial 14

    No sign of video from the picnic speech online yet, but this came up on YouTube under Turei 2014, and is certainly well worth the time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edV_0frVxfY

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    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • President Obama Congratulates Key
    The President called Prime Minister Key late last evening to congratulate him on his third electoral victory....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Seven Pasifika MPs elected – highest number ever
    AUCKLAND ( Pacific Media Watch / The New Zealand Herald ): The highest number of Pasifika MPs elected in New Zealand's history were voted in at the weekend general election....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
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