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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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    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
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