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Reef piranha

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 pm, December 22nd, 2013 - 42 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, len brown, Media, parliamentary spending - Tags:

Today’s Herald editorial gets one thing right – a media pack has turned on Len Brown. But it’s not gutsy journalism – it comes straight out of the Rupert Murdoch playbook.

David Lange famously compared media in his time to reef fish – darting hither and yon in some kind of genetic “follow the leader” pattern.  It’s probably not fair to call all the journalists and commentators reef piranha, although some certainly are. But reef fish behaviour it certainly is, as they shift the sins of the Mayor from target to target without it seems any of the examination one expects from the journalistic profession.

No matter that Brown was exonerated of any  misuse of office. Now  the sin for which some think he must pay with his life is not to have declared complimentary room upgrades, for rooms he has booked and paid for himself.  According to the Eeyores of  EY, they total over $32,000 for 64 occasions. That’s $500 an upgrade, which seems quite a lot on top of what Len paid himself. The report is not particularly detailed as to how this total was arrived at, and I cannot find any example of any journalist asking questions about it.

I look forward without much expectation to the journalistic crusade to expose any and every public official who has ever received an upgrade for room or flight and who has not declared it as either conflict of interest or in their gift register. It would certainly involve rivers of ink.

The most disappointing thing for me is how many of Auckland’s so-called “left” such as Trotter, Manning, and McCarten have joined the shoal fish, even if swimming in the rear. These petty picadors have stuck the lance into Len, all the while protesting they are doing it more in sorrow than in anger or for his own good. That’s not gutsy journalism either and does little credit to either their analysis or their courage.

42 comments on “Reef piranha”

  1. gobsmacked 1

    A chocolate reef fish for the first person to provide an example of the Fourth Estate in the past week or so, asking another politician:

    “So, have you ever received any free upgrades?”

    It may have happened – of course I can’t follow all media – but I’m afraid I’ve missed it.

  2. RedLogix 2

    Here’s the deal.

    Between 50-60% of all people, of both genders, “cheat’ on a partner at some point in their lives.

    http://www.statisticbrain.com/infidelity-statistics/

    That makes an awful lot of tut-tutting jonolists and dreary, judgmental panty-sniffers something far worse than anything Len has done.

    They’re a pack of sniveling hypocrites. It was Len’s private life and was never any of their prurient little snouts business.

    (Oh and the nonsense about the upgrades and freebies – nothing but a fig-leaf for those who know they’re being hypocrites and snivelers.)

    • Anne 2.1

      +1 Redlogix.

    • Steve 2.3

      “Oh and the nonsense about the upgrades and freebies – nothing but a fig-leaf for those who know they’re being hypocrites and snivelers.”

      So you describe Len Brown taking free rooms from Sky City during the convention centre debate as just nonsense? Surely that action deeply compromises him?

      • RedLogix 2.3.1

        It’s a valid question.

        If you can show that SC offered Len the rooms as a specific gift in order to induce him to change his vote – then yes you are correct, that would indeed deeply compromise him. But no-one has been able to show that.

        On the other hand what we do know is that for perfectly legitimate reasons Len frequently used a number of hotels in Auckland city, and all of them had routine policies of offering high value guests upgrades and the occasional free nights as a form of competitive discounting.

        That’s a perfectly normal and acceptable commercial arrangement – just as Brewers trip to the GC to speak at a Mediaworks event appears to have been. The evidence suggests this is by far the more probable scenario in both cases.

        It is worth recalling that Len was paying for these rooms himself as a private person, just as Cameron was working for Mediaworks on his own private capacity. This is probably where the ambiguity arose – because these matters arose entirely on their own time as private citizens it probably never occurred to them that there was any ‘gifting’ that was required to be registered as an interest with the Council.

        After all if a cafe gives you a tenth cup free on a loyalty card – is that a ‘gift’ or a discount? And would you think that your employer needed to know about it?

        In hindsight declaring both matters to the Council would have prevented any problem for both men – but hindsight is of course prone to counsels of perfection.

        • Steve 2.3.1.1

          I’m not sure anyone is suggesting that he accepted the free rooms as an inducement for support. But it does demonstrate extremely poor judgement, and that is more than concerning for somebody in his position.
          To me, this situation is very similar to the position John Banks finds himself in. Both are examples of poor judgement, and both have handled the situations terribly.

          • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.1.1

            John Banks deliberately lied about very large donations handed to him personally, via statutory declaration. Banks is now facing criminal charges. Quite different to business as usual hotel upgrades which any hotel gives out to any frequent customer.

            • Steve 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Upgrades? Don’t you mean free rooms? Have you ever received a free room?

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Right wing nut job has English comprehension problems.

                Free means you don’t have to pay. Brown paid.

      • gobsmacked 2.3.2

        I think *anybody* accepting freebies from Sky City while having a say on the conference centre is compromised. Including Brown.

        But I have no idea who has accepted them, because only one person has been investigated. It beggars belief that nobody in the media is interested in making one single phone call to the MPs who voted for the Sky City deal. Just get them on the record denying or admitting (or “not recalling”).

        Why aren’t they doing this? “Conspiracy”, some will say, but I prefer a more basic – and arguably worse – one. They just don’t care. And if that’s the case, then any talk about “principles” and “corruption” is laughable. Especially from the Herald.

        If it matters, seek the truth. If it doesn’t matter, then let’s tell the truth – it’s not about principles at all, and never was.

        • RedLogix 2.3.2.1

          I agree that it was unwise of anyone to be accepting freebies from Sky City at that point in time – but given that it was most likely a perfectly routine discounting arrangement I would argue it’s not a hanging offense.

          And as you say – if we went on a fishing expedition through the affairs of all politicians we’d most certainly find similar.

          • Macro 2.3.2.1.1

            It is interesting to note that National regularly hold their conference at Sky City – one wonders just what sort of “Inducements” are being offered then.

            But then that sort of thing is ok /sarc

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.2.2

          Also SkyCity was giving Brown exactly the same treatment before negotiations, and after negotiations. No change, no special treatment, business as usual.

  3. fambo 3

    Well said. As just one example of many, John Banks would have gotten away with corruption sans any media outrage if it wasn’t for one private individual who used a still independent judiciary. The way the media treats John Key, even after he got the police to raid their offices suggests they are blind to his transgressions in a similar way to the US media and George Bush. They simply refuse to hold him to account.

    • Grumpy 3.1

      You hope….Banks hasn’t admitted or been convicted of anything yet.

      • felix 3.1.1

        Yeah right. He admitted receiving the money. He admitted making the declaration.

      • Macro 3.1.2

        No.. he is in denial…

        He cannot admit anything, because if he did, he would have to be asked to leave his comfortable position. And we can’t have that…

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Such behaviour is common to authoritarian followers. They will always defend their leaders no matter what the facts say and they’ll do it either through not mentioning the crime to outright denial that it happened.

      • RedLogix 3.2.1

        Exactly.

        Personally I was not too fussed about Brewer accepting a trip to the GC. I’m still a little curious as to exactly why MediaWorks decided to shower this beneficence on him, but if it’s a straightforward commercial arrangement then it’s justified.

        The point is; if you go on fishing trips into anyone’s private life you will find something to make game of. There are no perfect people.

        What gets me is that the left falls for this game every time. None of the screamers and howlers after Len Brown’s scalp actually cared the slightest about who he was fucking (other than his family – and it to them and them only that he is accountable for that) nor the puffed up nonsense around the hotels.

        It was just a game and distraction to them. Called “Get Len”. So as we stop paying attention to what’s important.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1

          The Left has lost most of the muscle, cohesion and will needed to make a difference on shit which matters, so it gets distracted by everything else.

        • karol 3.2.1.2

          The whole Brown thing is a big distraction from the real shortcomings of the Auckland Council undemocratic structure: personality politics rather than the stuff that really matters.

  4. Grumpy 4

    Gob, try Brewer, accusations that proved false.
    Contrast this post with Worth etc. nice that the left is so absolving of their own but the howls of outrage at the drop of a hat over any perceived indiscretion by a right politician just make you look hypocritical.

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      Brewer was asked about free upgrades? Cite? (no, because he wasn’t).

      Richard Worth? Another case of the memory hole. Does this ring a bell? –

      “I gave him a bollocking,”

      “If he hadn’t resigned, I would have sacked him.”

      “I’ve washed my hands of him.”

      “I can’t sack him twice.”

      All said by the same person, the one who was responsible for ending Worth’s career. Hint: not a leftie.

  5. RedbaronCV 5

    I’ve posted in open mike but the report is shabby to put it mildly. Quax and Cameron should be called to account, the report plus other staff time etc must now be rising towards quarter of a mill of ratepayer money for a $400 return. Time those two stopped wasting rates.

  6. clifford wright 6

    That’s just it! Because you happen to agree with the professed politics of someone in public life can NEVER be allowed to blind you to failings that they may have.
    Otherwise you really are a country of the “one eyed”.
    Always the problem is that the “protector of the downtrodden” as Len wants to be portrayed leaves himself more open to criticism than the self proclaimed monetarist “Jackist”.
    We all know the monetarist is a selfish Bastard!
    But it looks worse when one’s expectations are higher.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Oh for fucks sake try and make some sense instead of taping some random moral outrage together.

  7. Nick K 7

    I look forward to your stinging criticism of the media the next time a right wing politician is harassed into oblivion, like David Garrett was.

    • chris73 7.1

      Or Richard Worth or Aaron Gilmore…

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Richard Worth – fell on his own sword (details hushed up not splashed out).

        Aaron Gilmore – fell on his own sword (but not before taking swipes at his Leader and his party).

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      What, the baby thief? Were you all ready to forgive that were you?

  8. philj 8

    xox.
    This lil’ Orkland melodrama, is boring as for the rest of country. It becomes petty, with point scoring being the name of the game. Is this really as ‘good’ as it gets? Seems that when a lot of TVNZ production moved from Lower Hutt to Orkland, the standard went down the toilet. I’m thinking breakfast and morning TV, which is appalling. Orkland is a disaster (in the making) , with housing, transport, Democratic(?) Super City, issues. Collectively, we have degenerated into a mean spirited, undemocratic idiocracy, aided by a stupefied MSM. Game , set and Match. Don’t tell me hard Labour is the answer. Lookin forward to next year’s fiasco’s. Keep smilin’.

  9. captain hook 9

    the standard of journalism in New Zealand is extremely poor.
    basically most of them are kids who have never done anything excpept school, j-school and then the job.
    their biggest ambition is not to report the news or investigate the ramifications but to get someone in their sights and do them down so they can put it in their cv’s.
    the other side of the coin is that they think they are inviolate and beyond reproach when they are just creeps hanging around.

    • RedLogix 9.1

      the standard of journalism in New Zealand is extremely poor.

      Not helped by the fact that a huge portion of the articles which are not direct local content – have actually been written in Australia.

      I don’t think many kiwis realise exactly how much of the content found in our media can also be seen every day in all the Australian papers. This sort of writing which used to be bread and butter for our local journos has been outsourced to head office.

      No-one – apart from the Press Gallery ‘reef-fish’ – makes a decent career from the business these days. The days of your local, ‘hard-bitten, probably alcoholic, but knew exactly where all the bodies were buried’ hack, who could be depended on to dig up a decent story if given half a lead – is long gone.

      It takes maturity and experience to be a good journalist. Apart from a few like Gordon Campbell, who are remnants of an earlier age – none of today’s kiddies who churn out the bulk of the local content have much of a clue about how the world really works.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        Journalism is a trade and it takes at least 5-10 years on the job with solid mentoring to get good at it. A good story will take a month or two to put together, fact check, edit and publish. And as you say, it just doesn’t happen nowadays.

        As for the Press Gallery – it’s that rare day when they are purposefully challenging the narrative given to them by those in the halls of power, rather than just repeating it.

  10. TightyRighty 10

    Can you please point out the bit where Len brown was completely cleared of misusing the power of the office of the mayor in the EY report?

    • RedLogix 10.1

      How about you tell us exactly what you think he did wrong? Then we can have a meaningful discussion about whether or not Len was exonerated or not.

  11. Foreign Waka 11

    The witch hunt has begun and the fight for the position too. Mark my words, this will be “allocated” to a National party member or at least supporting person.
    Yep, politics – who needs it.

    • Ian 11.1

      No political party needs Len Brown. Give him up and move on. He is yesterdays shit.

      • Foreign Waka 11.1.1

        I have no preference either way as I am not familiar with the men and his personality. It puts me in a almost perfect spot to be an independent observer.
        Upgrades of flights and Hotel stays for free are very common to a lot of VIPS if that is the gripe. If it is Mr Browns personal life, its no ones business really. To make it different is almost like a case of an obsessive Presbyterian view that is being portrait.
        The whole time line of the reporting, revealing and reactions are almost cinematic and compelling to predict what the next snippet will be.

  12. tricledrown 12

    grunpy grinches galore.

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  • Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser missing in action on the TPP
    While rapid change is always possible in trade talks as they approach the deadline, lets assume that the offers on the table for dairy at the TPP talks in Maui won’t improve much beyond the “appallingly bad” level currently being… ...
    2 days ago

  • Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion
    Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for… ...
    4 hours ago
  • Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling out our homes?
    After failing to protect the right to stop foreign speculators buying our houses it’s clear the Government is not going to get wins on dairy in their TPP negotiations either, Labour’s Trade and Export spokesperson David Parker says. “Labour has… ...
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
    1 day ago
  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.  It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of… ...
    2 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 days ago
  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
    3 days ago
  • National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is embarking on a campaign to fight the changes that weaken the Health and Safety Reform bill. As part of the campaign the CTU has organised vigils with the display of 291 crosses… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    3 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    3 days ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    3 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    4 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    4 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    4 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    5 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    5 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    5 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    5 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    5 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    1 week ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    1 week ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    1 week ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    1 week ago

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