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No Asset Sales Referendum results

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 pm, December 13th, 2013 - 185 comments
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The preliminary no asset sales referendum results are in and the results are impressive.  Two thirds of voters, a total of just under 900,000 have voted no.  The total reported vote (which will go up with late votes) is 1.33 million or 44% of all elected voters.  Well done everyone.

Now will the Government listen?

185 comments on “No Asset Sales Referendum results”

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    • Fisiani 1.1

      Less than 30% of voters voted NO. What a waste of time and money.

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        Votes don’t provide a mandate if the turnout is less than 100%?

        Fuckers shouldn’t have sold the assets then.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.1.2

        So about 15% support this policy then? Jesus, that’s shit. Go #teamtiny

      • Arfamo 1.1.3

        Stop whining. You had your chance to show your support for Shonkey. You can’t blame anyone else for the fact he has stuff-all support from (many even National) voters for his ripoff selloffs.

      • AmaKiwi 1.1.4

        In a dictatorship, every form of citizen participation is “a waste of time and money.”

      • jcuknz 1.1.5

        And over fifty percent couldn’t be bothered … the result is better for National than at the General Election for all the huffing and puffing of the aussie

        • karol 1.1.5.1

          Not such a rosy picture for the Nats in their own electorates.

          Those who support asset sales couldn’t be bothered getting out to vote? They really must strongly support the NAct policy then!?

  2. Arfamo 2

    Now will the Government listen?

    Fingers in the ears mate.

  3. gobsmacked 3

    Two-thirds of National‘s 2011 voters didn’t want to show support for the government’s flagship policy.

    I think Genesis has just been saved.

  4. mickysavage 4

    The Maori electorates all voted 90%+ against asset sales. The Maori Party is going to have a lot of explaining to do.

  5. Rogue Trooper 5

    “On the ‘first’ day of Christmas My True love gave to me…”

  6. Rogue Trooper 6

    Fire Away, don’t spare the horses (very enduring those equines).

  7. karol 7

    Helensville – 52% voted No.

    Nat supporters didn’t turn out.

  8. Fiddlesticks 8

    What a failure. Couldn’t even muster as many as the “anti smacking” referendum. Couldn’t even muster 50% of eligible voters. Waste of time. Waste of $9m dollars. How many school lunches would that buy?? How many childhood immunisations??

    Back to the crayon board.

    • Arfamo 8.1

      Aww … fiddlesticks!

      • Rogue Trooper 8.1.1

        absolutely love it! Fiddlestix was a ‘game’ when we were children, then some of us put away our ‘games’…

    • mickysavage 8.2

      Oh dear. Did Cameron send you?

      The anti smacking vote was conducted at the same time as the 2008 general election.

      Must

      Try

      Harder.

      And you could buy way more school lunches if the country hadn’t spent so much money on Australian Merchant Bankers preparing for the sale.

    • gobsmacked 8.3

      1) How many school lunches and immunisations would have been bought by the millions spent on advertising asset sales?

      2) When was this alternative spend that you now offer, ever offered by the government?

      • gobsmacked 8.3.1

        Hey Fiddly! I want to spend nine million on school lunches … like you promised. I want to sign the petition.

        Come on, tell us how not holding this referendum would have made that happen.

    • BM 8.4

      You speak the truth, fiddle sticks.

      Once again the Chardonnay socialists showing a complete disregard of taxpayers money.

      The only good thing to come out of this is that Key will spend the next 11 months clubbing the left over the head with this colossal fail.

      A win, once again for the blue team

      • mickysavage 8.4.1

        Only in BM land would getting 32% of the vote in a referendum be considered a win.

        • BM 8.4.1.1

          432,950 said YES
          895,322 said NO

          1,742,575 said MEH, I’M NOT FUSSED.

          Only in lefty land would this be considered a success.

          I cut you guys some slack though you’re so use to getting your arses handed to you on a plate you’ve forgotten what a win looks like.

          I give you a hint there lads, this isn’t one.

          • gobsmacked 8.4.1.1.1

            Breaking news …

            BM demands the immediate resignation of National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

            Because the last time National won a by-election (Mr Ross in Botany) the turnout was too low for the result to be accepted, a spokesman for BM explained.

            Mr Ross was unavailable for comment, as he was heading round to BM’s place with a gag and some friends.

          • North 8.4.1.1.2

            So it’s a stiffening gingernut with a cuppa tonight is it Bowel Motion ? By way of celebration ?

            Down your legs BM.

          • Rogue Trooper 8.4.1.1.3

            you play a good game, give you that.

          • the pigman 8.4.1.1.4

            Haha, well the image used for this post was prescient. BM, you never fail to disappoint with your explosive fecal dribble.

    • Murray Olsen 8.5

      Which organisation should have been given the money in order to buy school lunches? Ah, there’s no program in place. Hmmm, could have always spent it on flying a few more high stakes gamblers in first class for a Sky City convention on South Island land rezoning. I’m sure the logistics are in place for that.

      Find one instance of any mention of a government plan to provide school lunches that was postponed because of the referendum. I’ll wait. Then fuck off back to WhaleSpew and wank on about how it’s not the government’s job to buy school lunches.

    • felix 8.6

      “Waste of $9m dollars. How many school lunches would that buy?? “

      None, it’s a National govt.

    • Paul 8.7

      Waste of 9 million.
      I guess better to spend it on a billionaire ‘s boat race, right?

  9. Rosie 9

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it skonkey.

  10. karol 10

    Stuff headline: Two-thirds of voters oppose asset sales

    Lead paragraph:

    Kiwis have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s asset sales programme, with opponents outnumbering supporters by more than two to one in a citizens-initiated referendum.

    • Arfamo 10.1

      Herald still obviously struggling to get the right headline and narrative before carrying the result.

      Edit: They’ve woken up.
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11172228

      67.2% against asset sales
      Voters have given the Govt’s flagship asset sales policy an emphatic thumbs down, ratcheting up pressure for the sale of Genesis Energy to be shelved.

      • karol 10.1.1

        Yes they’ve gone with the 67.2% no vote as headline on the man page.

        But the actual article headline is “Voters vote resoundingly against asset sales in referendum”

        And the lead paragraph:

        Voters have given the Government’s flagship asset sales policy an emphatic thumbs down, ratcheting up pressure for the sale of Genesis Energy – the remaining asset in the programme – to be shelved.

        The citizens-initiated referendum (CIR) on asset sales has closed and as expected, most of those who voted opposed the partial sale of state owned power companies and Air New Zealand.

  11. Fiddlesticks 11

    Couldn’t even muster as many yes votes as those that supposedly voted for parties against assets sales in 2011. All in all, a complete failure.

    Better luck next time.

    • McFlock 11.2

      cheers for the thought fs, but I think the left will be pretty satisfied with a “complete failure” like this in 2014.

    • gobsmacked 11.3

      Here’s your problem, Fiddly & BM (and bear with me here, it requires some brain cells).

      If asset sales (even “only” 49% of assets) are NOT that unpopular after all – as you claim – and if the last election was a “real” referendum on asset sales, and National won it …

      … then National should offer more asset sales at the next election, right? Yes, there are still some more to sell. Why not stick with a popular, election winning policy?

      Because now, they dare not. And THAT is a victory – for the people.

      • Anne 11.3.1

        (and bear with me here, it requires some brain cells).

        BM will understand because he’s not devoid of brain cells (even if they need a re-tune) but Piddles… not a show.

    • Rogue Trooper 11.4

      Lord, give us strength to tolerate the less-endowed amongst us; Stewardship over the beasts you suggested; Very wise. Thank you Lord.

  12. Fiddlesticks 12

    No votes even.

    • Arfamo 12.1

      Too late. Shown up for the fool you are.

      • Fiddlesticks 12.1.1

        At this point that is the appropriate thing to say to the Australian export. He tried. He failed. Time to go home.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          Awwww, pushing the “Aus-NZ” button so soon?
          It doesn’t work so much these days when tories try it.

          Most New Zealanders have more in common with most Australians than either has with their tory overlords. When more extreme buttons of the same flavour were pushed in 1914, the sentiment was expressed “a bayonet is a weapon with a worker at both ends”.

          Long story short, quite a few NZers woud prefer dunnokeyo fucked off to Hawaii before Norman goes to Aus.

        • gobsmacked 12.1.1.2

          Should Melissa Lee go home? How about Jian Yang? The Indian guy? National’s benches are thinning out …

          Got any more xenophobia you’d like to share?

          • Rogue Trooper 12.1.1.2.1

            Man, these also-rans are going hard out, Bless Them; least the left would not retire them to the Glue Factory.

            • Fiddlesticks 12.1.1.2.1.1

              Some of my best friends are Australian…

              But in all seriousness. I do know a couple of Muslims.

              • Rogue Trooper

                well, everybody can now see what is going on, more Close To Home than PRISM; I do not even have TV and I can follow this.

          • alwyn 12.1.1.2.2

            Winston Peters to go back to Taiwan?
            Isn’t that where the Genetic studies say that Polynesians originated from?

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.3

          Ah, the Tories xenophobia coming to the fore I see.

  13. Fiddlesticks 13

    “No” votes even.

    • Arfamo 13.1

      Still a “fool”. Maybe come back later as someone else. You’ve made a right twat of the Fiddlesticks persona.

      • Fiddlesticks 13.1.1

        Vide supra

        • Arfamo 13.1.1.1

          I did. You said: Couldn’t even muster as many yes votes as those that supposedly voted for parties against assets sales in 2011. All in all, a complete failure.

          The referendum question was “Do you support the Government selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand?”

          The objective was to get No votes. Your objective was to rush to post something stupid and to think about what you meant to say afterwards?

  14. Flip 14

    66% of people did not vote. That is NOT a yes vote. A good democratic government would maintain the status quo (do not sell) without the support of a majority of the people. They clearly do not have any mandate for asset sales with 2/3 of people who voted opposing it. The responsible government action is to halt the sales process.

  15. Simeon 15

    29.5 of eligible voters voted “No”. End of discussion.

  16. sabine 16

    Now will the Government listen?

    No.

  17. SPC 17

    Less than half those who voted National in the 2011 election were prepared to support them in this referendum.

  18. sabine 18

    I like how Keys supports the idea that Labour could buy those assets back. He knows that without Labour, there would be no assets he could sell. After all the Man is not into creating jobs/assets or preserving jobs/assets, he is into flogging the silver off and keeping the profit.

    How many lunches will not be bought now that the anticipated 5 – 7 b$ revenue in asset sales has been reduces to some 4 b$.

  19. Pete 19

    The only electorate that voted Yes was Epsom. Look at the margins in the Maori seats, though. This does not bode well for the Maori Party next year.

    • Rogue Trooper 19.1

      has not looked promising for the MP for a very long time.

    • karol 19.2

      Maybe the government should just sell Epsom to the highest overseas bidder. There’s a lot the government could do with the money!

      • McFlock 19.2.1

        who’d take it? It’s obvious that the water supply has a serious contamination of some sort.

      • Murray Olsen 19.2.2

        Epsom should be bulldozed and turned into an urban forest. They have shown several times that they do not want to be part of wider society. The government could then move them into state tents on the Bayswater mudflats.

        • Rogue Trooper 19.2.2.1

          They may have something there though…’wider society’- questionable when that society is limited. Yet, even Mr Darcy came round, how could he not? sigh, “Miss Bennett”.

      • North 19.2.3

        Best suggestion of the night !

        Then encourage the bastards to secede !

    • Macro 19.3

      “The only electorate that voted Yes was Epsom” –

      Probably because there are the thieving bastards who received the stolen property,and want to legitimise their “purchase”. That electorate has a lot to answer for, and will in due course.

  20. irascible 20

    Interestingly the only two electorates in favour of asset stripping were Tamaki & Epsom… does that tell us anything about who Key panders to?

  21. BM 21

    It was a stunt.
    The who thing was initiated by the greens, it was a total abuse of the citizen initiated referendum system.
    Only the blind and delusional couldn’t see what this was all about

    Edit: The post I was replying to seems to have disappeared into the ether.

    • North 21.1

      From whence you came strangely.

    • Arfamo 21.2

      Bugger. Sorry about that. My aim was off. It was yours I was trying to zap. Serves me right for getting a wand from the $2 shop.

    • kitten 21.3

      um, no it wasn’t. The promoters were Grey Power, the Green Party, the Council of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, and Greenpeace.

  22. Delia 22

    National people feeling so jaded with their party, they could not even get out and vote. Maybe just maybe, they never wanted asset sales either. It has all been Bill and John’s fantasy or is that nightmare?

  23. veutoviper 23

    I just did a very quick look at the electorates where the turnout was over 50% – and some interesting results as most of these are currently National party seats.

    Coromandel (N) 52.2% turnout – 63.9% No
    Dunedin South (L) 53.6% turnout – 76.5% No
    Napier (N) 51,3% turnout – 66.7% No
    Nelson (N) 51.4% turnout – 71.3% No
    Northland (N) 50.5% turnout – 66.1% No
    Otaki (N) 54% turnout – 66.7% No
    Wairarapa (N) 50.3% turnout – 65.3% No
    Waitaki (N) 51.9% turnout – 65.4% No
    West Coast Tasman (L) 52.5% turnout – 72.3% No

    And Ohariu (Dunne UF) had a 49.1% turnout with 64.6% No vote.

    • Rogue Trooper 23.1

      Excellent, the full moon is approaching.

    • Anne 23.2

      And bear in mind the total turnout percentage and the total NO percentage are going to increase. Latest votes received still to be counted.

    • ScottGN 23.3

      The really interesting seats here are Napier, Otaki, Wairarapa and Waitaki. If Labour is to make a comeback in the provinces this is where it will happen and all these seats have been Labour leaning in the not-too-distant past. Well done Dunedin South, good turnout and a great NO vote.

      • veutoviper 23.3.1

        I agree re the really interesting seats in the provinces. But I also found the Nelson results fascinating considering Nick Smith’s longevity in the seat. A 71.3% No vote on a more than 50% turnout should be sending Smith a clear message.

        Some other longstanding National seats with less than 50% turnout also had No votes over the countrywide average, but too tired tonight to identify them but will relook at these tomorrow.

  24. Flip 24

    “John Key has said that his Govt will give little attention to the result of the referendum, describing it as political stunt by Labour and the Greens.” NZ Herald

    As a voter I resent the implication that I am part of a ‘political stunt’. This comment indicates the PM has no respect for democracy or the people of NZ.

    • Rogue Trooper 24.1

      The Technological Society ‘ the end of ‘democracy’. ( “Life Jim, yet not as we knew it”; not for the technocrati and the self-sabotaging fools like Ede and Cameron (though I still respect what Cameron has ‘achieved’, it is the ‘recognition’ that appears to be his weakness.)

    • ianmac 24.2

      “John Key has said that his Govt will give little attention to the result of the referendum…”
      Flip. That in itself is insulting and arrogant! So even those who voted YES should feel insulted but the rest of us who voted NO are even more aggrieved that the PM of New Zealand should be so dismissive of so many ordinary New Zealanders.
      What a cheek Key has. A Cheeky Narky?
      (2nd go at writing this. First vanished.)

    • Draco T Bastard 24.3

      This comment indicates the PM has no respect for democracy or the people of NZ.

      That pretty much comes with being a Tory. They actually hate democracy and think that they should rule without the consent of the governed.

      • Rogue Trooper 24.3.1

        ah, the ‘Crown’.

      • AmaKiwi 24.3.2

        Draco: ” This comment indicates the PM has no respect for democracy or the people of NZ.

        “That pretty much comes with being a Tory. They actually hate democracy and think that they should rule without the consent of the governed.”

        So do Labour MPs. Every top Labour MP I have questioned abhors binding referendums.

        • Colonial Viper 24.3.2.1

          A lot of Labour MPs really do not like being bound by the voice (votes) of the membership either.

    • Macro 24.4

      When Blinglish calls us all “punters” – it should tell us all just how little regard this shower hold the voters.. the feeling is mutual.

  25. How disappointing for Labour and Greens, less than 50% turnout, and despite a huge one sided campaign. 400 thousand still voted yes.

    • Arfamo 25.1

      Yup. How disappointing for National. Less than 50% turnout and despite Shonkey’s claims to have a clear mandate only 400,000 backed him up.

    • ianmac 25.2

      And even in National seats there were majorities who were NO. Must be a bit worrying Brett?

      • ScottGN 25.2.1

        I’m pleased to say that in my electorate Clutha-Southland, sometimes called the most conservative constituency in the country and which has always returned Bill English with a huge majority, turnout was a bit higher than the national average and the NO vote won a convincing 61.6%

        • Rogue Trooper 25.2.1.1

          just Wow!

        • Colonial Viper 25.2.1.2

          Conservative blue heartland, including Waitaki electorate, HATE asset sales. Both them and Clutha-Southland have a lot of hydro generation in their electorates that they are very proud of, which is not incidental.

          In other words – asset sales is the National Party serving their neoliberal/corporate wing, not their traditional conservative backers.

      • Brett Dale 25.2.2

        Ianmac

        People who were for it, just didnt bother voting, this was always a tax payer funded thing for labour and greens, they will be gutted.

        If it was a 80% voter turn out with 85% people voting No, then national may be worried, but this, yeppers, Prime Minister Key wont batter an eyelid.

        • Arfamo 25.2.2.1

          Who in their right mind would batter their own eyelid Brett? People who were for the sales had the same opportunity to show their support. They didn’t. He doesn’t have a mandate.

          • alwyn 25.2.2.1.1

            My, you have a very short memory Arfamo.
            Just a few days ago, on the 10th December in fact, you said, when someone claimed that John Key didn’t have a mandate because he didn’t have more than 50% of the eligible voters in the election.
            You said “What stops me from agreeing with you is that 30% of the electors didn’t vote at all and National was elected by a minority of eligible voters. So no, I don’t see that they did have a mandate”.
            Now you aren’t willing to accept the view that the Green and Labour parties don’t have any mandate to stop the asset sales on the grounds that they didn’t get more than 50% of the eligible voters following their line.
            Consistency isn’t your strong suit is it?
            I am at least consistent in that I do think that National did have a mandate for their policies in the election and also that the voting population do seem to have shown disapproval in this referendum. The only thing that surprised me was how low the vote was for the NO option.

            • Arfamo 25.2.2.1.1.1

              I am at least consistent in that I do think that National did have a mandate for their policies in the election and also that the voting population do seem to have shown disapproval in this referendum.

              As I’ve explained before, I don’t buy into your limited paradigm. And the only consistency I can see in your view above is that it doesn’t seem to make sense.

              The election was not just about asset sales. You know it. Online news polls and commentators have consistently revealed there is more opposition than support for asset sales. Those polls frequently go against some “left wing” issues and proposals, so there’s no reason to suppose they’re only replied to by “lefties”.

              This referendum is only an “indication” of the views of voters, I accept that, but, let’s face it, so do the Nats and while they say they’re “not bovvered”, they freaking are – like you are. Go back to sleep.

              • alwyn

                But if I was sleeping I wouldn’t be able to read your contributions, some of which I can only describe as wonderful.
                The image you offered the other day, of Winston Peters approaching the Labour and National leaders to discuss coalition options and them both holding up big NO signs, was a truly hilarious one.

        • Rogue Trooper 25.2.2.2

          you merely play the tool Brett?

        • gobsmacked 25.2.2.3

          And yet tomorrow, Brett, we’ll be back to …

          “Stuff Online poll says 67% support death penalty!”

          I don’t mind people dismissing the views of hundreds of thousands of voters, as long as they swear never again to claim any meaning whatsoever in a few hundred random clicks.

  26. Ake ake ake 26

    John Key’s latest comment demonstrates a serious disconnect with an overwhelming majority of those who voted.

  27. freedom 27

    Did anyone happen to grab a screenshot of Stuff’s article from earlier today where Key was quoted as saying it was up to the opposition to put their concerns into action and now “do the decent thing” and state that they would buy back the Assets?

    I only ask because the bookmark I had for that article now goes to a completely different article, namely the “Two Thirds of voters” article. (yes I am really wishing I had listened to instinct and grabbed the screenshot)

    • Rogue Trooper 27.1

      ‘they’ sure are sneaky.

      • freedom 27.2.1

        thanks folks, but the Stuff article had quotations marks around four little words and those four little words should not be overlooked.

        I only bring it up as the comment attributed to the PM is not at all insignificant, which is why i suspect it was dissappeared. The PM saying the opposition should “do the decent thing” and buy back the assets is not what this government would want voters hearing. It should however be included into as many questions as possible to the government.

        What was it The Doctor said to Harriet Jones’s aide
        “don’t you think [she] looks tired”

        • Arfamo 27.2.1.1

          I don’t think there’s a lot of mileage in that “do the decent thing” quote for the Oppos freedom. In the context used it simply means if you say you’re opposed to the sales surely the decent thing is to say you’ll buy them back. It’s just Key trying to set the trap.

          • Lanthanide 27.2.1.1.1

            Hmm, I’m not so sure.

            There could be mileage in it, if it were managed well.

            “Key says “the decent thing” is to buy back the power assets he sold!”.

            • Arfamo 27.2.1.1.1.1

              True, but how long can you play that game when everyone knows that’s not what Shonkey believes. It would quickly lose its value for anything except to remind people what a kindergarten Parliament is. Overdone, it would actually generate a negative perception of someone playing silly games. And the PM can quickly retort that Cunners is on video saying he “reverses” the right to buy them back. Fuxake.

              • alwyn

                My grandchildren, at least the ones who attend kindergarten, have asked me to demand that you remove immediately this slur on their character.
                They claim, and having seen both groups I agree with them, that kindergarten attendees are much, much better behaved than Parliamentarians.
                I suggest you do so immediately or watch out very carefully for any pre-schooler approaching you. They can bite you know.

        • Rogue Trooper 27.2.1.2

          the ‘Ninth Doctor’ acknowledged his origins and did some [un] paid gardening before the slitheen.

        • karol 27.2.1.3

          The government’s press release late last night, from Bill English, has stated the same thing, but with a qualification:

          “If Labour and the Greens would rather have full State control of the companies and higher public debt, they should promise to borrow $4 billion to buy back Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy and Air New Zealand.

          “If they do not then their referendum was nothing more than a costly stunt.

          And the Stuff article now has a similar statement from Bill English:

          English said the almost $4b raised from the partial sales of Meridian and Mighty River Power would be spent on public assets that would otherwise require borrowing.

          “Quite simply, we now have $4 billion less debt than we would otherwise have had,” English said.

          “If Labour and the Greens would rather have full State control of the companies and higher public debt, they should promise to borrow $4 billion to buy back Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy and Air New Zealand. If they do not then their referendum was nothing more than a costly stunt.”

          Key has said often enough in the past that Labour should commit to buying back state assets. Here for instance, last month.

          And many times in the House. But now English has been tasked with the line linking a buy back to increased borrowing.

          But even Tracy Watkins and Vernon Small are not convinced by Key’s lines. In the year in review on Stuff today:

          ASSET SALES

          National always knew its asset sales programme would be unpopular, but it has turned out to be ill-fated as well, although ministers are still bravely labelling it a success.

          The Government campaigned on the plan at the last election and claimed a mandate to press ahead. The anti-asset sales referendum delivered the expected ”no” vote but that was the least of the Government’s troubles.

          First coal producer Solid Energy fell over and then off the list of partial privatisation.

          A disappointing number of new retail investors took up the offer of Mighty River Power shares, while the Labour-Green single power buyer policy depressed energy company share prices, as did the threat by Meridian’s biggest customer, the Bluff aluminium smelter, to close down.

          That prompted Finance Minister Bill English to fork out a $30m subsidy to keep it open in the interim.

          Meridian’s share price joined MRP ”underwater” below issue price and the number of mum and dad investors was even more disappointing than in MRP.

          The selldown of Air New Zealand shares was arguably the bright spot, although its shares quickly sagged below issue price, adding to general disappointment among investors in the programme.

          At year’s end there was a question mark over whether the final offering, genesis Energy, would go ahead despite continued upbeat comments from Mr English and other ministers.

          However there were clear signs National will not repeat the exercise by promising more asset sales in next year’s election campaign.

          • Colonial Viper 27.2.1.3.1

            “If Labour and the Greens would rather have full State control of the companies and higher public debt, they should promise to borrow $4 billion to buy back Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy and Air New Zealand.

            So Mr English, why would you sell assets returning to tax payers over 15% pa, to avoid debt which costs just 3.5% pa?

          • Rogue Trooper 27.2.1.3.2

            a privilege to ride the trail with you karol. These matters beg for vigilance and analys es

      • Rogue Trooper 27.2.2

        “This web-page not available now”. 8-)

  28. Fiddlesticks 28

    David Cunliffe – “We reverse the right to buyback these assets” – Freudian slip?

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/new-zealanders-have-spoken-labour-video-5777489

  29. Blue 29

    Very interesting. If we take the total number of votes cast in the 2011 election (2,257,336) and use this as the total ‘voting population’ as it were:

    A total of 1,333,402 votes were cast in the referendum (59% of the 2011 general election turnout).

    432,950 voted Yes in the referendum (19.18%)
    895,332 voted No in the referendum (39.66%)
    4,068 informal votes (0.18%)
    1,062 invalid votes (0.047%)
    923,924 did not vote (40.93%)

    In the 2011 election, 1,127,950 votes (49.97%) were cast for parties that either wanted to sell assets (National and Act) or could reasonably be presumed to roll over and do whatever National told them (United Future and the Maori Party).

    But only 19% of voters actively wanted asset sales.

    1,129,386 votes in 2011 went to parties that opposed asset sales (50.03% of the vote). Now the referendum has shown that 59% of voters consider asset sales an important issue, and there is overwhelming opposition to them, with nearly 70% No vote amongst those who voted.

    That mandate’s looking a bit sick.

    • Rogue Trooper 29.1

      Very Interesting analysis indeed; let us observe the way the Weekend Presses incline. Gravitas , gotta get used to it.

  30. Pascal's bookie 30

    This is worth a look:

    http://polity.co.nz/content/least-225000-nats-said-no-asset-sales

    You can quibble about the numbers, but not enough ot change the point I would think.

    Loads of swing voters who voted Nat last time voted no. So when you read Key et al mocking no voters, he’s calling them suckers for voting for him in 11

    • North 30.1

      Great to see ShonKey Python’s dead eyes and irritated demeanour – “Fuck off New Zealand we’re NOT listening and we WON’T listen……..what you gonna do about it……..Huh ?”

      Hubris: excessive pride or presumption……..leading to nemesis.

  31. karol 31

    I see the hard copies of both the NZ Herald & The Dom Post have ignored the referendum – going with front page stuff on Len Brown instead.

    Interesting that the Brown inquiry was released about the same time as the referendum results were due out.

    No, wait. Dom post has a small article on it on the bottom of page 2. Len Brown on front page.

    NZ herald front page is more on a house that appeared on someone’s vacant property.

  32. chris73 32

    To put it into perspective:

    2009 CIR to repeal smacking law changes had 1,470,755 votes jn favour
    1999 CIR to reduce the number of MPs to 99 had 1,678,054 votes in favour
    1999 CIR for tougher sentencing for criminals had 1,886,705 votes in favour

    • gobsmacked 32.1

      Michael from Whale Oil would like you to stop plagiarising, and acknowledge your source in future. It’s honesty 101, Chris.

    • Colonial Viper 32.2

      I hope National completely disregards the 67% no asset sales result against them, and displays their arrogance yet again to the voting public.

      • chris73 32.2.1

        Just be glad the left got a 9 million advertising campaign for free and thats what it was all about really

        and fair play to the left because they got away with it and its taking the heat of two minute len and Daljit Singh

    • karol 32.3

      Time NZ changed. The public looks to be more fired up by punitive measures to get tough on criminals, and beat their children. Something sick in the body politic.

      The MMP vote happened at the same time as a general election – people are more likely to vote then than for a postal vote outside the usual election period.

      The Nats, then, must be really happy that in all but 2 Nat electorates, most voters were motivated to vote against asset sales than for them.

      They must be really excited about next year’s election.

      • chris73 32.3.1

        Well for one thing Nationals getting rid of its deadwood, hows Labour doing?

        • alwyn 32.3.1.1

          Labour has no deadwood. They are all totally brilliant people and should feel truly honoured that they are willing to sacrifice their lives in serving you so wonderfully.
          Bow down before them and worship the ground above which they levitate themselves.

        • Tracey 32.3.1.2

          so, are they not really resigning but have been pushed? How do you know? I am surprised it has taken katrina shanks this long to bugger off after their appalling treatment of her in favour of the Coiff

          • Arfamo 32.3.1.2.1

            No matter how big a wally you are, you don’t throw away an MPs salary and perks until you have another well-paid job lined up.

            • Colonial Viper 32.3.1.2.1.1

              Lined up, or lined up for you, with a friendly nudge to move on.

              • Arfamo

                Doesn’t really matter, either way the equation produces the same result. As a potential political high-flyer she had the aerodynamic characteristics of a streamlined brick.

    • felix 32.4

      Hi chris, why didn’t you post the full comment as posted at failoil

      Some perspective:

      2009 CIR to repeal smacking law changes had 1,470,755 votes jn favour
      1999 CIR to reduce the number of MPs to 99 had 1,678,054 votes in favour
      1999 CIR for tougher sentencing for criminals had 1,886,705 votes in favour

      Given the CIRs that the Greens and Labour don’t support have far more support than their one, will they be changing policy to reflect popular support?

      Is it because you realised that on this site you’d be exposed as a moron for suggesting that if you support any popular position you must support all popular positions?

  33. Colonial Viper 33

    Awesome charts of the Referendum results by electorate. Kudos to whoever did these/posted them.

    One issue: the strongest “NO” voting electorates were often the ones with terrible turnout.

    http://imgur.com/a/qn7Pg#0

  34. captain hook 34

    the right whingers are going flat out today.
    whenever they get a serve they just roll out a whole tirade of diversionary dictats to confuse people.
    they never will stick to the issues because they know that they are the biggest pack of liars and users the world has ever seen to date.
    referendumns, rebstocking and paying off people with money instead of justice is their stock in trade.

  35. Tanz 35

    What is the poiint. The assets have been sold and Key is laughing at all of us. The merchant banker is still the merchant banker.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 35.1

      @ Tanz you give Key too much credit here

      Key doesn’t take time to consider us at all not even in order to laugh at us.

      There is always a point in engaging in a democratic process.

  36. tricledrown 36

    Death by a thousand cuts
    More teflon has gone.
    The emporers new clothes are slowly but surely dissapearing.

  37. Crunchtime 37

    Results aren’t final until 17th when the last of postal votes arrive.

    So far, we’ve got pretty close to the same number of people voting NO to asset sales as voted for National in the last election.

    And this turnout is too low to matter according to Key and Collins. Obviously then, the turnout in the last General Election was too low to matter.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 37.1

      Isn’t it more that the people are too lowly to heed regardless of what the turnout is? [apart from of course when the people vote them into their jobs - that is alright - ahem]

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    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
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