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Reminder: Day of Action Sat 27 April

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, April 27th, 2013 - 122 comments
Categories: activism, assets, class war, energy, infrastructure, national/act government, privatisation, sustainability - Tags:

Aotearoa is Not for Sale is counting down to the National Day of Action this Saturday 27 April.

Helen Kelly has stated her support for the day of action.

“Its really important people attend the rally on Saturday. Selling the assets makes no sense – economic or social. Retaining the action against the sale is very important. We will soon have a referendum on the matter and it is important the Government knows that despite their crude rush to get the sales over with, we will not be deterred.”

Now is the time to get out on the streets and protest.

– now that Labour-Greens’ NZ Power has shown there are alternatives to Key’s undemocratic asset sales agenda: a radical “neoliberal” agenda that benefits the few, and damages the lives of those struggling on low wages.

I’ll be marching in Auckland because we need to stop the asset sales before NAct does any more damage to the country.  Hoping for a big turn out.

Information about local events on Saturday are available at the bottom of the page at the above link.  However, I do find it frustrating they are all to Facebook pages and require logging in.  I have found some notices of local events elsewhere online:

poster April 27 stop asset sales poster

Auckland, Britomart 2pm

stop asset sales poster AKL 27 april 2013

Wellington, Te Aro Park, Dixon street 2-5pm – 2pm Crnr Pigeon & Courtney Place

Nelson: Millers Acre to Trafalgar Street – 12-2pm

Nelson stop asset sales day of action poster April 2013

NapierWar Memorial Square, intersection with Emerson St - 2pm

Christchurch: 2pm Cnr Deans Ave & Riccarton Road, march to Shands Cresc Park

Also Picket John Key’s speech on Sunday 28 April at Hanmer – carpooling, check above link

Tauranga: meet @ the red square 10 am marching @ 10:30.. 27 April

Dunedin: March from Dental School 1.40 pm, to rally in the Octagon, 2pm to 4pm April 27th (h/t risildo)

Hamilton: (from Augery) In Hamilton there is going to be a Not for Sale banner drop of the Bridge Street bridge at 12:00 followed by a 12:30 rally at the Rotunda on the city side of the  bridge.

See Facebook here. And Hamilton Aotearoa Is Not for Sale, have access to Garden Place from 10am.

Update: poster

March today no asset sales 27 April 2013

 

Photos I took at the Auckland rally:

Britomart - before start_2

Before the march at Britomart

 

Back view Britomart Williamson

Before the march at Britomart – didn’t realise Andrew Williams was in front of me

 

 

Bomber

On the March – also didn’t realise Martyn Bomber Bradbury was in front of me til I got home and checked the photos

 

Front of march close

On the march

Speech Gibson GI

Speech and waiata from Lisa Gibson Glen Innes Housing Protests

During the march I was told that the Glen Innes state house evictions will start again at the end of May.  Tamaki Housing Crisis, Public Meeting, Wednesday 8 May, 7pm, Glen Innes Primary School, Eastview Rd.

 

Speech Asenati Lole Taylor

Speech by Asenati Lole Taylor NZ First

Speech Sid CTU

Speech from Sid, CTU

Aotea Square - Penny bright & banners

Aotea Square – Penny bright & banners

Penny Bright

 

DIY placard

DIY placard

JK where's your soul

122 comments on “Reminder: Day of Action Sat 27 April”

  1. fambo 1

    Bring a whistle or something else to make a lot of noise with

  2. dumrse 2

    What a busy site. Can’t get a word in edge ways. If the site is representative of your Action Day then I may just change my mind and go to town after all.

  3. Rich the other 3

    I’ll be there , you can count on me.
    What do some people of NZ think they are doing ??.
    It’s time for ACTION.
    These bludgers who want to stop any sort of development must be exposes for what they are, leaches.
    From North cape to Bluff its a pandemic.
    Dannevirke the other day, we don’t want drilling , they would rather be poor, and they looked it.
    Invercargill , Tim dosn’t want paua quota extended ,
    Marlborough, we don’t want any more mussel farming.
    East coast , we don’t want exploration , Northland the same.
    West coast , (forest and bird)we don’t want coal mining.
    Transmission gully and the motor way to Otaki ,we don’t want it
    ETC,ETC,ETC.
    It won’t be long before some of these areas will be begging the GOVT for special help.
    Invercargill, Blenheim , etc.
    Its certainly time for a change in attitude .
    The asset sales are insignificant compared to DAMAGE the stop everything campaigners are trying to do.
    Stop = poor..

    • karol 3.1

      Read my post – there are alternatives.

      The actions being done by Key’s government are the ones causing all the damage.

      • Rich the other 3.1.1

        UNDEMOCRATIC ,yeah right.
        What’s wrong with you lot, it’s not hard to understand.
        Partial asset sales was the nats biggest election policy.
        Like it or not ,THEY WON, the end.

        • karol 3.1.1.1

          If they “won”, and our protest is of no significance, why do you seem so angry? Shouting isn’t good for your blood pressure.

        • Paul 3.1.1.2

          I concede that Stopping Asset Sales was a major plank of the Labour Party’s election, but I don’t think selling them was National’s main argument. On the whole they tried to keep issues in the background. People were encouraged to vote for the vague theme of a brighter future. The only other prominent theme was adulation of the dear leader, John Key.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.3

          Hey Rich, you’re a fan of “democracy” right? But you don’t believe in the democratic right to protest?

          Maybe you’re actually more of an authoritarian than you think.

          • Paul 3.1.1.3.1

            Of course people like Rich are authoritarians.
            Rich’s idol has just passed a law banning the right to protest at sea.
            At least when they passed that law I thought at least they’d lost the argument.
            You only clamp down on dissent when you have no valid points left.

            • Rich the other 3.1.1.3.1.1

              Paul,
              You are right , they got the law changes wrong.
              The correct approach would have been to exempt ships captains from any liability if a protesters boat got to close and a handful of professional protesters went to the bottom.
              If they were trying to clamp down on dissent that would have been the correct approach.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                A better example of right wing trash I cannot imagine: openly advocating death to dissenters, like a yapping and snarling psychotic toy poodle.

                We need better wingnuts.

        • Murray Olsen 3.1.1.4

          We have voted to bring a backhoe around and dig up your back yard. You will be forcibly prevented from coming within 500m of our machinery. Your house may be damaged, but our company will declare bankruptcy before we have time to fix it, even though we’d really, really like to. It’s for the good of the economy, after all. We are sure you’ll understand.

    • Tautoko Viper 4.1

      Heh!
      I’ll be out marching. Damn the westerly wind- may have to tack up Queen Street.

  4. freedom 6

    You may have voted National, Maori Party, United Future or even Act. That does not deny you your right to voice opposition to their actions. In fact to succeed in their crimes, they count on your silence and your complicity. Today is your chance to let them know you matter. If you are not working today, little has greater significance to the future of New Zealand than this simple walk down the street amongst friends.

  5. LynWiper 7

    Also posted in open mike

    To all marching today…thank you so very much. I can’t be there due to the on call nature of my work but I am with you in spirit and will be following the protests around the country with much interest. I marched up Queen Street with my 84yr old Dad last year and found it very helpful in so many ways. I trust you all will too. Once again, many thanks from those of us unable to be there in body, we are with you.

  6. lprent 8

    Slow progress up Queen Street

  7. Doug 9

    About five people at the protest in Hamilton, as Lprent said have the photo to prove the crowd numbers.

  8. Gosman 10

    Approx 500 in Wellington by my estimate. Is that regarded as a success or not? It is a serious question by the way.

    • lprent 10.1

      From the look of it, neither labour nor the greens got on board in any depth; most likely because of the timing. I think that the first I knew about it was when it went up here a few days ago. There were a few labour banners in Auckland, no greens, and whilst there were members of both parties they were outnumbered by the unite union and mana party.

      Frankly I am surprised they got so many along bearing in mind the holiday weekend and the late notice.

      Whoever was organizing it needs to lose some romantic notions about street Events and learn how to organize across the broader left. They should go and learn how to do it from Greenpeace….

      • Gosman 10.1.1

        You are definitely correct about lack of official Labour support in Wellington. I spoke with a man holding a bunch occasional Labour signs and asked why so many. He stated it was lucky he got them at al as there was none at the start and he had to go to the local hq and get some before they left.

        • lprent 10.1.1.1

          From what I gathered from various people, they only decided to support this rally in the last day or so. The greens hadn’t made up their mind which is why they didn’t have an official presence. Sounds like NZ First were pretty late in the mix as well (must find out who their speaker was up here). Even most of the usual unions weren’t there. I think I saw one SFWU banner and a solitary nurses union banner. There may have been others mixed amongst the Unite banners.

          It looked like a good rally for Mana and Unite.

          I’d love to be at the debrief for this exercise because the first thing I’d be asking is what the intent of the outcome of the rally was, and if it had been achieved. Because if it was intended to show the depth of opposition to the asset sales, then it would have brought a great deal of comfort to the government.

          On the other hand Penny Bright had some pretty good banners.. Much better than her usual level :twisted:

          • mickysavage 10.1.1.1.1

            Asenati Lole Taylor and Andrew Williams was there too.

            • lprent 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Asenati Lole Taylor – she was pretty vigorous. That was probably the most interesting political part of the day for me.

              • karol

                Yes, Lole Taylor was a bit of an eye-opener. She doesn’t come across that well in the House. In front of a live crowd she engaged really well with the crowd, using the call and response technique – simple but effective. John Key – boo; “Flip flop Dunne” – boo, etc. And calling for all people, especially Pasifika people to vote John Key out.

                I was also interested to see yet again the flax roots support for the Mana Movment, with a big core from the Glen Innes housing protests – a bunch of really committed women, and engaging with a demographic that is likely to be disengaged from parliamentary-centred politics.

          • karol 10.1.1.1.2

            Yes, I was surprised at the lack of Greens support. i did spot one Green banner – or a recycled one, with a Green election poster on the back.

            I am just about to check my photos. And will post some inthe post above – if they are any good.

            I was disappointed in the limited support – however, there were a couple of people from work, which was a pleasant surprise – and they weren’t together – probably didn’t know each other – different work places.

            • lprent 10.1.1.1.2.1

              Talked to a couple of greens I know and to various politicals. They hadn’t endorsed it basically because there wasn’t enough time with their process. There were a couple of people with signs that were old green corflute. That isn’t that uncommon. You’ll often find Labour signs under a bit of paint as well.

              As I said. Someone needs to learn about how to mobilize mass action from Greenpeace.

              It wasn’t a bad turnout. It just wasn’t a good one. And it does lend credibility to the dumbarse right wing who can usually barely get a hundred people out in one location unless someone is paying them…. Hobbits for instance.

              • karol

                The big Greenpeace-led anti-mining protest was only in Auckland, and pulled in some loyal Greenpeace people from outside Auckland – kind of like a national protest in Auckland. So hard to compare.

                But, I agree, more work needs to be done on strategies for getting people to protests, rallies, and other sorts of actions. I know plenty of people who are anti-John key and anti-asset sales, but who are just not into going on demonstrations these days.

                • Olwyn

                  With this protest, I think that the psychological force of opposition to asset sales has weakened – not because people accept them, but because of the length of time between the decision and its execution. And from the left, asset sales is now but one part of a lengthening list of grievances. I know I sort of had to push myself out the door to get there, and I am very keen on left wing solidarity that transcends party allegiances.

              • coge

                The centre right has the silent majority.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Traditional conservative National supporters are economically smart and they hate asset sales.

          • karol 10.1.1.1.3

            Oh, yes. I have some photos. I’ll upload a couple.

            It looked to me that nearly all the promotion for the Day of Action was online, and with Facebook links. that’s why I looked for links to non-FB pages, and listed the locations and times on my post. While looking for info, it looked to me that there was another Day of Action against Asset sales around the same April weekend last year.

            This year it happened to coincide with some good MSM coverage of the Lab-Green power policy.

      • Clockie 10.1.2

        Sadly, I have to say I agree. This was amateur hour stuff. Poorly organised events with low turn-outs just give your opponents a stick to bash you with. You need to KNOW that your organisation and preparation have been such that you are GUARANTEED at least a respectable turnout.

      • Murray Olsen 10.1.3

        The lack of Labour and Green presence could reflect the fact that they think political fights should be confined to parliament and the recent policy release means they’ve done their bit. Fair enough, because I think mass organised movements are necessary to stop them veering to the right. If we’d had tens of thousands on the street, we may have even stopped Rogernomics in its tracks and we’d be living in a different country.

  9. dumrse 11

    Phil Goff said… “Election (2011) will be a referendum on asset sales”. We all know the result, Labours worst turn out since Christ was a Cowboy, a bit like today from all accounts.

    • lprent 11.1

      Yeah. Well as I remember it, Bill English was based his 2002 economic policy on asset sales. What did National get – 22%?

      It isn’t a policy that draws voters on either side. However I suspect that it is something that pisses people off a lot. I suspect that was what gave Labour a third term in 2005.

  10. Viv K 12

    Greens, Labour, Mana flags here in Dunedin. Lots of placards thanks to the work of the International Socialists. A good crowd led up the main street in the sunshine by a piper (well, it is Dunedin). Metiria spoke, as did Claire Curran and many others including Grey Power. A couple of bands and great MC work by Viv Adams made for a good atmosphere. Good for the soul to hang out with people who DO give a shit. Aotearoa is NOT for sale!

    • karol 12.1

      Glad to see there was a Green speaker.

      At Auckland, Phil Twyford and Darien Fenton spoke Darien Spoke about the awful government anti-worker employment Bill and about Workers Memorial Day tomorrow.

      PS: My photos of them aren’t so great. There were a few Maori and Pasifika women speakers. Marama Davidson introduced the speakers and maintained continuity.

      • Shane Gallagher 12.1.1

        To be honest most of us saw this as a Mana/ISO thing and us Greens have done some serious hard yards with the CIR – well over 210,000 signatures collected by us. Lots of us were there in Dunedin to show support but… at the end of the day we have got the referendum coming up and that will be a big blow to National’s legitimacy. We have done a LOT of hard work and long hours already – more than anyone else; the ISO, Mana, Labour, Greypower, CTU – so I do not think that anyone can cast aspersions on our commitment to this cause.

        • Bill 12.1.1.1

          Certainly seems to have heavily branded by Mana/ISO (essentially the same people with two labels down this way). And that only serves to drive people away. And it drives people away because of this simple fact. Whereas I might share a similar concern as a devout Christian over a particular issue and be right there with them, I have to overcome hurdles if they insist I march (or whatever) beneath a crucifix. Now, they wouldn’t do that. And neither would I ask them to unwittingly/unwillingly ‘endorse’ any broader anarchist philosophy by having circled A’s plastered over every banner/poster/placard in sight.

          And yet protests/demonstartions in NZ routinely if unwittingly endorse a broader and very authoritarian brand of (so-called) left political theory by allowing a majority of slogans and what not to be branded and passed around to be carried by well meaning non-affiliated demonstrators/protestors.

          And what comes out of that is that the org in question gains a prominence and visibility above and beyond what they actually are; the issue at hand (which should be the only thing that is prominent) suffers and people stay away in their droves because of what might be called ‘the crucifix effect’.

          It’s hardly rocket science. And yes, the same holds whether it’s ISO branding, Labour Party branding, Green Party branding or whatever. The issue and the many people with their many glorious and many takes should be all that is there. Not this ‘homogenisation’ that allows a single take to portray itself as a commonality and so reduce or contain an issue within the philosophical/political bounds of a single entity. But those that seek a platform for the org they identify with just don’t want to take that on board and so diminish the potential visible opposition to the very things they claim to have concerns over. It’s stupid.

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1

            “Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

            He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

            He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

            Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.”

            • Clockie 12.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s a fairly good description of the broad left in any Western democracy.

            • Bill 12.1.1.1.1.2

              And without all the projection of self onto larger identities (denominations in this case), a simple focus on the matter at hand and a declaration of ‘your’ love for ‘this guy’ might have been all that was needed and you could have had a ‘go to’ about the 1879 and 1912 Councils over a coffee somewhere.

              But maybe that was the subtlety of your point and I’m just labouring it.

          • Clockie 12.1.1.1.2

            Bill +1

          • karol 12.1.1.1.3

            There were quite a few people at the Auckland demo with DIY, home made, non branded placards. I’ll add photos of them to the post. i particularly like such DIY signs.

            • Bill 12.1.1.1.3.1

              I can’t see the logic behind allowing any branding. Asset sales (to use as an example) is about peoples’ opposition to asset sales and (potentially) wider considerations/discussions around ownership. It’s not about the Greens or Labour or Mana or the ISO or whichever other org.

              And any org. being allowed to stamp their ‘seal’ on proceedings presents hurdles to wider participation, mis-represents the diversity of opinion, rides roughshod over the subtle variences to be found in large groupings of people, and limits/narrows the parameters of debate to that which they acknowledge as thinkable.

              So in this instance, there has been (as far as I know) no critisism levelled at or discussion had on the whole concept of state ownership. It’s taken as a read; as the only possible alternative to private ownership.

              And what is it anyway that people feel compelled to have a slogan shrouded in their team colours as it were? Is it that they feel inadequate and so have a need to identify with some ‘other’ that isn’t simply the people at their side?

          • karol 12.1.1.1.4

            I have essentially seen the same kind of internal fractures in campaigns in Sydney & London. in Sydney some of the anti-Pauline Hansen/One Nation protests were fractured by divisions between pro-multicultural, and some hard left groups. yet big protests eventuated.

            Part of NZ’s problem is it small numbers.

            The most successful protests, campaigns I saw were in London, which managed to engage a wide section of the community, were in the late 1970s and 80s. They weren’t successful in stopping the Thatcherist onslaught. They engaged people through a mixture of protest marches and rallies with some headline music performances – Elvis Costello, etc.

            For myself, I never did join any faction, but I’ll support a worthy cause. getting bogged down in these factional aversions just isn’t helpful, IMO. I try to look for the positives, in campaigns.

            • Bill 12.1.1.1.4.1

              I try to look for the positives, in campaigns.

              Fair enough. But the elephants… the elephants!

              • karol

                Well, you see them as elephants, I just see them as part of a complex whole.

                i.e.: Like you, Bill, I’ve never been into working in a specific political group or party: those with some sort of collective name like SWP, Labour Party,Mana movement, Socialist Aotearoa, etc.

                Unlike you, I’m not bothered that other people focus their political activism through such groups. And, even if I was bothered, I’m not sure how any of us could stop people working through such groups. It does seem to be something that a lot of people like to work within. Many people seem to need that collective sense of a political base.

                I don’t see anything to be gained by trying to dictate that others do politics the way we do it. And I see plenty to be gained by engaging with a network of such groups in attempting a broad political campaign.

                • Bill

                  You’re missing my point. If somebody wants their activism to be done through a group, that’s fine by me. What’s not fine by me is when that group seeks to elevate its own status/visibility above that of any given issue it gets involved in.

                  • karol

                    OK. But, in the case of the anti-Asset sales day of action, I didn’t see that happening. I saw people carrying some Mana flags, ad others carrying some Labour flags, and various others, but I didn’t see any owning the protests. Their dominance was the result of others not becoming involved – for whatever reason.

                    I see that some people were put off by that. But are they just colluding with the way the mainstream marginalises anything with the name “socialist” in it, or anything associated with Minto or Harawira?

                    What I saw in Auckland, was that the demo gave more public space to Maori and Pasifika women and particularly ones involved in the state housing struggle. (The majority of the speakers were Maori/Pasifika, and the majority of them were women). I don’t see any of the more mainstream parties or political groups engaging so much with that demographic. But it is a group of people that the mainstream (nominally) “left’ parties have become somewhat disconnected from.

                    So I would rather work with such networks, that be put off by their efforts, which have given them prominence on certain actions.

  11. Rich the other 13

    Fools , most of you.
    The obvious failure of this protest march speaks volumes.
    Most of you need to wake up .
    Labour was almost absent , perhaps they are starting to catch on.
    The last election result was real , meaningful and still valid.

    Accept the result and develop different policy’s , harping on about a lost cause is a waste of time.

    • karol 13.1

      There actually were quite a few Labour flags in Auckland, and two Labour MPs gave speeches.

  12. TighyRighty 14

    So more hobbit workers turn out to protect their jobs than can be mustered to protest asset sales? Who really has the popular support?

    • karol 14.1

      You think? We’ll see.

      Phil Twyford said they got almost 400,000 signatures on the petition for a referendum.

      • Private Baldrick 14.1.1

        Me and my turnip signed

      • Doug 14.1.2

        About nine months to collect the signatures and paid for by the public. Do you call that a success?

        [lprent: I collected signatures. Never got paid a cent. Basically you're lying about me and that is something I don't tolerate.

        Banned for 4 weeks. Of course you could always try to show I was paid... you moronic dickhead]

        • karol 14.1.2.1

          Yeah, yeah. As petitions go it has been a major success, and most of the signature collection was done by unpaid volunteers. But that never stopped righties from continuing to peddle their misinformation and diversions.

          PS: the truth is here:

          “The Keep Our Assets coalition has today presented the biggest ever citizens-initiated referendum petition to the New Zealand Parliament,” said Mr Reid. “Those in Government should stop making snide remarks regarding bogus signatures.

          “Thousands of New Zealanders have given up their free time to go out and collect these signatures and hundreds of thousands more people have signed the Keep Our Assets petition.

        • Anne 14.1.2.2

          Bullshit to Doug.

          I went to the local flea market 7 or 8 times collecting signatures for 2 to 3 hours at a time, and nobody paid a cent towards it. So did a few thousand other signature collectors. Just because the Greens chose to allocate some $10,000 of their legally entitled public funds to collect signatures is their choice to make. Do you complain about National Party advertising paid for by legally entitled public funds? Of course not – even if you do try to deny it.

          You’re a liar.

          • TightyRighty 14.1.2.2.1

            Bullshit to you. Got any proof of your actions?

            [lprent: I collected signatures. Never got paid a cent. So you're talking about me as well. Basically you're lying about me and that is something I don't tolerate.

            Banned for 4 weeks. Of course you could always try to show either Anne or I was paid and I'll lift the ban... ]

            • Colonial Viper 14.1.2.2.1.1

              [lprent: I'm tired of some of these "discussions". deleted]

            • TightyRighty 14.1.2.2.1.2

              Not accusing you of being banned. Just saying I didn’t see much signature gathering activity at any market or any other community event I attended over the last 18 months. I’m not saying people weren’t there, I’m not saying those that were were paid, I’m asking for an example outside of “I went to a market and collected x signatures”.

              [lprent: I'd guess you were simply not looking because that was exactly how the signatures were collected. Basically the RWNJ's are lying in an affort to denigrate the efforts that we put in when they were saying that they were all paid for by the Greens. They damn well know that is not the case.

              I guess you didn't attend the places I attended or live in the city I do. The number of times I told people that I'd already signed is at least above 20. And I usually resemble a hermit when I'm as heavily into coding as I have been in the last year.

              But that was exactly how the vast majority of signatures were collected. By people at events, in shopping centres, universities, at cafes, and those were just the ones I saw. I picked up signatures at work, around my family, and amongst friends. I signed the petition at a Labour party do.

              Now piss off and think about what you say when you say it.. You're essentially trying to denigrate the process of how our ground level public participation works. It offends a lot of people who exert effort making these sorts of checks on the power of politicians work. ]

              • TightyRighty

                Sorry, wasn’t accusing you of being paid.

              • TightyRighty

                I didn’t see anyone in any of the major cities in this country I frequent. But I’m supposed to just blithely accept everything you say without criticism? Have you even thought about the criticism being levelled at the greens paying people to collect signatures?

                You’ve got the Venn diagram we believe in all wrong. It’s not that all signatory collectors are being paid, it’s that some are. Which makes some signatures suspect if not outright invalid. We can’t tell the difference on the ground between those paid and unpaid and the level of signatures they collect. So that makes a larger proportion than is probably the correct amount of the signatures suspect.

                Don’t hate on me because I’ve got the intellectual ability to think this through, hate on the greens for bringing the whole process, which includes your efforts, into disrepute.

                • framu

                  “Which makes some signatures suspect if not outright invalid. We can’t tell the difference on the ground between those paid and unpaid and the level of signatures they collect. So that makes a larger proportion than is probably the correct amount of the signatures suspect. ”

                  how?

                  Are you saying that the people who were paid were a) paid per signature and b) that they were making them up?

                  And that then means that youve got to figure out whos paid or not to make you feel… what exactly… about signing your own real name?

                  “Don’t hate on me because I’ve got the intellectual ability to think this through,”

                  well except for the bits where you havent… yes… well…. absolutely

        • georgecom 14.1.2.3

          Doug. Put together a petition supporting the asset sales, take it out for 9 months and see how far you get.

          Good luck.

      • TightyRighty 14.1.3

        You are missing he point. Stupidly or wilfully I don’t know. More people turned out to protest for the hobbit to be left alone by the agents of the unions and left political parties than to protest the partial sale of state assets by political parties of the right. Fair enough to assume the numbers turning out are only a fraction of the actual support for either cause. So therefore more people support the hobbit and those who actively support the hobbit than those who oppose partial asset sales. A movie is more important to New Zealanders than your cause du jour.

        LOL!!

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1.3.1

          Hence the failure to get enough signatures to force a referendum. Clearly that indicates no-one cares, that failure to collect enough signatures, doesn’t it Tighty? Because they didn’t collect enough signatures did they Tighty, and there isn’t going to be a referendum whether you like it or not, eh?

          • TightyRighty 14.1.3.1.1

            You are literally to stupid to discuss with.

            Two protests, both short notice. One linked to an ongoing campaign championed by all the major figures and organisations on the left. One representative of the type of New Zealand taxpayers the left purports to represent. One with a referendum attached, one with considerable public support that helped with an election win.

            One got thousands of people out and solidified public opinion behind it. The other blocked traffic around the country.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1.3.1.1.1

              “…literally to stupid…” :lol:

              Referendumb?

            • framu 14.1.3.1.1.2

              and one had all the attendees thinking their jobs were on the line – kinda makes a difference doesnt it

  13. Rodel 15

    Sadly the National party and ACT especially know the persuasive power of individual cupidity..very hard to combat….in direct contrast to the left’s philosophy.

  14. prism 16

    I have just seen the doco Occupy Love. There was a good slogan –
    Sorry for the inconvenience but we are trying to save the world. Nothing less! and
    Wall Street has kept us occupied – Now we will Occupy Wall Street – or something close.

    There was a meeting about constitutional reform and all the old bigots came out and wanted to relitigate the Treaty out of the Constitution. One observer feared that this result was all that is behind the activity going on. Maori that were there are no doubt used to feeling insulted but it was embarrassing, upsetting and ultimately impossible, to listen to.

    As an old person 70’s, I feel that our long life and super has a killing effect on thinking about nation building and socially supportive legislation. There is just too much free time to build up a verbal and mental barrier to moves to assist NZ to move into the 21st century as a happy united country. The grumpy old man and woman syndrome isn’t good for society. And heaven knows what we’ll be like with more going to 100. Perhaps to vote you should be earning money? Or perhaps just working for 10 hours a week doing useful stuff in the community. Less time for letter writing then.

    • Clockie 16.1

      Universal suffrage..

      Thin end of wedge. In addition, isn’t it possible that rather a lot of people over fifty were part of the generations that helped to make our society more liberal and I’m talking about from post ww2 right through to the point at which it all turned rather sour. For me that point was 1984. If you start talking about disenfranchising that group you just might find that you throw the political balance well to the conservative end of the scale.

      • Anne 16.1.1

        Agree with Clockie.

        Anyone born from the late 70s/early 80s onwards… has only experienced the so-called free market economy and thus are far more likely to listen to, and to believe the current bullshit spouted by NAct over the previous more regulated system which only turned sour when Muldoon got his hands on the tiller – a huge irony that will have largely floated over the top of the heads of the 20s/30s age group.

        And guess who was a huge admirer of Muldoon? John Key.

  15. xtasy 17

    Well, from the comments I read here, I am at least pleased that some of the many usual commenters here did go to some of these events. So you can see now, what is going on. I have not been to this action day protest march, due to illness, but I went to a fair few other protests over the last year.

    Most were having LOW turnouts, yes some dismal ones, and most that attended were the ususal hard core, resolute, active activists of the old school.

    I do share some concerns, that actually the old style approach of the same old chanting, the same old activists leading the same old supporters, coming from now so often Mana affiliated groups and others, they do seem to not reach the majority of the public out there.

    Most people, especially younger ones, are not that fond of this old, traditional activism, and when they see and hear what they see and hear, they may indeed get turned off. Hence the low turnouts. Earlier protests against asset sales were better and more widely attended.

    Another reason that few bother now may well be, that the sales are now proceeding, that Mighty River Power shares are being offered and sold already, that it is all pretty much a done deal. A referendum will not stop it, as it is not binding, and as National has already made clear, they will as major governing party not give it any credit. So this is to most all too late, an effort to raise issues, where the horse has bolted long ago.

    It will be better to focus on more and better policy releases than to continue beating the drums on issues that deserve to be raised, but that simply do not seem that much of serious relevance to the wider public now. This is all depressing and sad, but it seems to be the way things are.

    First of all, Labour need to sort their shit out and get their acts together, otherwise say also goodbye to 2014!

    Last not least, we have a completely biased, poorly informing and useless mainstream media, which is still being watched, listened to and read by the majority of the public. They do not even report about most political issues anymore, apart from some selected headline stuff.

    There was NO reporting, no discussion, no debate, no analysis, no editorial and so forth about the welfare reforms that went through Parliament as a bill without much notice. Few out there even know what is involved, and that 60 thousand sickness beneficiaries will in 3 months suddenly be “job seekers”.

    So poor organisation, lack of publicity, lack of reach, lack of public awareness, and to a fair degree lack of public interest, all this combined, is delivering a death certificate to the left. It should wake people up now. It is time to get out there, and not just focus on your blogs, but to challenge media, neighbours, work mates, people in the street, discuss, debate, inform, share and more, as mere blogging and so will not win you the next election.

    • Jane 17.1

      +1

      In this case it might have been better to not have the events at all, the low turnout is the result of the poor planning, organization and late notice etc not lack of sentiment, but it plays out like no one cares.

      • Rich the other 17.1.1

        Jane,
        It wasn’t organization or poor planning,
        Just a stupid lost cause.
        The voters endorsed the partial sale policy at the last election.

        • freedom 17.1.1.1

          For future reference RTO, 35% of registered voters is not ‘the voters’ it is some of the voters. It is actually a minority of the voters. But let’s be honest rehashing two year old arguments for your edification seems as pointless as the policies you are intent on cheering on.

          I imagine I am not alone in that I am beginning to skip reading your empty comments. You have not contributed one interesting point since you began commenting here and there are already enough mouthpieces spouting the Nact line so it all gets a bit monotonous. There are plenty of other ra ra boys and girls who at least throw the ocassional joke or a titbit of data that provokes a challenge and keeps them on the radar. The Standard is a place, as I understand it, for discussion. Your worn out slogans, your recycled rebuttals and go-nowhere strategies remind me of an organ grinder’s monkey. A flashy jacket and great at collecting sparkly baubles but ultimately the monkey is nothing but a chained animal with empty eyes. Aware of its captivity but continues to perform nonetheless.

          I am sure your slavery to holding selfish greed over civil need exposes you to a modicum of self-satisfaction but the inherent self-destructive nature of your ideology will only lead to negative economic outcomes for the majority of the populace, and that can only happen at the detriment of our society. The more opportunities you take from people the less they can do about it and eventually there are no opportunities, just a multi-choice of poor options that offer nothing but more of the same. That ever-diminishing cycle can only create more poverty. Yet even then I imagine you would still find some excuse to blame the poor for being poor. So naturally people get to a point where all the hard work and aspiration and blood and sweat and far too many tears from far too many good people does nothing but build anger grow resentment and inevitably it will harvest change. That change is as certain as the unnecessary pain your ideology thrives on. The really sad part with hollowmen like yourself has been proven throughout history. Your freedom would be such a foreign and frightening state when the change is wrought, I imagine you will simply look around for whomever grinds the organ, never realising that the chain is gone. So you dance.

          • Rich the other 17.1.1.1.1

            Freedom.
            I seem to have generated a little hostility , or is that just friendly banter ?
            The biggest danger the left faces is from people like me, I was a lefty and my voting record proves it. 1(nats) 11( labour), the last election labour , never again.
            What I would really like to see is some genuine debate on the govt’s regional development program , some real facts, exploration , mining ,irrigation schemes, etc not just, WE DON’T WANT IT’
            Many on this site cannot get past there personal self serving fairy land beliefs.
            The left and the green extreme has no thought for the people who need new opportunities , it’s this lot who are doing the damage to the future of workers and there families not the ” lets do it brigade”.

            The only factual info I have seen is on the any of this is from a report in the paper on the mining proposal at Westport , I would like to know more on others.

            Forest and bird apposes this development in the courts.
            The returns are.
            $9 million payments to DOC for pest control.
            • $11 million royalties paid to government.
            • $125 million paid in other taxes to government.
            • $321 million in dividends paid to shareholders, of which 8% ($26 million) would go to New Zealand owners.

            Just one project ,about 171 million to NZ .
            lets see some real debate with peoples welfare at the core.

            • freedom 17.1.1.1.1.1

              yes or no
              repeal the tax cuts that are costing NZ $2 billion a year ?

            • lprent 17.1.1.1.1.2

              The problem with mining is threefold.

              1. Once it has been mined then it cannot be mined again. The price of the asset is unlikely to go down. We can get a better return off it later as easily extractable resources diminish and prices rise. This helps to overcome the bloody awful costs of extracting from our teeny deposits (which as anyone who has studied geology in NZ knows this is mostly what we have) because higher prices later means that the country can get a better margin over extraction costs.

              2. The current regimes for cleanup and remediation is grossly inadequate. The obvious one at present is Pike River where there literally isn’t enough money left in the company to pay for the attempted rescue, let alone the cleanup of the site. Basically mining should not go ahead in NZ unless sufficient funds are escrowed to perform the cleanup. Mining in NZ typically folds leaving bloody dangerous sites all over the place because the companies and their investors are frigging cowboys. The taxpayers wind up losing their ‘profits’ in later cleanup ‘costs’.

              3. We’re better off in NZ to continue developing IP based industries rather than extractive. Apart from mining our soils and a few deposits like ironsands, there are no other particularly useful deposits for export in NZ.

              Whereas we’re pretty damn good at producing income from literally nothing more than good ideas and a smattering of capital and then selling them world wide. Tourism of course. Wines. Daft things like the DSIR invented idea of kiwifruit. But also my area of technologies. If we could figure out how to have enough capital available to pay for people startup and to cash out, then we’d stop losing those companies and ideas to offshore.

              Of course that’d involve our politicians working and thinking – something that they’re not too good at (especially this current government).

              • Jenny

                Someone suggested that if we stopped subidsiing Tiwai. With the country awash with cheap renewable electricity we could invite all the big IT companies to make their hub here.

                What better place in the world, remote from all the trouble spots, stable political system, and to confound all their critics, running on renewable electricity to boot.

                Of course we would have to add a few more fibre optic pipes, but think of all the jobs.

                Of course it will never happen our unimaginative politicians will never do that. I was listening to the news on national radio and as part of their review of the GCSB the government are bringing in harsh new laws to compel all IT companies operating in NZ to open all their systems to the government spy agencies. Telecom have complained that they always comply with SIS and GCSB interception orders already and never refuse them. And that there is no need for further compunction. Telecom say that the new laws actually require them if asked by the New Zealand intelligence agencies to break the codes of the overseas IT companies they deal with. They say if the new laws are enacted that they would be in serious trouble with those they have to work with overseas.

                • The Al1en

                  “we could invite all the big IT companies to make their hub here.

                  What better place in the world, remote from all the trouble spots, stable political system, and to confound all their critics, running on renewable electricity to boot.”

                  Tie that in with a commitment from Branson to set up shop using his green fund to develop clean hi tech energy sources and you have a bit of my manifesto :)

                  • lprent

                    They’d have to fix the data stream in and out of the country first. They’d suck up the remaining bandwidth in a hurry.

              • Rich the other

                No problems then.
                (1) Take the money while its there, opportunity’s come and go.
                Some resources are plentiful ,just one example to quote trev mallard on lignite in southland (when the process if perfected , this project can produce about 400 years of diesel for nz ).
                (2) Pike river, this project should have been an open caste mine , the design was to appease environmentalists.
                No reason why safe guards can’t be put in place eg insurance policy’s or even bonds put in place.
                (3) IP , excellent .

                It’s not a case of one or the other , we can have it all.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  “The correct approach would have been to exempt ships captains from any liability if a protesters boat got to close and a handful of professional protesters went to the bottom.
                  If they were trying to clamp down on dissent that would have been the correct approach.”

                  1. Propose death to fellow citizens.
                  2. Claim that all you want is a real debate.
                  3. Demonstrate that all you have to offer is facile drivel.

                  You’ll find a better home on the Right.

                  • Jenny

                    Those who take human life in defence of property, are in practice, already protected. The businessman who drove through a picket line killing a woman in Tauranga. The Manurewa businessman who chased down a young tagger and knifed him to death. (The first let off completely, the second less than a year in prison.)

                    No doubt If a Petrobras ship’s captain had ran down the protesters in the water, he too, would either have been given a very light punishment, or let off completely.

                    The protesters know this. They know that if they are killed or hurt during protests. that those who did it will either get off, or be treated very leniently by the authorities, They may even be depicted as the victims. What the protesters gamble on, is the better nature of their fellow humans not to kill, or hurt them.

                    Not always a sure bet.

                    We saw this in the anti-nuclear protests. In Auckland New Zealand Navy helicopters deliberately used their rotor downwash to systematically swamp small boats and water craft of the anti-nuclear protesters. It was only pure luck that no one was drowned in the Waitemata, as one after the other, these small vessels went down.

                    Was anyone held accountable or responsible for these deliberate actions of the naval helicopter pilots?

                    No of course not. It was the protesters own fault.

    • BM 17.2

      People are dumb and lazy
      After spending a while reading the Trade me message boards I’ve come to the conclusion that democracy really isn’t a good idea.
      The lack of basic knowledge about whats going on is staggering, whats even worse is the complete lack of interest shown about even gaining the slightest bit of knowledge regarding issues.
      It’s just self, self self and nothing else

      • Colonial Viper 17.2.1

        We always knew you were a thinly disguised authoritarian.

      • KJT 17.2.2

        That’s funny. After just a few days of listening to politicians I have come to the conclusion that Democracy is much more sensible than giving any of them total power for three years.

        The competence seems to vary from total idiocy to total mendacity with nothing in between.

        In fact Management studies/research will tell you that the more people involved in a decision the better it is likely to be.

        It is no accident that Switzerland, the nearest country to a true democracy, is one of the most stable, equal and wealthy, in the world.

      • ghostrider888 17.2.3

        people are often foolish and self-centred BM, and increasingly so it appears

      • prism 17.2.4

        BM
        Trade Me doesn’t show a high standard in its member communications forum, true. There are many who seem very young and inexperienced in dealing with others in a formal way and just generally naive. They are at the start of being independent thinkers.

      • xtasy 17.2.5

        BM – I do not get it:

        You quote this:

        “People are dumb and lazy
        After spending a while reading the Trade me message boards I’ve come to the conclusion that democracy really isn’t a good idea.
        The lack of basic knowledge about whats going on is staggering, whats even worse is the complete lack of interest shown about even gaining the slightest bit of knowledge regarding issues.
        It’s just self, self self and nothing else”

        Is that not exactly what your preferred government and you are promoting? So why pretend your “upset” about this? You seem to have an interest in all this status quo, and your comment here is just one full of hidden contempt, so bugger off and get a real life, while you really have none!

    • karol 17.3

      I also think that it’s harder to motivate people against something like share floats, that are outside their daily experience.

      There needs to be campaigns that hit people where they live: high power prices; lack of affordable housing; stress around employment/unemployment; struggles of beneficiaries, etc.

  16. dumrse 18

    Show us the photos of Hamilton.

    [lprent: You'll notice that the photos are from the author who lives in Auckland? That the photos are of the Auckland demo that she (and I) attended.

    While you may be a dumbarse, I'm sure that even you can figure out why there are no pictures in Hamilton on this post. If you cannot then you should seriously reconsider your ability to contribute here. Of course if you are too dumb to make that consideration, then I could always make it on your behalf? ]

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    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • 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 | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    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
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 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
  • 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
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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