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Bill English on quantitative easing: “There are big risks with it and it is just barmy to suggest that in an economy growing at all that you would do it”. So, are the countries that are using QE to push up our currency growing? EU: -0.3% (14 of the 27 member states are growing), US: 2.1%, Switzerland: 0.6%, Japan: 3.3%. So, yes, countries use QE while growing – and it lets their businesses undercut ours.

62 comments on “Research-based opinions”

  1. Un. fucking. believable.

    The only reason these countries have an expending money supply is because of QE and the financial speculation the bankers still foist upon the European populations. There is rampant unemployment in Ireland, England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece to name a few. Please, please, please stop spouting this crap.

    The worlds biggest economy is imploding right in front of our eyes!

  2. Pete 2

    The Economist explains quantative easing (2 minute video)

    With an RBNZ OCR of 2.5% I think there is still some juice in the tank before Q.E. would need to go ahead. It may be enough to direct the Governor of the Reserve Bank to take a desirable exchange rate level into acoount in a new policy target agreement.

    • Bill 2.1

      Thanks for that Pete. Seems the answer to my question (Comment 3) is that nobody anywhere has a fucking clue when it comes to the efficacy or effect of quantitative easing – it’s a ‘shot in the dark’ that economists reckon should be tried because they are flush out of ideas. Great.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        Most economics is a shot in the dark – that’s because most economics isn’t based upon reality.

  3. Bill 3

    I don’t pretend to understand mystifying jargon such as ‘quantitative easing’. But I came across this and was wondering if somebody more ‘in the know’ would care to comment, clarify or otherwise explain.

    In the U.S., a third round of excess money printing — called Quantitative Easing — began recently in which banks are directly profiting by unloading their toxic mortgages on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet (another backdoor bailout paid by taxpayers).

    http://www.zcommunications.org/capitalisms-two-step-survival-plan-austerity-and-structural-reform-by-shamus-cooke

    • I rely on Investopedia a lot for the first simple definition of a term I don’t understand.
      In the paragraph you quoted they discuss a money printing round (that is essentially what QE is) in order to by dollar for dollar all the fraudulent mortgage and other asset backed derivatives from banks. That means that all these banks are going to have billions of dollars available which were not in existence before.

      The problem is that those derivatives are essentially worthless and will never be traded again and the money brought into existence to cover the fraud is going to dilute the money supply just like counterfeit money would.
      It means that as people catch on they will loose trust in the system and where that leads is anyone’s guess.

    • Bunji 3.2

      Actually what the Greens are sensibly suggesting wouldn’t in fact be quantitative easing (see comments in James’ article). But that’s by-the-by…

      There are very different things you can do with that money you (virtually) print (it’s not like you’d actually waste the paper making bills…). It seems to be the current trend to use it to bail out the banks, thus protecting the 1%’s money, and keeping fluidity in our broken banking system. It could also be shared out equally among the population (inflationary, but net good for the masses, bad for the asset rich); or just used for the government’s expenses (saves taxing or borrowing); or the Green’s suggestion: rebuilding the Government’s savings, which wouldn’t be inflationary at all, as the money wouldn’t be spent – not unless there was another natural disaster, in which case we might be quite keen on the idea…

    • Lightly 3.3

      the Fed is buying mortgage-backed securities to push down the interest rates on those securities, which, in turn, means more available and affordable mortgages. In the US, as opposed to here, the housing bubble did burst and now it’s nearly impossible for young families to get into home ownership because no-one will lend. The bad results are multi-faceted – less social stability, less work in construction, lower quality housing stock…. – the Fed is trying to get the mortgage market functioning at reasonable levels again.

  4. Can I recommend a long soujourn in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland – even the UK?

    These countries’ economies are in a process of COLLAPSE.

    Growth is dead.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Oil-supply-could-end-economic-growth—expert/tabid/1160/articleID/271417/Default.aspx

    • Add to that list Hungary, Roumania, Latvia and any number of other European countries…. and did I forget France?!

      • travellerev 4.1.1

        And dare I say it, Germany is on the way out too!

        [lprent: Use double quotes on hrefs. ]

        • Jackal 4.1.1.1

          What a bullshit link travellerev… Germany doesn’t have debt to GDP of 300%. Stop all the baseless scare mongering eh!

          • travellerev 4.1.1.1.1

            Folks, this is the original page the link I gave here is linked too. These guys are well respected investment advisers and know what the fuck they are talking about. The Euro is collapsing and Every European Country is holding on to every other European country while they are drowning in a sea of red ink, the Fiat system is crumbling under $1.5 quadrillion in toxic derivatives. That is 20x global GDP!

            [lprent: That doesn't look like a link on anything like the subject. It looks like some speculation on a attack on Iran? WTF? I crossed it out. ]

            • travellerev 4.1.1.1.1.1

              People make mistakes Iprent. I have  about a 130 tabs open on average most days when I do my reading. Why the aggression? Here is the site I wanted to link too. You could have just pointed it out without the WTF. I’m sorry the financial info I bring gets up your nerves but the reality is what it is.

              Here is another link people might be interested in:

              The 25 most dangerous reporting units in the Financial world from the Huffington post.

              The best financial reporters are : No 1 Max Keiser with Stacey Herbert and second Zero Hedge which is a group of traders publishing under the guise of Tyler Durden. They make their money in the current market and I put it to you that in order to do so you have to know bloody well what your doing and what the hell is going on in the financial world!

              [lprent: I look at links because others look at links and some of the daftest debates happen around daft links. That is why the comment back end shows the link right next to the link text so I can check them out, or fix them like the missing link in the other comment. ]

              • Zorr

                130 tabs open, huh?

                That doesn’t actually lend any strength to your argument as it actually suggests that you, at best, are skim reading and, at worst, skim “skim reading”…

                I would much rather just get on with living and surviving in whatever world I find myself in than attempting to stay up to date with all the crookedness and crony capitalism in the world. I can affect my local community and attempt to influence beyond that – but everything starts at home.

                You don’t fix your town in NZ by focusing on Wall St. It is enough to know that there are sharks in the water that have smelt blood.

                • Kotahi Tāne Huna

                  130 tabs, and all saying the same thing: what Ev wants to hear.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    What they actually say isn’t that important. Ev hears what Ev wants to hear.

                    • Says the guy who bans anyone with a different opinion from a communal facebook page. How many is it these day Murray? 50- 100.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I have only one thing to say: a kerosene fire cannot appreciably weaken structural steel at any real distance from the base of the fire.

                      And even at its hottest, an open air kerosene fire can only cause relatively slight weakening of structural steel.

                    • McFlock

                      That’s two things.
                             
                      And both are irrelevant to the point of surrealism. 

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Ah sorry counting power was down.

          • Robin Westenra 4.1.1.1.2

            I think Travellerev is probably right.

            You need to take into account TOTAL debt. It is private and corporate debt that is going to be the killer.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.2.1

              corporate debt is private debt.

              What you want is private debt + public debt + SHADOW BANKING DEBT

          • Robin Westenra 4.1.1.1.3

            Scare-mongering?!

            Would you rather tell lies than let the truth be known?!

            • Jackal 4.1.1.1.3.1

              There’s a pretty big PROBABLY there Robin Westenra. Personally I don’t like lies and I don’t like scaremongering. Just to let you know why travellerev’s link is entirely wrong, you don’t get to count TOTAL debt in a percentage of GDP because there are lots of different types of debt. Some debts have no bearing on a countries GDP.

              There’s also a rather large European Stability Mechanism that is about to fully kick in to help them through their debt crisis. This is funded by European countries. They have only pledged and used around 40% so far. This is money the Europeans are using to help Europe through the debt crisis, meaning interest will be paid back to European countries to ensure further stability in the future.

              travellerev your link proves nothing… It’s simply more baseless bullshit!

              • Yeah about that European Stabilisation Mechanism. It got down graded the day it got established and here are some of the rules it operates under:

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gls3pO-94b4

                • Colonial Viper

                  Bejeeezus dudes. The ESM had fuck all actual money in it. Just member country commitments (i.e. IOUs) for money which was never, ever going to eventuate in reality.

                  Wake up you’ve all been had.

                  Why do you think every time they launch one of these stability funds, the debt markets stabilise happy for all of 72 hours? Before it all tanks once more. That’s how long it takes for people to figure out that once again, the Emperor has no clothes.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.4

            Jackal said:

            What a bullshit link travellerev… Germany doesn’t have debt to GDP of 300%. Stop all the baseless scare mongering eh!

            You so missed the point. Which is:

            Who has Germany made bad loans to. Using the money of their nation, the profits of their companies, and the savings of their citizens. And how much do they add up to.

        • travellerev 4.1.1.2

          I always did and then for some reason it didn’t work any more and I started using single quotes and that seemed to work for awhile but yeah sweet as I’ll use double quotes again.

    • Wheezing&Easing 4.2

      Nonsense. I was biking around there 2007-08 looking at budget tourism, economic status etc and they were not in a state of collapse. Mostly looking poorer than NZ and certainly the bumptious Oz tourists but not collapse. Hysteria hits NZ.

  5. Bill 5

    Okay. So thanks for the comments above. The choice then, is – a) to channel money to speculaters who lost a lot of money in order that they can continue to spectulate and in the vain hope they lend money to productive sector businesses. Or b) to channel money directly into the ‘really existing’ productive sector via either business activity/loans (or government spending programmes) or to the money spending public via debt forgiveness or whatever other mechanism.

    But then I guess if some form of option b) was pursued the argument might run that with banks being hung out to dry, option b) would collapse in on itself….which is why option a) is always pursued.

    So why not simply nationalise the banking and financial sectors and kill several birds with one stone?

    • Murray Olsen 5.1

      Good question, Bill. I don’t know of any good answers to it.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Because then the banksters will lose power and wealth while the population becomes better off proving that capitalism is bad for society once and for all.

  6. alwyn 6

    I haven’t bothered to check all the countries you list but I did look at Japan on the OECD link you provided. The claim that Japan had GROWN by 3.3% seemed totally fanciful.
    The figures on our so-helpful link are, from the expenditure approach and in trillions of yen.
    2006 506.687
    2007 512.975
    2008 501.209
    2009 471.139
    2010 481.773
    2011 468.496 (est)
    I would love to see how you turned this series into 3.3% growth. It looks to be a pretty steady decline to me.

    • Jackal 7.1

      You say in your post that the Greens have put global warming, globalisation and Peak Oil on the back burner… What do you base this accusation on Robin Westenra, your own ignorance perhaps?

      You also say that the US, Switzerland and Japan are on the verge of financial collapse. What are you basing this statement on, because if you’re going to claim the end is nigh, you had better have something better than assumptions.

  7. Wheezing&Easing 8

    Look at The Economist p27 Oct 6th 2012 and educate yourselves …. and there is a useful though sometimes bizarre article by Andrew Geddis in The Pundit. Debunking Economics by Oz economist Steve Keen is a handy resource too for these times. And one can always return to the wise words of that clever mathematician and speculator Maynard Keynes who knew a thing or two about public finance and international currency movements.

  8. Murray Olsen 9

    What Russel Norman is proposing does not fit the model used by Obama in the US and A to keep the banks viable, but don’t let the facts get in the way of a good rave, especially when you can find links to Randian worship sites. That’s the main problem with thinking you can research this stuff off the internet without having any background with which to analyse it. It’s the same attitude that leads to cult-like belief in chemtrails and HAARP for control of the weather, while denying at the same time that AGW is possible. In the end, it has far more to do with religion than politics, economics, or science.

    • Says the guy who never ever has to prove his point of view with a single link. How is it in good old Oz M university treating you well? Seems you have plenty of time online to troll.
       

      • Murray Olsen 9.1.1

        Points of view are just that – points of view. They can neither be proven or disproven. In that sense they are just like accusations of trolling, or believing that Russel Norman is the equal of Mugabe.
        And the university treats me very well, thankyou. They still have good policies in Australia for people with terminal diseases. Would you like a link about that to guide your personal attacks more accurately?

        • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.1

          Seeing as Ev brought up the topic of banning people from a communal facebook page, I’d like to state that a moderator banned her for abusive behaviour. Several other people have been banned for similar things, and the moderators ban people who insist on publishing stuff to do with conspiracy theories, a large number of which seem to be antisemitic. I am no longer even a member of that page and did not ban Ev, although I fully supported the action.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2

          Points of view are just that – points of view. They can neither be proven or disproven.

          That’s a load bollocks. Anything that is contravened by reality is inherently dis-proven.

          https://theconversation.edu.au/no-youre-not-entitled-to-your-opinion-9978

          • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.2.1

            I disagree. The knowledge that a person may rely on to develop a particular point of view, or the way they manipulate that knowledge, may be wrong, but a point of view such as, e.g. “I do not believe everything I see on conspiracy sites is correct” is neither provable nor disprovable. If I claim that the WTC broke all the laws of physics, that is put forward as a statement of fact, and can be put to a truth test. If I ask a question as to how the Biot-Savart Law was broken, for example, that is a question and has no truth value. An answer to it would have. Apart from one quick calculation which I did which showed that the rate of progress of the collapse of the two main towers could only be considered freefall if gravity had 1/3 of its actual strength, I have made no statements about any of the stuff Ev posted in many, many places. However, daring to ask any question of any conspiracy theorist is usually replied to with some statement such as “Feel free to remain asleep and believe everything your government tells you”, and then goes downhill from there.
            I hope this sheds some light on the matter and is not a further load (of) bollocks.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.2.1.1

              The knowledge that a person may rely on to develop a particular point of view, or the way they manipulate that knowledge, may be wrong, but a point of view such as, e.g. “I do not believe everything I see on conspiracy sites is correct” is neither provable nor disprovable.

              Actually, that statement could be dis-proven. Difficult, yes, but not impossible. There’s two possibilities about it:

              1.) The person is outright lying or
              2.) The person actually believes that they don’t when they actually do

              Both conditions could be tested with some accuracy.

          • travellerev 9.1.1.2.2

            It was you Murray and I was not abusive you where just like you are here. A troll with little more than abusive one liners with little or no substance other than accusational suggestions not supported by anything other than your vitriol and you didn’t like it when I called your bluff.
            The others were not banned for their rudeness either. They were banned because they had the audacity to confront you and to put links to the events to 9/11 on the page.

            Time will show you up for the nasty little troll you are here too.

            • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.2.2.1

              Telling me that you eat little boys like me for breakfast is hardly calling a non-existent bluff. Neither is chanting that I know nothing about the scientific method when I refuse to accept youtube as a reputable source.
              Moreover, a question about which of the laws of physics was actually broken (all of them leaves plenty of opportunity to give a specific example) at the WTC is hardly an accusational suggestion. 
              I’m here because I’m a socialist and think socialism offers a worthwhile future for our country. I make comments now and then. Mostly I read and learn. I haven’t been able to work out why you’re here when you think the Greens are channeling Mugabe and seem to mostly cut and paste stuff from US libertarian/Randian websites. But I suppose time will tell, as you say.

              • ROFL. That tells me all I need to know about how you feel about yourself.

                This is the conversation as it really was:

                You said: Has anybody told you what a lovely lady you are (or words to that extend)? (Sarcasm dripping here)

                And I said: I’m not here to be a lovely lady and while that might have worked when I was an itty bitty girl it doesn’t now. Now I eat guys like you for breakfast.

                That was it. No warning nothing. Banned, and not just banned, blocked and all my comments deleted. 

                That’s how scared you where of having someone call your bluff. You’re a narrow minded vitriolic troll, little boy. ROFL!!!

                And while you’re at it you might take a lesson from Iprent and his team as moderators. I think in the 6 years I’ve been commenting here only once has someone let his personal feelings get in the way of their job: Moderating!

                And rest assured I have gotten up their noses often.

                You on the other hand challenge people constantly and when they don’t surrender to your venality you ban them. That is not what a Moderators job is that is what an immature asshole like you pretending to be one does.

                • Murray Olsen

                  Given that I didn’t ban you, did you stop to think you get up other people’s noses as well? As for the rest of your post, there’s about as much fact in it as in your blog. Have a nice day.

  9. higherstandard 10

    QE explained superbly by Clark and Dawes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AvU2cfXRk

  10. lefty 11

    Improving the economic well being for the majority of New Zealanders comes down to needing to change power relationships before anything worthwhile can be achieved.

    As things stand, any advantages from deploying QE, or any other economic mechanism, would quickly be harvested for the benefit of the already overpriviliged and to the detriment of the rest of us.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      It definitely has to be done correctly but I think it can be done in such a way so as to correct for those power imbalances that you mentioned.

  11. Poission 12

    leaving aside QE ,the trading nations,Brazil,and Korea both cut interest rates today,Singapore yesterday (where they use a weighted currency similar to the TWI and change bands accordingly) in addition they capped property loans to stop the housing bubble.

  12. xtasy 13

    Rate of GDP based debt is all relative to national wealth and assets, so Japan manages. Germany has some fair debt too, but they manage. Other countries have high debt, and they managed for decades. This is an ideology driven agenda to suck the blood out of the poorest countries and people to the last drop, nothing else. Greece is dying due to bloody AUSTERITY. Spain is heading the same way, next will be Italy. NZ is a fake economy of small scaly wannabe activity. It is a game for currency gamblers. OK there is real exports and so, but little economic activity inside, except real estate bubble. The migrants love it. Wonder why tens of thousands of poms and Asians move here? Nothing else, not for economic contribution, for REFUGE! Fuck that, put a high tax on migrant investment for a start, NZ is top destination, no matter what. Bring in capital gains tax. But lower company tax and give tax holidays to investors to bring REAL investments here. More can be done, but Kiwis are too DUMB to ever get it right. Some dream of one extreme, the others of the other, so it is a never ending rat race to nowhere. I look forward to my one way ticket out of this DUMP!

  13. xtasy 14

    You do not need “excessive” nor “obsessive” growth either, as some leading economies have managed for years with low growth, but given the wealth basis they have, a single per centage of growth is more than many countries would even achieve in a few years.

    It is a relativity game, pollies love it. I went back to Europe the first time after 10 years in 1992, and I was SHOCKED about how BACKWARD NZ was. I missed 10 years, losing out on low pay, while others in my family did ok and built their own homes, supported by cheap loans and advantageous tax rules by the government there.

    I went back there for a few years and was a total idiot to come back here 7 years ago. I heard this BS about high growth and full employment, thinking that is the way to go and get my own home here. What a fucking dumb mistake, the biggest mistake I made in my whole life. Fucked up now, no hope of anything but a low wage shit society, full of hatred, envy, bene bashing (even if you are sick) and worse.

    I could live more comfy on a benefit in most of Europe, despite of the cuts there, but the idiots here think things are so bad, that people there starve. It is the injustice and radical change that drives people on the streets there. Wait another year or two here, it will be much worse here. I get this all the time from Kiwis, oooh, it is worse there, but it is BULLSHIT. NZ is behind, will always be, never will change, as the elite here run things, and all you get is a choice between bigger and lesser evil, Nats or Labour, both known liars and manipulators.

    You are truly screwed, you could do better as a people, but most have NO guts, NO interest, ONLY think of NUMBER ONE, are words and empty spaces re protests, are cowards, useless, ignorant and have no right to live in such a rich country as this. That is why I would welcome another people and nation to take this land to make more use of it than this hopeless, corrupt government and elite of rotten anglo saxon extraction, that only use it for their own purpose and benefit, but really RUIN it!

    Sorry, I had enough of all this SHITE!

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      NZ is behind, will always be, never will change, as the elite here run things, and all you get is a choice between bigger and lesser evil, Nats or Labour, both known liars and manipulators.

      No, NZ won’t always be behind as the Nats and Labour won’t always be the controlling party in government. I’m hoping that, over time, the government won’t be the controlling influence at all.

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    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • It’s about history… & votes & elephants
    I think I'll start at the end. Andrew ended his recent post like this:...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • More than 20 jobs saved at Auckland faculty of education
    The union and TEU members at the University of Auckland have managed to reduce proposed compulsory job cuts at the faculty of education from 35 down to just two. Local TEU organiser Enzo Giordani said feisty staff with a staunch...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the tokenism of New Zealand‘s role against Islamic Sta...
    Was John Key born lucky or what? Political performance tends to be judged on three things – the unemployment rate, the petrol price at the pump, and the market value of your house. This year, Key was lucky enough to...
    Gordon Campbell | 22-10
  • MIT chaos following job cut announcement
    Chaos reigns at MIT following last week’s announcement that the polytechnic will cut 68 full time equivalent jobs, according to local TEU organiser Chan Dixon. Over a thousand people have signed a petition opposing job cuts at the polytechnic. Staff are...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Auckland staff call for Living Wage
    The Living Wage Network held a rally and barbecue this week calling on the University of Auckland to become first New Zealand’s Living Wage university, by paying all staff, both directly employed and contracted staff, a living wage of $18.80...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Otago debates one off lump sum
    The University of Otago has not offered its staff a pay rise on their rates at collective agreement negotiations, opting instead to offer a one-off lump sum of $1000, which will not go ‘on the rates’. TEU members at the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race
    Good afternoon everyone. I am David Fisher, a reporter with the New Zealand Herald. I have worked as a journalist for 25 years, mainly in New Zealand but across a number of other countries.I think there's some value before I...
    Public Address | 22-10
  • Employment law first act of new government
    As the prime minister promised, his government has rushed to push through its Employment Relations Amendment Bill as one of its very first actions this week. The bill, which union members and workers have actively opposed for the last year,...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • 7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate
    Stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers,...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-10
  • Blowin’ in the wind
    Wind power has a pivotal role to play in the world's energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-10
  • Wanted: more fertiliser and horse manure
    Equality enriches the soil, just like manure, but a lot less stinky (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the...
    On the Left | 22-10
  • PM gets it right about Auckland, mostly
    Prime Minister John Key is dead right when he said: First home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get onto the property ladder, Prime Minister John Key says. After all, the locational efficiencies of...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • Questions and Answers – October 23
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk Economic ProgrammePolicies 1. JAMI-LEE ROSS (NationalBotany) to the Minister of Finance : What measures is the Government taking to help the New Zealand economy become more productive and competitive?QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS Economic Programme—Policies...
    Its our future | 22-10
  • John Key’s Multiple Identities
    Question to the Prime MinisterRussel Norman: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he txted him?Prime Minister: None in my capacity as Prime Minister.John Key...
    Local Bodies | 22-10
  • Where is the Middle?
    When Labour decides who will be the next leader, it is of interest to all of us involved in politics. After all the person chosen could be New Zealand's next Prime Minister. So the debate on the nature of the...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • Labour Needs A Civil Union With The Greens
    Much has been written about where Labour needs to go from here. One issue which doesn’t seem to have generated much interest is what do they do with the Greens?...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Lau...
    The People's Flag Is ... Mint Green? Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern (whom Twitter immediately dubbed Gracinda) pose in Mint Green for one of the glossy women's magazines. In a non-revolutionary era, superficial is about as deep as it gets. BIKERS?...
    Bowalley Road | 22-10
  • Auckland’s disturbing panopticon
    Earlier in the month, we learned that Auckland was planning to install a creepy panopticon, complete with ANPR and facial recognition, for vague and undefinied purposes. This produced a flurry of OIA requests via FYI, and one of them (for...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • How to Sell a House: Free Advice from a couple of experts. (Self-Described!...
      In the 32 years that Judy and I have been together we have bought and sold quite a few houses. Six years is the longest we  lived in any one of those houses.  Our friends regard us as gypsies. The...
    Brian Edwards | 22-10
  • Judith Collins’ two-tier OIA service
    Back in August, we learned that sewerblogger Cameron Slater was receiving extraordinary OIA service from then-Minister of Justice Judith Collins, in one case receiving a response to a request within 37 minutes. But it wasn't just extraordinary for its speed;...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
    Political activists campaigning on health issues often resort to scaremongering. This can be dangerous – especially when their stories have no real basis but rely on selective and distorted information. Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network (FAN) often resorts to this sort of scaremongering. Now...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • Unbelieveable
    This week we've seen the Prime Minister desperately trying to cover up his war plans by pretending that Obama's war-planning meeting was just a "regular" meeting of defence partners which we just happened to be attending. Over on Kiwipolitico Pablo...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Are the police using ANPR to target the disabled?
    The media this morning is full of stories of the paralysed man caught driving using a walking stick to reach the pedals. Its good that he's off the road, but there's one point in the story which raises questions:The driver...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
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    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
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