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Resignation-watch: Suit cash a confidence vote on Collins

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, April 2nd, 2012 - 61 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, law - Tags: , , , ,

Cabinet today will decide whether the Crown will pick up the tab for Judith Collins’ defamation suits against Trevor Mallard, Andrew Little, and Radio New Zealand. These suits haven’t a hope of winning. The suit against RNZ, whose offence was to do live interviews, is particularly egregious and calculated to chill media comment. But that’s straight out of Key’s playbook, eh?

I mean, this is the PM who had three media outlets raided by the police during an election campaign to intimidate them into not publishing the tea tapes, all on the grounds of a ludicrous police complaint that wouldn’t have been given the time of day by the cops had it come from an ordinary citizen. Key even had the gall to claim that the Police had ‘spare time’ to investigate while 220,000 crimes went unsolved last year.

Collins’ behaviour is entirely consistent with this modus operandi. Public money will be used and limited state resources – this time of the Courts – tied up for a purely political agenda.

It will be unprecedented for the public to pay for a minister to take defamation suits. But we will. If Cabinet were to vote against that decision, it would be a vote of no confidence in Collins, which would undercut Key who has been giving her his backing.

I don’t think Collins’ opponents are united enough to go there. But it’s interesting to see though the Brat Pack faction in the form of David Farrar moving to undermine Collins again by saying that it will be a political disaster if the public is made to pay for Collins’ politically-motivated law suits.

61 comments on “Resignation-watch: Suit cash a confidence vote on Collins”

  1. Jim Nald 1

    Taxpayers underwriting Judith Collins’ antics is such a bloody waste of taxpayers’ money when the government itself is making a virtue of madly cutting and slashing public services, and Cabinet should not stomach the kind of gagging nonsense that John Key is so fond of playing.

  2. The more I think of this issue the worse it gets.  

    If this is approved the Governement will be using state funded terrorism of opposition politicians by lawyers to bludgeon them into submission.  If it is funded it will have a chilling effect on the effectiveness of our opposition parties.

    And how paradoxical it will be if at the same time that legal aid for the poor is being cut legal aid for the rich and powerful is increased. 

    The cabinet vote will be interesting.  If Collins is turned down her days may be numbered. 

  3. james 111 3

    Yes and she should get the money to defend her name just as other Mps including Philip Taito Fields, and Winston Peters have got it before her.

    • James you could at least know what you were talking about before you make a statement.

      Tell me:

      1.  What financial assistance did Field get to conduct a defamation suit or otherwise?
      2.  What financial assistance did Peters get to conduct a defamation suit or otherwise?

      And if the answer to both questions is “none” do you promise to check on things before making any further statements? 

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        James you could at least know what you were talking about before you make a statement.

        Wow, that’s way too challenging high expectations for Jimmie boy.

    • Jackal 3.2

      That’s funny, I wasn’t aware that they had even requested funding to take defamation cases against other Members of Parliament? Collins is digging a pretty large hole for herself if you ask me… let’s hope it sucks the rest of the corrupt Natz down as well.

  4. ghostwhowalksnz 4

    I remember once Ruth Richardson claimed she was defamed by a Christchurch newspaper, but wisely, she said it wasnt strategically a good idea to be embroiled in a legal dispute with the ‘hometown’ newspaper.

    A pointer to the reasons for Collins choosing opposition MPs and a state owned radio network ?
    The trouble with pursuing a political case like this to the bitter end, is the courts may extend the defence of fair comment even further when its another MP and its directly political comment.

  5. Will who pays for Mallard and Littles defence be a Labour vote of confidence or no confidence in them?

    Exactly the same reasoning you are trying to apply to Collins, where you seem to be trying to guarantee yourself a win. That will gurantee yourself a loss with your own.

    If Collins chooses to proceed with a defamation suit I think she should fund itn herself.

    And if Mallard and Little choose to not back down and defend it they should fund that themselves.

    Same rules apply.

    [ this comment displays a disturbing lack of knowledge from someone who ran for parliament last year. Mallard and Little aren’t part of the Executive so there is no option for their costs to be covered by the Crown. Eddie]

    [lprent: Nope. The disturbing lack of knowledge is yours. They can apply to get defence if whatever they are defending could be construed as defending something they did as part of their duties. It happens reasonably frequently.

    Anita below has the relevant link… ]

    • Jackal 5.1

      What are you talking about Pete George? Mallard and Little have said they will pay for their own defense… I suggest they also seek costs against Collins personally. Why should we pay for her defamation cases when the question of the leaked Boag email remains unanswered?

    • So Petey you agree the taxpayer should not fund Collins. 

      You then lurch into a diatribe about how Mallard’s and Little’s should not be funded.  There is no proposal that this should occur.

      You have no idea about how the Government’s finances work Petey do you. 

      • ghostwhowalksnz 5.2.1

        Its not supposed to happen but the disgraced Nick Smith was funded by the taxpayer for shooting his mouth off when he was a mere MP.
        I hope he wasnt also paid some costs when he was convicted of contempt of court, the circumstances of which led to his colleagues supporting him and attacking the Solicitor General , who acted on the complaint of a judge that he was interring with a witness during a hearing.

    • Pascal's bookie 5.3

      Hi again Pete.

      As noted above, it’s been reported that the Labour mps will be paying their own costs. It was reported in the same story where the 5pm deadline passed with the mps ignoring it.

      Earlier on that day, you claimed that the reaction to the deadline would possibly tell us something about how honest the Labour MPs were being. Whether or not they were just maliciously lying or what have you.

      Would you care to follow up on that comment of yours?*

      Does the way things have panned out tell us anything?

      Or was that a one way bet you were making?

      *laughs, of course you don’t. It was yet another hit and run passive aggressive smear that didn’t work out, and you won’t take back.**

      **prove me wrong and take it back, in detail***

      ***And I’ll ask why you needed to be prodded; doesn’t exactly make you look honest.

    • Anita 5.4

      Eddie writes:


      [ this comment displays a disturbing lack of knowledge from someone who ran for parliament last year. Mallard and Little aren’t part of the Executive so there is no option for their costs to be covered by the Crown. Eddie]

      Actually MPs can have their legal costs covered by the crown. This explains the rules quite neatly.

      It is worth noting that as the payment would come out of the party leader’s fund it wouldn’t actually increase the cost to taxpayers as the party would have to spend less on other things.

      • mickysavage 5.4.1

        Hi Anita

        I can assure you the Labour leader’s budget would not be spent on such frivolities.  I am not sure I know how Smith did it … 

  6. DavidW 6

    Hold the horses a minute. Has Collins actually requested funding from Cabinet? If so Eddie can you please point us towards a reference that confirms she has?
    If she hasn’t asked, Cabinet will not decide today.

    I know the latest poll must have screwed with your mind eddie but sheesh, you could attempt to use fact as a basis for your rambling.

    • KATY 6.1

      If She hasn’t why are cabinet considering giving it to her ?.

      • DavidW 6.1.1

        Don’t believe everything the Herald published about political matters Katy – it is far from an authoritative source on what passes for news these days.

    • Craig Glen Eden 6.2

      Key said Cabinet would discuss the funding of Collins defamation case today, when he was on Q and A on Sunday morning. Sheesh DavidW could you at least have some idea about what you are posting about. You Nat supporters and PeterG are really starting to look so bloody stupid!

    • deuto 6.3

      Perhaps you should keep up with the play before airing off .

      Or perhaps you should air off at the Herald for example – http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10796093

      I seem to recall that this was also discussed in Key’s interview of Q & A yesterday.

      There are a number of discussions on other blogs about this – for example, Farrar on Kiwiblog. Farrar is less than enthusiastic at taxpayer funding of Collins’ defamation action.

  7. ianmac 7

    Of course there will be a very long delay between a Defamation charge being laid and the actual hearing in court. Maybe years? Next minit or decade or so, who will know or care? By then Trevor will be tending his roses and reminiscing about cycling he has done as he hobbles down to see if the paper has come..

  8. tsmithfield 8

    My view is that the public shouldn’t be funding these sorts of cases unless it is an obviously outrageous sort of defamation. However, if it is just what the public would view as political point scoring, then politicians should fund it themselves if they feel strongly enough about it.

    For this reason, I hope the government doesn’t fund Collin’s for her defamation case. It might well be other National politicians think along the same lines. So, refusal to fund might not be an indication that Collins lacks credibility on the issue.

    • OK TS what about funding the action against Radio New Zealand?
       
      Putting Mallard to one side, the use of our tax dollars so one part of state can sue another part makes no sense whatsoever except to the Legal Profession, doncha think?

      • tsmithfield 8.1.1

        I agree. In saying that, I am not suggesting that Collins’s case is without merit. To me, it just doesn’t seem to cross the threshold for public funding. If it had been suggested she has sex with 13 year old boys or something, then that would be different. But when it is something as banal as claims about leaking a letter, which most in the public probably think is common place for politicians anyway, then I don’t see the justification in funding this publicly.

        Public funding is probably inevitable for Radio NZ, if they intend to defend the claim. OTOH, I wouldn’t want to see anyone stripped of their rights to take legal action if they felt strongly about it. So, they will have to seek costs back from Collins if she loses.

        • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.1

          If it had been suggested she has sex with 13 year old boys or something, then that would be different.

          Why? That would seem to be an entirely private matter.

          • tsmithfield 8.1.1.1.1

            In her beehive office then?

            I am sure you get the drift of what I mean. And I think we would all benefit by not going any further down this line of thought. :smile:

        • lprent 8.1.1.2

          If it had been suggested she has sex with 13 year old boys or something, then that would be different.

          Why? That is still a personal matter of protecting her reputation. If she wants to protect her reputation then she should pay for it.

          So, they will have to seek costs back from Collins if she loses.

          NZ courts will usually award less than 50% of the costs to whoever wins. That is kind of a bogus argument.

          The only reason that I would consider that the public purse should be used to fund MP’s in defamation suits is for MP’s to defend against a plaintiff. Being a MP or a minister means that you are a target for nuisance suits as part of your job. There is a clear need for the employer to defend MP’s ability to say what they think where it isn’t actual defamation without being stymied by the risk of being sued in nuisance suits. The success rate of such state assisted defences over the years shows the value of them.

          That a minister with a thin skin can call on state resources to sue someone else for defamation is somewhat ridiculous. It is also outright dangerous because it would be a great way to launch unfounded nuisance suits like this one to stifle criticism – which is what this daft action appears to be. She cannot win unless she manages to completely turn L v A on it’s head.

          • tsmithfield 8.1.1.2.1

            “The only reason that I would consider that the public purse should be used to fund MP’s in defamation suits is for MP’s to defend against a plaintiff.”

            I expect that the PM may also share that view. If that is the case, then it would be inaccurate to assume other motives for not backing the case.

  9. deuto 9

    So, refusal to fund might not be an indication that Collins lacks credibility on the issue.

    Perhaps not, but I wait with interest to her (probably bollistic) response if that happens!

  10. ghostwhowalksnz 10

    Normally the taxpayer pays legal costs for ministers , who “inadvertently” defame a private individual or company during the course of their public duties.
    To pursue a vendetta, against another MP ? Ridiculous

  11. On the herald site there is an article about acc it states ‘VIP’S get preferential treatment’
    by John Gibb of the otago daily times.
    Just what is going on in acc,it was set up for the people and yet it is not acting
    in accordance with those rules.
    ACC has continually turned away genuine cases.
    Key and Collins must step down, there is questionable antics going on in
    acc,there is more than meets the eye and the whole system should be
    investigated,of course key and collins wont want a full scale enquiry
    they have plenty to hide,their jobs are at stake.
    Collins threw her toys out of the cot and
    needed to create a diversion,the cabinet meeting will be more of how to manage
    the fallout,free speach is not national’s
    idea of the public’s rights in nz.

    • just saying 11.1

      The VIP unit was going under Labour, and so was much of the routine shafting of ordinary people. It effectively means that most of those whose opinions would be reported in the media, or who have the ear of the political class, are treated differently, allowing ACC to treat ordinary people like crap with impunity. There is a similar situation whereby “important” people are more likely to access private health services, and this allows the disgraceful conditions in many of our public hospitals to go unchecked. It seems that disproportionate resources go into emergency, cardiac, and ICU wards, which are more like to be frequented by one percenters (whose lives are the only ones that actually matter).

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      ACC ‘VIP claims’ policy under fire

      Dr Denise Powell, president of Acclaim Otago, a support group for ACC claimants, said that if VIPs had an accident, they received “preferential treatment within ACC”.

      The corporation’s delegation manual stated that these claims were to be handled differently, she said.

      “If the service provided by ACC is world leading, why would the manager of the ACC service centre have to handle the VIP claim, rather than the service centre staff?” she asked.

  12. 80% of nz’ers say that tax payers should not fund collins defamation costs,herald poll.

  13. PunditX 13

    Err no Starlight. 80% of people who respond to Herald polls say that tax payers should not fund collins defamation costs,herald poll. Not quite the same thing..

  14. captain hook 14

    ACC has melted down into a sorry venal mess of typical money grubbing kiwis looking for the main chance.
    It needs proper supervsion and a total rework of their culture, attitude and efficiency.
    it stinks like a dead mackerel in the moonlight.

    • Craig Glen Eden 14.1

      Acc actually works well at least it did till National got in. While people will always have there issues with any system on the whole it works way better than private insurance.I deal with Acc on a daily basis and while they are more annal under National I still prefer to deal with them than the private insurance companies.

  15. Pascal's bookie 15

    So Collins is paying for it herself.

    Good; also and too; haha.

    Just this morning she was reported talking about how the way to avoid the cost to the taxpayer was for Mallard et al to apologise.

    Looks like Cabinet declined to proceed with funding this folly, despite the fact that the original press release announcing the suit was from the NZ Government and headed by the Minister of ACC, and referring to the Minister throughout.

    I suspect preliminary legal advice was short. It’s a shame it’s not OIAable

  16. DavidW 16

    I suppose it would be a pointless exercise to obtain retractions (apologies would be even nicer) from those who maintained that Cabinet would be considering funding Collins defamation case today and an acknowledgement that there was much hot air for nought now that Collins has announced that the proceedings would continue and that she HAS NOT ASKED CABINET for government funding. This from ZB news at 1600hrs 2 April 2012. Eddie, are you listening?

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      Lol.

      If you believe the only discussion had was her saying to cabinet that “I won’t be asking” you’re an idiot.

      If she wasn’t going to ask, then why on earth would she have not said so days ago?

      Why was her office saying that she hadn’t made her mind up, but that the taxpayer could avoid the cost if Mallard et al apologised? That certainly seems to be a comment leaning towrds her asking for it to be funded.

      She obviously ultimately decided not to ask, but all evidence, from the initial press release through to her office’s comments, point toward that being aface saving decision along the lines of not asking when you know what the answer is going to be.

      Honestly, do you not find it a teeny weeny bit strange that she announces this after Cabinet, and not immediatly before?

      What could possibly explain that, derp derp.

    • deuto 16.2

      The fact that Collins has now said that the defamation proceedings will continue but that she has not asked Cabinet for government funding does not rule out that Cabinet may well have discussed this today.

      In view of:

      1. the Cabinet Manual provisions which I understand require any Minister to get approval via a number of steps which would at the least take a couple of days BEFORE initiating any legal action. [Collins announced her decision to take defamation action only about an hour after the National Radio interview and certainly could not have gone through the required processes in that time.]

      2. there being no precedence for the circumstances of this particular case of a Minister initiating defamation against other Members of Parliament and a Crown entity

      3. mounting public opinion against taxpayers footing the bill

      – IMO this (Collins continuing with the defamation action but supposedly paying for it herself) is a face-saving compromise which may well have been discussed in Cabinet, but if not, with Key and other Ministers, National Party gurus etc.

      It is exactly the sort of “solution” I was expecting.

    • Frida 16.3

      David W. Naive. I think you’ll find the Solicitor-general told her to bugger off and Cabinet took that advice!

  17. DavidW 17

    Too much fun having the usual suspects flailing around speculating, taking some hack’s report in the Herald about the Cabinet Agenda as gospel and reaching for some whacky (or should that be whacked out) conclusions.

    Either way there was much frothing around the dentures for bugger all effect.

  18. Collins funding her own defamation case, that will cost her some big bikies.

  19. Pascal's bookie 19

    Felix Marwick reporting that Key is saying Collins told him she’d foot the bill last wednesday. erm, yeah ok.

    But leaving aside the obvious, why not speak up till now then. He was all over the media saying there was no decision yet, he didn’t know, nor did she.

    They wanted the crown to pay for it, but hve been guzzumped by the backlash. Now backpeddling.

    • deuto 19.1

      Agreed re back peddling etc. Re the big bickies, some of Collins’ political friends may be willing to help out.

  20. DavidW 20

    Never miss the opportunity for a good conspiracy theory to hatch eh? I think it was the inimitable Mr Prentice who explained about Occam’s Razor once. Perhaps you should check it out.

    [lprent: You forgot the word “sarcastically” as in “sarcastically explained”. I never use that unless I am being sarcastic. ]

    • Pascal's bookie 20.1

      So what is the most parsimonious explaination for the facts to date, including:

      the form and tone of the press release; http://t.co/u78pm9b6 (nb: the letter head, and the mention of her office, who issued the press release, etc)

      her reluctance to say anything at all about who might be funding the case untill after the cabinet meeting.

      According to Key, she told him on Wednesday night that she would be funding it, so why delay announcing that?

      Get yer razor out Davi, show me how it’s done.

      I’d say the most parsimonious explaination is that she wanted cabinet to approve, found out they wouldn’t, and has fallen back to ‘I didn’t ask’.

      Explains all the facts quite nicely I should think.

  21. Blue 21

    Lovely little gem from Collins: “Even though I am fully entitled to do so, I have not asked Cabinet for funding.”

    Pure born-to-rule arrogance and entitlement. Thank heavens she doesn’t have a moat.

    • Anita 21.1

      Worth noting that she’s saying she is entitled to ask, not entitled to receive :)

      • mickysavage 21.1.1

        Aye she is entitled to ask and entitled to be told by independent legal officers that her case is ridiculous.  She should fund it herself or forget.

        She is in face saving mode.

        Either she comes up with $300-400k and goes the full hog to receive minimal damages because she has been accused of being a Machiavellian politician or she forgets it.

        But if she forgets it she has to explain how Nick Smith’s blood came to be all over her hands.

        I almost feel sorry for her … 

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 21.1.1.1

          Don’t. She’s just another Tory when it comes down to it. These people deserve our understanding, but not our sympathy.

  22. DavidW 22

    Blue, the Cabinet Manual says she is entitled to ask fro funding, there is nothing automatic about it nor is there any entitlement to funds as of right.

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    So Andrew Little is the new Labour leader. I don't particularly agree with him axing capital gains but entirely agree Labour should ditch raising the retirement age. Andrew needs to handle the members better. Cunliffe ditched some policies such as...
    Topical
  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter from afar
    TV3's decision to broadcast the Vodafone Music Awards live to air was a great call. Not that I was able to actually watch it, but being able to read tweets both from Vector Arena and the living rooms of home certainly...
    Public Address
  • Sunday music: Talking Heads on cities
    A blast from the past: the Talking Heads’ ode to urbanity, “Cities”. This is from the band’s fantastic concert film Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads emerged from 1970s New York. The city itself wasn’t doing so well at the...
    Transport Blog
  • Our social betters
    by Michael Roberts In a great new book, Billionaires: reflections on the upper crust (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120092/billionaires-book-review-money-cant-buy-happiness), Darrel M West outlined various social surveys that show the richer a person is, the less likely they are to redistribute some of their wealth...
    Redline
  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
    The Daily Blog
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
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  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
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  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
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  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
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  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
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  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
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  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
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  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
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  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
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  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
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  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
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  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
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  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
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  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
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  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
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  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
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  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
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  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
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  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
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  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
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  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
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  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
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  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
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  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
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  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
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  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
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  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
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  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
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