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Return of the King?

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, February 25th, 2013 - 81 comments
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Claire Trevett is picking Annette King to take health in a Labour party reshuffle.

81 comments on “Return of the King?”

  1. karol 1

    And Shane Jones *groan*.

    • karol 1.1

      PS: What about Louisa Wall?

      • IrishBill 1.1.1

        Nope. She’s too connected to Cunliffe.

        • mickysavage 1.1.1.1

          Yep, one of the most effective Labour MPs who did us all a favour by taking out one of the old crusty right wing Labour MPs, who campaigned really well and increased Labour’s party vote, who through her efforts last year in getting the Marriage Equality Bill through the first reading, who is Maori and female and a dream representative is being punished because she supports Cunliffe.

          Words are starting to fail me …

          • higherstandard 1.1.1.1.1

            She is Maori and female ?………. so what.

            She is an intelligent motivated MP who does heaps for her electorate and in parliament that’s enough to have her moved up the ranks without resort to gender and race based politics surely ?

            • vto 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Yep. If she was White and male would that make her less effective at her job mickysavage?

              … the stereotyping that goes in this country …. so shallow

            • karol 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Trevett thinks Jones will be promoted to front bench as shadow Maori spokesperson.

              So far Team Shearer has been dominated by a pretty regressive conception of masculinity.

            • fatty 1.1.1.1.1.3

              She is Maori and female ?………. so what.

              So that’s a good thing. If we look at who holds power and who gets paid more in NZ, it is Pakeha males. That is a fact.
              So, your statement suggests that ‘we are all equal and should be treated the same’…is that what you mean? If so, why do Pakeha males dominate? Are Pakeha males genetically superior?
              You need to expand on your reasoning higherstandard. You have some interesting assumptions, please explain.

              • vto

                I think the explaining needs to come from micky. Your own post fatty suggesting that it is a good thing implies some ‘genetic’ difference between the genders and races, as you put it, otherwise why would it be a good thing? So, what are the differences?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Actually, it’s the social representation that seems to be what people are after. If a person is description then they are representative of people who meet that description. It’s identity politics.

                  It’s not something that I can understand.

                  • vto

                    Yes I struggle with it too, especially in the context of wider bigotry and stereotyping in this country.

                    But even what you suggest DTB implies a difference between “descriptions”. If people require a mix of gender, race and age to represent our society then that means people think there is a difference between gender, race and age in our society.

                    The entire issue is confused and unsettled. It doesn’t rest in an easy position currently imo.

                • fatty

                  No, my post was asking what is the reason for the difference between men & women, and also Pakeha & Maori?
                  Why do Pakeha males dominate? Higherstandard suggests there should be no preference given towards females and/or Maori, so I’m asking why does that inequality exist…is it genetic? Its a fair question.

                  I completely oppose the idea of genetic inferiority. The differences between men & women, and also Pakeha & Maori relate to our sexist a patriarchal history (and continued today). Changes have been made but these inequalities persist. Since it was policies that created these inequalities, I’d suggest that policies and allowances are made until we are equal (or as equal as possible).

                  So, my question remains…what is the reason for the inequality? Is it genetic? Or, if it was policy, why don’t we have a responsibility to make policies and allowances so that our racist and sexist society becomes more equal?

                  • In a perfect world our Parliament would be truly representative of our population. Right now there are too many middle class white males there and not enough women, especially women of different backgrounds, and especially especially really effective ones.

                    • vto

                      Sure. So what are the differences between the genders? and races and ages …..

                      fatty wonders about genetic differences too (whatever superior or inferior mean).

                      A while ago many posters on here were adamant that there were no such differences, yet now there are?

                    • Green Viper

                      If you want to see a real representation of women in New Zealand you need look no further than the Co-leadership of the Greens and their caucus..

                    • fatty

                      Yes, I do wonder if genetic inferiority underlies the we’re all equal claim. Because if we are all equal, why are there longstanding inequalities? As I said above, the difference between genders and races is due to us not addressing past policies (which unsurprisingly were built upon the idea of genetic differences).

                      A while ago many posters on here were adamant that there were no such differences, yet now there are?

                      It appears so. Once the left stops striving for equality by trying to right the wrongs of the past, then aren’t we just accepting inequality between men & women, Maori & Pakeha as natural?

                    • vto

                      Differences are not the same as inequalities I guess, although one is likely to lead to the other. If it is accepted that there are differences then policy should work to avoid potential inequality that may arise from that difference.

                      But really, I don’t think society knows or has accepted an answer which is required as a first step – are there differences? Without knowing that how on earth can policy be developed addressing inequalities, other than as a pretty blunt instrument?

                      It all has a way to go yet, hence its rather raucous and dividing nature as an issue..

                    • karol

                      And maybe if the current Labour caucus were more diverse they’d be focused more on social security (which impacts pretty heavily on Maori, Pacific people and women, especially under NAct) rather than putting the majority of focus on people in paid work.

                    • vto

                      mickysavage, wouldn’t mind picking up on another of your kneejerk stereotypes – that of middle class.

                      Gets to thinking, ok, so which ones in Parliament is mickysavage thinking are middle class, which ones lower class and which ones upper class.

                      Love to see some examples mickysavage, because “middle class” is thrown around by the kneejerk more mindlessly as a stereotype, attracting the follow on abuse as it goes, more often than any other.

                      So if you’re around micky, explain your kneejerks

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.4

              Royal Flush takes 5 cards mate, no holding back in this game

    • fatty 1.2

      surely not…Shane Jones is repulsive to everyone. Who does he represent?

      • Enough is Enough 1.2.1

        I can’t understand how or why Shane Jones is still in the Party…now we are talking front bench. Give me strength.

    • David H 1.3

      Well that will scare off a few thousand more voters. Who’s next Tamahere?? Oh well the Greens will just keep on climbing in the polls then. And as the ABC crowd will have their paws in this, then I hold Little or no hope for 2014.

  2. Mr Burns 2

    All I can say on behalf of rich old white males who hate the collective everywhere is that we really appreciate the mess that Shearer and ABC are making of the Labour Party and if true this reshuffle will ensure that National is voted back into power in 2014.

    I can taste that tax cut now …

    • Yorick 2.1

      Sadly, I think you are right.

      However, I have discovered Buddhism .. and detachment.

      The sun will still shine, lambs will still be born, as will humans .. life will go on.

      We can always retreat into our own personal nirvana to escape New Medievalism.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Or gain strength from our own personal nirvana to return to the world and defeat New Medievalism.

      • blue leopard 2.1.2

        @ Yorick,

        Its great that you are attempting to be positive, yet you appear to have missed something and concerns me that your description of Buddhism more closely resembles “checking out”. I can see that this may not have been intentional and so I write this to clarify.

        As I understand it “detachment” isn’t all about retreating from the world,
        It allows one to act in the world without getting wound up and caught in [addictive] destructive emotional/mental cycles of reactivity.

        Compassion is the most emphasized aspect of Buddhism, and particularly Mahayana Buddhism, would implore you to act and engage with people, and do everything to assist others even prior to coming to a point of peace.

    • Lanthanide 2.2

      Tax cut? Yeah right.

      • Mr Burns 2.2.1

        Not for you Lanthanide, only for the very wealthy.

        This then lets us trickle the wealth down on all those that are lower than us.

  3. Rupert the Beer 3

    And Kris Fa’foi – another of the Leader’s Office paratroopers – to Pacific Island Affairs apparently. It’s good that Fa’foi and Parata have both been promoted as reward for turning Mana from safe-Labour to marginal…

  4. geoff 4

    Zombie caucus

  5. Anne 5

    From what emerged on Eddie’s post last evening “Something about deckchairs…” the immediate future for Labour looks grim indeed.

    Such unprincipled behaviour – delusional rumour mongering and the last minute selection of a secret ballot caucus spy – reeks of paranoia, stupidity and neurosis.

    Trevor Mallard and Chris Hipkins stand up!

      • Olwyn 5.1.1

        I cannot raise my jaw off the floor since reading about that last night Anne. Hipkins being a vote counter completely undermines the secrecy of the secret ballot. I just do not get the lengths to which these people are prepared to go. If the present leadership team was too right wing to please members like me but polling at 45% I would understand it. If they had genuinely taken Labour back to it roots but were polling at 25% I would think that they were willing to risk losing an election to save the party. But as things stand what they are doing is just bewildering.

        As a side issue along related lines, I would also like to know if Matthew Hooton now works for the LP. Cactus Kate has a couple of times intimated that he does, but this has never been confirmed or denied. The caution they employ in framing their arguments about such things as work, housing and welfare, especially welfare, almost suggests that he is now in charge of it. “Don’t mention injustice or Matthew will growl at you.”

        I have nothing against Annette King, and see her as a hard working pragmatist more than a conspirator, but given the water that has gone under the bridge so far, I don’t hold much hope for this reshuffle.

        • xtasy 5.1.1.1

          Olwyn: New Left Party, only answer!

          • Olwyn 5.1.1.1.1

            It could end up coming to that xstasy, the way things are going. Labour presently seems determined to negate its reasons for existence, like the old Liberal Party that they displaced in the thirties.

  6. Raa 6

    I’m a fan of Ann. She’s done the hard yards in rest homes and knows her way around the system.
    She would bring a realistic cool head and valuable hard-won experience to Health .. if not beyond.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      She’s currently the housing spokesperson. She’s done a reasonable job, so lets hope moving her into Health is so they can get another big hitter on that role, as it seems to be the only area that the public is paying attention to Labour on.

    • rosy 6.2

      +1 Raa. She was a very effective health minister and understands the importance of primary care and population health. No-one is giving Tony Ryall a hard time about the shift toward counting operations at the expense of basic health care. She can do this.

      • xtasy 6.2.1

        Hahaha, I do not share your hope as much, but “instinctively” only days ago, I sent a an email cc, that addressed major issues in National’s dishonest health policies. They tell the public all these Goebbels like one liners that Ryall loves, about numbers on “elective surgery”, but heaps of other cuts, slashes and failures go totally under the radar.

        Not even the shit media get it. I read some reports, I know more, and so do others.

        So let us hope King picks that and other stuff up, and exposes rotten Tony Propaganda Rile.

  7. James 7

    The standard, Standard reader is a leftie – labour voter.

    If you guys are groaning and moaning about what a lousy job your party is doing and having a caucus that is (and I will be polite) sub-par to say the least, how can you expect “normal” people to support them.

    Yet you seem shocked when the Nats and the most popular PM since ages ago is polling so far ahead of you guys.

    Its not rocket science. You guys could be on the opposition for a long time yet. Laugh if Trevor is still running the show in 2017 mwahahahaha

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      “Yet you seem shocked when the Nats and the most popular PM since ages ago is polling so far ahead of you guys”

      Erm, I don’t think anyone here is shocked. We’re moaning and groaning because the party leadership is so bad, and the evidence to back up these feeling is the polling, which has barely budged since 2009.

    • Rupert the Beer 7.2

      If Trevor is still “running the show” in 2017, I fear there will be no show to run…

    • bad12 7.3

      Yes continue the dream, right up till November 2014, when you will be faced with a Labour/Green Government, albeit with a paper thin majority of 1 or 2 seats,(remarkably like the current Slippery lead National Government),

      Better start stocking up the cellar, you are sure going to have a cause to add a lot of whine with your cheese…

  8. Tom 8

    James, what is your wish list ?

    Increased low-wage labour in rural industries, assisted emigration for anyone with a tertiary degree ?

  9. Peter 9

    So Labour takes the Treasury benches in 2014 by reshuffling the same people who sat in those portfolios on the Treasury benches in 2004?

    Smart move, Mr Shearer…

  10. Tom 10

    Is the ACT offensive in Epsom linked to this new poll ?

    • bad12 10.1

      Yes ACT has been offensive in Epsom for quite some time, about now would be the time for the voters in that electorate to wake up to the smell,

      National have to continue to do deals with ACT in Epsom to retain any hope of re-election in 2014, by doing so tho, National run the risk of losing soft votes from the margins of it’s party vote as voters react to such continued deal making by taking their Party vote elsewhere…

    • bad12 11.1

      Yes Slippery the Prime Minister would know, after-all the National Party conducts it’s own polling on a weekly/monthly basis,

      i have been saying for quite some time that the 2014 election will be close with a 1-2% gap either way this far out from the actual election National are up against the wall as slipping that 1-2% on election day will probably cost them the Treasury benches,

      My pick is that the ‘clever’ tactic of Slippery bringing the Maori Party into the coalition early on in 2009 wont pay off with the Maori Party losing at least 2 of it’s electorate seats,

      Should Labour and Mana pick up 1 of those Maori electorate seats each i would suggest this far out that that would mean bye bye National with Labour+Green+ Mana having a 1 seat majority in the House…

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        You’ll probably still need Winston to pull that combo off.

        Unless Labour get at least 35% or 36% on e-day.

  11. chris73 acualy is Dolan 12

    Whats King done (or not done) to deserve a kicking from Ryall?

  12. burt 13

    This is a joke right…. Wow… Fresh thinking from Labour …. Way to appeal to the voters… appoint the tainted and stained to the big jobs….

    WHO IS THE LABOUR PARTY SERVING – THE PEOPLE OF NZ OR THE LABOUR PARTY CRONIES.

  13. Enough is Enough 14

    When you have a party at war, what is the best way to heal and bring the two fighting factions together.

    A. Hug your enemy and bring them in close (Clark/Cullen)
    B. Banish them and their allies to the bank bench in some strange act of ‘leadership’.

    Will the party be united by weeks end or will the cracks between the factions be widened o a gulf. Only Shearer can control and my money is on him fucking it up again.

    • alwyn 14.1

      You, as with Helen Clark, clearly approve of the old President (Lyndon) Johnson view.
      “It is better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in”

      • xtasy 14.1.1

        alwyn: Someone at the head of Labour does not learn from history, because he himself is “history” before he even makes it!

  14. It is sad to watch the slow demise of the labour party, re-arranging the ‘deck chairs’ for
    some who are compliant with the wishes of those who are responsible for that demise is
    just mind boggling.
    The ‘old hands’ should stand aside and bring new talent to the front bench on merit, not
    because they comply, the old hands then should mentor the new front bench so that
    they have support,there also needs to be a greater eye on succession of the leadership.
    My history has been labour,(apart from the clark years),my future will be for a party who
    respects the people,is democratic,also takes the people with them,is open minded and
    listens to the prospective voters,is engaging, a leader who represents all of those things
    and is enlightening and clear about party policies and the needs of the people and potential
    voters.
    Annette King fits comfortably within the ‘deck chair’ movement,so no surprises there.

    A rejuvination not regurgitation is needed right now.

    Does Labour deserve my two ticks in 2014, No, unless big healthy changes occur.

  15. gobsmacked 16

    “And we’re coming to you live from the red carpet, where the stars are arriving and excitement is building … Annette King looking lovely in 1980’s shoulder-pads … Trevor Mallard is here, he’ll be honoured with a “lifetime achievement award” (from National) … sadly David Cunliffe can’t be with us tonight … David Shearer would like to thank his wife – no, his kids – no his wife AND kids – no, his family – no, his parents, especially – um, his wife … er, what was the question again?”

    … “And the Oscar for Best Spokesperson who you’ve never heard of goes to … David Parker!”

    (NZ voters: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz …)

  16. Rupert Snodgrass (stupid banned troll) 17

    The vastly experienced and immensely talented Annette King is a superb appointment.

  17. Elizabeth Bourchier Real Labour 18

    This must be just speculation from Clare, surely? Please say yes!!

    Shearer knows that the public knows the differance between a strong leader and a vindictive one?
    Surely a new team needs the likes of Cunliffe Wall and (sadly) Chauvel?

    Surely Shearer knows he has to show that he is independent of Mallard and Goff?

    Surely he owns nothing anymore to the Wellington Hutt clique ?

    Surely Cunliffe merits a position in the top 5/6?

  18. George D 19

    I hope this is an unfounded rumour. Why not Grant Robertson? A highly capable man and former Minister of Health.

    New Zealand needs someone who can take on Ryall, who is loosening the seams of the health system so it can be quietly disassembled – he’s to smart to try to rip it apart in one go. Kevin Hague is doing a decent job of his portfolio, but he could do with a heavyweight backup.

    • George D 19.1

      I’m not saying King won’t do an excellent job. I think she will, really. I just think that the person with the portfolio should be ready to step into the ministerial position at the end of this term, and we know that isn’t possible with King’s imminent retirement.

    • alwyn 19.2

      Your memory clearly differs from mine.
      Are you really suggesting that Grant Robertson is a former Minister of Health?
      Perhaps you haven’t noticed but Robertson only entered Parliament in 2008 and has never even been on the Government side of the House.

  19. George D 21

    Congratulations to David Clark.

  20. AmaKiwi 22

    “Mr Shearer said his decisions were based on choosing the best person for each job.”

    And since David Cunliffe is the best person to lead the party, let’s leave him in the back rows so he won’t be damaged in our train wreck.

  21. Treetop 23

    The health portfolio is the best place for King. Health has a lot of cross over with housing, ACC, Work and Income and education. The health system eventually pays (hospital admissions) when the mentioned services have not provided the necessary assistance.

    • xtasy 23.1

      That is sadly so, because noone else in Labour really has enough understanding of the health portfolio. King was not doing much for Housing, to be honest. Hone Harawira took that role. And apart from that, King may have the knowledge and insight, but times moved on, there is a ruthless new operator at the helm, and knowledge and experience may not suffice to deal with the most ruthless operator!

      I am split between hope and despair.

      Ultimately, the new lineup shows, SOCIAL WELFARE is NOT a priority for Shearer and Labour!

  22. One Tāne Huna 24

    Excellent decision regarding Trevor Mallard. Cunliffe, not so much. He has no incentive to follow the leader now.

    • One Tāne Huna 24.1

      PS: hadn’t picked up that Cunliffe has got fisheries and associate finance, not quite so bad. Isn’t it great that Mallard’s “ability” has been recognised though?

  23. Anne 25

    Mallard’s position means nothing OTH. He’s still top dog and is running Shearer behind the scenes.

    Demoting him is just an attempt to appear ‘even handed’ and it was probably suggested by Mallard himself. How stupid do they think we are?

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    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • Submit!
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • On the uncanny resemblance between John Key and Sergeant Schultz
    In the 30-odd years that Judy and I have been providing media advice and training to prime ministers, prostitutes and pretty well every profession in-between, our teaching mantra has remained the same: “Be straightforward, tell the truth, admit your mistakes”....
    Brian Edwards
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Vodafone collaborates in mass-surveillance
    The latest analysis of the Snowden documents shows that Vodafone is actively collaborating with GCHQ's mass-surveillance programmes:One of the UK's largest communications firms had a leading role in creating the surveillance system exposed by Edward Snowden, it can be revealed....
    No Right Turn
  • Vodafone collaborates in mass-surveillance
    The latest analysis of the Snowden documents shows that Vodafone is actively collaborating with GCHQ's mass-surveillance programmes:One of the UK's largest communications firms had a leading role in creating the surveillance system exposed by Edward Snowden, it can be revealed....
    No Right Turn
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • Ports of Auckland Moving More Freight By Rail
    Ports of Auckland did a press release back in September that didn’t really get picked up on: Working with KiwiRail, Ports of Auckland has doubled the rail services between its Waitematā seaport and Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub. The increased service...
    Transport Blog
  • Momentum Builds for No Deforestation Palm Oil
    By now you know the problem: a rapidly expanding palm oil industry, eating up forests, draining carbon-rich peatlands, and sparking conflict with local people and workers.But if you had to guess at what is turning out to be a key...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
    The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster...
    Open Parachute
  • Whiteboard Wednesday – How a flat tax would be fairer than our current sy...
    Geoff is going to talk us through how a UBI and flat tax work together. The end result is less bureaucracy and a fairer, simpler, more productive society....
    Gareth’s World
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 are 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
  • How biased are 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
  • How biased are 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
  • 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
  • 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 2009. 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
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2009. 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...
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
    During my seven years as Commissioner, I have consistently said that climate change is the biggest environmental issue we face. This investigation has provided an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what is causing climate change and one of...
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
    The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties refuses to take part in the submissions process around the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill....
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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  • Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals
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  • Police pursuit results in serious injury of innocent man
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  • US Warning against GMO threat
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  • Fish & Game wants more than lip service from agriculture
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 27 November 2014....
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  • Ngā Aho Whakaari Questions TMP Handling of TVNZ Contract
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  • Ngā Aho Whakaari Questions TMP Handling of TVNZ Contract
    Television New Zealand (TVNZ) recently announced that internal production of its iconic Māori programmes ‘Waka Huia’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ would cease and that it would outsource the production of these programmes for the duration of...
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  • Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence And Security
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  • Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence And Security
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
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  • SIS Scandal Leaves Key Unscathed
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  • SIS Scandal Leaves Key Unscathed
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
    John David Milne (79) has been sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment today in the Christchurch District Court following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution....
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
    John David Milne (79) has been sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment today in the Christchurch District Court following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution....
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
    Scoop politics
  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law....
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law....
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law....
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  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
    Māori language group Umere has given 'iwi corporates' a "Not achieved" for not standing up for te reo....
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  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
    Māori language group Umere has given 'iwi corporates' a "Not achieved" for not standing up for te reo....
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  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
    Māori language group Umere has given 'iwi corporates' a "Not achieved" for not standing up for te reo....
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  • Men need to play leadership role
    White Ribbon Day is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and occurs each year on 25 November....
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  • Men need to play leadership role
    White Ribbon Day is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and occurs each year on 25 November....
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  • Men need to play leadership role
    White Ribbon Day is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and occurs each year on 25 November....
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  • NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties
    A meeting between New Zealand Customs and Hong Kong Customs officials in Auckland today has strengthened the close partnership between the two agencies that continue to work together, especially to combat drug smuggling and organised crime....
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  • NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties
    A meeting between New Zealand Customs and Hong Kong Customs officials in Auckland today has strengthened the close partnership between the two agencies that continue to work together, especially to combat drug smuggling and organised crime....
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  • NZ-HK Customs heads meet to strengthen ties
    A meeting between New Zealand Customs and Hong Kong Customs officials in Auckland today has strengthened the close partnership between the two agencies that continue to work together, especially to combat drug smuggling and organised crime....
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