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Roy Morgan and Sue Bradford

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 pm, September 17th, 2011 - 115 comments
Categories: election 2011, polls - Tags: , , ,

From the miscellaneous bits of news department – a particularly grim Roy Morgan poll for the left:

The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for Prime Minister John Key’s National-led Government is virtually unchanged at 61.5% (up 5.5%). Support for Key’s National Party is 57% (up 5% – the highest since October 2009), ACT NZ 1.5% (down 0.5%), the Maori Party 2.5% (up 1%), and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for Opposition Parties is at 38.5% (down 5.5%) – Labour Party 26% (down 3.5% – the lowest since March 2009), Greens 7.5% (down 1.5%), New Zealand First 3.5% (unchanged), Mana Party 1% (unchanged) and Others 0.5% (down 0.5%).

Maybe its an RWC boost, maybe its a rogue, or maybe the constant “Labour can’t win” message is having an effect at last. For the sake of the country I hope it isn’t the latter, because Labour remains the major party with the best policies for NZ. If either of the former then nothing much is changed, Labour was always going in to a short, sharp, post RWC election campaign as the underdogs. I’ll await the next Roy Morgan with great interest.

Second miscellaneous item, news that Sue Bradford is standing for Mana against Paula Bennett in Waitakere. No one expects Bradford to take the seat, but it’s the perfect choice of electorate for her. In every electorate event Bradford is going to show Paula “no comment” Bennett up for the political lightweight that she is. Go Sue!

115 comments on “Roy Morgan and Sue Bradford”

  1. Salsy 1

    Its great to see Sue back, lord knows she’s a welcome voice of truth in a sea of lies, manipulation and general nastiness by National. Bennet is a fake and Bradford can expose that. Labour on the other hand have continued with the status quo depsite poll after poll watching National cut deeper into the bedrock of their support while the country refuses to warm to Goff.. Policy is great, but far, far more effort should have been into reacting to public opinion and offering a popular, likeable leader who can square off against Key… I think the entire party should be fired for arrogance and complacency. Jessica Mutch’s preditions of a few months ago will no doubt come in bang on target –
    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/jessica-mutch-polls-could-get-worse-labour-4328514

  2. Anne 2

    Labour refuses to stick it’s head above the parapet! It remains timid, and seems to be almost scared of the MSM. I have the impression sometimes that the MSM sense this and, to put it bluntly, despise them for it.

    I am beginning to despair. They have by far the best policies (together with the Greens), they have the right messages, but they seem to have forgotten how to present them in a way that captures the attention and imagination of the media and the public. Norman Kirk had the gift, so did David Lange and Helen Clark. Phil Goff showed this week he could do it too, so why oh why did he wait so long…

    Perhaps I’m being too harsh. I leave that to others to decide.

    • r0b 2.1

      Labour refuses to stick it’s head above the parapet! It remains timid,

      Untrue.  Capital Gains Tax was a very bold move.  Bold, and necessary to enable the other policies (like tax free 5K) that Labour want to introduce.

      • Anne 2.1.1

        Agree about the CGT rOb. The point I was trying to make – not too well perhaps – is that Labour should have started to ‘stick it’s head above the parapet’ sooner – especially given the advent of the RWC. There are signs they are at last showing their mettle, but I fear it’s too late. Hope I’m wrong!

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        CGT was a very brave opening gambit.

        Gareth Morgan has recently described what a very brave complete strategy might look like.

        • r0b 2.1.2.1

          I quite agree!

        • aerobubble 2.1.2.2

          Link.

          The system is too easy to rig with a urgency gambit, why should voters
          buy into CGT that takes money that can then be redirected to the
          same elites as before. Without a strengthening of Democracy, via
          a upper chamber… …but they won’t consider that, for that would mean
          house of lords with dedicated Maori seats, and we all know how racist
          the rightwing are in NZ, they may get caught out from time to time
          but its plain to see. Key’s astonishingly bad oder at the speach opening…
          The game unites us as a people and this shate PM can’t even lift his
          game for one moment of unity.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.2.1

            Strengthening NZ democracy requires a full fledged public and independent broadcasting news and journalism service, not an upper house.

  3. big bruv 3

    Anne

    You must be joking when you say that Labour have the best policies.

    It is bad enough that the Nat’s are borrowing a billion a month yet the stupid Labour party and the even more idiotic Greens want to borrow more.

    Do you really want to see us end up like Greece?

    Cullen and Clark were disastrous for the Kiwi economy, we simply cannot afford another tax, borrow and spend government.

    Anyway, the public will simply not vote for Labour until there is a clean out, nearly all of your front bench is seen as old, corrupt and tainted with the stench of Helen Klark.
    It might also help if Labour went back to being the party of the working man instead of being the mouthpiece of the stinking and corrupt unions.

    Labour used to be about people (remember Norman Kirk?) now they are all about academics who have never worked a day in their life, gays and union scum who are (in the words of one of your own MP’s) self serving.

    You guys really run the very real risk of being a minor party after this election, can you imagine losing the right to be called ‘the opposition’ to the Greens?, well, it is a very real possibility.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Do you really want to see us end up like Greece?

      A 0.5% pa land tax on property values over $1M will sort it mate, that and an increase in corporate tax to 33% applicable to every dollar of profit earned over $1M, so don’t worry your pretty little head.

      • big bruv 3.1.1

        Viper you are a moron.

        An increase in corporate tax coupled with the totally unjustified $15 per hour for the minimum (unskilled) wage will see corporations leave NZ in droves.

        Not that I need worry about it, Labour will be in no place to form a government for some time to come.

        • McFlock 3.1.1.1

          Better the corporations than the actual citizens, who already are leaving in droves.

          • Bazar 3.1.1.1.1

            What a retarded statement to make. Did you even think what you were saying, or did the urge to make a retort override your critical thinking.

            If corporations go overseas, they take their income, capital, and jobs with them.
            If individuals go overseas, they take their skill with them, and leave behind a job.

            Corporations leaving are far more detrimental to NZ’s economy then individuals leaving.

            • rosy 3.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s Bizarre, Bazar. If workers go then years of the cost of training is gone with them and so is the custom that corporations rely on for their profit. If corporations go that will mean there is a gap for SMEs, the growth of which a lot of people on the left and right think is a good thing.

              • Bazar

                “If workers go then years of the cost of training is gone with them”

                The cost of training is considered paid for in large by companies via their tax. (Its one of the leading points lefties give as to why corporations should pay more, because they benefit from a skilled workforce).

                So by counter-logic, a company leaving leaves less funding for education, as well as fewer jobs.

                ” If corporations go that will mean there is a gap for SMEs”

                A gap?
                A company that moves overseas is one that simply moves. They retain their customers.
                If its a company that say builds engine parts for boats, and they move to Australia, there is no “gap” created, they’ll still be building parts, selling them, and retaining their customer chain, but the jobs and profit have migrated away with no benefit to NZ.

                If it was indeed a company that just packed up and left behind their clients, how on earth can you think of that as a good thing?

                There are 2 financial reasons why a company would stop operations in NZ and move overseas:

                – Either the costs of operations in NZ rose to a point where it wasn’t feasible to continue operations locally
                – It was more profitable to pack up and move then continue operating.

                And given that a company encountered those decisions you think its a good thing for that scenario to play out, so others can have a turn?

                Those others will have the same problem, it being either infeasible to operate, or have international competition that has an operating advantage (as well as looking at migrating overseas just like their successor did)

                Its better to have the companies remain and have a workforce shortage (low unemployment, high wages), then the other way around, where the companies leave, and we have a workforce surplus (IE: high unemployment, low wages, large government budget deficits)

                • rosy

                  You used the term corporations, not companies. At a guess a boat building company is very likely to be a SME, not a corporation. How many corporations that are incorporated in NZ do you think there are? Fonterra is one example, almost all others are SOEs or overseas-owned. That is part of the reason they want to privatise SOEs, I thought – more sharemarket trading. Didn’t Brian Gaynor do an article on that not so long ago? If we’re talking about corporations – most of their head offices are overseas anyway.

                  In terms of paying to train workers – they pretty much only pay for direct costs. Our apprenticeship scheme is so run down so workers have to take out student loans to train themselves, or for more administrative jobs the corps hire them straight out of university, which they haven’t paid a cent towards.

                  Big corps are only in NZ for the resources – e.g. logging companies, or for secondary services e.g. hotels, tecos (generalisation, I know). I’d also think they would move overseas for many, many reasons, tax at the levels we’re talking about would be a minor consideration. One of more important reasons would be a greater ability to grow in a bigger market. That is not going to happen if our skilled workers, who have them money to pay for goods go overseas, and it’s also not going to happen if we lose skilled workers and have to spend money to train up new workers, only for them to follow.

                  If you’re talking about SMEs going overseas, and if their customer-base is overseas too, yes I agree that would be bad. But once again, there are all sorts of reasons they’d go – lack of skilled workers might be way up at the top of the list.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Do you really want to see us end up like Greece?

      That’s an interesting question coming from a RWNJ considering that it’s the policies of the right that landed Greece where it is.

    • Hanswurst 3.3

      As I imagine will be true of many people, I got to “corrupt” and “Helen Klark” and stopped reading. Anyone who regurgitates this stale old bullshit about corruption that not even Don Brash believes has zero credibility as far as I’m concerned, while the use of “Kullen” and “Klark” is just schoolyard-level dickishness. It’s the language either of a troll or of a gullible moron, and neither really warrants reading.

    • HC 3.4

      big bruv: So this National led government supposedly borrows a “billion” every month? Honestly, it appears that you have as much knowledge and information about the true state of affairs as an earthworm has about managing the economy!

      The last figure in circulation has been about 380 million, of which about 100 million is not even needed by the government to cover present expenditure. They borrow that extra, due to the money available by way of credit from banks being comparatively low interest money. Hence they argue they better borrow that now, rather than later.

      Your attack against Labour and the Greens is in this case absolutely baseless and nonsensical.

      The Labour led government until 2008 had balanced budgets, near full employment and put more money into public transport and some other infrastructure than the present short-sighted one would ever be willing to do. They prefer petrol headed policies.

      Looking at the proposed higher tax rate of 39 % for those earning $ 150 k and more per annum, and other policies so far announced, a Labour led government with the Greens and perhaps another candidate in it will certainly deliver the funds to invest more in progressive policies, create more training, education and employment for youth and others than this one will.

      NZs problem is not so much government or state debt, it is PRIVATE debt of consumers and investors borrowing from banks to pay for what they want. A lot of it is in the form of mortgages and loans, to pay for a living standard that a country producing non value added primary products and serving fast food and drinks to tourists (on low pay) can no longer afford. Selling assets will not solve the problems, it will make them worse.

      It is the short sightedness and lack of true information of many (and you prove it) that seems to be the biggest problem with NZ voters.

    • HC 3.5

      big bruv: I concede that you were talking about borrowing per month, while usually we talk about borrowing per week. So you are somewhat right with that. Nevertheless, selling assets partly or wholly will not solve this problem, because the incomes generated from electricity companies will also be lost accordingly. The talk by National about capping share purchases to 10 % and particularly claiming that “kiwi mums and dads” will be “first in the queue” is nonsense.

      Look at the provisions of the NZ China FTA re investments:
      http://www.chinafta.govt.nz/1-The-agreement/2-Text-of-the-agreement/12-Chapt-11-Investment/index.php

      According to the agreement, which was signed by the Labour led government, but opposed by some supporting that goverment, Chinese (overseas) investors cannot be disadvantaged when it comes to selecting investors who may want to buy shares in any company or asset they wish to invest in.

      National strongly supported the agreement. So how can John Key and his party go around and claim that “NZ mum and dad investors” will be “first in the queue”?

      My impression is that they are quite dishonest to the public, by not telling voters that what they intend to be doing will not be legally enforceable.

      And then look at the policies National and ACT want to follow besides of that one. Little investment in public transport, slower progress with environmental issues and so forth. NZ will belong to the countries left behind again, with outdated public transport, while oil prices are set to go through the roof in the coming ten years.

    • aerobubble 3.6

      -You must be joking when you say that Labour have the best policies.

      National have no vested interest in the long term economy of NZ. Labour
      however h\is linked to unions and people who aren’t leaving anytime
      soon to live in Hawaii.

      -It is bad enough that the Nat’s are borrowing a billion a month yet the stupid Labour party and the even more idiotic Greens want to borrow more.

      National are borrowing because they gave three rounds of tax cuts to the wealthy
      to stop the wealthy from going belly up, because Labour and National (mostly)
      have been shoveling easy street to the managers on the NZ economy. You
      can’t make managers life easy, they get lazy and the bright ones leave for
      more stimulating jobs, as life is not about how much money they are paid,
      but making a difference, living a quality, being recognized by ones peers as
      better. How much money you have indicates nothing, you could have inherited
      it, won it in a lottery, or just got lucky and brought and sold lots of houses
      in NZ because the average citizen dis not see the bubble under their feet.

      -Do you really want to see us end up like Greece?
      Sorry, but are you a complete turd, we are up there in with Greece!
      Brash when he become ACT leader said exactly that. Please keep up.

      -Cullen and Clark were disastrous for the Kiwi economy, we simply cannot afford another tax, borrow and spend government.
      You also will recall that the government had no net debt, its National who
      have thrown open the doors, selling stuff, borrowin more unnecessarily, and
      give away large tax cuts to the top few. Oops, you aren’t seriously regurgitating
      the lies all over again are you. Frakking leftie.

      -Anyway, the public will simply not vote for Labour until there is a clean out, nearly all of your front bench is seen as old, corrupt and tainted with the stench of Helen Klark.
      It might also help if Labour went back to being the party of the working man instead of being the mouthpiece of the stinking and corrupt unions.
      You wish. CGT is backed by some mean monied men in NZ and not the kind that
      porked barraled it.

      -Labour used to be about people (remember Norman Kirk?) now they are all about academics who have never worked a day in their life, gays and union scum who are (in the words of one of your own MP’s) self serving.
      Yes, Labour is right of center partym well done, you noticed.

      -You guys really run the very real risk of being a minor party after this election, can you imagine losing the right to be called ‘the opposition’ to the Greens?, well, it is a very real possibility.
      Where are the extra votes coming from, for Key, Key needed ACT and ACT got to
      many seats since NZF dropped out, the whole farce of Maori and ACT imploding
      is due to the National needing a crutch party in November to get them over the line.
      Hell they are even talkiing about rubberstamping the Greens…

  4. jabba 4

    “I am beginning to despair. They have by far the best policies (together with the Greens), they have the right messages”
    what ????????????????????????????????

  5. I agree with you r0b.  

    I seem to be living in this weird land where confidence is extraordinarily high, where there is no worries about the future, climate change will just mean a longer summer, peak oil pfft, and what overseas financial collapse. But that dole bludger down the road if we could just sort him out then everything will be fine.  And don’t start me about boy racers, the Government that sorts this out will get my vote forever.

    To be frank I think that Labour over intellectualizes everything, our policy releases are too complex and we may be too much into attack mode.  We need to present an alternative vision but with the population in this weird optimistic frame of mind I do not know if the message will get through, at least this time.

    But campaigns are funny things.  And people who I talk to on the street are receptive to change.

    Maybe the thinking part of the electorate are ready for a campaign but I do not know if they will be enough … 

  6. big bruv 6

    “Maybe the thinking part of the electorate are ready for a campaign ”

    Yes, and they are all voting National because the very thought of Labour getting anywhere near the treasury benches scares the hell out of them.

    It is bad enough that we are borrowing a billion a month, Labour want to borrow even more and have us in the same economic mess as Greece.

    I am no fan of double Dipton but he is a far better option than anything Labour can offer and certainly he is a better option than the idiot that Labour forced upon us for nine long years.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      National are screwing the country (and gifting corporate and business interests with the money that they are borrowing in our name), while Labour has got a plan to make NZ whole again for future generations.

    • Salsy 6.2

      That idiot you refer to left the country several billion in surplus with Kiwisaver intact and a comprehensive, performing super fund. Dipton and Key’s borrowing should terrify every New Zealander, particularly because half of it is for giving uncosted tax cuts to those who need it the least. If you’re worried about Greece, and still voting National.. you’re simply deluded.

      • Bazar 6.2.1

        “That idiot you refer to left the country several billion in surplus”

        That idiot left the country with an estimated 7.7 billion deficit for National to inherit.
        But i guess it doesn’t count if you refuse to open the books and being vague, all while denying any massive deficit blowout by ACC, when it was later found to be approx 4 billion.

    • I don’t know how many times I need to say this bruv but Cullen paid the debt off.  All of it.  Completely.  Entirely.  You are parroting a CT bullshit line.  There was going to be a decade of deficits, basically because the financial markets overseas melted because of greed.

      But it was not Cullen’s fault.  Not that this will stop you from repeatedly regurgitating this.  After all for RWNJs winning is so much more important than being right. 

      • big bruv 6.3.1

        Of course Cullen stuffed up Micky, he has the chance to fortify NZ from the economic meltdown yet he chose to squander the good times by bribing the voters with other peoples money, and lets not forget the train set and the massive hole in ACC funding.

        Cullen should be pilloried for economic sabotage.

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1

          Cullen should be pilloried for economic sabotage.

          lolololololololol

          Cullen ran 9 straight years of surpluses, English has run 3 straight years of (huge) deficits.

          Get it right mate.

          • burt 6.3.1.1.1

            CV

            Cullen ran 9 straight years of surpluses

            We have had this discussion before about Cullen and his overtaxing the middle earners to create a surplus. Do you remember this thread:

            http://thestandard.org.nz/fun-with-numbers-tax-cuts/#comment-345039

            He punished his core voters – paid off the country credit card while personal borrowing exploded and the economy slowly shrank into recession – that was piss poor management and the only people it really hurt was middle earners. High earners rearranged their affairs and low earners had to to deal with the inflation that all that spending to stay popular created. Cullen single handedly cannibalized core Labour voters – now we see the rebound in the polls.

            • RedLogix 6.3.1.1.1.1

              OK if we follow your logic, Cullen should have reduced taxes during the boom times and allowed the public debt to remain unpaid, and then English should have increased taxes during the recession in order to pay it off?

              • burt

                If we only ever have two options which must be opposite then sure; he had one other choice which would have probably had worse long term consequences.

                • RedLogix

                  Evasion.

                  In your world taxes and public debt can only ever go down. This is achieved by shutting down government.

                  Be honest for once in your life burt.

                • burt

                  OK, you insist.

                  Cullen should have reduced taxes during the boom times and allowed the public debt to remain unpaid.

                  No. The problem is with how Cullen increased revenue. Cullen had his ‘pluck the goose with the least amount of hissing’ approach to taxation. The easy option… The ones who don’t complain that much. Labour stuffed up here – they failed to notice the goose that hissed the least wasn’t the one with the most feathers. You seem to have completely missed the concept of ‘where the tax burden was being carried’ is my key point. – the overall volume of tax is actually what enables the repayment of debt – not the target it came from.

                  and then English should have increased taxes during the recession in order to pay it off?

                  Sure, English could have run a ‘tax the rich’ campaign, in a recession it would possibly be popular enough to get him elected. The rich would then all rearrange their affairs and the tax burden would fall to the next layer of earners and hell we would have Labour back wearing blue.

            • big bruv 6.3.1.1.1.2

              Burt

              Don’t confuse Iprent with the facts, he is not interested.

              Only Labour party spin and outright bullshit is allowed.

              • burt

                I assume you mean CV bb ? If you really mean lprent then can you please be a bit more specific about which of his comments you are referring to.

              • RedLogix

                Only Labour party spin and outright bullshit is allowed.

                BB. A brief examination of this site will demonstrate that this statement is completely wrong. Now I fully understand you are incapable of understanding this so I do not expect you to respond sanely.

                felix correctly identitified the issue here; you are consumed with self-loathing and are at present incapable of engaging with reality at any useful level of abstraction.

                The only good news is that your condition is probably self-limiting. One day you will likely look back on this episode in your life with both shame and wonderment.

              • bbfloyd

                big bruv….. please….please…..please take your hand away from there….. it’s quite offputting knowing what you are doing to get yourself primed up for this latest diatribe….

                now you’ve gone and got burt all excited as well…. i suppose for some of the most simple minded of the reactionary bigots… you guys must seem quite clever…. but we all know which little blue pills you have to overdose on in order to get inspired to think up these small personal insults…

                personally… i still find it slightly strange that intelligent people would waste time and print space to try to point out the obvious fallacies you present as fact… i won’t bother to waste my own, … but there is no law(yet) that stops me highlighting the utter bankruptcy of intellectual vigour inherent in every word you inflict on the world.

                in short…. as i have said before….. keep trying….. you give me the opportunity to lampoon without a single regret the sort of people that represent our utter failure as a society to deal with issues like “grown ups”….

                tou represent the group of reactionary morons who blame the young for reacting to the environment they were born into…. who blame the disadvantaged for not being born wealthy…..who hate and fear the intellectual thinkers who would have us adopt an inclusive approach to society…..

                i could go on for pages, but i would rather hear some more ugly dribbling invective from you before i ascend past your comprehension levels…

                • burt

                  i could go on for pages, but i would rather hear some more ugly dribbling invective from you before i ascend past your comprehension levels…

                  From what you have just posted it seems you will need to go on for pages before you stop just attacking us and providing any rebuttal to what we actually posted.

                  It’s great reading your rant, but apart from “bb & burt = bad” – what do you actually have to offer to the discussion ?

          • mik e 6.3.1.1.2

            Big bully what fairy stories you spin ACC was just fine and is fine lizard features made up a story and the media fell for it.How come now the election is upon us he has reversed his story the share market has rebounded and Acc investments have bounced back so has the Cullen fund if shonkey and if dipstick didn’t have those funds to help them out we would have a Greek tragedy Old borrowing bill would have had to borrow another $ 8billion dollars no doubt they would be happy.your just an idiot big bully.The train set made more than 10% return on investment and would have been 13% but for pike river and the quakes in Canterbury.Cullen left NZ in a far better state than your borrowing dipstick could ever hope to so far he has managed to get less than 1% growth in over five years at the helm .Cullen saved nearly $30 billion dollars as well as saving Air New Zealand from bankruptcy.Kiwirail from bankruptcy now Borrowing blithering double dipping dipstick Bill English is making our country bankrupt.Take that big girls blouse bullies never come to anything in the end.

          • mik e 6.3.1.1.3

            English has been finance minister for five year 98,99 2009 2010 2011.English has never run a surplus probably never will NZ voters are to busy watching the key sideshow soap opera to take any notice of the countries economy.

        • dave 6.3.1.2

          ‘Bribing the public with other peoples money’ So did John Key pay for your tax cut with his own money Mr Bruv?

      • lprent 6.3.2

        Nah you’re wrong. There is a genuine point there there. You are just failing to see it from his viewpoint. He is a really sucessful guy…

        Big Bruv wants to really look like a idiot, and he succeeds so often!

      • Blue 6.3.3

        “winning is so much more important than being right. ” Calm down Micky, Labour will never do either of these things.

    • Anne 6.4

      If you are referring to Michael Cullen bb, then why did double Dipton concede that he left the books in very good order?

    • burt 6.5

      The books were not in good order. English was either following parliamentary protocol and had to say that or he had no idea what he was talking about (which would be more likely?) .

      There was a decade of deficit predicted, unemployment had been rising for a year and was predicted to get much higher. The govt got rich by overtaxing the average worker – sure debt got paid off but there was no productive investment. No major infrastructure spending, just more and more targeted welfare to selectively placate the over taxed. The economy stalled and crashed – who would have guessed.

      Labour need to clean out the old guard, put them out to pasture. The other choice seems to be stay in opposition till the self serving old guard resign and give the party a chance of being credible again. For some reason I’m not surprised that old lefties hang on for far too long to the detriment of the party.

      • mickysavage 6.5.1

        You guys are delusional.  How about you go away and learn a bit about economics and history and then come back and debate the issue rather than your “Labour stuffed it us”  CT line?

      • Draco T Bastard 6.5.2

        The books were not in good order.

        Yes they were burt. If they hadn’t been with NAct in charge for the last 3 years government debt would have been pushing 100% of GDP by now.

        There was a decade of deficit predicted…

        Yep because there was a Global Financial Crisis caused by the neo-liberal de-regulation of the last 3 decades – the same policies that NAct are now following.

        Labour need to clean out the old guard, put them out to pasture.

        Probably.

        • mickysavage 6.5.2.1

          Hey Burt and big bruv.

          How about either or both of you prepare statements with facts and data and stuff to show what the debt situation was in 2008 and what it is now and how it is all Cullen’s fault.

          Honestly you guys drive me spare.  I know what the situation is and I know the statistics and I am really tired of getting into “yes no” arguments where all you do is spout a whole lot of slogans.

          So front up.  Back up your claims.  You can post in open mike.  Then we can have a real debate.  If you don’t you should apologize for repeated lies and smears on the best Minister of Finance we have had.

          • burt 6.5.2.1.1

            Front up for the chump that over taxed the low and middle earners mickysave.

            I highlighted his complete mismanagement and lies about taxing the rich here;

            http://thestandard.org.nz/fun-with-numbers-tax-cuts/#comment-344920

            In 1999 Joe blogs earns $37,000 and pays $7,215.00 (*1) tax. Using the Reserve bank calculator (*2) $37,000 mid 1999 = $47,186.73 mid 2008 attracts $10,441.38 (*3) tax.

            So their marginal tax rate in 1999 was 19.5%. In 2008 it was 22.1%. The stealth tax increase!

            Today that same earner would be paying $8,310.10 in tax. That is 16.3%

            A fall of 5.8% from where Labour was gouging them.

            Who are you protecting mickysave, the party or the people the party claims to protect. By defending Cullen you can’t be looking out for both of them.

            • mickysavage 6.5.2.1.1.1

              Yep Burt how dare Cullen preside over considerable wage growth that put more and more people into the top tax bracket.  It was all part of the socialist takeover of the country, they were going to succeed in their cunning plan of making people poorer by … wait for this … making them richer??

              And can you explain to me how working for families is not a significant tax cut for ordinary kiwi families?  Your “rampant increase in tax spending” included returning a lot of money to ordinary people. 

              Oh, by the way, you did not address crown debt, just changes in the marginal tax rate. 

              • burt

                Yep Burt how dare Cullen preside over considerable wage growth that put more and more people into the top tax bracket. It was all part of the socialist takeover of the country, they were going to succeed in their cunning plan of making people poorer by … wait for this … making them richer??

                You don’t understand do you. In the example I just posted the person earning $37K in 1999 became poorer by 2008 because their nett wages were not keeping pace with inflation. Inflation increased the govt’s share of their income though so the govt took a larger percentage of their income off them.

              • burt

                Debt… If I overcharge my customers I can pay off my credit card…. That’s the sum of Cullen’s achievements on debt. He managed to pay it down – built nothing and watched a large proportion of his core voter base increase their personal borrowing while he undermined their real earnings with fiscal drag. Call that prudent !

                • mik e

                  Burt your facts are 100% pure BS.He put in place {national have stolen the idea ]a planing strategy for infra structure, Several billion dollars aside for R&D[National cut it to the bone].Spent $5.5 billion on renewing antique infrastructure in the armed forces.$20billion into the Cullen fund , $5billion into Kiwisaver, paid of $20 billion in debt.Burt you better catch up with ernie at sesame st good place for your fairy stories.Nationals debt is going up every week buying voters is costing us $ 76 billion dollars $ 4.7 billion a year in interest.More than Cullens fiscal drag per annum.But under National we don’t have to face reallity just keep borrowing and hoping.Just sell off our best performing assets. to pay for motorways failed finance companies etc

                  • burt

                    Yes of couse they are mik e. They are completely made up. We never had fiscal drag, tax rates didn’t stay static for 9 years while inflation slowly pushed up wages moving people into higher tax brackets. It never happened at all and Labour are polling really well looking like they will easily govern alone after the next election. Hope you feel better now that the lies your glorious self serving Labour party are being repeated by all. Sleep well – see you after the election.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Fiscal drag was small compared to the income destruction present today due to the current Nat Govt. Continuing high levels of unemployment and wage suppression have taken a far higher toll than ‘fiscal drag’.

                    • burt

                      If you say so CV. I guess as long as “National are also bad” then it’s OK Labour plundered low and middle earners for hip-hop tours.

      • Deadly_NZ 6.5.3

        The books were not in good order. English was either following parliamentary protocol and had to say that or he had no idea what he was talking about (which would be more likely?) .

        The Latter, English Has not got a clue. ( years of surpluses and way better unemployment figures Cullen) ( 3 years of Borrowing to give Tax cuts to those who don’t need it Rampant unemployment, People leaving in droves) It just makes me hope that Like Bullshit Boy, Bullshit Burt will both end up on the UNWANTED pile No jobs and having to see what it’s like in the real world. Oh and you always say that Labour is a tax and spend party. That may be true you have to spend to stimulate the economy. And thats way better than Borrowing to spend on Taxes. Like that economic saboteur Blinglish.

        • burt 6.5.3.1

          Did you forget that 10 years of deficits is a bad thing. I guess it was my fault and that’s why you need to attack me – I’m sorry I made our economy go bad by speaking ill of your glorious leaders.

      • Deadly_NZ 6.5.4

        Labour need to clean out the old guard, put them out to pasture.

        Oh and the NACTS dont????

        how about Meddling Murray 30 years at the teat Williamson Smith English Tolley Wilkinson, and there are others. All had decades leeching off the Taxpayer and Most of them would NOT know a real job if it jumped up and bit them in the Arse. For some reason I’m not surprised that old Righties hang on for far too long to the detriment of the party. National need to Clean out the old guard and put them out to pasture, Or charge them for economic sabotage. See it works both ways BB & B

        • burt 6.5.4.1

          Great, lets clean them out as well. I like that idea. Sorry I though we were discussing how badly Labour were polling but if we are talking about corrupt self serving politicians then I’d say sack both major parties completely – they are FPP dinosaurs both of them.

      • bbfloyd 6.5.5

        little bertie…. so you agree that english is a liar then? “protocol”…. what a load of specious bullshit! you know, if you have to make up shit like that, then it becomes obvious that your whole argument is fallacy….

        even for you, that is extremely weak…

  7. gingercrush 7

    Labour needs to keep it simple which is why their billboards are pissing me off. Its almost but not quite as bad as National’s ones from 2002. Give two ticks to Labour. The exact same billboards they use to have election after election. Instead they’re far too individualised and too much emphasis seems to be on the electorates.

    Next any future election policies need to be kept simple. And sell them. Its like they did the CGT and then have let it die down since. Poor form really, A good policy needs to be told in one or two sentences or 3-4 key points. Instead Labour’s policies tend to be like my awful writing. The same points over and over with too many distractions and just a mess.

    Do Labour even have a checklist of their policies at all. A simple list will suffice.

    I also think Labour could well do with presenting their team. I.e the front bench and show New Zealand who they are. Goff against Key is a weakness though Goff could do very well in debates (they’re unlikely to be groundbreaking and mean much). But team vs team and Labour’s likely looks better and far more acceptable to the public. Labour need to work against the Presidential campaign. That worked with Clark and Key but will do poorly for Goff.

    Honestly though, I reckon Labour are done and dusted. I see no hope for them and reckon those who will make it into parliament should just be focusing on what the next steps are going to be after 2011. I think that’s happening anyway.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      A good policy needs to be told in one or two sentences or 3-4 key points.

      The problem is that a good policy can’t be told in 3 or 4 bullet points.

  8. Nick K 8

    Second miscellaneous item, news that Sue Bradford is standing for Mana against Paula Bennett in Waitakere.

    No, she’s standing for Mana against Carmel Sepuloni.

    • Carol 8.1

      No, Bradford is campaigning in Waitakere for the Party vote and supports Sepuloni as the preferred candidate – she’s also campaigning against Bennett.

      • Deadly_NZ 8.1.1

        Oh cool now that will be interesting No Comment, Pull the ladder up Puddin Bennet, is going to get her fat ass handed to her By Bradford.

        • Blue 8.1.1.1

          As long as Bradford doesn’t put a photo of herself on her hoardings, she may have a minor effect. If she does, people will be put off. After all who wants their children terrified of that monster?

          • Deadly_NZ 8.1.1.1.1

            And have you seen the Latest Bennet Pic?? You can use that, as this is the monster thats coming to eat you. For scaring the littlies.

    • Will be interesting – the potential to open up the Maori seats for Labour again will be putting the shits up the Maori Party. And the potential loss of coalition support would be putting the shits up National too, if they didn’t have such a cute, smiley-wavy leader.

    • lprent 8.4

      I gather from some of the other material I have read that she has stated that she is only campaigning for the party vote, and is advising people to not waste their electorate vote on her. I wonder who the electorate vote will go to. Somehow I don’t think that she is going say nice things about that Bennett dingbat.

      Perhaps you should take some time to actually read before I notice you in a moderator sweep and prune you for being a stupid troll.

  9. Georgy 9

    I would love to see this happen –

    “How about either or both of you prepare statements with facts and data and stuff to show what the debt situation was in 2008 and what it is now and how it is all Cullen’s fault.”

    But I notice that slogans are continuously trotted out instead of sound info based arguments. Why are so many right wingnuts like that???

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Because the facts don’t support what the RWNJs say, ergo, they can’t actually make a fact based argument.

  10. Peter nickle 10

    NZ went into manufacturing recession in 2005. Only high tax revenues from workers kept GDP positive as government grew well above inflation from 2005-8. Hence this was the cause on NZ entering recession earlier than others incl USA.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      The stupid, it hurts.

      GDP is a measure of what’s sold in the economy, not the measure of taxes you moron.

      Government didn’t grow that fast, in fact, it was still less than what it was in the early 1990s under National and it still wasn’t big enough. A country needs those services that NAct are so keen to cut. Without them our society crashes and we see a rise in crime, ill-health and other social negatives all of which ends up costing us more.

      NZ went into recession after the UK and the USA. In fact, the UK and USA going into recession is what caused NZ to do so as NZ happens to be dependent upon it’s exports and they happen to be major markets of ours.

  11. millsy 11

    Would love the right wingers here to accept that National closed more hospitals (to fund Bill Birch’s tax cuts in 96) than Labour did.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      That would be a fact and there’s no way that any RWNJ would accept a fact – especially if it makes them and their leaders look bad.

  12. HC 12

    If those polls are supposed to have any slightest bit of authenticity in regards to people’s views and preferences, then it must all be going this way, because of some kind of “feel good factor” the PM gives people. After so many years of brain drain and general dumbing down by MSM the many desperate Kiwi battlers with maybe not that much political interest and insight bust feel fairly cool and good, knowing they have such a hollow, poorly spoken, useless and dodgy leader of the country.

    Some of the supporters of him must feel that things can’t be that bad, if even such an idiot, who cannot even hold a decent speech at the RWC opening, can become Prime Minister of NZ.

    “Intelligentia” seems to be shrinking in NZ, and that is why persons like Phil Goff may not even be understood by most, let alone get appreciated.

    Party policies do often not even get communicated by the media, the bias against the left is very clear, and austerity measures like in Ch Ch and now the waterfront area of Auckland do even seem to appeal to some. I put little trust in any of these polls, and they do not represent the mood that I come across. But maybe I live in the wrong area of Auckland???

    • burt 12.1

      “Intelligentia” seems to be shrinking in NZ, and that is why persons like Phil Goff may not even be understood by most, let alone get appreciated.

      I think you might be right, we all have trouble keeping up with Phil Goff – we never know if increasing GST is a good or a bad thing, decreasing taxes is a good or a bad thing. Assets sales are sometimes good and sometimes bad.

      I guess he’s so bright that we need to understand his major brain has this “red party policy = good” and “blue party policy = bad” even when they are the same policy – colour means so much to the truly intelligent and less gifted people like us think the actual policies are important. We will never keep up with that guy!

      • tc 12.1.1

        Burt, bbruv etc are like our msm, not letting truth get in the way of a good CT line or rant.

        • burt 12.1.1.1

          OK, prove I’m making it up – yes or no answers please;

          Has Phil Goff voted both for and against GST increases ?
          Has Phil Goff voted both for and against tax cuts ?
          Has Phil Goff voted both for and against asset sales ?

          In all of these cases was his vote based on which party were pushing the agenda ?

          If you get 4 “yes” then you might want to think carefully about prostrating yourself to defend such a hopeless leader.

          • felix 12.1.1.1.1

            Reminds me of a line from NBK:

            I used to be you, then I evolved.

          • deservingpoor 12.1.1.1.2

            As much as it pains me to agree with Burt, I think this is part of the real issue. Goff got to where he is by being a yes man and supporting whoever was making the decisions at the time. As a result he has a lot of policy skeletons. This leads the electorate to the conclusion that he is just a system politician, which he is and he gets hammered for people’s deep distrust of that system. Every time National do something horrendous (like privatizing prisons while streamling the justice system to make it easier to convict people) and Goff does nothing to oppose it, it leaves the voters with the impression that he would do exactly the same thing and is no different to National. Given the choice between that nice Mr Key and an over academic career politician, people will vote for smile and wave every time.

            Capturing the public imagination and turning it into votes is about far more than towing the party line or having good policies. Labour needs to dump Goff and elect a leader who understands this to have any chance of getting into power any time in the next generation.

            People know that Nact are fucking them over but Labour have failed catastrophically to stand up against them and provide the public with something to vote for. Great speeches in Parliament are not enough because only geeks like us ever even know about them. They need to be passionate, loudly and in public.

            Odious clowns like big bruv (your exchange with NickS the other night on depression is possibly the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen on the internet) are able to parrot the same bullshit lines day after day because Labour failed to shoot them down 5 years ago. Their bumper sticker slogans then got into the public imagination and cost Labour the 2008 election and will continue to cost Labour every subsequent election until they get a clue.

            • Bob Stanforth 12.1.1.1.2.1

              “People know that Nact are fucking them over but Labour have failed catastrophically to stand up against them and provide the public with something to vote for. Great speeches in Parliament are not enough because only geeks like us ever even know about them. They need to be passionate, loudly and in public.”

              Um, really? If people know they are being fucked over, they respond. Maybe, just maybe, they do not feel they are being fucked over? Or does this come back to the contention I see here all the time that the voters are sleep walking through to the election, they have been duped somehow, or are all stupid? Do you really hold the voters in that much contempt?

              Really?

              • felix

                “If people know they are being fucked over, they respond.”

                Awww, that’s precious.

              • deservingpoor

                “Or does this come back to the contention I see here all the time that the voters are sleep walking through to the election, they have been duped somehow, or are all stupid? Do you really hold the voters in that much contempt”

                No

                But most people don’t pay much attention to politics. It just isn’t that interesting to most people.

                Its actually irrelevant whether people are actually getting screwed over or not. It is up to the opposition party to direct (and if necessary to create and then direct) any feeling of unease in the electorate and turn it into votes. This is surely generically true of what it means to be in opposition, whether you are left leaning or a RWNJ.

                National did a fantastic job of this, creating the Nanny state meme over things like lightbulbs that save you money on your power bill.
                Labour are failing to be an opposition and won’t get back into power until they start being an opposition.

            • HC 12.1.1.1.2.2

              “Great speeches in Parliament are not enough because only geeks like us ever even know about them. They need to be passionate, loudly and in public.”

              This is one major matter of concern!!!

              It is nice to see some opposition members hold good speeches and direct well thought out and directed questions at government ministers in the House, in order to expose their hypocrisy, incompetence and flawed policies, but what is needed is to address the public in as many meetings as possible.

              Perhaps also some walkabouts in the streets, on markets and in malls may be worth it?

              There may be a few hundred or a few thousand that follow question time and debates in Parliament, but those are a tiny majority.

              Many in the public would not even know the name of senior government or opposition politicians, let alone what they stand for. Daily distractions, pre-occupation with economic survival, now the RWC and consumerist influences do lead to most not being informed and in tune. The media does do its bit of failings and also pre-occupation with personality and trivial issues to make things worse.

      • HC 12.1.2

        Burt: I have no problem understanding Phil Goff, so your admission may be self-explanatory in many ways. Otherwise I tend to give a person, who conceded having held the wrong view and position on some matters in the past, and thus corrected his approach more credit, than others, who propagate measures that have led to this country being largely foreign owned, with a mostly basic economy producing largely lowly processed primary products, low paid services to tourists and getting high fees paying overseas students come here to be trained by often “imported” foreign tutors. Selling assets to pay for debt service, build holdiay motorways, schools and hospital wards, while forfeiting income streams does simply sound very stupid indeed.

        Well, we know who will get blamed for the high government debt, don’t we. It will be public servants and beneficiaries, like usually.

        This country needs radical changes, and that cannot include spending billions on motorways and neglecting public transport. Wait a few more years, until petrol will cost $ 5 per litre, then NZers will wonder what the hell has hit them. I suppose a National led government will then also resort to “emergency legislation” to run this country, because that is what it seems to be doing when it runs out of ideas and has no answers and solutions to offer.

  13. chris73 13

    “Maybe its an RWC boost, maybe its a rogue, or maybe the constant “Labour can’t win” message is having an effect at last.”

    Theres the problem, this poll isn’t surprising to anyone thats been watching polls for the last couple of years

    Its not the world cup, its not a rogue poll but possibly the people know Labour can’t win may have something to do with it

    What it comes down to is that most left wing supporters (especially on here) just dont get that Labour hasn’t done enough to win back supporters that they lost by the actions of the previous govt

    Labour was booted out and the people wanted to see heads roll and careers end, clean break if you will. It didn’t happen.

    Maybe after the shellacking Labour will recieve at the next election you’ll get it together to remove the (old) dead wood and give your supporters a unified team to support

  14. deservingpoor 14

    “Labour was booted out and the people wanted to see heads roll and careers end, clean break if you will. It didn’t happen”

    Exactly.

  15. Nick k 15

    From the Herald:

    .She said the Green Party candidate had also publicly endorsed her, telling people at a community meeting to give their electorate vote to Ms Sepuloni. The Green Party candidate got 1676 votes last election – more than Ms Bennett’s winning margin.

    Bennett won with a margin of 632 in 2008. I am certain Bradford’s name on the ballot paper will guarantee some of those candidate votes will go from the Greens to Bradford, despite what a candidate says at a meeting – let’s say 500. Bradford will also, by default, pick up other disgruntled votes – let’s say 500.

    So Bradford gets 1,000 candidate votes, the Green candidate gets 800 (a total of 1,800 – more than the Green candidate got last time) and Sepuloni is left wondering “what the F*** happened to *her* votes”. This wouldn’t matter so much in a seat that isn’t so marginal, but when you’re arguing over 632 votes, it will.

    The other factors are this: MMP historical voting patterns show that the Right is smarter at splitting its vote. How is three left wing candidates good for enabling one left wing candidate to win? Also, Bradford is one of the best campaigners in the country. Her name, voice and campaign will ensure she gets vital candidate votes, despite her best intentions.

    Most votes are won in the middle, not on the fringes. Remember Chris Trotter’s “Waitakere Man”? Sepuloni needs to take votes from those voters to win. I am quite confident she won’t do it.

    Disclaimer: I don’t live anywhere near Waitakere.

    PS: Feel free to call me a troll, Lynn P. Can’t see it myself

    PPS: If I am proven wrong I will gladly turn up here and admit it.

  16. Roger 16

    Another reason could be the problem that John Key and many cabinet ministers only do photo opportunities and soft media interviews on mainstream shows and publications that do not provide or go into depth of analysis or policy. When they look like they could be in for a tough time they are nowhere to be found. Examples include their unwillingness to do RNZ interviews on morning report and their no-show for a debate on asset sales on Q&A.

    Sadly most people are limitied to mass media at primetime for their information so are not privy to the real issues and how National is playing the media. The appearance is that since the National government is seldom brought heavily to account for its failings in the eyes of most, therefore things are running smoothly and there is nothing to be held accountable for.

    This creates the image of people thinking that the government has had a recession and natural disasters as well as man-made disasters of national significance and John Key has handled it so well. When people say this I usually ask them what exactly this government has done to help.

  17. The poll looks accurate, I just think the Greens are too high, once people find out that all the communists have got to Te Mana, they will leave the greens in big numbers, Te Mana will make five percent in this election, the Greens wont.

  18. RedandBlack 18

    Well said Roger – and the polls are dishonest for excluding the don’t knows anyway.

  19. Kevin Campbell 20

    The good news is that Colin Craig is standing in Rodney and his independent polling shows him way ahead. It would be great for Rodney to have the leader of a new party to represent themin their electorate.

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  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • 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...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 13-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 12-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 11-11
  • 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 | 10-11
  • 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 | 10-11
  • 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 | 09-11
  • 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 | 09-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • 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 | 23-11
  • 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 | 22-11
  • #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 | 22-11
  • 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 | 22-11
  • 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 | 22-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 20-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 17-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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