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Selling Mighty River cost you $100m

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 pm, May 9th, 2013 - 157 comments
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National admitted today that the sale of Mighty River cost around $100m, and that the paltry 2.5% of New Zealanders who bought an average of $8,000 each are not typical Kiwis. The figures themselves are shocking but the politics is really revealing. English didn’t try to avoid the unpalatable failure of asset sales, he was flippant. He is so out of touch he doesn’t see the problem.

Take a gander at Russel Norman’s question to English:

Now, if they spent $100m to get just 113,000 ‘mums and dads’ who aren’t really typical mums and dads ($1,000 taxpayer per ‘mum or dad’), what’s it going to cost to sell the larger Meridian and Genesis, and AirNZ? And who’s going to buy them? Surely, if you have money for a punt on a power company, you would have gone for Mighty River.

Now, you might be asking what else could have bought with $100m. Metiria Turei asked English how many houses it could have insulated. Have a look at his response:

The answer, btw, according to the Greens is 67,000. That’s 67,000 houses we could have insulated for $100m. And with a return on investment of $500m according to Treasury. Instead, National wasted it on a failed asset sale.

157 comments on “Selling Mighty River cost you $100m”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    It didn’t cost me $100m. It may have cost *us* $100m though.

    “Surely, if you have money for a punt on a power company, you would have gone for Mighty River.”

    Why? Just ’cause it’s first? IMO Meridian is better – the Tiwai Point closure might hurt them in the short term, but in the long term they’ll be better off than the other generators since they’ll now be able to sell the same power for more, whereas the others will only sell less power.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      You’re really going to wait the 20 years its going to take after the smelter closure for Meridians spare capacity to be absorbed? I’ll put it another way. As a retail investor, you’re ripe to be scammed by the inside knowledge of the institutions..

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        Given that the infrastructure is already in place for the Manapouri electricity to be transmitted to the North Island, Manapouri gets a large amount of rainfall, I think it’s more the case that other, more expensive generation will be displaced. Sure, Meridian will also have some excess capacity due to oversupply, but if they’re going from a situation of selling the power at 2c kwh to ~15c, it’s pretty easy to see that their revenue and profits will increase.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Well, here’s hoping some gutsy future government will regulate the entire market down closer to 2c/kWh

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    That’s just the thing. MRPs poor float performance was not a failure for National’s constituents.

  3. vto 3

    I fail to see why the need for spending this sort of money on sales commission (mostly).

    There was sufficient demand for the government to do it itself. Or even trademe would have been cheaper.

    Why would they not do this do you think? Because it is ‘investmen ‘banks’ that get the fees? Because John Key made his millions with investment banks? Because that’s the way they spread the money around their mates?

    There was no need.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      “There was sufficient demand for the government to do it itself. Or even trademe would have been cheaper.”

      We have these things call laws, which require things like share floats to be done in a certain way. They were tightened recently after the GFC and debacle of the finance companies. Listing it on trademe wouldn’t satisfy those laws, and likely the government wouldn’t be able to do it themselves either.

      • Macro 3.1.1

        “We have these things call laws, which require things like share floats to be done in a certain way.”

        and yet it costs $100m to do this??

  4. And the bit that will really do your head in is the amount of power that could be saved by properly insulating homes. The Government would be way better on behalf of all of us insulating our homes and reducing consumption. But that would adversely affect the power companies bottom lines …

  5. logie97 5

    Just asking. If every eligible NZ mum and/or dad had registered and applied for shares in the MRP float, would they all have got their wish? Where would an over subscription sit with the philosophy of people being able to participate in the property owning democracy?

    • Ross 5.1

      Logie

      Only 3% of the population applied for shares, yet some mum and dad investors didn’t get what they asked for. Some asked for 2000 shares and got 1600. Then again, if mums and dads believe what their esteemed PM tells them, they really are guillible.

      • Ennui 5.1.1

        Ross. these “ma and pa” investors…they had $8K up their sleeves! Common garden good old fashioned Kiwis investing in their country, lovely soft cuddly grandmas…reminds me of the wolf in Red Riding Hood.

      • Graham 5.1.2

        “Some asked for 2000 shares and got 1600″.
        If they had pre-registered then they would have been allocated the lot. Scaling back for those who pre-registered kicked in above the $15,000 mark.

  6. Tamati 6

    The real cost of the IPO will be apparent when it lists tomorrow. Usually shares are issued at a discount, to ensure that they sell well. In all likelihood, the shares will rise on their first day and the true value of the shares will apparent. The difference between the two prices is the “cost” of the underpricing.

  7. Tigger 7

    I was thinking of bringing a private prosecution against Blinglish and Ryall for selling property that does not belong to them. This was my/our company. They’ve hocked it off. I figure that’s criminal behaviour no different to if they’d sold a police car or stationery from a government office.

    • Lanthanide 7.1

      Everything the government does is on behalf of the public. You’d be just as able to bring a private prosecution against any random minister for spending money on the unemployment benefit.

    • Chris 7.2

      You do know they regularly sell old police cars? I think Turners has the contract (at least they used to).

      • Tim 7.2.1

        They used to give them away too – to those poor Pacific cousins like Fiji – till they realised Turners could flik them a bit of cash instead (even with clipping the ticket).

    • johnm 7.3

      100% right Tigger, they’re a bunch of sleazy white collar crims aided and abetted by the rich minority of money grubbers in this divided land.

      • Tim 7.3.1

        They don’t call it a divided land these days John – it’s ‘dividend’ land.

  8. Yes 8

    You guys talk rubbish

    [let me guess, your argument's so powerful that it's not necessary to explain it.Eddie]

    • Hayden 8.1

      Sweet argument bro.

    • Yes 8.2

      Explain what? Govt sold 49% of a state owned asset and 1.6b into future development. Labour under Clarke and Cullen squandered our wealth and surplus and let’s not forget the multi billion dollar bill from ACC. National has done a great job and while I accept people migrating is more than I would like people move. You can’t tell people what to do.
      If you guys should back and reflected for a moment and said where are we now compared to where we we say 5 years ago I would be pretty positive. Whether a left wing government gets in or not national has set up the foundations for a strong economy. Give them some credit. I just think you guys talk continued rubbish on here.

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.1

        Uh, want a strange and twisted recollection you have

        And selling profitable family assets to pay for day to day running expenses is sorta stupid, yeah?

        • Yes 8.2.1.1

          Ummm labour NZ power plan is zero based profit formula so you are wrong

          • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.1.1

            A zero profit formula?

            If there are going to be zero profis, why did lots of international financial institutions buy into MRP?

            • Yes 8.2.1.1.1.1

              Because their model says take away the super profit under NZ power and give back cheaper prices. Isn’t that stealing. The people who will benefit most under NZ power will be the rich and companies which the owners will get more money. Have you read whale oil, kiwiblog, the owl and the nbr

              • Colonial Viper

                It’s such a shame that the investor classes won’t get their super-profits. Super-profits they steal from ordinary NZers by systematic over-charging. I guess the investor classes will just have to settle for average profits eh.

                Have you read whale oil, kiwiblog, the owl and the nbr

                You have to be kidding, seriously.

                • Yes

                  Yes read lots of people’s view national voter I declare but MRP has got me very interested. Convince me

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s really a simple idea: MRP is a wealth pump. Originally 100% owned by the NZ government, it took money from households and businesses all around the country and pumped it into Treasury.

                  Now, 49% of that wealth pump has been sold to foreign institutions, and a small number of wealthy NZ investors. Instead of Treasury collecting 100% of the monies from the wealth pump, 49% of the monies goes overseas and into the hands of a small number of already rich people.

                  • Yes

                    Only 13.5% is overseas investment..kiwisaver has more money than that in overseas investment – why don’t you complain about that.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      That’s 13.5% too much. And why should ownership of a public good be concentrated in the hands of a few rich people?

                      kiwisaver has more money than that in overseas investment – why don’t you complain about that.

                      Because those investments pump money back into NZ. That is good for the country.

                      You still don’t get the difference between a wealth pump emptying out the country and one which pumps wealth into NZ, do you?

            • Yes 8.2.1.1.1.2

              But wait you are stealing other people’s wealth from other countries under kiwisaver…we as a country are doing the same. Your argument is flawed

  9. tc 9

    ‘He is so out of touch he doesn’t see the problem’ should read he knows what the problem is, he just doesn’t give a F.

    • paul andersen 9.1

      no, he is out of touch. english still thinks it;s the nineties ,and he is still praying to an old black and white photo of ruth richardson.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        Quite wrong, English is certainly not doing that. If you think he is, you haven’t picked up on his fiscal management style at all.

  10. Saarbo 10

    That is an interesting point that English made at 5m.30 s in the second clip, he reckoned that Contact and Trust Power share prices are at a lower price now that they were 5 years ago. I guess utility stocks tend to be dividend stocks, so they don’t necessarily go up a lot over time but this is still good fodder to scare the 2.5% away from the next share floats…Bill better be careful what comes out of his mouth.

  11. Ed 11

    There was a lot of consultancy cost before the asset sales process – which may or may not have been included in the answer from the Finance Minister . . .

  12. RJLC 12

    Great performance by Labour.

    Not.

    It’s clear who are the real opposition.

  13. Tim 13

    I’m no expert by any means, but one of the reasons people invest in the share ‘market’ relates to the fact that shares are a tradable commodity yes?
    I also notice that share trading is fairly regularly suspended at various times – often because of ‘uncertain’ situations and at the request of companies involved.

    There are a host of reasons why trading in MRP shares might be suspended – and for quite a long period of time.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Retail investors in the share market are lambs to the slaughter nowadays. High speed automated trading algorithms (high frequency trading) has completely screwed the market and allows large trading institutions to direct the market upwards or downwards at will.

      • Tim 13.1.1

        Agreed re hft – which is why the whole concept of the ‘free market’ is just such a load of tosh.
        I was thinking more along the lines of first steps towards returning things to public ownership when we finally get a new gubbamint.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          Well, in that case you don’t actually want MRP share trading to be suspended, you want the share price to gradually decline and for the govt to start picking up large parcels of shares at a significant discount.

  14. Swan 14

    Norman is looking a bit beaten and desperate isn’t he. I guess we’re not pleased, are we Clint?

    • infused 14.1

      He always does.

      • felix 14.1.1

        Funny, you’d think he’d be stoked. According to English, Key, and the share-buying public, he’s on his way to the Govt benches.

        • Swan 14.1.1.1

          I think $2.50 a share means the market has the Nats out in front by a nose.

          • felix 14.1.1.1.1

            Then I guess you don’t know much about markets.

          • Te Reo Putake 14.1.1.1.2

            The market didn’t set that $2.50 price, Swan, the Government did. We’ll see what the market thinks later today.

            • Ennui 14.1.1.1.2.1

              Leads me to think dark thoughts that the raising of cash was highly secondary to the sale of shares to their mates (Nat voters, corporate funds etc) at a very cut price.

            • Swan 14.1.1.1.2.2

              Unless the govt chose to sell at a discount (in which case the market was picking even better odds for national), then yes the market did effectively set the price. National couldn’t sell them at an inflated price or no institutions would have bought them. The institutions bid.

            • dumrse 14.1.1.1.2.3

              And your answer is………..peaked at $2.72. Govt 1, Labour….fuck all.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                2.85% is pitiful: a vote loser.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Don’t forget the $60 brokerage commission on selling…basically means someone who owns 1000 shares of MRP makes fuck all, as expected only the brokerages and bankers make the big money.

          • paul andersen 14.1.1.1.3

            no , the nats have got their noses in the trough.

        • infused 14.1.1.2

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMkDnuySfzo looks tired and defeated.

          • Arfamo 14.1.1.2.1

            The clip title’s mis-spelled. It should say “English – Sludge of the Day“.

  15. Ross 15

    What’s interesting that some mum and dad investors, those investors who, according to John Key, were the “number one priority”, had their shares scaled. Some investors wanting a mere 2000 shares received only 1600. Clearly, insitutional investors were more important than the mums and dads which Key banged on about.

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/govt-details-mighty-river-share-allocations-refunds-nz-individual-investors-ck-139904

    http://www.interest.co.nz/news/58248/new-zealand-mum-and-dad-investors-number-one-priority-pm-key-when-it-comes-soe-share-allo

    • Alanz 15.1

      ‘Well done’, John Key! Our trusting and honest mums and dads are getting played by him. Well and truly done by John Key.

    • felix 15.2

      Didn’t Key and English explicitly promise that everyone who wanted 2000 would get 2000? And that scaling would kick in after that?

    • xtasy 15.3

      “Mums and dads” as “investors” are just the convenient “pawns” in a larger game, that is! Most cannot afford to buy such shares anyway, that is the issue of concern here.

  16. andy (the other one) 16

    Just heard Brian Gaynor on radio, and he said the Institutional investors do not settle on MRP shares until next Wednesday 15th May

    So the Govt does not even have the money in the bank. They get to trade shares and possibly make profit for nothing.

    So we have effectively given them a interest free loan for 3-4 trading days so they can try and extract profit, while the Mum and Dad investors had the cash taken in April.

    Talk about great odds for the institutional investors, as expectations are for a rise in value at the start of trading.

  17. TheContrarian 17

    “Surely, if you have money for a punt on a power company, you would have gone for Mighty River.”

    Not necessarily true at all. I have the money and didn’t as I am waiting to see what happens with MRP first. I know plenty of others in the same boat.

  18. Neil 18

    Remember, 113 000 NZers took up shares. Out of 400 000 who registered this is still 25%. After all, it took nothing to register. This time you had to write a cheque out or have the dosh in the bank.
    Ordinary NZers, I’m one who has saved hard, was a teacher, invested carefully and am now enjoying the fruits of MY labour. I have taken control of MY destiny like many other senior Kiwis NOT waiting for the golden goose Labor/Greens to give me an illusionary $300 savings in power.
    A last comment,any politician promising you to give you money is in most cases a snake oil salesman dressed up in a smooth suit and white shoes.

    • xtasy 18.1

      “I have taken control of MY destiny like many other senior Kiwis NOT waiting for the golden goose Labor/Greens to give me an illusionary $300 savings in power.”

      This is the exact proof I need for stating once again, NZ is a divided country, and it is so, by the design and interest of those that are better qualified, better equipped, that have more resources, that likely had a much easier head start than others, that ended up getting FREE university or other TERTIARY EDUCATION, that could sell their acquired skills for nice salaries every year, that did well despite of Rogernomics, and that do NOT REALLY CARE at all for those that do not meet their social class and circles.

      And for that sake, being rather social and whatever, I have not that much time for many teachers, as you are a prime example of the “professional class” that only sees their own entitlements, and consider others as less worthy for whatever judgmental cause.

      It is despicable to even make such comments as you made.

      YOU are UP THERE, UP Y-self, I suppose, and the rest bloody learn to work harder, right? So you must be pleased with the present government introducing new youth rates at $ 10.80 an hour for many aged 16 to 19 in supermarkets, fast food outlets and more.

      Enjoy your burger and smiling checkout operator working for shit pay to keep your trolley and stomach full!

  19. Neil 19

    Ross made the comment that people who had applied for $2 000 of shares had theirs scaled back to 1 600. How convenient that Ross did not add that was because those people had not pre-registered,. If you pre-registered you either got the full amount or one quarter extra.
    Tell the whole story !!!

    • Ross 19.1

      Neil,

      I said that some buyers had had their allocation scaled. They were buyers who has bought only 2000 shares. You will recall that your beloved John Key said earlier this year:

      “What we’ve said is, when it comes to Mum and Dad, if they want to buy 1,000 shares or whatever it might be, I want to make sure that they get their allocation, they’re not scaled, and they’re at the front of the queue,” he said.

      That seems pretty unequivocal. Why did some mum and dad investors – buying a measly 2000 shares – get scaled in favour of institutional investors?

  20. Rich the other 20

    Wake up to green/labour , truly dangerous.

    By the end of the day a reliable calculation of how much the green/labours attempt at economic sabotage has cost hard working NZ tax payers, it’s starting to look like .30c per share.

    They are about go into hiding.

    • Winston Smith 20.1

      Its funny, if the Greens (lets face it Labours doing nothing) had done nothing then the price of the shares would have been higher and the govt would have gained more money but instead the Greens wasted a whole bunch of money, the govt got less money and I gained more shares…

    • framu 20.2

      “a reliable calculation”

      care to show us the maths on that one?

    • Colonial Viper 20.3

      RTO serves your crew right for trying to financialise core NZ infrastructure.

      Best thing is to depress the MRP share price so that it can be renationalised at half the cost.

    • Rich the other 20.4

      $ 2.69 and $45 mill in sales as at 12.46.

      ..19c per share above issue price.

  21. mikesh 21

    Loks like a good day for the stags. According to the “depth” the buying offers range from 2,59 to 3.20.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Bet you that sweet f.a. volume will move above 3.10

      They just put those top bids in there to make the market look good

  22. kahu 22

    MRP up 20 cents! Terrific, a nice little profit. Thanks National!

    • Yep 30 minutes after listing about 25 million shares have been sold in the range of $2.67 to $2.73 per share representing a cool profit in the vicinity of $5 million. And this just the first day …

      Imagine how much NZ Inc is going to lose over the next few decades …

      • King Kong 22.1.1

        Why? NZ Inc already got out of the thing at $2.50.

        Can’t sell the rest so why does NZ Inc give a shit where the price is.

        • QoT 22.1.1.1

          I do love how you say “NZ Inc already got out of the thing” like MRP was a bad deal … while arguing against the idea that the increase in its price shows it’s actually [now] a desirable commodity.

  23. kahu 23

    Easiest money I’ve ever made. Now to go spend it and further help the economy! The wonders of privatization eh?!

    • aerobubble 23.1

      Remember English rushing to London to stop a rate hike on NZ. How he sat down with a bunch of neo-liberal bankers, and I’m guessing promised to increase the size of the share market in order to give tax cuts to the wealthiest, etc. National is the classic bend over to the great Thatcherite experiment that has left NZ economy hollowed out, ready to raid by Chinese investors and leaving farmers and home owners heavily indebted after pay over the top bubble prices for real estate.

      Oh, how you loe the trickle down, you mug, you’re being paid off with funny money, the world is awash with the stuff, our currency is heavily over priced because the US and Japan are printing the stuff, that is directly coming off the top of our exports.

  24. tsmithfield 24

    Does the left believe that babies and children should be able to buy shares?

    When the figure of “just under 3%” is quoted, it is factoring the number purchasing shares against the total population of New Zealand. Along with those who have money to invest, the figure for the population also includes babies, children, families where shares may have been purchased by the partners together, and deadbeats who’s idea of an investment is $20 on a tinnie. So, a large proportion of the population wouldn’t have been able to buy shares no matter how good the deal.

    If the percentage was quoted as a percentage of those who could afford to invest and could legally do so, then it would be substantially higher than 3%

    • Hayden 24.1

      Does the left believe that babies and children should be able to buy shares?

      Children can buy shares, or at least can have them bought for them.

      Here’s a press release talking about it, specifically in regards to MRP.

    • xtasy 24.2

      tsmithfiled: Well every New Zealander should have shares, babies included, as the power companies were so far SOEs, owned, managed and operated by the state, for all of us.

      Every New Zealander should have a stake in everything that affects the whole of society, that is of importance and crucial to run and manage in this society, and having such stake-holding, that would make people feel to be part of what goes on.

      Putting ownership and controls in a few hands, and leaving the others out, that creates divisions, which exactly lead to some feeling worthless, disowned and disempowered. so a tinnie is the artificial side kick they allow themselves to feel a bit better, just for a short time.

      And the biggest problem with that is, there are some “capitalist” minded jerks taking advantage of them also, be they gangs, be they corrupt police officers, be they growers that sell for unreasonable profits and what else there is.

      Your arrogance is unsurpassable accusing those that are disowned and disenfranchised as “dead beats”, while you sit in your cosy armchair in your home in Remuera, Kohi, Epsom, Parnell or wherever else, and frown on those that sit outside in the cold, in damp homes and that have to run around proving to employers they can justify getting paid, or to WINZ they have done all to keep them paying them a meagre benefit.

      Shame on you, you divider of your own nation!

  25. tsmithfield 25

    If you want to use the line of argument that children count because shares can be purchased on their behalf, then you would also have to accept that members of kiwi saver funds that have purchased MRP shares also count. So, again, the figure would be much higher than 3%.

    • Hayden 25.1

      And if the NZ Super Fund bought some shares, then 100% of us did too! Magic!

    • Ross 25.2

      It’s not much higher at all. Even excluding kids, the take-up rate is no higher than 4%.

      • tsmithfield 25.2.1

        Are you thick or what? You didn’t even read my post by the looks.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 25.3

      TSmithfield: do the numbers then, or are you afraid it’ll mean 3.2% rather than 2.85?

  26. tsmithfield 26

    Just taking your own argument to its logical conclusion. Not saying I agree with it. :smile:

    The fact remains that there would have been a large proportion of the population, who for one reason or another, were unable to participate in the share float even if they wanted to.

    So, it is fallacious to claim a percentage uptake based on the whole population.

    • Hayden 26.1

      Learn to use the Reply function, for fuck’s sake.

      The fact remains that there would have been a large proportion of the population, who for one reason or another, were unable to participate in the share float even if they wanted to.

      And this is a good thing? I thought this was about the average “mum and dad” investor.

      • tsmithfield 26.1.1

        You need to read the last word of what you have just typed. There are a lot of “mum and dads”, but there are a lot less “mum and dads” who are in the position to be “investors”.

        • Hayden 26.1.1.1

          Given that you’ve only just learnt that children can own shares, I think I’ll look after my own education, thanks. No one’s interested in your semantics.

          • tsmithfield 26.1.1.1.1

            Maths obviously isn’t your strong point.

            • Hayden 26.1.1.1.1.1

              I’ll give you credit; most people, having dropped a clanger like

              Does the left believe that babies and children should be able to buy shares

              would have just slunk away quietly, yet here you are blithely carrying on as if you’ve just made, personally, the frankly fucking startling discovery that not everyone has $2000 with which to buy shares. How that relates to “maths” isn’t quite clear, but here’s an idea: you go away, find out exactly how many New Zealanders have the wherewithal to purchase the shares and then come back with another percentage.

              • tsmithfield

                And you continue to mis-represent what I said, and what you said yourself.

                I said that babies and children couldn’t buy shares. You pointed me to an article that said that others could buy shares on the behalf of their children. That is an entirely different scenario. I actually included your scenario in my opening statement when I referred to partners purchasing shares on behalf of their families.

                I countered your argument, but you don’t seem to be able to realise it.

                You definitely have a problem with reading and comprehension.

                • Hayden

                  Actually, you originally said:

                  When the figure of “just under 3%” is quoted, it is factoring the number purchasing shares against the total population of New Zealand. Along with those who have money to invest, the figure for the population also includes babies, children, families where shares may have been purchased by the partners together, and deadbeats who’s [sic] idea of an investment is $20 on a tinnie. So, a large proportion of the population wouldn’t have been able to buy shares no matter how good the deal.

                  Anyway, you can bet your pimply arse that every name on the ownership list has been counted individually, so who actually bought the shares for whom is irrelevant.

  27. Kiwis that had courage made some money today, they’re the ones that didn’t listen to the fear tactics of the greens and labour.

    • Arfamo 27.1

      Kiwis who are happy to price-gouge their less well-off compatriots made some money today. Probably they’ll make more money for themselves selling their shares off to foreign buyers next.

      • Winston Smith 27.1.1

        Nope we’re patriots keeping NZ assets in NZ hands

        • Arfamo 27.1.1.1

          You’re economic & social predators, like Key and Shipley et al. Stop kidding yourself.

          • Macro 27.1.1.1.1

            +1000

            Pariah’s….

            And before anyone accuses me of envy – I have a spare $1/2 m sitting in the bank. I would never touch these “shares”. They are not mine to own – nor are they anyone else’s. They belong to every person in NZ, and that includes the little girl who lives over the road.

            Those who “bought” just stole out of the hands of children.

        • Hayden 27.1.1.2

          Which is it? Either you made some money selling it, or you’re holding it in a nice patriotic fashion. Because the only way anyone made money off it today was by trading it.

    • xtasy 27.2

      Brett Dale – Kiwis that would have courage would take it off you without any compensation (re-nationalise it) and get you working in the trenches, to get your hands dirty, like real workers do every day!

      It takes NO courage to follow the easy way of all others, who follow a rotten system that rewards those that have to make more of it with little effort, by having others do the hard work, to pay them the dividends and profits.

      Sucking blood out a stone you may try, there will be limits to what your MRP company will be able to suck out of the average power consumer, and you will learn the hard lesson one day soon!

  28. Appleboy 28

    Hey TSmithfield

    4.4 million people in NZ

    let’s say less 25% (NZ Statistics site info says 23% of people are children under 15)

    what percent is 113,000 of 3.3 million?

    I’ll tell you …it’s 3.7%

    Close enough to make you a prat who doesn’t know what he’s talking about

    • tsmithfield 28.1

      Moron.

      If the government was selling investments in MacDonald’s franchises there would be a substantial proportion of the population that wouldn’t have the money for it. So calculating a percentage on the basis that includes the people that can’t afford to make any investment is totally erroneous.

      The percentage of investors should be calculated on the basis of the pool of investors who can afford to invest the equivalent money in something. If calculated on that basis the share up-take would look very good.

      • Lanthanide 28.1.1

        The percentage of investors should be calculated on the basis of the pool of investors who can afford to invest the equivalent money in something. If calculated on that basis the share up-take would look very good.

        Nah, it wouldn’t be that different. The minimum investment was $1,000. Anyone who owns an asset worth $1,000 or more, such as a car, or a house, could have invested in MRP. For the majority of people, it would be an utterly inane decision, but the threshold you’ve described is really quite low.

        Hell, people could have taken $1,000 cash advances on their credit cards and used that to buy MRP shares.

        Therefore, you threshold of “people who could invest equivalent money in something” is so low as to be meaningless.

        So instead of excluding 25% of the population ’cause they’re children under 15, let’s exclude 40% of the population, on the grounds that most people would have been able to scrape together $1,000 in some way, no matter how inane or stupid that decision would have been. That gives us 4.3% take up (113k / 2.64m).

        Pretty lame, Milhouse.

        • tsmithfield 28.1.1.1

          You’re contradicting lefty dogma there, Lanth.

          According to lefty dogma the vast multitude can hardly scrape together enough to buy a loaf of bread or give their kids breakfast. So, on that basis $1000 would be too rich for a large proportion of the population.

          • Puddleglum 28.1.1.1.1

            Hi tsmithfield,

            By far the more important question (and calculation) is ‘what percentage of eligible voters took up the share offer’?

            After all, the percentage of ‘investors’ who took it up is politically unimportant, especially if we assume that a large proportion of actual or potential (i.e., those inclined and able to invest) probably tend to the right.

            • tsmithfield 28.1.1.1.1.1

              Hi Puddlegum. What we are talking about is conditional probability.

              Given that x number of people had the financial resources to invest, which percentage of those actually did so?

              All that Lanth and I disagree on is the value of x.

          • Colonial Viper 28.1.1.1.2

            Nah, Lefty dogma is that the top 2% need to have their wealth redistributed out.

          • felix 28.1.1.1.3

            “According to lefty dogma the vast multitude can hardly scrape together enough to buy a loaf of bread or give their kids breakfast. So, on that basis $1000 would be too rich for a large proportion of the population.”

            But Key said this was something all kiwis could take part in. Are you calling him a liar?

            Lanth is right. Anyone with more than $1000 equity could potentially have bought shares. Whichever way you slice it, almost all of those people decided not to.

          • Lanthanide 28.1.1.1.4

            No, not contradicting ‘lefty dogma’ at all.

            ‘Lefty dogma’ says that people don’t earn enough money to live a decent lifestyle. My example here underscores that: people with cars could sell them, to get $1,000 to invest. People with houses could sell them, to get $1,000 to invest. People with credit cards could take $1,000 out on cash advance to invest.

            These decisions would be utterly stupid and insane for the vast bulk of the population, but the point is, THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT if investing in MRP made sense for them. It doesn’t, so they didn’t.

            I’m just pointing out how stupidly low your threshold was, and that even discounting 40% of the population (largely comprising children, and then those without any assets at all), it hardly makes the uptake figure look any better.

            Thus highlighting the fact that you’re spinning a shit take-up rate. Even if you cut the population down to 20% (say top 20% of earners, who are likely to have disposable income), the takeup rate is still only 12.8% out of those remaining – 13 people out of every 100, even you only include the top 20% in the country.

      • xtasy 28.1.2

        tsmithfield

        According to your kind of logic, one may argue, that the percentage of voters that voted for the National Party last election should be calculated also on the basis that includes ALL the people that can and are entitled to vote, perhaps, right? So where then is your “majority” to justify stealing the state owned shares off the people representing the state owning them?

  29. dumrse 29

    I don’t see any updated analysis from Eddie today……. Cat got your tongue ?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 29.1

      2.85% buy-in. Feeble.

    • xtasy 29.2

      You chose the appropriate name and I sense you are pleased with what people think of it. As for commenting on an author and contributer to this forum, in this manner, one could ask similar silly questions of you.

  30. tsmithfield 30

    Here is how lefty logic works.

    1. Only 100 people in NZ have enough money to buy a Ferrari.
    2. Out of that 100, 20 actually by a Ferrari.

    Lefty conclusion:

    Look at the terrible job Ferrari has done marketing its product. Only 20 people out of 4 million in NZ purchased a Ferrari.

    • Arfamo 30.1

      And that’s how wingnut predatory logic works. Invent a completely irrelevant and ridiculously inapposite analogy and falsely claim that’s what your opposition is saying.

      • tsmithfield 30.1.1

        Its just demonstrating the stupidity of the lefty argument by posing an extreme example to make the point. This analogy varies only in degree, not in principle.

        • Arfamo 30.1.1.1

          No it’s demonstrating you hate people with a social conscience to such an extent you’ll make up any lie to besmirch them. But if you’re a National supporter that’s completely understandable and to be expected.

          • tsmithfield 30.1.1.1.1

            Maths definitely doesn’t seem to be the strong point with lefties.

            • Arfamo 30.1.1.1.1.1

              Avarice is certainly a strong point with you right-wingnuts.

              • tsmithfield

                Na. What it is actually called is conditional probability. The problem with the lefty analysis of this is that they have completely over-looked the conditional part of it.

                Take a look at Lanth’s response to me above. I disagree with him in terms of emphasis. But we agree on the principle of the argument. Lanth is a lefty I respect because he is able to grasp these sorts of concepts.

                • David Jones

                  I actually have a Ferrari albeit an old one (and an Aston Martin, a Mercedes-Benz and 3 Ducatis,) but the gain I’ve made in MRP shares mean I could either fuel them all up on the first day of the IPO, or take the long view and hold shares until they get me my next car or bike I want. I’m taking the long view and aiming for a vintage car next like a Model T. MRP capital gain will pay for that.

                  • xtasy

                    David Jones, in a country, where ancestors were happy to go to war for some colonial Mother(f**er) land and get themselves killed and incapacitated or whatever else, and where that is held in high honour here, where division amongst the populace, brainwashed by commercial advertising and dumbing down media, is rampant, where it is selfishness galore, where everyone I see and know is only after their own pound of flesh, you will likely succeed, as this is a country of yours full of suckers and cowardly losers.

                    So I congratulate you, you are successful to pull the wool over the rest of your compatriates, outside the fenced off area or gated communities that is, you are doing well, really well!

                    They are so dumb and useless here, you do not even need the army or full police force to protect you from your blatant, rude selfishness.

                    • David Jones

                      WTF? Are you in a secure unit? I hope so.

                    • xtasy

                      David Jones – I suggest you consult the “secure unit”, given your instability and insecurity just shining through your silly response. I tried to do you a favour and compliment you on your self ar(you)seholedness, but you seem to think this is all just a fun game, to crap on most of society while you shit on them and have fun.

                      There are some they would love to “embrace” you (and more) for a haagi! They “love” your flavour, mate, keep it up.

                    • David Jones

                      Jesus wept. And this is Labour in 2013. Fuck me.

                      [lprent: This isn't a Labour party site. Many commentators here don't support the NZLP. Many are even from the right. So long as they offer interesting opinions and follow the site rules we tend to let commentators rip.

                      Read the about and policy before commenting again because being a complete ignorant fuckwit who is too stupid or possibly incapable of understanding that you should read the local ordinances before making a complete dork of yourself tends to attract my attention.

                      It also indicates someone as being incapable of providing value to the comments section because they are more interested in jerking off in public rather than using their brains. Gets kind of boring listening to yet another testosterone driven braggart. If that is what you want to do, then you should try Whaleoil's site which is where those posturing fools hang about, ]

                    • felix

                      No David, you are mistaken. The Labour party website is called redalert.

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    If TS ever felt the need for a Pseuds Corner, can I nominate David Jones? That opening sentence is breathtaking in its pomposity.

                    • David Jones

                      Tsmithfield started it, but what’s your point?

                    • David Jones

                      Fuck me, you lot are weird. I’m not sure what xtasy’s problem is, but I suspect the answer lies a lot in that nickname. Watch out for those grinding teeth dude.

                    • xtasy

                      TRP, excuse me, but I think what the point is that some here have is with TS (Tsmithfiled) that he or she comes with arguments that do not convince.

                      For instance arguing only those capable of, or having the dosh to, who can buy such MRP shares, should be considered for comparative percentage calculations of who “bought” shares.

                      On that argument we may as well argue, what “majority” did John Don Key get as member and leader of his grandiose National (Natzi) Party to win the election and the “mandate” to sell what is state (and therefore socially) owned?

                      If you look at the ones who “can” afford to buy such shares in MRP, you must treat elections the same way, as to who “could” vote and were legally “entitled to” vote. As there was sadly the large abstention, that means Nats and allies did NOT get a majority of the VOTE to form a government with full and wider support, and certainly did NOT get the mandate to sell the half of shares of SOEs.

                      So I am awaiting David Jones’ and other’s arguments, which I think already, has not even a weak and sick fly’s leg to stand on.

                    • xtasy

                      I have just got a new entrepreneurial idea: I will “invent” a Ferrari Coffin, that will suit the rich pricks with previously high testosterone levels, who want and equally fast “driven”, “hot” and elite funeral, out of the ordinary. Thank you David Jones, for giving me the incentive and ideas to start a NEW successful business in Key’s Promised Land of Aoteaora! Great, unbeatable!

                    • xtasy

                      The Ferrari coffin idea was not meant to drive someone to an early grave, I apologise, if that has happened in the meantime, I though claim that I am NOT responsible. I do not want to stop any expedient departure that is expected by higher powers, but apart from that every one is their own master of fortune, for sure this applies especially for the rich pricks like David Jones and ilk, who think they have a special right, can frown on others and deserve a better and cleaner coffin than others. Excuse me, I expect egality, equality in English, and more fairness and respect for all, dear folk!

                    • David Jones

                      Oh come on, bet ya you wanna take one from my garages out for a drive round the bays, or do you really prefer the bus?

                    • xtasy

                      Davinci Jones – I prefer the rollin coffin, for sure, with heated bottom cushioning, and then racing down Tamaki Drive with you in the side car, that will make my day. No need for a stupid old car or a bus there, right?

                    • xtasy

                      David oooh dear, I knew someone exactly like you, who also admired STASI as the best secret service there ever was, apart from Mossad that is. You got your pullover well knitted with the right knitwear! Excellent, we can become a team really!

                • Arfamo

                  The fallaciousness of your analogy is not with your maths. It’s with your ridiculous conclusion that all those “lefty”s opposed to the sale of state assets are now critical of the government for badly marketing the sale. Which is self-evidently daft.

                  • tsmithfield

                    “It’s with your ridiculous conclusion that all those “lefty”s opposed to the sale of state assets are now critical of the government for badly marketing the sale.”

                    I will stop making sweeping generalisations when all those here stop doing the same (eg RWNJ and the like).

                    So, other than for the fact I have made a broad generalisation, it appears you agree with me, in principle at least.

                    • Arfamo

                      I agree in principle you are enjoying an irrelevant pinpricking mathematical debate about the treacherous decision by this morally, economically & socially destructive government to sell a portion of a publicly owned utility which previously returned 100% of profits to all NZers as ongoing government revenue, and which will now return considerably less ongoing revenue and, if all utilities are privatised, will result in further price increases simply to feed predatory, morally bankrupt private domestic and foreign investors, and further impoverish the disempowered middle to low income earners in this country.

                      Our economy grew under the last Labour government. The whole of NZ and the economy was benefiting from its prudent tax and investment policies. By comparison, the Natzy’s regressive neo-liberal policies of massive tax reductions for the wealthy (with basically zip for the bottom end), and increased GST & indirect levies & taxes, are continually eroding the living standards of low and middle wage earners, while having zero negative impact on those with high incomes and assets and access to subsidised legal tax shelters.

                      Then there’s the ongoing job losses across sectors, benefit cutting, endless repeater media-assisted demonisation of those driven into poverty and benefit queues, ideologically-driven dumb blunt-axe slashing of government staffing and services when they now simply have to rehire many they’d sacked,(http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/17101074/extra-biosecurity-staff-calls-into-question-earlier-cuts-psa/), reductions in employees’ wages and bargaining power, and the horrendous offshore borrowing the Natzy’s embarked on to paper over the massive hole their badly-miscalculated tax cuts gouged in government revenues. All these rort and ripoff policies are now well documented, here and overseas, as likely only to further impoverish the less-well off sectors of our society, whilst massively enriching the already wealthy who only see other people as “assets” – suckers to be exploited.

                      John Key and the Natzy administration are governing for the benefit of themselves and the top end of town at the expense of the remaining citizenry. That is simply not what a democratic government should be elected to do. A country is not a fucking corporation or an investment bank. The electorate needs to wake up. So do opposition parties.

    • Colonial Viper 30.2

      Well, given that expectations were for 400,000 Ferrari sales, 20 seems pretty shit

    • xtasy 30.3

      tsmithfiled: Twisted logic, I must say. A true lefty would ask why there would be any need or justification to buy a Ferrari, being an extremely gas guzzling racing vehicle, being totally uneconomical, and clearly built either for just frivolous or commercially run racing – for the sheer, selfish indulgence of some self-focused, single minded, testosterone driven drivers, who just want to get their “kicks”, disregarding any sense for using their capital and resources for more sensible, efficient and effective modes of transport investment.

  31. felix 31

    I don’t know what all the whinging is about, it’s all gone according to plan.

    The richest 2.5% just got a bit richer and everyone else got fucked.

    • xtasy 31.1

      Exactly, felix, it was all so damned predictable, and it is what is going on day in and out in this country and all over the world. It was only due to the opposition having made this such a big issue, also an emotive one, that so many got all worked up about it.

      There are so many other examples one can take and raise issue with, like public transport ownership, like water supplies, like ferry and train operation and who runs it, like ports, like airports, like this that and the other, and most is now run by private enterprises, by partly owned private investors and otherwise public investors, by a mix of interests, and we have moved so far, this is just another step down the same way, to enable “investors” that have money to put onto the monopoly board, to play with us, to make themselves richer, to allow a few others to participate as small but insignificant share-holders, all designed to divide and rule, to turn more into mere modern day landless peasants and slaves, to work hard and harder, to afford the profits of the few that hold the bulk of ownership.

      Key is a prime player in this, and he and his dumb-wits in National follow him to turn this country further into another little America, that is with a dream for most, that they will never realise, but the selling of the dream is as cunning and successful as selling the same in film format, as done by Hollywood film and entertainment production enterprises.

      They have their “American Dream”, we get sold the “Kiwi Dream”, of perhaps one day striking it lucky also, or at least work hard, harder and yet harder, to save morsels, to one day bake a big cake from. Hah, what a sick joke it is.

    • Colonial Viper 31.2

      I really enjoyed the experience, didn’t you?

  32. xtasy 32

    Kiwi “mum and dad investors”, yeah right, and there are a vast diversity of such mums and dads, also a growing number of singles and couples without children in this country, most of whom would not have the spare bit of “cash” to buy such shares with. So it doomed on many that they could not really afford the shares, after preregistering for them, hence they did not buy any in the end. Only about 26 or so per cent of the preregistered prospective buyers actually signed up to go ahead and buy shares.

    I actually doubt that the “fear” of the NZ Power proposals by Labour and Greens really was the main reason for the numbers to have dwindled down to 113 thousand. Many may also have preregistered, just to get papers to look at what is involved, or to even have the government on.

    I also would not be surprised that there were a fair number of people who signed up for the petition to hold a referendum on the partial asset sales only did so, because they were actually pro government, or indifferent, and signed with fake names, signed twice or more times, or did fail to put in other details, just with the intention to sabotage the referendum efforts.

    Having watched Parliament’s Question Time yesterday was a revelation, about how much spinning and manipulating is going on, and I must say, it is also attempted from the opposition side.

    It is a tiny percentage of New Zealanders who bought shares, who own shares anyway, who have the spare funds, and they are likely to be in their majority Nat voters, ACT voters, other right wingers and self serving upper middle class members, of the ilk like David Peter Farrar (“fart….), who expressed his great excitement about his registered interest, when the price of $ 2.50 per share was announced.

    This is all just more of the same old agenda, of divide and rule, to concentrate the ownership of the assets, shares and property in this country in a few and ever fewer hands and pockets. No surprises, but the mainstream media present it like Joe Average just hit the lotto jackpot, so that must be so goooood and well deserved!

    Or auntie Jane who went to the casino for a night and hit it big, ooh yeah, hooray, wonderful, right?

  33. Green machine UpandComer 33

    self serving upperclassmen?! $2000 in the bank. My mates Dad has 11 kids he fed with his wife looking after them all at home (willingly) while he worked as a janitor and non-union mechanic. He’s bought $5000 worth of shares and is buying more in the next run because he’s sick of inflation eroded bank percentage earnings on term deposits and savings accounts. I’ll have to show him this bloody site so he can read the comments and laugh his head off at being part of the Tory upper class greed merchant Right wing vast conspiracy bankers conglomerates or whatever the hell you are bleating about today. He’s the voter and the reason why the nats are in govt, you guys are from some odd planet.

    • felix 33.1

      What’s a janitor?

    • Colonial Viper 33.2

      So he has not problem with increased money flows going to overseas investors just as long as his family is OK?

      Good to know.

      BTW if this guy has $5K to splash out on this share float, it suggests that he has an investment portfolio of at least $100K.

      Which puts him in the top 10% of NZers.

    • xtasy 33.3

      The few people that I ever met in New Zealand that had around 10 or more kids tended to be mainly religious nutters, who’d fall for any nonsense indoctrinated into them. So let me guess, is he one of such?

      As for him “investing” his savings into MRP shares, he has clearly fallen for the lies of this government and the many share offering financial advisors, who will get their high fees out of him.

      I do not believe your story for starters, as a person cleaning toilets and the likes is unlikely to ever earn enough to feed 13 mouths on his own.

      Come down from your “upper” cloud, dear friend, and tell us true stories, not such fiction nonsense!

  34. Lloyd 34

    I wonder what the conversation was like at the Marae after the muskets and blankets were handed out? “Those whiteys will never use that crappy land? “We really made a killing with all these muskets?”. “The muskets are worth so much more than the land?” “We are better off as result of this land sale?”

    What is the difference with crowing about how much money we made? We lost. Big time.

    We sold what our parents made for us and sold our children’s heritage.

    Anyone who crows about their ‘profit’ of a measly handful of dollars needs to consider that they were willing contributors to a financial insult to every individual in New Zealand. They will probably find that the overall financial outcome in their favour will be negative, with the likely steep rise in electricity prices they are likely to pay in the future as a result of this sale, even with the probable Green/Labour Electricity price control in future

    It has been another neo-liberal insult on the economy of New Zealand.

    I look forward to a day when the country will celebrate an ANZAC style day celebrating the defeat of the evil of neo-liberalism.

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    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co
    As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s...
    Hot Topic | 16-04
  • Progress of FCV “slave ships” Bill is good news – but much work remai...
    The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the “slave ships” Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news – but much work remains to be done....
    MUNZ | 16-04
  • Judith Collins’ reputation dependent on Slater’s scandals
    Judith Collins' reputation as the possible next leader of the National party is in shreds. Her reputation as a minister of the crown in the Key owned National party caucus is in tatters. A resignation is the only honorable thing...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 16-04
  • Photo of the Day: Red III
    Learning Your Stripes, 2013, Regan Gentry, Papatoetoe. Commissioned by Auckland Council aer  ...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • The cost of tax cheats
    How much do corporate tax cheats cost? In the US, over US$180 billion a year:US taxpayers would need to pay an average of $1,259 more a year to make up the federal and state taxes lost to corporations and individuals...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
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