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Shame!

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 pm, August 21st, 2013 - 136 comments
Categories: accountability, john banks, john key, national, peter dunne, Spying - Tags: , , ,

So the Key-Dunne spying Bill is now law. The privacy of your electronic communications now depends on the favour of an untrustworthy PM, and the best efforts of a legal system (much derided by said PM) in interpreting a confused mess of a law / Hansard record / letter to The Herald. Shame shame shame on all those MPs who ignored the concerns of the people who elected them and passed this travesty.

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136 comments on “Shame!”

  1. karol 1

    A sad day.

    NZ democracy, RIP – after a long decline.

    • Linz 1.1

      Time to turn our attention to the TICS bill without which the GCSB won’t be able to spy on New Zealanders, well, not so efficiently.
      From this article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8989999/Minister-slams-spy-bill-opposition

      More technical in nature, the TICS Bill would compel telecommunications firms to provide assistance to the GCSB in intercepting and decrypting customer communications and would force them to follow the spy agency’s instructions on network security.

      Appearing in front of the select committee yesterday, Kuipers said …”It is no longer about just tapping into the telephone exchange. Today what we are talking about is a diversity of data connections carrying every imaginable service such as games, banking, education services, entertainment, company and government meetings, shopping, email and documents.
      “Many of these were never subject to interception capability obligations in the pre-digital world. That is a dramatic change in the law.”
      Potentially, the GCSB could use the law change to force any provider of those online services to change their technology or business model, including in ways which might “fundamentally undermine the security of those services”, he said.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Yep shame on them.

    Their only justification appears to be that the 2003 legislation was unclear. They have hung their hat on this and tried to suggest that this is all Labour’s fault.

    I have not seen it said before but National voted for this legislation. For proof go to http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/debates/debates/47HansD_20030327_00001169/government-communications-security-bureau-bill-—-third

    This is a perfect example of belligerence and vested interests succeeding over principle.

    • Steve 2.1

      The 2003 legislation was pre-Edward Snowdown, which places the context of this bill in a whole different light.

      I guarantee this legislation will be pushed to it’s outer limits and used for domestic poltical purposes. A very sad day for democracy and the NZ identity.

      This crowd of hollow sycophants must exit stage left in 2014. The only positive is that this will have encouraged alot more people to fight to ensure that happens.

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        I guarantee this legislation will be pushed to it’s outer limits and used for domestic poltical purposes.

        As was the 2003 legislation. The GCSB was told in no uncertain terms do not spy on Kiwis. But they have been dancing on the heads of pins trying to justify the spying of kiwis, and they have been ramming this change through so that they can spy on kiwis.

        They are astounding. They should have listened to the voice of the people, Parliament, and not done it. Instead they pushed it as far as they could, they got caught out, and they are now trying to get the law changed so they can do what they were told clearly not to do.

      • Bus Man 2.1.2

        To Michael Joseph- A perfect example of Labour-National co-operation when National saw the sense in supporting a common-sense bill which protected New Zealand from potential terrorist activity.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1.2.1

          Which makes it all the more shameful that this crap government has forced the new legislation through without bipartisan support.

          Attitudes on the left are hardening: I acknowledge completely the justification for an “intelligence” function within the government, but if it’s a choice between what we have now and nothing at all, nothing at all would be better.

  3. karol 3

    BTW, who int he Maori Party abstained from voting for the GCSB Bill tonight? 2 votes against by the Maori Party. The Bill passed by 61 votes to 59.

    • felix 3.1

      Heard TeUruroa Flavell speaking strongly against the bill tonight. So probably not him.

      • Jackal 3.1.1

        Standing order 142 states that members abstaining are meant to have their abstentions and names recorded by the Clerk. This is meant to published in the Journals of the House.

        Unfortunately the names of those who abstain from voting haven’t been recorded in the journals for some time. However, being that this information is meant to be recorded and published, an OIA request would likely be successful.

        I tend to disagree with you btw felix. I think Te Ururoa Flavell is the prime suspect. Thus far he has ignored my questions on twitter pertaining to who exactly abstained from voting against the GCSB amendment bill.

        • Veutoviper 3.1.1.1

          As you say, the rules of the House require abstentions to be recorded and I heard none when the voting was reported. See my comment at 7.3 below re the absence rules for voting and how these frequently lead to the Maori Party having only two votes rather than three.

          Flavell also gave a quite empassioned speech making it very clear that the “Maori Party” was voting against the Bill in the last speeches before the vote (just before the dinner break).

      • CeeH 3.1.2

        Correct. His exact words were “the maori party would not be supporting this bill”.

    • Skinny 3.2

      I told the standard this would happen, a no show was a back up vote for the bill. They need to account for this treacherous act.
      Meanwhile with the passing of the GCSB bill comes the realisation New Zealand is now the newest state of the U.S.A., referred to as Area 51 South Pacific by the yanks I bet!

    • yeshe 3.3

      yes karol .. same mystery as last time. shame upon them all.

    • Core_Labour_Voter (Tory troll) 3.4

      I think Brendon Horan was kicked out and he didn’t vote???? That should make up the 121 (61+59+1)

      • karol 3.4.1

        No. Horan’s vote was recorded in the party vote counted – audio heard on the Parliament TV channel as voting was counted. Someone else – a Green MP, I think, stated Horan’s vote.

  4. ianmac 4

    Perhaps the passing into law might yet prove a festering sore in National’s hide?

  5. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 5

    How was the vote split? Anyone cross the floor?

    • karol 5.1

      A Maori MP didn’t even make it to the floor!

    • lprent 5.2

      No – strictly on party lines. In exactly the same way that it will be repealed and replaced. This Act has a short lifetime.

      I think that we should have a serious look at killing the GCSB at the same time. Throughout this debate I haven’t heard of *anyone* giving some coherent reasons for the retention of their excessive budget or what return we have or are likely to get from it.

      Not a single person. All you ever get is fear mongering without any detail. Looks to me like it is an arm of the US intelligence community. Time for it to depart for another country and stop distorting our laws.

      • travellerev 5.2.1

        God Iprent, You really are so naive sometimes. I know you want met to come with arguments yadiyadyada but not tonight Josephine I’m to angry, too scared and quit frankly over it. But he no conspiracies. No sir , that doesn’t happen here in NZ or anywhere else for that matter. No sir!

        • Jackal 5.2.1.1

          WTF are you on about travellerev? I’ve read your comment a couple of times to try and ascertain why you think 1prent is being naive in saying there is no justification for even having the GCSB. While New Zealand has approximately 250,000 children living in poverty, what justification do you have for spending $63 + million dollars on the GCSB each year?

          • travellerev 5.2.1.1.1

            If you honestly think New Zealand will be allowed to repeal this law you have got another thing coming. But eh, that would be conspiracy theory and everybody knows you have to be cuckoo to believe our leaders conspire.

            See that is what I mean by naive. You lot believing you are an independent democracy instead of a colony looted by and on behalf of TPTB.

            • Jackal 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Labour say they will replace/repeal the law after a review when they become government. The Greens say they will repeal the law outright. It is only a matter of time travellerev.

              It is not naive to think we can create a better democratic system. Defeatist!

              • ROFL. Yes it is.

                But then, you still think 19 young Muslims with box cutters can break the laws of nature too.

                Defeatist? I don’t think so but when I see people like you fighting shadows against the wall instead of the real bastards I know it’s going to be an uphill battle.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  :roll:

                • When I made my oral submission to the Intelligence Select Committee, I ignored Ryall and Banks (Dear Leader was off-planet, tending to his golfing greens on Planet Key), and made my submission directly to Shearer and Norman.

                  I told them that NZ was on a gradual creep to more and more surveillance and that we need to wind back the clock. I suggested using the mid-1970s as a starting point as to whether or not we needed such invasive surveillance in this country.

                  Because otherwise, I submitted, we’ll be going through this entire process again in X years, when the GCSB/Police/SIS/whoever needs yet more surveillance or detention powers.

                  I also pointed out that once upon a time, the State had to demonstrate why they needed such powers. These days, it seems that citizens appear before Select Committees demonstrating why their privacy should not be further eroded.

                  When did we move to a state of affairs when the public has to prove why we want to maintain privacy from State intrusion?

      • Rhinocrates 5.2.2

        In exactly the same way that it will be repealed and replaced.

        Well, one certainly hopes. I know Goff from his past record wouldn’t have had any problem with it and I’m hoping that future genuine left government will repeal it instead of simply giving it a lukewarm charade of a “review”.

        • Veutoviper 5.2.2.1

          Goff gave a very passionate speech tonight AGAINST the Bill immediately after Finalyson’s disgusting attack on Dame Anne Salmond etc – almost made me wish Goff was still leader!

          http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/20508

          • Colonial Viper 5.2.2.1.1

            Goff is far superior to Shearer.

            • muzza 5.2.2.1.1.1

              Goff is a traitor also, his words a hollow, and simply a theatrical speech, for effect!

          • infused 5.2.2.1.2

            What people say and do is very different. I’ll put $100 on it that Labour does not repeal this.

            • fender 5.2.2.1.2.1

              5 of your foils I suppose

            • Pascal's bookie 5.2.2.1.2.3

              Lol. How’s that war on the Korean peninsula going then, Infused Oracle?

            • Tracey 5.2.2.1.2.4

              Maybe they will repeal it and put in the provision about explicitly no spying on NZers cyber communications? Remember they won’t be governing alone, the Greens will be there (if they become Govt) and they won’t back down on an issue like this.

              • Mary

                Now that it’s been passed Labour needs to say strongly that it will reverse all anti-democratic, anti-constitutional measures this government has introduced, including this bill. This bill being passed may well serve as a means to oust Key and his greedy mates. There needs to be a concerted attack on everything Key’s done so far to undermine democracy and a clear message sent that Labour will fix it. So from this perspective the bill passing may well be a useful thing, but Labour needs to capitalise on this. The only trouble is that this is impossible to do while Shearer is the leader. A further problem is that Labour is either too lazy or too stupid to ensure this happens. Just try to imagine the idiots in Shearer’s office suggesting anything remotely like this. Key could tell everyone to vote Labour at the next election and he’d still get voted back in. That’s how bad Labour’s become under Shearer. Give Cunliffe a go and get the strategy right and Key could be gone. Keep limping along with Shearer and we’re all doomed. Simple.

          • Tazireviper 5.2.2.1.3

            +1

      • Anne 5.2.3

        Put it this way Iprent. While the GCSB probably played a subservient role to the NSA in particular it was, until tonight, still a New Zealand agency. Now, you might as well say it is owned and run by the NSA which would have been the task Key was charged with achieving when he came into office. Hence the reason for the various quick trips he’s made to America/Hawaii under the guise of private/ holiday trips. And hence the reason for is over the top desperate language because there’s a lot of cred riding on this for him.

        • lprent 5.2.3.1

          Yeah that tends to be my view of the history of it as well.

          During the cold war, it wasn’t a bad idea of helping with improving the view of at least one of the sides. After all we really didn’t want the kind of daft accidental brinksmanship that resulted in the cuban missile crisis or even the proxy wars like Yom Kippur.

          However the desperate case for those capabilities is long past. If the only thing that such capabilities can be used for is the surveillance of our citizens and those of our allies. Then the time for expending cash on the GCSB is over. We’d be better off using the cash for extending our physical presence further out into the world with more embassies and trade missions.

      • RJL 5.2.4

        I think that we should have a serious look at killing the GCSB at the same time…

        Absolutely.

        It will be a hard task. But at one time declaring NZ nuclear free looked impossible too.

      • karol 5.2.5

        Lynn, that matches with Nicky Hagar’s speech at the Town Hall on Monday night – he said most of the GCSB work is for foreign entities and has little to do with NZ.

        • travellerev 5.2.5.1

          I have been in contact with Nicky over the years via email and in the flesh and he is a charming and mild person whom as a human being I really like but I have come to the conclusion that Nicky for all his journalistic acumen is either naive or worse.

          Just like the NSA the GCSB has not been legalized as the ultimate control mechanism. Maybe not straightaway but in the years to come it will be used more and more to spy, control and punish those of us who speak out against the globalist agenda.

          This is from the Wall street journal. Not a publication known for its conspiracy theories.

          From experience I know that if a state has the ability to spy on its citizens it will.

      • Crashcart 5.2.6

        The only coherent reason I can provide for the GCSB to you is that they provide intelligence support to the Defence Force when operating in high risk environments. This is not perfect but it does contribute to keeping our defence force personnel safe.

        If you want to argue they shouldn’t be harms way in the first place feel free, I am just pointing out a valuble service (in my opinion) that they do provide.

        • lprent 5.2.6.1

          That is a reasonable use for them and so are general strategic external threats. For instance if there was a move to block shipping lanes.

          That was the understanding of the basis of the 2003 laws, and why there was what was meant to be a absolute proscription against domestic spying except in emergency situations (eg civil war, disaster etc).

          However they seemed to have moved quite a way from that to where domestic spying against internal ‘enemies’ (ie activists of various types) appears to becoming their primary focus. Since there is effectively no civilian oversight apart from a PM (the current one appears to incompetent at understanding both the legal position and the limits of his powers), I don’t trust the paranoid buggers in the intelligence and security systems not to mistake domestic change activists as being “enemies”.

          It has been bad enough with the paranoid fuckwits of the “specials” in the police abusing their positions with “fishing warrants”. Now we have an legally unquestionable surveillance for the police to cloud evidence under. You only have to look at the legal process of the Operation 8 prosecutions to see how that ability have unquestionable and undiscussable evidence being used to acquire unwarranted convictions.

          That is what is unacceptable.

          Abolish the GCSB and move signals intelligence back under the military who will at least keep it focused on a few narrow tasks. Even with the best PM in place (let alone this lazy and irresponsible fool), I think that the risks to our democracy far outweigh any conceivable damage from the things that they are meant to be “guarding” us from.

  6. freedom 6

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo

    lest we forget eh john,
    isn’t that what you always crow when posing in front of the half mast flags?

    you have now contributed directly to the incremental destruction of democracy
    hope the bonus is worth it
    traitor

  7. Anne 7

    Yes. The bill passed by two votes. That presumably means someone in the Maori Party abstained. Tariana Turia? I’ll say no more until /unless it is confirmed.

    Now, it is up to the opposition parties to use every opportunity both inside the House and outside to remind the public what this government has just done and, in the process, to treat Key and his lackeys with the contempt they deserve.

    I listened to him on the news tonight and was flabbergasted that he had the temerity to suggest that without this bill the security services cannot do their job and that makes every NZer a terrorist target.(I paraphrase of course). What the hell have the security services been doing for the past 60 years then? Then he had the utter gall to accuse the opposition of scaring the bejesus out of people.

    For Wayne’s benefit I repeat my oft repeated claim. Key’s a liar. Add to that the word traitor. :wink:

    • karol 7.1

      Yes, Anne. The Maori Party only stated 2 votes against the Bill – someone didn’t vote. Flavell spoke against the Bill. So it was either Pita or Turia who abstained.

      • Anne 7.1.1

        I suspect it was Tariana Turia. Still has a crush on Johhny boy then?

        • felix 7.1.1.1

          Yep, that’ll be Tariana providing the Nats with a buffer just in case someone crossed the floor.

          Choice eh?

          • Jenny 7.1.1.1.1

            More likely Sharples. The last nail in his political coffin.

            • Paul 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Is a list provided?

            • muzza 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Pita Sharples has previous, when he abstained from the depleted uranium bill…just saying.

              A disgraceful, but not unsurprising day in for the country known as NZ.

              The individual who abstained must be outed, there will be a record somewhere, expect its a matter of time before it’s made public

              • I read somewhere that Sharples was absent and couldn’t vote. That’s how he avoided the Uranium vote to. He picked the vote date as THE DAY he had to visit a Tangi!

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Yes. The bill passed by two votes.

      Yep, one more step along the way to Key’s Brighter Future police state.

    • Veutoviper 7.3

      Anne and Karol @3 above, the most likely reason for the Maori Party recording only 2 votes and not 3 – against the Bill , is because of the absence rules applying to voting in the House.

      I have done a number of posts on these rules and their effects on Maori Party voting over recent months in response to others raising this issue of only 2 MP votes being recorded.

      The most recent was just a few days ago in Open Mike on 14 August.

      http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-14082013/#comment-679340

      In that comment or my other one in that thread, there is a link to my earlier comments which provides the full detail of the absence rules and voting in the House including the detailed rules from the Parliament site.

      As mentioned, if one of the Maori Party members wanted to abstain or to vote differently from the other MP members, this would be formally recorded in the vote. Because no abstention or one MP vote for the GCSB Bill was reported/recorded in the overall vote, the most likely reason for 2 votes only would be the absence rules.

      Under the absence rules, probably only one Maori Party member was in the House or within the Parliament precinct (Flavell) at the time of the vote -with Turia and Sharples presumbly absence from the precinct. This means that the MP only get 2 votes – one for the member present and the one absence vote only allowed in the rules.

      A quirk of the rules that appears to affect the Maori Party more than any other current party – and has affected their vote allowance quite frequently.

      • karol 7.3.1

        So one Maori Party MP was detained elsewhere, or didn’t care enough to be at parliament for this important vote?

        I noticed Horan still got a vote, even though he’d been booted out of the debating chamber for his protest against not being able to speak because the vote had been called.

        • Veutoviper 7.3.1.1

          Saw that too, but he would still have been counted as ‘being within the Parliament precinct” even though not in the House itself.

      • Anne 7.3.2

        Thanks veutoviper but even so, you can’t help suspect the convenience of being absent. It would be interesting to know what other controversial/embarrassing for NAct govt. legislation they have conveniently absented themselves from… when it came time for the vote.

        • Veutoviper 7.3.2.1

          I wish I had kept a list, Anne. But it was a Bill last year that I first noticed this 2 vote anomaly with the Maori Party – and wondered why. And then noticed it quite frequently. But I only boned up on the absence rules in relation to the GCSB Bill when I noticed they only cast 2 votes on the second reading vote. Hardly ever see Turia and Sharples in the House other than occasionally in Question Time. Flavell is there much more frequently by himself.

  8. Zorr 8

    My greatest fear with this bill is that if it makes it through the next electoral cycle without repeal, it will have become entrenched and the anger against it’s existence shall have dissipated to the point that it won’t continue to be an election issue.

    And then we end up playing the waiting game – for the government/leader (of any flavor) to come along and who will use it’s implicit powers to further their own agenda at the expense of our freedom and democracy.

    We have put in to place the legislation to allow the murder of our democracy and to allow for the birth of an autocracy/dictatorship.

    • Rhinocrates 8.1

      it will have become entrenched

      I fear that it will be one of the “dead rats to swallow” or just a minor issue, like the fate of Peter Ellis that the Labour troughers like Mumblefuck, Goff, King and Mallard will consider an acceptable and trivial price to pay.

      After all, Clarke’s administration didn’t reverse Richardson’s benefit cuts.

      I don’t think that a future Labour-dominated administration will do anything about Bennett’s without a strong push either, so vote Green to ensure that there is real pressure for change – I disagree with them on a lot of points, but they are both competent in the new media environment and committed to core principles instead of short-term survival (and by “survival” I mean meal tickets at Bellamy’s for the front trough, I mean bench… no, I mean front trough).

    • Rhinocrates 8.2

      A shallow slope, but one that is well-greased. As someone with a lot of East European and older German friends, I’m profoundly saddened and frightened by Kiwis’ naiveté.

      Key is New Zealand’s Putin.

      • Murray Olsen 8.2.1

        How do you get Putin from Key? Putin is at least a Russian nationalist. Key’s highest ambition is to be a fluffer for the big corporates when they screw us.

        As for repeal of this bill, I think it’s something good that can come from MMP. Labour on their own might find reasons not to repeal, but with Greens and Mana in the mix, they won’t get away with it. I doubt if even Winnie would let them.

        As to whether we can repeal it, I don’t share the defeatism and despair of certain people. The world isn’t changed by watching youtube or cutting and pasting into a blog. It’s changed by committed people who believe in change. Forget nuclear ship visits, we’d be complaining about how women would never get the vote or how the eight hour day was impossible if we followed their lead.

        • Tracey 8.2.1.1

          Putin is not only a fluffer for their richest men he is one of the fluffers himself.

          • Murray Olsen 8.2.1.1.1

            The difference is that Putin serves obscenely rich Russians. Key serves anyone, as long as they are obscenely rich. I don’t like either policy, but it is possible that Putin thinks what he does is good for Russia. Key directly serves American interests. He is a cringing little school prefect, who would not know that challenging those in power is even possible, no matter how reprehensible their demands.

            PS Why am I having to fill in my name and email all the time now?

  9. mickysavage 9

    Gawd I just watched Finlayson’s contribution. What a shrill. He chose to criticise Geoffrey Palmer for the fourth Labour Government’s ramming through of the SOE legislation. Fair enough. It was the wrong thing to do and the country has suffered ever since. So why does this justify the repetition of this behaviour?

    And he got stuck into the law society and Rodney Harrison. Pillock. The collective knowledge there is far greater than his meagre abilities.

    And he then got stuck into Dame Anne Salmond. Utterly disgusting behaviour.

    The video is at http://inthehouse.co.nz/node/20507.

    Now is the time for all good lefties to get active to make sure this rabble is removed from office.

    • Paul 9.1

      Unbelievable. What a disgrace. The barbarians have taken over.

    • Veutoviper 9.2

      It was disgusting behaviour on Finlayson’s part. I hope it gets widely broadcast. and this is our Attorney General?

      His behaviour last night in the final Committee stages was also disgusting childish prima dona stuff .

      He was sitting in the Minister’s chair next to the Committee Chairman and spent a lot of the time with his back turned to the Chair. And then he threw a real hissy fit when Mallard was speaking and storned off to his usual seat.

      (

    • Tim 9.3

      I often wonder what’s gotten into CF over the past couple/few years!! There aren’t many words I could think of without being banned to describe his unprincipled, self-serving, holier-than-thou, !@#$%^ attitude since having to serve under master Key.
      Does somebody have something on him or what!

      • Rhinocrates 9.3.1

        I wonder what Finlayson, as a devout Christian, must feel in trying to reconcile his conscience with his actions, but then again, those who have made a big deal of their religion have found it easy to act in ways that seem utterly hypocritical, while those who have been quieter in their faith have been truer.

        • emergency mike 9.3.1.1

          Chris Findalyson is an odd man. Every time I see him speaking he seems like a very cold operator. A very efficient strawman machine.

    • BM 9.4

      Wow, he’s a good speaker.
      What a great speech.

    • Tracey 9.5

      But..but…but the Nats don’t DO the politics of personalities!

  10. Rodel 10

    It is now up to Labour, Greens, NZ First, one Maori Party member and anyone else who wants me to bother to vote, to state emphatically that they will repeal this bill.
    Failure to do this and I’ll just stay home election day like a million others did last time.
    There’s no point in casting a vote unless you have something to vote for.

  11. Anne 11

    Btw, I saw a letter in yesterday’s Herald from a former Privacy Commissioner, Bruce Slane opposing the GCSB legislation. I’m surprised there’s been no media comment about it – then again no I’m not surprised.

    • mickysavage 11.1

      Bruce is a former Law Society President. He is obviously an extremist communist sympathiser whose views should be given no credence at all …

      • Anne 11.1.1

        Ahhh I see… former Law Society President. That explains it. Cor…those Reds have got a lot to answer for. Bin causing trouble for years with their high falutin talking… going on and on and nobody knows what they’re on about. Should’ve chucked em into prison and thrown away the key years ago.

        • mickysavage 11.1.1.1

          :smile:

        • Tim 11.1.1.2

          Indeed Anne. Maybe Herr Attorney General could knock those damned “High and Mighty” down a peg or two and show ‘em some discipline! (Pot calls Kettle)
          He’s quite obviously been captured by the sense of power he thinks he now wields since becoming Herr General …. or maybe its just that he was always a two-faced bullshitting bastard and expert at double-speak.

    • karol 11.2

      Slane’s letter was reproduced by Minto yesterday on the Daily Blog, along with letters from other name people opposed to the Bill.

    • Tracey 11.3

      Finlayson will attack him today… accuse him of dementia or something.

  12. Paul 12

    “When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I did not speak out;
    As I was not a communist.
    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a social democrat.
    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    As I was not a trade unionist.
    When they came for the Jews,
    I did not speak out;
    As I was not a Jew.
    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.”

    61 people just sold democracy in New Zealand.
    Aided and abetted by a corrupt media and commentariat.

    Welcome to Key’s Brave New World.

    • karol 12.1

      61 people just sold democracy in New Zealand.
      Aided and abetted by a corrupt media and commentariat.

      61, plus one Maori Party MP.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 12.2

      “When the Nazis came for the communists,
      blah blah blah”

      Let me guess – you live in NZ and have no plans to leave, right?

  13. Jenny 13

    The Key-Dunne spying Bill. Will, from now on, be known as the Dunne-Key Law.

    At least until it is repealed at the first opportunity.

    So watch it all you GCSB spooks and hold off on your plans to track our metadata, and continue your legal/illegal spying, you may be held to account for it after all.

  14. FYI

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    21 August 2013

    Prime Minister of New Zealand
    John Key,

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Attached are the signatures of nearly 400 people who have signed the following petition:

    “To the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key:
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    “The will of the people is the basis of the authority of Government.”

    We, the undersigned, call upon YOU, to defend the lawful human rights of New Zealanders to privacy, freedom of association and freedom of expression – that is – to oppose arbitrary search and surveillance by ‘BIG BROTHER’ State over citizens.

    If YOU, as Prime Minister, vote for this GCSB Bill, which will allow widespread spying on New Zealanders, we, the undersigned hereby PLEDGE to campaign for the public NOT to ‘Party vote National’ in the 2014 election, and to encourage our families, neighbours and workmates to do the same. ”
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    May I respectfully suggest that your, in my considered opinion, apparently cavalier and contemptuous ‘Wall Street’ ways, are no way to treat the people of New Zealand?

    Please, do NOT underestimate the growing concern of citizens of New Zealand, to the legislative undermining of our lawful rights to privacy, and against arbitrary search and surveillance.

    The GCSB has not yet ‘got it’s house in order’, yet you want to give them even more powers?

    The Kitteridge Report came up with 80 recommendations, of which 76 the GCSB is directly responsible for implementing.

    So far, according to GCSB Director Ian Fletcher, the GCSB has only implemented 25 out of these 76 recommendations.

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.gcsb.govt.nz/newsroom/reports-publications/Compliance%20Review%20Progress%20Report%201.pdf

    “Of the 80 recommendations, there are 76 that the GCSB is directly responsible for implementing, and there are others, such as legislation, for which others are responsible.

    One of our greatest challenges has been finding staff with expertise in the areas we need with appropriate security clearances. Nonetheless, we have made real progress, which means we will have even greater resource to implement the recommendations.

    The first tranche of recommendations that we have implemented focuses on the things that we need to have in place immediately to function more effectively: getting new processes and systems bedded in to be business as usual, and making appointments to key roles including the Associate Director, a Chief of Staff, a Chief Legal Adviser, and a Compliance and Policy Manager.

    A total of 25 recommendations have been completed. We are on track to have another 11 recommendations implemented in the next quarter.

    Some of the recommendations will take well into 2014 to implement, as they involve longer term programmes including staff rotation, external secondments and performance management practices. ”
    ______________________________________________________________________________

    The Privacy Commission are actively investigating my complaint (and others), regarding the unlawful spying upon 88 New Zealanders, but this process is not yet complete.

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GCSB-Privacy-Comm-Update-Letter-30_7_13.pdf

    Why are you not doing things in a proper way?

    Where’s the fire?

    What’s the rush?

    Where and what is the ‘real and present threat’ to the security of New Zealanders, that warrants this railroading over our lawful human rights and civil liberties, with the slimmest of Parliamentary majorities?

    How is this a right and proper way to run our country?

    Can your word, as the Prime Minister of New Zealand, be trusted?

    In my considered opinion, no, it cannot.

    I state this, as someone who, in 2008, took a private prosecution against you, over TranzRail.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTYZVQo-A8

    In February 2011, I asked you to your face, at a Grey Power public meeting, if you were personally profiting from New Zealand’s growing indebtedness, given your shareholding in the Bank of America.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXwNoaOpDMw

    On 2 July 2013, I raised my concerns about the GCSB directly with you, in your capacity as Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQgLJixhB4A

    (FYI – I am sending this email directly to the Programme Manager of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review responsible for New Zealand, so that it can be considered, as part thereof.)

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

  15. Tigger 15

    Democracy not just under attack, but stabbed in the head. 61 times.

    Some superb tweets blasting Key and his kin, though. Stirring stuff. Gives me hope.

  16. So because of some very belligerent, emotionally challenged creatures with rigormortis-like intellects who can be found somewhere across the other side of the world–creatures who consistently choose to break international rules/conventions and decent behaviour and go aggressively attacking and or/ mucking up other countries (either covert or overt) and do so ostensibly to spread democracy (choke) and by doing so creating a state of increasing insecurity world-wide.

    …That because of these crusty-belligerent creatures, “fighting for democracy” (choke) my country forgoes important democratic principles and processes, just so that we can get paid money from The Crusties in order to ‘protect’ ‘American’ interests (more like big money) from the insecurity The Crusties have created from their belligerent, rigid attitudes from the outset? Is this correct? Am I understanding this clearly??

    Gees they must be having a grand old laugh at us tonight.

    Going to hell in a handbasket, thats what our world will continue to do while we keep listening to The Crusties’ horrific narratives.

  17. paul andersen 17

    the next person on this site who quotes the “nothing to hide ,nothing to fear” line, while hiding behind a nom-de plume. should be permanantley banned.

    [lprent: For obvious reasons to do with the widespread distribution of the disease, being an idiot isn't a bannable offense. After all in my opinion, I'm the *only* person who is right, but I have to put up with your opinion anyway. :twisted:

    But you should also read our policy. The site isn't a democracy, it is an anarchical cooperative where those who work on it get the privilege of being listened to by the others who work on it. Our toleration for other people telling us what to do tends to be quite limited. We welcome people suggesting (in carefully appropriate terms) ways that we could improve parts of the site. However we also tend to be abrupt (curmudgeon's can already suck eggs) when we get told directly or even indirectly *what* we should do.

    Be careful how you phrase such exhortations. Bear in mind the reactions of the moderators. It is your ability to write comments that is always on the line.... ]

  18. infused 18

    I have rolls of tinfoil available for purchase at a very cheap price. Let me know how much you require!

    • fender 18.1

      The GCSB are on to you and your foils, dropkick. Expect a visit.

    • felix 18.2

      That used to be kind of a funny thing to say, infused.

      But now that everyone knows that Facebook and Google are actually cooperating with the governments of the world to track your every movement and record everything you do, it just seems weird.

      It’s a bit flat-earth of you really mate.

      • infused 18.2.1

        lol. Facebook already knows your shit, so does google. Your phones gps. It’s been like this for ages. That photo you took, contains so much data, including your location. When uploaded to google/facebook/whatever, they take that data.

        Have you read Facebooks TOS?

        If you are this paranoid, you need to stop using the internet.

  19. Nicolas 19

    Honestly, I think opposition to the bill has been largely manifested in a less-than-effective way.

    Sure, you’ll find the brilliant Dr. Harrison, amongst other specialists, referring to the nuts and bolts of the Bill, and I also found David Parker’s contribution to the debate, a few days back, pretty good.

    However, many (like Shearer) have NOT really faced the Nats like they should. Key, Ryall, Finlayson… They all deny the basic premise that this is an expansion of the powers of the GCSB. Rarely will you find people within National actively supporting the creation of a surveillance state; the Nats have been vigorously denying this is what’s happening through the Bill.

    So, while there is a fucking valid argument that this Bill represents a violation of our rights, in order to really put the Nats against a corner, I think MPs should have more frequently referred to how this Bill does, indeed, represent an unjustified expansion of the powers of our spying agency. Then, after establishing this, there isn’t much else the Nats can say, unless they come out supporting mass surveillance, publicly (which I’m pretty sure some of them do, but behind closed doors). That’s when talk of democratic principles being shat upon is more appropriate.

    To be honest, after seeing Shearer’s speech today, it did seem like he hasn’t read the Bill very much, and has solely relied on what others told him. I have a horrible feeling (hope I’m wrong) that if one was to ask Shearer to explain how the Bill represents an expansion of the GCSB’s powers, with specific reference to the Bill, he would simply not be able to do it. Certainly, not convincingly. And a lot of people need some serious convincing before they start opposing Key and friends…

    In other words, it is not enough to simply cross-reference to the Law Commission’s great report. MPs should show they know what the fuck they’re talking about, or else it may look like they’re simply trying to score points (like Dotcom did during the select committee hearing, where he made no reference to anything specific within the Bill), looking pretty ignorant in the process.

    • Rhinocrates 19.1

      To be honest, after seeing Shearer’s speech today, it did seem like he hasn’t read the Bill very much, and has solely relied on what others told him. I have a horrible feeling (hope I’m wrong) that if one was to ask Shearer to explain how the Bill represents an expansion of the GCSB’s powers, with specific reference to the Bill, he would simply not be able to do it. Certainly, not convincingly. And a lot of people need some serious convincing before they start opposing Key and friends…

      This is a perfect storm – we have the worst, rapacious capitalist crony government in place and the weakest, most acquiescent troughers in supposed opposition who have no idea what they stand for except their own privileges and who think that their real enemies are – as that yuppie snot Hipkins said – their own party.

      Jesus wept.

      • Rhinocrates 19.1.1

        has solely relied on what others told him

        That’s my impression of Mumblefuck. “Nice guy, but…” excuses are bullshit – he’s the Pointy-Haired Boss. Thick as pigshit, uninterested in anything but his own position, dependent on his cronies, suspicious of anyone with talent and so he surrounds himself with sycophants and they compound his mistakes, not correct them. He exiles those who do well, because he jealously thinks talent is subversion.

        He’s a typical bureaucrat – quite secure in a stable, closed environment, but utterly unsuited for democratic politics.

        He’s a liability – get rid of him, put him in a subordinate position perhaps, but never, ever let people like him run the show or be a puppet for the troughers.

        We need a real leader, not an idol, but someone who can weld a team together and fight for US. All Shearer does is try to cement his own position and those of his cronies.

      • weka 19.1.2

        This is a perfect storm – we have the worst, rapacious capitalist crony government in place and the weakest, most acquiescent troughers in supposed opposition who have no idea what they stand for except their own privileges and who think that their real enemies are – as that yuppie snot Hipkins said – their own party.

        Am feeling especially grateful to the GP right now, particularly all the hard graft they’ve put in over the years to make sure they are in a position now to have a voice that can be heard. Does this make them the shelter in the storm?

    • karol 19.2

      Nicolas (@9.42pm) the opposition have made the point that the Bill legitimises an expansion in the powers of the GCSB. I think maybe the MSM and public pick up more on the breach of privacy issue – it more obviously and immediately effects them.

      The main section re-expansion is Section 8C – the GCSB’s role in cybersecurity.

      The other issue they have picked up on is poor oversight. Expansion of powers, cybersecurity, poor oversight (in the hands of the PM), accessing all metadata form within NZ & capacity to access content of all communications – all parts of the same whole.

      Also, some of the opposition speakers in the House have focused on the content of specific sections of the Bill. But the problems are complex (as I indicated in my post yesterday). And most of the public will be lost in the labyrinthine explanation.

      • Nicolas 19.2.1

        Karol, I totally understand this is a complex bill. I’m not gonna lie; it took me a while to come to grips with it (and I’m still no bloody expert on it), after looking at the current Act, the proposed amendment, the Law Society’s submission, the departmental report answering the LS and other submissions… It’s definitely not easy to stomach.

        Still, after watching the debates for the past few weeks, I still feel many MPs focused too much on the underpinning democratic values of our society, instead of how exactly this bill represents a threat to these values. That’s the reason why a lot of people still trust Key; because they believe him when he says no fundamental rights will be infringed upon thanks to this bill.

        I just feel a bit less rhetoric and more details (for instance, MPs could have challenged, “line by line”, the departmental report Key referred to this morning, on RNZ) could have gone a long way in clarifying to people why this soon-to-be-legislation bill is so toxic.

  20. Rhinocrates 20

    The worst thing about dictatorships is that they have always been welcomed by many. That is profoundly devastating to one’s faith in human nature.

  21. James 21

    You seem to forget that this is indeed how democracy works. The government who is voted in and parties in mmp make the laws that they think are right.

    The majority of government voted to pass this.

    People saying it is a sad day for democracy are missing or ignoring the fact that their legitimate government passed this.

    Sorry I know a lot of you don’t like this act but tough really. If labour get in and have the votes to change it then they can democratically also.

    • blue leopard 21.1

      @ James,

      Perhaps you haven’t been following the recent dialogue here and elsewhere on the subject.

      It has been stated that it is useful and good practice for governments to work across the house on legislation like this; not scrape by with the least numbers that is possible.

      If the National government had made any effort at all to achieve this ‘working together’ with all main parties; it is likely that the Bill would have come out in a shape that would suit a huge majority of NZers, unlike what we have now, where huge numbers do not trust what this Bill consists of, nor its implications.

      This government has once again has shown poor practice.

      • Anne 21.1.1

        It has been stated that it is useful and good practice for governments to work across the house on legislation like this;

        Actually it’s more than that blue leopoard. My understanding is that intelligence and security matters were always handled on a bi-partisan basis. That is, the major parties were/are kept informed of developments etc. and their views sought and taken into consideration by the PM of the day. That is why David Shearer requested a meeting with Key. He was essentially following mutually agreed practice. It’s John Key who has broken all convention and – like Muldoon – he’s going to pay a very big price in the end.

        • blue leopard 21.1.1.1

          @ Anne
          I was being careful with my wording because I am not an expert on these things and would rather err on the side of caution. Thanks for clarifying :)

        • James 21.1.1.2

          So if Labour, Greens, Mana, NZ FIrst had a single seat majority and were voting in something you didnt like would you be squalking “un democratic:?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1.1.2.1

            Not “something”, suck-up boy. Legislation that affects national security makes a poor political football. You think this is an issue that requires partisan treatment? What the fuck is wrong with you? Do you have shit for brains?

    • karol 21.2

      James, you obviously didn’t hear Russel Norman’s speech (yesterday, I think), when he explained that democracy is more than just voting for a government every few years.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.3

      James, you sycophantic authority-worshipping subhuman, get off your knees.

  22. Dan1 22

    It was Marilyn Waring and fellow Waikato MP Mike Minogue who stuck to their principles and eventually precipitated the election that dumped Muldoon. I have a feeling the arrogance and the mindless putdowns of people who have clear and reasonable concerns may be the tipping point for this administration’s deserved demise.

  23. Veutoviper 23

    My anger is cooling marginally, and a few old sayings, songs etc have crossed my mind such as that old song about “pick yourself up and start all over again” and something about “live to fight another day”.

    Which led me to think about the fact that the GCSB Bill (or rather now the three amendment Acts it has now become) has a companion Bill still going through the Parliamentary stages – the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill.

    This TICS Bill is way above my knowledge levels of its highly technical provisions and I wonder how much effect it will have if it passes in terms of its connection to the GCSB Bill provisions – AND how much effect it will have if this Bill is not passed.

    While this Bill was introduced to the House IIRC about the same time as the GCSB Bill, Key and co have been quite discrete in keeping the two Bills apart.

    The TICS Bill has a different timeline to the GCSB . Although it is going through Select Committee stages at present, report back is not due until 20 September, meaning that it will not go through second reading, Committee stages etc until Oct/Nov.

    So – lets not give up the fight yet, people.

  24. Whatever next 24

    Veutoviper, it was very hard not to stand up and cheer after Goff’s speach, and having to tolerate Finlayson’s poncing around throughout was difficult.don’t know how opposition parties can sit and watch the obsequious acquiescence of the Nats fawning over their great leader, lets hope they crawl under stones next year when they are shown it is them who are out of touch, not Labour and Greens

    • Veutoviper 24.1

      Agreed, Whatever next. Unfortunately, I cannot see the current bunch of Nats crawling under stones – they are just so arrogant and ignorant and living in their own little out of touch world and dreaming of Planet Key!

    • karol 24.2

      Goff made the point that on the GCSB committee, over which the PM has oversight, Key largely seems disinterested in goings on (Goff has also sat at that committee). Goff said key shows little vigilance in his powerful oversight tole.

  25. yeshe 25

    Behold the ignominy of our name involved with this mess; just in case the slightest doubt remains about the true meaning of this vote:

    NSA still doesn’t know what Snowden took with him :

    “Sources said authorities believe the trove of unreleased materials includes details of data collection by U.S. allies, including the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These English-speaking allies, known along with the U.S. as the “Five Eyes,” are CRITICAL to U.S. intelligence efforts.” ( my caps)

    http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/20/20108770-us-doesnt-know-what-snowden-took-sources-say?lite

    • yeshe 25.1

      (I know what we can do … let’s get Kim Dotcom to ask him !!! and I wonder if Snowden knows what NSA pays us or if not, can he confirm that they do ?? )

    • yeshe 25.2

      Have to post this comment from under the NBC story:

      BREAKING NEWS!!!!….

      WASHINGTON– According to high ranking government sources, today it was reported that the NSA doesn’t know its ass from its elbow. Details to follow.

  26. xtasy 26

    Hey Rob –

    I am damned furious like you, also disappointed, but it was to be expected. Hence Hone Harawira made this clear, same as Nicky Hager at the meeting at the Auckland Town Hall. Hone raised issues of us beneficiaries and Maori and Pacifica, and I agreed. Nicky said the bill would be passed and we should focus on future measures to fight for privacy and so forth.

    I have yet another message. We are as beneficiaries, and I am one, persecuted like shit now, and I am getting pretty angry and even furious about this. Most, if not all of us, did not choose to live of a crap benefit, but we get harassed, shamed and treated like crap daily, by WINZ and even neighbours. I came across this tonight, and it should be spread, as it tells some truth. Perhaps you can see to it:

    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/15264-welfare-reform-the-health-and-disability-panel-msd-the-truth-behind-the-agenda/

  27. chris73 27

    look at the bright side:

    its passed so labour can move on and try to find something else that might ackshully resonate with the NZ public at large

    this whole thing will turn out to be nothing, nob ody will notice anything different and it’ll be no different to how things have gone the last few years

    its democracy at its finest, the govt of the day had the votes to pass the bill and when labour regain power in 2017 they can change the law if they get enough votes (they wont though because it simply wont be worth the hassle)

    so cheer up its not all bad :)

  28. tracey 28

    Finlayson owes an outstanding new zealander an apology. One he needs to do face to face and on live television.

    dont forget a specialist in trademark copright and patent law now heads the gcsb. So when key said companies applying for warrants he meant it. This is as much about protecting and strengthening certain brands as well as the nsa stuff

  29. tracey 29

    Dont hold your breath about keys judgment on your metadata… see his comment below his hypocritical ministers

    Justice Minister Judith Collins: “I found it was quite chilling to realise that ministers and staff’s emails and the right to privacy was treated with what I would say was frankly a contemptuous attitude.”Police Minister Anne Tolley: ‘did it never occur to you… that you should perhaps seek some guidance from the Speaker… around some of these more delicate issues that impinge on the privacy of ministers of the Crown, their staff and Members of Parliament?Prime Minister John Key: Key: “We put out public terms of reference it was up to any minister to come and complain if they wanted to but let’s be honest… it was the most basic level of intrusion saying we’re going to look at the metadata to try and determine if the person’s of any interest or not. If you can’t meet that level well you wouldn’t make it as a minister.”

  30. Sable 30

    Welcome to the new age of totalitarianism in New Zealand compliments of National, ACT and Dunne.
    The question is will Labour if they are elected put the genie back in the bottle? Personally I have my doubts.

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    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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