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Shearer on fine form

Written By: - Date published: 4:46 pm, December 12th, 2012 - 148 comments
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David Shearer was on fine form in this speech yesterday, rounding up the year with thanks to Parliament’s workers, greetings to the opposition “family”, a friendly dig at the Press Gallery, the year of “Partial Recall” and memory dot gone, and finally the serious business of holding the Nats to account on their appalling record. Good work.

148 comments on “Shearer on fine form”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    So??

    • r0b 1.1

      No profound message Dr Terry, just a good political speech on a political blog.

      If you want something more contentious, try this. I don’t think Shearer is going anywhere in February, so Lefties who don’t like him are going to have some thinking to do in the new year.

      Sorry to drop that and run, as it were, but I won’t be back until late tonight…

      • One Tāne Viper 1.1.1

        “good political speech”

        That’s very charitable of you. I saw a man reading the low-tech equivalent of an autocue to the wrong audience.

        If he isn’t gone by February the left may still win the next election in spite of him.

      • gobsmacked 1.1.2

        If Shearer doesn’t go anywhere in February, that’s up to the Labour caucus. Their call.

        But in the election, our votes can go wherever we want. That’s our call.

        Being told that we “lefties” have to back him because (implied) we have no choice, is the best way to make sure voters do exercise their choice, to vote for somebody else. People tend to react that way to arrogance – and Labour have shown arrogance in spades.

        (As for the clip, yes, we’ve already established that Shearer can make a prepared speech with Grant’s lines, and that dozens of people will see it. Now he just has to cope with unprepared answers to questions – the ones seen by millions).

      • Dr Terry 1.1.3

        Thanks rOb, appreciate your comment.

      • Tom Gould 1.1.4

        Shearer is safe as houses. Cunliffe couldn’t must 4% let alone 40%. Shearer will be PM in 2 years time, and all those pseudo-lefties, the old comms, the ‘wreckers and haters’ as someone once called them, will just have to get over themselves.

        • Neoleftie red striped viper 1.1.4.1

          Oh I think, if I can be so bold, that we are the realistist of this world. We wanta someone to put a stop to the Toryraiders enslaving the people subtle for their own ends, tpeeled pile are simply a commodity now, the bottom 99.9 percent are simply tools to used in furthering a very very extremely wealthy connected people who are increasingly modifying society and it’s rules to further their narrow ambitions.
          bring on feb, bring on the organisational review, bring of the plan, bring on battle to reconnect to the electorate and the members, bring on a wide left block victory in 2014.

      • The Al1en 1.1.5

        “Lefties who don’t like him are going to have some thinking to do in the new year.”
         
        Or not. I’m sure many of them have already decided to vote Green.
         
         
         
         

        • Tom Gould 1.1.5.1

          Good riddance. But I suspect they will not move to the Greens, because all they know is how to spread anarchy and chaos. Even the Greens wouldn’t put up with them.

          • One Tāne Viper 1.1.5.1.1

            “Anarchy and chaos” equals supporting a different candidate for leader now does it? 
            Your stupidity is bringing the party into disrepute.

          • The Al1en 1.1.5.1.2

            “Good riddance.”
            See if that comes back to haunt in 2014 like it did in 2011.
             
            “Even the Greens wouldn’t put up with them.”
            Like politicians care where the votes comes from, as long as they keep coming.
             
             
             

    • RedBlooded 1.2

      Dr Terry, I am neither for or against his team or any other team but your reaction is simply petty and beneath you. I appreciate you have been very vocal in your dislike of him but it saddens me you can’t see beyond the petty politics to congratulate him on what seemed to be a rousing and clever speech.

      • One Tāne Viper 1.2.1

        “Rousing” MPs is pointless and irrelevant. He needs to “rouse” the people who have deserted the left for the “no-vote” option, rather than mouth clever in-the-know witticisms to his fellow club members.

        • xtasy 1.2.1.1

          Some people just cannot “rouse”, I am afraid. Shearer is one laid back type, who falls into that category.

      • Dr Terry 1.2.2

        RedBlooded What is petty about asking “So?” You are reading things into it. I DO NOT DISLIKE SHEARER, please get that! I am politically speaking a critic, and do you disallow me my criticisms (of anybody)? What you mean by “saddened” is of course “maddened” – be up front about it! Please do not paternalise me. I certainly do note that you say “congratulate him on what SEEMED (nb) to be a rousing and clever speech. Perhaps it was. But are you not absolutely sure?

  2. Populuxe1 2

    You mean to say he’s finally doing his job?????

  3. TheContrarian 3

    Isn’t it ‘IN fine form’?

    Never heard of someone being on fine form.

    • …may be he climbed onto the finely formed desk while he was stammering his way through?…yes, that must be it. He was on a fine form.
      Dear Mr Shearer & co, tyrannical control of open discussion is most unbecoming in a democracy.
      Did you have to pay Mr Anthony Robins for this post? ….no, let me rephrase that…How much did you have to pay Mr Anthony Robins for this post?

      • Colonial Weka 3.1.1

        R0b deserves more respect than that accusation bl. It is ok for people on this site to disagree with each other politically.

        • rosy viper 3.1.1.1

          +1
          It was a good end of year summary and without the background of the Cunliffe debacle I doubt this post would be seen as controversial.

          So I’ll take as that. It didn’t need the contentious bit at 1.1 but, although being a Cunliffe supporter, I understand the frustration of the leadership question tainting everything.

        • blue leopard 3.1.1.2

          No disrespect intended toward R0b, I usually seek out his posts because I find them insightful, and feel this one has another tone. My comment was reflecting the recent behaviour and “tone” of the Labour party, not on R0b

          After being very put off by the revolting behaviour of NZLP: the first major political attack they make, being one on a member of their own party, who seems very talented and this occurring whilst there is a Government ripe for attack on so many fronts; the only difficulty is knowing where to start; I stopped reading the Standard for a few weeks.

          Now I return and find everyone has turned into a space rocket (Colonial Viper) and one of the main posters isn’t posting anymore. Its looking like Draco might have vanished, today, too. And the reason given? NZLP pressure. This is completely unacceptable.

          This is what my comment was about.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.2

      Better than saying he was ‘in fire’ I suppose. ;)

  4. Arto 4

    Thumbs up!

  5. fisiani 5

    I hope that he maintains that fine form.

  6. fender Viper 6

    Must give credit where it’s due. Good speech encompassing a huge list of failures Nact have delivered, but no mention of the reign of terror Bennett has got going. It had Key shrinking into his seat as he realised the scope of his inept team of flakes.

    Hope Shearer stays away from bbq’s at Hootens and gets together with the Green family instead to plan the removal of this most useless Govt. over the break. The Greens can teach him plenty and make him see he’s been getting some poor advice he couldn’t recognise due to his inexperience.

    edit: Every New Zealander should have to watch this so they can appreciate just how poor nice Mr Key has “served” the country.

    • ScottGN 6.1

      Personally I think every NZer should routinely watch Question Time so they can see just what a useless smartarse John Key is.

      • gobsmacked 6.1.1

        A five year old smartarse.

        (apologies to all five year olds …)

      • I agree ScottG, Watching Key performing I am often left wondering just what he is on. His narcissism is getting worse .His team ? all giggling and nodding whilst the country suffers . . Key has no proper control over what must be the most dysfunctional government ever ,

    • Chris 6.2

      Key was first out of the House. Nearly running!!!!

      • xtasy 6.2.1

        Peters mentioned that “Ronald McDonald” had gone early, or was not present anymore, when he started his speech. No doubt, whom he meant there!

  7. Trinity 7

    I won’t even bother responding.

    Because you know I’m right.

    Smiley-face right back at ya!!

  8. just saying 8

    Anthony, do you really think it is a good idea to post an average speech to promote Shearer? I suspect this kind of post has the opposite effect to the one you seem to hope to achieve. The fact that sometimes, with extensive coaching and rote learning his lines, Shearer can raise his game from an F to a C, does not inspire confidence.

    I remember when Goff was routinely performing abysmally, sometime before the last election campaign and the eternal optimist, Bomber wrote an enthusiastic post and linked to a speech that was a dramatic improvement. Except Goff had only moved from abysmal to merely bad with a couple of good sentences. It only served to highlight that we were doomed to another term of National – not the stirring, cheering effect I think Bomber was hoping to generate.

    Good on you if you want to promote Shearer, but wait until he does something worth cheering before you start the ticker tape parade.

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      Goff was often very good in the House. Ripped into Key in debates, fiery and fluent.

      It made no difference whatsoever to the election result.

      • ScottGN 8.1.1

        That’s true gobsmacked. But don’t you think that had more to do with the electoral cycle rather than who the main combatants were? The next cycle is going to be far more challenging for the Nats.

      • karol 8.1.2

        Goff actually gave some very impassioned speeches in the House, especially when speaking about the struggles of low income people.  I don’t see such passion and concern for the strugglers from Shearer.

        • Ben Clark 8.1.2.1

          Shearer can do passion and concern for strugglers. If you’d heard his speech at the Auckland Labour list conference before 2011, there’d be no question where his heart is. And that was after he’d volunteered to go below all other MPs on the list to ensure (ethnic/gender) diversity requirements were met.

  9. quartz 9

    I thought the dig at the media was unwarranted. He had a very sympathetic run from them for many months and was given many opportunities to build his image. But he wasted them.

  10. Craig Glen viper 11

    I think that was the best speech I have seen Shearer give he only stumbled and bumbled to many times to count, but he was funny maybe he should go on Letterman it might help us all forget that he is condoning a culture of bulling and restriction of an Mp and members freedom of speech. Clare Curren thought it was awfully funny, I wonder what CV thought.

    Merry Christmas CV hope you feel you are able to return soon.

  11. Matthew Viper Hooton 12

    Pretty good speech from the next PM. Told you he could be good.

    • Dr Terry 12.1

      MVH – Are we to presume that you are talking about John Key (next PM)?

    • Hey Matthew

      Good to see you are acting in solidarity with the rest of us in support of CV.  

      Does this mean you are becoming a leftie? 

      • the pigman 12.2.1

        Nope, but don’t worry, he is still the wolf (trying strenuously to manoeuver himself into a woollen one-piece) that you know and love.

    • Rhinoviper 12.3

      Ugh, a Hooton comment. I wonder who paid for that one, but in any case I still feel like I need a bath.

      Or I suppose I should giggle at a halfwit trying to be witty.

      Ah, a dilemma: is it insignificant… or is it insignificant?

  12. felixviper 13

    It was a very ordinary speech, read out word for word in an almost competent manner. He even looked like he understood a couple of the jokes in it. Not all of them, but a couple.

    Give him a biscuit.

    As for this: “Lefties who don’t like him are going to have some thinking to do in the new year.”

    Yeah, should they vote Green or not bother (again)?

  13. lurgee 14

    Good speech. Notably churlish comments from the ever more bitter sounding Cunliffites.

    • …Oh? U a cunliffite then are you?

      • lurgee 14.1.1

        “…Oh? U a cunliffite then are you?”

        Actually, yeah, I was, during the leadership election. But he didn’t win, so I got over that, and now I just wish he and his supporters would show a bit of loyalty instead of trying to turn back time. You lost, it sucked, move on.

        • fender Viper 14.1.1.1

          Yep, move on to supporting a Party that speaks your language, and leave the Party that refuses to quit drinking the slightly watered down kool-aid.

          Despite the passion of many to have a pre ’80’s Labour, it seems brick wall and head would be more productive. They want you to vote Green if you are a real lefty, so let Labour fall to 20%, thats all they deserve for playing the Nat-lite game. Greens end up with 20% and more weight to bring about change. Teach them a lesson with your vote I say.

          • lurgee 14.1.1.1.1

            I think people have to be realistic. Yes, I’d like to see everything nationalised, right down to the supermarkets and corner stores, all schools taken over by the state and the only religion permitted the worship of the Dear Leader (me) but IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. The battle is not to recreate some (largely fictitious) pre-Lapsarian Aotearoan socialist paradise. It is to stop the further encroachments of pernicious rightwing ideology. And if winning that war means making some unpleasant compromises and accepting ideological taint, so be it.

            While most people get that MMP allows radical fringe parties to prosper (at least until they get into power where they seem to self-destruct), and that silver+bronze beats gold, but people don’t seem to have absorbed the lesson that – under MMP – you have to carry the centre. Pre-MMP, a leftwing party could survive because it was the only effective repository for non-rightwing votes. Labour could look forwards to getting their core votes (so plenty of policies to keep them happy) and the anti-National vote (which didn’t need to be pampered so much) – and vice versa. First Past The Post necessitates a core vote strategy. Get the core vote out, and if the rest of the electorate is pissed off enough with the other lot, you win.

            MMP is trickier because the centre votes matter. Winning by one vote in one constituency doesn’t matter if you lose by ten thousand in another. You’ve got to drag as many people to your side as possible, and that means looking to the middle class more. Which is not ‘selling out’ as a) lots of working class people aspire to be middle class, and b) the middle class are workers as well. Funny how people get all passionate about 99% vs 1% but then ignore the concerns and needs of half of that 99%.

            Also, bluntly, the middle class / centre is far more radical than you seem to think. Middle classes are, after all, overwhelmingly, the (adult) people who support the Greens. They are educated, concerned and willing to make sacrifices (perhaps because they can afford to). They also have different concerns to the working class – mortgages, pensions and so on. National is canny enough to play to those concerns, trumping more idealistic concerns. Labour can appeal to the idealism, but the message will be far more effective if it addresses their material concerns as well.

            As an aside, could I point out this is not ‘neo-liberalism’ and throwing that term at any policy you disagree with is lazy and dishonest (not thinking about you in particular, but the way it is bandied about here). neo-liberalism is far more rightwing and far more frightening than anything the Labour Party is offering. Even National don’t openly preach it – because (important bit) – they know it would alienate the middle classes voters they will be relying on in 2014.

            • Lefty 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, I’d like to see everything nationalised, right down to the supermarkets and corner stores, all schools taken over by the state and the only religion permitted the worship of the Dear Leader (me) but IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN.

              That is not what most of the left wants – most of us want an economic, social and political democracy, not a corporate state.

              Centre right revisionists always come out with this sort of crap as a way of justifying their subservience to the ruling class.

              • lurgee

                Actually, old chap, I was one of 94 people in Palmerston North who voted for Mana. Are they centre right revisionists … ?

                I don’t see marching left offering much for Labour in the short or medium term, as explained above and else where. Accept that a majority is almost going to be an impossibility under MMP. Labour should seek lock in the near left and centre, a political position that actually reflects the wishes, needs and desires of the NZ working class. Let the Greens or whoever deliver the further left vote. There is no point in squabbling over them. The election will be decided – as always – by who can capture the middleground. This can be done through policy that will appeal to their wallets, or by articulating a vision that will appeal to their hearts and minds, or a bit of both.

                You are welcome to maintain your stance on the moral high ground. Just get used to John Key smirking from the government side of the chamber.

              • Nationalize the essential services , for instance the power companies .water and the greenbelts.

            • just saying 14.1.1.1.1.2

              <i>…making some unpleasant compromises…, so be it.
               
              Lurgee, what unpleasant compromises are you making.  I mean in the real world, not in your head.  Are you doing without necessary medical or dental treatment, eating a nutritionally inadequate diet, wearing the uniform of poverty and getting treated as a lesser being…..what?
               
              The strategy you recommend has failed for two elections in a row, as more and more see no point in voting. 
               
               

              • lurgee

                “what unpleasant compromises are you making”

                What does that have to do with anything, or is ad hominem the only strategy you have? My comment refers to how we can stop the advance of neo-con ideology. Do you honestly think a majority of the NZ population will vote for a profoundly leftwing platform? Given that for many of those people, it will involve voting against their interests and aspirations?

            • karol 14.1.1.1.1.3

              These compromises with middle-classes and their aspirations and with the MSM, have been going on for around 3 decades.  It happened under FPtP, and it’s continuing under MMP.  It doesn’t need to be that way.

              Compromise on compromise is increasing inequalities, and continually dragging left wing parties rightwards.  For nearly 3 decades, I’ve lived on false hopes that such compromises can lead the way to more equality in income, jobs etc.  It ain’t happening.

              The global context has changed since the GFC.  Now is the time for political parties to stand up for the foundational principles of the labour/left movement. 

              • lurgee

                Your solution is permanent opposition? Great. That’ll help.

                The Financial Crisis has actually strengthened the right, not the left. It has been used to attack the state and anger is being diverted into nationalism and xenophobia. A clear win for the neo-cons. Now you’re tacitly saying we should abandon political power to them as well.

                You’re playing into their hands.

    • One Tāne Viper 14.2

      Reality check. Criticism of Shearer ≠ support for Cunliffe.

      • lurgee 14.2.1

        “Reality check. Criticism of Shearer ≠ support for Cunliffe.”

        73% overlap among Standard regulars. Absolutely scientifically valid statistic I just made up.

        • One Tāne Viper 14.2.1.1

          You are missing the point. Shearer attracts negative criticism because Shearer is manifestly inadequate, not because Cunliffe is a better candidate.

        • Curran's Viper 14.2.1.2

          [ yup, a newly discovered species, observed in Dunedin and central Wellington. ]
           
          Lurgee – it might be more relevant **getting people out to vote** .. irrespective of direction.
           
          I was appalled at how empty the polling stations were where I live during the last election.
           
          That should be a *multi-partisan* priority and an Electoral Commission campaign before the next vote.

    • Rhinoviper 14.3

      Assuming it was “good”, I agree with OTV and others. So what if it was “good”? It impresses only a couple of dozen MPs, not millions of voters. So, you want me to vote for you? I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.

      FV: “Give him a biscuit.”

      Indeed. Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss not calamitously fucking up for once when he has a prepared script is no achievement at all. Are standards really so low? “Good” is not good enough.

      The alternative explanation to Shearer being a pompous self-deluding fuckwit out of his depth is that he’s a crude robot – so does DAVE 9000 pass the Turing Test or is it just reciting a programmed recitation of scripted platitudes? Frankly, HAL is more eloquent, has more of a focus on his mission and has better skills at chess.

      And meanwhile the caucus troughers still attack the party.

      So Merry Christmas CV too. I wish it could be better.

      • lurgee 14.3.1

        He can’t win, can he? He does a good job – worth a couple of soundbites on the news, I’d have thought – and it is totally irrelevant. But ff he’d fucked up the speech monstrously, you’d be howling for him to step down immediately. It wouldn’t matter then that it was only a few MPs watching.

        Of course a speech at the fag end of the year isn’t very important. Nothing Shearer does – assuming he doesn’t eat a child live on TV or something – is really important just now. The same goes for Key. Shearer is the leader of the opposition and – if you can tear yourself away from your monitor screen for a moment – it is summer out there. Off season politics is a pursuit enjoyed only by a few saddos like us. Nothing will be watched by millions – though it’s worth noting that when Shearer does put himself in the news by visiting the site of the Auckland tornado, he’s accused of ‘Ambulance chasing’ by the same bunch who would – undoubtedly – have denounced him for doing nothing if he hadn’t gone.

        It’s like the scene in Citizen Kane where they look at the two alternative front pages. One reads KANE ELECTED. The other, FRAUD AT POLLS. Only in your version, the both read, SHEARER IS A COCK, regardless of what he says or does.

        • Olsviper 14.3.1.1

          You are focussing on the smallest and most easily addressed criticism of Shearer: that he is not a good public speaker. The greater concern is that he appears to be the ‘face’ of a group who are pulling the Labour Party to the right, at a time when the people who rely on Labour to represent them are being mercilessly screwed. What is more, they are resorting to low tactics to keep this aim on track, and trumpeting inclusiveness while trying desperately to undermine it.

          The speech, after all, is just a speech, and addresses none of the larger problems. It does not make up for Shearer’s accepting the fabricated grounds upon which Cunliffe was silenced, and the lobbying to prevent Labour members from commenting unfavourably on blogs. Not to mention the courting and promoting of people who do not appear to hold a single value that one would normally associate with a Labour Party.

          I agree that there is a damned-if-he-does, damned-if-he doesn’t element to some people’s criticisms, but this is expressive of the frustration generated by the above problems.

          Merry Christmas CV. I hope we will see you again in the New Year, with whatever name you choose to sail under.

          • Anne 14.3.1.1.1

            Nice one Olsviper, I can put my metaphorical pen now. You have said what I was going to say only so much better.

            I find it disappointing that r0b (and others) are ignoring the underhand, below the belt tactics adopted (and continue to be adopted) by the ABC supporters. They have done infinitely more damage to the Party – and people’s perception of it – than all the criticism leveled at Labour on this site and elsewhere. Most of us don’t hate Shearer… we wish him well and would like to see him succeed. But the ABC club et al are deliberately misrepresenting our critiques and concerns in such a way, they are driving a deep chasm between the so-called Shearer and Cunliffe camps. I have nothing but contempt for them.

            I agree with others. The speech was indeed a beltway speech – for the beltway, by the beltway and with only the beltway in mind. Sad, when it should have been about the loss of jobs, loss of dignity and hope, and the loss of any sort of Xmas for the many, many thousands of NZers who have been left in the ditch of despair by this government.

            • Anne 14.3.1.1.1.1

              Ooops: it should be put my metaphorical pen down now

            • Olsviper 14.3.1.1.1.2

              Thanks Anne :-) I also think the speech was a beltway one, which to be fair, may well be the convention for the last speech of the year. But since Shearer’s oratory is not my central concern about the Labour Party, it did not change my mind about anything.

  14. Neoleftie 15

    Nice speak, a few bumbles and frowns, certainly written by grant Robertson.
    At 6.30 mark of the clip shearer even mentioned going into the BBQ season….I laughter then.

    oh in two years he might might just might be ok at public speaking and taking it to key or his Joyce but I swear if we lost this time around its game over for the left in any strength…the Tories and the lite right of labour will dismantle the last bastion, the last cornerstones of our once good and fair society.
    Thanks to rob for a nice post and clip.

  15. vto viped 16

    I missed it. Did anyone video it?

  16. Neoleftie red striped viper 17

    The left of the LP are it cornerstone. We safeguard the party against any pseudo trickster Tory infiltrators who are the real ‘raiders’.
    I hope I know where our true great leader will take us, the people, in the decades to come, given his chance at the blood red chalice of power.

  17. Saarbo 18

    Why does Hipkins look so nervous through the speech? 

    Given the state of the Labour Party the best thing Shearer could do is call a membership vote in February,  he is the leader because of the good grace of his clique, he needs to prove to the broader public that he is the genuine leader of Labour.  I suspect that Hipkins is nervous for the same reason that the rest of us are going to be shitting ourselves in 2014 when he goes head to head with Key.

    If he wins a fair membership vote I can feel comfortable about getting behind him in 2014 and help get rid of this incredibly damaging and incompetent government, if he doesn’t call a membership vote then sadly I will struggle to support this bunch and I know a number of Labour people who feel the same way. If Labour people feel this way then it is doubtful that the swing voters will come back across. 
     

  18. Neoleftie red striped viper 19

    I watched Hopkins but I got some deranged worship of the little leader…bit disturbing really.

  19. karol 20

    Interesting how someone has run a ribbon across Grant Robertson’s mouth. 

  20. the sprout 21

    Pretty average recital of a heavily rehearsed speech, clearly written by Robertson.
    If that’s a great Shearer performance and something we’re supposed to hang some hope on – then we really are fucked.

  21. Rodel 22

    Good speech by Shearer. Better than I expected. Pity the general public won’t see it.

  22. Blue Viper 23

    At least Shearer has a decent speech/joke writer. The content was very good stuff. The delivery is still getting mangled, but he was in the best form I’ve ever seen him, relaxed, happy and confident.

    It doesn’t resolve any of his problems with off the cuff speaking, or absolve him of all the shit he’s turning a blind eye to in his party though.

    I particularly liked the part where he thanked National for fucking up all year and making the Opposition’s job easier. Reminding everyone how much you owe to the other guy fucking up worse than you is not the smartest political move.

    Imagine how good a year Labour could have had if there weren’t persistent questions about Shearer’s leadership and the caucus didn’t leak their dirty laundry to the media at every opportunity.

    • Rhinoviper 23.1

      I particularly liked the part where he thanked National for fucking up all year and making the Opposition’s job easier. Reminding everyone how much you owe to the other guy fucking up worse than you is not the smartest political move.

      That’s it – Key and National have handed their own humiliation to the opposition on a silver platter repeatedly and every time, the pointy-haired boss has said, “Not now, I’ve got my real enemies to deal with – the Labour Party” and each time, Key and Crosby-Textor have said, “Cool, thanks dude!”

    • The Al1en 23.2

      “he thanked National for fucking up all year and making the Opposition’s job easier.”
       
      And yet still miles behind in the polls and incapable of making something stick to teflon jon.
      Perhaps Mr Shearer should have thanked his lucky stars he’s still got the well paid job he’s totally shit at.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

  23. Rhinoviper 24

    OK, watching it. I used to be a cleaner, so it’s nice to be mentioned – but not patronised. Robertson or some hack must have noticed that his wastepaper bin was emptied regularly. Didn’t do it with good grace I have to say – scrubbing toilets doesn’t instil respect. Dried executive shit looks just like anyone else’s.

    Can’t he talk for one second without looking at his notes?

    Is this “good”?

    No. The hack who wrote it is adequate. The reader is “not utterly shit”.

    OK, now watching more…

    “It’s been a year of opportunity for the opposition.”

    Oh yes… but why’d ya drop it, butterfingers? Why’d ya decide that the real enemy is your own party?

    Yep, thank the government, because the supposed main opposition party has done sweet fuck all. Example: Parata is the most egregiously incompetent and vile minister and your supposed education spokesperson is Mahuta. Now tell me, would a potato do a better job of opposing her? Or a sock? Perhaps an avocado? Maybe even belly-button lint? How about earwax?

    “Happy new year, please have a restful and safe holiday blah wibble, I am a teapot.”

    This is “fine form”? Really? REALLY?!

    No, that’s not fine form. That’s a heavily rehearsed speech done merely adequately at a few points, telling a few dozen MPs what they want to hear so that they can tell themselves that they matter. It says NOTHING AT ALL about what “Labour (TM)” stands for.

    Late in 2011, Phil Goff almost convinced me that, if it were 1935, I should vote Labour. In 2011 that made no sense. This makes less sense and is less relevant. Congratulations Grant Robertson (because you or one of your Mini-Mes wrote this), you’re a dullard.

    What a load of shit. Mediocre writing with nothing new to add, mediocre rehearsed delivery. No vision, just trite bullshit. So what if it embarrasses Key? Reality does that by default, moron. Do better!

    This is not a government in waiting.

    • Rhinoviper 24.1

      Addendum:

      Why do you exist? What of you stand for? What is the purpose of the Labour Party (TM) today? Tell us.

      Who are you?

    • SouthDeezViper 24.2

      ‘Yep, thank the government, because the supposed main opposition party has done sweet fuck all. Example: Parata is the most egregiously incompetent and vile minister and your supposed education spokesperson is Mahuta. Now tell me, would a potato do a better job of opposing her? Or a sock? Perhaps an avocado? Maybe even belly-button lint? How about earwax?’

      Her total absence on all thing education-Parata related is ridiculous. I seen a link a while back, I think someone had posted it here, in which she was defending criticism that she’s received in regards to her not clearly articulating to the public Labour’s stance on education, and for not challenging the government’s education policies enough. Now, those are more than fair criticisms considering that it’s highly likely you’re not even going to know who Nanaia Mahuta is unless you take more than passing interest in politics. I’ve even had conversations with friends of mine who actually do follow politics, and they didn’t know who she was when I’d first mentioned her. So, how are you expecting to convey your party’s vision for education in this country, if no-one knows who your education spokesperson is? Is there another Labour MP out there doing this woman’s job for her? No, not that I can see. Then, I ask, why is she even there?

      I find it rather odd that Cunliffe chose her as a running mate, eh. She’s clearly incompetent.

  24. Don't worry be happy 25

    Addendum: Rhinoviper

    “tell us. Who are you?” And who put you there? Why?

  25. r0b 26

    Sorry I’m getting back to this late. A mix of comments above, thanks to some who have already made points that I would have made. I’ll pick up one thread here because it comes up a couple of times.

    I wrote: “Lefties who don’t like [Shearer] are going to have some thinking to do in the new year”.

    Gobsmacked (similar to others) replied: “Being told that we “lefties” have to back him because (implied) we have no choice, is the best way to make sure voters do exercise their choice, to vote for somebody else.”

    I was writing in a hurry, and easily misunderstood. I certainly didn’t mean that lefties have no choice! Vote Labour, Green, Mana, anything on the Left, it’s all good with me. (I’m much more aligned to a broad set of policies and principles than I am to any particular party.) Of Course we have choice.

    But I also think that (certainly if Shearer is confirmed as leader in February as I believe he will be) it is time to stop ripping in to the man with quite so much vigour and bile. Don’t like him, don’t vote for him, fine. But don’t tear him down. There will be no change of government without a strong Labour Party.

    • just saying 26.1

      Rob,
      We don’t have to “tear him down” and most of us don’t want to. It’s Shearer et al doing the tearing down, of what little is left of what Labour used to stand for. We are just watching helplessly from the sidelines, talking amongst ourselves, wishing there was something we could do to stop it.

      • r0b 26.1.1

        It’s Shearer et al doing the tearing down, of what little is left of what Labour used to stand for.

        I guess I’ll have to disagree with you there. The roof beneficiary speech was very poor, but since then I think Shearer’s values have been solid (though the delivery is variable). His conference speech may not be radical enough for some, but it seems to me to be well in line with what Labour used to (and still does) stand for.

        • SouthDeezViper 26.1.1.1

          ‘His conference speech may not be radical enough for some, but it seems to me to be well in line with what Labour used to (and still does) stand for.’

          Ah, where to start here. There’s a lot of options available, but, I’ll give just one critique of that statement, and I’m sure others will add to it in due course.

          If he’s ‘well in line’ with what Labour ‘used to stand for,’ then where has been outlining that he wants to counter National’s residualist welfare policies by instilling a socially democratic, comprehensive welfare system based around full employment?

          Whereas neoliberalism adopts an analysis that explains both the causes of, and solutions to, the problem of poverty as residing with the individual failings of the poor, the social democratic perspective locates the causes of poverty and unemployment in the wider structural forces that influence social order. The policy implications that flow on from this see the social democratic perspective offer a radically divergent vision of the proper purpose, and extent of state involvement in the provision of welfare. Labour is not a social democratic party. It hasn’t embraced the values of social democracy for nearly thirty years.

          From the social democratic perspective, there is a rejection of the view that markets operate best when left to their own devices. This is based on the belief that unfettered market capitalism creates vast wealth disparities and, therefore, poverty and social inequality. In contrast to neoliberalism, theories of social democracy do not blame the poor for their poverty, instead viewing it as being shaped by social influences. This view locates the causes of poverty and inequality in the wider social structures of society, largely attributing them to the two fundamental flaws of capitalism outlined by Keynes as, ‘its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes.’ It follows from structural explanations of poverty that the state should play a significant role in tackling social problems, and the key goal of social policy in this regard is the redistribution of wealth and resources with the aim of achieving an egalitarian society.

          Rather than posit welfare needs as personal responsibilities and individualise social problems, social democracy deems poverty and unemployment as problems that individuals should not be left solve on their own accord. Here, the responsibility for doing so is shared across all social groups and facilitated via state mechanisms. This shifting of risk from the individual to the whole of society is central to the social democratic welfare state. The emphasis it places on the structures of society and the ways in which those structures create and sustain inequality and poverty creates a system wherein markets are regulated to protect individuals from poverty, and welfare programmes are based on risk-sharing between high- and low-risk social categories. This solidarity binds together the fates of the lower and the middle classes, the poor and the rich, the young and the old, and the sick and the healthy, through a welfare system in which there is a collective responsibility to help disadvantaged members of society.

          This is achieved through state regulation of the market, and the redistribution of income and wealth from the affluent to those in need via progressive taxation and generous welfare payments. Next to its fundamental mission to protect and care, the social democratic welfare state is underpinned by an employment-based strategy to combat unemployment, poverty, and inequality in which the state commits to policies of full employment and job creation. Such an approach to social investment rests on policies to boost human capital stock through training and education schemes to help the unemployed improve their vocational skills and increase their employability, and flow on policies serving to make efficient use of the ensuing gains in human capital. Here, the state utilises active labour market policies as a tool to promote employment via employment subsidies, either in the public or private sector, in order to directly create jobs for the unemployed. This strategy takes the unemployed as they are and attempts to shape jobs to fit their specific capabilities.

          Remuneration for public employment for adult workers should be set at the national minimum wage, and since the jobs available would reflect the available skill sets of those seeking employment, there would be no means test for participation. The movement toward full employment would resolve the first of Keynes’s two fundamental flaws of capitalism, and upon actualisation, the second, inequality, would also be drastically reduced as a result of the achievement of full employment. Moreover, due to the high levels of provision offered by the social democratic welfare state, its economic sustainability hinges on the number and productivity of taxpayers within its jurisdiction. This is because paid employment generates the tax revenue required to fund its welfare system and labour market policy measures Therefore, as it can only provide a high degree of comprehensive welfare services while there are comparatively few in need of it, and this requires full employment that, if not provided by private enterprise, must be provided by the state via state funding of public employment programmes.

          The New Zealand Labour Party used to hold these kind of values. However, you’re a fucking dreamer if you’re going to claim that they still do now in 2012. This is because Labour’s welfare discourse is largely shaped by the neoliberalist ‘third way,’ and not social democracy.

          • Neoleftie red striped viper 26.1.1.1.1

            My three cents…third way is a transional system put in place to adapt right neo liberal policy to a social democratic methodology. The market and economic system is way to fragile a system to withstand upheaval or substantial shocks ideological or external forces enviro earthquakes or credit crunches.
            We can go back  a pure left system, obviously theTory ideology is failing dramatically world wide so where to NEXT?
            A hybrid transitional third way framework of policies 15 years old and then when the time is right we devolope a new economic system, some green brown red even blue combined thing….money must still flow.

          • colonial locus 26.1.1.1.2

            SouthDeezViper… that truly speaks to me …. thanks.

            Full employment, a robust welfare system and progressive taxation should be a fundamental pledge of anyone who calls themselves a Labour Party member.

            To win the next election the LP leadership must consistently and persuasively argue for these goals, and must strongly encourage debate in order to develop equitable social and economic policies to achieve them.

            We will not win the next election by sniping, sneering or mocking the current government. Nor will personal jibes directed at a generally well-liked PM persuade people to respect our values or share our principles.

            Labour MPs and Party members must seriously ask themselves whether the current LP leaders have the charisma, intelligence, good humour and wisdom to truly get the message across to the 70% of NZers that don’t support us, and also whether they have sufficient humility, strength and will to mend the increasing level of divisiveness apparent among the 30% that are still, just… hanging in there with the LP.

          • r0b 26.1.1.1.3

            A long and thoughtful reply SDV.

            I agree that Shearer / Labour are not as bold on welfare as you and I would wish (I do not understand why the last Labour government didn’t reverse the cuts of 1991 while it had the chance).  There was little in Shearer’s speech about it, just “I want a fair society where everyone gets a chance. Where we look after those who need it, but where everyone has a responsibility to do their bit too. Rights and responsibilities – a society based on that simple social contract.”  I want to see a stronger statement, I want to see the 1991 cuts reversed, but there is certainly nothing in what Shearer said that I disagree with.

            The Labour Party of old created a welfare state because it needed creating.  That could only be done once, any subsequent Labour Party is going to look weaker in comparison.  The question now is what we do with an existing Welfare state, and I would certainly be looking to the next Labour government to strengthen it.  We have to acknowledge, however, that it isn’t a popular electoral issue.  I think that Labour can manage that (perhaps even change our collective attitude again), but it is more likely to be successful in office than in opposition.  So I’m not surprised that Shearer’s speech did not focus on welfare.

            But look at what it did cover.  Taking control of the economy, jobs, training, education, investment in NZ, housing, fairness.  It’s a solidly Labour speech.  I for one would rather support what is good than tear down what is not perfect (and get ourselves 3 more years of Nats).  Then when we’re in government, we can work for the change that is needed…

            • Saarbo 26.1.1.1.3.1

              I enjoyed your article SDV, you managed to get a lot of good stuff into a relatively few words.

              You raised the  point that neoliberalism adopts an analysis that explains both the causes of, and solutions to, the problem of poverty as residing with the individual failings of the poor”  , National/Paula Bennett (and I guess governments since 1984) have pushed this narrative to the point that many middle class New Zealanders believe that this is fact. People in the centre have really been persuaded by National, that people on welfare are there because they are lazy. David Shearer tried to go down a similar path with the roof painter which is probably where he really lost most of his member support.  Because as SDV states (paraphrase), you simply cant get a job if no jobs exist. There probably are a few welfare cheats, but in dollar terms its probably pretty minor, anyway they are dealt with in the system. But what National/Paula Bennett have done is disgusting and repugnant, and it has changed the collective attitude of Kiwi’s from an egalitarian one to an “us” and “them”, it has really stigmatised people on welfare.

              rOB states that  “We have to acknowledge, however, that it isn’t a popular electoral issue.  I think that Labour can manage that (perhaps even change our collective attitude again), but it is more likely to be successful in office than in opposition.  So I’m not surprised that Shearer’s speech did not focus on welfare ”
               From my point of view, this is where Shearer/Labour strategy is wrong and is probably why they don’t make any headway into National in the poles despite National being absolutely hopeless. LABOUR NEED TO GO INTO ATTACK RE WELFARE. Instead of trying to replicate National with the cheating roof painter, find the unemployed guy in my rugby team who spent 2 years looking for a job…talk about his story, no fu%$en jobs. But rOB , to do this when in office doesn’t build a robust government. Labour need to be communicating a powerful narrative around jobs and welfare now, they need to be changing the “collective attitude again” now. Jobs fix a lot of problems.

              But this is when we get into the heart of the problem for Labour, this is the reason why we can’t shift National in the Poles. Because David Shearer has not got what it takes to be clear and persuasive in conveying his message. To collectively change peoples attitudes, our Leader needs to have supreme communication skills. Unfortunately John Key has got it. I watched Metiria Turei this morning on TV3, she’s got it. I watched Campbell Live tonight, it had Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings whose second language is English, he’s got it.  These people instil confidence when they speak.  They are clear and they make a connection. 

              David Shearer can do prepared speeches but because of his communication shortcomings he will always struggle to persuade people to change their attitudes. That is the problem with Shearer.

        • the sprout 26.1.1.2

          With respect rob, ‘Shearer’s values have been solid’ for about 3 months – since a massive backlash from the left who found the values expressed in the roof painter speech repugnant.

          Meanwhile the values of Shearer’s henchmen, of bullying and suppressing the voice and participation of genuinely concerned members, have continued to be allowed by Shearer.

          • r0b 26.1.1.2.1

            Neither of us know what Shearer felt about the contradictory advice he was getting at that time, but the fact that Pagani is gone and there hasn’t been any repetition of such framing suggests to me that that incident was an abberation.

            • felixviper 26.1.1.2.1.1

              “Neither of us know what Shearer felt about the contradictory advice he was getting”

              ‘cept we kind of do, from the fact that he said it.
               
              Unless you think he’s some sort of robot who just reads whatever is put in front of him, of course.

              • indeed felix
                if Shearer is really the man of substance he’s purported to be, one would have thought he wouldn’t say such things if he didn’t believe them.
                the alternative is that he’s just a puppet who says whatever he’s told – until someone tells him to sing a different tune

    • Neoleftie red striped viper 26.2

      Good point rob, if we shearer post feb as leader, then the labour team should havpursue support as we need to focus, after that point, on one objective – taking down the Tories.
      We have an election to win, and win well with a clear and strong mandate from the people to stop the rorte of our society by the Tory machine.
      I live and breathe south d and  see daily the misery caused by the Tory and other light blue policies. These are the forgotten multitude
      Focus and unify against the real enemy of the state.
       

      • just saying 26.2.1

        <i>…taking down the tories…</i>
         
        The problem as I see it, is that we now have two National parties.  In order to “take down the tories” we must either take down both parties (prohibitively difficult) or take back the Labour Party.  This may also be impossible, probably is, but it has to be the first priority, because otherwise the second task is  meaningless.

        There is also no longer any time to lose.  With the climate, food, oil and corporate crises now upon us, a large, ever-increasing number of our people, are surplus to the excessive requirements of not just the elite, but of a very bloated and now disporportionately powerful upper middle class.  In my opinion both major parties are prepared to sacrifice us to the continuing luxury and excess of the most fortunate.   There is no way of avoiding this without substantially reducing the power and wealth of the top 25 percent.  Pretending otherwise is no longer plausible because we’ve had thirty years to witness the lie.  Third-way tinkering around the edges, throws my tribe under the bus just as efficiently, just less honestly.
         

    • One Tāne Viper 26.3

      R0b: “There will be no change of government without a strong Labour Party.”

      There will be no strong Labour Party without effective leadership, that listens to the members rather than treating them with fear and suspicion.

      • r0b 26.3.1

        Agreed.  And Conference took giant steps to make sure that members are listened to – a process that was initiated by the current leadership.

        • One Tāne Viper 26.3.1.1

          …which then panicked when it realised that the members wanted more direct control over the leadership, and went to pieces so fast David Cunliffe got hit by the shrapnel.
          One thing I do agree on: after February, whatever the outcome, it’s time to destroy the National Party.

        • Craig Glen viper 26.3.1.2

          Rob you ignore the truth and actuasl events at conference, Shearers lot opposed the 60-40 vote. Just because you allow a review does not make you a reformer!
          He then made out that Cunliffe was trying to topple him in order to punish him Cunliffe is clearly Labours best performer so you are working in the Party and Countries best interest by trying to kill of your best beformer? Then you breach his right as an MP and human right to freedom of speech how is that showing Leadership and uniting the party? Then we have LABOUR MPs trying to shut down leadership discussions on social media. Which is out right bullying. I will not be bullied by any of these idiots Fenton, Curren, Mallard, Robinson they can get stuffed.

          Shearer has allowed leaks to the media and has done nothing because it serves his interest Shearer has willingly tarred him self with the same brush, I have no respect for him, he clearly does not have the skills to run or lead the party, hell he cant even get a decent electorate office in his own electorate Shearer is yesterdays man with yesterdays team backing him.

          If Shearer does not go I suspect alot of members will.

          • r0b 26.3.1.2.1

            Just because you allow a review does not make you a reformer!

            You allow a review, on the most contentious issue you make your case, you lose, you accept the result and get on with it.  There are many other changes, including an improved and binding policy process.  I say again, the party has taken giant steps forward in listening to the members.

            He then made out that Cunliffe was trying to topple him 

            Which, indeed, he was.  Sorry, but those who refuse to believe it are in a state of serious denial.

            Then we have LABOUR MPs trying

            A (one) Labour MP, as far as I can tell.  If that move gets any traction, then we have cause to concern.  But I don’t think it will.

            • One Tāne Viper 26.3.1.2.1.1

              “…you resent the result and get on with attacking the people who supported it.” FIFY

              • r0b

                Several hundred people supported it OTV, if they have been “attacked” then I guess I missed it. Three deep breaths maybe?

            • colonial locus 26.3.1.2.1.2

              this is not about Cunliffe – whether or not he challenged Shearer’s leadership, or deserved demotion to the back banches – nor is it about the one? MP that has used blackmail tactics – it’s about 2 serious issues

              are LP members confident in the LP leadership’s ability to adequately reflect their social values

              and

              how likely are non-Labour voters to be won over by Labour’s ideas for fixing NZ’s problems and the leadership’s ability to implement those ideas

            • Anne 26.3.1.2.1.3

              Sorry r0b, but that A (one) Labour MP is just the most blatant example. There are other more subtle ways of getting at people and it’s been reported that it is happening.

            • Olsviper 26.3.1.2.1.4

              rOb: “He then made out that Cunliffe was trying to topple him

              Which, indeed, he was. Sorry, but those who refuse to believe it are in a state of serious denial.”

              I take issue with this. Cunliffe was faced with a repeated question as to whether he would still support the leader in February. If he had replied with an unequivocal “yes,” he would have been committing himself months in advance, whatever happened in the meantime. If he had said “no” he would have been effectively calling a leadership vote there and then, thus undermining the purpose of the conference. We do not know whether Cunliffe meant to challenge the leadership in February. He may have chosen to use the leverage that greater membership participation gave him to influence policy, for example.

            • Craig Glen viper 26.3.1.2.1.5

              The members are driving the change Rob not Shearer and Shearers supporters did everything to stop members getting more say.

              ” Which, indeed, he was. Sorry, but those who refuse to believe it are in a state of serious denial”

              Those who want the likes of you to believe that a Leadership chalenge was happening at conference to justify a hit on Cunliffe have shown no proof of this allegation. Just because the line is repeated does not make it factual.
              “One Labour MP as far as I can tell”

              No Rob poor try you are working hard on your spin but not good enough. I have commented a number of times of my own personal eperience of bullying behaviour been dished out by Shearers crew. Its time you adressed your own personal denial.
              If you want to be part of Shearers fan club turning a blind eye to the culture that they are using of leaking, bulling and public defamation fine but dont expect a strong Labour Party in 2014 because it wont be.

    • David Viperious H 26.5

      And Rob, to have a strong opposition /Government in waiting, you first need a leader who is, A: Inspiring, and B: Trustworthy.  At the moment the Earwax has the edge over Shearer. And the crowd that are behind, and lying to him are just doing him a disservice, and the sooner he MAN’S up about it, and stops acting like the School Bully, then maybe, just maybe, he will start to get some traction.
      So my message to him is Get some decent advice and listen to and act on it, Fire the so called advisors you has now, Have a ‘real’ not a claytons reshuffle of Caucus.  AND Step hard on dissenters  (you really missed with cunliffe) you should have censured Jones. And whats with the Brain Fart over Tamahere?  We NEED talent.  Not blowhards who are full of their own self importence.

  26. xtasy 27

    Yes, I must admit, the speech by Shearer on the last day of Parliament this year was reasonably good.

    But it was not written by him anyway, of that I am quite sure. Also are such speeches just stuff written to touch our “hearts”. Whether any action meeting the words spoken will follow is usually another story.

    Shearer can do fairly well when reading from written notes, and that is what he mostly does. It is similar to the well prepared, written down questions he tends to ask. That means Shearer can speak when well prepared and given time to do so without interruption and distraction.

    But sadly politics and the rest of real life of a politician are not made up of pre drafted speech notes. There are and will be many times that are challenging, and where swift, smart and convincing answers must be given during impromptu interviews, where challengers must be dealt with in a mature, strong, convincing and non vicious manner, which a good leader is able to.

    I fear and continue to fear that Shearer will not be up to being a strong leader.

    Other speeches were also good, like those by Parker and Robertson.

    Shearer followed a vicious attack by Key, who held a speech of his style, which was very aggressive, smartly worded and again an attempt to make jokes of the opposition. So just as well Shearer did fairly well. It had to be!

    And for the first time Ardern mentioned something in the house, which should have been raised a long, long time ago! She was highly critical of the new welfare reforms before the Select Committee at present (Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill). She criticised the out-sourcing that is planned for medical assessments and other “services”.

    Then she did state that the top “assessor” of MSD goes around saying that state support (benefit payment/s) is like a “drug”. Clearly she meant the Principal Health Advisor of MSD and WINZ, Dr David Bratt, who has in numerous presentations to GP conferences and the likes compared benefit dependence to drug dependence.

    So finally the message appears to have reached Ardern! MSD are using a highly biased PHA, who oversees all the Regional Health Advisors (who advise again case managers), and who goes around trying to influence GPs, and who has been TRAINING designated doctors the Ministry use, to make the decisions they expect!

    That bit of Ardern’s speech made my day!

    My expectation is that in the new year she digs deeper into that and challenges Bennett full front on this! Bratt has to go, he is unfit to hold that position for any longer!

  27. Neoleftie red striped viper 28

    So then his minders should adapt the whole setup the campaign to recognise his strengths which are his backstory, a team approach , his compassion, and his negotiation skills proven by his long work history.
    Reshuffle the caucus and let the heavy hitters out to play as our proxies.
    It should be team labour vs frontman showman key….and it’s not show person either.

  28. karol 29

    It was a well written speech, and Shearer is improving in his delivery of such speeches.  

    However, it was a speech that was very beltway- seemed to be full of cosy in-jokes.  And there wasn’t any passion in the delivery. It had the tone of an after-dinner speech at a businessmen’s club: one where everyone but me has had a drink and gets the jokes that don’t make me laugh.

    Nevertheless, Shearer did make some very good points about the woeful record of Key’s government, and it was interesting to see Key slumped in his seat. 

  29. Bah Humbug, The best speech Shearer could give us is that he is standing down and let
    the membership democraticly elected leader take over,or give us a christmas present by
    saying that he will ‘allow’ a vote in February.
    What,is he afraid of ? loosing.
    While shearer and labour caucus members are holidaying in far flung lands, with full
    bellies,plenty of chardonay,there are many,many families that wont have a christmas,
    children that wont have presents,because their parents can’t afford christmas.
    Children are poor,because their parents are poor,end of.

  30. Enough is Enough 31

    He can read a speech. No-one doubts that.

    However his constant failure to articulate himself when being questioned clearly shows he does not believe in what he purports to stand for. Helen rarely got tripped up because she always fell back to her principles and provided answers on what she beleived in. Shearer panics and has to think about what he should be saying and during that thought process fucks up and says something incomprehensible.

    I will give it to you r0b, you are the most loyal party man I have come across. You support the red team no matter what they say or who is in charge.

    Unconditional love

  31. jaymam 32

    “Shearer on fine form”: This is satire isn’t it?. Well done!

  32. fender Viper 33

    “Shearer on fine form”

    Maybe it alludes to the “fine form”(sarc.) of this NactUF disaster?

  33. Murray Olsen 34

    Great political strategy to leave all his attacks on Nact’s ballsups to the last speech of the year. I wonder who came up with that one?
    On a slightly different note, I always love the fawning adoration and sycophancy that comes out of every pore of those sitting around the leader of either Nactional or Labour whenever they speak.

    • fatty 34.1

      Great political strategy to leave all his attacks on Nact’s ballsups to the last speech of the year. I wonder who came up with that one?

      Yip…at 9.05 minutes Shearer claims “its been a year of opportunity for the opposition”. I doubt anyone in NZ who follows politics would argue against that…so then, as you have pointed out Murray Olsen, why did this speech take 12 months to occur? And why was Shearers speech at the LPC labeled by Shearer himself as an ‘opportunity’…does Shearer understand what a political opportunity is?..obviously not
      No surprise that National went up in the latest Roy Morgan poll.
      The Shearer train-wreck that has been happening for the past 12 months has been good for a laugh, its a shame that the outcome is John Key. Time to get Shearer back on the road with his banjo.

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  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science | 22-11
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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