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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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    The world witnesses yet another tragic spectacle of the perennial Israel /Palestine war over Gaza. There are the appalling pictures of dead and injured children in schools and hospitals. Enormous explosions are seen on our screens where multi-story buildings are...
    Pundit | 31-07
  • Parliament rises on a good note, thanks to some meddling kids
    The above video provides a good introduction to the slavery conditions of workers on foreign charter vessels fishing in NZ waters, as well as the Christchurch Anglican church’s involvement in it. While the Government took a while to act on the problem,...
    Cut your hair | 31-07
  • Stuart’s 100 #4: Aotea Arts District
    Stuart’s 100 continues: 4: Aotea Arts District What if Aotea felt like an Arts District? The area around Aotea Square is home to a surprising number of performing arts venues. I say surprising because it’s not often that you feel...
    Transport Blog | 31-07
  • The Māori Party and slave-fishing
    In the early C19th, when William Wilberforce was camapigning to abolish slavery in Britain's colonial posessions, he met with strong opposition from the British establishment. Few of his opponents were bold enough to say that they actually approved of slavery....
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Colin and Jamie walked into a bar …
    A quick couple of points about some typically nutty stories provided by everyone's favourite comic puchlines - the Conservative and Act Parties....
    Pundit | 31-07
  • Our Work and Wages policy
    I want New Zealand to be the fairest, most decent, society in the world. To get there we need to grow the economy. But we also need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead. That’s because...
    Labour campaign | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill today 31 July 2014 reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Purge! Trotter vs Quin vs Labour
    In the last couple of days there have been two columns looking beyond the election to, in the eyes of the authors, the inevitable internecine Labour blood-sports that follow. Each has a purge to propose. Phil Quin thinks Labour is...
    Polity | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey. Tertiary education is full of...
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-07
  • Fiji: The law means nothing II
    Last month, we saw how Fiji's electoral law works in practice, when the supervisor of elections was instructed to register dictator Voreqe Bainimarama's "Fiji First" party despite the name being similar to that of the wound-up One Fiji - an...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Unbelievable
    Why didn't Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully act sooner in the Malaysian diplomat case? Because he couldn't be arsed reading his email:DAVID SHEARER (Labour - Mt Albert) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did his office receive an email at...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • The last day
    Today is the last day of Parliament for the term. After spending the morning on non-controversial legislation - including apparently the anti-slave-fishing bill - the House will have its last Question Time and then an adjournment debate. And then they'll...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Traffic still at 2007 levels
    Gerry Brownlee’s media release yesterday trumpeted up traffic levels in 2013 surpassing those in 2012 – apparently this is a sign of New Zealand’s economic recovery that we’re driving a bit more. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says increases in vehicle...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Oily pigs at the trough
    We all know that National MP Simon Bridges is a lackey for the oil and gas industry. But what wasn't readily apparent is just how much taxpayer's money the Energy and Resources Minister is willing to throw at his oil...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • World News Brief, Thursday July 31
    Top of the AgendaRussia Reacts to New U.S., EU Sanctions...
    Pundit | 30-07
  • God Save The People!
    THE WORDS to When Wilt Thou Save The People? were written in 1827 by the "Corn Law Rhymer", Ebenezer Elliott. The refrain, "God Save the People!", is, of course, the radical working-class agitator's rejoinder to "God Save the King!"Elliott's song became the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Why ACT always needs to play the race card
    During the 2011 election Don Brash was leader of the ACT Party, and he did something really stupid and crazy, but also rather admirable: Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has...
    DimPost | 30-07
  • Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
    In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected...
    Open Parachute | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution.
    Challenging The Conventional Wisdom: The Labour Right believes the party can only succeed by conforming to the prevailing political and socioeconomic orthodoxy; the Labour Left understands that the whole point of the party is to challenge and change it.PHIL QUIN writes a...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Who wins the Education Debate ?: UMR and Herald-Digi Polls on Quality Teach...
    Herald-DigiPollThe Herald have just released further results from a Herald-DigiPoll (part of their Mid July political poll), which finds that "New Zealanders would rather money was spent on improving teaching standards" - ostensibly National's position - "than on reducing class...
    Sub zero politics | 30-07
  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher
    Earlier this week, Act Party leader Jamie Whyte notified the world that he had delivered a speech entitled Race has no place in the law and, it seemed, sat back in anticipation of plaudits for his tremendous argument.Sadly, the next...
    Public Address | 30-07
  • Policymaking in a hyperglobalised world
    Speech to a conference of the Industry Training Federation and Polytechnics, 31 July 2014 First, some context. We are living through a turbulent decade. One element is the coming of age of a disruptive technology, digital technology, which is turning...
    Colin James | 30-07
  • Scientists criticise National Science Challenges
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 25 Radio New Zealand has used an official information request to expose serious unrest among scientists this week over the way the government is handling its NationalScienceChallenges project. The...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • League tables due out this week
    The TertiaryEducation Commission will publish 2013 educational performance indicators (EPIs) this week. The information ranks universities, polytechnics and wānanga institutions on their performance against the criteria, and inevitably morphs into league tables. However, TEU...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Joyce monitoring, not acting, on loan cuts
    The tertiary education minister Steven Joyce dodged a question last week about whether he would exempt medical students from the seven-year limit on student loans. Answering a written parliamentary question from Green MP Holly...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Whanganui prisoners want automotive course back
    Prisoners who want to study at UCOL are the subject of a fierce debate between TEU’s UCOL branch president Tina Smith and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows. Chester Borrows told the Wanganui Chronicle last week that...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Fascinating chart on global income change
    Last year Joseph Stiglitz, Prof James K Galbraith, and Branko Milanovic presented a paper that included the following graph, which set the economics world all a-twitter: It shows the change in income around the world in roughly the first 20...
    Polity | 30-07
  • Nurses celebrate partial victory for new grads
    Nurses celebrated yesterday when they learned their 7000 signature petition had helped pressure the government into funding a further 200 more positions in the nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Adjournment Speech
    Speech – Mana Party Itd be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global...
    Its our future | 30-07
  • Development opportunities after CRL: Will Newton become a second Newmarket?
    A couple of weeks ago Auckland Council quietly released a new version of its Capacity for Growth Study. The CFG study is an important and interesting document – it models the potential for future residential and business development under current...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance
    This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novopay debacle exemplifies all of these well.When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Initially the Government blamed Labour because they...
    Local Bodies | 30-07
  • Labour’s living wage announcement welcome news for public servants
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Novopay debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house. Glenn Barclay, PSA...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Israel celebrates killing of children
    As the Israeli bombardment and occupation of Gaza intensifies with Unicef estimating that 230 Palestinian children have been killed to date, the international response to numerous Israeli war crimes appears to be floundering. Although an investigation will be conducted, without...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • A video has emerged showing far-right Israeli protesters celebrating the death of children in Gaza in Tel Aviv this weekend.The protesters, who were picketing a much larger anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night, can be seen...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • Novopay triumph for government
    Today the National government announced the future plans for the troubled education payroll system Novopay. The system has had a rough ride since it was implemented almost two years ago. At parliament today the Cabinet Minister for Fixing Up Really Bad...
    My Thinks | 30-07
  • Stuart’s 100 #3: Plane Tree Avenues
    Stuart Houghton’s 100 ideas for Auckland continues 3: Plane Tree Avenues Franklin Road, with its historic plane trees, is one of the most loved streets in Auckland. What if plane tree avenues defined all the major city fringe streets? This...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Too Much some recent articles on Inequality
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    Closing the Gap | 30-07
  • From truffle to light crude; oil doesn’t come cheap
    The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-07
  • Submit on the Draft Parking Discussion Document
    Auckland Transport have had their Draft Parking Discussion Document (2mb file) out for consultation over the last couple of months, but this closes at midnight on Thursday. This covers the full range of parking issues around the city, including on-street, off-street and park...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Reaching out to voters
    This is going to be the biggest grassroots campaign we’ve ever run. A couple of weeks ago I shared some of the stats from our voter outreach programme with the media. It’s campaign activity that’s often hidden from view, but...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Scrapped
    Wellington City Council has scrapped its "alternative giving" campaign. Good. As the article notes, the campaign was an expensive failure, with $40,000 spent to raise just $3,500 for the homeless. But despite that, its architects are still trying to pretend...
    No Right Turn | 30-07
  • Following in illustrious footsteps
    Gaylene Nepia is campaign manager for both the national Māori campaign and for her brother Adrian Rurawhe - Labour’s candidate for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate. Mr Rurawhe and Mrs Nepia are great grandchildren of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, founder of the...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Nick Smith hides shameful vacant house numbers
    Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford has lodged an official complaint against Housing Minister Nick Smith with Parliament’s Speaker for refusing to release data on the number of vacant state houses around the country. “Nick Smith is clearly embarrassed by the...
    Labour | 31-07
  • GC Star supports Beyer +video
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer. In a short video clip, Waititi announces that he supports “the iconic and the wonderful” Beyer in her bid for New Zealand’s...
    Mana | 31-07
  • Mana supports the Silent Leaders Challenge
    “Tomorrow I will be participating in a challenge to break the silence about hearing loss”, said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “I’m doing it to feel what it is that those who are hearing-impaired face every day”...
    Mana | 31-07
  • ADJOURNMENT SPEECH – MP Hone Harawira
    It’d be nice to be able to say that for all the differences between us and this National government and its coalition partners, the last three years had seen our country come out of the Global Financial Crisis with a...
    Mana | 31-07
  • Evidence refutes doomsday wages predictions
    Minister of Labour Simon Bridges should cut the tired old rhetoric about rises in the minimum wage causing job losses and understand New Zealand has a serious problem with low wages and working poverty that needs to be addressed, Labour’s...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all
    Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers...
    Labour | 31-07
  • McCully’s excuses in tatters
    New evidence has emerged today that shows Mr McCully’s excuses for not knowing about the Malaysian diplomat case don’t stack up, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “Mr McCully said he had received no information about the Malaysian diplomat...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Poisons Centre 50 years; celebration or wake?
    The Government’s plan to roll a number of helpline services together looks set to proceed with disastrous consequences, Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark says.  Latest reports suggest Australian company Medibank is the most likely provider....
    Labour | 31-07
  • Green Party statement on passing of FCV legislation
    The Green Party congratulates all parties in Parliament for supporting the completion of the Foreign Chartered Vessel legislation.Legislation passed today ensuring the end of a shameful era of human rights abuses under successive governments and several fishing companies."Human rights and...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Govt must condemn Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza
    The New Zealand Government must condemn Israel for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that continues to inflict massive civilian casualties, the Green Party said today.At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Veterans short-changed by new Act
    National Government reasons for rejecting a recommendation by the Law Commission to give veterans a payment to cover funeral expenses don’t stack up, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff. The Veterans’ Support Bill passed its Third Reading in Parliament...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Labour will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence
    A Labour Government will set up Centres of Vocational Excellence to boost training and innovation in industries that are vital to our economy and our regions, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics play a...
    Labour | 31-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Health Minister Tony Ryall has just announced the...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand waters before the end of the Parliamentary term, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Ae Marika! 29 July 2014
    It wasn’t till I read John Armstrong’s column in the NZ Herald last week that I realised what a huge impact the Internet MANA tour has had, but the reality is that we achieved what no other political party has...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Eight children were killed in Gaza last night, they were playing in an...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools - the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today."Today's announcement that the National Government...
    Greens | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “That will put around...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    Labour | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down for the second month...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches.The key policy points in...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour
    I was a damningly critical voice over Dame Susan Devoy’s appointment as the Race Relations Commissioner, but her righteous condemnation of Jamie Whyte’s farcical statement that Maori somehow have the same legal privilege of 17th Century French Aristocracy is such a courageous stance...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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