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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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    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • New Fisk
    A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Labour’s manufacturing plan
    David Cunliffe has launched Labour's policy to get more manufacturing jobs back in New Zealand: Labour leader David Cunliffe launched the policy to an Auckland business audience this morning, adding the depreciation and procurement policies to the known suite of...
    Polity | 17-04
  • Easter PT shutdown
    It’s Easter weekend and that invariably means the rail network is shut down for works. Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed for Easter and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break....
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Another perspective on the postgraduate allowance cuts
    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Gordon Campbell on drone strikes and Judith Collins‘ last stand
    Reportedly, US drone operators refer to their kills as “bug splat” – mainly because when the carnage is viewed on their screens thousands of kilometres away at home, it looks like an insect strike on a windscreen. The name has...
    Gordon Campbell | 16-04
  • Revealed: Steven Joyce’s select committee submission
    Dear Education Select Committee, Well, there are less than two weeks for people to get their submissions in to you on my proposals to remove staff and students from university and wānanga councils. You...
    TEU | 16-04
  • World News Brief, Thursday April 17
    Top of the AgendaTensions Rise in Ukraine’s East Ahead of Talks...
    Pundit | 16-04
  • Northern Europe looks to end fixed-term agreements for academics
    Long strings of fixed term employment agreements are not just a problem here in New Zealand but Sweden too, according to Education International. But the Swedish Association of University Teachers (SULF) has a plan to solve this. It is turning...
    TEU | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Date of Release: Thursday, April 17, 2014Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today.The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company, Christchurch Yarns, go into...
    First Union Media | 16-04
  • Collins: More contemptible lying
    Yesterday, Judith Collins treated New Zealand's media and people as if we were all complete fools. Here is what she said (via this morning's Herald): Ms Collins said she was unaware Oravida was having any problems getting its products into...
    Polity | 16-04
  • The Downside of Park and Ride
    Flicking back through older Atlantic Cities posts led to one from last year about Park and Ride catching my eye. It’s a fairly well reasoned cautionary tale which highlights the pitfalls and potential perverse outcomes from something that would appear...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, ...
    This is a guest post from Narahani.   Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative...
    Skeptical Science | 16-04
  • Submission
    Below is my draft submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill. I'm primarily interested in the freedom of information issues; I expect other groups to be focused on the reporting itself. I support the aims of the Environmental Reporting Bill of...
    No Right Turn | 16-04
  • Government’s ‘rock star economy’ throws hospital staff ou...
    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star...
    PSA | 16-04
  • Lip service: it’s all climate action ever gets from Key & Co
    As expected, the New Zealand government’s response to the IPCC’s Working Group 3 report on mitigating climate change pays lip service to the science, while maintaining that NZ is doing all that can be expected. Climate change minister Tim Groser’s...
    Hot Topic | 16-04
  • Progress of FCV “slave ships” Bill is good news – but much work remai...
    The Maritime Union of New Zealand says the progress of the “slave ships” Bill in the New Zealand Parliament is good news – but much work remains to be done....
    MUNZ | 16-04
  • Judith Collins’ reputation dependent on Slater’s scandals
    Judith Collins' reputation as the possible next leader of the National party is in shreds. Her reputation as a minister of the crown in the Key owned National party caucus is in tatters. A resignation is the only honorable thing...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 16-04
  • Photo of the Day: Red III
    Learning Your Stripes, 2013, Regan Gentry, Papatoetoe. Commissioned by Auckland Council aer  ...
    Transport Blog | 16-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
    On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
    The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
    Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke Hugh Pavletich Performance Urban Planning Christchurch New Zealand 16 April 2014 The Housing Accord entered in to today between the Government and the Christchurch City Council, can only be described as a joke. Christchurch...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
    Infographic from Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2013 A Global View Of Giving Trends (click to see full size version)...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
    “There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
    In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Whitebait partners look for solutions
    Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
    The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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