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Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, February 1st, 2013 - 56 comments
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Greetings and Happy New Year.

We have a big year ahead of us. We will be holding the Government to account and standing up for the hard working Kiwis that this Government has forgotten. But we also need to show New Zealanders there is a better way. There is a Labour way.

That’s why we’ll be concentrating our efforts on creating jobs, building affordable housing, standing up for children in hardship, ensuring New Zealand’s education is the world’s best, diversifying our economy and rebuilding Christchurch. These are the areas that will make a difference.

One thing is for sure, the global economic landscape has changed as a result of the financial crisis. It’s not just a blip.

The world has changed, but National hasn’t. We need fresh thinking and new ideas.

That was what I talked about in my opening speech at Parliament yesterday.

We need a hands-on active Government that is ready to get stuck in and make a real difference to people’s lives.

In my first speech of the year at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club on Sunday I set out how we can make that happen.

But I can’t do it alone. I need your help to get there. I want to hear your hopes for this country and your ideas on how we can get there. Because ultimately, this is about how we – together – can build a country we all have a stake in.

I’m looking forward to getting out across the country this year and will see you for a chat soon.

Thanks,
David Shearer
Leader of the Labour Party

56 comments on “Shearer Says”

  1. Naki nark 1

    Mr Shearer this is February not Happy New Year. [This was sent out on 30 Jan, I missed it until now – r0b]

    You have said nothing AGAIN! Nothing that Donkey would not say.

    Please put Labour instead of your ego first.

    • McFlock 1.1

      or you could read/watch either of the speeches he linked to rather than Mrs Meecham’s guide to when it is appropriate etiquette to stop wishing people a happy new year.

  2. AmaKiwi 2

    “I want to hear your hopes for this country and your ideas on how we can get there.”

    My hope is for an open leadership contest because it will:

    1. Let the market place of public opinion decide who is the best candidate to beat National;

    2. Generate invaluable media coverage for Labour;

    3. Attract new members as the road show debate goes around the country;

    4. Show the caucus’s confidence in the members to make decisions;

    5. Heal the chasm between the caucus and many of the members;

    6. (I pray) convince the caucus we care about winning the election, not about caucus factionalism.

    7. If the winner of the contest has any political sense, he or she will make the runner-up their deputy, thereby further unifying the party.

    A year of primary contests between Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton did all this for the Democrats and won them the White House.

  3. DJ 3

    I call bullshit on this cliche’d speech.

    “We will be holding the Government to account and standing up for the hard working Kiwis that this Government has forgotten.”

    How? What do you call hard working?

  4. Rhinocrates 4

    Oh fuck, not this again.

    “Holding the government to account” even appears in the first line past the fake greeting.

    Oh, and the “working Kiwis”, dog-whistling “not those beneficiary scum” AGAIN.

    We need fresh thinking and new ideas.

    That was what I talked about in my opening speech at Parliament yesterday.

    Yes, you talked about it fuckwit. I notice that you do that a lot.

    I want to hear your hopes for this country

    You’ve been hearing about them for a long, long time now, but you’re still not listening. Perhaps it would get through to you if I used Morse Code and my size 10 Blundstones?

    hands-on active

    Groan…

    Jesus, this wouldn’t pass the Turing Test.

    and will see you for a chat soon.

    Indeed, Vicar, and don’t mind the bitter almonds flavour in your tea.

  5. fatty 5

    I’m looking forward to getting out across the country this year and will see you for a chat soon.

    Nice one bro. I’m in the east of Chch…you know, that area that you don’t appear to give a shit about.
    I look forward to this chat, but I have to warn you, if you use the word rebuild in front of me I will probably stick a screwdriver through my left eye. Also, bring your guitar so we can have a singalong about you like putting your hands on stuff.

    • Rhinocrates 5.1

      probably stick a screwdriver through my left eye.

      While I fully understand the “make it stop” impulse, I do suggest that you’ve chosen the wrong eye and even the wrong head.

  6. just saying 6

    Dear Mr Shearer,

    I hope that the Labour leadership will stop trying to appeal to basest tendencies of the electorate by dog-whistling hatred towards adults who are not in paid employment. I note you have you have again chosen to do this in your newsletter. It is nasty, it is dangerous, and it contravenes the stated principles of the party.

    I hope that Labour will formulate policies that benefit the working poor to attract their votes instead.

    yours sincerely,
    just saying.

  7. Mr Shearer there are 170.000 + non hard working kiwi’s,thrown out of jobs,why not
    have a heart for them,why only focus on the section of the community that you find
    acceptable, there are also those who cannot work for health reasons,why not try and
    make their lives brighter and tilt your hat towards them.
    Mr Shearer your caucus has proved over and over that you have not held the Nact’s
    to account at all,there are many,many failings by the nacts and yet Labour are still
    31.5%, the housing kiwibuild policy only helps those who are already cash rich,there
    is no mention at all how labour will help those on low incomes or low benefits.
    There is also the concern by myself and others that our democratic rights have been
    stripped away in regard to allowing a vote on the leadership issue, to demand your
    mp’s vote for you in a ‘secret’ ballot and to demand they tell you they would support you,
    is not in the spirit of democracy,neither is denying members and affiliates a vote on the
    leadership issue,which is one of the reasons Labour is failing to get any bounce in the polls.
    ‘Think of not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’.
    ps: Can’t remember what American used that phrase, but apt here.

    • Rhinocrates 7.1

      Think of not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country

      JFK

      You make a very good point – Kennedy addressed it to common American citizens, but it should be thrown back at leaders (and “ashpirashnul” leaders) too.

      • Thanks for that Rhinocrates, yes, JFK one of america’s great politicians.

      • xtasy 7.1.2

        AND as I commented only a couple of days ago: Only ONE in Labour is able to hold charismatic speeches of the kind that JFK was in his day and age known for. His name is DAVID (NOT Shearer – but) CUNLIFFE!

      • CV - Real Labour 7.1.3

        Mr Shearer your caucus has proved over and over that you have not held the Nact’s to account at all,there are many,many failings by the nacts and yet Labour are still 31.5%

        Relax everyone. Although I didn’t realise it at first, I’ve been advised by many people on the other thread that 31.5% is actually a good, respectable, solid number. As such we can be confident that everything is on the right track.

        Just thought that I would share that bit of info with all you guys so you can all have a good weekend without worry :)

        • fenderviper 7.1.3.1

          Thanks to my son and his fondness for Harry Potter movies:

          Hermione Granger: “Just relax, it’s Devels Snare, if you don’t relax it will just kill you faster!”

          Ron Weasley: “Oh great now I can relax”

  8. One Tāne Huna 8

    Dear Mr. Shearer,

    I think it’s lovely that your brains trust has finally recognised that you need our help. Now get the fuck out of the way and let us clean up your mess.

    Thirty one percent is a fail; resign, move on.

    Yours sincerely,

    OAB.

    • David H 8.1

      He can do what the fuck he likes. (Resigning would be preferable) I WON’T vote for him.

  9. xtasy 9

    “But I can’t do it alone. I need your help to get there. I want to hear your hopes for this country and your ideas on how we can get there.”

    Hey, poke a pin in my arm, please. Step on my toe please. This is not real, is it???

    This must be some kind of bad dream again.

    Anybody in the Labour leadership, who wants to hear what the people out here think, would just need to spend a bit of time every day to read the various stories and comments on this website and forum.

    There is a major disconnect!!! I hear, read and see nothing but DISCONNECTION.

    Step down Shearer, you have until Monday to save a sinking ship. I hope you learned paddling a little life raft while you were up north last holidays. Or you may sink with the whole ship soon.

  10. bad12 10

    Dear Dave, it’s a month into the New Year and the Christmas overspend has seen me really short, you know how it is kids looking at you expectantly and all that,

    I am outta Mango-skins big time and if there’s any old bread lying round after that Christmas barbecue you fella’s had do you think you could maybe give a couple of slices a squirt of sauce and send them my way,

    Yours (up),

    A Sickness Bene…

  11. xtasy 11

    Dear David “hollow” Words Shearer —

    Where do you stand on these topics and issues?

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2013/01/11/new-zealand-british-style-work-tests-concern-tests-were-developed-by-disability-expert-prof-sir-mansel-aylward/

    http://www.politicus.org.uk/news/new-zealand-%E2%80%98britishstyle-work-tests-concern%E2%80%99-tests-were-developed-by-disability-%E2%80%98expert%E2%80%99-prof-sir-mansel-aylward_1833

    And the author of these “presentations”, comparing benefit dependence to drug dependence, was put into his job as Principal Health Advisor for MSD and WiNZ by the last Labour government in 2007:

    http://www.politicus.org.uk/news/new-zealand-%E2%80%98britishstyle-work-tests-concern%E2%80%99-tests-were-developed-by-disability-%E2%80%98expert%E2%80%99-prof-sir-mansel-aylward_1833

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/2012/Fri_DaVinci_1400_Bratt_Medical%20Certificates%20are%20Clinical%20Instruments%20too%20-%20June%202012.pdf

    (see pages 3, 16 and 33 of the latter “presentation” for that “advisor’s” likening of beneficiaries to drug addicts!)

    Your comments and ideas on all this would be most welcome, dear David. We have been waiting for a year now!

  12. Jackal 12

    On another thread, CV UnReal Labour asks:

    Whose [being] despondent?

    I reference nearly every comment above, and would be hard pressed to find any other thread on The Standard that’s so negative and full of people who are obviously despondent.

    Shearer offers a happy New Year in his first newsletter for 2013, and is spat on.

    Shearer says Labour will be holding the NactUF to account, and this is met with howls that Labour hasn’t held Act to account at all. Anybody who bothers to watch Parliament TV or receives Labours press releases knows that to be untrue.

    Shearer says Labour will be standing up for the hard working Kiwis that this Government has forgotten, and this is met with more accusations that Shearer is a beneficiary basher.

    Shearer says he wants to hear people’s hopes for this country, and this is met with cries for him to resign. Nobody bothers to spell out what their hopes for New Zealand are… Have your despondencies extinguished all your hopes or something?

    Shearer says he’s looking forward to getting out across the country this year to meet and talk with people, and receives threats of a screwdriver in the eye and poisoned tea.

    The illegality of such comments aside, they’re entirely uncalled for and you guys have obviously completely lost it.

    However despite your negative bullshit, here goes…

    One of my hopes for New Zealand is that there’s an early election… With the left now having the numbers to form a centre-left government, and Labour, NZ First, the Greens and Mana already showing they can work together, I’m hopeful that a progressive and constructive coalition government will be formed to undo some of the damage the neoliberal agenda has caused.

    I’m also hopeful that the Greens and Labours complementary housing policies are fully implemented, there’s a huge shift towards a clean and green economy, and that the living standards of those living in poverty are improved through better welfare systems and more employment. Higher wages and better conditions wouldn’t go amiss either.

    Perhaps I’m being too optimistic, but I also hope that the left wing can learn to work more constructively together to ensure the best results are attained. In fact I also hope that the right wing start to realize what’s best for New Zealand as well, and put their personal investments and self interests aside to start doing the right thing for the entire country.

    So basically I’m hoping for more enlightenment and co-operation… But considering the previous ignorant comments on this thread, maybe I’m hoping for too much?

    • rosy 12.1

      I’m also hopeful that the Greens and Labours complementary housing policies are fully implemented, there’s a huge shift towards a clean and green economy, and that the living standards of those living in poverty are improved through better welfare systems and more employment. Higher wages and better conditions wouldn’t go amiss either.

      This is not going to happen under a Labour government that is pandering to the middle class. Either it’s going to be elected and turn it’s back on everything Shearer has said, or it’s going to continue the middle road, safe (politically) course.

      If it’s the first you’ll get your hopes fulfilled, but where’s the honour, trust and truth in that – or the 2 term endorsement from people who have been lied to? If it’s the 2nd we carry on in the same direction, but not quite as quickly. I’m sure, as a doubter, I’d feel much better if I knew what David Shearer actually believed in.

      Power just for the sake of it is not worth the effort in my book. Power for genuine belief in a fair and just society is. I realise it doesn’t bother you too much as a Green supporter – you’re after a place in government on the back of safe Labour and you’re not keen on Labour heading back to similar political space that Labour needs to occupy to be true to the principles it supposedly espouses.

      But it does bother me. I’m a Labour supporter, not a Greens supporter. I could head toward the Greens, but the attitude of winning power by denying principles that you’re comfortable with Labour doing could lead to a National/Green coalition (depending on which leader prevails) and it leaves me cold. The trouble is that leaves me with a Labour party promising to be National-Lite.

    • @ Jackal, there are none so blind as those who cannot see.

      • wobble 12.2.1

        Good call VV.

        Jackal – I find it sad that you attack commentators here for their clearly held belief in the failure of Shearer’s leadership. Yet you dogmatically defend everything Shearer does.

        And if 31% isn’t rational scientific evidence of failure, then what do you define failure as?

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          Well, it’s actually 31.5%. Please note, that last 0.5% is important in situations like this, please do not omit it, every decimal place counts at the moment.

          • Anne 12.2.1.1.1

            Rumour has it that it was actually 31.7%, but they rounded it off to 31.5. I reckon Jackal should email Morgan with a complaint.

    • fatty 12.3

      Shearer says he’s looking forward to getting out across the country this year to meet and talk with people, and receives threats of a screwdriver in the eye and poisoned tea.

      Was that me? I made it clear I was planning to put a screwdriver through my own eye, not Shearer’s eye, and only if he used the word rebuild.
      Get down off your high donkey Jackal, you can’t read from up there

      • fenderviper 12.3.1

        +1

        Read it again Jackal, it clearly says a skyscraper full of flies.

        As for the poisoned tea, I thought Rhinocrates was meaning it was made with some dodgy cream of the body temperature variety.

    • AmaKiwi 12.4

      @ Jackal. I don’t see my comment (2 above) as negative.

      I am convinced an open leadership contest to which the press and public are invited would do wonders for the Labour Party. It will be a huge news event and keep the media spotlight on Labour for a month or more. It’s publicity we couldn’t buy for a million backs.

    • Jenny 12.5

      This truly is good news. And thanks to Jackal for bring it up.

      NZ First, the Greens and Mana already showing they can work together

      Jackal

      I presume Jackal is referring to the work all three parties have have contributed towards the parliamentary crisis in manufacturing.

      Great work by all three parties. working together, they have achieved more than either of these parties on their own could have done in forcing this issue back into the public arena in the face of John Key’s vehement denial that there even is a crisis.

      Now if only all three parties could get together for a parliamentary enquiry into climate change.

      Because it is this sort of broad consensus that will be needed in this fight as well.

      • Jenny 12.5.1

        More good news.

        I have been talking to senior New Zealand First activists. They also are becoming personally convinced of the reality and dangers of climate change. This was from a previously held conservative opinion, that climate change was not an issue.

        However Now the bad news.

        David Shearer the leader of the biggest opposition party, and probable next Prime Minister is an open ignorer of climate change. Not mentioning it once in his listing of where Labour will be “concentrating our efforts“.

        …..we’ll be concentrating our efforts on creating jobs, building affordable housing, standing up for children in hardship, ensuring New Zealand’s education is the world’s best, diversifying our economy and rebuilding Christchurch. These are the areas that will make a difference.

        David Shearer

        I would like to tell David Shearer and all politicians that these areas you mentioned, will not make any difference, if you continue to ignore climate change.

        As Naomi Kleine says climate change has the power to undue all your past victories and current campaigns.

        • Jenny 12.5.1.1

          ….Climate change has the ability to undo your historic victories and crush your present struggles. So it’s time to come together, for real, and fight to preserve and extend what you care most about — which means engaging in the climate fight, really engaging, as if your life and your life’s work, even life itself, depended on it. Because they do.

          Naomi Kleine “I’d Rather Fight Like Hell”

          To all the four opposition political parties; Labour, New Zealand First, Greens, Mana I would like to amplify Naomi Kleines call, that it’s time to come together, for real, and fight to preserve and extend what you care about most.

          This means engaging in the climate fight, really engaging as if your life and your all your life’s work depend on it.

          To this end, I think that the great work that these four parties have shown over the crisis in manufacturing, should not be a one off. But should be continued and extended. I would like to ask all four parties to consider holding another parliamentary enquiry some time in the coming two years, this time, into the crisis in the climate.

          Even more than the crisis in manufacturing which is being ignored by John Key and his government, the Key government is even weaker and more vulnerable in their record of complete lack of action and backtracking over the crisis in the climate.

          Just as they did for the ‘Parliamentary Inquiry into the Crisis in Manufacturing’, National will again refuse to attend. Which will further weaken and expose them in the eyes of the voting public. Such an enquiry as well as exposing this government’s lack of concern on the climate, would also be complementary to, and extend the work of, the current all party Parliamentary Enquiry into Manufacturing, by helping identify where many of the future jobs in manufacturing will come from in this, the 21st Century.

  13. Tiresias 13

    “One thing is for sure, the global economic landscape has changed as a result of the financial crisis. It’s not just a blip.” – David Shearer.

    Looks like the same old global economic landscape to me. Sure the US tax-payers have had to bail-out the Too-Big-To-Fail-However-Badly-They-Screw-Up-Banks but they’re still lending into the recovering property bubble rather than business and paying obscene bonuses to themseves, the Euro is still tottering as it has been for four years but the few Greeks, Spaniards and Italians still working are hanging on in there being screwed into the ground while pensions, welfare and public spending on schools and hospitals are being slashed to repay their Government’s debts to German Banks, the Chairman of now-publicly-owned Barclays in the UK is expecting a million pound bonus for papering over his bank’s screw ups while all the other major UK Banks are getting wet bus-ticket fines for screwing over their customers with unnecessary insurance, miss-sold credit-swaps and fiddling the LIBOR rate, and of course paying their directors and executives obscene bonuses for all the extra work involved in sweeping it under the carpet, but everything is well on track to smooth over this little blip which, let’s face it, only crashed a few tens of thousands of those irritatingly small businesses who used to compete with the big boys, and put a few million peasants out of work.

    Do I hear from you – or anywhere at the political level – any serious reconsideration of Modern Monetary Theory? Do you hear any politican questioning the wisdom of fractional reserve banking? Has anyone suggested we change the global economic landscape by asking why a Government with sovereign power to issue its own currency should have to go cap in hand to foreign banks and borrow money at whatever rate those banks decides reflects the ‘risk’? Do you really believe that anyone with more than three functioning brain cells believes that if you were to get access to the Treasury benches you would do anything more than tinker with a few insignificant architectural aspects of even New Zealand’s economic landscape with a few tweaks to the tax rates and few million dollars moved from porrk-barrel A to pork-barrel B. Do you think you could do anything more to the global economic landscape even if you wanted to?

  14. Rhinocrates 14

    The illegality of such comments

    Jekyll, you really, really do need to understand the definitions of words it seems. Otherwise you sauce micturation might be taken as a palindrome! For cytoplasm’s sake!

    Shearer says Labour will be holding the NactUF to account

    Sorry, but waving a stick around and declaring, “Behold, I have slain the dragon” does not mean that one has actually slain the dragon. The dragon has to be seen to be dead – it rather helps one’s credibility. If it is lying down, not breathing and there is a sword sticking out of it, blood is leaking all over the place, the princess is safe and so on, then that’s even better.

    “A hack in my department sent out a press release saying that the dragon is naughty” is not enough.

    One of my hopes

    I hope for bunnies and ice cream. So what?

    Aah-choo! Cough!

    • David H 14.1

      Yep could be down right embarrassing to find out you had only stunned, and mildly wounded, and pissed off said beast, as it wakes up, and fries your ass!

  15. QoT 15

    So, where are my fucking royalties?

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    That’s why we’ll be concentrating our efforts on creating jobs,

    When will these twerps wake up to the fact that it’s jobs that’s the problem but the misallocation caused by capitalism?

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      When will these twerps wake up to the fact that it’s not jobs that’s the problem but the misallocation caused by capitalism?

      Missed out a word.

      • blue leopard 16.1.1

        @ DT Bastard
        I didn’t even notice your missing word, yet got the sense right anyway(!) Are you meaning misallocation of capital?

        Answer: When the twerps that that are advising & lobbying them start to get real and engage with the rest of humanity and realise that their own self-interest really isn’t going to make the world go round in quite the way they were brain-washed to believe; that non of us live in a bubble, we all survive through co-operation and rampant individualism is the biggest farce ever sold to humans.

        **love the word twerps thanx, haven’t heard it for ages…very appropriate**

      • Rogue Trooper 16.1.2

        now that’s twinning if you check the times, i was still having a cuppa Looking Out My Back Door, do do do looking out my back door

  17. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 17

    Jackal at 12

    I’m also hopeful that the Greens and Labours complementary housing policies are fully implemented, there’s a huge shift towards a clean and green economy, and that the living standards of those living in poverty are improved through better welfare systems and more employment. Higher wages and better conditions wouldn’t go amiss either.

    Perhaps I’m being too optimistic

    Correct Jackal.

  18. Fortran 18

    Having considered opinion poll positions over the last 12 months it is apparent that the Greens are Winners.
    Am I unusual in that I, like most people, like to vote for Winners ?
    I am still hoping the Labour this year will come out as Winners, as the thought of the Greens coming out on top again this year causes me concern, as I do not believe that they can be trusted – all rhetoric with no substance – but currently winning the MSM over continuously.

  19. jim 19

    I remember Mike Moore when chancing his chances at the general election.His pleading and i mean pleading cry was “give us a go”like a man possessed to the point of mental breakdown.A sad sight.

    David Shearer is not quite to that point of desperation but not too far off.And that is also sad,not for the centrists of the Party,but for the left,who!s life long understanding, belief and steadfast support of Labour !s socialist caring founding was all about, to be sneered at by centrist usurpation.

  20. Ad 20

    His priorities are:

    – Jobs
    – Housing
    – Children
    – Education
    – Economy
    – Christchurch

    So far we have seen: – housing policy.
    National are well on the way to negating that, because of poor policy preparation from Labour that forgot to define its terms and set the discourse.

    I don’t mind if Jackal invokes us all to be more positive. Good on Jackal.

    If only Shearer could use the standard rhetorical ploy of calling for unity among the progressives.
    It’s actually not about Labour. It really is about New Zealand.

    But of those six areas, we have seen one launched. Boldly to start with but more querelously as the debate ranges, spreads and breaks up through lack of focus.

    Shearer has five policy launches to go this year, if he is to make a difference in the polls.
    But Jackal, I will be more positive with results. Policy launch one: functionally Zero result according to popular opinion.

    I am not waiting around like we all did for Goff.

    No more waiting for the Great Tiny Step Forward.

    I want leadership change to launch those next five policy areas without more stupid mistakes.

  21. Rogue Trooper 21

    JHCEEC JHCEEC So if you’re gonna take a message ‘cross the floor, Maybe put it down somewhere over the other side? I can’t take this tail, oh no more, yet I guarantee you that it aint your day, your day, it aint your day. (Big Leap of Faith said the Big Friendly Giant; and everything will be peachy)

    -James

  22. xtasy 22

    I am so desperately waiting for the eventual post headline: “Shearer once said”, or “Shearer used to say”. That is what I am waiting for, as this “says” business, while ignoring all comments, contributions, suggestions, ideas and all other kinds of posts, does not justify that idiot to even get quoted here.

    He asks for ideas, suggestions, contributions and support, and he ignores all that people here write and say.

    Is this for damned real?

    Help the man out of his misery, send him an email, resign David, you are a useless DICK!

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    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    5 hours ago
  • Surge in New Zealand’s broadband speeds
    Source: New Zealand Government – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Surge in New Zealand’s broadband speeds Latest international figures on broadband speeds have reported New Zealand’s average connection speeds have increased by almost 60 per cent in the past year, said Communications… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Politics
    5 hours ago
  • Spot the slightly uncomfortable looking Tory posh boy
    Who's just realised the people beside him might not have gone to Eton:Someone should have givben him a bacon sandwich to eat, that might have made him feel more relaxed. ...
    5 hours ago
  • Gun control: Water balloon edition
    How many water balloons does it take to stop a point-blank bullet from a .44 Magnum? We've all wondered for a while. Finally, an answer (the fun part starts around 1:55): Amazing, right? Everyone loves a little physics nerdery.… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    6 hours ago
  • Real changes must come from CYF review – Ardern
    Source: New Zealand Labour Party – Real changes must come from CYF review Labour MP, Jacinda Ardern. A well-overdue revamp of Child, Youth and Family cannot be just another cost cutting exercise, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Politics
    6 hours ago
  • The cost of GCSB spying
    What's the cost of the GCSB's mass-surveillance of the Pacific? "Fewer whistleblowers, more corruption, less stability", according to Public Address:Fewer whistleblowers, more corruption, less stability. That's the assessment of longtime Pacific journalist Jason Brown of the impact of the revelation… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 hours ago
  • Yet another external review the last thing CYF needs
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Minister Tolley’s announcement of a Paula Rebstock-led review into Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is the last thing needed by an organisation that has demonstrated it can assess and plan for its own needs. ...
    6 hours ago
  • VIDEO: ‘My daughter’s education is my duty,’ says Vanuatu cyclone fat...
    MIL OSI Analysis – Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch Ten-year-old Joana Bani tells her story at Black Sand near Vanuatu’s capital of Port Vila. Video: UNDP Pacific Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Item: 9189 Alice Clements PORT VILA (UNDP Pacific/Pacific… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    6 hours ago
  • WEST PAPUA: Media restrictions over simmering struggle 50 years on
    MIL OSI Analysis – Pacific Media Centre/Pacific Media Watch A rally in Jakarta for the Free Papua Movement. Image: CPJ/Reuters Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Item: 9190 Bob Dietz NEW YORK (Committee to Protect Journalists/ Pacific Media Watch): One of the… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    6 hours ago
  • $7.8m for new sustainable farming projects
    MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Press Release/Statement Headline: $7.8m for new sustainable farming projects 29 new projects have been approved for $7.8 million in new funding over four years through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF), Primary Industries… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    7 hours ago
  • MBIE takes enforcement action for dairy farm employment law breaches
    MIL OSI - Source: New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE – Press Release/Statement: Headline: MBIE takes enforcement action for dairy farm employment law breaches Enforcement action is being taken against 19 employers in the dairy industry for… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    7 hours ago
  • ACT Gets Twitchy – Leader Says National looks after everyone but taxpayer...
    MIL OSI – Source: ACT Party – National looks after everyone but taxpayers “National is parading its indexation of welfare payments while refusing to do the same with tax brackets,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Benefits were adjusted for inflation today.… ...
    Evening ReportBy MIL_Syndication
    7 hours ago
  • No good reason for secrecy
    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee recently returned from Iraq with an impunity agreement enabling the deployment of New Zealand troops. But he's refusing to release it:Labour has attacked the degree of secrecy about the preparation of a New Zealand troop deployment… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 hours ago
  • New Zealand First’s Succession Plan
    Last time I met a New Zealand First MP, I decided to ask him about New Zealand First’s succession plan. He replied “why would we need a succession plan? Winston Peters isn’t going anywhere” “Well, Winston Peters is not as… ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    7 hours ago
  • The importance of circulation workers in 21st century capitalism
    New Zealand disribution workers While the article below is about the United States, it is highly relevant to the New Zealand situation. by Joe Allen Amateurs study strategy, professionals study logistics,” US Army General Omar Bradley famously said. Bradley’s declaration was… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 hours ago
  • The cost of corporate tax cheating in Australia
    How much does corporate tax-cheating cost us? In Australia, A$25 billion a year - enough to eliminate two-thirds of the government budget deficit:Australia's biggest 900 companies claimed tax deductions and exemptions worth a total $25 billion last year – enough… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    8 hours ago
  • Union merger gives local government sector a stronger voice
    On 1 April 2015 the Southern Local Government Officers Union (SLGOU) and the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (PSA) merged. Already New Zealand’s largest union, the merger brings the PSA’s membership to nearly 62,000. ...
    8 hours ago
  • March ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, or get your stats wrong).… ...
    8 hours ago
  • the stone in Winston
    The Greens made a good choice in not standing a candidate in the Northland by-election but the win from Winston and NZF is not good news for them.I like the Green Party and I'd be happy if they were dominant… ...
    9 hours ago
  • Secret squirrel
    The New Zealand Herald reports: Labour has attacked the degree of secrecy about the preparation of a New Zealand troop deployment to Iraq. The ABC in Australia revealed yesterday that New Zealand troops had begun training with the Australian Defence… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    9 hours ago
  • A victory on freshwater
    Fresh water quality is one of the big environmental battlegrounds in New Zealand, with the government hellbent on destroying it for the profit of its cronies in the dairy sector, while the public understandably wants rivers which are safe to… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day. And the big question is what will the parties do in expectation of the shift in the balance of power when the Northland by-election results are finalised? Will they filibuster to prevent ballots or preserve… ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Midweek lunch break
    Sit back and relax to these soothing, beautiful Wrestlemania 31 gifs. Best. Entrance. Ever. Dean. Fucking. Ambrose. Ronda. Fucking. Rousey. Super. Ladder. Plex. RKO. Outta. Nowhere. ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    10 hours ago
  • No spy, no fly
    A really disturbing report out of the US: The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    11 hours ago
  • Will the Govt’s new HomeStarter scheme make it easier to buy a house?
    The Government is defending a new subsidy scheme for low and middle income couple who build a new home, but the Labour Party says it will add to the housing crisis. New Zealanders on the hunt for their first home… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Invercargill to become New Zealand’s Capital City
    At a specially called press conference this morning, Prime Minister John Key announced that Invercargill was to become New Zealand's new capital. The news was unexpected as there had been no awareness that moving the capital was even being considered.Key… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Not in my backyard!
    As we have written before on Transportblog, we think that choice in housing and transport markets is really important. In particular, Aucklanders need to be able to choose not to live in apartments. Therefore we must act now to ban… ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    11 hours ago
  • The Nashing Of Labour’s Teeth: Why Being Green Ain’t Getting An...
    Red In Tooth And Claw: Stuart Nash, winner of the provincial seat of Napier, clearly intends to build Labour's vote by savaging the Greens. IF THE GREENS want a glimpse of their future with Labour, then they should listen to… ...
    11 hours ago
  • Hard News: The other kind of phone tapping
    When I was a lad, we didn't have your fancy smartphones. We didn't have mobile phones at all, which meant there was much greater need for public payphones and they were consequently more numerous. The funny thing was, there was… ...
    12 hours ago
  • The Age of Sustainable Development
    It is profoundly depressing to hear pundits and politicians talking about the prospects for economic growth with no reference to either equity or environmental constraints. In the case of New Zealand a “rock star” economy can apparently develop accompanied by… ...
    Hot TopicBy Bryan Walker
    12 hours ago
  • Asbestos needs a ban and a plan – petition presented
    Workers have today presented a petition signed by over a thousand New Zealanders calling on the Government to ban the importation of asbestos and develop a comprehensive plan for the removal of all existing asbestos in New Zealand.  Photo:  … ...
    CTUBy andrew.chick
    12 hours ago
  • Genius from google
    PacMan on google maps. I'm guessing for today only. Complete genius. Sweet! Just click on the PacMan logo on the bottom left and you're off. The Courtenay Place end of Wellington is easier to play than the Parliament end.… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    13 hours ago
  • Hard News: The GCSB and the consequences of mass surveillance
    Fewer whistleblowers, more corruption, less stability.That's the assessment of longtime Pacific journalist Jason Brown of the impact of the revelation that the GCSB has been conducting "full take" collection of communications in Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands and other Pacific nations… ...
    13 hours ago
  • Paid Parental leave increases – but more work needed
    Workers are pleased that, from today, paid parental leave increases from 14 to 16 weeks, but unfortunately New Zealand is still well behind the support that other countries offer to new parents, the Council of Trade Unions said. Photo:  … ...
    CTUBy Huia.Welton
    13 hours ago
  • QOTD: snark vs smarm
    From the epic On Smarm by Tom Scocca at Gawker: Snark is often conflated with cynicism, which is a troublesome misreading. Snark may speak in cynical terms about a cynical world, but it is not cynicism itself. It is a theory of… ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    13 hours ago
  • Birkenhead Transport orders triple-articulated double decker bus
    Birkenhead Transport announced today that it is planning replace its entire fleet with a single triple-articulated double decker bus. The bus is 57m long and over 4m tall. The Walfisch 57 double decker triple-bendy bus. Owner, managing director and part… ...
    13 hours ago
  • The X Factor NZ: That summer feeling
    Improvements have been made, true contenders are emerging and Dominic Bowden only grows in power.   X Factor NZ judges Shelton Woolwright, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Stan Walker and Melanie Blatt. Photo: The X Factor NZ A good X… ...
    13 hours ago
  • MPs back animal testing ban
    From left, owner of Crumpet the Rabbit Greta-Mae McDowell, Green Party MP Mojo Mathers and #BeCrueltyFree campaigner Tara Jackson. MPs have unanimously supported a ban on animal testing in New Zealand for finished cosmetic products and their… ...
    14 hours ago
  • The other missing mode
    Here at TransportBlog, we often write about “missing modes“. Auckland is shamefully underprovided with alternatives to driving, and that’s the situation that led to us developing the Congestion Free Network. The CFN calls for investment in rail, bus and potentially… ...
    Transport BlogBy John Polkinghorne
    15 hours ago
  • Why are young people in Europe joining jihadist groups?
    by Kenan Malik First it was Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, three schoolgirls from Tower Hamlets who smuggled themselves to Syria during their half term holiday. Then it was ‘Jihadi John’, the IS executioner who was unmasked by… ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    22 hours ago
  • Sea Level Rise is Spiking Sharply
    Global sea level is rising because of warming from the industrial greenhouse gas emissions we humans keep pumping into the atmosphere. The expansion of seawater as it warms, and the addition of meltwater from disintegrating land-based ice, enforce a relentless rise… ...
    23 hours ago

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  • Many regions need by-election levels of support
    Northland is not the only region struggling under the National Government, but unfortunately places like Gisborne, Whanganui and Tasman do not have by-elections on the horizon, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. “A desperate National Party has thrown money… ...
    7 hours ago
  • Real changes must come from CYF review
    A well-overdue revamp of Child, Youth and Family cannot be just another cost cutting exercise, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour has been pushing for a review for some time. It was part of our policy at the election. ...
    8 hours ago
  • Latest Air NZ plan carries on regional snub
    Christchurch Labour Members of Parliament have secured a meeting with Air New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon following the airline’s decision to cut its Christchurch to Tokyo summer flights.  They are also calling on the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges to… ...
    1 day ago
  • Carmel Sepuloni back in Social Development role
    Andrew Little has reinstated Carmel Sepuloni as Labour’s Social Development spokesperson following the sentencing of her mother in the New Plymouth District Court today. “It has been a tough time for Carmel, but we both agreed it was appropriate she… ...
    1 day ago
  • Government taking Kiwis for April Fools
    Many Kiwis will be wondering if the joke is on them when a raft of Government changes come into effect tomorrow, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “First is ACC and National’s unwillingness to end its rort of Kiwi businesses which… ...
    1 day ago
  • Time to show RMA housing affordability plans
    Labour is challenging the Government to reveal its plans to make housing more affordable through amending the Resource Management Act, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Labour remains willing to consider the proposals on housing affordability on their merits and… ...
    1 day ago
  • John Key now admits no broad support for RMA changes
    John Key has now been forced to admit that he never had the broad political support to gut the Resource Management Act, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods. “Cornerstone legislation such as the RMA should never be changed without genuine… ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s changes leave student bodies in chaos
    The chaos created by National’s scrapping of compulsory student association membership may force the 86-year old Union of Students Association to fold, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “National’s 2011 Voluntary Student Membership Act has left student associations with… ...
    2 days ago
  • Tragedy must be impetus for better training
    The Police Minister needs to explain why unsworn and inadequately trained custody officers were put in a situation of caring for a medically unwell prisoner on a busy Saturday night, Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Commenting on an IPCA… ...
    5 days ago
  • Government must be more transparent on investor state clauses
    The Government must be more transparent around the draft investor state dispute settlements in the TPPA, says David Parker, Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson. “Labour is pro trade, and is proud of the FTA we negotiated with China, which… ...
    5 days ago
  • Protect university staff and student voices
    The Green Party believes ensuring student and staff representation on university councils is important. National recently passed a law reducing the size of university governance councils while increasing the proportion of the members nominated by, guess who… Steven Joyce. The… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    6 days ago
  • C’mon Nick what’s the truth on the RMA
     “Nick Smith has got to fess up and tell us what is happening to his much vaunted RMA reform, Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods says.  “With just a day and a half to go before the polls open in Northland,… ...
    6 days ago
  • SSC salaries sink National’s spending spin
    Massive pay rises at the State Services Commission prove National’s claims of clamping down on spending in the public sector are simply fantasy, Labour’s State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. “Salaries in this one department are almost $70,000 more than… ...
    6 days ago
  • We can fix Christchurch and keep our assets
    The Christchurch City Council is seeking public feedback on its proposed 10 year plan for Council revenue and spending. This is probably one of the most significant 10 year plans ever to be written by a local council because of… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    6 days ago
  • Epidemic of serious assaults in our prisons
    Labour wants stab proof vests and pepper spray for all corrections officers to keep them safe from the epidemic of serious prison assaults that are occurring around the country’s jails, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “There have been five… ...
    6 days ago
  • Listen to the locals Hekia!
    Minister Hekia Parata needs to understand what consultation is, Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says. “It means you have to listen to what people say in their submissions and then be able to demonstrate you have considered their views when… ...
    1 week ago
  • Thanking our caregivers
    Let’s celebrate and thank our caregivers. This week is caregivers’ week. It’s a chance to acknowledge the thousands of women, and occasional other person, who are caring for the elderly and disabled in our country. They hold people’s lives in… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Mana Post shop the best outcome for community
    Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi has welcomed the move to place the services from the Mana Post shop to a local small business. “This is the best outcome for the community we could ask for. All the vital services… ...
    1 week ago
  • Roundup: UN finds it “probably” causes cancer
    At last the UN has spoken out against the widely-used weedkiller Roundup. The UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified glyphosate, the principle ingredient in Roundup, as a probable carcinogen. They also include as probable carcinogens the insecticides… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • World water day: eight rivers in one day
    Our photo journey started by the Waioweka (also known as Waioeka) River which flows from Te Urewera to Opotiki, and is surrounded by beautiful forest. The water looked great! Kopeopeo Canal It contrasted greatly with the Kopeopeo Canal near Whakatane,… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • We all benefit when education meets everyone’s needs
    As Dyslexia week comes to a close,  Dyslexia NZ have reminded us that around 10% of our citizens are dyslexic and are entitled to better support. One of their strongest arguments is that failure to provide identification and support for… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • Big change starts small
    Today marks Race Relations Day in New Zealand. Race Relations Day coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The United Nations General Assembly chose this day as it marks the day in 1960 when 69 peaceful… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Israel, Palestine and the question of statehood
    The knife-edge election in Israel complicates the Middle East situation, even more than usual. The Prime Minister-elect, Binyamin Netanyahu, is moving to form a government. Netanyahu has indicated that, during his term, a Palestinian state would not be established. That… ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Christchurch transport goes backwards
    The Green Party has a vision of a liveable, accessible Christchurch with a sense of identity and strong connected communities. Instead, 2013 census figures released by Statistics New Zealand reveal a fractured community, and tell a story of frustrated Christchurch commuters… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Super Fund should divest $140 million in high risk coal
    The Green Party is calling on the New Zealand Super Fund to divest their $140 million investment in coal companies that are vulnerable to becoming financially stranded according to a damning new report from Oxford University. The Smith School of… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Learn to count with Mark Osborne: 0 + 1 = ?
    The adage about the first casualty of war being truth is one that might often be applied to the political battle for hearts and minds, and of course votes. A rather unfortunate example of this has been arriving in the… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Is it still a safety net when the holes are this big?
    Over the last few weeks I’ve been wondering how safe our income support system is for people, especially those with cognitive or learning disabilities. I’ve been trying to support a young man who was severely injured in a workplace accident… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Pasifika – protecting the Pacific needed now more than ever.
    Over the weekend thousands of Aucklanders flocked to celebrate our city’s diverse Pacific communities and cultures at the annual Pasifika festival and the Greens were there to join them. The Pasifika festival has been held every year for 23… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Sounds Stakeholders Seek a Sustainable Future
    It was heartening to see a large number of people who care about the Marlborough Sounds come together at the Marlborough Marine Futures’ forum in Picton on March 8. Fellow Green MP Steffan Browning, who lives in Marlborough, and I… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    3 weeks ago

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