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Show me the money!

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, January 24th, 2012 - 138 comments
Categories: class war - Tags: , ,

A couple of weeks ago Irish asked why the right are so worried about how much working people earn.

Today POAL and their creepy lackies David Farrar and Cameron Slater have continued their knicker-sniffing.

I reckon that if we’re gonna go rooting around in people’s personal business then David should tell us how many taxpayer dollars come out of National’s parliamentary services budget and go into his company’s bank account each year and Slater should tell us how many under-the-table dollars he got doing debt-collection while those of us with jobs paid him the sickness benefit.

C’mon lads. You wanna talk dollars. Let’s talk dollars.

138 comments on “Show me the money!”

  1. shorts 1

    well it sure doesn’t look like the POAL workers will be earning that in the future, if indeed their members did last year if these situation continues as it has been

  2. chris73 2

    This could have been averted by the munz and its allies not telling lies. They could have confirmed the numbers were correct and then gone onto explain why (overtime, shift work etc etc)

    Instead the munz and its supporters look like liars and how are people supposed to believe what comes out of the mouths of the munz now?

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Alternatively, if POAL actually reported only monetary figures and didn’t include non-monetary things such as leave, we’d have numbers that were really apples to apples comparisons.

      Eg, full time people on the minimum wage would say their annual income was $27,040, but when you include 4 weeks annual leave and 5 days sick leave you get a figure of $29,640, or 9.6% more than the before-tax figure that they actually earn in dollars.

    • The numbers are not correct.  They do not reflect take home pay.  From what I can make out they include possibly redundancy payments and conceivably ACC.  POAL should detail what they do include and we can then have a proper debate.

      At this stage all I can say is that we are comparing apples with oranges.  This does not prevent some from jumping up and frothing at the mouth though.

      How do you RWNJs feel about the chief executive earning $750k a year?

      Please enlighten us. 

      • chris73 2.2.1

        The numbers are not correct. They do not reflect take home pay. From what I can make out they include possibly redundancy payments and conceivably ACC. POAL should detail what they do include and we can then have a proper debate.
        - Accept it and move on, in the battle for the minds of the general population POAL won and MUNZ lost, at least try to learn form this latest defeat

        At this stage all I can say is that we are comparing apples with oranges. This does not prevent some from jumping up and frothing at the mouth though.
        - More of a case of “told you so”

        How do you RWNJs feel about the chief executive earning $750k a year?
        - Irrelavent to this issue but good job of trying to muddy the waters

        Please enlighten us.
        - It would take more peyote then I could get my hands on

        • mickysavage 2.2.1.1

          Yep Chris it may be that you are right and I am wrong.  The RWNJs have won the propaganda war and the left have lost it not because of what is the reality but you guys shouted louder and had better PR advice.

          How about we debate the reality instead?  You get the figures and we will analyze them properly.  Even better get POAL to say what it has paid out in wages.  Then we can discuss what is actually happening.

          Or do you think that winning is more important than the truth? 

          • chris73 2.2.1.1.1

            What is truth? I have absolutely no doubt that both sides believe they’re telling the truth.

            However the report shows that every full time and part time employee made more than $56 thou for the last year but $56 thou a year is what the MUNZ is claiming workers get paid

            If you disagree with the above then please explain why

            • mickysavage 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Ask POAL.  Get them to disclose the figure paid out in wages.  Then lets have an argument about it.  

              This is so simple.  In my business I can tell you instantly how much I am paying in wages.  I can go through the accounts and add all sorts of other crap into the figures and then recalculate but it would be dishonest for me to then say that my workers are being paid a certain amount.

              But it does let RWNJs jump up and down and say the workers are being paid a certain amount when the truth is they are being paid less.

              • chris73

                I’m guessing you’re familar with the term balance of probability so on one hand we have E&Y confirming what POAL have said all along and on the other we have some lefties saying they’re wrong but have no proof to back it up

                You know what, I along with most of NZ will go with the POAL on this one unless MUNZ can offer something (anything) to back up what they say

                • Nah Chris73 POAL has figures for Africa for what they pay in wages. They have released this inflated figure and have spun it as if it is wages.  And people like you jump up and down and say it is true AND say it is somehow evil.

                  Why don’t you do this about Gibson’s salary.  Go ahead, justify it for us all, give it a go. 

                  • chris73

                    “on the other we have some lefties saying they’re wrong but have no proof to back it up”

                    So thats a no for any sort of proof then

                    • Colonial Viper

                      What’s proof to you anyway?

                      You just want to see the side which smashes the union win, and want to see the CEO and the Board get big bonuses for hitting their targets when they do so.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      CEO and board bonuses for bankrupting workers and displacing families.

                      Welcome to the RWNJ crony capitalist model.

                  • BD

                    How do we know the CEO is on $750k a year? The arguments coming through are that the figures for the workers are over-inflated and can’t be trusted yet the CEO’s is somehow correct.

                    The problem with all this salary arguing is that regardless of what more they earn it is still far more than the meat workers, factory workers, hospitality workers etc… who get by on a pittance compared to these guys. They don’t strike like these guys because one day off sets them so far back in financial terms they make sure when their union is working on their behalf getting them the best deal as quick as possible. The port workers seem to be able to sustain a number of days off when the economy is poor and households are struggling. I guarantee that there are people out there wishing they had a six day working week so they could get an extra days pay.

                    Don’t know why there is so much emphasis on these guys when there are far worthier cases out there that require the backing and effort.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      I reckon the PoT CEO is on far more than the PoT CEO who is on $720K pa.

                      Time to take him and his board down a notch. Lead by example fellas, please cut your own pay and conditions, or better yet, fire yourselves and bring in contractors at a 40% saving.

                      The port workers seem to be able to sustain a number of days off when the economy is poor

                      The board of directors seem to be able to sustain $160K pa for 30 hours work a month even as they lose all the port’s major clients.

                      Go figure.

                      Bonuses and share options for us; austerity and unpaid over time for you.

                    • felix

                      “The problem with all this salary arguing is that regardless of what more they earn it is still far more than the meat workers, factory workers, hospitality workers etc… who get by on a pittance compared to these guys.”

                      Damn right BD, all those other workers are seriously underpaid. Pity this govt is only interested in putting downward pressure on wages, eh?

                      “They don’t strike like these guys because one day off sets them so far back in financial terms”

                      I agree, that absolutely sucks. No-one should be so reliant on their employer that they can’t afford to do say anything about it.

                • we have E&Y confirming what POAL have said all along

                  Yes, I’ve read the document and it makes clear that POAL have been deceptively using the notion of ‘total remuneration’ as a headline figure, knowing full well that most New Zealanders don’t treat their own salary and wage ‘headline figure’ in that way.

                  Thank goodness we have auditors to make this discursive deception clear.

                  Try asking someone – anyone – how much they earn. Only a particularly obsessive accountant would include the free biccies at morning tea in the calculation.

                  And medical insurance? isn’t that a subsidy to insurance companies? Younger people, in particular, do not need it (probabilistically) – I assume that the money for the premiums isn’t simply put into the wharfies’ accounts on the assumption that they’ll buy medical insurance with it. (ACC, of course, covers accidents at work.)

                  What E&Y have confirmed is that POAL have used something that is much closer to ‘cost to the company’ of their employees as a substitute for ‘employee earnings’ – but then presented it as employee earnings.

                  I also see that E&Y implicitly confirm that POAL should have accepted the union offer that met all their requirements for ‘flexibility’. After all, they assert that lack of flexibility is ‘financially unsustainable’.

                  POAL should feel quite reprimanded by this report.

                  They won’t, of course. 

            • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1.1.1.2

              The truth isn’t based upon what people believe but the cold, hard facts. You RWNJs seem to forget that – probably because the facts never substantiate your beliefs.

            • Mike 2.2.1.1.1.3

              Because your annual salary or weekly wage or hourly rate is the figure used to state what your pay is. When you ask what does a stevedore get paid the answer is 56k ($27 per hour) plus overtime. Overtime is never included in a stated pay rate for the simple reason you don’t know in advance how much overtime you will be working. The report can’t show part time workers getting paid more than 56k because if they clock more than 30 hours a week (which they have to in order to get paid over 56k) then the law says they are full time employees.

        • felix 2.2.1.2

          “Accept it and move on, in the battle for the minds of the general population POAL won and MUNZ lost, at least try to learn form this latest defeat”

          So you’re not interested in knowing who’s telling the truth.

          Only the “spin war” matters to you, right chris?

          I’ll be sure to read all your comments with that in mind from now on.

          • chris73 2.2.1.2.1

            My personal thoughts on this?

            Both sides are telling lies but MUNZ are telling more lies than the POAL

            • mickysavage 2.2.1.2.1.1

              OK detail them.  Line by line.

              • IrishBill

                Funny thing is the PR is not being won. I’ve seen polling that shows that public support has swung behind the workers on this dispute. My instinct is that the longer it goes the worse the public opinion of the port management will get. And this dispute is going to drag on.

                • Good stuff IB.  I tried to donate to the strike fund today but the MU said they were fine for now.  Interesting response, I wonder how many corporates would turn down a donation.

                  • felix

                    “I wonder how many corporates would turn down a donation.”

                    Well now it’s you who’s comparing apples with bunches of cnuts.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Its a strategic mistake for them to turn down donations even if they don’t need the money right now.

                    The reason being that allowing people to donate, whether it be $1 or $1000, allows people from across NZ a tangible way of showing solidarity with the watersiders, building a wider and more loyal movement than you could otherwise.

                • chris73

                  My instinct says otherwise but we’ll see whos right in the end I guess

                  • felix

                    “Instinct”? That’s not how you spell “My borderline retarded friend Cameron”.

                    mickey, just above, in response to one of your non-committal sideways accusations, asked you to list the lies you claim are being told by the workers.

                    Still no answer I see. Guess that was just “instinct” too.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Instinct is a poor replacement for fact.

      • Thomas 2.2.2

        How do you RWNJs feel about the chief executive earning $750k a year?

        If the CEO went on strike whining about pay and conditions, then the right would give him just as much vitriol as the striking overpaid wharfies are getting. He isn’t, so we ain’t.

        • Colonial Viper 2.2.2.1

          Then you have given us a clear answer.

          At $750K each, the wharfies will agree to no more whining and no more strikes.

          Make it so.

          • Hami Shearlie 2.2.2.1.1

            I like that idea . And preferably, have Mr Gibson on the wharfies salary ,then tell him you will cut $20,000 and tell him to smile and suck it up!!! “Make it so”! – Love it – Very Jean-Luc Picard!!

  3. Zetetic 3

    This is a post about how Farrar and Slater’s rorts, chris. Do you think they should disclose their finances if they want to talk about others? Or are you just here to try to talk about something else.

    • No individual’s income has been disclosed Zetetic, but you seem keen to apply a different standard to Farrar and Slater; funny that…

  4. beachbum 4

    The disclosure of the POAL wage information was because it relates to the POAL strike issue. That is dealing in facts.

    I am not sure why any reporter or blogger (Including the writer of this article) need to disclose their own earnings. That does not validate the issue regarding the POAL dispute.

    Does it matter what my occupation or earnings are? Or do we all have to disclose such information to validate our personal opinons.

    As for the rorts…show the evidence….are we not all innocent until proven guilty? Or is it throw enough mud and surely some will stick.

    I couldnt care less what various commentators get paid. I am more interested in the facts and reasoning behind the opinions.

  5. Lanthanide 5

    I’d still like to see the take-home pay figures, before tax and not including sick leave, annual leave or medical insurance.

    When the stevedoors say they earn $56,700 they are of course talking about the monetary sum they earn (presumably before tax). Including in all of these extra benefits as pat of total remuneration and comparing it to the figure given by the stevedoor is misleading.

    • chris73 5.1

      What more can be done?

      Cactus Kate said $91 thou, POAL PR said $91 thou, Ernst and Young said $91 thou

      $91 thou was the average pay for a full time wharfie last year not $56 as claimed by others

      You can choose to accept it or not but it doesn’t change the fact (and its a fact as verified by a neutral party) that its $91 thou

      • felix 5.1.1

        You either haven’t understood what Lanth just wrote or you’re lying.

        As micky said, let’s see the wage bill and we’ll know who’s lying.

      • felix 5.1.2

        “it doesn’t change the fact (and its a fact as verified by a neutral party) that its $91 thou”

        I note that you’re very careful to use the word “it” and not define what “it” is.

        I guess that’s because you know you can’t say “before-tax take-home pay”.

    • beachbum 5.2

      The article mentioned about $3k (I think) for Med and Super. Super is 7% so the figure sounds low or is it just for Med??? There are still some ambiguities and yes the $91k may well convert to $56k in terms of what hits the bank account during the year….

      Anyway, as all has been said before, the issue is about terms and conditions rather than the pay.

      Note that there was reference to the Union challenging the appointment of casuals to permanent fixed term contracts that was decided back in March 2010. This (in my opinion) was a earlier attempt or move towards casualisation.

      POT stevedore companies also have “unproductive time” which although not entirely palatable is more a reflection on the ability of management to “manage labour” etc. So there is room to move for POAL but they have taken a draconian move and to be fair, this has gone on for months and months.

      It is very easy to find faould on both sides and until there are some people involved who are not “emotionally involved” then it is a big cock up. Who knows what the drivers are for the CEO….maybe his bonus depends on a change…

    • Vicky32 5.3

      Including in all of these extra benefits as pat of total remuneration and comparing it to the figure given by the stevedoor is misleading

      I’ve asked before – no one had an answer… why are we using the American term ‘stevedore’ instead of nZ terms? (Aside from anything else, stevedore is obviously much harder to spell… :)
       

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    If we understood how much executive management were earning that would place in clear context whose pay and conditions the organisation intends sacrificing.

    • beachbum 6.1

      I think that is more relevant than what various commentators are paid. I believe there is room for rational think from both sides. throwing more union people and POAL execs at the issue will only add fuel to the fire.

      Maybe the Govt do have to get involved but I am not sure if that is part of the Employment Relations Act. You would think that given the pesonalities on the board and the Council ownership that it should not be a central govt issue

  7. randal 7

    so what if it is $91 thou.
    this is supposed to be a high wage economy.

    • DJL 7.1

      I agree, so what if it is 91 large. It is what they bartered for in good faith over the years. (if indeed the figure 91 is correct). Now some upshots with very large pay packets what them to take less. My worry is if POAL management break MUNZ then who’s next. Tony Gibsons’… coming soon to a job near you.

    • chris73 7.2

      Because the munz and its supporters screamed blue murder it wasn’t that much, that workers would have to work 24/7 to get that sort of money

      Munz would have known how much was paid but instead chose to lie about it which means that anything they (or Gary says) say is not credible

      So when they say POAL acted in bad faith who do we believe, not Gary because he/they have already lied

      Thats what

      • DJL 7.2.1

        You gonna just keep repeating yourself ? Just who is paying you?

        • chris73 7.2.1.1

          I have to keep repeating myself because some of you still don’t quite get it. If you dispute whats been said then dip into your pockets and hire some other accountancy group to go over the figures

          I do it out of love not money

          • felix 7.2.1.1.1

            So why won’t POAL release the wage figures, chris?

            If they’ve got nothing to hide, and you and Slater haven’t been bullshitting your fat arses off, then why not?

            • chris73 7.2.1.1.1.1

              I’d guess for the same reason MUNZ won’t release thier figures either

              • felix

                Since when does MUNZ pay the wages of port workers, moron?

                • chris73

                  So MUNZ has no idea of what their workers get paid or couldn’t get hold of the figures if needed, yeah right cum knuckle try again

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Only one entity has full and complete documentation re: pay = the employer.

                    The other way out of this is for workers to agree to their PAYE details to be released.

                    That will sort out a large measure of the bullshit circulating.

      • Molly 7.2.2

        I heard Tony Gibson tell Paul Henry on Radio Live (and you can listen to the audio on radio lives website) that the average income for the Wharfies is $91k “and on top of that” they get super + 5 weeks leave + sick days etc, now the company is saying that the figure includes the cost to the company of these benefits, so whos the liar?

      • KJT 7.2.3

        MUNZ was telling the truth. Large amounts of overtime are needed to get that sort of money.
        If POAL were that concerned about individual overtime they could have refrained from making 60 full time staff off Bledisloe redundant., Then they may have reduced ship delays and kept more of their customers.

  8. randal 8

    its either whaleshit or the sausage roll stuffer.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    If the argument spouted here, that non-cash payments such as medical insurance etc don’t count as income, then company cars for executives don’t count as income either. The key thing is whether it is taxable or not. If it is taxable, then it is income. Simple.

    • What about ACC?  You see TS we do not know what they have included in their figures.  Let POAL release the full figures then we can have a proper debate.

      In any event what is wrong with a well paid job? 

      • chris73 9.1.1

        Hmm why not MUNZ release some figures then let a neutral party go over those figures, like POAL did

        I mean if MUNZ arn’t lying of course…

      • tsmithfield 9.1.2

        The company is required to pay ACC on wages. That shouldn’t count as income. However, there is the earners levy which comes out of employees wages. That should be counted as income, just as it probably is in average income calculations the government produces.

        Nothing wrong with a well paid job at all. If the workers are able to negotiate those sort of rates, then good on them. However, the employer has to have a sustainable business. So, the employer is also entitled to contract out work if it is in its best interests. This then means that workers have to frame their negotiations within that context, and come up with a deal that is better for the employer than contracting the work out.

        Also, I echo some of the comments above. Some of the claims by the union members have been shown to be false, regardless of whether some taxable non-cash items have been included as income, as they should be.

        Also, I don’t think watersiders are the best example of worker exploitation you could find. It is not like they are climbing up chimneys for a few cents an hour or anything.

        • mickysavage 9.1.2.1

          POAL’s figures in its account do not say it pays $52m in wages, it says it pays $52m for “employee benefits expense, including restructuring costs and termination benefits.” 

          It can release the line items showing how this figure is made up.

          Until then this is all spin.

          It is not as if we are dealing with something indeterminate. 

        • Descendant Of Smith 9.1.2.2

          The employer has a sustainable business – it makes a good profit.

          The bullshit around return on capital is nonsense.

          So land values go up the return drops, land values go down the return improves.
          Only bean counters really consider this aspect.

          Sure you might get a better return on the land by not having a port and developing it – but fuck me – property developers are the last people I’d trust with a cent of my money.

          More people have lost money through them than ever have through the port.

          And I don’t want even more trucks on the road.

        • KJT 9.1.2.3

          POAL is sustainable. Provided you do not use continue the fake competition with Tauranga and use as the cost of capital, the port valued as housing estates.

      • The Baron 9.1.3

        Still irrelevant anyway, Greg – its still a well paid job. workers are going to have these wages increased by 10% under the port offer. If they then book 40 hours a week using the new flexible roster, then all other things being equal, they’ll have about $100,000 average instead. And they’ll know their hours a month in advance. Happy days!

        So, ah, what’s the problem? If these guys do a forty hour week they’ll be paid at a level most unskilled workers can only dream of – and 10% better than the same time last year.

        If instead they choose to continue sitting on their chuff for over a third of a week, well hour by hour they’re still better off. Again, happy days.

        • mickysavage 9.1.3.1

          workers are going to have these wages increased by 10% under the port offer

          Nope, their hours and entitlements were going to be cut.

          If these guys do a forty hour week they’ll be paid at a level most unskilled workers can only dream of

          They are not unskilled.  It is dangerous highly skilled work. 

          Why do you resist the idea of workers getting a reasonable wage? 

          • IrishBill 9.1.3.1.1

            I like the way the right are arguing that workers’ pay should be reduced. Pretty much shows them for what they are.

          • The Baron 9.1.3.1.2

            Never seen anything like that apart from scaremongering from the now proven liars from the MUNZ. Whereas POA have been proven right time and time again. So forgive me if I take their straight faced claim of 10% pay increase for a new flexible roster as meaning just that.

            In other words, if you wanna make that money for 40 hours work a week, go work 40 hours – not sit on your bum for over a third of those per week and expect money just to fall into your hands. If they did that, and they have a newly flexible rostering system that would allow them to do that, then there would be a pay increase, not any fall at all.

            But instead we are on the pickets and all losing our jobs while the work goes to Tauranga. Yet another “victory” for the unions while the rest of Auckland suffers – all for the few, not the many, might I add. God you guys are all so out of touch, and innumerate, that it isn’t funny.

            • Colonial Viper 9.1.3.1.2.1

              So forgive me if I take their straight faced claim of 10% pay increase for a new flexible roster as meaning just that.

              No I won’t. If you do it just means that you are a gullible naive. POAL is not doing this to increase the money going to their workforce, silly billy, they are doing it to cut the budget they spend on their workforce. Otherwise, whats the point?

              In other words, if you wanna make that money for 40 hours work a week, go work 40 hours – not sit on your bum for over a third of those per week and expect money just to fall into your hands.

              Hey thats what the POAL board members do for $160K pa. So why not the workers?

              But instead we are on the pickets and all losing our jobs while the work goes to Tauranga.

              Gibson is working for his old employers Maersk to drive the prices down to the bottom of the barrel.

              If that makes good business sense to you then you must be also working for Maersk because they are the only ones who benefit from POAL and POT cutting each others throats (it also demonstrates why POAL CEO and Board must be fired now, for their incompetent strategic management of the competitive landscape).

              God you guys are all so out of touch, and innumerate, that it isn’t funny.

              Hey keep advocating for the bosses, your job is being contracted out to India next – unless you drop your effective income and conditions by 45%.

              • The Baron

                What is the point? I know you guys wanna see this as another front in the great class war, but it is far simpler than that. The Port wants these guys to work for the 40 hours that they are paying them for – not for only 2/3 of that while the rest is used up by “workers” who are at home on the couch.

                If these port workers actually WORK the entire week, no pay cuts for anyone – in fact, 10% better off under the ports offer. Plus they get to book their shifts a month in advance, so they can plan their forty hours around the rest of their lives.

                The only way your scenario of a pay cut works out is if your port mates continue to take up over 1/3 of their week on smoko breaks. Sorry, I can’t get upset about that – where I work, I get paid according to, um, how many hours I spend on the job.

                Weird concept I know, but that really does seem to be foreign to you, CV. Mind you, you’re one of the 1% aren’t you? Do you even have a job?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Class war :)

                  Yes it is :P

                  Declared by POAL, but finished by MUNZ :D

                  Mind you, you’re one of the 1% aren’t you? Do you even have a job?

                  Keeping my missus and her in-laws happy with me is tough but rewarding work – I kid you not.

              • BD

                End of the day it is the workers that are going to suffer because of MUNZ actions now, some are going to wake up soon with no job. Doesn’t matter how many times managements pay packets are debated the reality is they wont come down, ever.

          • Olwyn 9.1.3.1.3

            I have seen a few posts suggesting that stevedoring is “unskilled,” and it seems to me that there are a few right wingers who reduce the concept of “skill” to abilities like financial manipulation, networking and propaganda writing, with a bit of commercial law and the like thrown in. When a PR person makes a mistake it might cause embarrassment; when a wharfie makes a mistake it can cause death. Right wingers, before trying to degrade the skills of others, you should take a look at the actual skills that you and your cronies actually possess. Even Plato noted that tradesmen had a real form of knowledge, in comparison with the sophists who were limited to manipulating opinion.

            • The Baron 9.1.3.1.3.1

              All in your head, Olwyn – I haven’t seen anyone anywhere naming that narrow list of jobs that you clearly don’t understand or appreciate as skills.

              These port workers are trained on site to drive specialised trucks and secure cargo safely to vessels. I bet that 99/100 unskilled workers could do the same thing with the benefit of all that free on site training. I’m not undervaling that – nor am I saying it isn’t dangerous. But neither of those things change the fact that most workers with those levels of skills aren’t paid anywhere near the six figures that most of these guys are on; and they don’t get away with spending over a third of their week watching Sky either.

              Don’t let that stop you from your ill informed tirade against jobs you don’t understand though – I’m just not sure how its relevant.

              • Colonial Viper

                99/100 unskilled workers could do a better job than POAL’s board. Replace them first, with minimum wage contract labour.

          • The Baron 9.1.3.1.4

            Oh so new roster that allows you to book a month in advance and a 10% increase in hourly rates = a pay cut and less hours in PRESLANDIA, the weirdest country of them all.

            All the port is looking for is workers who will actually WORK 40 hours per week, rather than what’s lucky to be 2/3 of that. If these guys wanna be on the same wicket – no, actually 10% better than that – then all they need do is book 40 hours in the roster. And they get at least a month’s notice of that to plan their lives around too.

            But instead they’re downing tools so they can continue to spend more than one hour in every three with their feet up; and now they’re all going to lose their jobs for their inflexibility. Plenty of people will still be lining up for some of the best paid unskilled jobs in the country, and the rest of Auckland can go back to having OUR port functioning properly, rather than being used to prop up the unsustainable lifestyles of 200 racist, sexist dinosaurs down on the wharf.

            Sounds to me like these guys looked the gift horse in the mouth a few to many times. Gift horse is dead now boys – good luck finding another job that lets you blow over a third of the working week in bed.

            • Colonial Viper 9.1.3.1.4.1

              Wowsers…someone else telling you what a good deal this is for you…

              But what if you don’t trust that asshole as far as you can throw them?

              Hey turf Gibson out, I know plenty of people who would do his job better for half pay, say just $375,000 pa

            • Molly 9.1.3.1.4.2

              “But instead they’re downing tools so they can continue to spend more than one hour in every three with their feet up; and now they’re all going to lose their jobs for their inflexibility. Plenty of people will still be lining up for some of the best paid unskilled jobs in the country, and the rest of Auckland can go back to having OUR port functioning properly, rather than being used to prop up the unsustainable lifestyles of 200 racist, sexist dinosaurs down on the wharf. ”

              Maybe you’re overly familiar with the traits of racist sexist dinosaurs, but I wouldn’t have thought that wanting some structure and stability around your work hours and some work life balance makes you sexist or racist. You’ve said the workers spend one hour in three with their feet up, in other posts you said they spend a third of the day in bed, you’ve also said they spend a third of the day watching Sky TV, and in another you said they spend that time on the couch. Either theres a really good staff room at the port with beds, couches, foot stools and televisions provided by management or you dont actually know what you’re talking about.

  10. Ross 10

    This table shows how many workers at POAL are paid $100K or more. Some 184 workers get paid more than $100K, including 43 wharfies. However, I have no idea if the figures for wharfies have been calculated in the same way as the pay of other workers.

    http://www.poal.co.nz/news_media/publications/2011POAL_Remuneration.pdf

  11. Descendant Of Smith 11

    No the key thing would be whether it is taxable for the employee would it not.

    The employer contribution to a superannuation scheme for instance is an employer expense and doesn’t form part of a workers taxable income to IRD.

    The employer ACC levy for each employee based on the injury risk and the safety record of the employer is also not employee income, while the ACC levy the employee pays would be considered so.

    There a significant difference in the employer cost and the employee remuneration.

    There’s no way I would ever suggest to my staff that those employer costs form part of their wage and salary packets. They roll on the floor laughing.

    I understand perfectly that those are my employer costs for employing staff.

    It’s not difficult distinguishing between the two.

  12. Mark 12

    As I see it, it is irrelevant what they, or Management, or Whale, or Farrar, or any of us are earning, –
    if you lie or support or regurgitate lies you have to swallow the medicine when busted. If Gibson’s salary is relevant, then so is Parsloe’s, and we could get into the debate about who provides more value, who works more hours, who pays more tax etc, etc.
    Stevedoring is not an easy job, but it’s not rocket science either, and there are plenty of working class families down the chain who will be damaged by this dispute, no doubt MUNZ will be contributing to the family incomes of those who want to work devanning containers, driving trucks, stacking shelves etc but find themselves out of work while $91k for 23 hours is exploitation. Am I missing something here?

    • IrishBill 12.1

      there are plenty of working class families down the chain who will be damaged by this dispute

      Firstly, I don’t think so.

      And secondly, the dispute was planned in advance and driven by port management so I don’t see how you can possibly blame the union for this.

      Also, how much do you think stevadores should get paid? More than you do? Less than you do? How about you put a figure on it.

      • Mark 12.1.1

        there are plenty of working class families down the chain who will be damaged by this dispute

        Firstly, I don’t think so. why not, if goods can’t come off the wharves?

        And secondly, the dispute was planned in advance and driven by port management (or Union Management in cahoots with the Left, upset at being thrashed by rational Kiwis in an election and giving a death rattle) so I don’t see how you can possibly blame the union for this.

        Also, how much do you think stevadores should get paid? More than you do? Less than you do? How about you put a figure on it.. They get paid around what I get, for far less work, with far less responsibility if they fuck it up, with far less personal investment in training… but I guess I would want all I could get if I had to blow Pasloe & Co to have a job.
        BTW, how many women or minorities are allowed down at the great workers Utopia?

        • IrishBill 12.1.1.1

          They get paid around what I get, for far less work, with far less responsibility if they fuck it up, with far less personal investment in training…

          Looks like you need to join a union.

        • Molly 12.1.1.2

          The POA Human Resources staff do the hiring of stevedores, why dont you ask them?

        • McFlock 12.1.1.3

          They get paid around what I get, for far less work, with far less responsibility if they fuck it up, with far less personal investment in training… but I guess I would want all I could get if I had to blow Pasloe & Co to have a job.
            
          Tell me you dosomething other than sit behind a desk, where the only cable failure you’d have to worry about is your dodgy LAN connector.

          • Mark 12.1.1.3.1

            I have nothing to hide, so here are my credentials to comment on this subject.
            I am a Tradesman Fitter, trained very many years ago by shock horror a farmers co-operative, dirty work, started on 42% of an adult wage..and no, I didn’t really enjoy being up at 5:30 through my teenage years but it’s what you do.
            Then, roughnecking on rigs, mining, truck driving, bar work, whatever it took to earn & pay tax, modifying my lifestyle to fit within often shitty earnings. I then begged, borrowed enough to by a cheap van and a welder, and worked 7 days a week to build a business, employing, training, mentoring , having my balls on the line (fucking exploitative capitalist pig no doubt) Sold the business, some white collar (ooh including HR, what a cunt I am) I ran some teams fixing a big bridge, and happily sacked the lazy union brainwashed fuckers, while promoting and encouraging those prepared to man up and do what they were well paid to do. I built a factory, walked the wet steel, got the fucking job done, again sacked the lazy cunts. Now I do spend a bit more of my time behind a desk, working for some guys who have their balls on the line, and if I don’t show, or perform, I will be sacked tomorrow, as should anyone be. I would happily lash boxes & drive a straddle carrier at POAL, and shift work.. no drama. Dangerous at the wharf.. a little, no more than shitloads of jobs and probably statistically less so than driving to work. Oh yeah, I did spend 2 months on the dole once, I recycle, I cost ACC nothing, I raise kids, up at 5 now as I have to travel 3 hrs per day to earn. Nothing special, no hero, no special treatment.. just what you do to contribute.
            Please oh mighty McFlock, am I allowed to speak Sir..
            And who the fuck are you to question me. 

        • just saying 12.1.1.4

          You’re full of shit Mark.
          I’ve copied below a comment from a previous thread in which you were purportedly sharing your working class knowldege to inform the beneficiaries you were bashing, how they could live cheaply. You received numerous informed replies to your uninformed beneficiary bashing but you ignored all relevant comments and questions and stuck with the bullshit.

          You claimed that $20 of seeds and the sweat of your brow could produce $1000 of veges, which proved that you were lying about being a gardener. Even if you used your kitchen cutlery to dig up your entire section, and that section was self-fertile, and located in a part of the country with the most garden-friendly climate, you would not yield $1000 of veges from just hard work and nothing more.

          You revealed that a clothes line could dry clothes. Not even the most unreconstructed working class man could imagine that this would be news to any poor person.

          And now you claim to be concerned about the effect the POAL dispute will have on “working class families down the line” because you’re all about caring about the working class. Quite the working class hero aren’t you Mark? – Bull. Shit.

          22 January 2012 at 9:16 pm

          When mince is on special I buy mince – with a little bit of effort and some cheap ingredients i make awesome bolognaise, delicious burgers, nasty nachos.. all good cheap tasty meals, and I teach my daughters how to do it too.
          When steak is on special I buy steak.. amazing how delicious, nutritious, cheap and fun a casserole is.
          $20 worth of seeds and a little bit of sweat can grow $1000 worth of vegies, easy, fun and great to do with young uns.
          My power bills – lower than ever. I spent $12 on some line and pegs and hang it out – also means I don’t get so much mould on the ceiling, which isn’t that hard to clean off and keep under control with a bit of effort to open windows, air the house etc.
          Sometimes when the wallet is tight I spend a whole $5 on fresh mussels and make a wicked feed.
          All this and 50hrs a week as a contractor, still plenty of time to get free library books to read to my girls, go to free council or govt sponsored activities, playgrounds etc.
          I manage to pay my tax, child support etc, and choose not to blow my money on fines, KFC, gadgets, SKY, pokies, horses etc.
          These options are available to anyone, someone please tell me again why the State (ie you & me) should be stealing from the sensible and productive to subsidise those that can but won’t get their shit together, instead of focusing on those that are genuinely needy.

          • Mark 12.1.1.4.1

            “Just saying”
            “you’re full of shit Mark”.. why, because I apply a bit of truth to the blog?
            I am no working class hero and don’t profess to be, however I do care about anyone who is prepared to put some effort and make their lives better, and I have studied enough Sociology & Marxism to see the Left for what it is and how it wants to achieve it’s ends – most readers will.
            This is not to say I don’t recognize and acknowledge past and current injustices and structural inequalities our society, however the whole class war and social paranoia has been discredited totally IMHO. To consign people to the scrapheap and convince them they are downtrodden in order to buy their votes is pretty moral, isn’t it? I prefer to encourage, train, direct and improve, and it is amazing how well the workers will respond, be more positive, happier, be better parents, and contribute more of what they can to society.. hence my lifestyle tips.
            And yes, $1000 may be a bit much, but not far away.. what value to put on doing something with your kids tho, teaching about effort & reward, about the environment, nature etc…?
            And why the fuck if everyone including your downtrodden working poor or beneficiaries know about a washing line are they getting Winz grants for dryers, and can’t afford the power, and get mouldy houses? Maybe because you want them to be like that, and you whatever your situation is, can feel superior?
            You are more full of shit than me I suspect.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.4.1.1

              Its ironic, Mark “Born to Rule” accusing the Left of keeping the poor poor.

              When it is the Right Wing ownership class he supports who organises the exporting of good jobs, the importing of cheap labour, the degradation of working terms and conditions, engineering job insecurity and downward pressure on wages, etc.

              What dude, do you think we were born yesterday? Class war it is, a class war the capitalists started, but a class war that labour will finish.

              • Mark

                CV, that was a bit disappointing, after you have shown some insight and good arguments on here.
                I wasn’t born to rule anything except my own circumstances, like most right of centre good citizens I am also  concerned with the plight of others less fortunate, and know that the way forward is to step up.
                Fuck being consumed by bitterness and envy, go do some charity work or something for those you oppress with your misguided philosophy and indoctrinated beliefs. Or at least put up your own argument not some out of date, irrelevant and misguided mantra.
                  

            • Vicky32 12.1.1.4.1.2

              And why the fuck if everyone including your downtrodden working poor or beneficiaries know about a washing line are they getting Winz grants for dryers, and can’t afford the power, and get mouldy houses? Maybe because you want them to be like that, and you whatever your situation is, can feel superior?

              Did you dream that story up, or hear it from Leighton Smith? I am a beneficary, and I’ve never used a clothes drier in my life – none of us do in this street of State houses. If WINZ won’t even give grants for wheelchairs and glasses (and they don’t) why would they give grants for clothes driers? It’s laughable. :D Aside from anything else, Mr Self-made Moron, you are as unaware as Leighton the loony that grants all have to be paid back..
               

  13. Dylan 13

    The only principle that right-wingers have is selfishness. Dress up what they say they believe in as you will, that’s what it always comes down to.

    Everyone is more or less selfish, of course, but they have that as their central and only principle (whether they know it or not).

    It explains everything they say or do.

    Simples.

  14. randal 14

    thats right dylan.
    the rightwingers want to oppress people and the people want to be free from oppression.
    fundamental disjunction here.
    and the flunkeys for the rightwingers want to frame it into how much individuals get paid and then dump on the officials of the union for telling them to mind their own fucking business.
    the watersiders do the work they are entilted to a fair pay.
    say one fifth of what manager gibson gets paid would make it $175,000.
    that seems fair to me.

  15. Georgecom 15

    Farrar and his right wing mates have no need to go digging around for watersiders pay rates. That isn’t the issue and can seemingly only serve the purpose of throwing dirt around to further other agendas.

    The central point here is that MUNZ have made an offer to POA which goes a ‘long way’ to meeting the employers wishes. Given his close political connections with the National Party, Farrar will know this.

    In any normal employment dispute the current phase is where the employer puts away any stupid threat of redundancies, stops making any negative public statements (and asks its supporters to do the same) and engages in some constructive bargaining with the union to reach a settlement both sides can live with. Again, Farrar will know this.

    So, continuing to fixate on matters such as pay or other actions which seek to discredit the watersiders points to either (1) someone easily distracted by side issues or (2) another hidden agenda being rolled out.

  16. vto 16

    General strike.

    On the grand scale.

    Including all payments to banks.

    What are they gonna do? It’s a free market after all. Play their game straight back at them.

    • vto 16.1

      .

      United, the people stand

      • vto 16.1.1

        .

        Divided, the people fall.

        .

        • vto 16.1.1.1

          Just like money.

          The more that is accumulated in one spot the more power it has. Same same. Think people think.

        • muzza 16.1.1.2

          Notice how much of a distraction has been created, and again the infighting, all looking in the wrong directions, most anyway.

          Much more at stake here, and I hope some of the fuck wits who have put their words and spite into the back of the workers, one day have their life thrown into the public eye, where lies, spin, opinions, agendas can all be aimed firmly at them.

          The wages are not even the issue here, they have been used to cause the shit storm and the diversion!

          • Jenny 16.1.1.2.1

            “Notice how much of a distraction has been created, and again the infighting, all looking in the wrong directions, most anyway.

            muzza

            The real issue is not wages at all.

            The issue is the company’s plan to outsource all the work and deunionise the worksite.

            As Matt McCarten explains:

            ‘Greedy wharfies’ tale hides ambitions for port

            Intriguing also was the wharfies’ response to Gibson’s claims about their pay. They offered not take any increase. In fact, they’d cut their annual wage by $10,000 as well as extend their working week from 26 hours a week to 40 for no extra pay.

            what hasn’t been spelled out is that Gibson from the start demanded fulltime employees become on-call casuals and agree to daily shifts between two and 12 hours.

            When the union negotiators pointed out that half of the workforce were part-timers and casuals so he already had enough flexibility, Gibson responded by saying this was his “best and final offer”. He followed up by offering existing casual employees permanent jobs paid at 10 per cent more than the union rate, provided they resigned from the union.

  17. Molly 17

    “If instead they choose to continue sitting on their chuff for over a third of a week, well hour by hour they’re still better off. Again, happy days” ….

    I think you’ll find that the wharfies are not responsible for creating the roster or for the hiring of new staff as some people have implied. If they are then $27.00 an hour is a very low wage for all the duties they are expected to carry out, and the HR department is unnecessary.

    maybe do a bit more research on the topic instead of relying solely on POA media spin releases:

    . http://www.munz.org.nz/2012/01/24/ports-of-auckland-management-fact-sheet-short-on-facts/

    • burt 17.1

      HR department is unnecessary.

      Right, so the company should be a good employer, use only ‘company workers’ who are on the company payroll, training program registers, health and safety training and reminder lists BUT the HR department is unnecessary. Lefties… F-in hell get with bloody reality, you want a first world workforce of permanent workers but let me guess, the HR department sitting on their asses consuming company profits is money that could have be paid to workers….

  18. Lanthanide 18

    I’ll just throw this in here as another (very simple) angle on these “total remuneration” figures that POAL is putting out and have been audited by E&Y (who will simply have done exactly the same calculations as POAL, not validated whether these are the correct/relevant calculations to be doing – only an ignoramus would be impressed by this).

    The POAL figures are essentially what it *costs* them to hire a stevedore for a year. It is not what the stevedore *receives* on their pay slip or in their bank account.

    Actually if the stevedores get payslips (probably legally required?), it could be instructive for a few of these year-end pay slips showing total salary to be scanned and published on the internet (with names redacted), if they were so willing. It would make the situation much clearer.

  19. randal 19

    so who gets the stevedoring contract if the port is privatised?

  20. Bored 20

    How stupendously dull this column is, the usual RWNJ bigots justifying who gets what with no regard to the social and economic impacts, the lefties focusing on how much….who fekkin cares.

    The real game being played out is elsewhere, its all about how the Parnell business crowd get their hearts desire…the replacement of the Auckland Council with a privatisation friendly group of lackeys. Meanwhile Brown and Mr Anonymous (Leader of the Oppostion) sit quietly….what a fekkin fiasco.

    Dont ever forget, the new right bastards want to feudalise you and your assets.

  21. DH 21

    I’d question this figure here which appears to be deliberately misleading;

    “The $91,000 includes a range of allowances, benefits and shift payments with the average number of hours paid per week averaging 43.9.”

    It was stated earlier by POAL that the average hours per week increases to 49 when leave entitlements are added. What that should tell people is the 43hrs is arrived at by dividing total working hours by 52, which is wrong. Add leave to the total hours worked, divide by 52 again and you get the 49hrs. (Leave at 6hrs extra per day works out to 312 hrs or 39x days, in line with their quoted 5weeks holiday, sick leave etc.)

    For a truthful average they should be dividing total working hours by total worked weeks, not by the full 52weeks which includes non-worked holidays. That then works out to about 51hr average working weeks which helps to explain the high levels of pay. Holidays are only paid for 8hr days so even the 49hrs is false because the non-overtime leave days bring the average down.

    It’s troubling that the figures are being misrepresented in such a fashion. Adopting this flawed methodology would enable any employer to attack the wages of any full time workers.

    • Lanthanide 21.1

      Thanks, that makes a lot more sense.

      Using a 51 hour week comes out to $34/hour for their $91k figure, which seems reasonable.

      • DH 21.1.1

        Average hourly rate is misleading because holidays are not work. The 51hr weeks are only for the weeks they actually work so the average pay there would be worked out from 40hrs standard plus 11hrs overtime each working week. A quick calculation from the POAL figures says they average 484hrs overtime each year. Holidays are paid as 8hr days or 40hr weeks so the average pay on holidays is (probably) the base rate of $27hr.

        I’d have thought if POAL wanted to get the wages bill down they’d hire more part timers & get the overtime down (assuming overtime costs more)

        • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1

          I’d have thought if POAL wanted to get the wages bill down they’d hire more part timers & get the overtime down (assuming overtime costs more)

          But that would create more union members, not less.

          • DH 21.1.1.1.1

            Maybe, but why should that bother them. Looking at the E&Y numbers the overtime rate for stevedore lashers is $22.48 per hr which I assume is on top of the base rate of $27.26hr. Using that figure 232 full time stevedores each working 484hrs overtime per year adds up to $2.5million in overtime payments that can be saved by employing more staff.

            It’s a shame our media are so useless & lazy. How hard is it for a competent journalist to dig into the figures, ask some proper questions and start exposing the misrepresentations from both sides.

            • Lanthanide 21.1.1.1.1.1

              No, the overtime lashing is what they’re paid if they do lashing, not on top of their base.

              “Lashing”, whatever it is, appears to be the bottom rank-and-file lowest skill job available, and is mainly performed by casuals and part timers. I recall reading something about full timers being able to do up to 3 additional overtime shifts per week with first priority choice over lashing or not.

              • DH

                Ok, I’d assumed it a penal rate from the vague E&Y description where it’s mentioned twice;

                “Stevedoring rate for lashing, general duties and standard straddle driving $27.26 per hour”

                “Overtime lashing by stevedores $22.48 per hour”

                Odd they get paid less for overtime.

                POAL and the union have been very evasive on the subject of overtime, both have something to hide there I’d think. I’ve assumed there are penal rates for overtime because the quoted $91k and 43/49hrs doesn’t add up without it, the numbers fall well short. Anyone know, do they get time & a half for OT or what?

  22. Funny how it is OK to play the politics of envy when it’s the National party doing it or the Mud stream media. Kim Dotcom is filthy rich so there must be something wrong with him and those damn warfies are making more than the average so they should pull their head in when they are being screwed over.

  23. Arthur 23

    Would some rwnj please tell us how much a wharfie should be paid?

    • Bored 23.1

      You wont get a sensible RWNJ assessment….my take is that if the CEO is on $500K p.a. anybody actually doing something, like loading / unloading must be worth multiples of $500K merely because they are doing something…working.

    • fender 23.2

      The rwnj ideal would be to steal the port then import and exploit some asian workers, put them on the min. wage then go swimming in their pool of profits for well earned break.

      This whole sorry saga is disgusting, who’s next then for a bashing due to earning maybe thirty bux an hour.

  24. randal 24

    on the money bored.
    the wharfies do the work but the accountants sit in a high rise looking out the window and get all the cream.
    so the question remains.
    who is going to get the stevedoring contract if the port operations are privatised.
    note operations.
    the geeks dont want the facilities because the amount of investment is too much for them.
    they just want the stevedoring which is ready money.

  25. KJT 25

    RIP New Zealand’s Labour party. MIA for all but two months before the election. Now confirmed KIA.

    • Colonial Viper 25.1

      KIA? What in some kind of heroic action. Don’t you mean AWOL?

      • KJT 25.1.1

        KIA is what you tell the relatives when someone is shot for cowardice in the face of the enemy.

        Labour is still letting the RW dictate the entire dialog.

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    National has all-but confirmed today that there no deal for Colin Craig in East Coast Bays, or for any other Conservative. This was the right thing for them to do, for one simple reason. All the stuff about Winston running...
    Polity | 27-07
  • Speaker: A true commitment
    In recent weeks, the Government has come out in support of a push for strangulation to become its own offence. One of a number of recommendations by an independent committee into family violence deaths, the Family Violence Death Review Committee...
    Public Address | 27-07
  • June 2014 Patronage
    The patronage results for June are out and like recent months the results are particularly good for the rail network. The June stats are also significant as they represent the end of financial year results for Auckland transport. The 12...
    Transport Blog | 27-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    Press Release – iPredict The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealands online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus...
    Its our future | 27-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Its our future | 27-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Press Release – Public Good Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy....
    Its our future | 27-07
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #30
    SkS Highlights Dana's Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles examined a new paper by James Risbey et al that takes a clever approach to evaluating how accurate climate model temperature predictions have been while getting around the noise caused by...
    Skeptical Science | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping....
    MUNZ | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to protect workers from exploitation and abuse....
    MUNZ | 27-07
  • Womensfest at UOA
    Apologies for lateness!...
    The Hand Mirror | 27-07
  • Update on the Downtown Shopping Centre
    There’s a good article up on the Herald website today, with an update on what’s happening with the Downtown Shopping Centre. I’d suggest heading over there and checking it out. The article notes that “Precinct [Properties] expects to release images...
    Transport Blog | 27-07
  • Party Lists – Election 2014
    . . ACT Party 1. Dr Jamie Whyte 2. Kenneth Wang 3. Robin Grieve 4. Beth Houlbrooke 5. Don Nicolson 6. Stephen Berry 7. Dasha Kovalenko 8. Gareth Veale 9. Ian Cummings 10. Sara Muti 11. Toni Severin 12. Max...
    Frankly Speaking | 27-07
  • Party Lists – Election 2014
    . . ACT Party 1. Dr Jamie Whyte 2. Kenneth Wang 3. Robin Grieve 4. Beth Houlbrooke 5. Don Nicolson 6. Stephen Berry 7. Dasha Kovalenko 8. Gareth Veale 9. Ian Cummings 10. Sara Muti 11. Toni Severin 12. Max...
    Frankly Speaking | 27-07
  • I am still waiting for my cheque
    I have often said I wonder how some of the anti-science propagandists sleep straight in their beds at night. Lately this refers to various members of the local anti-fluoridation movement and their claims. Pity I am not the litigious sort – there...
    Open Parachute | 26-07
  • Yet Another National MP Spending Tens of Thousands of Tax Payers Money…
    The list of National MP’s whose arrogance is beyond measure, grows … “National list MP Paul Foster-Bell is defending a huge spike in his taxpayer-funded expenses as he campaigned for a seat selection. Wellington-based Foster-Bell’s spending increased from $7459 between...
    An average kiwi | 26-07
  • National Party Plans on Near-Starving Hospital Patients to Save Money
    Yes, the National Party continues destroying the Health system and now it’s patients with it! Article below from the ODT Warning over hospital food cutbacks Nutrition experts have warned a government cost-cutting team that patients could suffer malnutrition or even...
    An average kiwi | 26-07
  • Northcote Walking and Cycling improvements
    Auckland Transport are starting consultation tomorrow for a series of walking and cycling improvements to Northcote. All up there will be 5.2km of improvements from the intersection of Taharoto Road and Northcote Road through to the Northcote Ferry Terminal. Along with improving cycling facilities...
    Transport Blog | 26-07
  • Thankfully, Tories are ALWAYS wrong
    Back in 2008, 2009 and 2010, were we not assured, absolutely assured, that debt rising above 90% of GDP would send the economy into a deathly death spiral and lead to death?Indeed, ladies and gentlement, you had better hope the...
    Left hand palm | 26-07
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #30B
    14 concepts that will be obsolete after catastrophic climate change Abrupt climate shifts in the past offer warning for future Changing human behavior is major factor in selling cleaner cars, curbing congestion China’s energy plans will worsen climate change, Greenpeace...
    Skeptical Science | 26-07
  • French Lessons
    Aux Armes Citoyens! Exacerbating Labour's current difficulties is the unfinished character of the rank-and-file's 2012 revolution. It was as if the revolutionary crowds of Paris, having torn down the Bastille, then decided to build it back up again!“APRÈS MOI, LE...
    Bowalley Road | 26-07
  • Most politicians don’t care about elderly
    Back at the end of June the New Zealand Aged Care Association ran a full paged advert in the NZ Herald concerning a number of questions they wanted politicians to answer. They also sent each party a letter outlining their...
    The Jackal | 26-07
  • I wish you all solidarity
    On Thursday night was my valedictory speech in Parliament – the last official word of my nearly nine years as a Labour MP. Valedictories are rites of passage.  Some of us will be remembered.  Most of us won’t, until we...
    Red Alert | 26-07
  • Billboards
    We drove out to Porirua today and back through the Wellington commuter suburbs: Johnsonville, Ngaio etc. There was a scattering of billboards around, almost all of which were TeamKey/National billboards. Here’s a picture of the cluster near to where I live on...
    DimPost | 26-07
  • Billboards
    We drove out to Porirua today and back through the Wellington commuter suburbs: Johnsonville, Ngaio etc. There was a scattering of billboards around, almost all of which were TeamKey/National billboards. Here’s a picture of the cluster near to where I live on...
    DimPost | 26-07
  • Reconcile this, please, Mr Coleman
    National’s Jonathan Coleman has some explaining to do. He has stated that: “Ministers had absolutely no knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ Police investigation.” The NZ Herald reports that Immigration NZ received a detailed briefing regarding the FBI’s interest in Kim Dotcom, ahead...
    Occasionally erudite | 26-07
  • Much to fight for in the Maori seats
    We all know it could be a fight to the death in the Maori seats this election, but it's startling to think that some candidates are borrowing money off their mortgages just to be able to stand at this election.It seems...
    Pundit | 26-07
  • A plea to all Labour Party activists
    Let's focus on being unfocused. Hey, maybe it will work....
    Imperator Fish | 26-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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