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Sign the TPPA petition!

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, October 1st, 2013 - 212 comments
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The celebrity video below is playing on TVNZ Breakfast and TV3 Firstline this morning:

It calls for the government to release the TPPA text, and for you to sign the petition to John Key now.

Tell our government they shouldn’t sign such far reaching international agreements without public consultation. It’s not democracy and it’s not right.

Don’t forget to get your friends and family to sign too…

For more information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, click here.

212 comments on “Sign the TPPA petition!”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    David Cunliffe has shown you do not have to wear a beret and fatigues to be a lefty, bring back the beard though David!

    His statement about revealing the text of the TPPA will have rattled a lot of cages with some rather unsavoury occupants.

    • vto 1.1

      No definitely don’t bring back the beard.

      Better – get out in the sun and get some colour in your face. This would, in this modern age of television, certainly help when standing next to podgy, grey Key.

      Fire up the health and image Cunliffe, you must use everything at your disposal. Sharp suits and ties alone misses these other levers.

      • Rosie 1.1.1

        Yes, bring back the beard.

        • vto 1.1.1.1

          Really? Why? Haven’t you heard the one about never doing business with a man with a beard?

          • Rosie 1.1.1.1.1

            Lol, no I haven’t! And yes, really. Why? beards on the right person can make a dashing statement. “look at me, I’m a man of the world” “look at me, I’m a bit roguish” Wink. Some folks can really carry off a beard well, Cunliffe is one of them. (He doesn’t fit either of those statements though. His beardliness says something else).

            Some can’t and shouldn’t try.

            Mo’s? No, never. Unless it’s an extraordinary one.

            Finally, I can’t believe we are discussing beards.

          • Chooky 1.1.1.1.2

            @ vto….agree….no beard!

            ..needs to look corporate but relaxed, fit and ready for action ( eg Russell Crowe or Steve McQueen)..half shaven with a tan might be the way to go .

            …definitely not the beard imo……ie not a Green Hippie….leave that for the Green hippies)

          • BrucetheMoose 1.1.1.1.3

            Does that mean you can’t trust Santa?

        • Rosie 1.1.1.2

          Signed and shared. Thank you Bunji. Lets hope the ad and petition can begin a mainstream discussion about it. It’s high time.

    • Rogue Trooper 1.2

      will DPM’s and a JD tee-shirt suit?

  2. anita mcgregor 2

    this ttpa goes beyond superficial politics and attacks our most basic rights. I can’t believe it has got this far. When I watched john key talking about it this morning I had to wonder “who the hell voted in this little dictator?? Are we all so apathetic that he can go and sign all our rights away and refuse to have someone in the room who can tell us the facts?? He doesn’t own this country and he does NOT have the mandate to do whatever HE wants. With every passing day this national government is in power I feel the NZ I know and love is dying at their hands.

    • Sable 2.1

      Just look at Keys disgusting spy bill. This is yet another example of the arrogance of this man. I’m not at all surprised by his behaviour based on past experience. The Benjamin Disraeli of NZ politics….

    • poem 2.2

      The despot parasite that is john key, has the attitude and often demonstrates it too, that when he become PM, New Zealand and everything in it belonged “personally” to him to do with as he pleases. And New Zealand, in more ways than one, has borne the brunt of that attitude.

  3. Alanz 3

    It would be nice to see a more ethnically diverse range of speakers in the clip. I know a number of leading business and community people (NZ permanent residents and citizens) from the East, South, and South East Asian communities who do not support the TPPA as it is rolling ahead.

    • Sable 3.1

      Guess there’s only so many people they can include in the ad…..

    • anita 3.2

      really?? are you saying they are so racist that they will only relate if an Asian face is speaking it?? I don’t think so! that’s the same political correctness as trying to make labour dictate the sex of mps.

  4. Sable 4

    Wonder how many more nails there are to put in slimy Keys political coffin? I’d say the lid must be getting pretty tight.

    This is yet another example of the dishonesty and deviousness of this pro US sycophantic government. They will sell our rights and best interests to line the pockets of foreigners.

    A big thumbs up to the TV celebs who appeared (I see Kerre Woodham McIvor did not make an appearance-funny that).

    Anyway all signed up, lets hope lots of others follow suit.

  5. vto 5

    At risk of constant repetition……

    The TPPA limits what laws we can make.
    Therefore it affects our voting rights, a constitutional matter.
    A government does not have the authority to do this.
    The TPPA will therefore be invalid and unenforceable.

    simple

    • Sable 5.1

      I’m sure many German’s thought that too in the 1930′s. Take a look at a movie called “Crossing Hitler”. Gives you an insight as to how the law can be bent to serve the interests of the corrupt…

      • vto 5.1.1

        Will do, though perhaps the difference today is the (apparent) lack of threat of force / detention / other if one goes up against the state.

      • travellerev 5.1.2

        Bad laws can only be enforced if a population is compliant and if the enforcers are able to use force to keep a population that way.

        The Roman Empire did not collapse because of barbarian hordes sacking Rome. It collapsed because it overextended and started to dilute the currencies in order to maintain it.

        Inequality in the US is now far worse than in Roman times and there is nothing that says end of empire more than not paying the soldiers who have to maintain it.

        And while Obama’s threat to not pay soldiers is aimed at getting the average beltway bible bashing patriot to step back in line with the program while the government do their annual shutting the government down unless we can print some more fiat crap money it is something that most definitely will happen when the bonds and derivatives bubble will come crashing down around the ears of the financial bankster elite and we are left with the mess to clean up.

        By the way here is a nice presentation from Lori Wallace one of the foremost TPP specialists on the subject.

  6. Bob 6

    Seriously? It is still in negotiation, and once terms have been negotiated then it will put in the public domain for submissions prior to being ratified in parliament.
    So this petition is for people that are saying they would be better negotiators at this point? Or is it just for people that don’t understand the process and therefore get upset feeling like they are being left out in some way? Actually, it is probably option 3, play on the fear of the unknown to try to turn the voting public against the government for no apparent reason. I have been trying to find what happened to the petition against the China FTA……..can’t seem to find it. Is that because Aunty Helen was involved in that one? I seem to remember that was kept out of the public domain until it had been negotiated also!

    • Paul 6.1

      The Cabinet Manual says, in unequivocal terms: ‘7.112: In New Zealand, the power to take treaty action rests with the Executive.’
      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1310/S00001/key-must-stop-misleading-nzers-that-parliament-has-power-ove.htm

      • Bob 6.1.1

        Even if this is correct (which I doubt after looking into Jane Kelsey and seeing that all she has done for the past 4 years is write anti-TPPA articles), it would be political suicide to sign up to this WITHOUT public scruitany!

        Even David Cunliffe won’t walk away from the deal: http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/qa-interview-with-david-cunliffe-and-david-parker/

        MICHAEL If we can just move on to our next issue of the Trans-Pacific partnership? Helen Clark and Phil Goff – they were very keen on this. Is this something you could walk away from, though?

        CUNLIFFE Look, we haven’t seen the text. We don’t know what the Government is hiding. We’ve challenged National to put the text in the public domain, at least an outline of it so New Zealanders can start the conversation that we will need to have. Of course, all things being equal, we would want to see international markets open for our exports, and we would want to be part of a strategic arrangement with our best friends. However, there is no blank cheque here. We need to protect Pharmac, we need to have intellectual property rules which suit New Zealand investors, and we sure as heck want to protect the sovereignty of the New Zealand Parliament in terms of future regulation-making without having to pay subsidies or compensation to foreign multinationals.

        I don’t remember him coming out and asking for the details of the China FTA to be made public before Labour had finished negotiating, why the change of heart now?

        • Paul 6.1.1.1

          So you disparage Jane Kelsey for her advocacy against the TPPA. Why?

          Can you explain why you are so in favour of this agreement?
          As you have clearly been on the ‘it’s our future’ website, do you not find any of the concerns mentioned there valid?
          foreign investment restriuctions being lifted
          big overseas companies being able to sue the New Zealand government
          medicines becoming more expensive
          copyright laws restricting internet freedom and access to information

          Have you read about what happened to the USA after the NAFTA deal?

          • Bob 6.1.1.1.1

            That’s the point Paul, I am not in favour of the deal, nor am I against it. Until the agreement has been drafted it is pointless to have any strong position on it at all (unless you are simply anti-FTA’s entirely, in which point I am sure you would have been campaigning against the China FTA also).
            Would you be against the TPPA if we didn’t have to make any major legal/employment concessions and it meant a massive boost to our export markets? If not, then why sign a petition that could potentially put unnecessary pressure on all politicians to stop this from going through and sway the minds of the voting public against something that could be massive for all of our exporters and our economy as a whole?

            As for the points made on the ‘it’s our future’ website, certainly, they are all extremely valid if they come to fruition, but at this point it is all rumours and innuendo, there are no firm facts at all, and to ask for firm facts mid negotiation is to weaken our position and potentially make the deal worse for us. Why not wait for the details to be nutted out and make a decision from there rather than potentially ruin a massive boost for our exporters and therefore our overall economy?

            • Rosie 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Bob, this isn’t an ordinary FTA. The scope of it goes well beyond trade, so don’t keep looking at it, as if it were a regular FTA. The frightening thing about it is that it puts the “rights” of corporates to make a profit, above the laws of a nation. Eg. NZ says no to growing G.E seed for food crops, Monsanto comes along and under the TPPA says, “you know, fuck you NZ, I’m just gonna go ahead and sell my seed to your farmers anyway” We say, “no, you can’t do that” and they say “oh yes, we can, under the Investor State Disputes Settlement process we can, so screw you”. Laws of the land over ridden. And you think thats ok?

              • Bob

                Thanks Rosie, can you please point me to where/how in the TPPA this would occur so I can look into it more? Links to reputable sites where I can read about this would be most appreciated.
                I haven’t seen the details of the TPPA so I haven’t been able to make an informed decision either way, which is why I think a petition against it is a terrible idea. If you have details that I am unaware of I am happy to be swayed on this though.

                • Half Crown

                  “I haven’t seen the details of the TPPA so I haven’t been able to make an informed decision either way”

                  Surely that is what the petition is all about.

                • Rosie

                  Here:

                  http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/th_gallery/investor-state-dispute-settlement-isds/

                  Thoughts on ISDS from Vikram Kumar, CE of Mega:

                  “The TPP gives power to corporate interests over soverign governments, backed by private international tribunals, in areas such as labour laws, environmental protection, public health, public services, professional licensing, government procurement, and consumer safety. The TPP thus moves the focus from state-state relationships in FTAs to corporate-state relationships in the new “partnership” model.”

                  More on it here:

                  http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/jagged-edges-tpp-ck-146203

                  How the TPP will potentially affect what you’re doing right now: Hint, nothing to with Free Trade

                  https://openmedia.org/news/citizens-call-leaders-say-no-extreme-internet-censorship-proposals-final-tpp-talks-indonesia

                • Macro

                  “I haven’t seen the details of the TPPA so I haven’t been able to make an informed decision either way”

                  Exactly! But just look over the Tasman, we know this is how the cigarette companies behaved following Aussies FTA with the states. There has been the dirty deal with Warner over the Hobbit, Key can’t stopping popping in to chat with his business mates over the Pacific, The spy bills are all aimed at downloading and watching you and I, for corporate benefit. The pharmaceutical co’s are rubbing their hands in glee. GM seeds are just round the corner. The TPPA reeks of Corporate Welfare at the expense of the ordinary citizen. The precautionary principle applies here.

                  We Need To Know!

                  As for FTA’s in general – their legacy has been the globalisation of poverty world wide. The sooner trade barriers are erected and countries are left to get on with reestablishing their economies for the benefit of their people the better for all except the 1%ers.

    • Tiger Mountain 6.2

      Needn’t be a dick all your life Bob, change happens, no dirty filthy tory government is going to sign my rights away without some reaction.

      • Bob 6.2.1

        What have they signed though TM? Nothing! Even if they did, it wouldn’t be worth the paper it was written on without being ratified in parliament, which requires at least 30 days of public scruitany prior to be signed off.
        This petition has as much weight as a petition against Labours NZ Power proposal at this point, it is still just an idea, there isn’t even a guarantee an agreement will ever be reached!

        • Paul 6.2.1.1

          Parliament won’t ratify it.
          The Cabinet Manual says, in unequivocal terms: ‘7.112: In New Zealand, the power to take treaty action rests with the Executive.’

    • anita 6.3

      I hate people with your attitude. What you are saying is that we are ignorant easily led fools who can be swayed by a few articles. NO! We are not. I, personally have always been opposed to the TTPA. This isn’t sudden but with so many of the things Key and his cronies are doing, its like you just finish signing one petition (the selling of state assets) and then another thing comes up. I have never hated a prime minister so much as Key. Roll on the election.

      • Bob 6.3.1

        I hate people with your attitude anita, I am against this because John Key is doing it…….who gives a shit if it is potentially the best thing for the whole of NZ! What a terrible, bullshit attitude to have full stop! Pull your head in and think about what is best for the country every once in a while rather than ‘I don’t like it because John Key does’ petty immature mindset.

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1

          So you are saying we should put our faith in John Key, instead of demanding that the details of the TPPA be revealed so that we can be fully informed?

          Why would you want us to put our faith in John Key?

          • Bob 6.3.1.1.1

            Not at all CV, read through my comments above, anyone involved in negotiations knows that the less information the person you are negotiating with has, the less leverage they have off you. Putting our side of negotiations into the public domain whilst still in negotiations weakens our position and potentially ruins our involvement in the TPPA completely (as the public wouldn’t allow many concessions to go through, especially around legal and employment changes, yet these are the types of concessions we may have to make if we have if we weaken our position).
            I am saying don’t just say ‘I am against the TPPA because John Key is involved’ without looking at the potential benefits to the NZ economy (look at what the China FTA has done for our primary industries), and weighing up what concessions we may or may not have to make. The issue is with people like anita and Rosie that simply make assumptions based on nothing more than John Key is involved, so it must be bad.

            • framu 6.3.1.1.1.1

              ive read your comments – and they show a dangerous level of faith in people who have demonstrated a less than adequate concern for the populace of NZ

              face it –

              the TPPA is about a hell of a lot more than trade – this we know

              american drug companies are hell bent on getting rid of pharmac – this we know

              the americans are pressing for the ability to allow international courts stacked with industry appointees to override our own ability to make law in our own country – this we know

              Amercian multinationals have a history of using such provisions to override other countries governemnts to force them to submit to the multinationals will – this we know

              so instead of getting a bit shouty like you are here – perhaps pull back from denigrating anyone who disagrees with you and accept that these are provable valid concerns

              Were not asking for every detail – but a general gist of whats being offered in our name would be nice. As you yourself said – you dont know whats being put on the table, nor do we

            • KJT 6.3.1.1.1.2

              Look at what the China FTA has done to our employment, wages, borrowing and current account deficit.

              7 billion in trade receipts (A growth in commodity exports to China which Australia also had without! an FTA) has cost us double that in borrowing to buy trinkets from China, losses of local industry and welfare payments to the casualties.

              The TPPA is secret in every country because if the citizens of every country knew what it did to their democratic rights and the subjugation of their interests to multinationals it would be rejected.

              It is an attempt to set the neo-liberal paradigm in concrete and make us forever powerless pawns.

              • Wayne

                You must be out to lunch.

                Australia sells iron ore and coal, neither of which face a tariff barrier. But agricultral products do, which is what we sell. So the FTA reduces those tariffs for NZ exports to China. Without the gains for the dairy industry over the last five years NZ would be in a much worse position.

                Our exports to China have increased have increased fourfold in the last five years. Do you really think that does not matter, in terms of how NZ has escaped the worst of the financial crisis.

                But hey, if you are that blinkered, no amount of evidence will persuade you.

                • Bill

                  sheesh – lets just keep on throwing up the big ‘blank slate’ market of China why don’t we, because that’s really representative of the markets and trade relations we’ll be tied to.

                  US agriculture enjoys subsidies. NZ agriculture doesn’t. And as soon as any trade deal is signed, NZ will be legally unable to introduce tariffs or subsidies to level the playing field with regards cheap US agricultural imports.

                  Now that might be fine from the point of view of very big agriculture. But social democratic governments are meant to be a buffer between big business interests and the better interests of citizens – not a fcking cheer leader for them!

                  Then, of course, there is pharmac which will be in the sights of big US pharma corps. Wonder what the sweetener will be there? Cheap guinea pig drug trials or such like?

                  If the text was open to the public and the public delivered bottom lines back to the government, then their hand in negotiations would be strengthened, not weakened, as they could simply point out their hands were/are tied with regards a, b or c.

                  But that takes us back to the (subverted) role of social democratic governance, dunnit?

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    The sweeteners will be “anonymous” donations and seats on boards after leaving Parliament.

                  • Rogue Trooper

                    dunnit

                  • Colonial Viper

                    sheesh – lets just keep on throwing up the big ‘blank slate’ market of China why don’t we, because that’s really representative of the markets and trade relations we’ll be tied to.

                    Excellent point – the TPPA has nothing to do with China, and in fact China would far prefer us to act as an independent sovereign nation not hamstrung by a secretive US imperial economic agreement.

                • Tracey

                  Can you explain how US corporates are privy to negotiation and documents even though secrecy is needed and so the public are excluded? You understand this is very different to standard FTA’s? You havent seen the drafts though Wayne, you are not advocating signing before reading are you? You are trusting someone else who says it is in NZ’s best interests, that’s what it comes down to, unless you have seen the drafts (which you have denied).

                • Tracey

                  But you have no evidence about the TPPA Wayne, just going on previous agreements cos oyu havent seen the draft/s, or has someone breached their confidentiality and discusse dit with you?

                  Do you agree with the following? If no, why not, please post your sources.

                  ““Parliament does not get to see the text until after it is signed. The text is then tabled in Parliament and referred to a select committee. But the committee cannot change the text. Nor can Parliament.”

                  Even if Parliament voted against the TPPA, Cabinet could legally ratify it anyway – and would be expected to do so under international law.”

                  • srylands

                    Depending on the nature if the provisions in the TPPA, they will require changes to New Zealand law. Parliament will need to pass those laws to give effect to the TPPA.

                    For example if New Zealand conceded chnages in the way Pharmac operates this would require amandments to the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. Parliament would need to pass these chanages.

                • KJT

                  Of course it did, for a short period, but do you really think China will allow that to continue. And have you really counted all the countervailing costs, to NZ, of making that money.

                  I have seen at first hand what happens to countries who gut all their other industries and production because they have, for a time, managed to make a lot on one commodity. It is not pretty.

                  Unfortunately, like most of our politicians, you have bought into a religious dogma, and cannot see what is in front of you.

                  • KJT

                    My apologies Wayne. that may be a bit harsh in your case.

                    “Australia sells iron ore and coal, neither of which face a tariff barrier. But agricultral products do, which is what we sell. So the FTA reduces those tariffs for NZ exports to China”.

                    Doesn’t that statement just highlight the folly of relying on either to the exclusion of a functioning, diverse, innovative and successful production and manufacturing base.

                    I suspect you agree with me, from your statement elsewhere in this thread about supporting innovative industry.

            • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1.1.3

              anyone involved in negotiations knows that the less information the person you are negotiating with has, the less leverage they have off you. Putting our side of negotiations into the public domain whilst still in negotiations

              Of course, you completely ducked the point that the latest negotiating copy of the agreement text should be made public.

              Not the negotiating team’s private notes.

              But you already knew that, clever man.

              • Tracey

                … and that they have been negotiating for 5 years now. NO secrets left, no hidden positions.

            • Tracey 6.3.1.1.1.4

              Can you explain how secrecy is crucial but over 400 US corporate representatives are involved and viewing the documents and the negotiations but the public aren’t? That’s a HUGE contradiction right there.

              • srylands

                “Can you explain how secrecy is crucial but over 400 US corporate representatives are involved and viewing the documents and the negotiations but the public aren’t? That’s a HUGE contradiction right there.”

                They sign confidentiality agreements.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  But why are they even invited? Why should a certain class of stakeholders be present at the table to lobby for their interests, but not others.

                  Why should some corporates be included, but not unions, for example.

                  And the confidentiality agreements are beside the point. The reasons you gave for secrecy apply just as strongly to corporates as they do to anyone else.

                  There are no good answers to these questions, which is why they ‘annoy’ you, and cause you to respond with tautologies and non sequiturs.

                  • Tracey

                    still waiting fo rhis source on the corporates signing confidentiality agreements…seems odd the corporates reps cant report to their boards dontcha think?

                • Tracey

                  It is so. It is so. it is so. It is so. It is so. It is so.

        • poem 6.3.1.2

          But John Key is not doing whats best for the country bob, and thats the point. John Key is doing what best for himself and his offshore mates in high places.

          • srylands 6.3.1.2.1

            There are no offshore mates except in your imagination. I am sure he is doing what is best for the country.

            • thatguynz 6.3.1.2.1.1

              And that is why you are a fool. Do you have a rose tinted view of the history of the past 5 years?

            • Tracey 6.3.1.2.1.2

              Can you confirm that none of the 400 corporates you say have signed a confidentiality agreement have no connection to John key (source please?)

              • srylands

                No I can’t confirm that. There may be a vast right wing conspiracy where the 400 corporates feed information on the TPPA to National’s rich offshore mates. Then those mates sell the TPPA secrets to the Government. They get paid for the secrets by some of the proceeds from assets sales.

                • Tracey

                  So, you just guessed that they signed confidentiality agreements which would mean they couldn’t report to their boards? You just make stuff up as you go along.

                  The difference between you and Wayne, and me on this topic is I want to know what we are signing, before we sign it. You guys just want to sign it no matter what it says.

      • poem 6.3.2

        Agree with you Anita +1

  7. srylands 7

    This is insane. It shows that the people that pedal this line have had zero involvement in multilateral negotiations. It would be the end for New Zealand at the table.

    Do you think that Helen Clark and Phil Goff – who presided over the negotiations of many valuable bilateral and multilateral agreements would have tolerated this? She would have had the balls of any of anyone in her Government who had suggested such a thing.

    There will be some things in the TPPA we don’t like. But overall it is a no brainer. Do you want to end up like a temperate climate Samoa? Oh yeah the Greens do.

    You can do all the petitions you like. It is not happening. Silent-T knows that too. he would do exactly the same in government. He is simply making mischief and laughing behind his hand.

    • karol 7.1

      What has happened to Silent T(rev)? And what does he have to say about the TPPA?

      It would be the end for New Zealand at the table.

      Chicken Little, look to the horizon. Things are changing.

      John Key is PM now, and his credibility is on the wane.

      • srylands 7.1.1

        “Chicken Little, look to the horizon. Things are changing.”

        It doesn’t matter. Labour will sign the TPPA. And they will negotiate it in secret.

    • Paul 7.2

      Do you always take the side of multinational corporations, Sryland?
      Rather than taking your usual negative stance to anything expressed here, can you explain the positives for regular New Zealanders if this secret treaty is signed?
      Can you explain how the TPPA will benefit New Zealand?

    • Colonial Viper 7.3

      This is insane. It shows that the people that pedal this line have had zero involvement in multilateral negotiations. It would be the end for New Zealand at the table.

      The alternative being the country signed up to a secret document with secret terms and conditions, so secret that not even our elected Parliamentarians can penetrate (even if corporate lackeys have full access)?

    • greywarbler 7.4

      srylands You said your first true thing. The negotiation system is insane, also undemocratic and irresponsible – to us as supposed sovereign citizens of this country. And also for each other country involved. How simple it is to throw out the rules when there is something a bit different from normal occurring. How convenient to say to all of we people at home, leave it to us, this is for the big boys, you go off and play while we do all the heavy lifting. Whatever we decide though, you will have to do, but you won’t mind will you.

      That’s insane all right.

      • srylands 7.4.1

        You cannot conduct international negotiations in an environment where working drafts are exposed with the mob baying and whinging. No government will allow this to happen. And you are naive for thinking otherwise. It is that simple. Mobe on to something you can chnage.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.4.1.1

          It is naïve to think that governments can carry on with ‘business as usual’ after the GFC crisis, which was clearly created by a mixture of poor policies, fraudulent behaviour in many sectors and a serious conflation of public interests with private ones.

          I am of the opinion nothing has been done of any moment that has addressed these problems.

          We have no guarantee that this ‘confusion’ of public interests with private ones is not occurring with these negotiations.

          Governments are going to have to take time out from their ‘business as usual’ attitudes in order to address these matters. Otherwise they won’t be able to do more than ‘international negotiations’ because their legitimacy will be non-existent.

        • Paul 7.4.1.2

          I’m glad your anti democratic ideals are becoming apparent.
          To call citizens concerned about democracy a mob that bays and whinges says so much about who you really care about.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.4.1.3

          No government will allow this to happen.

          Then that government needs to be charged with treason as by not making the drafts available to us they’re removing our ability to govern ourselves.

    • framu 7.5

      question – is the TPPA an FTA?

      considering that only a small portion of the negotiations is about trade what do you think wonder boy?

      and you can shove your continued schoolyard insults where the sun doesnt shine – its high time you grew up

    • Draco T Bastard 7.6

      Ah, SSLands comes out in favour of dictatorial government – again.

      As a democratic nation the people need to see the text of the agreement so that they can make an informed decision.

    • Tracey 7.7

      you berate someone for bad manners and continue to refer to a public figure by an offensive nomenclature. A puerile one at that.

      What is insane is that you cannot name a single agreement negotiated in secret by the last Labour Government which sought to suborne NZ law to overseas Companies. So you avoid it and call something you have never seen a “no brainer”. You try to come across as a savvy guy economically and worldly but you are advocating potentially giving up our sovereignty over something you have not seen and know even less about.

      You are proof the exodus to Australia is not, in fact, a brain drain.

  8. George D 8

    I’m sorry to declare that Labour’s opposition to the TPPA lasted about a week, until Goff was appointed trade spokesperson. I can’t yet copy links on this smartphone, but Fran O’sullivan’s ‘Goff adding muscle to Pacific trade push’ is required reading. Go, take a look and then come back here and we’ll discuss this insidious document and its promoters.

    My own personal opinion is that Labour members who are skilled in areas which will be heavily affected by this legislation should arrange meetings with Goff and turn that smile into something sober.

    • Tracey 8.1

      Have emailed Cunliffe and asked if he can confirm that the appointment of Goff does not affect his comments to date about his stance on the TPPA.

  9. Paul 9

    Goff is following in the steps of another neo-liberal convert Mike Moore…..both part of the the Labour clique of the 1980s who betrayed the country, selling out the people of New Zealand for the global elite.
    Cunliffe has to show that Labour has returned to the ideals of its origin, not the party that has hijacked by these traitors.

    • srylands 9.1

      “Cunliffe has to show that Labour has returned to the ideals of its origin, not the party that has hijacked by these traitors.”

      Good grief! Do you want Silent-T to lead a one term Government?

      • Paul 9.1.1

        It’s amazing how you right wing folk have to resort to name calling.
        I guess sticking to the actual issue puts you on he back foot.

    • Rogue Trooper 9.2

      =3

  10. Wayne 10

    New Zealand cannot release negotiating drafts without the approval of the other parties. Thats because they include positions that countries want to negotiate on.

    Now I know this ad is more of the tactics of those who oppose the TPP, just as virtually all the people in the ad opposed the China FTA.

    I suspect this will be become quite divisive in Labour. Labour activists (ex Alliance) oppose TPP, but as Phil Goff’s interview with Fan O’Sullivan showed, Labour generally supports FTA’s. Trade is a portfolio that the Greens will not get, and David Cunliffe knows what he is doing by appointing Phil. I suspect David will be quite careful in his future rhetoric on this issue.

    • Paul 10.1

      You sound a fan of the TPPA.
      In your opinion Wayne, what do New Zealanders have to gain from signing this secret deal?

      • Wayne 10.1.1

        Paul,

        Yes, I am a fan. As a general proposition New Zealand gains when trade barriers (whether in goods or services) are lowered.

        The effect of the China FTA has been profound, and essentially insulated us from the worst of the global recession. It is the key reason why NZ diary exports have a competitive advantage in China over other countries. Our exports face a lower Chinese tariff.

        In this instance Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, United States are all in the TPP negotiations. We only have a FTA with Australia. We will gain substantially by having the markets of the others opened up for NZ exports.

        • thatguynz 10.1.1.1

          Wayne,

          I assume you are familiar with the book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” by John Perkins. I’m intrigued as to why you maintain such an idyllic view of the trading partners that our government seem to be fawning all over? Can I also assume that you have read the book that explains the issues that Australia has experienced since entering into a trade agreement with the US (apologies, the book name escapes me at the moment)?

          Ergo – even if the TPPA was a true FTA (which it isn’t) your hopes and dreams of the supposed trade benefits to grass roots NZ would very much appear to be seriously misplaced…

          • thatguynz 10.1.1.1.1

            UPDATE: The second book referenced is called “How to Kill a Country: Australia’s Devastating Trade Deal with the United States” by Weiss, Thurbon & Mathews. Somewhat evocative title I agree however very interesting content..

            • Wayne 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Like Australia is economically dead? The only OECD country not to have a recession. The authors must be well out of the mainstream.

              • thatguynz

                Nice try Wayne. Have you read either of the books mentioned?

                • Wayne

                  I did see the book “How to Kill a Country” was written in 2004, and like this site was an attack on the FTA. And written by the “usual suspects”. I did read some reviews on line to get a sense of it.

                  Well, we can see what happened, just as we have done in NZ with the China FTA. In both cases the fears have been trumped by the facts of what has happened, although I think NZ has done better out of the China FTA.

                  • thatguynz

                    So as soon as you made a determination that it was an attack on the FTA (“like this site”) you discount its content? Interesting although not wholly surprising.

                    What did your cursory investigation find out about John Perkins’ book then? Is he also one of the “usual suspects”?

                    • srylands

                      “What did your cursory investigation find out about John Perkins’ book then? Is he also one of the “usual suspects”?”

                      Yes!

                    • thatguynz

                      Srylands, you’ve demonstrated time and again that you struggle to keep up with simple concepts.. Run along now and let Wayne answer the question for himself.

        • framu 10.1.1.2

          whats your opinion regarding multinationals being able to force govts hand regarding making laws in their own counrty?

          or trade deals where only a small part of the deal being discussed is about trade

          or multinationals having track records of using such measures to rid themselves of product (sometimes these involve highly toxic substances) that even their own country wont let them sell or to override elected govts

          thats the problem the pro camp refuses to address – theres things we know or highly suspect are on the agenda, theres companies involved that have shown they dont really give a flying shit what we might want or decide to do at a govt level and theres some very nasty politics being played – and not for our benefit

          perhaps before saying those opposed are wrong, the pro camp could address these rather huge and valid issues. “trust us, you will get your chance to say something” has been proven time and again to not being worth diddly squat

          If the pro camp is going to keep ignoring these things – why the hell should anyone accept “trust us”?

        • Tracey 10.1.1.3

          IF that’s how the agreement pans out. BUT you dont know the terms and you have no idea how much we kow tow to other, bigger, stronger partners to achieve even the smallest gain.

        • KJT 10.1.1.4

          We are still waiting for the “benefits” of FTA’s, and the whole neo-liberal package.

          Pay in my primary trade is 40% lower, in New Zealand, against the CPI, than it was in the 80′s, despite my much greater experience, position, and skill level gained since then, and! I am one of the highly skilled NZ cannot do without. Employers in my feild are constantly bleating they cannot get qualified staff.
          Mostly because New Zealanders with the skills have left for higher pay everywhere else in the world.

          Even worse is the spiral into third world poverty for huge numbers of New Zealanders.

          How long do we have to wait?

          Don’t even get me started on the fact we have no negotiating position, apart from embarrassingly trading on the lives of our dead soldiers, because of our unilateral abandonment of all protections for our industry, and our citizens, by ideological fuckwits, in Labour, in the 80′s.

          The advantages of FTA’s exist only in the minds of religious “free trade” zealots.

          All the countries in the world are not going to get rich by individually, out exporting everyone else. Some will lose that game. The smaller, less powerful fools, like us!

          The TPPA is even worse. Even the few things that have been leaked so far show it is a charter for corporate rights, above our democratic rights..

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.4.1

            +111

          • srylands 10.1.1.4.2

            “We are still waiting for the “benefits” of FTA’s, and the whole neo-liberal package.”

            No we are not. The benefits are here. I see them at Mitre 10 when I go shopping. I see them in reduced poverty. The future is bright thanks to markets. We just need to accelerate the pace of change, which is woefully slow in NZ.

            New Zealand has right now a cautious, centre left government. Stop demonising it and get with the play for the sake of the nation.

            • thatguynz 10.1.1.4.2.1

              Reduced poverty? You’re taking the piss right? I assume you live on Planet Key…

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.4.2.2

              I see them in reduced poverty.

              The FTAs and free-market religion that we’ve had dumped on us by stupid politicians and economists have increased poverty.

            • Tracey 10.1.1.4.2.3

              “New Zealand has right now a cautious, centre left government. Stop demonising it and get with the play for the sake of the nation.”

              Thanks for my chuckle of the day. Especially the centre left bit. You are sounding more and more like Hooten every day.

            • KJT 10.1.1.4.2.4

              “Reduced poverty” Where? Paritai Drive!

              Hawaii?

              Srylands cannot help writing satire.

              The new Jonathan Swift.

          • Tracey 10.1.1.4.3

            “Pay in my primary trade is 40% lower, in New Zealand, against the CPI, than it was in the 80′s, despite my much greater experience, position, and skill level gained since then, and! I am one of the highly skilled NZ cannot do without. Employers in my feild are constantly bleating they cannot get qualified staff.”

            But, but, but Wayne says the economy and consumer is better off and srylands is loving going to mitre 10.

            The Warehouse has given us cheaper crap and minimum wage jobs but also assisted the complete collapse of our apparel industry.

            Saying the “economy” will benefit is vacuous. Like economics it has little practical meaning. Profits for a small number of people will rise, minimum wage will not unless legislated. Why is that srylands, Wayne? Afterall in good times employers will share the increased profits? NOT unless legislated. SME’s are more likely to raise wages than the major employers, unless you mean executive bonuses?

            • KJT 10.1.1.4.3.1

              I used to love going to hardware stores. You know, the ones that sold New Zealand made tools I am still using 40 years later.

              I used to love going ski-ing and sailing as a teenage apprentice.

              Instead of living in a garage on baked beans, like too many present day teenagers. Even the ones with jobs!

              I used to love the fact that all the kids I went to school with had a home and decent food, and hope of making things better for themselves in future. Even the poorest ones.

              I loved the fact that we did not have teenagers committing suicide, after being shunted between disgusting employers, WINZ and the overworked mental health system. One we knew, just last week. Which is why I have had a gutsfull of our shocking fascist Government, and unthinking apologists for them, like Fairylands.

      • Tracey 10.1.2

        actually wayne has never opposed a single FTA type agreement or similar. He has also said he supports this one but has never read the agreement. I wonder if he recommends his clients agree to something without reading it.

        • srylands 10.1.2.1

          “actually wayne has never opposed a single FTA type agreement or similar. He has also said he supports this one but has never read the agreement. I wonder if he recommends his clients agree to something without reading it.”

          So what are we going to do? Not sign up if all other asia pacific powers do sign? It would be a fucking disaster. That is not an option. It will not be an option if Labour is in power come signing time, and NO New Zealand government will make the working drafts available to the public. You are being played.

          • Tracey 10.1.2.1.1

            Again you miss the point. Wayne is advocating for something he knows nothing about. He hasnt read it but has decided it is in NZ’s bests interests. He has NOTHING to base that on and, has always favoured FTA’s, never opposed a single one. That is ideological faith,. Which i fine, but it is masquerading as logic and rationality (or purporting to) but it isn’t.

            The USA is doing ok not lifting subsidies on agriculture… so not everyone pulls their pants down for a good old fashioned rogering.

            next you will tell us the economy will collapse if we dont sign… and the good times will come soon if we do sign and the benefits will trickle down.

      • Tracey 10.1.3

        Wayne has admitted he has NEVER opposed an FTA Paul, so like those on the other side he accuses of being jaundiced for always opposing, he is equally jaundiced by always favouring.

    • Tiger Mountain 10.2

      Usually easier to let a cat out of the bag than try and put one back in! DC has said it now. So all you process junkies may be disrupted if there is popular support for more openness.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.3

      “Thats because they include positions that countries want to negotiate on.”

      So? That’s their problem. The thing about democracies is, that citizens should get to discuss what is being negotiated, before the deal is signed. If these deals are win/win, then there really is no reason at all for citizens to be kept out opf the loop on what is being decided for them. The only reason to keep it from them is if politicians fear that citizens won’t like what is being negotiated. And if it is win/win, then politicians should do their job and convince their citizens of that.

      Key is also busy lying about this deal at the moment, saying that parliament gets to ratify any deal. Do you agree that he is wrong about that Wayne?

      • framu 10.3.1

        “The only reason to keep it from them is if politicians fear that citizens won’t like what is being negotiated. And if it is win/win, then politicians should do their job and convince their citizens of that.”

        bingo

  11. Wayne 12

    Pascal,

    Parliament will effectively ratify, since it has to change NZ law to implement TPP. however the Govt (Tim Groser) does the negotiating.

    Releasing drafts would breach the agreement NZ has with the other negotiating parties. That is the equivalent of saying you don’t want to be a party to TPP, which I imagine is your position in any event.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      “effectively” so Parliament gets a veto only. We can;t say we want this but do nat agree to that? “effectively’ democracy is shut out of the negotiations.

      that’s what I oppose, so I’ll thank you can keep your ‘imagination’ to yourself.

      As for it having to be secret because we agreed to it being secret, this is a tautology. I know it’s secret Wayne. that’s what I oppose. Why is it secret if everyone is so sure that it is win/win? Why can’t politicians do their damn jobs and explain why it is so win win?

      The obvious answer to that is the reason there is disquiet, as is the answer to getting people on side. Don’t be secretive about it!

      People don’t like having secret decisions made on their behalf, and if that makes politicians jobs too hard for them, perhaps they should seek easier work, or upskill or something.

      • KJT 12.1.1

        It is not just the NZ public that object to being shut out of the negotiations.

        Thinking members of the public, in all the potential signatories, have serious doubts, and want public negotiations, as a minimum.

    • Ennui 12.2

      So Mr Kerr, you rightly say “Releasing drafts would breach the agreement NZ has with the other negotiating parties”…which is an effective way of saying all negotiations are being conducted in camera. Which in reality means that the public of NZ are being denied visibility of a trade deal about which the proponents posit we will benefit. Yet they wont tell us what is really in it. What have they got to hide (and don’t give me that “trust us” bullshit)?

      • Wayne 12.2.1

        Ennui,

        I actually agree that a bit more transparency would be a good thing, since the lack of it leads to all sorts of conspiracy theories, like for instance, requiring NZ to accept GE, beyond the current levels, or something reasonably close to that. Probably more of a labelling issue.

        But NZ doesn’t really have a choice about releasing drafts if it wants to stay in TPP as a negotiating party, unless we convince the other parties that a bit more transparency would be a good thing.

        So as the situation stands, it is accept the rules as they are, or opt out altogether – the objective of most of the commenters here and the people in the ad.

        It is worth noting that virtually all the negotiating parties are democracies, which will have to pass laws to implement TPP through their national parliaments. So they are unlikely to do anything outlandish, since presumably all the current governments would actually like to be reelected.

        OK, I know that is a bit of “Trust me, I know what I am doing,” but a democratic vote at the next election does tend to limit craziness.

        • framu 12.2.1.1

          “it is accept the rules as they are, or opt out altogether ”

          Thats a pathetically defeatist attitude wayne – what ever happened to having some balls?

          The australians did a bit of push back and theyre still in

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.2.1.1.1

            +1 Framu

            It should not be difficult for NZ negotiators to establish transparency as a requirement of these deals. American negotiators, also have the same demands being called for by their citizens. Others in the negotiations, no doubt, are having similar pressure placed on them.

            “Trust us, we know what we are doing” is no longer appropriate, nor a fair and reasonable expectation, after the GFC crisis, the bailouts the job losses and ensuing unemployment and poverty that citizens of Western countries have been sustaining due to ‘trusting’ their Governments’.

            Governments should have considered the effect on public trust prior to caving into the private interests of those who were lobbying and bribing them.

            It stands to reason that if Governments stop acting in the public interest they will stop enjoying the trust of the public and start having to become more transparent, and accountable.

        • Pascal's bookie 12.2.1.2

          Still haven’t explained why it has to be secret Wayne. Too busy second guessing the motives of those who say it shouldn’t be I guess.

          meh.

        • Tracey 12.2.1.3

          “But NZ doesn’t really have a choice about releasing drafts if it wants to stay in TPP”

          And this is becase we are a bottom-feeder in this transaction. The logic follows, therefore, that we wont be getting many terms that suit us without having to give up shitloads to the others. BUT we don’t know cos we all have to trust Timmy.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.2.1.3.1

            +1 Tracy
            Exactly!

          • Wayne 12.2.1.3.2

            Tracey,

            As you can imagine these rules apply to all.

            I suspect that Japan and South Korea would be pretty anxious on this issue. They will have enough difficulties putting an agreement through, but they will also have to have a good enough agreement, so that it can actually pass through their Parliaments.

            And maybe President Obama is operating on the same principle, since he has enough difficulties with Congress without adding another one. In the US case it probably suits the administration to give the Congress the final text only (which is not to say that specific Senators and Representatives are not consulted).

            Of course getting it through applies to all the negotiating states. If TPP was only about the US, it won’t be completed. And the balance does turn on the judgement and skill of the negotiators of each state. They will need to understand what will work for the majority of their citizens, but those implacably opposed probably are not the key voices in determining this!

            So I guess “Timmy” has a lot to weigh up.

            • Tracey 12.2.1.3.2.1

              Again you dont address my actual point. We are not a major player and you know it. We had no choice but to keep it secret and we will not be a strong hand at the negotiating table…

              You do however make a novel point “what will work for the majority of their citizens”. However with so many corporate reps from the USA invovled it is unlikely this aspect will be fulfilled.

        • Draco T Bastard 12.2.1.4

          but a democratic vote at the next election does tend to limit craziness.

          Didn’t stop this government selling our assets against the will of the people.

          • Wayne 12.2.1.4.1

            Draco, Hmm, you may have forgotten, but it was an explicit campaign promise.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.4.1.1

              One that will cost National 2014.

            • Clement Pinto 12.2.1.4.1.2

              True, but that wasn’t the ONLY issue during the election. People vote for many reasons. Not one single issue. It wasn’t a referendum on asset sales. The fact that an overwhelming number of people, including Nat supporters oppose it as per the polls tells you that.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.2.1.4.1.3

              Yep and the polls have always shown that 75 to 80 percent oppose the sales. This means selling them is undemocratic.

            • Tracey 12.2.1.4.1.4

              Do you accept that the campaign promise included what the proceeds would be put to?

        • KJT 12.2.1.5

          “but a democratic vote at the next election does tend to limit craziness”.

          Doesn’t seem to be working in the USA at present.

      • srylands 12.2.2

        Don’t be so stupid. Of course the negotiations need to be secret. All the countries will need to pass domestic laws to implement the treaty. You will see the details at that point.

        Which multilateral treaties did the 5th labour Government negotiate where the negotiatiing drafts were made public? None. It will never happen. You are wasting your time.

        • Pascal's bookie 12.2.2.1

          Oh and look, another lackwit pops up from the seats of repetition and completely fails to explain why it must be secret.

          If these deals are win/win, why shouldn’t citizens be part of the discussion?

        • Tracey 12.2.2.2

          which multi lateral treaties did the 5th labour government negotiate which had over 400 corporate “advisors” privy to the draft terms and the negotiations?, gave tobacco and other corporates rights which effectively overrode NZ law? None. It never happened. You continue to waste everyone’s time. Perhaps you are the one drinking in Hamilton, it would explain alot.

          You understand that saying it has to be passed into law is contrite because NACTUNITED will probably have the numbers.

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.2.3

          Don’t be so stupid. Of course the negotiations need to be secret. All the countries will need to pass domestic laws to implement the treaty. You will see the details at that point.

          You wouldn’t sign a contract sight unseen. So why should the NZ public?

          Do you think democracy is just a rubber stamping process for the corporate wide boys big money projects?

          • Draco T Bastard 12.2.2.3.1

            Do you think democracy is just a rubber stamping process for the corporate wide boys big money projects?

            After reading what he says over the last few weeks I’d say that’s exactly what he thinks. He’s obviously as anti-democracy as National.

          • Jim Nald 12.2.2.3.2

            Is the TPPA about undermining the social contract by installing the corporate compact?

        • McFlock 12.2.2.4

          Of course the negotiations need to be secret.

          Why?
          If the negotiators are willing to follow the democratic will of their people and it’s a simple trade agreement, why does any stage of the process need to be secret?

          • Pascal's bookie 12.2.2.4.1

            There seems to be a remarkable reluctance to answer this pretty straightforward question doesn’t there.

            If the deal is such a win/win, and it is obvious that it must be done in secret, then an explanation for the secrecy should be pretty straightforward. But, zip, nothing, because because, that’s why.

            • McFlock 12.2.2.4.1.1

              It might just be that sithlands is ignoring me because he doesn’t like me making fun of his handle while he advocates policies that create more (and then imprison and kill) poor people.

              • srylands

                “It might just be that sithlands is ignoring me because he doesn’t like me making fun of his handle while he advocates policies that create more (and then imprison and kill) poor people.”

                I am having nothing to do with you. You have no manners.

                [lprent; Just a point, if you're expecting "manners" around here then you'll be waiting for them for a long time. It just isn't a requirement on this site.

                The standard in the policy is that we encourage "robust" debate with the only limitations being such things as "pointless abuse", various forms of "trolling" (which is roughly equivalent to "I can write a program to generate comments with more intelligence"), things that are illegal (including advocation of violence), outright offensive bigotry as determined by moderators, and a refusal to engage with other commentators (also known as astroturfing and other names).

                You will need to sure that your pursuit of "manners" doesn't violate the latter. In particular because I suspect that your statement will encourage more of the lack of "manners" that you dislike. ]

                • Tracey

                  while accusing people of being drunk just covers you in glory. More Tory do as I say not as I do.

                  • srylands

                    I have never in my life heard anyone in any conversation in New Zealand refer to anyone as a “Tory”. It is utterly bizarre that it is used liberally by the posters here.

                    “A Tory holds a political philosophy (Toryism) based on the traditionalism and conservatism originating with the Cavalier faction during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.”

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tory#Current_usage

                    I don’t think so !

                    • McFlock

                      Yes, it is so.

                      The eternal policies of the tory: preserve their own power, exploit the poor, crush the middle class.

                      Oh, by the way, you’re obviously another stupid tory who thinks that nobody else has access to wikipedia. There are three paragraphs in the section you linked to, none of them being the sentence you quoted.

                      Paragraph three in the section you linked to, because it refers explicitly to your country of residence:

                      In Australia, “Tory” is used as a pejorative term by members of the Australian Labor Party to refer to members of the conservative coalition Liberal and National parties.[15]

                      Oh, you said you’d never heard anybody in New Zealand use the term. I guess they must have been well behaved at the last left-wing meeting you went to in NZ. None of your tory friends would use the term, because abusers never call themselves what they are.

                      At least I have the honesty to call you a “stupid fuckwit” outright, whereas you just assume that nobody will catch your patently obvious misdirections.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      8-) Bro’

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      I have never in my life heard anyone in any conversation in New Zealand refer to anyone as a “Tory”. It is utterly bizarre that it is used liberally by the posters here.

                      Good grief. You should really get out more, or read more about politics in NZ.

                      Here’s one from yesterday:

                      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/super-city/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501110&objectid=11132426

                      Here’s one from a while back:

                      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/blogs/bull-dust/8625466/Happy-Gilmores-political-career-likely-to-be-brief

                      There’s no shortage of it, and more people know who it means that the ‘watermelon’ jibe you keep dragging out from the sewers you frequent.

                  • srylands

                    I only accuse you of being drunk.

                    • Tracey

                      When you lose the battle of ideas as the world goes in the opposite direction to your dream, you resort to rudeness. I have seen this before and it is predominantly Righties that do it. Nobody likes rude people.

                    • srylands

                      None of my left wing friends use the term. My lefty wing Green voting wife doesn’t use the term. None of my wife’s flaky socialist friends use the term.

                    • KJT

                      You should listen to your wife. She is obviously wiser than you.

                    • Tracey

                      is that your real wife or the one you make up to make it seem like you are attractive to a human being?

                • McFlock

                  I have an honest bark while you shed crocodile tears.

                  As far as I’m concerned, you’re like any other conceited, narcissistic pissant who doesn’t have the decency to admit to murder when the evidence against them is patently overwhelming. A nasty little scrote complaining about hurt feelings.

                  And yes, the policies you advocate kill people – often children.

                  • srylands

                    So what are you going to do? If the TPPA negotiations are finalised, New Zealand will ratify. It doesn’t matter whether Labour is in power or National is in power.

                    So you can’t change a thing. Move on to something you can influence. Like Asset sales. It looks like Solid Energy is going to remain state owned – there is a win for you.

                    Labour could probably get 80% of what it wants to achoeve through a coalition with National. It would provide popular stable government. It would freeze out all the crazies. Why do you think Helen never went into government with the Greens?

                    If Labour does lose the 2014 election (or wins and ends up being a one term government) you will see a National-Labour coalition govt in the 2020s.

                    But I digress. Apologies.

                    Back to the TPPA – to summarise – there is nothing you can do.

                    • richard

                      Back to the TPPA – to summarise – there is nothing you can do.

                      But there are things we can do.

                      And people are doing what they can.

                      And you bootlickers hate that people are doing it because you fear that it may offend those whose boots you lick.

                    • Alanz

                      The TPPA is not inevitable.

                      There were societal pushbacks against the TPPA in its past reincarnations, including the MAI, and there needs again to be organised, systematic, and well-connected worldwide fightback.

                      MAI:
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilateral_Agreement_on_Investment

                    • McFlock

                      Well, the first thing we can do is ask candidates about it at public meetings.

                      I can use the democratic process that the TPPA avoids to find out which parties are prepared to sell out their country, and which parties will work in the true “national interest” – maximum benefit for the most people.

                      Then, if Labour support it, I can send my vote to a party that won’t support it, and might be in a position and have the will to threaten government confidence over it. A couple of options spring to mind: Mana, maybe the Greens, maybe Winston1.

                      But it will be interesting to see what labour does after they win in in 2014, yes.

                      It looks like Solid Energy is going to remain state owned – there is a win for you.

                      Amputating a limb at the knee rather than mid-thigh is not much of a “win”.

                      Your nothing to do, nothing to see, do something else mantra is not so much defeatist as just desperate.

                      Labour could probably get 80% of what it wants to achoeve through a coalition with National. It would provide popular stable government.

                      And the suffering of people who are too poor for you to count will continue.
                      And the following election “Labour” would be <20%.

                    • thatguynz

                      “It looks like Solid Energy is going to remain state owned – there is a win for you.”

                      I suggest you look a little more closely at that statement. It is currently proposed to undergo a debt for equity swap with its prime banking creditors – partial privatisation by any other name.

                    • McFlock

                      @Alanz – I’d forgotten about the MAI.

                      That was another one where tories like sithlands claimed “it’s inevitable, you can do nothing, nothing to see here, move along” mantra. So much for that bullshit.

            • srylands 12.2.2.4.1.2

              It has to be done in secret because there will be significant oppoistion to many of its provisions. Debated in public, that opposition will undermine the negotiations. The case for secrecy is so strong I am annoyed at having to spell it out.

              You don’t want to debate the treaty. You want to trash it. Why would the Government allow that? If the negotiations are still in progress when Labour win the next election the new government will adopt exactly the same stance. So why do you bother?

              BTW I never said the treaty is a “simple trade agreement”. (Someone here keeps saying that but I can’t find the post.) It has 30 chapters covering IP, investor state disputes, technology transfer, FDI, just to name a few. It is a treaty covering 36 aspects of international economic connections.

              The treaty will need to be ratified. There will be plenty of room for debate. Anyway by the time ratification comes around Labour will be in power. Why are you worried? The new government can just refuse to ratify the treaty.

              New Zealand has very limited leverage at these negotiations. If the Government threatened to do what you ask it would be the end of the road. New Zealand would exit. Of course that is what you want.

              • Rogue Trooper

                politely, first paragraph, Right On!

              • Tracey

                Just repeating the same things over and over doesnt make them true.

                The negotiations are five years old. There is nothing new under the sun. You refuse to address the involvement of over 400 corporate representatives while saying secrecy is crucial.

                • srylands

                  The 400 corporate representatives have signed confidentiality agreements – i.e they can keep the secret. I have no problem with the Leader of the Opposition being briefed if he signs the same agreement.

                  • Tracey

                    “The 400 corporate representatives have signed confidentiality agreements” link please?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Shitlands means to say that the rights of 400 corporate officers outweigh the rights of 4.5M New Zealanders.

                      Of course, this is the standard shite attitude of the servants and hangers-on of the top 0.1%.

              • Tracey

                Are you getting your constitutional information directly from the PM, as opposed to a constitutionl lawyer (or two)?

                “”This mistruth has been repeated so many times by ministers and National MPs that it has to be a deliberate attempt to defuse growing concerns about the secrecy of these negotiations and anti-democratic nature of the agreement,” says Prof Kelsey.

                Instead, under the law the decision rests with “the executive” – in New Zealand’s case, Prof Kelsey says, this means Cabinet.

                “Parliament does not get to see the text until after it is signed. The text is then tabled in Parliament and referred to a select committee. But the committee cannot change the text. Nor can Parliament.”

                She says even if Parliament voted against the TPPA, Cabinet could legally ratify it anyway – and would be expected to do so under international law.”

                Now she could be lying but it is VERY VERY easy to check. I wonder why the PM and Grosser didnt bother to check, because with a smidgeon of research it turns out Kelsey is right. And Mr Mapp ought to have known this when he started talking about ratification too.

              • Pascal's bookie

                It has to be done in secret because there will be significant opposition to many of its provisions. Debated in public, that opposition will undermine the negotiations. The case for secrecy is so strong I am annoyed at having to spell it out.

                And yet Wayne, and various others, assure us that it is win/win. That it’s a slam dunk in terms of the overall benefits. That we’d be daft not to be involved. If that is the case then they should welcome the debate and the ensuing chance to explain the benefits.

                Your ‘annoyance’ is laughable. As is this belief that you have ‘spelled it out’. The idea that there would be opposition to what is happening isn’t a reason for secrecy, it’s a reason for openness and debate.

  12. Bill 13

    I know the internet is full of similar articles. Overwhelming evidence? Anyway. The shit has been hitting the fan in Columbia recently due to the effects of the 2012 FTA with the US and EU. Informative read for those with an interest.

    http://www.redpepper.org.uk/colombian-protests-show-cracks-in-disastrous-economic-model/

    • greywarbler 13.1

      Very upsetting Bill. The people of the world are being put through the mill in an easily identified scam and such treaties should almost come under that waiver of legality which can be called when a powerful body treats with a wekaer body, and can impress their own wishes on the weaker. Usually used when developed and undeveloped nations with different cultural practices make agreements. The USA is definitely more powerful and forceful than most other natons.

  13. Half Crown 14

    Thanks for pointing us to that site Bill. I think Federated Farmers a National Party stronghold should really start asking Key if we can expect “this” under any TPPA agreement.

    From the same site

    “The ‘Monsanto Law’

    In order to end the strike the government agreed last week to freeze one of the most controversial laws which was passed in preparation for the implementation of the FTA. The law has been dubbed the ‘Monsanto law’ by the campesinos because it effectively prohibits them from using any seed which has not been ‘certified’ by the state, and thereby forces Colombian farmers to use the seeds of agribusiness multinationals such as US giant Monsanto.

    The process of certifying a seed is expensive and very technical, and thus beyond the means of many small and medium scale producers. According to the recent documentary, ’9.70′, only 8% of certified seeds were registered by Colombian companies.

    Furthermore, because seeds are deemed to be the intellectual property of the company which registered them, the traditional practice of holding back some seeds to use as seeds for the following year’s crop is now a crime for which a farmer can be sent to jail for 4 years. It has been reported that more than 2.5m tonnes of ‘illegal’ food has been seized and destroyed by the Colombian authorities since the decree was passed in 2010, in a country where around 40% of the rural population live in extreme poverty. This is the twisted logic of the free trade agreement.

  14. George D 15

    There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the TPPA. Though it contains trade components, it isn’t a FTA, it is first and foremost a regulatory alignment agreement. That is why the software industry is very concerned and why Pharmac and ACC are under threat – they both restrict the ability of international businesses to operate as they do in the United States, an outlier in both health and IP law. This threatens all industries that rely on innovation. That is to say, all of them. See, for example: http://internetganesha.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/the-jagged-edges-of-the-tpp/ Phil Goff seems to have got the unfortunate impression that “90%” of critics of the agreement are Jane Kelsey’s friends. While she makes very good points, opposition and concern are much wider.

    • Chooky 15.2

      +1 George D….anything that “threatens all industries that rely on innovation” must be opposed!

      ….it is giving away our economic sovereignty….our creativity ….our intellectual property….it is selling our identity…and our physical and mental health……It is theft!…..we would be FOOLS to sign this……and Phil Goff has always been one of them imo

      ….and YES the opposition is much wider than Jane Kelsey’s friends, much as I admire Jane Kelsey

    • Tracey 15.3

      EXACTLY.

      Mr Mapp keeps talking about it as a free trade agreement and ignores all these aspects. Makes you wonder if he is in any position to judge whether it’s in the best interests of NZ or not.

    • Rogue Trooper 15.4

      +Lots

  15. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 16

    There should be nothing to fear by making the negotiations transparent. If they are negotiations to do with the public interest, in the public realm then transparency is a requirement.

    If they are in the private realm, however, then I guess privacy is a valid argument.

    If they are in the private realm governments should discontinue the negotiations and let the private sector conduct them. And finance them. If these negotiation were being conducted solely by private sectors, then public rights would not be up for negotiation.

    If they are in the public realm, then issues of privacy is no longer a valid argument and transparency needs to be pursued.

  16. Tracey 17

    Bob

    it will not be seen before it is signed and we are required to comply.

    that is ONE of the points.

    the usa has over 400 corporate advisors who are in on it.

    negotiations began in 2008. There are no secret positions left.

    if it is so beneficial to us. Show us before signing.

    wayne mapp is a lawyer. Tells us its in our best interests but hasnt seen it. So there is a lwayer committing to something he hasnt read. I for one dont feel reassured

  17. Chooky 18

    …American corporate lawyers are some of the meanest and most outrageous around….haven’t they tried to copyright human genes?

    They would probably copyright NZ if they could!…not to mention NZers

    Lets not be taken for FOOLS!

  18. Clement Pinto 19

    It would be prudent and wise for an MP to ask Key during question time, the following pertinent and crucial question:

    Can the Prime Minister assure the country and give a guarantee that the TPPA agreement will protect Pharmac and protect the sovereignty of the New Zealand Parliament in terms of future regulation-making without having to pay subsidies or compensation to foreign multinationals?

    • Tamati 19.1

      Nothing can and ever will be able to undermine the sovereignty of Parliament. Not past Parliaments, not the Supreme Court, not the Waitangi Tribunal and not some TPPA arbitration panel. The only thing that ever could is an 86 year old lady living in London, called Liz.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 19.1.1

        No, the National Party undermines our sovereignty every day as part of a perfect expression of everything they represent.

    • Wayne 19.2

      Clement,

      International agreements inevitably limit the sovereignty of Parliament. For instance, by virtue of being a member of the WTO means we can no longer increase tariffs or introduce quotas. If we do so, we would get hit by a WTO panel ordering us to stop, and in appropriate cases the Panel could allow other states to place a specific tariff against NZ goods.

      And if we pass regs that clearly breach our undertakings and they damage specific companies, they can get compensation.

      It was how we got apples into Australia. They may stall for a while, but eventually they will comply.

      Sure NZ could pull out of the WTO, but as a trading nation, where would that get us.

      And Jane Kelsey (as far as I recall) has opposed every single FTA she has come across. Well, she did not do so on the recent Taiwan FTA, but I guess she realised that was essentially part of the China FTA (which she did oppose).

      • Clement Pinto 19.2.1

        Thanks, But it would still be a very good idea to ask my question in parliament and see and hear Key’s answer.

      • KJT 19.2.2

        Being a member of the WTO doesn’t seem to stop Australia from protecting their industries, or us from subsidising dairying.

        • Colonial Viper 19.2.2.1

          And has anyone mentioned the massive ag/hort subsidies to farmers in both the USA and the EU.

          • Wayne 19.2.2.1.1

            There are permissible agricultral subsidies in the WTO, like direct income payments to farmers. Also various environmental subsidies (payments to keep land out of production) are OK. What is banned is direct export subsidies.

            And agricultral quotas were to be converted to tariffs. In some cases these are very high – like 800% for dairy in Japan.

            So TPP will be quite tough in Japan because it will directly attack that level of tariff. Japan would have liked to exempt agriculture altogether, but they have lost that battle. They will have to accept reductions in agricultral tariffs or else not be part of TPP. And Japan (PM Abe) has calculated, at least so far, that they cannot afford not to be in TPP. It was one of the issues in their last election, and the farmers lost that round.

            There can also be support for industrial and high tech innovation – NZ has these (though not enough in my view) for products ultimately for exports. It has to be for the innovation, not a direct subsidy for the value of exports. Cheap or subsidised premises seem to be OK.

            And you can do deals like the $30 million for Tiwai, which clearly helps the export business. Actually that must be starting to push the WTO boundary.

            Certain things are definitely banned, like increasing existing tariffs, or introducing new import quotas. The trend is always supposed to be reducing the level of protection of local business, in order to promote trade and allocate international efficiencies.

            It might mean the loss of some specific jobs, but an overall benefit of cheaper goods for the whole economy and consumers. The gains outweigh the losses according to just about all economists. Most of the Asian growth over the last 30 years is based on this concept.

            • Colonial Viper 19.2.2.1.1.1

              The gains outweigh the losses according to just about all economists. Most of the Asian growth over the last 30 years is based on this concept.

              Come now Wayne, NZ/UK/USA factories closed down and manufacturing jobs relocated to much cheaper Asian countries. Starting with Hong Kong and Japan, going on to Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China, then on to places like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

              And who has won out of this game of wage arbitrage? Large multinationals, and potentially also Kiwis who are in positions where they have not suffered the income deflation of the working class but now get access to cheaper luxury items and overseas holidays.

              The gains outweigh the losses according to just about all economists.

              These are predominantly bank economists, and economists employed by the institutions of power pushing for these changes. You could not expect them to say anything different.

              Meanwhile, the US government cannot fund itself, and US municipalities all over the continent are going bankrupt. In the UK, the new “bedroom tax” are forcing vulnerable people into homelessness while tax breaks for million pound banker bonuses are kept in place.

              In which direction exactly have all the gains gone, Wayne?

            • KJT 19.2.2.1.1.2

              The economists that predicted that another GFC would never happen. Right!

              The economists who said that if we de-regulated, cut Government services, cut taxes and worked harder for less money (except for a few at the top of course) we would all be better off. Laugh!

              The people that think having cheaper prices for a flat screen TV compensates for having no job to pay for it.

              The ones that think every country, including us, is going to become prosperous by out exporting every other country.

              I suggest reading some Steve Kean. An economist who does not suffer from cognitive dissonance and the religious faith, against all the real world evidence, of neo-liberal economists.

            • KJT 19.2.2.1.1.3

              It is nice, though, to hear a National politician expressing support for industry and high tech.

              Watch out. Someone may hear about you speaking against the “free market” religion.

      • KJT 19.2.3

        Even if you support FTA’s, and I will try and post in the near future about pros and cons, the TPPA, from what we know so far, is a corporate magna carta, advantaging, mostly, US corporates..

      • Tracey 19.2.4

        do they change social laws Wayne. Like anti smoking, banning liquor and tobacco advertising?

    • srylands 19.3

      and the answer would be “No”. Next question.

      Why would anyone be surprised that the answer is “no”?

      I guess he could say “No, of course not. I’m surprised you need to ask.”

  19. Clement Pinto 20

    Well, if he says that and later it is found to be a lie, then what? Haul him before the privileges committee or court to be jailed for life for treason?

  20. lprent 21

    The http://itsnotright.org.nz is apparently getting worked apon and will hopefully be backup soon (according to Jane Kelsey)

  21. Tracey 22

    “”I’m broadly in favour of free trade agreements, especially multilateral ones, but when we were dealing with China they were not seeking for us to basically trade away a good deal of our sovereign law – including some really important things like environmental regulations and food safety regulations.”

    But Mr Key says Kiwis have nothing to fear from the agreement, and it will add between $2 and $4 billion to New Zealand’s GDP.”

    Of course ACC can generate that without selling our sovereignty.

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Key-accused-of-spreading-TPPA-mistruths/tabid/1607/articleID/315300/Default.aspx#ixzz2gcT5lrcT

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    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
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    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
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • 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
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • 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
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “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”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more 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 | 23-07
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