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So, we’re talking about this now

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, July 5th, 2013 - 126 comments
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National’s using Labour proposed gender balance proposals to take the media’s eye of the GCSB. It’s all in the game. The recent ‘women in this together’ stuff from the gallery predictably turned out to be subservient to having a good mock of something they haven’t heard of before.

Course, there’s no conflict between merit and representation here. Unless you believe white men just happen to make the best politicians (Gilmore, Clarkson, Garrett, Worth, Dunne, David fucken Bennett…), the reasons for female under-representation are structural and should be addressed structurally.

Don’t get me wrong, I think female-only nominations aren’t needed. The solution in NZ is the lists.

In fact, the solution for Labour is to win more bloody seats (or order their list better). If they has won, say, 51 seats in 2011, 24 of them would now be held by women. The current over-representation of males in Labour’s caucus is largely due to the fact that old timers made up a large part of the survivors in 2011 and the old timers are disproportionately male.

But what about the seeming inability of Key to appoint women ministers? You know, something that’s actually happening, rather than a party’s proposed rule change?

Just 1 of the top 5 ministers is female. Just 3 of the top 10 are.

In fact, just 6 of the 20-strong cabinet are women, and just 2 of the 8 ministers outside cabinet.

All up, John Key has appointed just 8 women ministers to 20 male ministers. Does John Key think that the men in his caucus are just that much better then the women?

Now, that’s something that’s worth talking about.

126 comments on “So, we’re talking about this now”

  1. karol 1

    Ha! Good one, Zetetic! I was just trying to do a count of National MPs.

    Have I got it right? 15 women MPs out of a 59 MP caucus? People in glass houses……

    And the National Party top team is full of male bully-boys. The traditionally perceived as masculine portfolios are held by men (finance etc).

    The females they appoint as ministers tend to be fall-persons to take the heat in controversial portfolios (Social Development, Education, etc) and/or by women with a mix of traditionally “feminine” presentation coupled with some qualities traditionally perceived as “masculine” and necessary for political success (eg Collins): aggressive, insensitive, domineering.

    • Jimmie 1.1

      So John Key has branched out from child eating to women hating?

      Nice one Karol. Nothing to do with the perceived abilities or otherwise of each minister – nah Key only picks on gender.

      And surely this must make the NZ voter fairly biast against women too as the last time I looked Key and the Nats had a whole lot of public support.

      • felix 1.1.1

        If National are really selecting on ability, then National must believe men are more able than women.

        That’s the bit you lot continue to refuse to address.

      • tracey 1.1.2

        Yes Jimmie it is likely that a large percentage of NZers have a biased view about women. Even if they don’t know it is biased. I don’t say that to be patronising but people cant know what they dont know. The glass ceiling is real. I know hundreds (yes BM a true number) of women who have hit the glass ceiling. It’s VERY hard to prove gender bias in an interview or selection process for instance. However people are natural gossips, and things get told socially, in the boardrooms and so on. Doesn’t it strike you as even slightly odd that 50%of a population might only make up 15% of a political party?

        Gaddafi has alot of support, Presidents in the time of slavery had alot of popular support. Messages are manipulated and massaged. Politicians (except Labour these days) massage their message to make us view issues in a particular way. Without further information it is hard to believe anything different to that message.

        For example there is a political strategy whereby a party or Govt decides it wants to do something. It settles that policy idea and the end goal. It then employs strategies including polls and surveys to structure the answers (yes answers, not questions), in such a way that their policy (once released) will appear to be meeting a real concern of the public (and which they have just created through their survey/polling/ press releases/blog posts/ radio spots)…

        THEN the policy is released to media fanfare and to approval by a public who until recently didnt really know there was a problem or one as big as this…but now it’s great there is a solution.

    • Rogue Trooper 1.2

      good analysis of “the females they appoint as ministers” karol; Nats crave their dominatrix.

  2. BM 2

    There are 16 female mps within National

    50% of those women are ministers, not too bad.

    • felix 2.1

      16 out of 59 “not bad”?

      Jesus.

    • mickysavage 2.2

      So if there were 8 female National MPs and 6 of them were in cabinet the result would be outstanding?

      • BM 2.2.1

        Actually, I’d be a bit concerned that favoritism was going on and the best person for the job wasn’t getting selected.

    • karol 2.3

      50% of those women are ministers,

      Doesn’t say a lot about the capability of the majority of Nat male MPs.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.4

      Sixteen out of fifty nine. That’s not “structural”, it’s incompetence, a joke: the inevitable consequence of small minds and their tiny little ideas.

      For example, when the National Party selects candidates, female nominees’ partners are up for the Peter Davis treatment from the group of thugs in the corner. The Party condones it, and here you are.

      • BM 2.4.1

        Peter Davis?, didn’t realize Helen Clarks husband was involved with National.

        And been a complete sexist prick too !!!!, Helen would be wild.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.4.1.1

          Very witty, I see what you did there. Nice one. Well played :roll:

  3. Winston Smith 3

    lol

    “Look everybody, see how bad National is!”

    Yeah that’ll work :)

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1

      Yeah, in fact. I don’t pay much attention to the sheep that enable John Key, but to learn that only sixteen out of fifty nine of them are women is on the one hand a testament to female good fortune and on the other made me do a bit of a double-take.

      I knew you lot were fucked but I hadn’t realised it was quite that bad. Like Zet says, Gilmore? Bennett? Of course there were no better candidates than them. Of course.

      • tracey 3.1.1

        and look at the portfolios they got… poisoned chalices most of them. Wilkinson was thrown to the wolves when Brownlee should still have had the Pike River portfolio… she’s a woman she will do the right thing, we just can’t count on Gerry to do the right thing…

      • Winston Smith 3.1.2

        I knew you lot were fucked but I hadn’t realised it was quite that bad

        - Yeah thats why Nationals rankings are up and Labours are heading south :)

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1.2.1

          2011 election result: 47%. Polls at the time said ~50%. Polls now saying ~45%.

          That’s a nice shiny new definition of “up” you have there, do you think it’ll catch on?

          • McFlock 3.1.2.1.1

            Well, when he looks at the world back to front, upside down, with one eye, through a blue-tinted monocle… one must forgive winston the occasional navigational error.

            Either that or he’s simply continuing his former career of rewriting history :)

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    “National’s using Labour proposed gender balance proposals to take the media’s eye of the GCSB.”

    National is making idiots of Labour . . . . . . again.

    Who the f*ck is in charge of this sorry excuse for a political party?

    Shut down this gender conversation ASAP.

    • BM 4.1

      I don’t think they can.
      Labour is a bit like the EU, every one’s pushing their own agenda and going their own way.

      Not a lot of cohesion at the moment.

      • AmaKiwi 4.1.1

        That’s what public relations people are for. Do we have any?

      • tracey 4.1.2

        You are right, National is playing out their night of the long knives quieter and behind closed doors. Not sure how their doors stay shut and Labour’s dont…

    • Rogue Trooper 4.2

      it has been a little disconcerting that Shearer has not come out with his position unequivocally, yet. Unlike Damien O’Connor…

  5. fender 5

    The hysterical reaction of these National fuckwits is further evidence that they are not mature enough to discuss an issue like this, let alone mature enough to run a country.

    • tracey 5.1

      It’s interesting that they even care… Was it leaked by a Labour man or woman who doesn’t like the policy and is scared that it will pass (via democratic vote) so wants to scuttle it?

    • felix 5.2

      +1 fender

      ps note that not a single one of them has even addressed the issue – all they’re commenting on is ‘how it plays’.

    • Winston Smith 5.3

      lol

    • AmaKiwi 5.4

      Stop pretending people are intelligent beings. Think like an animal. If you want to distract the predator you make a huge hysterical commotion.

      National has saved up this diversion for a moment when THEY are in deep sh*t. Dotcom called Key a liar and Dotcom is believable. The spy agencies are refusing to appear before the committee to defend their own bill. The Law Society condemns the bill. Illegal spying is the headline story worldwide. National’s solution? Create a diversion.

      National is making fools of Labour. Make this gender conversation go away ASAP.

    • infused 5.5

      It’s not National supporters. Listen to any talk back channel.

      • McFlock 5.5.1

        lol
        Shit, even before web2.0 talkback radio was the equivalent of a sewer.

  6. tracey 6

    Yesterday Joyce pointed out the change in the value of a spending dollar between 2006 and today… but not in relation to any of their policies, in defence of government spending

    “in 2006 he managed to spend more than $250,000 in three months – which equates to around $300,000 today”

    Is he saying that a dollar earned today has about 15-20% less spending power than in 2006? That’s quite an admission when you consider the percentage raise in the minimum wage under their two terms… Might be worth focusing on… but hey what Labour does or doesn’t choose to do in the way it selects its candidates is a much more important national issue. Interesting that it has been framed as a man banning rather than a woman promotion plan. I understand it’s not even in place yet…

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      Doesn’t sound like you understand much.

      How is Labour meant to discuss policy without sharing the agenda for the meeting? Now that agenda is a matter of vapid media speculation I look forward to the same scrutiny being applied to the way National makes policy.

      Waiting….

    • Rogue Trooper 6.2

      National are financial wizards (rumplestiltskins ) and according to Cosgrove in the house yesterday, attempting to spin $6B of asset sales proceeds into $85B of expenditure. 8-)

  7. tinfoilhat 7

    OMG is this how banal NZ politics has become.

    • Winston Smith 7.1

      Yeah and Labour made it an issue *insert rolling eyes emoticon here*

      • tinfoilhat 7.1.1

        I should be happy as being a supporter of the Green party it’s looking more and more likely we’ll be the senior partner in any coalition government, but it does fill me with trepidation that our potential coalition partners are an inept bunch or morons.

      • felix 7.1.2

        That’s weird, yesterday you were heaping praise on Simon Lusk for the “scoop”.

        Did you forget which of your handles you were using?

        • Winston Smith 7.1.2.1

          Link please

          • felix 7.1.2.1.1

            http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-04072013/#comment-657699

            Short memories, these made-up trool handles.

            • Winston Smith 7.1.2.1.1.1

              Thats funny, the link doesn’t mention Simon Lusk so you’re either lying or mistaken.

              • McFlock

                because slater writes everything there…

                • felix

                  Who’s Slater?

                  Is he that fat bloke who posts the videos on Simon Lusk’s blog?

                  • McFlock

                    yes, that’s the one. He’s also an occasional editor of the Truth.

                    • Winston Smith

                      He came up with man-ban which seems to have made its way into the MSM :)

                      But don’t worry I’m no one outside the beltway has even heard of Labours proposal :)

                    • McFlock

                      Well, I’m sure slater laughed when lusk gave him the line. It rhymes and everything.

                    • felix

                      I doubt many people outside the beltway care that much about the internal workings of the Labour party, if that’s what you mean.

                      I’m interested though, and you claim to be. So how about you give us your opinion of the worthiness of this proposal, without reference to what your magic 8-ball tells you “the voter” thinks.

                      You’ve been bleating about it for a couple of days non stop now, with nary a mention of the value of gender equity or anything else except “how it will play”.

                      Frankly it’s of no interest how you think it plays. Do you have any thoughts on gender equity in representation or not?

  8. jcuknz 8

    Zetetic ..It really is a pity you do not sub your contribution before posting it.
    The issue just shows how hopeless Labour is that they are wasting time even considering it.

  9. felix 9

    National’s Jo Goodhew was on the radio this morning saying that women who want to be National candidates have to “beat off men” to get the job.

    I think we all know about Bennett, but I didn’t realise the practice was so widespread. I certainly wasn’t expecting to hear it openly acknowledged by the minister-for-a-portfolio-her-party-doesn’t-actually-think-is-necessary.

    • tracey 9.1

      Good for her. I think some folks, including on this site, don’t have a clue how hard it is for someone like Goodhew to say that publicly. By this afternoon there will be a Press release, putting her comment in context, by herself of course.

      For those who say the glass ceiling is a myth, I say you don’t live int he real world. I move in circles of law and education, amongst others and the places with the most brittle glass ceilings are public bodies like the DBH and the Councils. Coincidence?

    • weka 9.2

      You’re very naughty felix.

    • Rogue Trooper 9.3

      “beat men off” ;-) (insert F anagram).

  10. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10

    National’s using Labour proposed gender balance proposals to take the media’s eye of the GCSB

    Fuck, they’re evil geniuses. How did they get Labour to propose the policy?

    • felix 10.1

      Yeah, that’s totally what that means :roll:

    • richard 10.2

      It’s all part of Labour’s cunning plan to ensure that it doesn’t win the next election.

      So far, it looks like the plan is coming together nicely.

      The plan started with picking an nincompoop for a leader. Follow up work has involved shooting itself in the foot every time there’s a suspicion it might be making some gains in popularity or the government is on the backfoot.

      This has been a classic example of foot shooting. Labour knew exactly how the media would react to what is a perfectly laudable and legitimate idea. They made sure they got the media reaction they required in the manner the idea was announced.

      Result: Labour looks like just the kind of idiots no-one would want to run a country and National goes back on the front foot (or at least not so much on the back foot)

      Well done, you contemptable morons!

      Furious debate amongst Labour strategists right now about the end game for losing the election. Choices revolve around keeping the nincompoop on or replacing him with someone totally reviled by the populace. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to get Mike Moore to make a come-back to politics.

    • lprent 10.3

      “Labour” doesn’t. These are proposed policy remits put up from branches and LEC’s… I’m not sure what phase of the cycle this is, but it has to get through regional conferences and the policy committee who will usually amend and or merge them based on existing policy and other remits (but who won’t kill them otherwise). It is a long tortuous path..

      But more importantly unless they conflict with existing policy they can go all the way through from the branch that proposes them to conference unless they are voted down at regional conference(s).

      Perhaps you should take some time to understand the concept of policy remits rather than looking more gormless than normal.

  11. quartz 11

    This strikes me as a bit like the parties’ electricity policies. Labour realises you occasionally have to intervene for a fair outcome. National likes to leave it to the market with the not-quite-coincidental result that rich white men prosper disproportionately.

    • AmaKiwi 11.1

      National believes in the law of the jungle: only the strongest survive and they will make whatever rules are needed to steal as much as they can from everyone else.

      It’s called Neo-liberal economics.

  12. Roy 12

    When I consider the horrible attacks women in politics, particularly on the left side of centre, have to endure regarding their appearance, sex appeal, sexuality, childlessness or qualities as a mother, none of which are considered grounds to attack male politicians, it amazes me that women go into politics at all.

  13. Wayne (a different one) 13

    Who do Labour actually represent?

    Unions, gays, lesbians, feminists and school teachers?

    Forget the rest, particularly the “Hard Working Middle Class Man” – they purport so vermently to support – really in touch with middle NZ, hardly!

    Another “own goal”, “shot in the foot” – a real vote catcher – not!!!!

    • felix 13.1

      “Kiwis” is the word you’re looking for there Wayne.

      And yep, some kiwis are gay, and some teach your kids, and some are (omg) women.

      Horrible, I know.

    • Sable 13.2

      Who do National represent. Bigots, boorish middle class men and women who earn 100K and think they are suddenly part of the upper crust. Really just beggars at a rich mans table.

    • weka 13.3

      last time I looked, hard working middle class men had women in their lives. Are you saying that those men don’t give a shit about women and want to vote only for the things that suit them personally? I’m not sure how many of Labour voters fit that description*, but it is precisely because of those attitudes that we don’t have gender equity in parliament and why we need to create structures to ensure that we do.

      *and I’d like to see some coherent, intelligent analysis on this, rather than stereotypes of Labour voters.

    • tracey 13.4

      nice myth and meme buying Wayne, hope you didn’t part with much of your hard earned to buy it.

      Remind me, what percentage of the population is this group you called “Hard Working Middle Class Man”. My bet is no more than 25%.

    • tracey 13.5

      Oh you mean like Damien O’Connor? Someone to represent white middle class bigots… white boys who hate the notion of sharing?

    • Puddleglum 13.6

      Who do Labour actually represent?

      Unions, gays, lesbians, feminists and school teachers?

      I think they should represent all of those and more (e.g., Maori, Pasifika, the disabled). But, they should have a particular focus on the interests of members of all those groups who are also ‘working class’ (including the so-called ‘underclass’), for want of a better word. I say that simply because it is a ‘Labour’ Party.

      Middle class people should of course be welcome if they particularly support, and have a pre-eminent concern for the interests of the most economically disadvantaged in society.

      In fact, I think quite a strong case could be made for Labour actively recruiting and advancing within the party and into Parliament lower socio-economic people without a formal tertiary education (if it doesn’t already happen). Being lower class involves a worldview and set of concerns and interests that middle class people are largely unable fully to understand or appreciate. There is a huge cultural divide between lower class and middle class ways of life and often quite divergent economic interests.

      • Anne 13.6.1

        I think quite a strong case could be made for Labour actively recruiting and advancing within the party and into Parliament lower socio-economic people without a formal tertiary education (if it doesn’t already happen)

        It used to happen Puddleglum but not anymore.

        I’ve told this story before but will tell it again:

        A few years ago someone I know was keen to stand as a candidate for Labour. She approached a long standing MP (now retired from politics) and asked her how to go about it. The first question asked of her was “do you have a degree”. She said “yes”. The MP responded with “oh that’s alright then because if you don’t have a degree your chances are almost zilch”.

        And that explains why Labour has lost the votes of so many ordinary working people. They don’t see anyone there who represents them anymore.

      • karol 13.6.2

        Yep. I also agree with that, Puddleglum. And some of the old guard should stand down, and help with setting up a pre-selection and/or mentoring programme for possible candidates from diverse low income backgrounds.

    • QoT 13.7

      I don’t want to startle you, Wayne, but some of those Hard Working Middle Class Men you love so much are probably gay, unionised teachers.

  14. vto 14

    Sheesh Labour, talk about blundering on and not thinking. Your Coatsworth president seems very easy ozy when it comes to the effect this sort of issue will have on the populace.

    Coatsworth seems to think the voters will understand what she means when she say “.. blah blah blah, it is only up for debate within the caucus and the party and other parties do it in the UK. I don’t think it will stay on the front page on the news… blah blah blah”.

    Now she is supposed to be the expert, but I would have thought that all that the voters will hear is “Labour want to restrict men from standing as MPs” and that by making the front page just one single day is more than enough to have an effect.

    What a dippy thing to do. I reckon you have just spooked a significant number of potential swing voters.

    The Nats will be laughing. How can you be so useless?

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    If Labour’s current strategists were gifted a brain it would be lonely.

    The “Man Ban” despite the rationale and intent, and inner party process and schedule, will likely catch on with dickhead kiwis that do vote as surely as curly light bulbs or S59 “banning child beating” did previously.

    • vto 15.1

      Exactly. Sometimes the left just does brainless things when it comes to hard out politics – it is quite extraordinary…….

      • Sable 15.1.1

        Yes what are bunch those lefties are. Lets look at the right shall we-lying to the public about spying on them and then rather than apologising and holding the guilty to account blithely changing the law to let it continue. Or how about calling those who don’t like being spied on “unpatriotic” when the spying is in collusion with and in some cases no doubt at the behest of foreign powers, the very definition of unpatriotic and treasonous. Keys is the Benedict Arnold of New Zealand politics. Difference is at least Arnold didn’t hide his treachery and defected.

  16. Descendant Of Sssmith 16

    Spooked no one. Mountain out of a molehill.

    Even stuff seems fairly reasonable about it.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8880664/Shearer-against-man-ban

    The right wing labelling is the real problem and even that is just smoke and mirrors.

    It’s bad enough the right treat people as unintelligent with their over reaction, somehow it feels worse when the left do it

    • felix 16.1

      Agreed.

      It’s only a big deal to extremists bigots and reactionaries. Which is why Farrar and Lusk are working overtime stroking them to arousal.

    • Sable 16.2

      That’s because the right are elitist scum who do think they are better than the rest of humanity. Just look at the hard on Keys has for a Knighthood.

  17. dcd 17

    At this point it’s becoming clear that Labour want to lose. I’m without question left wing and even I don’t want to see such a bunch of morons running the country. National are terrible but Labour are at this point worse. Thankfully the greens exist.

  18. Sable 18

    The women in National, cruel, gimlet eyes Collins and cold hearted ,working class sell out, Bennett are every bit as revolting as their male counterparts. It the “quality” of the person that matters and in this case the “product” is defective.

    • Winston Smith 18.1

      “The women in National, cruel, gimlet eyes Collins”

      - Don’t you mean bedroom eyes?

  19. amirite 19

    When will Labour realise that for some unknown reason, whatever new policy they propose and whatever they do, good or bad, is being scrutinised by the media and the public twice as hard than any of the disgusting National policies? Their focus right now should be on the plight of the beneficiaries, the unemployed, the poor, the poorly paid and poorly protected workers, the rising living costs, the economy that currently benefits the rich, the policies that benefit women so they can better participate in politics and be mothers at the same time, and not some nebulous ‘quota’ of women MPs the party is supposed to have.
    Oh and BTW before you start to throw stones, I’m a woman and a Labour voter.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 19.1

      No need to throw stones.

      There’s just no reason that to talk about those other things they need to not talk about this.

  20. Nate 20

    It really doesn’t matter what National’s position is on poltical gender-equality… it’s Labour the country are laughing about!

  21. Not allowing someone to run because of their gender is wrong.

    • weka 21.1

      How come we structurally prevent more women from becoming MPs? Is that wrong too? How would you fix that?

      • Brett Dale 21.1.1

        weka:

        There is no structural from preventing woman from running. To exclude a gender from
        running, is well sick, even Shearer understand this.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1.1.1

          Oh, so there’s nothing structural that prevents women from running. eh? What is it then? Philosophical? Ephemeral? Any-old-crap-that-occurs-to-a-vacuous-parrotable?

        • weka 21.1.1.2

          “There is no structural from preventing woman from running”

          There are multiple factors that prevent more women from being selected to run. Do you know what they are?

          • Brett Dale 21.1.1.2.1

            weka:

            They have to wait till they take cookies out the oven?

            Please this anit the 1950′s or even the 70′s.

            There is no written law to say a woman cant run if she wants to.

            Maybe people who take “The Dynamics of interbeing and Monological
            imperatives in DICK and JANE”: A study in psychic transreational
            Gender Modes” (thanks Bill) at university may think woman cant
            run, but they can.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1.1.2.1.1

              There’s no written law, so why don’t they run, genius? Sixteen out of fifty nine…

              • Again, there is no written law, you dont stop men from running
                to get more woman to run, thats insane.
                (and probably illegal)

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Probably illegal? Didn’t you have your dull face rubbed in the answer to that witless garbage yesterday? Why, yes, you did.

                  So, you’re clueless about that too. No substantive response, just more of your vacuous and entirely worthless “opinion”. I use the inverted commas because genuine opinions require thought.

                  • QoT

                    To be fair, OAK, Brett did do that thing he always does, which is clog up a thread with un-googled waffle, then mysteriously fail to return to it as soon as someone posts evidence of how fucking wrong he is. I think he thinks this means he doesn’t have to be accountable for his own statements.

                • weka

                  Brett, no-one has said anything about written law. Do you understand what structural issues are, the ones that exist without legislation?

  22. Molly 22

    If I was a political strategist for National…

    1. I would have full-time researchers reading other party (including Labour) policies and meeting agendas, and giving them red-herring ratings of 1 to 10 regardless of how relevant they are.
    2. For each of these I would provide “spin approaches” and Key word selectors about how the PM and the National caucus should respond to media questions eg. “man-ban”, “devil-beast” etc.
    3. I would, of course, have all media contacts sorted into categories so that the media releases – or phone calls could be directed to those that will pick up and run with the story. There is more traction in passing on a spin on female percentages, to an oblivious-to-nuance male reporter – for instance.

    Since I’m frightening myself with how easily I’m coming up with numbers 4,5 & 6… I’ll stop.

    However, my point is – whenever National or the PM, get into trouble – it is very easy for them to redirect.

    Stories about spying and the GCSB going on a bit too long?, pull out that one we have just recently done about Labour’s discussion on female representation.

    Aucklander’s overwhelmingly in favour of the CRL? Bugger, better bring out that U-turn policy that will provide a sop to their sense of democratic choice without actually providing the CRL. I like that one because it has an asset-sale expectation attached to it. (Still pissed off with Len Brown for winning, when they could have had John Banks).

    That’ll do it. Will bring out the both the howls of protest and laughter, and redirect attention away from what is important.

    • tracey 22.1

      Goodness Molly I suspect you are the Nat Party strategist. ;) No guesswork required, I am sure that is what they do.

      It’s okay though, Shearer, while walking past someone on ACC painting their roof has quickly dismissed it as something he doesn’t support. Wayne, I think he may be one of those “hard working middle class men” you claim Labour has none of or don’t care about. Sounds like that’s the exact group he pitched both comments at. Happy meme/myth farming.

    • Winston Smith 22.2

      Very good points

  23. weka 23

    From NRT

    For all-woman shortlists

    The Labour Party is proposing to introduce all-woman shortlists in some electorates:
    The Labour Party is set to introduce a new rule under which electorates will be able to prevent men from seeking selection as a candidate by restricting it to women only.

    A copy of the draft rules were leaked to blogger Whaleoil and include a provision: “An LEC [Labour Electorate Committee] may request that NZ Council determine that only women may nominate for the position of Labour candidate for their electorate.”

    This seems perfectly reasonable. Labour is publicly committed to gender equality, but its actual performance lags behind that commitment. It consistently fails to select women in winnable electorates: only 8 of Labour’s 22 electorate MPs are women. While the list provides scope for correcting this imbalance, doing so in 2011 would have required a list whose lower spots were made up almost entirely of women.

    All-woman shortlists are a way of making up for that failure. By reducing the imbalance in the electorates at source, they will be able to pursue a balanced list – and hopefully gain a balanced caucus. The practice is consistent with the Human Rights Act and in common use overseas. It will bring about substantive rather than merely formal equality.

    How political parties select their candidates is, provided they adhere to the Human Rights act, up to them. Those who oppose progressive selection policies to bring about equality have a simple solution: don’t vote for such parties. Those of us who support equality will be doing the same to those parties like National which continue to practice sexism.

    (Their use of an alternating list, interleaving male and female candidates, is one of the reasons I support the Greens).

    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/for-all-woman-shortlists.html

    A big problem with the current debate is that it’s focussed on generalities and polarised opinions based on inaccurate supposition without looking at the facts. It would be more useful to have some analysis about the actual proposed rule change and how it might play out in the real world. That would circumvent the extremely idiotic dichotomy being promoted by the right – that giving women preference automatically excludes choosing the best person for the job.

    I’d like to know how the proposed rule change was developed within Labour, why those people thought it was a good idea and how they see it might work.

    This also from Moroney – although I think in the article she failed to address some of the criticisms, this alternate idea is also worth considering.

    Moroney said she had an alternative selection process where the strongest candidate in each electorate was chosen regardless of gender but if it was a close race between a man and woman the woman would be preferred “because that’s where we lack representation”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8880664/Shearer-against-man-ban

    It would be soooo much better to be having a debate about the representation of women in parliament and how we might achieve that.

  24. Winston Smith 24

    Don’t worry, kiwiblog has helpfully worked out how Labour can select their MPs to be fair and balanced:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/07/who_is_pushing_labours_man_ban.html

    Its very well laid :)

    • fender 25.1

      Thanks Kate, Mike will take you to skycity for dinner.

    • karol 25.2

      *sigh* It’s amazing how so many people, especially some white males, go into hysteria mode when the issue of continuing gender inequality is raised.

      I look forward to the time when people have sufficiently got this off their chests and are willing to debate the issues based on evidence and reason.

      The Labour Party have raised quotas as a possible way to correct the imbalance. There is plenty of evidence of the impact of such quotas in other countries, because they have been tried in quite a few places. There are pros and cons to be weighed up.

      There are other ways of dealing with gender inequalities, and other gender issues to be considered, such as gender stereotyping in politics and how it particularly plays out in the most powerful positions. This has significance for the whole way politics play out.

      • ABS 25.2.1

        Until then we’ll just carry on laughing our asses off at Labour and its desperate attempts to seem electable. Great policy announcement 90% of people hate it, must have come from Fenton or Moroney. Even Moira can’t explain how its not sexist. Lucky for Labour voters they can always vote for the Luddites,

        • Winston Smith 25.2.1.1

          No no you have it all wrong *sigh* let me explain, see the issue is not that the proposal is barking mad its just the people of NZ don’t understand what Labour are trying to do (much like other ideas that got shot down) if they understood then Labour would be re-elected in a landslide of epic proportions

          So basically its because the people of NZ don’t understand

          Hope that helps :)

      • infused 25.2.2

        It’s funny how you lot are blindly missing the point.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 25.2.2.1

          What point? That as part of a discussion you have to discuss options? Or that when discussing potentially controversial options it’s best to front-foot them rather than let Whale flop them out?

          • infused 25.2.2.1.1

            I really couldn’t care less OAK. Just pointing out the obvious, that the whole country seems to be able to see, but some how Labour and this blog can’t.

            • McFlock 25.2.2.1.1.1

              And yet you haven’t bothered to enunciate exactly what you think that “the point” or “the obvious” is.

              I suggest that you have no point, and your only objective is to sow discord.

  25. Georgy 26

    Labour should be focusing on getting women into roles in the party’s structure so they can develop the reportoire of skills and knowledge needed to go on “up” the hierachy rather than implement a quota system which potentially means people get voted in as MP because they are a women as opposed to being ‘qualified’. Everybody, irrespective of gender, needs to develop the reportoire of skills and knowledge through experience, not through artificially gerrymandering the system.

    • dumrse 26.1

      Geeeeze, its taking a long time to find somebody who is talking sense. 100% agreement here.

    • stargazer 26.2

      georgy, that’s already happening. you can go back to the rules which were passed at last year’s conference & are being implemented this year, requiring greater gender balance for LECS etc. and guess what, quotas are for getting qualified women selected.

  26. Georgecom 27

    Of this list, Gilmore, Clarkson, Garrett, Worth, Dunne, David fucken Bennett, in fairness to David Bennett, I think it has to be pointed out that he hasn’t been forced to resign from Parliament or from a Ministerial position, or had his party collapse.

    • georgecom 27.1

      Also, its needs to be pointed out that Bennett did not require a public directive from Bon Brash to “stop talking about his testicles”.

  27. Gruntie 28

    What scoop has Campbell Live got t at 7pm – Shearer resigning ??? Someone must be!!

  28. Gruntie 29

    What scoop has Campbell Live got at 7pm – Shearer resigning ?Someone must be

  29. dumrse 30

    Labour, the pain you get when you try to give birth to policy. Fucking priceless.

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  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Nats sold 500 rugby fields of land a day offshore
    Under National over one million hectares of land has been approved for overseas sale – 16 times the size of Lake Taupō or the equivalent of five hundred rugby fields a day, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “According to...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Joyce’s dodgy sums fool no-one
    Steven Joyce's attempt to attack Labour's positive plan for affordable healthcare will fool no-one. "We knew that National would try to say that we can't afford free GP visits and prescriptions for the New Zealanders who need it. But, as...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Campaign Launch – Ready to Win
    Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave....
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions
    Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Last year more than half a million New Zealanders...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour promises a fairer ACC for all Kiwis
    Accident compensation for loss of potential earnings will rise under a Labour Government, while people not earning at the time of their accident will also be eligible for compensation, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Releasing Labour’s ACC policy today...
    Labour | 08-08
  • NZ Govt must push for fair play in Fiji elections
    The New Zealand Government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji as it stages its first election since the 2006 coup, the Green Party said today.Amnesty International has released a report which documents...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Pacific unemployment still highest in the country
    The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs can boast all he wants about changes to employment statistics for Pacific people but the reality for many Pacific people is nowhere close to National’s promised brighter future, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William...
    Labour | 07-08
  • Big funding injection for regions in Green Party transport plan
    The Green Party will increase transport spending in the regions by 50 percent over the next decade under its new transport plan, the Green Party said today."Transport is the life-blood of the regions. They have been starved under National," Green...
    Greens | 07-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – You will not believe Key’s defence of hackin...
    He actually used a sporting analogy. Can you believe it? John Key, asked on the fact that his staff had entered into a Labour Party computer and downloaded their database, Key replied, “It’s a bit like the Wallabies positing up their...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A brief word on 100 Top political Tweeters
    The NZ Herald has put together a very useful list of top 100 political twtter accounts, what is most interesting from the lists is that the right wing all work hand in glove with each other where as the Left...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Are Whaleoil’s traffic stats a bloated illusion?
    Dim Post has done a critical analysis of just how real Cameron Slater’s traffic stats are. TDB has only been around for a year with a fragment of the digital footprint of the older blogs, yet we have managed to become...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Is Jordan Williams deceptive enough to blackma...
    There are so many issues raised by Nicky Hager’s book, that any one of them would be worthy of total focus on. Let’s chat about the claim in the book that Jordan Williams bragged to Slater and Lusk that he had...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Why ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evi...
    This sign shows how National’s see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil denial isn’t working. National’s response to the book is that there is NOTHING in there that deserves anything more than the most briefest of eye motions. Key won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . L-R- David Farrar, John Key, Cameron Slater . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Lyndelle Gibara – An Open Letter to Cameron Slater
    Dear Cameron,I am in Christchurch. I am not a ‘useless prick’. I have not asked to be ‘bailed out’ nor have my ‘scum friends’ in the eastern suburbs. I lost my cafe in September, the quakes wrecked my shop that...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Death threats or hit jobs?
    Shocked selfies while reading Dirty Politics are flooding Twitter - verily the vermin value their villainous vanity*    The beauty of Hager’s book is that there are so many horrific awful and insidious highlights, it’s difficult to know what to focus...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Labour release emails proving Key has lied
    Labour have released emails proving Key has lied about National Party involvement into the hacking of the Labour Party computer… The Labour Party has released documents it says proves its website was hacked by people working for the National Party....
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – the TV political panels are ridiculous
    The total lack of depth and shallow talent pool of TV political panel shows in NZ is providing hideous coverage and insight into one of the most important political stories of the year. Yesterday Firstline had Jacinda Ardern and Jamie...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – response to Canon NZ
    Poor old Canon NZ. They have been so damaged by appointing Cam’s mate as a judge and her awarding him their Best Blogger Award. I feel for them, I really do. They are amazing supporters of Journalism in NZ when...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – the legality of using stolen emails
    I wonder if Key is humming, “I’ve got one less problem withoutcha” as he deletes Cams number from his phone?   One of the attack spin lines being run by National Party apologists in the media is that Nicky Hager has...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Release the emails and prove Key wrong
    It is vital in this crisis control of the meltdown that Key comes across as relaxed and not agitated, if he does he gives the game away on how damaged they are. He has to keep denying and claiming he...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Farrar oxygen stealing stunt backfires
    Oh poor David Farrar everyone. The wee babe is on the verge of a hysterical breakdown because he concludes after reading the hideous catalogue of hate and filth that his friends have vomited up in Dirty Politics that he must...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Key’s arrogance as a leader
    There is a lot that could be said about John Key at the moment but one thing that really irritates me about him is his complete lack of remorse or regret for the lies he’s told or the things he...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Nicky Hager’s ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson –Winston’s Liver? How about Minto’s Splee...
    I really do want to use my Daily Blog guest-blogger status to do more to amuse, enthuse, entertain and inflame the political classes of this country than just writing endless responses to InternetMANA affiliated personalities who seem to think it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hekia speaks with forked tongue
    There was a prescient moment at Wednesday night’s Tick For Kids education forum in Wellington. Hekia Parata had just wound up, and Tracey Martin MP took her place at the lectern. Without a pause she said that the education sector had...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Show me what democracy looks like: 6 activists for Palestine #Occupy the NZ...
    At around 12pm yesterday Nadia Filistin, who has been a major organiser in the Auckland protests against Israel’s ongoing assaults in Gaza over the last 6 weeks which has killed over 1900 Palestinians and injured thousands, updated her Facebook status...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Research NZ Budget Observer – Still On Track For Surplus
    New Zealand's Treasury today released their pre-election budget update, ahead of the 20 September vote. The government still expects to get back to surplus in 2014/15, albeit a slightly smaller surplus than expected in May. The growth forecasts were...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nicky Hager’s first public comment on police investigation
    A complaint has been laid with police by Cameron Slater over the hacking of his computer and 'theft' of emails to supply to Nicky Hager for his explosive book Dirty Politics . We give Nicky Hager the first chance to...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Disabled Person’s Organisations report sent to UN
    A report written by Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs) representing the voice of disabled New Zealanders has been released and sent to the United Nations today....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Fuel and electricity price gouging hits regions hardest
    Mere Takoko - New Zealand First East Coast Candidate For Immediate Release - Tuesday, 19 August, 2014...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Government “opening of the books” shows wasted opportunity
    “The economic and fiscal forecasts in the pre-election update – the ‘opening of the government’s books’ – shows how the Government has failed to grasp the opportunity of the Global Financial Crisis to rebalance the economy,” says CTU...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Kiwis take up the challenge to end extreme poverty
    High profile New Zealanders have been invited to participate in Live Below the Line (LBTL). Part of a global initiative, LBTL challenges Kiwis to raise awareness of extreme poverty and to live on a daily food budget of $2.25 for...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • NZ Independent Coalition announces strong list
    NZ Independent Coalition Secretary Helen Anderson announced the party’s candidates for the 2014 election today - 10 candidates total, with four also standing in electorates....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • National Chooses to Campaign on High Tax, High Spend Policy
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Bill English’s indication that the National Party will not offer voters any indication of tax cuts before next month's general election. Speaking to journalists and analysts in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • SSC survey shows way forward for better public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of the State Services Commission’s (SSC) Integrity and Conduct Survey 2013 , which it says indicates what needs to be done to strengthen the public services that New Zealanders use and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Talent pipeline is the key to correcting gender balance
    Building a talent pipeline that fosters talented young women from early on in their careers is the key to gender balance at the most senior levels, according to EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • A-Team of Election Data Analysis For Election 2014
    NZ's leading independent online news source Scoop.co.nz has teamed up with data heavyweights Roy Morgan Research and Spark Venture's brand-new big-data start up Qrious to deliver a under the covers perspective on the 2014 NZ General Election that has never...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    Full PREFU: prefu14whole.pdf Full Executive Summary with charts: prefu14pt2of11.pdf Online: Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014 — The Treasury - New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Survey of Integrity and Conduct in the State Services
    The State Services Commission (SSC) today published the report of the 2013 Integrity and Conduct Survey of the State Services. “The New Zealand State services is rated highly internationally for its standards of integrity and conduct and is considered...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Demand for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Underwhelms
    Family First NZ says that one year on from the marriage law being politically manipulated, the demand for same-sex marriages has been underwhelming with just 318 same-sex couples rushing to take advantage of the new definition to formalise their relationship...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Jacinda Ardern talks about life as an MP
    A class of Albany politics students gained some insight into life as a Member of Parliament this week, with a visit to campus from Labour List MP Jacinda Ardern....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Regional issues top agenda for election debate
    Wellington regional issues, from the flyover to extending the airport, will be in the spotlight at an election debate at Massey University’s Wellington campus tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Walking and the Election
    The Green Party has topped the polls while National has failed to register according to NZ's pedestrian advocacy organisation Living Streets Aotearoa (LSA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry
    Nicky Hager’s latest book “Dirty Politics” reports the alcohol industry works behind the scenes to actively try and smear the professional reputation of people who promote effective alcohol reforms in New Zealand, as well as other public health...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • ACT’s plan to double cycle use without spending taxes
    "The National party yesterday announced a $100 million cycle-way that just happens to go through the marginal seat of Hutt South" said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
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