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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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    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Wild West culture a result of gung-ho government
    Successive employment law changes over the last six years that have taken away work rights have led to a Wild West employer culture in many workplaces, Labour’s workplace relations spokesperson Andrew Little says. A government audit of 23 Christchurch building...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Dr. Kennedy Graham’s speaks in the 2014 Ministerial Statement –...
    I have listened closely to the Prime Minister's statement this morning and to this debate over New Zealand's engagement towards the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In my contribution I want to focus on the broader aspect...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Catherine Delahunty speaks on the Paid Parental Leave Bill
    He mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Thank you very much for allowing me to speak on this bill. As a grandmother, it is very close to my heart. I know there are many parents, uncles, aunties, and others in...
    Greens | 05-11
  • Pacific unemployment still hurting
     All New Zealanders will be bitterly disappointed that the Pacific youth unemployment rate (aged 15 to 24 years) is now 26.7 per cent, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.  “Our young people are the future workforce of...
    Labour | 05-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • The SIS won’t use 48 hour warrantless spying for ‘evidence’
    Let’s just slay one of the myths the Government are trying to use right now to justify the SIS 48 hour warrantless search fishing expeditions shall we? The Government has been telling all who listen over the weekend that the SIS...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • There’s a better way of discouraging would-be jihadists
    The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports. I believe there is a better way to...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Nationwide Day of Protest Captures Public Attention on TPPA
    . . NZ, Wellington, 8 November 2014 – Wellington basked in a beautiful summers’ day with nary a breeze and only a few clouds in a clear, blue sky. The sort of summer day that we keenly await after months...
    The Daily Blog | 09-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests
    A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU congratulates new Labour leader
    The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union congratulates Andrew Little on his election as Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. “I have worked closely with Andrew and know he will be a strong and successful leader,” says Bill Newson,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • WHO Highlights Devastating Global Impact of Drowning
    The global drowning report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 372,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. Safekids Aotearoa, as a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, has joined the worldwide effort to focus more attention...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPA must refuse phosphate mining application
    Text of the Press Release issued by KASM (Kiwis against Seabed Mining), Greenpeace and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition on 17 November 2014: “EPA must refuse phosphate mining application” The New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency should refuse...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Compulsory smoke alarms needed in rental accommodation
    The tragic deaths of three young people during a house fire in Hamilton, hot on the heels of a 3 year old dying in a house fire the previous week, point directly to the need for compulsory smoke alarms in...
    Scoop politics | 17-11
  • CAA fines Minister for security breach
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