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Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, April 20th, 2012 - 107 comments
Categories: capitalism, farming, International, national, overseas investment - Tags: , ,

As expected, the Nats kept on pushing until they got the answer that they wanted. A bit more of NZ is sold out:

Crafar China sale gets green light

Chinese firm Shanghai Pengxin’s controversial bid to buy 16 central North Island dairy farms has been approved by Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson and Associate Finance Minister Jonathan Coleman.

The ministers approved the Overseas Investment Office’s new recommendation to let holding company Milk New Zealand buy the Crafar family farms, after a High Court judgment sent it back to the bureaucrats in February. Williamson said the OIO sought advice from Crown Law and independent advice from David Goddard QC in making its recommendation.

“We are satisfied that on even the most conservative approach this application meets the criteria set out in the act and is consistent with the High Court’s judgment,” Williamson said in a statement.

107 comments on “Sold out”

  1. vto 2

    A few more New Zealanders just became tenants to foreign landlords…

    Our capital base just shrunk a little more …

    And these are good things how?

  2. Ben 3

    So what’s Michael Fay’s next move?

    • Fortran 3.1

      Ben

      With Fay’s NZ financial history we can expect anything – first thing ring Winston –
      then bitch it’s unfair – (like the bloke who hits you first).
      Fay should go home to Switzerland.

      • Robert M 3.1.1

        I regard Micheal Fay as a rather more impressive and tenacious graduate of St Pats Silverstream than the the leading Nat Cabinet Ministers English and Finnalyson who came from that establishment and never seemed to have thrown off the hypocritical alturism that such Catholics schools attempt to implant. Both seem guilt ridden.
        It is interesting to note that the Argentine govts decision to nationalise even in a sense confiscate a 51 % stake in YPF the local oil drillers was due to the fact the Spanish Oil Barrons were about to sell their stock to the Chinese Govts oil company- and therefore the clumsy acqusition makes a bit more sense that the reports on CNN in the hours afterwards that it was incomprehensibile and madness. As the Political Scientist , Bryce Edwards said the strategic trade strategy of MFAT and the Govt of getting into bed withe Chinese Peoples Republic will come into increasing conflict with our natural orientation and comfort zone of resting with the Yanks.

  3. As expected, the Nats kept on pushing until they got the answer that they wanted.

    Odd comment – the answer is the same as last time, when it was challenged.

    Williamson said the OIO sought advice from Crown Law and independent advice from David Goddard QC in making its recommendation.

    Should National not have followed the legal recommendations?

    • jpwood 4.1

      The advice sought of course would not have been what the Government’s obligations were under the OIO, it would have been advice on how to frame the decision in a manner which makes it unreviewable.

  4. Labour’s opposition to this sale is odd, because it was Labour who disestablished the Overseas Investment Commission replacing it with the OIO when the Overseas Investment Act 2005 was passed. Given the public and political interest in the sale, I am sure that the ministers will have followed the law to a T.

    http://www.linz.govt.nz/overseas-investment/about-oio/history-oio

    Is this the Law of Unintended Consequences?

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      I2, labours opposition is because the government is milking the cows for the chinese -literally.

      Landcare , will depart from its normal role to become a share milker for Shanghai Pengxin.

      The chances of approval without ‘nanny state’ doing the milking/running the farm – zero

    • muzza 5.2

      “Is this the Law of Unintended Consequences?”

      – No its called continuity of agenda, they knew exactly what the consequence would be. Why on earth do people keep making excuses, or believing that government is going to stop this sinking ship..

      Surely people must realise this by now…how many years you been following politics people, cos its seems like about 6-12 months…

      Blind is what what I call it, blind faith, apathy and laziness….clutiching at straws is another!

  5. insider 6

    So Asutralian banks sold some farms they own to some Chinese fellow who likes farming. I can just feel my sovereignty being sucked out by that

    Would anyone have cared if the Australian banks that own the farms just quietly held onto them and contracted Landcorp to run them? I doubt it would have raised a ripple.

  6. WH 7

    From a progressive perspective John Moore writes well about this see John Moore: Leftwing Xenophopia in NZ http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2012/02/guest-blog-post-john-moore-leftwing-xenophobia-in-new-zealand.html

    • Carol 7.1

      The focus of the left should be on international solidarity between the workers, the exploited and the powerless. The international hierarchy of capitalism is another matter.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      It’s not xenophobia as we’ve constantly told you. It’s understanding that selling off the local economy to offshore owners is bad the people who depend upon that economy.

    • Bill 7.3

      Thanks for that link WH.

      The only complaint I’d have is that he refers to ‘the standard’ as pro-Labour rather than to some posters as being pro Labour. Still…that’s an aside in an otherwise good piece.

  7. Horizon 8

    I presume this would be fine if it was just Aussies? why does it make a difference if it is Chinese people? And the amount of land here is a small fraction of what is being sold to Americans, Australians, English etc. I like Chinese people.

    • McFlock 8.1

      Your presumption was foolish because it was so inaccurate. Therefore you must be a fool.  So the aspersions you cast just bounce off like hailstones off a house.

    • Craig Glen Eden 8.2

      Crafar owned the Farmers he was a Kiwi to say that the Australians owned them is pure National Party desperate spin. If your logic is they own them because the bank that held the mortgages is Australian owned then they own a shit load of homes in NZ and my 2 houses are not owned by me they are owned by Aussies. Fact is I have the property titles as would have Mr Crafar.

      Jenny Shipley’s Xenophobia line just does not stack up, National Party hacks will use any excuse to sell of what’s left of our amazing country for their own selfish greed. The truth is these people will crawl up anyones arse as long as they think they will be paid for it.

      • pdubyah 8.2.1

        “. Fact is I have the property titles as would have Mr Crafar ” who defaulted on his loans and under the terms of his mortgage (loan) to bank he has to make good the loan by sale of title, which the bank undertake. Same as they would if you didn’t pay your mortgage, a mortgagee sale

        • Craig Glen Eden 8.2.1.1

          Did the NZ Government have any control over that decision ARRRGGGH no.. So that was not A political decision to sell of NZ Land this is!!!!!! National have folded to the Chinese pressure.

          Personally I believe we need to look at keeping all Farmland now more than ever, and yes it is going to matter more and more and National have not woken up to that. NZ should not be for sale and neither should our Law.

      • insider 8.2.2

        Did the title transfer when the receivers took over? Effective ownership power certainly did. No-one complained when that happened, yet that was a transfer to a foreign bank. Standardistas only became interested when the Chinese became interested. Then all of a sudden it was selling the birthright and a threat to sovereignty.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2.1

          I was always against selling off the country to the highest bidder. It quite simply doesn’t make any sense to do so as it removes our ability to look after ourselves.

          • insider 8.2.2.1.1

            So you have no qualms about selling to the second highest bidder (Michael Fay)?

            • McFlock 8.2.2.1.1.1

              Do you really think that one follows from the other?
                     
              Although in many situations it might be the wiser course of action to choose the lesser bid from two evils… 

            • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2.1.1.2

              My preferred option is that they should have been nationalised with the banks taking the loss that they signed up for.

            • rosy 8.2.2.1.1.3

              If not sold to Landcorp – the best option – my preference was that the farms were offered for sale individually – in New Zealand. If the banks took a hit, so be it – they’re the ones who made the bad loans.

        • Ed 8.2.2.2

          My understanding is that a bank operating in New Zealand has to keep assets in New Zealand to meet liabilities and statutory requirements as if they were a New Zealand Bank. That is why if the bank forecloses on a loan and takes ownership, it does not have to meet OIA requirements – it has not passed into foreign ownership. The receivers were selling from New Zealand ownership – I have seen no explanation of why they chose to make this group of unconnected farms less saleable by insisting that they be sold together – if sold separately some would have been very likely to have been purchased by New Zealanders. Who the foreign buyers were is of little importance – it is the selling to overseas owners that has always been the issue.

          Are you an ‘insider’ on the National party spin machine, “insider”?

    • weka 8.3

      “I like Chinese people.”

      What, all of them?

      I have a problem with all overseas ownership of NZ land. In this particular instance there are additional issues: China’s bad human rights record, and the connection between those buying the land and the Chinese govt. I also feel uncomfortable with the loop of the Chinese govt, Shanghai Pengxin, NZ govt/Landcare, Fonterra, and international trade agreements esp the ones that none of us know about and that undermine our sovereignty.

      • Mark L 8.3.1

        [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

        • McFlock 8.3.1.1

          Not getting into a big issue about the morality of defending an absolute theocratic monarchy, but Tibetans might be a bit concerned with your assertion that China doesn’t invade other countries.
              
          There were also issues with countries on other borders over the last 60 years or so, I seem to recall.

          • Mark 8.3.1.1.1

            [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

            • McFlock 8.3.1.1.1.1

              So if you win outright so realpolitik takes precedence, it doesn’t count as an invasion.
                  
               
               

              • Mark

                [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

          • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.1.2

            There were also issues with countries on other borders over the last 60 years or so, I seem to recall.

            Nah, China’s border conflicts have always tended to be small scale and lower intensity. You see, in the last 25 years they’ve decided that they can influence countries economically and industrially, without a shot being fired.

        • weka 8.3.1.2

          Mark, don’t be pathetic. Do you really believe that China and the US and the UK are all the same? Of course all countries do shit, but it’s useful to look at what the shit is and be able to differentiate. Where did I say that a UK or US company buying land here would never have govt links? Did I not preface my comment with having a problem with all foreign ownership?

          Plus what McFlock said.

          • Mark 8.3.1.2.1

            [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

            • weka 8.3.1.2.1.1

              So tell me how the dick measuring contest helps here? I’m not really following your argument except you seem to think that because China isn’t as bad as some other countries that’s alright then.

  8. Patrick Gower blogs about the reality of what’s required for New Zealand to lift it’s trade – and allow for better wages back here. Key’s love of nasi goreng shows why he likes Crafar sale.

    Indonesia’s population is increasing by 4m per year.

    Paddy’s blog is more about sheep milk than nasi goreng.

  9. deuto 10

    Peter Dune has put out an interesting press release following the sale calling for a review of NZ ownership of productive land – http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1204/S00267/dunne-review-needed-to-protect-new-zealand-ownership.htm

    As it is reasonably short, will quote it in full:

    Friday, 20 April 2012

    Dunne: review needed to protect New Zealand ownership

    UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has called for a review of the Overseas Investment Act and a move to 99-year or similar long-term leases on productive farm land rather than allowing sales to overseas owners.

    Speaking after the ministerial decision announced today approving the Overseas Investment Office recommendation of the sale of the Crafar farms to Milk New Zealand Holding Ltd, Mr Dunne said New Zealanders rightly wanted a major rethink on the whole issue.

    “We only have the land that we have and once it is in foreign hands there is a high likelihood that we will never get it back.

    “You can only sell your birthright once, and it is not xenophobia or racism for a country to decide to look after the interests of its citizens – it is common sense and the duty of government,” Mr Dunne said.

    “Other countries – including China – jealously guard their own land and never allow it to be sold to foreigners.

    “We need to look as a nation at where we stand on holding our own land and we need to do so with a clear head.

    “We owe it to future generations to make sure – as the Prime Minister has said himself – that New Zealanders are not tenants in their own land,” Mr Dunne said.

    He said any review needed to focus on the sale of productive land rather than residential land for personal use. Ends

    I have difficulty reconciling his comments above with his probable support of (partial or full) asset sales of essential services (eg power).

    • Carol 10.1

      Within the global capitalist hierarchy, selling land to an overseas interests gives many of the local capitalist elite (like Dunne) less power and control.

    • fender 10.2

      Just Mr Dunne positioning himself for 2014.

      But if he has found his conscience can we assume he will no longer support selling our power companies I wonder.

      • Matt 10.2.1

        If he’d found a conscience he’d be rallying against this selling of NZ birthright instead of just “looking at” this sort of thing at some point in the future. Fuck you, hairdo.

    • Nick K 10.3

      Dunne’s statement is nonsense.

      “Other countries – including China – jealously guard their own land and never allow it to be sold to foreigners.

      China doesn’t even allow it’s own citizens to own land. Is that what Dunne thinks we should follow?

  10. Michael Bott 11

    This comes as no surprise. Anyway, we can’t buy their land, but they can buy ours. So now they get our land for dairying and we are left with the shit! National just talks a load of bull.

    • Nick C 11.1

      Actually, we are left with the $210 million that they paid for the land, which represents approximatly the net present value of the land.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_present_value

      Although if anything it could be more, as Fay was only prepared to pay $170 million.

      • Richard 11.1.1

        Technically the Australian banks get the $210 M, which is fair because they are their farms. Not yours, not mine: theirs.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Technically the Australian banks get the $210 M, which is fair because they are their farms. Not yours, not mine: theirs.

          Richard The Sell Out loves the fact that Australian banks own the mortgages on NZ farms

          Answer: time to own the NZ banking sector

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.2

        Money is nothing thus we get nothing.

  11. james 111 12

    When you sign a free trade agreement with China as Helen Clark did you have to do buisness with them.
    I believe national still has to sell another 300,000 hectares to catch up with Labour as thats what they sold to foreigners when they were in Office.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Yes, the FTAs should never have been signed – that includes the TPPA which NACT will probably get around to signing.

  12. TEA 13

    Great.
    We sold that lot to China.
    Now – how about 49% of Landcorp to China next month . . . .

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  13. infused 14

    Why is this post “The Standard” with no author?

    You wonder why every speaks to “The Standard” when you have posts like this.

    Are you speaking on behalf of the Standard or what?

    [lprent: It is breaking news using someone else's content (within copyright restrictions). Because it is one sentence with the rest quoted from a news article.

    Doing one liners on news articles might be a speciality of other people and sites. But usually we'd just put them up as "The Standard" aka "notices and features".

    Now I suspect I may have explained this to you before. But anyway you have been around long enough to know the answer. Have a 2 week ban. But from here on anyone asking it will get a few months for wasting my time. ]

    • infused 14.1

      The authors should list their name then, to stop the confusion. A post as the standard, is posting as The Standard as a whole in my view.

      You might see different, but since this question comes up so often, it might pay to add some rules around posting to resolve this.

      [lprent: I just explicitly did. These are the same rules that we have had since the site came in. The updated policy now reads..

      See here for an explanation of who writes for the blog. The authors write for themselves with the following exceptions.

      1. If we are putting up material from a guest poster, then it will go up under “Guest Post” and may or may not have a name or pseudonym attached.
      2. If the site is reposting material from another site with no opinion or minimal opinion from an author, then it will go up under the name of “The Standard” (aka notices and features).
      3. There are some routine posts like the daily OpenMike that will also go up under the name of “The Standard” (aka notices and features) because they also offer no opinion.

      I also tidied up or made more explicit some of the other things in the policy. I rescind the ban on the basis that the rules weren't clear enough (even though I suspect that you were just pushing the limits). ]

      • infused 14.1.1

        I actually wasn’t pushing the limits on purpose. I guess I haven’t read the updated policy.

        • r0b 14.1.1.1

          I put the post up, infused, if it matters. But as Lynn explained, if a post is mostly a quote of someone else’s work we tend not to claim “authorship”. You’ve been around here long enough to know that.

      • Lanthanide 14.1.2

        Glad to see this outlined in the policy, it’s been long overdue.

      • felix 14.1.3

        Not that it’s any of my business, but if “The Standard” as an author is aka “Notices and Features”, wouldn’t it be simpler and clearer and more consistent to just call that author “Notices and Features”?

        I mean I get how it works, but it does sort of seem like an invitation for people to refer to “The Standard” as an author, and quite unnecessarily.

        But like I said, none of my business.

        • lprent 14.1.3.1

          Yeah well, it was originally “notices and features” but that did nasty things to the layout because of its length (and still will even now because we shifted the names to caps – try “Rupert the bear” for instance). When trying to think of another name for it, we ran out of ideas for names pretty fast. Bearing in mind the number of people writing notices and features even in the early days, we didn’t and still don’t want any more choices than two for a editor. Ie KISS means we have fewer screwps. It is either their opinion or it is someone elses work* and goes under the catchall of Notices and Features.

          The Standard fitted the task because it was (just) short enough and clearly wasn’t an author offering opinions and everything else onsite was – for exactly the reasons it gets criticized. Any other name will have exactly the same criticism, and despite asking a number of times I have never heard of a better name.

          From now, I will just give people a Darwin and we will find out if evolution works….

          * putting up guest posts is reserved for just a few editors…

  14. Draco T Bastard 15

    And NACT have jumped on the racism wagon – again.

    Land Information Minister Maurice Williamson says people should not object to the sale of the Crafar farms simply because the purchasers are Chinese.

    It’s got nothing to do with them being Chinese but everything to do with selling off the economy being bad for NZ.

    • James N 15.1

      Somebody in this morning’s Press pointed to the nice irony of Maurice Williamson’s announcing the Crafar sale while wearing an ANZAC poppy made in China…

  15. Does anyone remember that before Crafar himself went under he was looking at selling all 16 farms to cover his debt? Does anyone remember who he was looking at selling too? Hint: It wasn’t anyone in NZ. In fact he actively refused to sell to NZers.

    No one made a fuss then. But now National are in the brig is no holds barred.

    • Te Reo Putake 16.1

      I wish National were in the brig, TC! Lock ‘em and throw away the Key, I reckon.

      • TheContrarian 16.1.1

        Well, whatever. Fact remains that Allan Crafar was going to make the sale before the government even got involved. He said quite plainly he wasn’t intresting in selling to NZ concerns. Instead he defaulted to the Aussies who sold to the Chinese. This land was never “our” land.

        • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.1

          Thanks for backing the foreigners. You’ll get your pieces of silver in due course.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      Got any proof of that?

      IMO, I think even if it had gone to sale before the receivership there would still have been the same reaction. People are getting pissed off with seeing NZ sold to overseas owners.

  16. lefty 17

    It was always a losing battle trying to prevent overseas ownership of any asset under existing legislation.

    The Crafur farms have served a useful purpose in terms of highlighting an issue that only a few of us have cared about in the past.

    What we need now is for political parties to make their position on this issue quite clear for the future.

    We need to know who will ban the overseas ownership of our land and critical parts of our infrastructure so we can vote accordingly in the future.

    • Carol 17.1

      +1

    • Bill 17.2

      I really wish people could get their heads around the fact that in ain’t our land; that it owned, run and controlled by private concerns, be they companies of whatever domicile, nz citizens or citizens of other nationalities.

      In other words the argument from many self professed leftists boils down to backing this private concern over that private concern…a bit like exhibiting fealty to a particular King or Queen and fighting their corner.

      SOE’s are a different matter insofar as they are under (very imperfect) public ownership rather than private ownership.

      And for those self professed leftists who have banged on about sovereignty over land they have no control over and yet, even when their lack of agency is pointed out to them, continue to bang on about sovereignty and how it will be lost…do you think Maori have sovereignty? I ask because the vast majority of Maori have the same control over land and resources as the vast majority of the rest of us…none. And whereas Maori sovereignty (the lack of) receives fairly widespread recognition on the left, it would appear that many on the left just cannot perceive the similarity of their own position.

      I’m curious as to why that is…

      • Carol 17.2.1

        Several of us have replied to that, re-the control issue that you dismiss… governance is still nationally and geographically located…. so we disagree…. some of us are wondering why you can’t “get your head around” that?

        • Bill 17.2.1.1

          Well Carol, on that stunning piece of reasoning (which simply dismisses what lies at the core of sovereignty) you’d be bemused at and not supportive of Maori issues around sovereignty then. (Along with the sveral peeps you speak on behalf of) Which is fine. Like I said, I wondered how leftists backing one private owner over another squared that with any recognition of Maori claims on sovereignty. You’ve answered. Thankyou.

          • Carol 17.2.1.1.1

            Eh, Bill? You may have a strong belief in your own reasoning, but it doesn’t mean it’s convincing to others. Sneering at me and putting me down isn’t likely to convince me either.

            Maori sovereignty is another and more complex issue, that involves more than, and not always, European-style ownership of land – a different kind of “ownership”. And it’s not one I addressed…. I only responded to your “stunning” confidence in your own “rightness” and, your unwillingness to accept that others consider we have very good reasons for taking a different position.

            As I understand it, many Maori are not that keen on another wave of foreign capitalists buying up of NZ land… a contemporary movement of empire building without settlement.

            Maori and non-Maori Kiwi have more chance of having some influence over NZ-based capitalist power-elites, than they do foreign ones – especially foreign ones backed by a more powerful foreign government.

            I’m also against the US style of contemporary empire-building, where the US government and powerful corporates plan to continue to undermine systems and institutions many Kiwis hold dear… through the TPP etc…. which also looks to be undermining our sovereignty.

            • Bill 17.2.1.1.1.1

              Why do you contend that questions of Maori sovereignty are more complex than any sovereignty anywhere else for anyone else? They’re not.

              If people of a particular location have control over the land and resources they have sovereignty. And if they haven’t then they don’t.

              Same applies to anyone anywhere irrespective of cultural mores. It really is very, very basic.

              And we live in a world where vast numbers of people have had their sovereignty usurped. And the resultant authorities, through various manifestations over many years and in some cases centuries ( be that as kings, popes or more abstract forms such as states or whatever) claim to excercise it legitimately on behalf and over those it disempowered. And some of the disempowered eventually believe that such an arrangement is rightful and proper and refer to the excercise of sovereignty by those authorities as though it was an expression of their very own sovereignty. And they potentially lend support to arguments, conflicts and wars to defend that authority’s sovereign right to dominion. And many, many millions have died and many, many millions have killed, maimed and tortured to defend an expression of what originally robbed them of their sovereignty.

              I’m not one of those people. You appear to be. Further, I want my sovereignty back whereas it appears that you don’t. And so we disagree on whether it matters a damn where the private owners of land might come from..

      • xtasy 17.2.2

        Bill: You are quite right. It is the main problem, that the NZ property owning “class” have a very opportunistic and cavalier approach, not only to the state they live under, the law they have to abide, but also to “patriotism”. I have seen it first hand, how too many “Kiwis” were taking their bets and opportunities in the real estate bubble time, sold with a great gain, got their stuff shipped over to Australia and moved there afterwards.

        Others just sold off their Auckland or other over valued properties, so they could “re-invest” in a nicer property down the line in Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa or Nelson area.

        NZ property owners are opportunists, and farmers are the same. They may hang in for a while, but when a nice, fat cheque gets signed and handed to them, they look up in glee, take it and run.

        That is the mentality of too many NZers, and even Maori corporates are in on the game, be this land, farming, horticulture and/or fishing. Why do you think so many accidents happen on certain fishing vessels? It is due to Maori holding companies selling out to overseas fishing vessels and operators to rip the shit out of the seas around NZ. Tha t is the bloody truth, my dear.

        The dollar bill rules, and that is John Key’s elixir.

        I am still waiting for an alternative from Shearer and the rest of Labour re-iginted, or for that sake other opposition pollies.

        At least Hone went to take a stand with the Housing NZ evicted lot in Glen Innes recently. I take my hat off for him. He at least stands up for principles and rights. Who else here does, but frivoulously indulge in sentimental or semi sentimental thoughts, not representing any solution at all for NZ!?

  17. Georgecom 18

    I was interested to hear the Government Minister (McCully?, Coleman?) on the radio driving home justifying the deal. He was asked about a possible law change to prevent the sale. Law changes apparently “take time” and there wouldn’t be time for the Government to put anything in place modifying overseas investment, if they wanted to do so.

    Funny, could have sworn the law change to help out Peter Jackson was passed in great haste. Sky City will get a law change as well.

    Guess laws get changed without proper process only when it suits Nationals interests to do so.

  18. xtasy 19

    So these are a few farms, poorly managed by a Mr Crafar before, who now has jumped on the bandwagon of “patriotism”, re-enhancing is “poorly treated” symphony, which now seem to have gone to a Mainland Chinese holding company.

    Tonight the Prime Minister enjoyed “prime time” interview opportunities on TV One and TV 3. He sold his story on the Crafar Farms sale and he added his spin on the SkyCity bid for building and running an leading convention centre in Auckland City.

    No surprises there, but he got quite “matey” with Campbell on TV3 in the end, chatting about going to “the rugby”.

    Spin Master does it again, all doubts and criticism is wiped off the table with smart alec talk, cheerful comments and a grin one has to work out somehow, but which is superficial at best.

    So while all this was going on, I remain to be explained, why was Sky City even considered as the best bidder, considering that the government wants to possibly change the law, so they can increase one armed bandit machines from a present 1,600 or thereabouts to another 500?

    That is a 30 odd percentage increase on their existing machine stock!

    Farrar did try to deceive readers in his Herald post today, that this is a tiny increase on the national total of gambling machines. But he did not mention that Sky City would itself gain enormously, by having their pokies increased by about a third, pendind a requested law change.

    I ask though, where is the supposed “leader of the opposition”?

    Where is David Shearer? He does not appear much, and I do not buy the excuse that the media would not ask him for an opinion. Maybe he fears the fact that Labour, when in government, actually indulged in a lot of land and farm sales themselves? Maybe he also is shy due to Labour having opened this shit casino in the heart of Auckland in 2004 or 2005?

    I smell too much rot and cowardice here. Why not show the electorate that Labour has learned, changed course and will make the difference in future?

    So far I will not bother voting Labour ever again, with this weak show continuing. There are two other parties in opposition, at least showing a clear line, a clear position, integrity and not being afraid to make their opposition known. Where is Labour and where is Shearer?

    Maybe get this sorted before the next general election?

  19. xtasy 20

    Honestly, I cannot understand the idiocy that has taken hold of this country. Here we have a one party dictatorship, Mainland China, taking over enterprises all over the world, raising concerns everywhere, yet little dumb NZ is happy to sell farms to a questionable company that has no direct experience in farming, is managed by persons that have links to a dictatorial regime, that do not at all contribute to the economic well being of this country, that is a business based in a country flouting laws of human rights, the rule of law, is not democratic, does not allow the same rights in it’s own territory for investors from NZ, puts pressure on the present government ministers (albeit “discretely”), and not too many take a bloody stand and simply carry on as if this is just like buying a burger at a burger bar.

    Where are the remaining brain cells, please? They do not exist, and this government is taking the country to the bloody cleaners.

    • Mark 20.1

      [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

      • yeshe 20.1.1

        “Westerners just go in and steal land, and resources, and people to enrich themselves.” Yes, Mark.

        Which is exactly what Han China did to Tibet, regardless of your ignorant blathering earlier. And they did it with brutal violence, killing more than 1.4 million Tibetans. Perhaps this isn’t the place to debate it, but the environmental destruction and denuding the forests of the Tibetan plateau, the bringing of starvation and famine when the Chinese decided to grow wheat instead of barley, the imprisonment of children and whole families, the destruction of the whole Tibetan education system where only Chinese may be learned in schools …. I’ve always wanted to ask the question – if indeed Tibet belonged to China ( yeah, right !) how come they decided to treat, and continue to to treat their ‘own’ people with such cruelty ?

        Worth noting that the Chinese exerted pressure on Key that he refused to meet with HH Dalai Lama on his most recent visit here, the first NZ PM not to do so in many, many years, I think as far back as Bolger.

        I can only imagine the subterranean pressures being applied in this Crafar sale … I do wonder how Jenny Shipley sleeps at night — greed keep you warm does it ?.

      • xtasy 20.1.2

        Dear “Mark” aka “Wayne Lo”: “And what the fuck are ‘human rights’ laws.”

        Yes, thanks for exposing your thoughts once again here. You do not really give a rat’s arse about human rights, democracy and law. I wonder what idiots are in charge at Immigration NZ these days, to allow migrants in from a dictatorship, who even support suppression of human rights, free opinion and more. It is most worrying what is happening in NZ. Seems this country is a free game for take overs from authoritarian regimes and their business operators.

        I take note also of Murray MCGully to have advised the minister in charge of the OIO that it would have dire consequences for NZ trade if the Shanghai Pengxin deal would be denied to go through. Is this still a land of freedom and democracy? No it is NOT!

  20. xtasy 21

    Labour has only ONE choice to disassociate themselves from past deed and hypocrisy! Take a bloody clear stand! Key is exactly exployting this, same as his ministers. It is time to clear up the party and get rid of a range of hypocrites from the front benches right NOW. Otherwise Labour will have NO future at all to ever lead this country again! That is my honest opinion. Shearer is a mellow, hollow, nice talking nobody who will NeVER get Labour out of the doldrums. Get rid of him!

    • Tombstone 21.1

      Agreed and I sent a email to them to that effect because I’m done with watching Key getting away with blue bloody murder while Labour continue to do … well … nothing really. Shearer is the wrong man to lead Labour into the next election – I’m convinced of that now.

    • M 21.2

      Hear, hear xstasy – I shall vote Mana if Shearer isn’t replaced with someone who can front up to that hustler Key. Hone is the only one empahtically stating what’s wrong in NZ.

  21. infused 22

    The TV1 and 3 interviews are great.

    Campbell gets shut down completely. http://ondemand.tv3.co.nz/Campbell-Live-Friday-April-20-2012/tabid/119/articleID/6262/MCat/73/Default.aspx

    Brings up some good points fellas.

    • Draco T Bastard 22.1

      Think I’ll go with Twitter – Key had been well trained with C/T lines and not actual points.

  22. xtasy 23

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfy18_J15rE&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    get the message, perhaps, El puelo unido jamas sera vencido. Viva Allende!

  23. xtasy 24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBih0c689cI&feature=related\

    Other places prepare for revolution, Where is NZ??

    Viva Chile, viva Camilla!

    • Mark 24.1

      [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

      • xtasy 24.1.1

        Mark: You are not by co-incidence known also as “Wayne Lo”? The nationalistic Mainland Chinese migrant excusing Chinese national thought and looking for every peculiar way to rubbish NZ and “the west”?

        Your comments are so similar. He just wrote such stuff in the Herald recently. Are you sure your name is “Mark”? And are you sure you are not a mate of Don Keypone?

      • xtasy 24.1.2

        “Mark” clearly is known as “Wayne Lo”. The very same sentences and arguments were in a column thread on the Herald Online only a day or two ago. Watch this poster!

    • Mark 24.2

      [Deleted. 'Mark' is clearly a sockpuppet for 'Wayne' who was permanently banned some time ago...RL]

      • xtasy 24.2.1

        Fake “Mark”: I really look forward to deal to crap people like you! You have now exposed your false pretence and BS. We do not need people like you to immigrate to NZ and destroy this country from within. I would be most happy to sacrifice my life to fight the fraud and lies coming from people like you. There are many others also prepared for this. Do not take this lightly, dear saboteur.

      • xtasy 24.2.2

        At least you admit that todays China is anything but revolutionary and all so much more capitalist, state capitalist that is. Even exploiting its own people on slave wages to cater for corporates from US, Europe and Japan to work their guts out for nothing, just to get foreign currency for the government, so they can by up assets internationally.

        When it comes to revolutionary spirit, you have certainly abandoned it. Get lost!

        [This guy was permanently banned for a very good reason. Usually people only get one of them for fracking about with our psuedonym policy... but almost uniquely Wayne/Mark earned one for his racist gall and sheer vileness. No need to buy into it...RL]

  24. marsman 25

    One point that keeps being overlooked is that the Crafar farms were being offered for sale even individually in Singapore. It seems that Nact are adamant that the farms NOT stay in the hands of New Zealandrers, selling our country bit by bit the traitors.

  25. xy 26

    In short, I’d rather sell land to North Korea for nuclear waste disposal before Michael Fay.

  26. A Chinese friend 27

    Just a tip to the webmasters.

    Wayne Lo, aka Wayne, Mark Lau, Mongol Warrior and Yihetuan, is known for trolling English-language China-related blog posts. Some blogs delete selected comments, some block him entirely, but he’s been barred all over. He’s known for sockpuppeting, posting obscene comments under other people’s names, and using multiple IPs. He also sends threatening emails to webmasters. Wayne Lo happens to be the name of an ethnic Chinese murderer who attacked whites on an American school campus.

    I doubt he’s an immigrant to NZ. He pops up online when anyone criticizes China, writes racist stuff, then gets blocked. This has been going on for years.

    I’m not a New Zealander, but sorry to hear about your farms. It’s always hard to feel like you’ve lost something from your country.

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    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
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