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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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    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
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  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
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    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
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  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Treasury says failure to cut emissions could cost $34,000 per household
    Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said. The Sustainability Council has obtained figures previously redacted from a...
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  • Greens call on the Auditor General to investigate serious conflict of inter...
    The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich's membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency)."I've asked the Auditor General to investigate because the...
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  • Central Govt to blame for Auckland rail delay
    The National Government is delaying Auckland's rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push...
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  • Govt grants mining licence in marine protected area
    The Government is making a mockery of our marine protections by granting a mining licence for Chatham Rise Phosphate to mine for phosphate in a marine protected area, the Green Party said.Chatham Rock Phosphate was granted a mining permit today,...
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  • Govt refusal causes three year delay to rail link
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    Labour
  • Letter from Pakistan
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
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  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
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  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
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  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
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  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
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  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
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  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
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  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
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  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
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  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
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  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
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  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
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  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
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  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
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  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
    The Daily Blog
  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
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  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
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  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
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  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
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  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
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  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
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  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
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  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
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  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
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  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
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  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Disabled parking spaces are for the disabled
    Many districts across the country have been changing the mobility parking spots to the vivid blue colour scheme as opposed to the simple yellow sign. This has been done as an attempt to make the designated spots more visible to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
    Scoop politics
  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics
  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
    Scoop politics
  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
    Scoop politics
  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
    Scoop politics
  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
    Scoop politics
  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
    Scoop politics
  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
    Scoop politics
  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
    Scoop politics
  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
    Scoop politics
  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
    ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
    Scoop politics
  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Government cutting back health services to dangle tax cuts
    The health service is already too stretched, and cutting further into New Zealanders’ health services to fund tax cuts is irresponsible, the CTU said today. Leaked cabinet committee papers have revealed District Health Boards need an additional $440 million...
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  • Christian Network calls for prayers and understanding
    New Zealand Christian Network director Glyn Carpenter is calling for people to pray and exercise understanding over the Sydney hostage incident....
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  • Labour congratulated on withdrawing bill
    Euthanasia-Free NZ congratulates Labour leader Andrew Little and MP Iain Lees-Galloway for resisting sponsorship of the ex-Maryan Street voluntary euthanasia bill....
    Scoop politics
  • Commissioner very pleased with results of predator campaign
    Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has congratulated the Department of Conservation on the initial results of its major campaign to tackle a predator plague this year....
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  • Largest ever control campaign knocks back predators
    The Department of Conservation’s largest ever aerial 1080 campaign to combat this year’s rat and stoat plague has successfully knocked down predator populations in key target areas....
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  • Brazil introduces 10-year validity, NZ overdue
    Brazil has just joined a long list of nations who have moved from 5-year to 10-year biometric passports....
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  • National lead down after Little takes Labour leadership
    Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National 46% (down 3.5% in a month). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is higher with the Maori Party 2% (up 1%), Act NZ 1.5% (up 1%) although United Future is 0% (unchanged)....
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  • Part V of Te Urewera Report Released
    On 15 December 2014, the Waitangi Tribunal released in pre-publication form the fifth part of its report on Te Urewera claims. This part deals with Treaty of Waitangi claims in respect of Lake Waikaremoana, lodged by Tuhoe, Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti...
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  • C17 Fantasy Not for New Zealand
    New Zealand First is stunned by news that the New Zealand Defence Force has enquired about buying the $400 million C17 Globemaster III....
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  • MFAT Spends $9 Million on Four Day Conference
    New Zealand taxpayers forked out $9 million to pay for a recent four-day UN conference in Samoa that included hiring the luxury P&O Pacific Jewel cruise liner. New Zealand covered the accommodation and operating costs of September’s Small Island...
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  • State Services Commission Staff Highest Paid in Govt Sector
    The average salary for staff at the State Services Commission is higher than at any other government department, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Union. This morning’s Dominion Post reported the Commission staff earn an average of more...
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  • EPA 1080 annual report released
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its seventh annual report on the aerial use of 1080. Findings are again consistent with previous years. The 1080 regime is working as intended with the benefits of using 1080 being seen while...
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  • Bruce Jesson Awards
    • The Senior Journalism Award of $4000 for a proposed work of "critical, informed, analytical and creative journalism or writing that will contribute to public debate in NZ on an important issue or issues" was awarded to Max Rashbrooke for...
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  • More money for your Christmas break
    You've spent hours planning your Christmas break and months saving for your holiday but have you thought about saving on your energy bills while you are away from home?...
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  • Dunedin rally after Anglican organisation suspends 27 staff
    27 staff working for Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin, Alexandra and Balclutha have been suspended without pay just ten days before Christmas. The move will have significant impacts on AFC’s services, which include caregiver support, home visits...
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  • Labour’s lack of support for voluntary euthanasia
    The majority of New Zealanders will be very disappointed that Andrew Little has directed his opposition Labour Party to withdraw support for a law change to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with dignity in the loving presence...
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  • Nominations close soon for Te Hiku council seat
    Time is running out for those keen to contest the Northland Regional Council Te Hiku seat left vacant by the death of Councillor Dennis Bowman. Independent contractor Election Services, which is handling the by-election for the regional council, says...
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  • One week left for Mayoral nominations
    With one week left for prospective Mayoral candidates to come forward, five nominations have been received. Nominations are due to close on 22 December at 12 noon....
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  • State Housing Tenant Fights HNZC on Legality of Eviction
    Housing New Zealand tenant Ioela (Niki) Rauti took HNZ to the tenancy tribunal a month ago to fight against continued harassment by HNZ and to challenge the lawfulness of her eviction....
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  • Farmers group congratulates success of Ruataniwha Dam appeal
    The Organic Dairy and Pastoral Group, which represents organic livestock farmers, is writing to the Forest and Bird Protection Society, Fish & Game and the Environmental Defence Society to congratulate them on the successful outcome of their High Court...
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