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Some clarity on the Hobbit dispute

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 pm, October 23rd, 2010 - 103 comments
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With all of the shit flying around the hobbit dispute it I decided to ring a few contacts and find out what’s actually happening. And I’ve got to say it’s a bloody labyrinthine situation.

On October the 13th Actors Equity, SPADA, the CTU and Gerry Brownlee meet and negotiated a memorandum of understanding (apparently the CTU SPADA drafted it). Part of the deal was that the advice not to sign would be called off. AE advised they’d meet with their executive to sign this MoU off but this was considered a formality. It was a done deal. So much of a done deal Gerry Brownlee felt compelled to release a statement hinting at it.

As a (very) interested party to the dispute Warners was informed of this straight away. As was Jackson. By Sunday (our time) AE had formally agreed and by Monday there was a joint media release in train. Warners said they wanted to hold this release back to make sure everything was lined up when it was released.

All this was in the emails the Herald and RNZ reported on but I’ve been told that, for legal reasons, they will never be officially released.

The night of Wednesday the 20th (our time) Richard Taylor led his crew on the protest in Wellington. It sounds like it is unlikely he was told about the deal before he led the march.

On the morning of the 21st Peter Jackson announced that Warners were considering taking the Hobbit offshore because of industrial uncertainty. At that time he knew that a deal had been done and the ban had been called off.

Jackson’s announcement was as much of a surprise to the government as it was to the union (and, I suspect, to SPADA). A point which goes a long way to explaining why Brownlee sounded so unsure of himself on Morning Report on Thursday and why he and Bill English, and John Key all had different stories about the situation throughout the next couple of days (there must have been panic on the 9th floor at the time).

It also explains why Kelly claimed the government was being bullied.

There’s still a bit to play out now but everyone I talked to said the smart money is on the Government increasing the tax breaks to keep the film here. Given Fran O’Sullivan was already softening the ground for this today, I’d tend to agree.

There’s no doubt this is a hell of a mess and I expect the government will try to land it at the feet of the union because if they don’t it’s going to look like they got their arm twisted by a big Hollywood studio. And to be fair, AE were pretty amateur hour on this one.

But they weren’t the only ones, the truth seems to be that New Zealand got taken by a well organised and very aggressive production studio. And all for a tax-break that probably should have been offered in the first place. It just goes to show there’s no business like show business.

103 comments on “Some clarity on the Hobbit dispute”

  1. RedLogix 1

    Frankly what a shower of shit our media is….between yourself IB, and Gordon Campbell, you two have been almost the only sane and reliable voices in this whole mess.

  2. Agreed RedLogix.

    Irish’s post from October 2 erringly predicts what will happen.

    The link is at http://thestandard.org.nz/some-advice-for-actors-equity/

    Reading this and then reviewing subsequent events is scary.

    IrishBill take a bow.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      I’d rather have been wrong on this one.

      • pollywog 2.1.1

        As more of the facts enter the public sphere most Kiwis will support the actors

        terms and conditions in the film industry have been pretty bad for a long time now

        I’d rather you were right with these claims.

      • SHG 2.1.2

        Item 7 “Talk to the CTU” was not good advice :)

        The CTU itself should have been given your list, Irish.

        • IrishBill 2.1.2.1

          By the time the CTU got involved it was a straightforward negotiation to get it settled. And it was settled. I doubt they expected to be attacked a week after the deal was done.

  3. Carol 3

    Thanks. Very interesting. What is the evidence that Jackson knew about the emails and/or that the boycott had been called off when he made the press statement on Thursday 21st am?

    The thing that most got my back up on Thursday morning, was the interview I listened to live on Nine-To-Noon, with Fran Walsh & Phillippa Boyens. I was especially irked because I had been to the union rally the day before. Boyens & Walsh were heavily bashing the union & I was totally disgusted by it. Later of course, we learned that the boycott had been called off but not publicly declared.

    I just listened again to the beginning of the interview, just now.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20101021

    Walsh & Boyens start by saying Jackson had made the press statement especially because Helen Kelly was spreading misinformation. Ryan asked if Kelly’s statement about the boycott being off was true. Boyens/Walsh says, “Let’s be clear. The boycott has not been lifted. And that’s one of the reasons we wrote that statement. And Helen Kelly, no matter how much she said it, it’s not true.”

    She cites as evidence that it is still on the SAG site that the Hobbit is blacklisted. So then Boyens/Walsh says that (from Kelly) is “just more misinformation.” ie pretty much saying that Kelly had a pattern of spreading misinformation.

    If, as you say, IB, Jackson knew the boycott was off, then Boyens & Walsh were doing exactly what they were smearing Kelly for doing… spreading misinformation. By pointing to the statement on the SAG site, they weren’t lying, but they were being economical with the truth, if they knew of the emails or lifted boycott.

    If it is confirmed that Team Jackson knew about the emails, I doubt I will ever think much of them again. It was so soon after the union day of action, I felt the Boyens/Walsh union bashing was helping to undermine unions generally.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      I’ve been told that Jackson was in the email loop. I haven’t seen them myself but I’d find it hard to believe that a whole week would pass without him being told about the deal.

      • Carol 3.1.1

        I kind of suspected that. But even without that knowledge, Boyens & Walsh were VERY nasty about Kelly. It wasn’t just what they said, but the tone of voice, and the way they first and foremost directly targetted her. It was viscous. Walsh & Boyens did themselves and their cause no credit.

        • SHG 3.1.1.1

          Did either of them call her a spoiled brat?

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2

          Almost sounds like evidence of serious personal animosity between the women. Interesting.

          • Carol 3.1.1.2.1

            Well Kelly’s involvement adds some Kiwi organisational strength to the tin-pot AE union. And it makes it harder to claim that it’s all been orchestrated by that nasty Aussie union. Just made it a little more difficult to play the actors’ unions in forwarding their main agenda by undermining the union.

        • aj 3.1.1.3

          Agreed. The RNZ interview was so anti-Kelly it was almost bizzare. The thought of ‘jack-up’ was the first thing to come to mind. After the TV interviews on 1 & 3 that night, looked so badly acted that it just confirmed to my mind this is an attempt to discredit unions in general, and by association Andrew Little & Labour.
          The fact that Kelly’s version is right leaves me with no respect for the PJ crowd.

  4. Gina 4

    I think the right wing corporte division of our media are getting into attack mode re labours recent improved polling. Hopefully enough kiwis can see through them by now. Even National supporters I’ve spoken to have picked up on the fact that the media are giving labour and Phill Goff hell. One problem with Goff is that certain National party supporters know that if they destroy him before the next election Labour doesn’t have anyone else. They appear to be intent on hacking Labour into a million pieces before 2011. Stick together and don’t let them do it.

    Never watched Paul Henry much ( cause I don’t like him ) and had no idea that he had put himself forward for selection to stand for the National Party previously. How many viewers do you think were aware of that? We should at least know if there is a strong party political association with media front people. Maybe I’m the last one to know.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      I think the timing is coincidental to the union rallies as I can’t see why Warners would care. Henry didn’t stand for selection. He was National’s candidate in the Wairarapa – not that I can see that’s got anything to do with this dispute. I disagree with your hypothesis that the media is out for Labour.

      • Gina 4.1.1

        “Henry didn’t stand for selection. He was National’s candidate in the Wairarapa – not that I can see that’s got anything to do with this dispute.”

        Sorry that was OT.

        “I disagree with your hypothesis that the media is out for Labour.”

        This is my belief yes but its not just my theory. As I said both National and Labour party people have told me they see this. Its not like Ive been asking them, they volunteered their opinions. That doesnt prove I’m right I guess.

        • IrishBill 4.1.1.1

          Nah, you’re right. It was certainly the case for a while but I think things are changing now.

          • Gina 4.1.1.1.1

            Yeh I’m right and so are you as it has been changing. Hope it continues.

            • mcflock 4.1.1.1.1.1

              On a slight tangent I think that while the MSM support the money parties wherever possible, they need to tread carefully to keep viewers. Sooner or later they have to admit there’s an elephant right in front of them.

              And when they do it feels good to be finally validated.

              I can recall Letterman when he switched from “the president is our holiest god ever”-type commentary into just ripping seven kinds of sh*t out of GW B*sh. And then of course there’s the story about Johnson watching Cronkite’s coverage of Tet – and basically acknowledging defeat when he saw he no longer had the support of the MSM.

    • Vicky32 4.2

      Aside from Henry, all I know about is Duncan Garner + ACT… (3 News… we used to call him Fatty Garner, but he lost weight exactly when his business partner Wodders did!) Tee hee..
      Deb

  5. Tammy Gordon 5

    And as feared yesterday, there was no TV coverage about the emails and whether Warners & co have been playing with a straight bat on the news tonight. I may have missed it but as far as I could tell there was no coverage at all on the hobbit dispute – which has led almost every news bulletin for the past 3 days – except for a feel-good quickie story on TV One’s News at 8 about the let’s-put-this-behind-us and-save-the-hobbit-march,featuring a real life film industry worker ie no name.

    To be fair, the networks are probably scared shitless of WB wiping them off the face of the planet in a libel case.

  6. I reckon if there’s tax breaks on the table it’ll be because brownlee put ‘em there when it wasn’t needed and way after the studio knew the actors couldn’t hold their position.

    i doubt there was any real chance the movie was going anywhere else. It was NZ or nowhere. Jackson or no-one.

    ‘smile and wave’ will have his work cut out making himself look like anything like the saviour of anything, let alone ‘the hobbit’, cos whatever deals on offer have been done by now.

    why would warners even bother meeting the smiling waving one ? its got fuck all to do with him !!!

    next week will be all about reassurance and reconciliation.

    Jackson 1- actors nil….deal with it

  7. tsmithfield 7

    I tend to agree with you Irish. NZ is getting played here. I don’t actually like it happening to us. However, I do appreciate the tactical finesse from Warners on this compared to what is happening on our side. We are coming across as desperate, which only further strengthens Warner’s hand.

    I still think that AE provided the excuse for Warners to muscle in for more. I agree AE were very amaturish. However, I can’t really be too hard on them as I don’t think they would have seen this coming.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Desperate and 3rd world? Wait until Key, English and Brownlee agree to abrogate our employment laws for Jackson and his US corporates paymasters.

      Yeah, its hard to say too much good about Equity at this juncture. Helen Kelly, I think she got parachuted into an impossible position with a lot of players (looking at you Jackson, Boyens, Walsh) willing to trash whatever integrity they had to get the effect they wanted.

      • pollywog 7.1.1

        There won’t be any abrogating. We’ve just reverted to the status quo that existed before all they hype and drama..

        As i see it, if Jackson has, as been reported in his role as producer, built up and contracted chippies and techies to build up hobbiton and proceed with props building at his own cost.

        He’s got the most to lose and his job next week is to convince warners to stump up with the rest of the production costs.

        If not, warners doesn’t sound like they’ve invested much to lose and can afford to write it off. Unless Jackson can convince them it’s a viable project anywhere else, which i don’t reckon it is, given Jacksons investment in NZ already, it will get canned.

        Any wonder he’s pissed off. If the hobbit gets canned or he has to move it to save it, he’s just pissed a hefty sum up against the wall for no reason. And if he ‘has’ to move it, i reckon he’ll consider it a bridge too far and not bother unless he wants to recoup his initial investment.

        Sure, theres a case for a tax breaks incentive in NZ but i dont think it’s the deal breaker. It’s a sweetener if Key wants to help out Jackson but as it stands, warner’s money is money we’ve not seen and so won’t miss.

        Film crew should know by now that there is never a done deal until the wrap party.

        • Anthony C 7.1.1.1

          The Hobbit seems like too much of a sure bet money spinner for Warners to be that worried or screw with a winning formula that made roughly 6 billion dollars, PJ has such a good track record that the smart money would be to fund him, let him do his thing with the pre existing infrastructure he’s amassed and pocket a couple of billion dollars.

          Is there any doubt this will make cash hand over foot?

          I think PJ is obsessive, as you have to be to get a project like LOTR done, his reaction is that of an obsessive person, heavily invested in time, money and emotion who sees people ‘f*cking with his dream’ – most people would act the same way.

          • pollywog 7.1.1.1.1

            dunno eh. I doubt the hobbit would clear 2 billion at the box office.

            It’s not 2000 all over again and we’re in a GFC inspired depression.

            Jackson was off his game with ‘lovely bones’ and the big draw card for ‘the hobbit’ was Del Toro.

            We’ve still got the last 2 harry potters to go before the hobbit and who knows, by then the public could well and truly be over the magical sword and sorcery genre.

            It’s a risk for warners to put up the dosh and thats what i reckon next week is about.Threatening to move overseas is Jackson in damage control to keep their investment.

            it either gets made in NZ by Jackson or it doesnt get made at all in the forseeable future by anybody…IMHO

            • QoT 7.1.1.1.1.1

              I’ve got to agree with you, pollywog.

              The Hobbit is simply not Lord of the Rings. It’s a prequel lacking the bulk of the LoTR cast (including most of the hot ones, so goodbye Orlando/Viggo girl-fanbase), it’s a much smaller-scale story, it’s aimed at a much younger audience. Now a kids + geeks fanbase will still give you good returns at the box office but it’s simply not going to come anywhere near the scale of LoTR.

              • pollywog

                …and 2 years from now the whole 3d protection from hackers and copyright thieves will be cracked so there’ll be no guarantee punters will fill the cinemas just to see bilbo’s hairy feet sticking out from the screen.

                save the hobbit from going overseas ?…i still reckon it’s more about saving the hobbit fullstop.

                maybe they should ditch the live actors and big sets altogether and Weta does the Avatar option.

        • BLiP 7.1.1.2

          As i see it, if Jackson has, as been reported in his role as producer, built up and contracted chippies and techies to build up hobbiton and proceed with props building at his own cost.

          Do you know this as a fact? The props shown on tele looked like left overs from the Rings. This whole thing only makes sense from the point of view that Jackson has already decided to move production off shore and is looking for an excuse to save face. I hope that it not the case and you can confirm Jackson has spent any significant money on this project here at all.

      • Swampy 7.1.2

        There’s changes needed to the employment laws to remove the right for unions to demand a collective agreement, that is the one they should be looking at.

        • KJT 7.1.2.1

          There should be changes to employment laws so employers cannot collude on driving wages down.

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.2.1.1

            Would it be OK then if an employer and the Government colludes on driving wages down?

            Just askin’

    • RedLogix 7.2

      However, I do appreciate the tactical finesse from Warners on this compared to what is happening on our side.

      Seems like you’re starting to get a glimmer of how deeply asymmetric workplace negotiations usually are.

      ‘Tactical finess’ is of course a luxury the studios can well afford, given their enormously greater resources, experience and barginning power. By constrast NZAE is a tiny union, with a wobbly past and very limited access to professional resources. If everyone just shrugs their shoulders and accepts that’s ‘just how things are’ then of course the little guys finish up getting screwed. Everytime.

      The only decision here is between rolling over and taking it… or standing up for ourselves.

  8. NZ is getting played here.

    Speak for yourself fella.

    Only one getting played now is Key and co. They should have stayed well the fuck out of it. It’s game over for the actors while the rest of NZ didn’t even know what the rules were.

    You can’t lose if you dont play but since Key and co decided to play they’re the ones looking desperate….ain’t none of this we shit !!!

  9. truthseeker 9

    Can this be true? The Daily Mail (U.K.) reported this on the 22-10-10:
    “The Hobbit is set to be shot in Britain after director Peter Jackson decided against filming in his native New Zealand………..” Brits will begin to think it is.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1322837/The-Hobbit-set-Britains-Harry-Potter-studios-Martin-Freeman-star-Bilbo.html#ixzz13AqoUvaF

    • NickS 9.1

      The Daily Mail’s nickname is “The Daily Fail” for a very good reason, as they get things wrong and blow shit completely out of proportion daily. So unless there’s an independent supporting source, just ignore them.

  10. Helen Kelly 10

    I first got involved in this dispute on 28 September when Peter Jackson released a four page statement putting the dispute between Warners and Equity in the media, and I immediately contacted Wingnut to propose we meet to try and find a solution.

    I met with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens on 1 October and following the meeting we agreed to release advice saying we had met and “… we are hopeful that a meaningful dialogue between Equity, SPADA and Three Foot Seven can be established”

    This meeting never happened.

    Prior to the meeting being organised with Brownlee, on 4 October I emailed Peter Jackson expressing my surprise that Philippa Boyens had been on National Radio disclosing elements of the meeting I had had with her, Jackson and Walsh when we had agreed that the only thing that would be said was that which was released in the statement (people may remember I was on Q and A the day after that meeting and refused to discuss the Hobbit). He emailed me back and amongst other things said:

    “I’m going to contact SPADA and encourage them to be very open minded, and take a meeting listening to all the actors concerns. Such an open discussion is long overdue, and I’m sure progress can be made to addressing many of their concerns.”

    So at that point Peter Jackson supported the settlement and we reached a settlement (the original MOU was drafted by SPADA actually) and as you say, let Warners know shortly after. As late as 9 October I was still in contact with Peter Jackson and he was supporting the SPADA process.

    So with CTU support, and on the understanding that Peter Jackson also supported the process we used, we reached a full settlement of the dispute on 13 October and recommended the “do not work” orders be lifted on the Sunday. Given this and the fact that all this information was known to Peter Jackson (as you say, emails veryify this) the meeting and demonstration organised by Weta was a complete surprise and has created an impression that the industrial issues have not been resolved.

    • Zorr 10.1

      Thank you very much for the clarification there Helen.

      Is it possible that he was never acting in good faith in the beginning? Setting the patsy up for the fall to achieve his own ends? Not to suggest that you acted poorly but that it is obvious that the broadside from “Sir” Peter Jackson was unexpected and unwelcome and out of keeping with his dealings with you.

    • SHG 10.2

      we reached a full settlement of the dispute on 13 October and recommended the “do not work” orders be lifted on the Sunday

      Why did the Screen Actors Guild not lift their boycott until Thurs 21 October?

      • handle 10.2.1

        Because “recommend” is not the same as “do”? Because the many international unions involved took some time to act? Because Warners do not have a trusting relationship with Mr Whipp after previous disputes and wanted solid evidence of a result?

        • SHG 10.2.1.1

          Different but related question: why did the MEAA/AE call for a global boycott before even meeting internally to discuss what they wanted? Global boycott is a “game over” move, not a “let’s start talking” move.

          Muppets.

          • Swampy 10.2.1.1.1

            Absolutely, it is the union tactic of old seen here a lot in 1970s, go on strike every 5 minutes etc. I grew up in that era, there was a strike every week.

            • lprent 10.2.1.1.1.1

              A facile and limited view of the labour relations at that time…

              From what I saw a high proportion of those disputes were demarcation disputes from some bloody silly legislation put in the late 60’s and subsequent decisions by the arbitration court under that legislation. It was designed to bring out the worst in unions because it pitted union against union for members. Needless to say if you want stupid labour law, then you only have to look to National.

              The other issue in the 1970’s was the sharp rise in inflation during the decade from virtually none to close to 20%. To prevent a sharp decline in purchasing power by their members, unions were having to continuously run wage rounds. Rather than the multi-year agreements that we now get and were also gained during the 60’s, the inflation (mostly caused by Muldoon being a well-meaning idiot when responding to external shocks) caused far more frequent negotiations and therefore more industrial actions.

              On top of that, and probably the least of the factors, there were more unions and more union members – which is what I think you were referring to.

    • IrishBill 10.3

      the original MOU was drafted by SPADA actually

      Sorry my mistake, I heard it was the CTU.

    • Marty G 10.4

      Thanks Helen. I saw Q+A just now and thought it was disgraceful the way Holmes let his rightwing prejudices shape the whole thing, in the interview it was 2 vs 1 with you being interrupted ever few seconds and in the panel it was 3 vs 1 with Bradford being interrupted twice in 20 seconds by Holmes while he let the others speak.

      Who is producing that show and what happened to profesional standards?

      • comedy 10.4.1

        I saw you on Q and A also Helen – get some media training you were a fucking disaster.

        Do they let you know who’s on the panel before you go on the show ? – having Sue Bradford backing you up made things even worse – she’s got the media presence of Quasimodo.

      • Anne 10.4.2

        @ Marty G
        It was the worst display of infantile school-yard bullying of Helen Kelly by Paul Holmes in particular (although the side-kick from the film industry was helping him out) that I have ever seen. I’ve fired off an email to Q&A and told them I’m laying a formal complaint. I hope to God I’m one of many complainants.

        One problem: can someone tell me how you go about laying a formal complaint?

        • comedy 10.4.2.1

          @Anne

          That’s a remarkable coincidence as I’ve just sent in an email congratulating them on an interviewer who’s prepared to go after the interviewee – we need more of this in NZ.

          [This one has really bought out your 'funny' side alright. Another spot of content-free trolling like this and you get a month off. ...RL]

          • mickysavage 10.4.2.1.1

            Comedy I have a suggestion for you.

            You should try posting comments that tease out and develop peoples understanding of an issue rather than viewing comments as a chance to bludgeon those who have a different view to you.

            • comedy 10.4.2.1.1.1

              Greg if I wanted your advice, unlikely as from what I’ve seen you’ve little to offer apart from pronouncements on the glory of Labour and anything they are associated with and very little else, I’ll ask for it.

              Anne’s understanding is very simple – she believes anything put out from the union’s side and whatever the posters at this site tell her…… a bit of bludgeoning was overdue.

              • Anne

                @ comedy
                Your ignorance, arrogance and uninformed pronouncements are getting to the point when the moderators just might start to review your continued presence on this site.

          • Anne 10.4.2.1.2

            Ten minutes to read my comment and fire off a counter-email. Not bad. You’re a laugh a minute comedy :D

        • Lazy Susan 10.4.2.2

          Hi Anne. Go here for an explanation of how to make a formal complaint to TVNZ. During the Paul Henry thing there was an online form but can’t find that now – maybe got a bit worn out during Henry’s demise!

      • pollywog 10.4.3

        Dunno bout the right wing prejudice thing. I thought he was more a Peter Jackson eatarse and repping for the non actors point of view.

        Thought that other guy was askew on a few facts as well. Jen and Robyn put themselves out there in the forefront of the dipsute. No one forced them to do anything.

        And Bradford is wrong in thinking Ward-Lealand and Malcolm aren’t damaged goods or that they’re heroes of the work force. By my read, they’re second rate actors who got greedy in being egged on by some ozzy dickhead.

        Helen Kelly came out of it alright. She held her ground and didn’t lose her composure despite some serious goading by the mischeivous impy looking holmes who was doing it hard sweating all profusely and such…not a good look eh

        maybe he should think about retiring before he has a heart attack on live TV.

      • lprent 10.4.4

        I watched it too, saw the panel on Heatley and I’d agree. Sue Bradford would barely be able to start and Holmes would talk over her as soon as he saw a point being made that he didn’t like. I had to admire that she persisted making the points.

        I suspect in the end that she got more airtime simply because Holmes did it too often, it was too obvious, and he got orders to let her make the points on about the 3rd time though.

        It was pretty apparent that Holmes wanted a particular ‘message’ to come from the panel and it wasn’t about the future of the numbers of social housing stock and the number of people accommodated under it. That makes me more interested in that than the fiddling with the numbers that Heatley’s message was about.

      • mickysavage 10.4.5

        The video is now up on TV ones site at http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a/q-and-s2010-e39-video-3849555

        I agree with Marty and Anne (surprising I know) but this was some of the most appalling TV I have seen for a while. Holmes was literally frothing and continuously interrupted and blamed Helen even though she responded precisely to every point he made.

        In the end they blamed her for the perception that has been created by the MSM. I did not know that she controlled the MSM and I wish she could.

        So if enough wingnuts jump up and down and say that you are to blame for something even though you are not, your failure to stop this perception being created is your fault?

        My head hurts …

  11. truthseeker 11

    This was also to be found in The Guardian newspaper- written on Thursday which seems pretty quick off the mark on the ‘timeline’

    “Film
    Hobbit films ‘could be on way to UK’

    * guardian.co.uk, Thursday October 21 2010
    * Ben Child

    The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s two-part prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, could be on its way to Britain, it has emerged. Jackson’s wife and creative partner, Fran Walsh, revealed that the UK was being considered as a filming location following a dispute with an actors’ union in New Zealand, where producers had originally planned to shoot the films and where sets remain…

    The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s two-part prequel to the Lord of the (…)”

    Not that any of this helps really — just makes me feel rather sad….
    …Am beginning to look for people whose noses appear to be growing longer

  12. SHG 12

    This isn’t news, English and Irish locations have got discussed for weeks.

    • Swampy 13.1

      Bit silly bringing an Australian union into the dispute, it simply reinforces the impression that the NZ union gets the Aussies involved because they want more leverage, not a good thing for a NZ union to be seen to getting international leverage and meddling in our domestic affairs.

      • IrishBill 13.1.1

        Domestic? What are you smoking? It’s an international film backed by an American studio.

  13. Carol 14

    Right wing tirade on Qu & A. Look at yourselves, Holmes et al. Who is stirring it up after things have been resolved? Our problem is not the unions, it’s the journos in the MSM. What a bunch of verbal bullies!

  14. big bruv 15

    Please make sure that you guys encourage Helen Kelly to appear on our screens as much as possible, every time she does she drives another nail into the coffin of the parasitic union movement.

    She was hammered on Q&A this morning, exposed once again as a liar and once again demonstrated her incompetence.

    All the same, keep putting her up there guys, it is so much fun watching her get shot to pieces as she pretends to care about the average worker trying to make a living.

    [Blatant, ugly trolling... keep this up and we'll have so much fun ripping you new ones...RL]

    • KJT 15.1

      She was not even allowed to talk on Q and A this morning.

      Helen Kelly was doing her job. Not her fault the other side are liars.

      Herald is very quiet this morning. I suppose they cannot apologize to AE and the CTU for getting it wrong without stirring things up again.

      • Mike 15.1.1

        Had a laugh at this – Poor Kelly was practically reduced to covering her ears and shouting “Im not listening” Barnett was the one with the facts, you can call them liars all you like, but unless you’re either in the Film & TV industry, or have done a little more digging than reading a few blogs, you wouldn’t know that.

        • RedLogix 15.1.1.1

          And Barnett was shown up as an ugly misogynist. He’s toast.

          The simple fact is that SPADA refused to negotiate for years. It’s members have been screwing actors over repeatedly and it wasn’t until the NZAE got some international clout via their Australian parent organisation that they got listened to.

          That’s why the big money players got so anxious and vicious, the one thing they hate more than anything else is international worker solidarity which takes away their ability to play off countries and governments against each other.

          But you would know this if you really had anything to do with the ‘industry’.

    • Armchair Critic 15.2

      Piss off BB, the way she shows up to answer the difficult questions is much more prime-ministerial than our chicken of an actual PM.

  15. big bruv 16

    Touch a raw nerve did I chaps?

    Since when has telling the truth been considered as trolling?

    Oh..I forgot, this is not about the truth this is about the continuing lies of the union movement.

    Seeing Liar Kelly take such a hammering on Q&A this morning was the perfect start to a Sunday, long may this continue, it is about time that our media took the union movement to task.

    Parasites like Kelly are not the ones losing their income, she will not be out of work, but she is happy (the smug grin gives it away) to see 1500 people lose the chance of making good money.

    [You've been warned...take a month off...RL]
    [lprent: Agreed. I looked back over the last 50 comments to see if a month was justified (I'm trying to keep the ban lengths down after they got a bit enthusiastic). But bb isn't adding anything to the debate - he is just trolling. It isn't even up to his usual standard for trolling - it is outright boring. ]

  16. wasi 17

    hold the line helen…you`re doing fine…just saw Q and A…what a disgrace paul holmes is…a nasty right wing dwarf…he`s sure changed from his days up on the coromandel peninsula in the late 70`s…i remember seeing him with a joint the size of the skytower sticking out of his fucking mouth…as for Big Bruv..what a twat…time for him to put on his davy crockett coon skin cap and fuck off back to the alamo…

  17. come get some 18

    if the PM had have appeared on Q+A today they would have asked him about tarantulas

  18. wasi 19

    Fran Walsh & Phillippa Boyens eh….hmmmm….when`s the wedding?

    • SHG 19.1

      wasi
      24 October 2010 at 12:07 pm
      Fran Walsh & Phillippa Boyens eh….hmmmm….when`s the wedding?

      Classy.

  19. Swampy 20

    When it looks bad for the union they can always launch another attack on the evil capitalists, true to form.

    Fran O’Sullivan has it about right on the money, it is the meddling behind the scenes by Kelly and co that has got them into hot water. When you have a union interfering in NZ’s domestic affairs especially with calling in support from overseas it warrants a strong stance by the government because it amounts to an attack by undemocratic organisations on our democracy.

    As O’Sullivan has pointed out, Kelly meddled earlier in the year when the goverment wanted a US union leader to come to NZ, she got him to say he wouldn’t come. In the Hobbitt case the union got the Screen Actors Guild and other overseas unions to impose an international boycott, not a smart move for a union in NZ to get involved in this sort of thing. That has got Kelly’s fingerprints all over it, the CTU is too political not to see a chance to get more political power from moves like that.

    All this meddling gives the government a good agenda to look at NZ’s domestic labour laws to clip the union’s wings as they are obviously getting too big for their boots.

    • handle 20.1

      Nice conspiracy you have there Swampy but it was the MEAA’s Australian head who started the blacklist, not the CTU.

  20. Kevin Welsh 21

    Funny how things change.

    • handle 21.1

      That is worth remembering when people claim Jackson is an evil tool of American film company capitalists, oppressing the proletariat.

  21. Maggie 22

    Key will inevitably do a deal to give a very profitable industry bigger tax breaks.

    Will people like big bruv and Swampy complain when their taxes are used to line Jackson’s pocket?

    • RedLogix 22.1

      No of course not.

      And that tells you all you really need to know about them. Life is full of folk who suck up to those above them and dump on those less fortunate or privileged.

      • comedy 22.1.1

        Is the institution of a global boycott against working on the Hobbit by unions representing the acting “profession” a basis for good-faith bargaining?

        [lprent: umm the ego of 'factchecker' appears to have terminated you as well at the ip level. It is a pity, I sometimes enjoyed this alter ego. This note is to tell other commentators why you are no longer going to be around. ]

        • felix 22.1.1.1

          Oh dear, terminated you say? He’ll be baacck.

          • lprent 22.1.1.1.1

            Not in the short term he won’t. When I get annoyed enough to spam block people I start really blocking them.

            Despite his multiple personalities, one of which walked over the cliff today of asserting who an author was in real life, he uses a very limited range of IP’s

          • Colonial Viper 22.1.1.1.2

            I laughed out loud.

  22. Logie97 23

    Yes Q and A was a disgrace. But only to those of us who bother to watch it.

    The majority of New Zealand, today, was either out cranking up the lawn-mower, or packing the picnic hamper or singing hymns when Holmes was in full cry.

    What would be more reassuring (never going to happen mind you) would be to hear and read Bill O’Reilly’s take on the whole thing. He appeared to me to be admitting that it has been a total PR disaster from both sides, and not Equity’s fault alone, but that was as far as he would take it. Just for once, if only the Captain’s of Industry would make more reasoned statements repeatedly throughout the MSM and put the journalists (including Holmes) in their place. But that would be cutting their political noses to spite …

    Incidentally, and this might hurt many Kiwis to have to admit it, Peter Jackson is really only world famous in New Zealand. The ordinary offshore movie punter (judging by reported surveys of the standard of general knowledge world-wide) wouldn’t have a clue where N.Z. is. It is the N.Z. media that has told us how the L.O.R. movies sold the NZ landscape.

    Perhaps tourists “flock” to Hobbitville simply because some tour companies schedule it on their itineraries, and Matamata isn’t a bad spot for a comfort break on the journey North or South.

    • wasi 23.1

      “Incidentally, and this might hurt many Kiwis to have to admit it, Peter Jackson is really only world famous in New Zealand.”

      too true…big fish in a little pond…being good at, or being successful at something in NZ doesn`t necessarily translate into being the biggest or the best in the world…unfortunately…in a funny, inverted sort of way it`s the same as the aussie envy that we have here in NZ…we want their wages..we want their economy..and we`ll try to break our workers to get there.

  23. truthseeker 24

    Big Bruv I don’t think you should call Ms Kelly a liar.What she states eventually proves to be so.
    The Dom Post (22-10-10) under the heading”Studio confirms Hobbit moves”, stated that “Ms Kelly said she believed Warners may always have planned to take the films elsewhere but was trying to blame the unions to deflect criticism from Jackson.” The previous day, The Dom Post (Michael Field) under the heading, “Is the Hobbit heading to London?” wrote that it might be heading to Leavesden Studios (where Harry Potter was filmed) which are owned by– WARNER BROTHERS–who bought them earlier this year as a permanent European base! Certain people didn’t have to look too hard for a new place to get a away from the horrid,damaging, tyrannical nz actors’ union.(654 members!)

    “Peter Jackson decided against filming in his native New Zealand because of industrial action there.

    All three of the Rings films were shot there but yesterday, studio Warner Bros said the ongoing pay wrangle with country’s acting unions had ‘forced us to consider other filming locations for the first time’.” Call me cynical but… ….
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1322837/The-Hobbit-set-Britains-Harry-Potter-studios-Martin-Freeman-star-Bilbo.html#ixzz13EsEpnTp

    P.S Thankyou Helen for your helpful post last night and for a great,calm but positive presence on Q& A this morning- Paul Holmes really showed a red neck- and face as he became more and more heated – and all because he had grasped the wrong end of the stick and allowed wrong perceptions and defective insight to muck up his thought processes. And thankyou Nick S for giving me a giggle me about “The Daily Fail”- so much better to retire on a cheery note last night!
    I hope all this Hobbit stuff resolves itself on a cheery note too, so that innocent people (the actors union ) aren’t made to feel bad about them selves…. by the way who is Karl ( is it?) Icahn ? Gordon Campbell is so good on guiding the way through briars and thickets…..

  24. James 25

    Irishbill – now I know we’ve had our differences, and I know you probably couldn’t care less what I think, but I have to say that this is a very perceptive, intelligent, helpful, sensible post. I’m glad you made it. Cheers.

    Some posters do seem to be suggesting PJ is some kind of evil, calculating asshole in all this, and I think that’s extraordinarily unhelpful, unconstrutive, and is basically smears made from conjecture. The kind of thing Helen Kelly I’m sure would say herself is extremely unhelpful.

    Say the studios are money-grubbing a-holes all you want (common sense though, really), but Peter Jackson… it’s all really just unsubstantiated smears at the end of the day, and it doesn’t do anyone any favours.

    • RedLogix 25.1

      Some posters do seem to be suggesting PJ is some kind of evil, calculating asshole in all this,

      I can’t speak for everyone here, but personally speaking…no.

      PJ is an remarkable guy, a talented geek with an enormous obssesive drive. Most times (and with the huge help of the people around him) that’s worked out well for him.

      This time it hasn’t…he’s not been able to delegate off what should have been a simple contract negotiation matter that should have been settled ages ago. Instead he’s gotten himself tangled up in something that’s resulted in a dented ego and a hurt sense of pride… and he’s over-reacted. (As did Helen Kelly with her ‘spoiled brat’ remark…which she’s unreservedly apologised for.) Which all points to a lot of irrational emotions, mis-communication and high anxiety all round.

      And for what it’s worth, I sense that Jackson’s lifestyle castle in the Wairarapa is an unfortunate omen. While he’s not isolated himself in there (he’s likely one of the most connected people around), it’s still a highly filtered environment. Over time it seems he’ll drift further and further out of touch with the rest of his fellow New Zealanders.

      In the meantime the murky role of the studio (who have big troubles of their own) in this fiasco remains largely unscrutinised by most New Zealanders.

      [Edit]: And it makes sense as suggested above that PJ’s anxieties around the studio’s agenda are the underlying driver here. It’s not hard to imagine the man getting highly stressed fighting a shadow-battle with the studio’s machinations, and then feeling betrayed by the stance of the actors behind his back so to speak.

      All the more reason why all the local parties should have had this matter put to bed ages ago.

  25. Carol 26

    I heard an interesting set of interviews on Nat Rad in my lunch break today. It was a work weekend for me, and I’m too tired to comment in depth on the interviews in detail.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/artsonsunday/20101024

    With the Hobbit saga continuing we attempt to get some actual facts into the discussion. We hear from Robyn Malcolm of the NZ Actors Equity, expat NZ actor and agent Holly Shanahan and crew members caught in the crossfire, Theresa Eberhardt and Ra Vincent. (duration: 17′51″)

    Malcolm talked about how actors were aiming to be treated more professionally, and to have the same basic standards as SAG & MEA. She also said that NZ actors’ agents spend a lot of extra time re-inventing the wheel , having to negotiate the basics with each contract.

    Shanahan is in Aussie & compared her experiences acting in NZ & Aussie. In contrast to the MSM line that MEA had destroyed the industry in Aussie, Shanahan talked about the pros & cons – and there have been advantages, shown in egs in the last year or so.

    It was also interesting to hear the 2 techies talk. They work in different circumstances from actors. One said that he tended to work in a department when working on a movie. Consequently, workers like him often asked the head of the department when they wanted some specific demands met. In contrast, I think actors’ agents negotite for each actor more in isolation.

    [and I ended up writing more than I was intending to]

    • Vicky32 26.1

      I heard that this morning – and Shanahan was rather upset that she was cut off mid-word! I’d have liked to have heard more from her – pity the item couldn’t have been a lot longer!
      Deb

  26. gobsmacked 27

    One intriguing sideline to all this is that Martin Freeman (from The Office, etc) has been cast as Bilbo Baggins, the starring role. Hobbit fans seem pretty happy with this choice, if a quick glance at internet forums is any guide.

    Intriguing, because Freeman is a lifelong Socialist, pro-Greenpeace etc, and generally stands somewhere to the left of Helen Kelly.

    If there was a union boycott, he wouldn’t take the role – guaranteed. As it is, there isn’t a boycott, so he’ll come down to NZ and when someone asks him what he thinks about bloody Tories, he’ll tell them. (Hopefully with John Key grinning alongside him for the Movie Star photo-op).

    Looking forward to it already!

  27. Graham Dunster 28

    It is easier, cheaper, more efficient and productive to fix problems before they become too big. This is a mantra for business. The drama production industry has known for years of actors’ dissatisfaction with the way that they perceive they are treated. This dissatisfaction is why NZ Equity opted to join the MEAA. It is why there were recent requests for discussions on contracts for actors working on Outrageous Fortune 6, The Cult, This Is Not My Life. It is why there has been a long standing request to meet with SPADA to mutually agree minimum terms and conditions for drama actors.

    The current situation is a direct result of decisions taken not to engage with Equity over the past years. The request to meet with the producers of The Hobbit was simply the latest in a series of chances for the industry to sit down with Equity and discuss the situation. Instead of dialogue, cant and vitriol were heaped on the actors, at first collectively and now individually.

    There have been mutually agreed minimum terms and conditions for actors working on television commercials for decades, which has created an ongoing positive working environment for all parties.

    Now that SPADA has finally agreed to talk to Equity over how to replace the existing unenforceable ‘Pink Book’ guidelines, perhaps we can move forward, accepting that at long last the producer/actor problem will be addressed in a constructive way and become an inclusive section of the entertainment industry.

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    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • 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
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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