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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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    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga  Posted on July 27, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?Amnesty International welcomes resolution S-21/1...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Press Release Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
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