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Spin Slater Spin

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, May 4th, 2014 - 93 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national, same old national, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

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Cameron Slater is having a tough time.  There is that particular police investigation which is ongoing.  I suspect that the Police will be keen to discover how Slater did come into possession of Matt Blomfield’s hard drive.   And Judith Collins’ Ministerial career is under increasing pressure as more and more revelations about that private dinner are released.

You have to wonder about National’s normally slick handling of the media.  Admitting that Collins’ office had asked for a briefing from MFAT before that private dinner the same day that it was confirmed that Oravida had given National a $30,000 gift just before Christmas last year only amplified the impression that something dodgy has been going on.

So Cameron Slater has come to the rescue by asking questions about the actions of Labour’s Ross Robertson.  Collins was reported in this morning’s Herald as claiming that representations by MPs to Ministers on police matters are not unusual.  She refers to an incident where Robertson mentioned to her that his daughter who is a Police Officer and an aspiring Olympic writer runner wanted leave so that she could train more.  The approach seems completely innocent.

But Slater in typical style is going to town on the issue.  As at the time of writing he has posted two posts on the story and says that more are in the pipeline.

For Cameron’s information this is why trying to suggest that the two incidents are comparable is complete and utter bollocks:

  1. Maurice Williamson at the time that he was a Minister of the Crown asked the police to review the prosecution of a person who was not a constituent and who was a large donor to the National Party.
  2. Section 4.14 of the Cabinet Manual states “[f]ollowing a long-established principle, Ministers do not involve themselves in deciding whether a person should be prosecuted, or on what charge.”
  3. Williamson was clearly in breach of this requirement and deserves to have been sacked.
  4. By way of contrast Robertson merely asked about leave entitlements for his daughter who was a police officer.  The context suggested that it was just an informal question.

All that I can ask of Cameron is that he keeps digging.  Because he is so seriously off target on this one that his continued efforts will be hilarious to watch.

Update:  And now Collins and Slater seem to be threatening a Journalist who allegedly spoke to her about a family member who may have been in trouble with the police.  This is crazy not only because it will upset the media but because journalists are not Ministers of the Crown and not bound by the obligation not to interfere.

Judith Collins tweet

 

Update2:  And it appears that Collins was talking about Katie Bradford.  And it appears that John Key is not amused.  According to TVOne:

Asked if it was appropriate for Ms Collins to name a Press Gallery member in this way, Mr Key said: “Well I think that would be the wrong place for her to be in if that’s the case and I’ll raise the matter with her.”

Mr Key says in his view the National Party has a good, constructive working relationship with the media.

“That’s also what’s important for ministers,” he added.

“I’ll make sure I remind every minister and every MP that’s the sort of relationship we want to have with the media.”

Mr Key said: “The media have got a job to do and we’ve got a job to do and that’s where it should start and finish.”

93 comments on “Spin Slater Spin”

  1. logie97 1

    MS. Don’t want to detract from the thrust of this post. But on one point, a lot has been made of Key’s swift and decisive action on this. I thought actually that Williamson had resigned and wasn’t “sacked.” Indeed if he had been sacked by the PM then Key would have found it difficult to be already making suggestions of Williamson coming back into the fold.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Agreed Logie that Williamson did resign and was not sacked. I did think about the wording at the time I wrote this. The phrase “deserves to have been sacked” is deliberate as IMHO Williamson should have been sacked if he had not resigned.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        interestingly slater in his crusade thought brown should be exposed as cheating on his wife but not collins or williamson. on them he didnt dig and reveal at all.

        at a party last night and my staunch nat/ act voting brother was mocking collins and williamsons excuses.

        i doubt it will chanfe who he votes for but he used the following phrase

        “what pisses me off is how stupid they must think i am if they think i will swallow their bullshit.”

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          Well, if he still votes for them then he’s proving that he’s actually that stupid.

      • It’s the same linguistic trick used around Richard Worth’s resignation, isn’t it?

        • Tracey 1.1.2.1

          yp. remind me, did worth go for abusing diplomatic status for his business interest, or his harrassment of a woman.

          • Stephanie Rodgers 1.1.2.1.1

            I’m pretty sure we were never told. Everyone went to great lengths to avoid specifics.

          • toad 1.1.2.1.2

            Probably a bit of both.

            Worth was put on a warning for using a Ministerial overseas trip to promote his business interests. The sexual harassment allegations followed, but they didn’t result in his immediate sacking or resignation.

            There were rumours at the time sourced to National Party figures that the last straw for Worth was that he was caught AWOL from Parliament “entertaining” a woman when he was meant to have been at an official meeting, but that was to my knowledge never confirmed.

        • felix 1.1.2.2

          “linguistic trick” lol.

          Very polite way to put it.

      • Anne 1.1.3

        Well, he was told asked to resign Wed. night and he did so Thurs. morning. That’s tantamount to being sacked.

        • felix 1.1.3.1

          Yes, it is. So why didn’t Key sack him?

          • srylands 1.1.3.1.1

            Because it is highly uncoventional. Which of the 10 Ministers that Helen Clarke “ask to resign” and who did so were sacked? Give you a guess.

            • felix 1.1.3.1.1.1

              The difference, my little friend, is that Key actually says he sacks them.

              For example, officially Richard Worth resigned.

              But over the following few days, Key said he resigned, then he said ‘akshully I sacked hum’, then he said ‘nah I dudn’t he rusigned’.

              You would’ve known that Helen would never be so loose with language over such a serious matter, had you ever been to NZ.

    • aerobubble 1.2

      So Key can act swiftly and decisively, if he’s losing a minister, and the minister sees he has no other choice, and Key didnt have to do a damn thing except grin and bear it.

      • toad 1.2.1

        Whereas Collins just digs her toes in and says “fuck you, I’m not going anywhere”, and Key has to suck it up.

      • bb 1.2.2

        Williamson is on record (I can’t remember if it was the TV3 or RNZ interview) saying that he spoke to the prime minister who told him ‘he crossed a line and that he should resign’, and so Williamson said ‘ok, ill do that then’ (or words close to that affect). So technically its a resignation, but he would have been sacked otherwise. That’s pretty standard practice though I’d imagine? I do find it strange that Williamson is doing so many interviews, surely it’d be best just to shut up about it.

        • Puddleglum 1.2.2.1

          Hi bb,

          Yes, I heard that too. It was on Morning Report orNine to Noon.

          • felix 1.2.2.1.1

            It was on Nine to Noon. Sounded like he let it slip accidentally at first, then decided fuck it and ran with it.

            Up until that moment only the official line “he resigned” was being reported.

  2. Treetop 2

    What a childish minister of justice NZ has. Her memory is working overtime (using a past portfolio) to mud rake the opposition. May be there is nothing wrong in the justice sector in NZ, so Collins is sticking her beak into another ministers portfolio.

    I reiterate, Collins asked the police and not Robertson. A simple “No” like Winston’s sign would have sufficed.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    The official story around political donations is that politicians are kept away from fundraising activities, which are conducted by the party. The reason for this is that if politicians don’t know – or at least have plausible deniability of – their donors, they can’t favour them.

    Except selling meal tickets and photoshoots involves the PM directly in contact with party donors, and he knows it because that’s why we’re all here today.

    And then we see the favours, performed in plain sight.

    Never mind right and wrong, how is this legal?

    MS? Anyone except, well, you know who you are.

  4. Herodotus 4

    The depth of this counter claim says it all.
    Perhaps more light could be shed on what were these 4-5 times per year that Maurice has had need to contact the police on behalf of his constituents ( of which I understand Liu is not one ) I am sure that these other examples are not of such a serious nature as domestic violence.
    What is it about south ease Auckland :
    Wong , Collins and now Williamson ?

    • Tracey 4.1

      their constituents thingkthey are for sale, for some reason… and by constituents i mean some very wealthy businesspeople.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Slater has a nihilist view of human nature and politics which makes his actions predictable. That is why he is so useful to Jason Ede and John Key, they know exactly how their puppet will frame a story. This all seems fairly run-of-the-mill Ede/Slater – try to smear your opponents as distraction as part of a wider narrative of discrediting democratic institutions in favour of authoritarianism.

    It is frankly boring. Slater is just a holier than thou sleeze merchant. His attack on Len Brown was his apogee. It exposed him and methods to a wide audience and people outside his wing-nut echo chamber were revolted. People do read him, but most now do it to laugh at him and see which of his wingnuts has the craziest comment.

    Slater is all over. He is a one trick pony trading in same old slander from the same old stall day in day out, week in and week out. The media has wised up to him. He is past his use by date.

    • Mary 5.1

      I liked how slater vowed there was “more to come” on Brown that would “finish him off” but there was nothing. He’s said that so often about many things. “Cam” is a complete comedy act, right up there with jordan williams when he’s on The Panel.

  6. McFlock 6

    This also raises another thing that concerns me about this government: in previous parliaments I got the distinct impression that the major ideological differences did not overly disrupt the day-to-day cooperation between representatives. The sort of thing where if a constituent has an issue, their local MP can raise it in good faith with a responsible minister or civil servant without having to go all “moral outrage” in the House, or where a truly non-political issue can be discussed and lobbied for across the House.

    WINZ were always a good one for that in my neck of the woods, and I assume IRD were, too. Situations where a minor bureaucrat clearly overreached themselves, the appeals process would take days or weeks, but a visit to the electorate office on the way home would mean that by the time you got home the phone was ringing with an apology and the money would be transferred overnight (true story).

    There was (no doubt) a process to follow for the MPs to avoid improper interference, but it seemed to work fine for decades. Until Collins decides to use what seems to be a similar routine interaction as hyped-up political ammunition. Now every MP will have to think twice before approaching someone across the House.

    Basically, for a short-term minor political point or distraction, Collins and Slater might well have given representative government a swift kick in the nuts.

    • RedLogix 6.1

      Collins has track record for misusing her role as a Minister. The first big clue was her mishandling of the David Bain compensation matter.

  7. Papa tuanuku 7

    sl8ers h8ers

  8. fender 8

    It’s pleasing to see writing is now an Olympic sport :grin: (“…. and an aspiring Olympic writer wanted leave so that she could train more.”)

    Needless to say Slater need not enter any writing events, there’s no category for his brand of “pipeline” prose..

    Funny to hear (as I won’t go to that shit library) how desperate these fools are getting in an attempt to distract from the practices of the National Corruption Party.

  9. andy (the other one) 9

    Ouch, Collins has decided to take on The Gallery

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11249346

    Collins then took to Twitter, effectively daring TV3 to raise the allegations she made about Bradford.

    its going to be difficult for Collins to get positive news after today. She just broke the Mutually assured destruction agreement.

    Mr Key tried to down play any suggestion of an ongoing war on the media just over four months from the general election.

    Biting the hand that feeds and all that…

    • felix 9.1

      Yep.

      Although to be fair it was going to be difficult anyway. She’s a really hilarious train-wreck.

    • mickysavage 9.2

      Key must be absolutely seething …

      • felix 9.2.1

        Yeah you’d think he could just sack her, eh?

      • ianmac 9.2.2

        Key must be furious offstage especially in the weekend of an important Northern National Conference.
        “Judith dear. The distractions are meant to distract from the Labour Party and not us. So be a good little girl and gently close that sweet little mouth of yours – please!”

    • Tracey 9.3

      shes now apologised to the journalist…

      not nzers.

  10. felix 10

    Slater has had months to spin this.

    Is that the best he can do? ffs.

  11. captain hook 12

    its becoming more and more obvious that National is on the ropes. The public have just about had enough of them and wail boil too. He may appeal to that slimy section of society that wont admit who they are but they are on the run and anda good dose of disinfectant will see them gone at the election.

    • Ant 12.1

      The real skill of their media management has really been about a lack of sunlight on their own actions, once someone opens the curtains it’s all on.

  12. Aotearoean 13

    I just saw Judith Collins on TV3 news. What a performance! If she keeps this up Labour is bound to form the next Government.

    • Ant 13.1

      What Collins and her cronies haven’t realised is that she is unlikable at the best of times. The best thing for the left is that she stays front and centre, like Joyce she is about as unlikable as Shipley was, the only way either are going to get to the top is by coup, completely unpalatable to the electorate.

    • karol 13.2

      Collins comments on 3 News, about the media needing to be held to account like MPs is so mind-boggling hypocritical….. given the track record of Team National’s media spin, and various Collins’ cronies – eg WO.

      She jumps on board when the media, too often, get their hooks into Labour and/or/Greens/Mana, but when on occasions it’s turned on her and other Nats…. they look shell shocked – Williamson is also looking like he’s feeling the strain.

      Raises the admiration for those opposition MPs constantly being under Nat-spun attacks followed through by the media.

      • veutoviper 13.2.1

        Thanks for the link, Karol. I’ve been living in the real world most of today and have only caught up with today’s ‘activities’.

        Collins was unbelievable in that interview.

        My money is on …..

        Tomorrow or Tuesday (late) morning, we will be told that Collins is taking a period of [health] leave as she has been under considerable (unwarranted) pressure from Labour and others over the last few months. She will not be resigning; she is a very hard working Minister etc etc etc. Key has full confidence in Collins etc etc Add your own bits.

        She is not in the House on Tuesday with others answering questions in Question Time – eg Tolley? Cannot see it being Joyce.

        Someone else (Findlayson?) will be covering her Justice portfolio informally in the meantime. But she is still formally Minister of Justice etc etc

        Something along the lines a few years ago when Nick Smith lost the plot – cannot remember the details and don’t have time to research these.

        • miravox 13.2.1.1

          “Collins was unbelievable in that interview.”
          That was not a healthy response – in terms of understanding what a conflict of interest means, of anger management and her career.

          I think you’re right veuto – a wee bit of time out is called for. I see Key is already distancing this outburst from her other transgressions. I think it’s pretty clear she will use what she has on him if she’s crossed.

          • felix 13.2.1.1.1

            “I think it’s pretty clear she will use what she has on him if she’s crossed.”

            Thinking about the lies and scandals that Key has batted away without much of a care gives an idea of the scale of what Collins has on him.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.1.1.1.1

              Not necessarily: the spectacle of open warfare between Key and Collins is damaging enough. Nah, it’s the death of a thousand cuts for Slippery :D

      • Murray Olsen 13.2.2

        On TV3, she came across as very threatening towards journalists. She looks like a horrible, corrupt bully who has little idea about democracy at all. I’m finding it hard to think of a Kiwi politician with such an ugly image and find it incredibly easy to believe what I’ve heard about her views on prison rape. With any luck, she’ll run a palace coup against Key, become leader, and watch National support drop to something like 20%.

        • SpaceMonkey 13.2.2.1

          Breath-taking arrogance and aggression from Collins… if Collins ever became National Party leader and then Prime Minister, she would be Margaret Thatcher on steroids!

    • idlegus 13.3

      yep, collins has gone ‘turbo’ (i just watched ‘wreck it ralph’, its where the computer game characters leave their games & create havoc!)

    • Red Rosa 13.4

      +1

      • idlegus 13.4.1

        “Raises the admiration for those opposition MPs constantly being under Nat-spun attacks followed through by the media.” – great point karol!

  13. Paul Campbell 14

    so will the National Party be gibing the $80,000 pack, especially since with this media kerfuffle around it it seems pretty sure they’ll be unable to deliver on whatever Collin’s husband’s company expects in return for the donation

  14. felix 15

    Oh god she really sucks at this!

    She’s desperate for attention, constantly on the verge of tears, quite insane, and not bright enough to realise that her trying to sell a story is the story!

    And the best part? She’s picked a scrap with the press gallery and John Key apparently isn’t able to get rid of her.

    Should be a fun few months…

  15. Tanz 16

    Key looked angry on the news last night…and was arrogant towards the reporter.

    • Skinny 16.1

      So the indian summer honeymoon with the press is about to end in a bitter winter divorce for National. A huge congrats goes out to the party’s own Godzilla Queen-Judith Collins, and in no lesser part, a hearty congratulations must go out to their Leader Jackarse-John Key for his stubborness to seek marriage counseling with the New Zealand media.

      Looks like Key is running out of options so I’m picking Collins will be sent to cool her trotters off on the back benchers with Williamson.

  16. Vic 17

    Just sit back and watch this national oil tanker sink .

  17. Ad 18

    Key has no option but to keep Collins, irrespective of the damage she has done and will continue to do.

    His caucus is now so weak from all the resignations and non-repeats that he faces having to form a 2014-17 cabinet out of his Captains Brownlee, English, Joyce and sadly Collins, but the rest are toxic infants.

    The unfortunate asymmetry is that while prospective third term caucus newbies can foresee the path to fast promotion, Key would see too clearly that it makes the whole third term government highly vulnerable to massive mistakes and melt-downs.

    Even if they survived a whole third term, the public would be so pissed off with them at the end of it that they will be back to Bill English levels of support.

    But John will be too cocky and proud to quit when the party and leader polls are still so massively high. He will go down with a Muldoon-scale of opprobrium late in the third term.

    Alternatively, Key could lose the election itself. Neither prospect would appeal to him now.

    • veutoviper 18.1

      i agree with most of what you say, Ad. Key cannot afford to ‘ask for a resignation’ from Collins. I personally think her veiled threats today where as much to her colleagues/leader as to journalists. She knows too much – including about Key.

      But she is now a loose cannon – and Key will have to do something to lessen the risk.

      At 13.2.1 above is my assessment of what will happen in the next day or so. Collins goes on leave – been under unreasonable pressure etc; Key still has full confidence in her etc.

      • Anne 18.1.1

        Yes, veutoviper. I think you’ve hit on it. The last thing they want to see happen is Collins facing a further barrage of questions from Labour/Greens and NZ First. If she’s out of the way then they can fend off the barrage by saying “I/we can’t answer those questions. You will need to direct them to Minister Collins when she returns from her leave”… knowing full well by then there will be other issues filling the headlines.

        • felix 18.1.1.1

          Urgent debate?

          • freedom 18.1.1.1.1

            one urgent debate the Nats will be having is, Who’s left to put the pin back into the grenade?

        • veutoviper 18.1.1.2

          As I said at 13,2,1, I think her veiled threats were as much to her Nat party colleagues/leader as to the media. She knows too much – especially re Key and his involvement in Oravida etc.

          In terms of the media, she has crossed the line, however. Much as I don’t have much time for Paddy Gower, his tweets tonight indicate that he has the bit between the teeth. So watch this space

          Twitter is a great source – especially those of media people. They don’t seem to aware of what they give away in their tweets. LOL

          Collins’ tweets are also worth visiting. She has been eliciting sympathy with a sick dog for the last few days amongst other things!

          • freedom 18.1.1.2.1

            and from what I saw on karol’s link, Key gives his team extra strikes for new issues :(

          • idlegus 18.1.1.2.2

            ralston totally scathing of collins on twitter, & off topic but hooton & taxpayers union having public spat on twitter, very entertaining!

      • Ad 18.1.2

        Key will be pissed that Coins contaminated Regional Conference on Auckland.

        There may be further small announcements other Ministers can roll out until Budget on May 15th. But that’s 11 days from now turning the good ship into stiff side-on waves. Wayne Eagleson will scrabble round for little stories. as best be can. After May 15 the news cycle us all theirs again.

        That’s a long time in politics to hope throwing chaff out the window will work.

  18. Redzone 19

    Today we witness Collins going completely feral and it’s not pretty. Taking on the media direct and so personally has made this go nuclear and the half arsed apology means jack, not that she had any sincerity to begin with
    The narcissist bully has completely lost touch under the pressure. She’s a slow motion train smash.
    Can key put her down or will she try and take him down with her? She has to go one way or another.
    This promises to be one hell of a week.. .

    • Skinny 19.1

      Meanwhile Slivering Joyce looks over his shoulder and hisses at Brownlee and McCully who both have desires above their stations.

  19. Brian 20

    I look forward to the [Deleted. Can we use slightly more sophisticated phrasing? - MS]

    • felix 20.1

      Jeez, that’s a bit rough mate.

      And also, heart?

    • Skinny 20.2

      I assume your referring to Gerry Brownlee? Look Gerry would be a worthy replacement as leader of the opposition, very popular in Christchurch with his hand off approach to the people of the City. His health will be fine if he lays off eating too many pork pies, and gets out and about on a bicycle more often. I suggest he gets in the saddle and enjoy John Key’s ‘solution to the 2008 job summit’, you know one of those cycle-ways.

  20. Redzone 21

    The minister of destruction has to go – he’s doing his best to completely fuck up ChCh.
    Joyce will be rejoycing as he sees Collins the minister of corruption self destructing

  21. Pascal's bookie 22

    Usual right wingers gone very quiet hereabouts, guessing coz WO hasn’t worked out quite what to say yet.

  22. geoff 23

    Why is Key letting Collins get away with this crap?

    He must not being enjoying how weak it makes him look.

    She must have something on him.

  23. logie97 24

    Ms Collins is proving to be a “sensitive wee sausage” isn’t she …

    • Clemgeopin 24.1

      A rottweiler gone rogue!

      • veutoviper 24.1.1

        Please don’t insult rottweilers! They are much nicer than Collins when handled correctly. Mine is a great big teddybear – all 60kgs of him.

  24. Mad Plumber 25

    I think Ms Collins has moved from a 20T digger to a 40T and even that might not be reaching the bottom of the Hole.
    If you rubbish someone on camera at least give an apology on camera.

  25. Clemgeopin 26

    The Justice minister has been very unjust to an ordinary person by naming her and unjustly sullying her reputation for some cheap point scoring. What a disgrace! Collins deserves to be sacked for this callous behaviour alone.

    Otherwise, the whole country can see that the Prime minister and his cabinet ministers are wearing no clothes any more!

  26. Stuart Munro 27

    She’s out, out on the streets
    Out on the streets, she talk to everyone she meets
    Out on the streets, she’s no illusion
    She tell me she’s right when she knows that she’s wrong…

  27. Huginn 28

    ‘ . . . Collins and Slater seem to be threatening a Journalist who allegedly spoke to her about a family member who may have been in trouble with the police.’

    It’s weirder than that.
    Turns out that Katie Bradford was asking informally about her partner who wanted to apply to join the police but was told that he had no chance because of the familial connection with Sue Bradford.

    I’m a bit surprised that no one seems to have a problem with this man being automatically blacklisted because of his mother-in-law’s political activities.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 28.1

      Katie Bradford: “…I recall that this came up in informal conversation…”

      In other words it was banter, which makes Collins’ reference to it even more desperate and pathetic.

  28. irascible 29

    Key wriggling on a well taken hook (RNZ 5. 5,14) as he tries to evade questions about Judith Collins’ behaviour and arrogance. Obviuosly Key is desperate to retain a source of donations rather than address the ethical issues around her behaviour and ignorance of the Cabinet Manual.
    Collins must go if Key is to retain his Crosby-Textor created image as being a “dear leader.”

  29. Puckish Rogue 30

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/category/blog/

    Yep hes having a tough time all right

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    What does National’s resounding election win mean for our rivers? As we found in our review of the Government’s water quality framework, we have serious reasons to doubt their commitment to ‘maintain or improve our waterways’. Our concerns are growing...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • A new left-leaning blog
    I am pleased to announce the launch of a new blogsite catering for those who want something more than the fare currently being offered by left-leaning sites like The Daily Blog and The Standard....
    Imperator Fish | 20-10
  • Ebola and the criminal passivity of the Great Powers
    The presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, three Ebola-stricken West African nations, made urgent pleas for money, doctors and hospital beds.  The UN Ebola envoy said 20 times more was needed to counter the epidemic.  The U.S. director of...
    Redline | 20-10
  • New Zealand, ISIL, and suspicious behaviour
    The government has announced a review of how New Zealand might deal with foreign fighters in the future in response to what is happening currently in Iraq and Syria. There are some interesting titbits in the press release in terms...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. The leaked drafts pertain to the May...
    Gordon Campbell | 20-10
  • Access: Art and disability: a festival
    The three-day InterACT 2014 Disability Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow at Auckland's Corban Estate and, in its fourth year, provides an intriguing mix of established artists and joyous, unbridled inclusion.One one hand, there are the gala nights on Thursday and...
    Public Address | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Members of the public stop donating to the SPCA over position on 1080
    Steve Atwood that posted this letter to the SPCA on Facebook the other day. Steve is a great guy and takes some brilliant wildlife photos. We have republished Steve’s letter to the SPCA with his permission. Dear SPCA, I write...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • The struggles of everyday life
    A photo of Asher (right) face-to-face with a cop, taken at a protest outside the Labour Party Conference in 2007, following the so-called “terror raids”, taken by Simon Oosterman. (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • West Auckland new network consultation
    Consultation for the West Auckland portion of the new network is now underway. This follows the consultations for Pukekohe/Waiuku, Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast and South Auckland. The consultation runs from today till Monday 1st December. It’s a consultation I’ll be following...
    Transport Blog | 20-10
  • The gerrymanders and National’s 2017 constraints
    Parliament is back in business with National in charge to a degree not seen since first-past-the-post “parliamentary dictatorship” days — thanks to three successful gerrymanders and one failed one. Two of the successful gerrymanders were National’s contrivances to get its...
    Colin James | 20-10
  • Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target
    The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have...
    Real Climate | 20-10
  • Sanctions and bombs: how the UN and western powers committed mass murder in...
    This article first appeared in revolution magazine’s Middle East bulletin MidEast Solidarity, issue #1, Spring 2001. It looks at the division of labour between the United Nations and western imperialist powers in committing mass murder in Iraq in the 1990s;...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Sanctions and bombs: how the UN and western powers committed mass murder in...
    This article first appeared in revolution magazine’s Middle East bulletin MidEast Solidarity, issue #1, Spring 2001. It looks at the division of labour between the United Nations and western imperialist powers in committing mass murder in Iraq in the 1990s;...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Luke Harding and the spy as editor
    Originally published at Overland I was writing a chapter on the NSA’s close, and largely hidden, relationship with Silicon Valley. I wrote that Snowden’s revelations had damaged US tech companies and their bottom line. Something odd happened. The paragraph I...
    Bat bean beam | 20-10
  • I quite like beer, the rugby no so much
    Phil Quin put a post up yesterday chiding Grant Robertson for what he sees as an overly cautious approach to political messaging and urging him to be more warlike in his phraseology because New Zealanders clearly have a deep, deep...
    Pundit | 20-10
  • Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct
    Speech – Governor General Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party...
    Its our future | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    Column – Gordon Campbell The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about whats still on the table.Gordon Campbell on the latest...
    Its our future | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Every day’s a rainy day
    Sarah’s cat, Carina *nb* This is a repost from Sarah’s site writehanded.org. This week, my best friend – otherwise known as a slightly rotund adopted moggy called Carina – decided that she would enjoy no less than three visits to...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • 10 Key Facts about Labour’s Leadership Election
    Plans are proceeding for the Leadership Election, and at this stage I thought it might be useful to have a heads-up on some of the key aspects from the perspective of members:...
    Labour campaign | 20-10
  • SellShed shedding money?
    This is not how you are meant to do it: Online seller SellShed starts up The seven-person firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars building a website and free iPhone app and was now on the hunt for “smart...
    Lance Wiggs | 20-10
  • John Key on Iraq: A timeline
    No New Zealand forces to Iraq, says Key. Stuff, 18 June 2014: Prime Minister John Key has ruled out sending special forces soldiers to Iraq as the United States mulls options in response to the unfolding crisis there. Speaking in...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New Fisk
    With US-led strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on d...
    Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into...
    Hot Topic | 20-10
  • National doesn’t care about crime by the rich
    National likes to make a lot of noise about benefit fraud. Meanwhile, they've buried a report into the social costs of economic crime:At the beginning of last year the then Minister for the SFO, Anne Tolley, was reported as saying...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New kiwi blog
    On The Left - a collective of lefties....
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Habemus Parliament
    So, a month after the election, we finally have a Parliament. Good. meanwhile, people seem to be noticing that the associated ceremony - white wigs, fancy dress, oaths of allegiance to a foreign monarch - isn't very kiwi (and tomorrow,...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • The case for free-market urbanism
    In the National Review, a conservative American magazine, Reihan Salam takes a look at the confused state of the American debate over intensification. His article, entitled “The Great Suburbia Debate” criticises the position taken by Joel Kotkin, a long-time campaigner...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • Why the SPCA’s position on 1080 threatens thousands of native animals
    By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy....
    Gareth’s World | 19-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
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