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Spot the difference! Stating the nation

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, January 23rd, 2014 - 97 comments
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The MSM are talking up the contest between the up-coming 2 speeches by John Key today, and David Cunliffe on Monday.  Both are targeting West Auckland for their first speech, setting the platform for their upcoming election campaigns.  Key was chosen the Trusts Stadium in Henderson – Paula Bennett’s territory.  Cunliffe has chosen Kelston – location of the new Kelston electorate, seen as solid Labour territory.

But there are other differences – too obvious for the stating:

John Key’s event as in an invite on the Accountant Blog:

The West Auckland Business Club and ATEED are proud to present a lunch with special guest speaker Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key – in his first address of 2014.

The first Business Forum of the year on 23 January will be the sixth occasion the Prime Minister has agreed to speak to a Business Forum.

The lunch will be an ideal opportunity to network with leaders of the West Auckland business community, catch up with Business Club members after the holidays, and host your team and key clients at a table.

Come along and enjoy a buffet lunch amid lively conversations prompted by the Prime Minister’s insights.

Please register quickly before this event sells out.

The West Auckland Business Club is a not-for-profit organisation and for the past 21 years, all profits from events have been donated to the West Auckland community.

Date: Thursday 23 January 2014, 11:00am – 1.30pm
Venue: Genesis Lounge, The Trusts Arena, 65 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Cost: $90 + GST each, or book a table of 10 for $850 + GST (includes lunch)
Register here.

According to National Party cheerleader, John Armstrong, Key will:

Key has chosen education as the main focus of his speech because he believes elections are won and lost on how governments handle matters fundamental to people’s daily lives, such as law and order and economic management.

Last year’s disappointing PISA results showing that New Zealand school students’ performance in reading, maths and science had slipped against some countries has left National vulnerable in a portfolio area where it had previously felt it held the advantage over Labour in terms of putting forward policies that parents wanted to see implemented but which did not square with Labour ideology.

Cunliffe’s speech is a free, no frills event at Kelston Girls College:

Join Labour leader David Cunliffe for the State of the Nation Speech 2014: A Nation of Opportunity.

Be there at the new venueKelston Girls’ College Auditorium, Corner Great North Road and Archibald Road, Kelston, West Auckland.

If you can’t be there in person catch up later on YouTube. Have your say on Facebook, with Twitter#Labour2014 or email stateofthenation@cunliffe.co.nz.

This event is for members and supporters of the New Zealand Labour Party.

According to the Labour Party website,

State of the Nation

Join David Cunliffe for his State of the Nation address – at the new venue, Kelston Girls’ College Auditorium.

David will speak about creating opportunities for every New Zealander, no matter who they are or where they were born.

Cunliffe has already indicated some of the possibly less palatable parts of his policy platform: GGST to remain on fruit and vege; no $5000 tax free zone; superannuation age will stay ay 67 years with some adjustments for gender and social equity.  And he has put some distance between Labour and the Greens in not totally opposing deep sea oil drilling.

Russel Norman has expressed disappointment about Cunliffe’s support of deep sea oil drilling (with legislation ensuring strong safety measures), and called it a huge mistake.  This will test the Labour-Green relationship (as micky has posted on The Standard), but I don’t see it as insurmountable. It is one of the reasons why my party vote will still be for the Green Party.  It also shows a clear difference betwen the two potential coalition partners, even though they have similar aims for society: a good thing about MMP, is that significant issues need be given some public airing, and the public can have some input on it.

What other differences will there be between these two upcoming important speeches by Key and Cunliffe?

[Update] Metiria Turei’s speech, Sunday: Picnic for the Planet

When:  Sunday, January 26, 2014 – 11:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Waitangi Park, Wellington

Join Metiria and the Green team for Picnic for the Planet 2014.

Metiria will give her State of New Zealand speech at 12pm followed by performances by Nelson’s own Minuit and special guests.

There’ll be plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you refreshed, kids entertainment for the little ones and friendly NGO stalls sharing their good green message.

Picnic for the Planet is free so bring the family, your mates and enjoy the sun, music and hear about our Green vision for 2014.

View Facebook event

No clues so far as to what will be in Turei’s speech.

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[UPDATE] Key’s speech defensively slammed Greens and Labour then focused on the corporatising of education.

Key starts his speech by hoping everyone had a good Christmas like him – playing golf! He then put a diversionary gloss on the (to him on-) growth of the income inequality gap: he said it’s not tru what the opposition say: “”It’s not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”

key attacked Lab-green power policy; Labour on taxes, super, decreasing competition; Lab-green power policy;

He got into a muddled attempt to reiterate the “neoliberal” focus on individual responsibility, with reference to his own, state-house-to-bankster-PM myth.  He said Lab-green want to take us back to the 70s – the 70s from which he got far better support from NZ’s welfare state than low income people today.

Key claims he’s strong on trust and integrity

Then he got onto education – claimed NZ’s record has gone backwards since 2000.  So, to help the kids, he’ll put the focus on improving teaching first, and leadership 2nd.  His policy – outlined in this Nat press release, is about corporatising education, and increasing competition within the system: a system with extra layers of bureaucracy and hierarchy; with “Executive Principals” and “Lead Teachers” paid extra on top of their salaries.

[Update] Tweet from Metiria Turei:

Vote Green and you get both – great education policy and protected beaches. I’m making an education announcement in Sunday mx

Winston Peters responds to Key’s speech:

Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Prime Minister presented a particularly self-serving, selective view of what is actually happening in New Zealand.

Newstalk ZB: Transcript of Key’s speech.

Green Party responds to Key’s speech: ‘National fails to address inequality in education

Cunliffe’s stand up today – Key’s speech was “a six page apology for Hekia Parata”.

97 comments on “Spot the difference! Stating the nation”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Thanks Karol

    In my humble opinion it is inevitable that there will be policy differences between Labour and the Greens and on some occasions they will just have to agree to disagree.

    This issue may show how important it is that if Labour and the Greens are to become Government they do not rely on NZ First for confidence and supply. I am sure that the continuation of deep sea drilling will be something that NZ First will not budge on.

    • geoff 1.1

      At least Labour and Greens don’t appear to have hugely divergent views on the causes and consequences of climate change. It’s only in their response to it where they significantly differ.

      In comparison, National doesn’t know what it thinks about Climate change, whatever is convenient on the day seem to be their MO.

      • AmaKiwi 1.1.1

        Geoff – “It’s only in their response to it where they (Labour and Greens) significantly differ.”

        Don’t walk into the minefield of divide and conquer.

        National’s spin is “the Left is a bunch of disorganized crazies who couldn’t organize a piss-up in a brewery.”

        Churchill and Roosevelt had differences. But like them, we must remain clear about the evil we must defeat.

        I belong to one of these parties: Labour, Green, or Mana. I don’t care which you belong to as long as you vote for one of them.

        • geoff 1.1.1.1

          I’m not walking into any minefield, it was just a statement of fact.

          But don’t you worry, I will be voting for one of those parties! ;P

    • Olwyn 1.2

      Now that National feels free to treat ACT like a niche-market branch, which goes against the spirit of MMP, they also feel free to squawk about the differences between Labour and the Greens. Of course are differences – they are different political parties. But this does not mean they cannot work well together.

      • karol 1.2.1

        There are also differences between Dunne and the Nats – RMA for instance. Yesterday on Stuff: ‘Dunne signals no progress on RMA reforms’:

        Restored minister Peter Dunne has signalled a gulf remains on some issues that could stop him supporting key Government legislation.
        [...]
        Today Dunne said that since he warned he would not vote for RMA reform in the form that was proposed late last year, there had been little movement or discussion with the Government.

        Differences with Craig and his Conservative Party on many things.
        Conservative website on issues:

        No asset sales, no large land sales to foreigners, no ETS and free trade only if on a level playing field
        [...]
        No sovereignty ceded through the signing of international/UN agreements

        Differences between Nats and Maori Party

        And, the Nats’ fall-back position: differences between Peters & the Nats – e.g. asset sales.

        • Olwyn 1.2.1.1

          Yes, the gulf between NZ First and the current Nats goes far deeper than the differences between Labour and the Greens. As to Craig I am not so sure – I suspect him of being yet another niche-market branch, disguised as an independent political party.

  2. Steve Alfreds 2

    On the issue of the environment and deep sea oil drilling the Greens will have to get used to horse trading and compromising, that’s coalition government. Otherwise they’ll be on the cross benches.
    P.S. I’ve given the Greens my party vote at the last three elections.

    • McFlock 2.1

      only if labour can play the greens and nz1 off against each other.

      Otherwise the greens have the biggest horse in the room :)

  3. toad 3

    Let’s not forget Metiria Turei’s Picnic for the Planet speech on Sunday, Karol.

    BTW, so appropriate the the Nats have once again chosen a venue funded by gambling.

    • karol 3.1

      Oh. thanks, Toad. Will add it to the post.

      • toad 3.1.1

        Just got emailed a media release from Metiria (doesn’t appear to be online yet) indicating that her speech on Sunday will also relate to education, but will focus on the inequality kids suffer so teachers can focus on what they do best – educate our kids.

  4. karol 4

    3 News has a livestream of the event- not sure if the speech has already happened.

    Just a lot of people milling about.

    • Arfamo 4.1

      Where – this link just takes me to a tv3 page of news videos. No live stream obvious.

      • karol 4.1.1

        The livestream has now finished. I’ve added a link to a transcript of the speech to the post. The speech started a little after 11am.

  5. karol 5

    Key starts his speech by hoping everyone had a good Christmas like him – playing golf!

    Starts with misinformation about supporting people on low incomes/beneficiaries.

  6. karol 6

    key says, what opposition says is not true. Key says,”It’s not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”

    That’s a diversionary gloss on the growth of the income inequality gap.
    Then attacks Lab-green power policy;

    Key attacks Labour on taxes, super, decreasing competition – Lab-Green = step backwards.

    Key claims he’s strong on trust and integrity – retells his state house to PM journey – as evidence his trust, integrity – shaped by up-bringing ashaped his views – belief in individual responsibility – plus state support for equal opportunity – now to education.

    Education plays huge part in shaping lives of young people.

    Focus strongly on quality of teaching in classroom as biggest influence – 2nd bigggest influence is school leadership.

    • Skinny 6.1

      Key-National have gone to the public cheque book early vote buying. Targeting the sometimes fickle bunch ‘teachers’ One of Joyce’s focus groups will have identified the influence a few carrots to this group and they’ll get votes from this block and of course a bit of dog whistling at parent interview time. Of course it also stops the minds of the middle classes waning at the polling booths.

    • AmaKiwi 6.2

      Key is a genius at putting down the opposition with completely unsubstantiated lies.

      MSM. If you are reading this, it’s your job to not let him get away with lies. Either don’t print his lies or point out they are lies.

      Example: Despite overwhelming statistical evidence to the contrary, the PM claimed, “It’s not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”

  7. Skinny 7

    Looking at Nationals coalition options after this years election surely must be off putting especially Collin Craigs Conservative Party and Winston Peters NZF. Many voters wouldn’t want a bar of it, too unstable compared to a Labour-Green set up, I have reservations that Winston will join L/G’s, they probably won’t need him the rate things are going.

  8. karol 8

    Key on education = corporatising the schools! Adding extra layers of admin – “Executive prinicples” with extra pay on top of salary – brings trickledown lie to education.

    “Lead teachers” – extra pay on top of salaries. More pay for teacher development – especially writing, maths, science and digital literacy.

    Nat press release on it’s education policies

    • Rob 8.1

      I think there is some very good initiatives here.

      I especially like the one for expert teachers, this enables good teachers to earn more whilst remaining in a valuable teaching role , rather than having to search for a principal type role for advancement. It will also enable highly skilled teachers to work across a number of schools in a more formal mentoring role.

  9. red blooded 9

    Actually, while I await the details, I’m not as negative about the education policies as you seem to be. For starters, we teachers have been saying for decades that we need more cooperation between schools and a wider range of opportunities for teachers who have strong teaching skills but want to stay in the classroom rather than going into management. There was a working group between PPTA and the Ministry looking at this issue under the last Labour government – it led to the creation of the Specialist Classroom Teacher role (very similar to what Key is describing as “Lead Teachers”) and of Subject Advisors (who were leading teachers working across schools trying to improve practice in their subject areas, taken out of their own schools for one year). This was meant to be the start of a more systemic set of changes, but Labour wouldn’t commit to anything more and the Subject Advisors were discontinued after one year (Trevor Mallard, angry at having to provide salary increases in the a new collective agreement, killed the trial) and the SCT positions remained fixed at 1-2 per school, depending on roll size (whereas they were meant to slowly increase in number, so that a school of 2000, for example, might have 4).

    Of course, these changes may not dramatically strengthen out (already good) system, but I don’t think they should be seen as an attack, at this stage. At least it’s not the tired old (discredited) right wing argument that “successful” teachers should simply be paid more than “unsuccessful” teachers, and that somehow this will help to improve levels of engagement and achievement. That simplistic crap is what I feared from JK. Of course, there will still be issues over how people are selected, what level of responsibility they are given over their colleagues and how their performance is judged, and I’m sure the picture won’t be as rosy as JK presents it, but it’s not anywhere near as disastrous as it might have been.

    • karol 9.1

      I agree on this, rb:

      we teachers have been saying for decades that we need more cooperation between schools and a wider range of opportunities for teachers who have strong teaching skills but want to stay in the classroom rather than going into management.

      I’ve also spent the major part of my adult life working as a teacher.

      The Nats have cleverly taken this demand, and worked it into a corporate model, stressing competion and hierarchy over collaboration.

      It’s a clever attempt to get teachers on board, without addressing the major problems with the long tail of student under-achievement – that requires an strong emphasis on the interaction between teachers and the community.

      I think there is more than enough details to see where this policy is heading.

      The upside is that the Nats wouldn’t bring in this policy til after the election. It gives the opposition more than enough time to respond – hopefully with an improved career pathway for teachers.

  10. Arfamo 10

    Where’s the bloody live stream they promised? Idiots.

    • karol 10.1

      There were livestreams at TV3 & One.

      • Arfamo 10.1.1

        Cunliffe said here they’ll be livestreaming the speech. Where is their freaking link on their bloody site. Morons. If they didn’t have a livestream sewn up he shouldn’t have said it was going to be livestreamed. FMD. I’ve been looking for the last 30 bloody minutes.

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          Cunliffe’s speech isn’t until Monday – usually such links don’t go live til a little while before the speech.

          • Arfamo 10.1.1.1.1

            Whoops. Embarrassment. I’m not well at the moment. WTF was I thinking. I think I’d better go and lie down.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.2

          Breathe, count to 10, relax mate.

        • freedom 10.1.1.3

          Do you mean Key’s speech or Cunliffe’s ?
          Cunliffe’s speech is on Monday Arfamo,

          and if you mean Key’s speech, why are you bitching at Cunliffe?

          • Arfamo 10.1.1.3.1

            Apologies apologies apologies – oh lord. I really am feeling stupider than usual. I’ll just run away and hide for a bit.

            • karol 10.1.1.3.1.1

              No problem, Arfamo — and the best speeches are yet to come.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.1.1.3.1.2

              lolz I enjoy your comments Arfamo, and lets face it – you were simply expressing great distraught at missing the highly anticipated amazing vision & policies that Cunliffe is going to speak of on Monday – (we hopes, otherwise being called ‘morons’ will be the mildest of criticisms Labour is going to face :) )

              • Arfamo

                (I’ve taken back the idiots and morons comments and am hanging on to these two titles today because I’ve earned them.)

                • Colonial Viper

                  :D

                  • Anne

                    If you’re struggling with a flu-like illness then we’ve all been there, done that Arfamo. :D

                    • lprent

                      …a flu-like illness then we’ve all been there, done that…

                      Yeah I was off for a number of days in december because of the damn thing. Felt bad with no particular symptoms apart from a higher temperature and a complete inability to think clearly (ie I couldn’t program). I was really grateful that I had the raised temperature to prove to myself that I wasn’t just going senile…

  11. captain hook 11

    Nationals message is how much more donkeyote and his gang of graspers can get away with before they are chucked out of office.

  12. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12

    One looks like – and has attitudes akin to – the Penguin from Batman, yet sounds like Daffy Duck.

    The other looks, and sounds like the next Prime Minister of New Zealand.

    • Rob 12.1

      Ah ha, amazing analysis when only one speech has occurred.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1.1

        With my finely tuned skills of observation this is the prediction I arrive at. :)

        • Rob 12.1.1.1

          You would get my vote.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1.1.1.1

            …yes – that would be a very good choice if you had it (what a pity aye?)- ….there is more brilliance where that came from too

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 12.2

      Yes, what this country needs is another millionaire suit living in one of Auckland’s most expensive suburbs.

      • felix 12.2.1

        If that’s really your criteria for disapproving of a PM (it’s not) then you must be livid about the current bloke.

  13. freedom 13

    here are great leader’s words,
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11190903
    or at least the ones they are telling us he said ;)

    brick walls for bashing your head against are all around you

  14. Bill 14

    Oh fuck. Take the teachers and principles who jumped aboard the ‘charter school’ bandwagon; who are happy to ‘teach the test’ in order to produce the right stats…and promote them into positions of authority where they can whip the rest of the profession into line.

    That about right?

    • karol 14.1

      Well, there’s always the questions of who and how the “expert principals” & teachers are decided…. can be subjective, depend on the school they are in, etc.

      It also is slipping perforamce pay in via the cover of providing a better career path for teachers.

      I’m sure the Nats will make it work withtheir charter school policy.

    • adam 14.2

      Thought that summed it rather well there Bill. I also think it was wonderful how our PM lies so well. He does it with a smile and a wave – pooofff your all my slaves. Whoops wrong speech, no he’s not into neo-feudalism – he’d never create a situation were we all bend over for our corporate masters, not honest john key.

      One question – How long do people put up with immoral psychopaths?

      • McFlock 14.2.1

        Usually until the person or targeted or the psychopath is publicly disgraced – perp walk, for example.

        But typically it starts with the seduction phase (the psycho needs you so ingratiates themselves to you), then you get uneasy (usually a short period, where the psycho no longer needs you so stops trying), then you are targeted as quickly as possible and gone (e.g. fired, get other work, or tied to chair in basement – but it can take a while to realise that you are being targeted, and by whom).

    • Skinny 14.3

      That pretty much sums things up in a nutshell Bill, creating a corporate business style to schools. Money at the top and middle or should I say a whip at the top and a carrot in the middle. Fairly loose policy release with scant revelations of the detail. I don’t think Parata will front the details, she will make a hash of it, Key will rolling out their number one snake oil salesman Joyce.

    • felix 14.4

      Yes Bill I believe that’s pretty much on the money.

  15. scotty 15

    Labour should largely ignore Keys’ bait re education.

    Key is obviously comfortable debating education issues,

    He would like nothing more ,than the MSM to focus on the “Nationals’ better education for all” policy v “Self serving teacher Unions” debate stealing all the oxygen .in the months leading upto the election.

    • karol 15.1

      Well, Cunliffe has ben slow to respond, but Vernon Small seems to have seen some comments from Cunliffe somewhere. Small tweeted:

      Cunliffe says National’s education plan underwhelming. Stresses speech is six page apology for Hekia Parata

      And Small followed up with this:

      Cunliffe says Labour plan goes beyond the Nat one. Will also recognise excellent teachers.

      Peters and Turei have come out more aggressively with immediate responses to Key’s education plan.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1.1

        By even acknowledging that some teachers are better than others and that they deserve recognition that underperforming teachers do not, Cunliffe just conceded the education debate.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1.1.1

          Or, on the other hand, your false frame could just be taken as evidence of dishonesty and bad faith.

          Yeah, that seems more likely.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1.1.1.1

            PS: Specifically “underperforming”. Let’s get a few facts established shall we?

            1. To be a teacher requires earning qualifications. So they’ve already jumped a hurdle before they start. What qualifications are required to spout right-wing drivel on the internet? Obviously you need to save up enough to get your pre-frontal lobotomy, but what else?

            2. Teachers are required to engage in professional development, and are rewarded for doing so.

            3. The single most influential factor in student achievement is household income.

            4. All these facts are publicly available.

            5. Given these facts, is there a range of teacher ability. Sure, just like in every other field of human endeavour.

            6. So why are you applying negative judgemental labels that just happen to parrot right wing lies? Coincidence?

            • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Some teachers are excellent. They deserve recognition.

              There are some teachers who are not excellent. They do not deserve the recognition that excellent teachers deserve.

              Labour policy, 2014. Thanks Cunliffe.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                I note the teachers’ unions are cautiously optimistic about Key’s announcement, let alone Cunliffe’s. Perhaps you can form a protest group to advance your personal perspective on this.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  The announcements were welcomed by the teaching profession, including PPTA President Angela Roberts and Principals’ Federation president Phil Harding.

                  Ms Roberts said she was “cautiously optimistic” and welcomed the extra resourcing to support teachers, as well as greater collaboration between teachers across schools.

                  She said its ability to work as intended would depend on how it was implemented, but welcomed Mr Key’s promise that the profession would be involved in implementing the new roles.

                  Principals’ Federation President Phil Harding said the announcements were significant for both principals and teachers.

                  “It’s hard for me to say it but I’m pretty damned impressed. It is a huge amount of new money and I have never seen such a transformation of ideas and discussion into policy and money in my life.”

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    The devil will be in the detail. Watch the proposal turn to shit if the Nats try and use their deceitful “standards” as a benchmark.

                    If, of course, these new senior teachers are chosen the way they are now, it represents extra money and nothing else other than a win for the teachers.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1.2

        A six page apology for Hekia Parata :lol:

  16. ianmac 16

    I wonder how the excellent lead teachers will be chosen especially in a Primary School where each teacher teaches multiple subject areas?
    Perhaps a prerequisite might be membership to the National Party.
    Maybe those who can inflate test scores best.
    Or maybe those who teach just like their best buddy, the Principal.

    • geoff 16.1

      +1 ianmac.

      This is divisive, cynical policy and I’ll be disappointed to see Labour mimic it.

    • Colonial Viper 16.2

      Policy details are not important. As already identified, this money is a right wing slush fund for divide and conquer tactics.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.2.1

        Not necessarily. If the new senior teachers are chosen the way they are now, this represents little other than more money for education, spun in a way that helps Hekia save face.

        PS: the Nats are “throwing money at the problem” – not exactly their core philosophy now, is it?

        • Skinny 16.2.1.1

          It’s election year and money buys votes, in a capitalist age of self interest the fickle bunch that teachers are will take the bait. The only time you see this group at regional union meetings is when their CA is up and they want your solidarity for their blue, the time you need them they pull the neutrality card of political correctness. Labour will be forced with ‘me too’ + 1 only. That is better it and sum, Cunliffe is already talking this way.

  17. aerobubble 17

    Spot the difference. Helen was going to form a five headed monster. Key, out does her, on top of the five heads he’s going to have a potential sixth head, Colin Craig, virtual head. Politics answer to vaporware.

  18. Mr Mediocrity 18
    IT IS A MATTER OF PERSONAL BELIEF AS TO WHETHER A HIGH PROPORTION OF ALL CENTRE STAFF SHOULD BE TRAINED TEACHERS.

    JOHN KEY, PRIME MINISTER, 2010

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    http://www.matuaplunketkindergarten.co.nz/Why_Trained_Teachers.html

    http://www.beststart.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Anne-Smith-NZEI-ECE-hui-Oct-2013

    [lprent: Repeatedly shouting slogans is discouraged. Save it for a protest. I muted it. Read the policy because I won't do the particular favour of re-editing a comment to conform to the site rules too often. ]

  19. Mr Mediocrity 19

    Opps, sorry about that…. new to the game.

    Fair point

  20. Clemgeopin 20

    I was HIGHLY impressed with the last two minutes of Cunliffe’s talk with the journalists today. Towards the end I felt a glimpse of the real Mr Cunliffe, PM and leader, when he spoke with real passion and conviction. Watch this link.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1401/S00054/cunliffe-underwhelmed-by-keys-state-of-the-nation-speech.htm

    [P.S : Earlier, I posted this probably in the wrong topic]

  21. Xtasy 21

    It seems that John Key spent most of the years that Labour was last in government on excessively drinking whiskey and beer, with impaired senses and “foggy” observation, as there is no other explanation for what he claimed in his SON speech today!

    Extract from his speech:
    “It’s vitally important that over the next few years we continue to build on the hard-won gains we are making as a country. That includes a huge improvement in managing the country’s finances. We have made careful savings, been disciplined with spending, and run the public sector far more efficiently. That’s a lot different than the previous government, which increased spending by 50 per cent in just five years. That spending helped push mortgage rates to almost 11 per cent and crippled the internationally competitive parts of the economy. New Zealand can’t afford that approach again.

    The Government will get back to running surpluses next year. At first they will be very small but they will build up over time. There might be some room for modest spending or revenue initiatives, but the top priority has to be getting our debt down. The Government has borrowed – on behalf of New Zealanders – around $50 billion over six years to get the country safely through a recession, the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s, and one of the most expensive natural disasters in history.

    In better economic times we have to reduce that debt. That will lift national savings, and help keep a lid on interest rate rises as the economy heats up.”

    So Labour in government increased spending, and that was supposedly the reason for interest rates going sky-high? What a load of rubbish, it was the excessive private borrowing during the housing and consumption boom, that drove up private debt and hence interest rates the banks charged!

    At least he admits having borrowed heaps to “get the country safely through recession”, but that is also only a half truth, as there were tax cuts favouring the higher earners, leaving the budgets short, and there were corporate bailouts and more, looking after to the top end of the asset and wealth owning part of the country. There were giveaways for share buyers, there were some other measures, where National looked after their lobbyists and voters, while only taking some from the lower earners and beneficiaries in the way of 25 percent increase in GST, and borrowing the rest for the shortfall. Some borrowing has also been for the Christchurch rebuild, so to claim it was to simply see the country through recession is a LIE.

    Also the interest rates will be set by the Reserve Bank, so how can he claim his government will keep a lid on them? Liar Key, liar Key, liar Key, caught out again, but the media failed to mention this!

    Indeed the speech is full of LIES, if you go through it, and the only other explanation for Key’s claims is, his mind was “fogged” most the time, on booze and the “strange” effects it has.

    Let us see how “sober” he will see himself and the government through 2014.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 21.1

      Thanks for this Xtasy

      John Key’s speech full of lies and the media didn’t mention them?

      Hmm now why does that not surprise me…..

      • karol 21.1.1

        The lies got a lot of comments on twitter – but the MSM journos just go for the education policy

        Edit: and One News is treating it as a fait accompli – I thought it will only happen if the Nats get re-elected. In the speech Key said:

        And we intend to introduce the new principal and teaching roles from next year.

        • Zorr 21.1.1.1

          Tracy Watkins is saying that John Key has “stolen a march” on Labour
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/9642414/Key-steals-Labours-thunder

          I think we need to coin the NZ equivalent of “drinking from the Kool-aid” because the way some of these jonolists act, it can be the only explanation for their deluded reporting. Maybe “drinking from the private reserve” with regards all this wine that the Nats just love to pass out to their “best mates”…

          • karol 21.1.1.1.1

            Yeah. i saw that Zorr – on her own planet is that Watkins.

            3 News, even while Gower sort of talked it up, actually reinforced Cunliffe’s comment that it was an underwhelming policy – and opinions are pretty divided on it. The secondary teachers’ union liked it; the primary teachers union was more reticent, with some teachers not liking it at all; education acadmic said it was totally wrong; Cunliffe had the great line/sound bite about it being “a 6 page apology for Hekia Parata. And Gower also basically said it was a bit of a desperate attempt by Key to regain some lost support.

            One News was more enthusiastic – but began assuming the policy would all happen in practice and framed it by how education would b changing for specific students. Did they not listen to and read the speech? It’s an election campaign policy, and wouldn’t be introduced til next year. And they did include some of the critics of the policy.

        • Skinny 21.1.1.2

          I saw a news clip of Keys speech the crowd were reserved, like they were listening to a politically ‘dead man’ talking. I guess the life expectancy of teflon must be 6 years.

        • Xtasy 21.1.1.3

          “Edit: and One News is treating it as a fait accompli”

          A key player in the MSM, TVNZ that is, seem to be committed to keep him in the job then?!

          I heard the same enthusiastic approval coming from Duncan Garner on Radio Live this afternoon, and he hailed the comments from Angela Roberts from the PPTA, who showed some guarded positive response to the announcements by Key, while the NZEI was rather critical and negative.

          No surprise that the whole speech is offered by 1ZB, and I wonder, whether they will give the same treatment to David Cunliffe, and other leaders of other parties.

          I am sure that many in the MSM will do all to keep the positive reporting on Key and Nats going throughout this year.

          • Skinny 21.1.1.3.1

            Most of these jurno’s can be bought for a song, you often hear of the invites to National ‘good news’ parties, JK Xmas wine presents, Key taking the press out for dinner (Garner told that one) while on a overseas junkets.

            You won’t have a shit show in hell of getting these National shysters on RNZ in election year, although they may jump in on a kind ear-Jim Morea’s afternoon show, painting some rosy picture.

            • Xtasy 21.1.1.3.1.1

              Jim Morass will have someone like Key welcome, I think, and it will fit in nicely to let him (John) tell the listeners:

              “Yeah, golf is a nice sport, you meet many great and influential people, that is how I got it made, and yes, my daughter and son are doing well, being “good” Kiwi kids, studied, now into this that and the other, I like the colour blue, black or purple, I really recommend this beer or wine, yeah, and I also share my experience when having been in such and such country, hell, can they drink, talk, laugh, lay it out, yeah, we Kiwis have got it made, we are the best and on top, yeah, just vote me again, and I will ensure more of all this.”

              “And of course, we do this, that and the other, sports, yachting, cricket, rugby, all good, we work for NZ Inc, we have Hollywood in our homes, we have our friend Abbott (the “mad monk”) come and join us for dinner, it is all a real family affair, just as we Kiwis like it. Merry Xmas, Happy Easter, good success, enjoy your day, and week, and month, and do not forget to vote for ME, as I am one of yours.”

              JK

  22. Tracey 22

    How come labour and greens have to agree on everything but national act uf nzf mp dont?

    so was key lying when he said the gap between rich and poor is not getting bigger? Did he quote his source? Did a journo ask for it before printing the statement?

  23. Tracey 23

    What, no reduced class sizes, like in the school he chose from all others to send his son?

    “Average English class size: 21 students per class”

    The Pm could do worse than adhere to the vision of that school

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    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
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • 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
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