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Stepping up: new energy from Kelvin Davis

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, April 23rd, 2014 - 115 comments
Categories: child welfare, education, election 2014, employment, hone harawira, housing, Kelvin Davis, labour, mana-party, Maori Issues, Maori seats, poverty, unemployment - Tags:

There’s a lot of skewed headlines from the MSM, showing their anti-Labour bias.  But I have been really impressed with the united way Labour has swung in behind the change from Jones to Kelvin Davis.  Jones has been talked about positively, and given best wishes for his chosen new direction.

Kelvin Davis jobs for whanau

Kelvin Davis, is next on Labour’s List, after a pretty good term in the House from 2008 to 2011.  He has seemed to me to be pretty moderate, meaning I would’t agree with everything he said and did. However, I caught his interview on TV3′s First Line this morning, and was impressed with his professionalism, his down-to-earth manner of speaking, and his energetic response to the sudden change in direction his career is about to take.

Since challenging for the party leadership last year, Mr Jones has since been one of Labour’s most high-profile MPs, so his abrupt exit surprised many of his colleagues – most of all his likely replacement, Kelvin Davis.

“I found out along with the rest of the country when Patrick Gower announced it on the news last night,” Mr Davis said on Firstline this morning.

“But the difference with me and the rest of the country is that Patrick’s arm reached out from the TV screen and tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘You’re next, boy.’”

Mr Davis says no one in Labour will hold a grudge against Mr Jones.

“Your priorities change, your focus changes. Shane’s moving onto something that he feels he wants to do, and good on him.”

Basically, Davis stepped up quickly, and showed he will be an asset to Labour  during the election campaign and beyond. He also said that he needs to step up and lead the Maori part of the Labour Party.

TVNZ Marae debate for the Te Tai Tokerau by election in 2011, showing both Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis to be strong performers.  It would be good to see them working together in a Labour-led government. The debate includes Hon, Kelvin and Solomon Tipene.

Both Harawira and Davis are aiming to improve the lives of those on low incomes: more and better employment opportunities, better educational outcomes, better housing, and a commitment to working for Maori in Te Tai Tokerau and elsewhere.

115 comments on “Stepping up: new energy from Kelvin Davis”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    Agree with you on all of this Karol. I helped with the Davis campaign in the north last election, and was very disappointed Kel missed out on being back in Parliament then. He’s a good guy and will easily fill any gap being left by Shane Jones in the north.

    And like you, I find the mainstream media comment about Shane’s departure, skewed, nasty and unrealistic. One man’s departure doesn’t sink a ship !

    • Redbaiter 1.1

      Kelvin is a teacher.

      Just another academic who will help hasten the Labour party’s gradual slide away from its working class roots.

      Out of touch with its base, Labour continues to select candidates who will drive its core voters into supporting National.

      • lprent 1.1.1

        Kelvin is a teacher. Just another academic…

        Munter. Exactly how ignorant are you? I’ve never noticed that teachers are academics.

        Hell I have a number of degrees and I’m certainly not an academic. They are just the training tools that I used to get my job, just like my father did his fitter and turner apprenticeship.

        My partner could (I suppose) be construed as being a academic as she works at the uni and does some teaching in her profession of being filmmaker. But teaching accounting students about the importance of multimedia doesn’t appear to me to be particularly “academic”. More in the order of hammer and chisel work I’d have said.

        If you count teachers as being “academics” then at least 20-25% of the country are. Many people these days have qualifications from tertiary institutions to a university degree level. Even more have professional training from tertiary level education institutions. That appears to be the level you’re putting your boundary of an “academic” at – because teachers only usually have those types of qualifications.

        I’ve said it before. You are a fossil of an era long past and (thankfully) largely forgotten apart from other mindless fossils who think with their slogans.

        • Redbaiter 1.1.1.1

          Kelvin has also failed every time he has put himself up for election. This would seem to suggest that working class voters find him unrepresentative, and the only way he makes it into the parliament is through the favour of other academics. Is this democratic?

          BTW, its a mistake to think I am a relic. I am actually spearheading a trend that will make itself far more well known here in years to come.

          I’ve been called out dated for years by leftists and as every year has gone by they have lost ground to right wing/ conservative forces.

          We will defeat you, and in the end, we will defeat the Progressives (Key & Slater for example) who control National as well.

          Its going to happen because we have the forward momentum. I think the left know it too, they just won’t admit it to themselves.

          This rubbish about Conservatism being out dated is just an attempt at self delusion.

          We are the next political wave.

          • karol 1.1.1.1.1

            Davis said in the First Line interview, with each election in Te Tai Tokerau, he has increased his share of the votes. He has pulled a significant numner of votes.

            Also, how a candidate does in an election depends a lot on electorate demographics, and the opposing candidates. Davis is up against a strong candidate in Harawira.

            • Pete George 1.1.1.1.1.1

              From what I’ve seen Davis is fairly widely respect across the spectrum. Getting paid as an MP to run his campaign will even up an advantage that Harawira had.

              And Harawira may well take a hit from his Internet Party association.

              Te Tai Tokerau will get a lot of media attention – that also helps the challenger.

              It will be an interesting contest.

          • Pete George 1.1.1.1.2

            We are the next political wave.

            “We”?

            You have said you had a twenty year plan, how far into that are you?

            You have said you want to take things back to how they were, like education. How far back?

          • cardassian 1.1.1.1.3

            “BTW, its a mistake to think I am a relic. I am actually spearheading a trend that will make itself far more well known here in years to come.

            I’ve been called out dated for years by leftists and as every year has gone by they have lost ground to right wing/ conservative forces.

            We will defeat you, and in the end, we will defeat the Progressives (Key & Slater for example) who control National as well.”

            So you’re the leading the New Zealand branch of Teabaggers?

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.4

            Kelvin has also failed every time he has put himself up for election.

            In maori electorate seats it is usually damn hard to defeat the incumbent. He has gone up against a very popular incumbent three times, twice with a strongish third candidate from the Maori party.

            BTW, its a mistake to think I am a relic
            This rubbish about Conservatism being outdated

            I wasn’t talking about conservatism. I was talking about messaging.

            If you want to get people to take you seriously, perhaps you should stop using simplistic scare tactic language from the 1950s McCarthy era. Those were the days when populations weren’t very well educated and simplistic rabble rousing over the new fangled media actually worked.

            Most people in the developed world are somewhat more cynical about messaging these days. You get down into the facebook generations with their continuous exposure to messaging and they just start laughing and passing around such archaic messaging as a joke.

            If you want to continue using your current framing, then I’d suggest that you look for a country with a much simpler media framework (and hurry because they’re disappearing rapidly).

            If you want to succeed in a country like NZ, then I suggest that you look at going and looking at doing some study on messaging and framing in the modern era.

            • Redbaiter 1.1.1.1.4.1

              Actually, I’m really happy with the gains I consider I have made.

              And although I understand your comments re language, I think you are misunderstanding the strategy. All that repitition, that strong language has a purpose.

              The task was to break through the Berlin wall the left have built around language, and it doesn’t matter whether one uses a battering ram or more subtle means. As long as the wall comes down, we’re winning.

              The objective in NZ is to draw the political discussion way from Marxist subjects. Racism, sexism, multi-culturalism, so many isms are basically a result of Marxist ideas deeply intrenched in the NZ psyche over the last 60 odd years or more. As a result of Frankfurt School penetration of our political systems.

              We have to get back to talking about liberty and individual freedom. These were the issues that made the West the envy of every other civilisation.

              Thanks to Marxists, that civilisation is in serious decline.

              That decline will be arrested and eventually reversed. We just need to stop talking about phony Marxist rubbish and talk about reality.

              • Draco T Bastard

                These were the issues that made the West the envy of every other civilisation.

                Only in the Wests dreams – every other civilisation was far more advanced than the West and far more humane. Hell, the idea that government should stay out of trade originated in Islam but Islam at least viewed trade as mutual cooperation for everyone’s survival rather than the West’s view that its’ everyone competing against each other (David Graeber’s Debt: The first 5000 years).

                That decline will be arrested and eventually reversed.

                Considering that it was your policies that started the decline, guess what?

              • lprent

                It does rather amuse me that you look at all of those changes to society as being part of the “marxist subjects”.

                As far as I can tell, they mostly derive their basis almost entirely from the 18th century humanist movement.

                The marxist movement was far less about overcoming bias against groups of individuals and far more about spreading the benefits of industrial civilisation across the people producing it. In other words it was largely an economics model rather than one about humans. Which is why I think that it didn’t work too well in practice.

                Personally I’d like to extend my personal freedoms in the Heinlein model too (which is mostly where I have seen your brand of politics before). In particular the freedom to practice the art of eugenics on offensive bigots. But I’m sure that everyone has their little list of the people and types of people that they’d like to deal to.

                Which is the reason that we have some of those restrictions on our personal freedoms. It is to protect the bigots so that they too may have the opportunity to argue.

                The main thing that I think that needs to be protected inside “western” (and every other) societies is the ability to bicker reasonably safely. That was, plus the ripping of cheap resources after the black death and later colonialism, the primary basis that fuelled the explosion of western societies from the late 15th century onwards.

                It had very little to do with “liberty and individual freedom” which were concepts that arose much later and which like marxism don’t appear to have ever worked well with actual humans in a society for any length of time. In fact virtually every successful society I’ve ever looked at runs more on a benign despotism model. Roughly, “we don’t care too much what you say or even do until it starts impacting on others with a political voice” and then we have considerably despotic power to deal with it. Most of your beef appears to be with others gaining a political voice.

                Doesn’t sound to me like you favour the ability to bicker safely. After all there are all of these topics that you seem to want to suppress being talked about. Now is that “individual freedom”?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  +1

                • Redbaiter

                  Only govts can suppress free speech Lyn.

                  And as I favour small powerless govt, how could I also want it to shut down free speech?

                  I merely want to convince you and others that it is better for our community to talk about things that unite us rather than divide us.

                  Marxism is about deconstructing what we have now and rebuilding it in the Utopian socialist model.

                  All the “isms” are designed to break us into groups and have us fighting among ourselves and weaken us.

                  Look at all the special interest groups that exist today and that were once unnecessary. We were homogenous and strong in our defence of individual liberty.

                  The growth of Frankfurt School ideology has destroyed that. The wants of the community (so called) frequently over ride the rights of the individual, and we pay the price for this in a rapidly declining civilisation where drugs, violence, crime and family breakdown are much more prevalent than ever before.

                  Ask Kelvin about liberty. I bet he goes cross-eyed.

                  The emphasis is all wrong.

          • amirite 1.1.1.1.5

            Redbaiter – Delusional much? Your views belong to the dustbin of history more like.

      • You_Fool 1.1.2

        Ahh yes, National, the party of all working class people everywhere, with their worker friendly ideology and policies. Not once do National take the chance to make the life of the working class and downtrodden worse or harder. When it comes time to divide up the cake it is national who ensure that the working class get their fair share! Yes I see that National is indeed the party for the lower classes and that labour is but for those who are out of touch and only out for themselves.

      • Jenny 1.1.3

        Is that really you Bedwetter?

        • Jenny 1.1.3.1

          Hey Bedwetter, did you get your stomach stapleing operation done on the public socialistic system or did you go private?

  2. Not Petey 2

    For a self progressed Green voter you sure do push labour a lot Karol.

    • karol 2.1

      Sometimes. Depends on the issue. Sometimes I’m critical. Shows I’m open to deciding on matters according to the issues and principles.

      Jones’ resignation is hardly bad news for the Greens.

    • You_Fool 2.2

      I didn’t realise that being a Green voter meant that you had to hate on Labour all the time.. I guess I have also been doing things wrong…

  3. Enough is Enough 3

    If a progressive govermnet had to choose between Davis and Jones, there would be no contest. Davis wins every time.

    This is a win win for the left.

    Jones was a disaster. His constant attacking of the Greens showed he was in the wrong party and signalled to the electorate that a future Green/Labour alliance could be problematic.

    Now that he has gone we will hopefully see Labour embrace the Greens and move forward together. This will be alot more achievable with Davis in and Jones out.

    • Not Petey 3.1

      If Davis is so good.. and I agree he certainly is.. why was he so far down the labour list.

      • karol 3.1.1

        It’ll be interesting to see where he is on the List this election.

      • mickysavage 3.1.2

        He was not “far down” on Labour’s list. It is just that the result last time was disappointing. Many good people missed out like Kelvin and Carmel Sepuloni to name only two.

        • Sacha 3.1.2.1

          Nice try. He was ranked well below some far less talented candidates, and no explanation was ever offered for that. Admit it was a stuff-up and welcome the man back.

          • Te Reo Putake 3.1.2.1.1

            I’ve got an explanation; Goff, Shearer, Mallard, Jones and the rest of the ABCers.

            • BM 3.1.2.1.1.1

              More like:

              Sue Moroney
              Nanaia Mahuta
              Darien Fenton
              Moana Mackey
              Rajen Prasad
              Raymond Huo
              Carol Beaumont

              That’s some serious lack of talent there.

              • mickysavage

                Do you and rolfcopter get the same instructions? Your comments are remarkably similar.

                Besides the list was finished at a time when Labour was polling over 30% in the opinion polls and if that result had occurred this would all be academic.

                • Enough is Enough

                  Why do you get so defensive? The fact they have a common view does not mean they have “instructions”. We on the left think the same a lot of the time but don’t act on anyones instructions.

                  I for one agree. I think Kelvin was a rising star in the last caucus and regardless of whether Labour won 27% or 50% had a stange list place at the election. He has leadership skills and should have been sitting in or around the 20 mark.

                  He had and has much more to offer in the future then Mallards Moroneys and Mahutas.

                  Thanksfully he is back now.

              • ffloyd

                Bm I would like to see you come up against Sue Mooney in a debate. She’d have you for breakfast. What is your talent? Sweet FA I would guess.

            • Not Petey 3.1.2.1.1.2

              Fair call .. who does decide on the list rankings is it caucus or the wider party ?

        • Murray Olsen 3.1.2.2

          Carmel Sepuloni would have got in if Mana hadn’t stood in that seat. She would have been a plus for the wider left. Kelvin should not stand directly against Hone, because having both of them elected is a plus for the wider left. They probably also shouldn’t stand against Annette Sykes, and they should respect the Green Party a lot more. I’m reasonably sure there are electorates where Green and Labour don’t need to both stand. I’m 100% sure that Green shouldn’t make all the sacrifices either. If anything, Labour and the country owe them for being the opposition during the Shearer period, and to some extent, right up to the present.

          Also on my wish list – Bradbury and Trotter could just shut up. At least when the egg hatching guy speaks, people know what side he’s on.

          • weka 3.1.2.2.1

            Labour would apparently prefer to remain in opposition than give concessions. The GP also is against concessions, but with them it makes more sense given how they’ve been treated in the past. Both of them are daft though, and it may cost the left the election (that and the Super policy)

            • Murray Olsen 3.1.2.2.1.1

              I have the distinct impression that they consider Kiwi politics is owned by them and National, with everyone else being a Hone come lately who don’t really deserve any real consideration. This feeds into a worry that they will sooner or later go into a grand alliance with National – a government of national unity to preserve NZ Inc against any changes. I could easily see this happening if the Green and Mana share of the vote went up much over 20%. Of course, they would invite the real traitors, such as the Family Frolics Party, to participate. It’d probably cause a split in Labour and be the end of that party, but what good are they at the moment anyway?

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    Excellent, and a helpful introduction to the man karol.

  5. Davis coming back would be one of the few positives from Jones’ exit, but will he get in before the election?

    @GraemeEdgeler

    As there is less than 6 months until the election, the House of Representatives can vote not to replace Shane Jones when he retires.

    • karol 5.1

      That would look particularly nasty if that got a majority vote, especially as National is perceived to have had a hand in getting Jones’ resignation. It would also mean that ACT, the Maori Party or peter Dunne would need to vote against Davis taking the job.

      • veutoviper 5.1.1

        Karol, re Edgeler’s advice, as this was a tweet, he did not include the fact that the vote not to replace requires a 75% (not 50+%,) majority, under section 136(a) of the Electoral Act 1993. so IMO it is unlikely to go to the vote.

        • karol 5.1.1.1

          Ah. that explains why it has not been mentioned in the media.

          • veutoviper 5.1.1.1.1

            Presumably.

            IMO, National is unlikely to seek that vote to not replace, not only because of the 75% majority required, but also because it could immediately open them to criticisms that their offer to Jones WAS a political manouvre to weaken Labour and the opposition close to the election.

            PS – I note the ‘fact checker extraordinaire’ did not bother to check the full details of the law on this before simply quoting Edgeler’s tweet!

      • Pete George 5.1.2

        I’ve asked Graeme “Are there precedents on this? Voting against the norm may not be a good look.”

        @GraemeEdgeler

        There have been list resignations in last six months, but they’ve never not been replaced. It makes no sense for it to happen.

        Of course you should replace. It’s not like there’s the expense of a by-election.

        I agree on that. Seems like a moot point he originally made.

        • Lanthanide 5.1.2.1

          I don’t think he was “making a point”, merely pointing out how the law applies to this situation.

  6. Roflcopter 6

    Good bloke, ol’ Davis, will do a top job for the North.

    Tell us again… why did Labour have him so far down the list?

    • mickysavage 6.1

      Is this the latest right wing spin line we are going to see all day? Kelvin Davies was far down the list blah blah blah …

      As I previously said the result was disappointing and many good candidates missed out.

      • Roflcopter 6.1.1

        Never seen a good reason as to why he was rated lower than the following (in 2011)….

        Ruth Dyson
        Maryan Street
        Clayton Cosgrove
        Sue Moroney
        Charles Chauvel
        Nanaia Mahuta
        Jacinda Ardern
        Andrew Little
        Su’a William Sio
        Darien Fenton
        Moana Mackey
        Rajen Prasad
        Raymond Huo
        Carol Beaumont

        Call it “disappointing”, but Labour should have planned for the worst, and worked for the best… they didn’t, unfortunately for Kelvin he will be seen as a “emergency gap-filler”, when in fact he’s a lot more than that, and a lot better than all those listed above.

        Same could be said for Stuart Nash.

        • Te Reo Putake 6.1.1.1

          You obviously missed my comment above. It’s 2014 now, move on.

        • karol 6.1.1.2

          Actually, I think Labour are very fortunate to have someone with parliamentary experience to step in at short notice – and someone who was already planning to leave his job in June to start campaigning for the election.

        • mickysavage 6.1.1.3

          Do you and BM get the same instructions? Your comments are remarkably similar.

          Besides the list was finished at a time when Labour was polling over 30% in the opinion polls and if that result had occurred this would all be academic.

          • Roflcopter 6.1.1.3.1

            Looks like BM was being far more gracious with some MP’s than I am.

            Anyways, the proof will be in the pudding…. the pudding being the 2014 party list.

            If Kelvin’s list position is marginal again, then all the rhetoric around him being awesome for the left is nothing but a slap in the face of him and lip-service to all those he represents. He’s not going to win his seat.

          • Shazzadude 6.1.1.3.2

            It doesn’t matter mickysavage, the fact remains that Kelvin Davis was ranked below several less talented candidates. If the list was ranked according to talent, Kelvin would’ve been safely in even if Labour got just 20%.

    • greywarbler 6.2

      Why don’t you go to Labour direct Rofl? You keep asking unimportant questions as if we know. But then you don’t really care what the answer is. You just want to make a sly point and seem to be interested.

  7. outofbed 7

    What is best for the left is not to stand a candidate against Hone
    Hone getting his seat might well be the difference in getting a progressive Government.

    I won’t be holding my breath.

    • karol 7.1

      Well, I certainly would prefer to see both Haawira and Davis in the House. But it will be up to the Te Tai Tokerau electorate. I think it’s better to educate the electorate on the alternatives than not stand candidates. Standing in an electorate is an important way to also campaign for the party vote.

      Davis said in the First Line interview that he would be campaigning for two ticks in the electorate, plus for the party vote in the wider region of Northland.

  8. Kelvin Davis in a Morning Report interview:

    But I have to say one of the big things that I want to achieve in Parliament is to raise the awareness and help to stop violence of any sort – sexual, physical, emotional violence — against our women and children. This was brought on by the Roastbusters scandal and the sexual abuse that’s been going on in the far north.

    And I’ve been sitting here thinking for the last couple of months that if I should get back into Parliament I really want to make a stand and make a difference and say this is how we as males need to behave towards our women.

    That’s something very pertinent to Te Tai Tokerau, and to the whole country. I wish Kelvin success in this, but first wish him well on getting a decent list position this time. (Note to Labour: don’t bank on increasing your numbers).

    • mickysavage 8.1

      Pete you are repeating the right wing attack line of Kelvin not being given a high enough list placing. Tell me what list number were you given on United Future’s list?

      • Roflcopter 8.1.1

        What the hell has that got to do with it?

      • Pete George 8.1.2

        It’s not a right wing attack line, it was a bloody ballsup by Labour. Don’t tell me that whoever drew up the list order didn’t consider various election outcomes.

        Besides the list was finished at a time when Labour was polling over 30% in the opinion polls and if that result had occurred this would all be academic.

        Relying on polls? That’s a bit risky isn’t it?

        To be safe (ish) this time see if Kelvin can be put in the top 20.

        • karol 8.1.2.1

          Well, balls up or not, it’s worked out well for Labour. not only do they have an experienced and competent politician to replace Jones, pretty quickly. But they also have someone to step up in the Labour Maori caucus.

          • Pete George 8.1.2.1.1

            As far as the replacement goes it could hardly be any better for Labour. I prefer Davis to Jones.

            But Jones exit and Labour’s handling of it has been quite damaging in the short term at least.

            • karol 8.1.2.1.1.1

              Actually, it’s the media’s handling that has been over the top and focused on the negatives.

              Labour actually responded pretty quickly and positively. Moria Coatesworth was oN RNZ within an hour responding to it. Cunliffe was on TV within a couple of hours on Henry’s show, talking about it. This is in spite of the MSM spin that Labour wasn’t responding for several hours after the 6pm news.

              Davis has hit the ground running today, and apart from Cosgrove’s McCaw line, the Labour caucus have been all positive about Jones contribution, his decision, and Davis as replacement.

      • Pete George 8.1.3

        Tell me what list number were you given on United Future’s list?

        It was academic, I wasn’t expected to get in on the list, not surprising as I’d only been in the party a month or two when they did it. I wasn’t a current respected MP like Kelvin who had already contested two elections (one a by-election). There’s a wee bit of a difference.

    • Papa Tuanuku 8.2

      lol ‘our women’. well, its not funny but he contradicts himslef. Women are not ‘ours’.

      • Te Reo Putake 8.2.1

        Yes, they are, in the sense that their welfare is a collective responsibility. Same for kids.

        • felix 8.2.1.1

          “Our” and “my” are indeed words that indicate ownership or belonging.

          It’s sad that some people have become so individualistic and selfish that they can only understand belonging in the context of something belonging to an individual rather than as meaning the individual is part of something larger.

  9. Chooky 9

    Kelvin looks very handsome….us Chooks may yet vote Labour now that Shane has gone off with his firends

  10. BEATINGTHEBOKS 10

    Ok deep breath to all radicals on all sides. Jones has gone he was a great leveler for the working class male, white or brown working man. He didn’t attract the labour woman vote no doubt. But labour still needs that working class white or brown male vote. If it does not address this labour will die. The average voter only sees in the labour vote , feminist, gay, and pointless academic policies, a man or woman on a factory line cannot relate to these groups ( brown or white or conservative christian). IMHO none of these are bad, but they are over represented in the party when compared with the electorate ( feminist gay or academic). This will scare off the traditional labour vote, and it is disappointing. You have to be smart think what is the labour demographic. The current labour must do this before it dies. Otherwise the nats will take a lot of votes off what should have been the core of labour very easily. In response to any critics and radicals, just wait and see what the electorate delivers at election time if these issues are not addressed.

    • Chooky 10.1

      @ Beatingtheboks

      Ok I agree you have a point.( Labour does look like a middle class party)…in the past Labour with Helen Clark attracted the 50% women vote…but they cant count on them now

      Who would you suggest can fill this role as a working class male magnet in the Labour Party?…..a public supporter identifier along with Cunliffe?….to fill out the worker male profile needed ?…Kelvin Davis?….or a selection of Labour males ?

      How would one remedy the problem you pose?…….does it come from Cunliffe top- down ….or rank and file referendum?

      I also see a problem as to who is going to go up against Paula Bennett…Jacinda Adern ( softly spoken white middle class ) just doesnt cut the mustard imo as spokesperson/debater……ie Labour needs a strong articulate working class woman or male voice that has an identifiable “I have been there and know what you are talking about” persona….eg Poto Williams …but how do you get the right person into that position before the Election?

      ….Does there need to be a purge as in the National caucus?…or at very least a rearranging of the front spokespeople for Labour so that it looks like a Party with fire in its belly?

  11. kiwigunner 11

    Davis though, like many in Labour right now, still harbours neo liberal desires. Many educators would be fearful of his love of National Standards for example. I’m guessing that the Charter School thing wouldn’t be out of the question with Kelvin either.

    • Chooky 11.1

      @kiwigunner …that is good information!….can he be persuaded to change his mind?…otherwise he could be a liability to Labour and New Zealand educators and New Zealand education

      …he needs to be inundated with what is happening in the USA….what NZ education academics in the universities think

      …if he still holds the same views ….then one has to wonder if he is genuine

      …he will need to be exposed on these views

    • Te Reo Putake 11.2

      Chooky, it’s not information, it’s a smear.

      “Charter Schools are therefore an extremely pointless and expensive strategy. There are still 40 strategies that are deemed pointless, but, are still more effective than Charter Schools.”

      Kelvin Davis (writing about Prof Hattie’s research).

      Edit: And this:

      “I believe there are things that we can do that are out of the box that will improve Maori education, certainly National Standards is not one of them. We showed at Kaitaia Intermediate that massive improvements in Maori achievement can occur in a short space of time, with the right personnel and the right attitude. The biggest part of the right attitude is not accepting failure.” Kelvin Davis.

      • Chooky 11.2.1

        Thanks TR E

        …however I think maybe Kelvin Davis should be invited as a guest poster here/ or else just be encouraged to to state on Open Mike clearly what he stands for as regards New Zealand education, Charter Schools and National Standards

        ….if it is a misconception/smear of his views …. it will be put right from the ‘horses mouth’ so to speak….and he could be a leader for New Zealand education and in the Labour Party….

        …i think there are many here who would like to get to know him and his views

  12. Jenny 13

    Of Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis, you say karol that:

    “It would be good to see them working together in a Labour-led government.”

    This would represent a refreshingly non-sectarian approach for Labour and something that those on the Left would rightly celebrate.

    But will they do it?

    It all depends on two two things; 1# Just how sincere Labour is in wanting to replace National in government, and 2#, how willing Labour strategists would be to do an Epsom like deal in Te Tai Tokerau.

    The big question karol is whether, now that Kelvin Davis is guaranteed a place in parliament he is prepared to do a Paul Goldsmith?

    The word around the traps is that Labour intends to take Te Tai Tokerau off Hone Harawira, come hell or high water and will use all resources they can to do so. Even at the cost of a National victory.

    If this is true, then what this shows is that Labour puts sectarian advantage above ousting National.

    That Labour are prepared to lose the election to see off a perceived threat on their Left.

    That Labour’s real enemy is not the Right represented by National, but the Left represented by both Mana and by implication the Greens.

    • karol 13.1

      National still stands a candidate in Epsom. Ditto Labour. Ultimately, it’s about educating voters.

      Unlike Jones, Davis will follow Labour’s party lines.

      If voters want Hone and Kelvin, they can make that choice.

  13. Jenny 14

    “National still stands a candidate in Epsom. Ditto Labour. Ultimately, it’s about educating voters.”
    karol

    Indeed karol, indeed.

    But I think you are being a bit disingenuous here.

    There is a difference between standing in a seat and seeking the list vote, to actively campaigning for electoral votes. In Epsom the Mana candidate was (apart from Goldsmith) the only one to actively ask Epsom voters not to vote for him.

    In 2011 we saw Right wing pro-mine it, drill it, frack it, MP, David Parker close friend of Shane Jones, fly up from Dunedin to Auckland to campaign for electorate votes in Epsom.

    While the National candidate Paul Goldsmith refused to campaign for the electoral vote. (even caught on camera pulling down his own signs, erected by his helpful/unhelpful supporters in lieu of his own refusal to put any election hoardings up.)

    The tandem mirror act between Goldsmith and Parker ensured ACT’s John Banks’ victory in Epsom, despite the majority of Epsom voters voting against him. (Combined the vote for Goldsmith, Parker and the Green’s David Hay outnumbered Banks total by over 3,000 votes)

    According to Marama Davis, David Hay of the Greens was campaigning for the electorate vote in Epsom, in defiance of the decided Green Party strategy for Epsom. An act of disloyalty for which David Hay was later punished for by being dropped off the Green Party list.

    (In contrast Labour’s David Parker was promoted by Labour to deputy Leader of the Labour Party.)

    With the benefit of hindsight:

    If David Parker and Kelvin Davis do a repeat act of 2011 and campaign for electorate votes in Epsom and Te Tai Tokerau respectively, then we will know for sure that Labour is just not that interested in turning back the neoliberal tide and getting rid of National, but more interested in keeping the Greens and Mana out of parliament. (Even if it means that Labour itself also wind up sitting on the opposition benches for another three years.)

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/03/09/the-one-nose-holding-electorate-for-progressive-voters-the-strategy-to-win-2014/

  14. Jenny 15

    Going back to Te Tai Tokerau and Kelvin Davis, Kelvin Davis has been up to now running an aggressive campaign against Hone Harawira.

    One of the things that Kelvin has been recently proclaiming on Marae in the North is that Hone Harawira has achieved nothing from his time in parliament.

    But when you look at the record you find that this is far from true.

    During his time in parliament it was Hone Harawira who began the current campaign against smoking in particular the harm it has done to Maori. This campaign has recently culminated in legislation before the house about plain packaging at point of sale.

    It was Hone Harawira that made it Maori Party policy to remove GST off fresh fruit and vegetables, his campaign embarrassed the Labour Party to reluctantly make it Labour Party policy as well. (Though they have recently overturned it.)

    It was Hone Harawira and the Mana Party that made childhood poverty an election issue in 2011, before they raised it, it was a non-issue. The Mana Party “Feed the Kids” campaign has got wide support across the political spectrum.

    Now that Kelvin Davis is in parliament, (thanks to Shane Jones defection to National), and no longer needs to oust Hone Harawira to get a seat, will Davis stop his attack campaign based on false hoods against Harawira?

    • Te Reo Putake 15.1

      “One of the things that Kelvin has been recently proclaiming on Marae in the North is that Hone Harawira has achieved nothing from his time in parliament.”

      Any evidence for this claim, Jenny?

      • Jenny 15.1.1

        As I wrote, he has been “saying” it. It was related to me by fluent Maori speakers who I trust. But why take my word for it.

        Why not ask Kelvin.

        Anyway my point is that I hope this vicious and sectarian infighting is a thing of the past, and that you would agree with me TRP that getting rid of National is more important than getting rid of Hone Harawira. And that having Harawira in parliament is more likely to achieve that outcome, than not.

        • Te Reo Putake 15.1.1.1

          That’s weak, Jenny. You’re the one being sectarian by spreading untruths. Like it or not we live in a democracy and the people of Te Tai Tokerau are entitled to exercise their choice. Labour will stand candidates in every seat, as we always do. The people will decide the outcome. Good luck to Hone, but don’t expect gossip to decide the outcome.

          • Jenny 15.1.1.1.1

            TRP you are avoiding the issue. Let me be blunt. Do you think getting rid of Hone is more important than getting rid of National?

            • Te Reo Putake 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Actually, the issue is you spreading unsubstantiated gossip. But, to answer your question, I’m in favour of democracy. Let the people decide.

              • Jenny

                ” But, to answer your question, I’m in favour of democracy. Let the people decide.”
                Te Reo Putake

                I also am in favour of democracy and letting the people decide.

                Unfortunately, the MMP system we have in the country is not fully representative, and the 5% threshold and the electorate candidate exemption allows distortions to creep in. Distortions that the Right are just to happy to exploit.

                By making the bland statement above you are again avoiding the issue and you know it.

                I’ll ask you again:

                Do you think getting rid of Hone is more important than getting rid of National?

                • Jenny

                  According to lprent when these “Tribal Labour” sectarians refuse to be drawn, or refuse to answer a straight question, whether it is on climate change or any other subject, it is not a sign of their intentions. Maybe Lynn is right.

                  And of course actions always speak louder than words. So if Kelvin Davis does go all out for electorate votes in Te Tai Tokerau. And David Parker goes all out for votes in Epsom.

                  We will have our answer….

                  LABOUR WOULD RATHER BE IN OPPOSITION THAN SHARE POWER WITH THE GREENS AND/OR MANA

              • Jenny

                The Voice Of Reason* is not the only Labour Party ‘supporter’ to go silent on the question of whether a National Government would be more preferable than a Labour/Green/Mana government.

                …when asked whether a Labour-Greens government would be preferable to a National government, he avoided the question.

                Mr Jones will leave his job as a Labour MP in a month and it seems until then he will take every opportunity to attack Labour’s closest ally, the Greens.

                “I just felt the Kaupapa the Greens were bringing forward, I always felt it was too anti-industry,” he says. “I’m just not going to fight that fight anymore. If that’s the way they want to run the country then I’ve had enough of it.”

                He stopped just short of attacking his soon-to-be-former colleagues.

                “I never said anything disloyal about my senior colleagues or David Cunliffe, but I’ve got every right to reflect what I think is a problem with New Zealand politics if we don’t challenge some of the orthodoxy that comes out of the Green merchants.”

                Mr Jones says he still supports Labour, but when asked twice whether he would prefer Labour-Greens government over third-term National government, he did not give a clear answer.

                “My views are now irrelevant, so that question you need to direct in the future to the New Zealand voters, and that’s about all I’ve got to say.”

                Mr Jones’s line about the Greens being anti-Industry sounded like it could have come straight from the National Party, and they were quick to put out a press release supporting Mr Jones’s view.

                “His best-case scenario, if Labour got elected, would be to be the Economic Development Minister in a Labour-Greens government, and that would be a government which is anti-economic development and I can understand why he’d say, ‘Thanks but no thanks, I’ll do something else,’” says National MP Steven Joyce.

                Mr Jones still has about a month left in the job. Every time he talks to the media he causes more damage to the Labour Party.

                Rachel Morton TV3 News

                Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Shane-Jones-Greens-are-anti-industry/tabid/1607/articleID/341606/Default.aspx#ixzz300EXtbRW

                *The Voice of Reason changed his online name to Te Reo Putake following the 2012 Ports of Auckland strike and lockout. See why HERE

                Postscript:

                Compare the words of Shane Jones with those of Te Reo Putake.

                “….to answer your question, I’m in favour of democracy. Let the people decide.” TRP

                “….so that question you need to direct in the future to the New Zealand voters, and that’s about all I’ve got to say.” SJ

                You have to wonder if these views are very wide spread inside the Labour Party. If Labour lose this election we will know why. Their hearts weren’t really in it.

                • karol

                  I think you are doing what you blame others for, Jenny – spreading misinformation and stirring up conflict on the left. TRP’s statements on democracy do not equate to preferring a Nat government to Hone in government.

                • Te Reo Putake

                  I have never changed my online name, Jenny. On Waitangi day a couple of years ago I decided to use the te reo spelling instead of the English.

      • felix 15.1.2

        In 2011 Kelvin and Labour fought really hard to win that seat. Dumb dumb dumb.

        I hope Jenny is wrong and they’ve learned to think in terms of what’s best for the left block and not treat the north as a pissing contest.

        • Jenny 15.1.2.1

          I also hope I am wrong. And that things have changed. Both in Epsom and in Te Tai Tokerau.

          The first indication will be if the notorious ABC member David Parker again comes up from Dunedin to stand in Epsom to ensure that ACT gets into parliament.

          Preventing both a Labour led government and a Cunliffe Prime Ministership.

  15. Marius 16

    Whether by National limo or Labour taxi the destination is the same. Capitalism, like Communism, doesn’t work. Next.

  16. ianmac 17

    Oops. Put this on Open Mike. Better here:
    A good opening comment from Kelvin Davis in the Herald ex Northern Advocate – Mike Dinsdale.
    “Mr Davis, who spent one term as a Labour list MP, said he would push several key issues when back in the House – Maori education, regional development, improving the number of people speaking te reo Maori, and “being the male in Parliament who stands up and says enough is enough over domestic violence”.
    And “…after missing out by 832 votes to Hone Harawira in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate race in the 2011 election …”
    Do I barrack for Hone or for Kelvin? Aye. There’s the rub.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11244080

    • greywarbler 17.1

      What to do? The shades of Shakespeare writhe and groan.
      http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/36560-to-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question

      “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
      Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
      Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
      And by opposing end them?….

      and more -
      For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
      The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
      The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
      The insolence of office and the spurns
      That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
      When he himself might his quietus make
      With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
      To grunt and sweat under a weary life

      So think on your bodkins and fardels – for who knows wot of the future? Maybe that Labour will indulge in mental strain and find a path for the pilgrim’s progress.

      • Jenny 17.1.1

        That is indeed the question. (And thanks to the bard.) Where National seem to have no problem assisting Right support parties into government, Labour seem to have some sort of mental block.

        With the election result projected to be very close, Labour will have to lose this mental block and open their eyes to the realities of MMP. If they don’t, and Labour keep to their clunky outmoded first past the post thinking, then the Nacts using strategic MMP tactics will have it all over Labour this election. (possibly even future elections, particularly if they are ever as close as this one will be.)

        For Labour to actively seek votes in Epsom and Te Tai Tokerau could be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

        • karol 17.1.1.1

          I oppose National’s dirty deals – gaming the system. I have criticised it often, I don’t want to see the left stooping to their level.

          • Jenny 17.1.1.1.1

            “I oppose National’s dirty deals – gaming the system. I have criticised it often, I don’t want to see the left stooping to their level.”
            karol

            What!!

            Even at the cost of another National Government!?

            You surely don’t mean that?

            Surely you can’t be serious karol?

            Is this really your game plan?

            How about this….

            Why not get a Labour Green government into power and then then fix the iniquities in our MMP system?

            In the meantime, until then, we have to work with the system we have.

            To do less is a betrayal of those we purport to champion.

            With the polls showing the result will be very close, doing less is to concede defeat.

            With your above statement that is exactly what you are doing.

            “Gaming” the MMP system as you put it Karol, is not a matter of compromising on principle it is a tactical matter. Of course we would all like a full out frontal assault on National, but currently that is not the tactical position we are in. In war when the choice is between using a tactical approach or retreating, a commander who refuses to use strategy and tactics to advance is demoted, in war the cost of not doing so is measured in lives. In politics the cost is measured in peoples welfare and their children’s future. (and indirectly in lives)

            Karol being all pure and virtuous will not help the people and the planet, or those being driven further down at the bottom of society by this government for the benefit of the polluters and plutocrats.

            Examine your conscience, can you really afford your holier than thou attitude?

            Can our supporters really afford another three years of National? Can the climate?

            Karol I think you need to harden up and get serious. As long as people like you are not serious about winning, no one can take you seriously.

            I think you need to take a really hard look into your heart and ask is a National Government what we really want for another three years?

            If you do so, and you see that the answer is no! Then you must be determined to use every means at your disposal to get rid of them. As I said before the Right have no such scruples!

  17. Jenny 18

    “Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war”

    Martin Luther King Jr

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    ‘Explosive’ is one of those words that gets kicked around in politics and political reporting to the point where it’s almost lost its meaning. But it’s not an exaggeration to describe right wing spin doctor and self-declared National Party loyalist...
    The Paepae | 31-08
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
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