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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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    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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