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Sums it up, really

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, April 12th, 2013 - 134 comments
Categories: Economy, exports, jobs, privatisation, same old national - Tags:

National’s 3 quarters of the way through its time at the crease now. And what has it achieved? A record debt pile. 300,000 jobless. 100,000 underemployed. Rising poverty. 1,000 a week fleeing to Australia. A new housing bubble. A record high dollar that’s killing our businesses. And falling household incomes. A list of articles on Stuff sums it up.

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How the hell are we facing another housing bubble only five years after the previous one burst? How, because Key and English didn’t do anything to change the conditions that created the first housing bubble, in fact they strengthened them.

They should have got into a government-led programme of affordable house building while putting in a capital gains tax. Instead, they scoffed at the warnings that a housing bubble would be back and did precisely nothing. Even now, English talks like he’s a mildly interested observer in the economy, rather than the joker running it.

They needed to get the OCR down to stop the flood of hot money into the country that then goes into us selling houses to each other for more and more with the only winners being the foreigners we’re paying interest to.

Which brings us to that second article. The dollar is at a record in terms of the Trade-Weighted Index. It’s heading to over 86 cents against the US – which its previously only achieved for a handful of days. It’s a massacre for exporters and manufacturers who can’t compete aboard and get undercut at home. And the Right laughs! They have this fucked up 1980s belief that manufacturing is ‘so last century’ and it’s funny to watch it dying. Meanwhile, rich countries are adding manufacturing jobs because its only by making stuff and adding value to it that you really become wealthy as a country.

Finally, there’s confirmation that National’s trying to hock off our assets to foreigners. It makes a lie of all that talk about ‘mum and dad’ investors, eh? It’s hard to believe that this is their big policy. Taking companies that are making a profit and selling them overseas. Imagine if they had made full employment their cornerstone policy and put as much effort (and taxpayer money) into that as they have into the asset sales.

134 comments on “Sums it up, really”

  1. King Kong 1

    In an International sense I have never been richer, my house is climbing in value daily, there will be a few interesting new companies that I can buy shares in and there is no supply pressure forcing me to pay my staff more.

    Thanks National, keep up the good work.

    • In other words stuff you all I’m doing OK and who cares about the future.

    • kiwi_prometheus 1.2

      Rich prick, King Kong, doesn’t care about his fellow NZers, especially the growing number of kiwi kids living in poverty.

      In fact he thinks that is “good work” on the part of his mates in government.

      King Kong is an economic parasite.

      • King Kong 1.2.1

        I will care about those in “poverty” when they care about themselves, by packing in the fags, booze, drugs, gambling and get off their backsides to make their lot better.

        If you can’t look after your kids properly then they should be taken off you. Child “poverty”….solved.

        • mickysavage 1.2.1.1

          Mind if we increase your taxes to pay for the thousands of social workers, family homes and the myriad of support that will be required?

          • King Kong 1.2.1.1.1

            Pretty sure I could find the money from current Govt budgets though it may mean that the dyslexic lesbian hop scotch team might miss this years world champs.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Ah, so their taxes are to be “stolen” to provide for your priorities.

              What a bludger you are.

        • Ennui 1.2.1.2

          King, you will care more about poverty when your politics drag us all into the mire and the mob come to your door looking for your “wealth”.

          On your original statement on being richer…so true: what the fuck did you do to have that happen? I am sure you really did a lot to cause the US and Euro to crash and burn compared to the NZ$, I am sure you did heaps to encourage a speculative bubble in housing…well perhaps not. You are in fact a free loading carpet bagger.

          • King Kong 1.2.1.2.1

            So what you are saying is the things Eddie is decrying the National Government for dropping the ball over, were completely beyond its control.

            The property bubble is down to idiots from both sides threatening to take aim at the property market and going on about what a bad bet it was. All the while new investment gets scared off and stocks dwindle. People now need houses and there aren’t enough, quelle suprise, prices rise.

            • Ennui 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah KK I did not question your premise: what I questioned was why you and the other NACT knuckle brains took credit for engendering this scenario (when quite clearly they could not organise a piss up in a brewery)? Or why they thought it was so good?

        • freedom 1.2.1.3

          hey furry parasite, put down the koolaid and pick up a glass of unflouridated water.

          Do you have a fucking clue about how hard it is out there for working families at the moment. Mums and dads both working full time as rents are skyrocketing and food is joining it and power prices steadily rising all so fatdickheads like yourself can type a few words of cliched superiority. This country is in serious bloody trouble and the selfish ill informed propaganda hungry attitudes of people like yourself are directly responsible.

          • kiwi_prometheus 1.2.1.3.1

            “Do you have a fucking clue about how hard it is out there for working families at the moment.”

            Of course King Kong doesn’t, he is completely out of touch with ordinary New Zealanders. He tries to cheat his workers ( and their children ) of as much of their income as he can, while he engages in all kinds of tax evasion tactics to avoid paying his fair share.

            King Kong’s motto is “I just want my fair share, and that’s ALL OF IT!”.

          • Roy 1.2.1.3.2

            Not only does King Kong not have a fucking clue, he doesn’t give a fucking toss, selfish heartless ape that he is.

            • King Kong 1.2.1.3.2.1

              Wont somebody think of the children!

              For all this “caring” you lefties do and the self satisfied smugness you get from it, what was the last practical thing you did for a poor person?

              p.s. Championing socialist ideologies on the internet doesn’t qualify.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Voting for a “Left” government does, though, and party membership is a step up again, especially if that leads to direct policy input. So many here would meet those criteria.

                Other than that, I would have to say the answer is “none of your business, ape, where did you get the notion that you’re entitled to poke around in people’s personal lives? The GCSB?”

                As for your worshipping the National Party on the basis that you have become richer, everyone from Bob Jones to the Department of Statistics says that Labour are better economic managers than National, so an objective observer would expect you to worship Labour too.

                Tell me you got poorer between 1999 and 2008 and I won’t believe you.

              • freedom

                Wow, you really are thick as a concrete bunker if you think you can spout challenges like that and walk away. This is not KiwiBlog, humans visit here.

                “what was the last practical thing you did for a poor person?”
                (I will answer although OAK above has a valid point)

                Apart from trying to keep myself alive without assistance from the current regieme of hate spewing from the MSD as my circumstances do not fit their boxes, I looked at my increasingly barren pantry, made a loaf of bread and delivered it to a local guy I know who is even worse off than I. He is also facing a life that doesn’t fit into the MSD’s little boxes. (the crap about individual circumstances being taken into account that Bennet spouts in the House is frikkin hilarious to hear every single time)

                This small act allowed that person to grieve the loss of their job and the very real possibility of eviction staring them in the face. I have no problem with grown men breaking down into sobbing heaps but find it sickening that lack of a job and a heartless government are the reason his grief was so deep. I myself have the luxury of having paid my next month’s rent with my final paycheck, so have six more weeks before I let myself stress about eviction. I live in my studio so there is little i can offer him for accommodation.

                Now before you bleat on with the pavlov’s response ” but you are on the net, you must have money.” No, i am gambling that the hours currently spent at the workbench will deliver funds later in the month to pay that overdue account, and the overdue power and maybe some shopping for the pantry. Otherwise it will only be public library access for me and more rice dinners. Days like today though where ignorance and greed stomp over the pages we try to learn from, only keep me from the workbench as i feel my own poverty is secondary to the urgency of combatting RWNJs like you.

                KK you are an ignorant selfish and (I suspect inwardly at least) a very sad human that realises life should be fairer but because of your own lack of personal strength have decided it is too hard to be good to other people. I hope you grow to change and that change helps you to grow.

              • Tim

                Well more importantly … what have YOU done! A man (or woman, or whatever else) apparently with much means, obviously believing the philanthropic endeavour of those with means is superior than the ‘nenni state’ in assisting the poverty struck (only the ‘deserving poor mind you – based on a subjective judgement – and one that wouldn’t include illegals, q jumpers, ferals, and what was it? mmm dyke hopscotchers or whatever else your bigotry and paternalistic holier than thou attitude label you apply – an attitide that allows your fucked up selfness is used to make you feel comfortable). KK…. let me know in a few years if and when this site continues, how your offspring feel about you. I’m sure you’re doing a spendid job. I’m really really envious.
                Maaaaaaaaate! I think there’s time for a new addition to the lingo of spin. Halfwit doesn’t quite cut it – I’m not even sure quarterwit would!

        • kiwi_prometheus 1.2.1.4

          What are you on about, King Kong?

          Do you not read the news, just recently a young Auckland couple with a kid, he is a welder, going no where fast, mounting debt – went to Australia, can now buy a house, pay bills etc doing the same job, money left over at the end of the week.

          So much for your boyfriend Johnnie “closing the gap” with the Aussies.

          You don’t seem to understand what “good work” actually means.

          “by packing in the fags, booze, drugs, gambling and get off their backsides to make their lot better”

          You gloat about your house value ballooning, you feel “richer”, it does so because of the biggest binge in private debt in NZ history fueling a massive speculative bubble.

          Collective economic suicide.

          You are a hypocrite.

          • infused 1.2.1.4.1

            Aussie will be short lived. It’s the only country where this is happening.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.4.1.1

              Agreed. The tide is turning in Oz. And because they have been used to the phat life for so long, they are going to take the downturn quite badly.

        • Lightly 1.2.1.5

          The families in the lower 20% of incomes spend an average of $26 a week on takeaways, restaurants, booze, fags, and drugs. The average family spends $72 a week.

          – stats nz

          • Bill 1.2.1.5.1

            And if extortionately priced tobacco was taken out of that calculation ($33 for 30g- $55 for 50g), then that average would plummet way below $26. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t have the same dampening effect on the $72 average given that (apparently) more poor people are smokers.

            And a ban sits on effective $2 a week non-smoking alternative nicotine delivery systems…

            • just saying 1.2.1.5.1.1

              Been a wee while since you bought tobacco, Bill?
              It’s now $40+ for $30 grams.
              I sure am glad of that $2 alternative, which is nicer than tobacco anyway.

              -Non-smoker for four days and counting…..

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.6

          I will care about those in “poverty” when they care about themselves, by packing in the fags, booze, drugs, gambling and get off their backsides to make their lot better.

          Ah, another one that’s bought into the myths that National peddle. That would prove that you’re one of the stupid ones of the right.

          If you can’t look after your kids properly then they should be taken off you. Child “poverty”….solved.

          Oh, look, a RWNJ calling for higher taxes on the rich and the family unit to be broken…

          Talk about nanny state.

        • Puddleglum 1.2.1.7

          Hi King Kong,

          I will care about those in “poverty” when they care about themselves, by packing in the fags, booze, drugs, gambling and get off their backsides to make their lot better.

          How will you know that each individual person in poverty has done this? When they are not in poverty and so don’t need you to care for them? That is, when you don’t have to care?

          All that tells anyone is that you don’t ever want to care about anyone else because, by definition, if they need you to care for them they don’t deserve you to care for them.

          You can’t be serious about this – can you?

        • Dr Terry 1.2.1.8

          You are a heartless monster. Please God there are not too many like you (even though clearly you consider yourself some kind of model of perfection).

      • Tim 1.2.2

        Whilst there’s this tacit acceptance by many of the labelling by those on the right of any number of minority groups (everything from “illegals”, “queue jumpers”, “dole bludgers”, “dyslexic lesbian hopscotch teams” , etc., etc. —->), I often wonder why the reluctance to call those labellERS what they are: FASCISTS

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.2.1

          Because someone called Godwin fucked it for everyone. Now telling people the truth brings about the childish reply ZOMG, Godwin!!1!!1 from the RWNJs.

          • TheContrarian 1.2.2.1.1

            Godwins law doesn’t relate to fascism specifically, only to Hitler and/or the Nazis

          • Tim 1.2.2.1.2

            Well of course DT, the hijacking of lingo, the normalisation of spin narrative was always part of the programme. For me though, (alive for over half a century) – the current junta is as ‘right’ a regime as NZ has EVER experienced (and the junta seems proud of it FFS!)
            A Fascist is a Fascist is a Fascist.
            At its most basic – we had JK trying to spin us a line that he struggled under a solo mum in a ‘state hess” with a daddy that died or deserted.
            Well JK … so did mine and we had shithouses in the backyard too. God it was a struggle.
            I walked 5 miles to school everyday, and 5 miles back with cardboard in the soles of my shoes ……. blah blah fukn blah. Oim a sef maid men swell.
            Tell us more about your dad aye JK ! Aw, that’s right – you hardly knew him.

            The most depressing thing for me is the way an electorate has so easily swallowed JK’s cum!
            It’s obscene!

        • Puddleglum 1.2.2.2

          Fascism, prior to WWII, used to be a respectable word. It was advocated and used in ordinary political discourse without embarrassment.

          In a sense, the events of WWII and the reaction to those made the term unusable and, hence, it is now verboten to describe the political conditions to which it used to openly refer. ‘Fascism’ is a non-word despite the fact that it remains a popular – but now unacknowledged – political tendency on the right.

    • The Al1en 1.3

      “I have never been richer”

      “forcing me to pay my staff more.”

      “Thanks National, keep up the good work.”

      Small business owners of the world unite. :wanker:

      • The Al1en 1.3.1

        “I will care about those in “poverty” when they care about themselves”

        “If you can’t look after your kids properly then they should be taken off you. ”

        Small minded dick heads (QOT ;) ) of the world, unite. :wanker:

      • King Kong 1.3.2

        You will never get anywhere with that attitude, dear boy.

        You should ask yourself, is my envy and bristliness keeping me poor?

        • freedom 1.3.2.1

          if not being poor means hating on people i know nothing about, then give me poverty forever

          • Roy 1.3.2.1.1

            Me too, I’d rather be poor in money and rich in empathy and humanity than the other way around. No particular reason except that I have to live with myself and my conscience.

            • Tim 1.3.2.1.1.1

              +1 !!!! And I’d rather not have to leave my children with a reputation they’ll be embarassed by when things turn to shit.
              Never mind though eh? King Kong’s made arrangements to take all his material wealth, his spectacular intellect and ego with him when he departs this world.

        • The Al1en 1.3.2.2

          “You will never get anywhere with that attitude, dear boy.”

          I’ve always been somewhere, and my attitudes working just fine, bruv.

          “You should ask yourself, is my envy and bristliness keeping me poor?”

          I envy no-one and you’ll have to define poor before that’ll stick.

        • Tim 1.3.2.3

          “You will never get anywhere with that attitude, dear boy.”

          For me KK, the “dear boy” says it all! Gimme a clue tho’. How old are you?

          Approaching ‘relic’ status maybe?

    • TheContrarian 1.4

      Like K.K I am also doing very well but unlike KK I am not putting much of it down to actions of this Government and I am keenly aware of what problems others are having to make ends meet.

      • Macro 1.4.1

        Ditto!!

        • DH 1.4.1.1

          I doubt he’s really done very well for himself, if he was he wouldn’t have the need to tell everyone about it. Just a poser methinks.

          • King Kong 1.4.1.1.1

            Does the same logic apply to those screaming poverty?

            • DH 1.4.1.1.1.1

              Don’t hear many people screaming poverty, that’s usually done on their behalf by others concerned about their plight. Different part of the character anyway isn’t it. You’re trying make yourself out to be a big-noter, anyone saying they’re poor would be admitting they’re, well… poor.

            • freedom 1.4.1.1.1.2

              KingKong delivers a facepalm of such magnitude the scale of the universe crumbles into insignificance

          • Murray Olsen 1.4.1.1.2

            I suspect KK(K) is actually a beneficiary, but has just made his way through the illustrated edition of Atlas Shrugged and thinks spouting a few trite slogans will bring him material wealth. Either that, or he is freelancing for the GCSB.

            • Tim 1.4.1.1.2.1

              that’s a good observation Murr. If so ….. he’s ‘esprayshhhnul’ ( and probably shagging Pulla Bent on the side )

      • Tim 1.4.2

        Beginning to realise (Contrarian), that this government is based on a firm foundation of solid bullshit huh? ( with royalties pending to Timmy dear )!

        I’m doing sufficiently ample (and my kuds doing exceptionally well) thankyou too.
        The other side of the street though are in desperation: struggling under a slum landlord (bankruped a couple of times); increasing their student debt in the name of fairly average bits of paper qulaifications which well earn them a job in the local supermarket (some/MANY about to be on yoof rates), and many about to face Pulla Bent inspired prejudice that will see them with a survival type income. (Oh how grateful they should be eh KK?)
        I’ve been telling them that a natural human response to try escapist behaviour (such as smoking a bit of pot in the back yard, or preloading on their way to a once a week/ once a month let-loose) isn’t going to get them anywhere under her who once behaved as they now do.
        Boi Kroist! jus ez wel nun of im hev kuds eh Pulla? They could find themselves in the same position of you once were and without the regime you were able to take advantage of (at its fullest extent – i.e. claiming a benefit WITH every last addon and boot fucking allowance you could find!)

        Rather, I try and convince them to stand for Yung Neshnools. On or two have.

    • vto 1.5

      You stupid ding dong, your house is not climbing in value daily. Relative to other houses they are pretty much remaining static. If you think about it.

      In addition there is no advantage to wider society in high capital values of anything. All it does is pull money out of people pockets to pay interest on bank-printed money to service the debt required to purchase or own that asset.

      dumb

      dumb dumb dumb

      • Draco T Bastard 1.5.1

        +1

        Well said.

      • freedom 1.5.2

        My Dad, now passed, used to be a proud manager of a Post Office Bank back in the day. Nothing made him more proud than helping a family into a home. And outside of the day to day shenanigans of our not so little tribe, nothing made him more angry than when New Zealand society got the idea that debt was a way to get rich.

    • North 1.6

      King Kong @ 1 – Troll having fun.

      Dumb Arse @ 1.1.2 – Thicko being thicko.

    • Godzilla 1.7

      Hey King Kong, when the bubble bursts, the price of your house will take a dive. You are just like the Nats, unlearned in the subject of economics.

  2. Ad 2

    Just can’t wait for that Treasury long term forecast to come out. Not that I believe in forecasts, but that it will lay stark the diverging trajectories between those who can join thinking up and those who govern for short term profit interests.

    • TightyRighty 2.1

      Who needs treasury? IMF says we are headed in the right direction. Thank you National. One more term and you’ll be able to prevent the destruction of all the good work you’ve achieved by the useless and economically illiterate left

      • Lanthanide 2.1.1

        “One more term and you’ll be able to prevent the destruction of all the good work you’ve achieved by the useless and economically illiterate left

        Yeah, just like the previous left-wing government destroyed the deficit the previous right wing government built up. Now the current right-wing government can get back to the glory days of high deficits.

      • freedom 2.1.2

        It’s not the deficit itself that is the real problem, it is where the funds that make up the deficit are being spent.

        TightyRighty, you being so clever and all, perhaps you would like to answer the following question: What exactly has forty billion plus actually been spent on in the last four years ?

    • freedom 2.2

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10875572

      “The government’s net debt at $57.7 billion, or 27.6 per cent of gross domestic product as at Feb. 28, which was 1.1 per cent below forecast.”

      now that is all well and good except the Treasury forecast was for $51.3 billion (table 2.13) http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts/prefu2008/025.htm

      NZ maths may or may not be in trouble by my maths says those two figures are very different

  3. BM 3

    Bet Dave’s kicking himself, forgetting about all those millions stashed offshore.
    If only he’d remembered, he could have invested all that loot in the Auckland property market and made a killing.

  4. Ad 4

    The three articles also have strong Labour policy responses to them as well. Do I dare think the public are beginning to agree with Labour’s policy drivers?

  5. DH 5

    They’ve certainly been busy bees though. This second term is turning out to be a very costly one for workers, they put the machinery in place in the first term and now they’re going for gold. This business with Health Benefits Ltd is a new one to me, media haven’t covered it much;

    “Health Benefits Limited: don’t be fooled by the name”

    http://www.asms.org.nz/Site/News/Perspective/28b_Sep_2011_.aspx

    There’s that nice lady Paula Rebstock again, what would the country do without her. HBL are the ones pushing the outsourcing at hospitals, this recent article has an interesting tidbit;

    “Hospital laundries also facing overhaul”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10876960

    This line here from that article should concern everyone;

    “Health Benefits would sign a 15-year contract with one provider, with an estimated total saving of $100-$175 million.”

    No-one signs up 15yr contracts for catering or laundry services, this is a direct and deliberate attack on democracy itself. They’re doing these long term contracts to prevent any subsequent Government reversing the outsourcing.

    • freedom 5.1

      They are just making it very expensive for any subsequent Government reversing the outsourcing,

      • DH 5.1.1

        “They are just making it very expensive for any subsequent Government reversing the outsourcing,”

        Same thing really isn’t it. It’s still a wilful attack on democracy. If a new government has no power (or money) to undo the damage of a previous Govt then we’re pretty well buggered as a democratic country aren’t we.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          National are smarter than Labour at locking future options down.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1

            All Labour and the left leaning parties need to do is develop the chutzpah to undo whatever National has done. I’d suggest referendums because then there’s no way that National could undo it themselves.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      There’s that nice lady Paula Rebstock again, what would the country do without her.

      Probably quite well.

      No-one signs up 15yr contracts for catering or laundry services, this is a direct and deliberate attack on democracy itself. They’re doing these long term contracts to prevent any subsequent Government reversing the outsourcing.

      Bingo!

      There is no need for long term contracts. Short term would work fine – except that there’s no way that the private sector could beat the public sector on short term contracts and that proves, beyond doubt, that the private is no more efficient than the public sector. And the private contractor will find some way to up how much they’re paid over the term of the contract.

  6. johnm 6

    100% right Eddie. The Likes of King King should be ignored, it’s his type that’s turned the U$K into a festering dump of bitterness and resentment and ruin with no future prospects other than rapid poverty. The same smearing of the unemployed has been going on for decades and it’s only got them strife on the streets.

    • johnm 6.1

      I forgot: Greedy b*ggers like King Kong have made it impossible for our young couples to buy a house, no wonder they get out to Australia. And the foreign Aussie money and our greedy governments refusing to pop this false housing bubble with an effective capital gains tax. Yankee John and Double Dipton a part of a long line of greedy b@ggers. Now they want to get money off poorer people by kicking a 100,000 of benefits in 10 years so they can maintain their greedy lifestyles.Go fall off your arrogant spire King kong. !:-(!

  7. Rosie 7

    Oh dear. WTF moment number 974. Did anyone see Blinglish on 3 news last night actually gloating about our high dollar? He was standing at a podium, addressing I don’t know who saying “Look at all the cheap things you can buy at the warehouse now!!!” with barely contained glee. The obvious “not the right approach Bill” moment aside, why the fuck would you want to buy cheap shit from the warehouse?

    And, as one of those 300,000 jobless, I am today marking the 2nd year anniversary of being unemployed. Until now I had never been unemployed in my life. Here’s to you National Govt for doing all that you’ve done to support and acknowledge us. Oh wait………………

    • Ennui 7.1

      Gloating about the high dollar…..Blinglish is just like KK, he believes that he actually did something to cause this. The reality is that emotion is what makes markets / casinos hum, and the emotion in the finance casino at the moment is that the Eurozone is highly unsafe….so it dips versus the US$…which in turn is seen to be highly overvalued because they owe so much to China and themselves….and we sit at the end of the chain with nice cows and sheep which seems to emote some stability in price (until somebody gets negatively emotional about milk marketing prospects)……

      The point of this column is that a whole pile of indicators “seem wrong”. Are they? The high dollar might be seen as a good thing, it might denote economic strength on a comparative basis at the finance casino….who knows. The only indicator I care about is can we feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, house ourselves and stay healthy? I couldn’t give a toss about our consumer consumption, disposable incomes, if we have a job etc, so long as the former are in place.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        The only indicator I care about is can we feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, house ourselves and stay healthy?

        A lot of us can’t – a few are doing very, very well though.

        • Ennui 7.1.1.1

          Yeah, its pretty basic stuff and if it cant be done here you have to ask the question why not? Same old story, enough for everybody’s need, but not enough for everybody’s greed.

    • infused 7.2

      Get a job then. There are plenty around/

      • Colonial Viper 7.2.1

        yeah there’s a tonne of $25/hr jobs out there, employers are so short of staff they’ll even provide on the job training, 5 weeks leave a year, flexi time to suit your family and lifestyle, and even overtime at 1.5x hourly rates.

      • Rosie 7.2.2

        I have a job confused. I work part time doing volunteer work for a very successful NGO. I want a paying job. If you had any idea about the job market you wouldn’t be saying daft shit like there’s plenty of jobs around. And here’s my usual disclaimer for all the tards out there: I don’t receive any govt assistance. We just struggle along on one income. Happy now?

        How does it feel to be so hateful of people you know nothing of?

  8. Roy 8

    Jonkey is comfortable with the situation.

  9. Steady Course 9

    Hey dont forget the (entirely fictional) ‘manufacturing crisis’ that the left have been spouting on about. Manufacturing is EXPANDING! lol, embarrasing much?

    [lprent: Unsubstantiated unlinked assertion removed. ]

    • freedom 9.1

      could you supply some evidence of that, please, we would love to see it, as would the manufacturing industries of Aotearoa

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.2

      [citation needed]

      Sales for all manufacturing. Source: Stats NZ.

      2007Q1 19,795.700
      2007Q2 20,226.572
      2007Q3 20,888.507
      2007Q4 21,650.652
      2008Q1 22,289.650
      2008Q2 22,719.182
      2008Q3 23,027.016
      2008Q4 22,814.006
      2009Q1 21,814.092
      2009Q2 20,655.305
      2009Q3 20,086.502
      2009Q4 20,217.579
      2010Q1 20,678.698
      2010Q2 21,066.136
      2010Q3 21,389.401
      2010Q4 21,837.917
      2011Q1 22,401.772
      2011Q2 22,762.820
      2011Q3 22,927.134
      2011Q4 22,899.168
      2012Q1 22,666.818
      2012Q2 22,565.258
      2012Q3 22,743.988
      2012Q4 22,914.259

    • lprent 9.3

      Links are a more lot more convincing than a simple assertion by a simpleton. Then others can examine your source and tell you why you are so stupid and/or gullible.

      You should try links sometime. They add a credibility that you lack (unless you link to Whaleoil of course – that clown just makes shit up).

      • fender 9.3.1

        Oh that’s so cruel, there’s a fool named chris73 who ‘thinks’ Whaleoil is gospel. This revelation will most likely ruin him.

      • Steady Course 9.3.2

        “Links are a more lot more convincing than a simple assertion by a simpleton.”

        Lecturing others on their simplicity when you have trouble stringing a cohesive sentence together. Priceless

        [lprent: It is what happens when you're editing/writing on a tablet. Now about these links?

        Lets add some encouragement. I'll just wipe every comment you do that contains an unlinked assertion. See your comment above. Priceless eh? ]

        • NickS 9.3.2.1

          :roll:

          Welcome to the internet, were it’s content that matters, not so much grammar or sentence structure, as long as it’s readable of course.

          And using such an attack, well, it usually indicates the poster is a fucking moron. More so when they don’t actually bother addressing the content of the post they’re attacking.

          • Steady Course 9.3.2.1.1

            “And using such an attack, well, it usually indicates the poster is a fucking moron”

            Do you have a link for this unsubstantiated claim???

            lprent this is a unlinked assertion you need to wipe this comment

            • NickS 9.3.2.1.1.1

              /Omnomnom

              Moron-baiting be so damn easy. As for sauce, why it comes from years of accumulated social interactions online, in which it quickly becomes apparent that morons give themselves away by a spread of behaviour. Such as ignoring content to attack tone/grammar…

              Also, you still haven’t shown that manufacturing has increased under National, i.e. we can haz time-series graph showing that, + supporting arguments for why National is responsible, rather than global economic situation? Which would be teh “null hypothesis”.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Steady on Nick. Please establish that SC has the cognitive tools to withstand such criticisms. These wingnuts are a bit fragile at the mo.

  10. Steady Course 10

    Business of NZ performance of manufacturing index

    http://www.businessnz.org.nz/surveys/501

    [lprent: Oh I see that you actually found a link. Removing the auto-moderation.

    As a comment... Look across the whole time series since 2008 and it has actually gone backwards. And that is before you consider the absolute figures. Basically you can get almost any desired outcome if you are selective with single figures - which is what you appear to be doing. ]

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.1

      We call that the “trend”, Steady.

      I recall Michael Cullen’s substantive criticisms of banks’ economic forecasting. That’s not to say your source is corrupt beyond redemption of course, just that it’s worth double-checking.

  11. Wayne (a different one) 11

    Okay Eddie – lets put some balance to your left wing propoganda and spin.

    Your article will certainly resonate amongst the “great unwashed” out there, excellent brainwashing material.

    Housing bubble – correct if I’m wromg, but didn’t the previous record level for house price increases occur in 2007, which just happened coincide 8 years into Labours term in office. What did they do to fix it – nothing!!

    300,000 jobless, I don’t have the statistics for each year of Labours term – but put them up for a comparison – might make some interesting reading/comparison.

    100,000 underemployed – what does that mean and where are your facts? – again put up Labours record/figures.

    1,000 fleeing to Australia per week – they were also fleeing under the Labour regime. You also don’t put up the counter of how may are returning. There will always be an inflow/outflow of migration. I also suspect may of these migrants are earlier immigrants to NZ who came here because they couldn’t get into Australia initially and now they have a NZ Passport, are off.

    Rising Poverty – that is just such a “throw away” cheap commentary. O course you would claim there was no poverty under Labour and thay had the problem (if there is one) fixed.

    Poverty is not abouty money – it’s about a state of mind. If you think poor you will always be poor. If you want to lift the bar, then its up to each individual to make it happen (I think its called pride and self determination), not the bloody state holding your hand from craddle to grave.

    • Lanthanide 11.1

      “300,000 jobless, I don’t have the statistics for each year of Labours term – but put them up for a comparison – might make some interesting reading/comparison.”

      It’s been done before. Search on this site and I’m sure you’ll find posts on it.

      Just to save you the bother: unemployment dropped to it’s lowest levels ever under the last Labour government, after Bill English had said in 1999 prior to the election that “getting unemployment below 6% is a con”.

      “1,000 fleeing to Australia per week – they were also fleeing under the Labour regime. ”
      Yes, but it’s risen to record levels under National, after they campaigned in 2008 to “say goodbye to high taxes, not your loved ones”.

      “I also suspect may of these migrants are earlier immigrants to NZ who came here because they couldn’t get into Australia initially and now they have a NZ Passport, are off.”
      Except they’re not, because being an NZ citizen doesn’t give you any extra help becoming citizens in Australia.

      “Rising Poverty – that is just such a “throw away” cheap commentary. O course you would claim there was no poverty under Labour and thay had the problem (if there is one) fixed.”

      If you read the posts on this site, you’ll find most (all?) of the authors saying Labour didn’t do enough. National is actively going backwards.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1

        Just to save you the bother: unemployment dropped to it’s lowest levels ever under the last Labour government, after Bill English had said in 1999 prior to the election that “getting unemployment below 6% is a con”.

        Not according to this graph unless you’re only talking about times since the 4th Labour government started screwing over the economy.

      • Green machine UpandComer 11.1.2

        Labour had record numbers on disability benefits. Labour also grossly inflated the public service. That helps with unemployment.

        It’s interesting that the same number of people were leaving under the ‘good time’s as under the world recession isn’t it.

        Labour put forward a lot of rhetoric on poverty, but just giving beneficiaries more money isn’t curing poverty.

    • rosy 11.2

      “100,000 underemployed – what does that mean and where are your facts?”

      In part, it means this:

      This casual employment contract covers all legal requirements for information to be given to an employee. It is a superb framework for fair and full protection of the employer and compliance with organisational requirements…

      – Casual work contract complying with current law
      Employer has no obligation to provide work

      I’d be interested to see how many people get this type of contract in the new hospital kitchens and laundries.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    Meanwhile, rich countries are adding manufacturing jobs because its only by making stuff and adding value to it that you really become wealthy as a country.

    QFT

    But there’s another aspect as well – it’s physically impossible to export ourselves to wealth. What exporting really does is export the resources we have to other countries leaving us with nothing but money – and money is nothing. Then there’s the new study out showing that international trade leaves the world worse off unless interest rates are at zero or less.

    No, we need to be building up diversity in our economy to increase our living standard and not looking to export our wealth to other countries. We need to stop thinking that having money in the bank makes us wealthy as it doesn’t.

    It’s called self sufficiency. Something that both the right and the left supposedly support and yet they then go on about how we are dependent upon trade.

    Finally, there’s confirmation that National’s trying to hock off our assets to foreigners.

    That was always been the case. National aren’t here for NZers but rich people and the richest people don’t live in NZ – they just want to own it and make serfs of NZers.

  13. johnm 13

    Yankee John and Double Dipton are clueless bastards. Enjoy you fuckwit greedy kiwis who voted this shower in, you’ll reap your reward be sure of that scum.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1

      Clueless fuckwits deserve sympathy, not punishment. Please give generously to the Wingnut Trust

    • Draco T Bastard 13.2

      Yankee John and Double Dipton are clueless bastards.

      No they’re not – they’re screwing over NZ to enrich their rich mates exactly as planned.

      • Colonial Viper 13.2.1

        Yep. A series of ‘incompetent coincidences’ each one leaving the top 1% richer than the last?

        That’s by design, not by accident.

  14. infused 14

    What a cluster fuck of a topic this one was.

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    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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