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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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  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
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