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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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    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • “Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues…
    . . As the shock-wave from Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics” continues to engulf everything in it’s path, it’s worthwhile looking at the damage caused by the ever-expanding fallout… Fallout Dispersal Zone: 1oom Farrar wrote on 19 August  (and later...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • #TeamKey’s sinking boat
    #TeamKey’s sinking boat...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Cat vs Key – I know nuffin
    Cat vs Key – I know nuffin...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas
    Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
    Language and fashion express culture and identity so it’s fitting for the Māori Party to launch its te reo Māori policy at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
    TAKE STEPS AGAINST CHILD POVERTY WITH US! Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland, 11am, Saturday 6 Sept Music * Interactive Art * Stilt Walkers * Great Speakers * Plus more!...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
    Have you ever wondered where New Zealand stands when it comes to issues beyond our borders? Join Amnesty International's North Shore Group on Monday 1 September for a lively cross party debate and the chance to find out the answer...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Auckland Broadcasting Debate this Sunday
    Auckland Broadcasting Debate 6.30pm, August 31st 2014 (doors open 6.15pm) Pioneer Women's Hall High Street, Auckland City...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • New Zealand First Party List 2014
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability. These candidates, many of whom will be in Parliament after the election, will...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Refugee Policy in Election Year
    Leading politicians representing major political parties will be highlighting their policies, answering questions and ebating the issues in the lead-up to the coming election in an event organised by RCNZ this coming Saturday in Auckland. The present...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare
    New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Response to “Kill The PM” Song Coverage
    I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let's not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment resource consent approved
    Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the granting of resource consent for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment project....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • How much tax does PM pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    John Minto, MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson Tuesday 26 August, 2014 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...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Aucklanders to March in Solidarity with Iraqi Christians
    Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland's Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Why not let Robin Hood help our children thrive?
    Why have we been so willing to accept the fact that a quarter of our children live in poverty? And why are we so unwilling to do anything about it when some simple measures would give all New Zealand’s kids...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Te Mana o Te Wai – the quality and vitality of water
    The Māori Party intends introducing legislation that gives the status of taonga to freshwater and will prioritise the improvement of its quality and vitality making it safer for drinking, swimming and gathering food....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • “Kill the PM” Band @Peace with Taxpayers’ Money
    Responding to the Fairfax article that hip-hop group @peace have released a track that threatens to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • New Zealanders are right to be afraid of burglars
    “A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that,” said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader. “Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • National and Labour to outline economic visions
    The deputy leaders of National and Labour will outline their visions for the New Zealand economy in two upcoming public lectures hosted by Victoria University of Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Objectionable Hip-Hop Song Offensive to All NZ’ers
    Family First is slamming Auckland hip-hop crew @peace for their new release containing lyrics that threaten to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Maori party Candidates Announced
    Maori Party Candidates Announced The Māori Party has today announced its list of 24 candidates to contest the 2014 General Election. "The list is headed by our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and followed by two brilliant young candidates, number...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Commercial Industry Opposes Recreational Fishing Policy
    Press release from Alan Simmons. United Future Outdoors spokesperson and Candidate for Taupo. United Future Party President....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Statement on William Yan
    The Internet Party has noted published comments from Mega Ltd. about a shareholding in the company being subject to a Restraining Order by police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act in relation to Mr William Yan....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Conservatives will abolish Parole – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman says that one of his first tasks when he gets to Parliament will be to overhaul the Parole system. On current polling and the fact he is ranked No 3 on the Conservative Party list...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • ONE News & Facebook – Election Coverage Collaboration
    Auckland - ONE News and Facebook are collaborating to offer an interactive and social experience for the 2014 General Election utilising data insights and trends. This collaboration provides a new way for the electorate and candidates to share their...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Vote Compass Reaches 200,000+ Respondents
    On Friday 22 August the total number of respondents to Vote Compass reached an impressive 200,000 - and that number continues to grow rapidly (the total was more than 204,500 as of 5.00pm Sunday 24th)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform
    Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Foodies come out for a CAN DO government
    Wellington culinary celebrities will be joining the call for a “can-do government” and supporting “can-do people getting out to vote” as they help build the beehive out of cans tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Nicky Hagar – Auckland Public Meeting
    A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Remote Pacific atoll challenge lures Christchurch planner
    How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide?...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
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