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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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  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
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