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Selling state houses to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, June 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

English needs to explain why the government can’t find NZ buyers for their “social housing” plans. The Nats to explain how selling state houses helps a single family in need.

De Boni on privatising mental health

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, June 5th, 2015 - 26 comments


A superb piece by Dita De Boni on the Nats’ plans to privatise mental health. See also (and sign!) Labour’s open letter opposing the “social bonds” scheme.

National’s social housing policy in action

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, April 9th, 2015 - 14 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

For those who are wondering how National’s “social housing” policy is going to work in practice, The Herald today has a piece that gives a pretty fair idea.

Questions on Key’s housing sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, January 30th, 2015 - 71 comments


Key’s state house asset sale policy doesn’t make sense at any level, and the questions are piling up…

Oppose the housing sell off!

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 4 comments

state house plan

A last-minute, urgent appeal from Phil Twyford – oppose the sell off of state houses – today!

Social housing providers

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, November 12th, 2014 - 46 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

Is Key planning to flog off state houses at half price to a liquor company?

Effects of privatised power

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, November 11th, 2014 - 120 comments

dim bulb

The entirely predictable effects of privatising much of our electricity generation capacity are arriving thick and fast.

Tell the police, New Zealand has been robbed …

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, April 17th, 2014 - 72 comments

hydroelectric power generation dam asset sales

Genesis Energy’s shares have been sold at a price well below their value.  And despite considerable demand from local mum and dad investors one in four of the shares has been sold to overseas institutions.

Mighty Big Gamble on Mighty Big Gift

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, August 20th, 2013 - 19 comments

money into pocket

Hey John, how much public money are you going to pay the wealthy to “buy” our assets? (And how just desperate are you…?)

Market not impressed with $30 Million payout

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, August 9th, 2013 - 89 comments


Yesterday John Key gave $30 Million of tax payer’s money to Rio Tinto in order to prop up its electricity deal with Meridian – and thus to prop up his privatisation ideology. Mighty River Power shares took a hit. Smart investors getting out?

Another $30 Million to prop up Meridian sale

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, August 8th, 2013 - 55 comments


John Key just spent another $30 Million of tax payer’s money to prop up his privatisation ideology.

Meridian sale panic

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, July 5th, 2013 - 45 comments

money into pocket

The Nats must be panicking about the prospects for the sale of Meridian – because they’re resorting to extraordinary tactics.

Christchurch schools for sale

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, June 4th, 2013 - 16 comments


Recently closed Christchurch schools, which according to the Nats don’t have the student base and/or are too quake damaged to keep running, are going to be sold off for purposes including – charter schools.

The wheels are falling off

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 28th, 2013 - 59 comments


The Nats have tried to do too much too soon, and now the wheels are obviously falling off their sad “flagship” privatisation programme.

MRP sale fail numbers

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, May 9th, 2013 - 192 comments

key fail

Here are the numbers that sum up the MRP sale fail – foremost among them the $1,000 that the government has spent per Kiwi investor attracted.

Asset sales petition has more work to do

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, May 7th, 2013 - 142 comments


Breaking – The asset sales referendum petition has collected 292,000 valid signatures. It needs 16,500 more (about another 5%) to reach the threshold. The Keep Our Assets Coalition has 2 months to get the remainder – and says it will get them…

Rio Tinto ups the ante

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, April 2nd, 2013 - 166 comments

money into pocket

Our “let’s make a deal” PM is outclassed on this one. I actually have some sympathy this time, the government is between a rock and a hard place. But while most of us worry about Southland, I suspect the Nats’ concerns will be a little closer to home…

Body on Mighty River

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 22nd, 2013 - 14 comments



Judicial review of water ownership rejected

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 pm, December 11th, 2012 - 17 comments

not for sale dam

A win for the Nats, a loss for the country. The Maori Council’s request for a judicial review of water rights has been rejected.

Mighty River sale on hold

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, October 23rd, 2012 - 28 comments

not for sale benmore

As expected, the High Court advised today that the government should hold off sale of Mighty River Power. The government is complying.

Asset sales grind on

Written By: - Date published: 5:50 pm, October 15th, 2012 - 37 comments


Amidst all the current scandal and chaos, the Nats’ privatisation agenda grinds on.

Harawira’s arrest

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, October 12th, 2012 - 70 comments

Hone Harawira Mana

On any other morning Hone Harawira’s arrest would be the big political news story of the day.

Maori unity and aspirations

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, September 14th, 2012 - 126 comments


Yesterday’s national hui on water rights has resulted in the best possible outcome for Maori, a decision to present a unified front in the face of National’s divide and rule tactics.

Water rights hui

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, September 6th, 2012 - 115 comments


It’s easy to see why Key has forbidden National MPs from attending the national water rights hui – he’s playing divide and rule with Maori. More difficult to understand is the Maori Party’s craven decision to stay away. Hone Harawira condemns them in the strongest possible language.

Asset sales delayed

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, September 3rd, 2012 - 49 comments

not for sale dam

Breaking news – the government is delaying the sale of assets until at least March next year.

NRT: Numbers out of his arse

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, August 22nd, 2012 - 31 comments


I/S at No Right Turn on Key’s made up numbers.

Nats lied – power prices to rise

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, August 15th, 2012 - 36 comments


Minister after Minister denied it, but it turns out that common sense is right. Private power companies charge more. Privatisation surely means that prices will rise. Is it even news when this government lies these days?

3 News polls mums and dads

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, August 10th, 2012 - 43 comments

not for sale dam

Turns out that not many “mums and dads” are planning to buy shares in their own assets.

Nats don’t believe their own education policy

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, August 7th, 2012 - 28 comments


As usual it is the kids who will suffer.

The illusion of consultation

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 4th, 2012 - 22 comments


For some reason the Nats are in a hurry to complete their privatisation programme within two years.  Anyone in any doubt as to how the process of consultation with Maori will play out might be informed by some recent history.

The luxury of an ethical opposition

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, August 2nd, 2012 - 38 comments


Although Key’s privatisation programme has hit plenty of problems with Maori water rights, his job is made a whole lot easier by the luxury of an ethical main opposition party.

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