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Taking from the poor to pay the rich

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, October 23rd, 2013 - 119 comments
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In the same week the government announces a five million dollar gift to a yachting syndicate, Child Poverty Action Group has revealed that 13,000 of our poorest families have had their income slashed. That’s 13,000 families suffering the anguish of not being able to feed their kids or pay their rent.

Add to that the massive transfer of wealth from the taxpayer to the share-buying elite that is the Meridian farce, and the attacks on low-payed worker’s rights, and the message from John Key’s government is clear – if you’re rich you’re gonna get richer if you’re poor? Well f**k you.

And it’s important to remember that, under this government, welfare policies are labour market policies. When you push 13,000 desperate families into an already supply-saturated labour market all you do is shift the price point down. And down, and down.

119 comments on “Taking from the poor to pay the rich”

  1. Paul 1

    Put this on open mike but it seems more appropriate here.

    John Key’s New Zealand…
    “Benefits cut for 13,000 parents in new regime”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11144397

    “Mother with newborn told to get a full-time job”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11144400

  2. ak 2

    “Pause for 30 seconds then resume interview”

    State-ordered passive-aggressive abuse of the most vulnerable. Cruel, sickening, bullying, bastards.

    • David H 2.1

      “Pause for 30 seconds then resume interview”

      This comes up on all winz computers it’s supposed to stop RSI, but I reckon it’s just to infuriate the client that they are treating like shit.

    • Cruel, sickening, bullying, bastards.

      Well, if we’re going to get busy assassinating the characters of people who are for all we know entirely worthy individuals who just find themselves in difficult circumstances at the moment, the disqualified driver with the junkie boyfriend could easily be included. “Use every man after his desert, and who should ‘scape whipping?”

      • Tat Loo 2.2.1

        And its the Government’s responsibility if the “junkie boyfriend” doesn’t have satisfactory access to drug and alcohol rehab and support.

      • ak 2.2.2

        You’ve lost me Milto: what difficult circs are Bennett and Borrows in again?

        • Psycho Milt 2.2.2.1

          You quoted a WINZ case worker to illustrate your comment. Those are people in pretty difficult circumstances.

          • ak 2.2.2.1.1

            Extremely difficult at times Milt, fully agree. But quoting what one read off her computer hardly qualifies as “assassinating (her) character” old boy. Tone it down man, I recall you once had interesting things to say.

          • Crunchtime 2.2.2.1.2

            Yeah… WINZ workers are horrendously underpaid, few of them earn over 40k. This is yet another example of state ordered passive abuse of the less fortunate. Underpay those who are supposed to be providing a service to them.

            I understood clearly that ak was referring to the state as the cruel sickening bullying bastards, not the WINZ case workers. You are being obtuse.

  3. Tat Loo 3

    In the UK, Cameron is shrugging his shoulders at 10% household energy price increases which are going to leave millions in fuel poverty this winter, but give energy corporations windfall profits and CEOs massive bonuses.

    These neoliberals all seem to have been grown in the same cloning facility.

    It seems that National want to lose the next election comprehensively.

    “if you’re rich you’re gonna get richer if you’re poor? Well f**k you.”

    Yep. Now I’m waiting for Labour to get done a comprehensive framework for restoring benefits to survivable levels and keeping them there, as a prelude to a UBI.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      Forget the prelude, just go straight to a UBI and raise taxes on the rich to 45% or higher to cover it.

      • Tat Loo 3.1.1

        Just remember that taxes are very useful, but they are not required to fund government spending.

  4. bad12 4

    Yes the figures for the deliberate acts of child molestation by this National Government are an obscenity written large on the fabric of New Zealand society,

    i was thinking of writing a ‘joke’ comment in the vein of whats wrong with the young today when they cannot raise the energy to leap from their hospital beds after having a minor surgery while giving birth to attend an appointment with WINZ to access a service they no longer required, but, there’s nothing in what WINZ, Paula Bennett and this National Government are presently inflicting upon solo parents anywhere near being in any way ‘funny’,

    The absurdity, admitted to openly in the Herald story this morning is that nearly all of those who had their benefits stopped for ‘non-compliance’ were within a short period of time re-instated onto those very same benefits,

    i fail to see exactly what the fuck the point is, in a situation of what is obviously totally minor infractions of some stupidity developed by Bennett and National of ham-stringing those parents and those children financially except to in essence ‘fuck with their heads’,

    There is NO monetary gain for the Government in such actions, Bennett admitted in the Parliament last week that while numbers on benefit have fallen special needs payments have risen dramatically,

    The why of such a rise in special needs payments is in the story of how many beneficiaries are for however a short time given the kick off of their main benefit, next week as the bills come in for the week they were kicked off that benefit they are back again to apply for more help,

    Bennett and this National Government in a grand display of ‘the loonies have taken over the asylum’ have turned the benefit system into a reflection of their own sanity which appears to be sadly lacking,

    The Labour/Green Government in it’s first 100 days in office need reverse every change made to that system by this Government…

  5. David H 5

    “Yep. Now I’m waiting for Labour to get done a comprehensive framework for restoring benefits to survivable levels and keeping them there, as a prelude to a UBI.”:

    Hi Tat,

    This is something that we have been waiting for successive governments since the big Benefit slash of the 90’s. And Labour is at the forefront of that, because they should have reversed the cuts, it was the only decent thing to do, to try to relieve the pain that caused, and it was at Bloody Christmas as well, but they didn’t, they just left the Nat cuts in place, and pretty much said bugger the poor. And after 9 years of Surpluses did they do anything re the benefits? Nope just the usual inflation adjustment pittance. This Needs to be addressed, and not just tinkered with.

    • Tat Loo 5.1

      Correct. And what many people have not realised is this – in combination with a programme of full employment for 25’s and under, restoring benefits to satisfactory levels can form part of an excellent government directed fiscal transmission mechanism.

      A way to force otherwise dead, hoarded money to start actively circulating through a stagnant economy, helping local communities and small businesses to start with and then percolating through the rest of the economy.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        Actually, what we need to do with that dead, hoarded money is to make it worthless and the way to do that is to stop the private banks from creating money while having the government then create the money they need to keep society running and to make 0% loans available. Hoarded money then decreases in value at the rate of inflation.

        • Mike S 5.1.1.2

          +1

          And make the bullshit, unproductive, entirely for the elite to make money from money financial economy so unattractive that most of it slowly fades into oblivion. ‘Money’ should not be used as a commodity, it should be there only to help facilitate trade. ‘Money’ should not be allowed to be sucked out of the real economy of goods and services, to where it never returns, by these parasites. How many millions and billions are enough for these people?

          Rather than government create money we just need Kiwibank to become a real public bank. Instead of it’s goal being profit (revenue for government), it should not make any monetary profit at all. It should be the governments bank for a start instead of Westpac? It could use the fractional reserve system to our benefit to give for example first home buyers 0% fixed mortgages, start up or expanding local businesses very low interest loans, local government infrastructure 0% loans, etc,etc. The ‘profit’ generated would be the benefit to society and all of the increased economic activity generated through more businesses and more jobs.

          Why the fuck is Kiwibank competing with the big foreign banks when it should be wiping the floor with them? All it needs to do is meet it’s costs so that it isn’t a cost to taxpayers. Banks should exist solely to help us manage OUR money. They should exist to benefit and help society, not to create our entire money supply out of thin air and gouge massive profits from us by way of interest and fees, which goes offshore to private foreign shareholders. In fact, government should legislate to make banking a completely non profit activity, at least for private individuals as opposed to commercial customers.

          Imagine an Auckland Bank with a captive deposit base of all rates revenue from which multiple times that amount in loans can be made. Young couples with zero interest mortgages are more likely to spend the extra money into the local economy, more likely to think about starting up a business and so on because they know exactly what there monthly payments will be for the next 20 years. (I would envisage some sort of up front fee which would cover the banks costs). Why should a private, for profit bank be allowed to take your signature and create ‘money’ out of thin air with it, which it then ‘loans’ to you at interest so that at the end of the deal the bank, who started with nothing, contributed nothing to the building of the house, put up no collateral and took no risk, ends up with two houses worth of interest payments and you end up with the house you’ve paid 3 times for, paying back ‘money’ that couldn’t be created without your signature in the first place????

          Just at the weekend, this topic came up in conversation, (as it does). It amazes me how many people still think that banks ‘loan’ out other peoples deposits!!

          Have you ever taken out a ‘loan’ and had to sign a form which says (amongst a million other things) something like “I, the undersigned, do declare I have received the sum of….blah blah blah.? Ever tried saying “Umm, I can’t sign this until I have received the money because it says I am signing to declare I have received the money. So give me the 10 grand and then I’ll sign to say I have received it…”

          Of course they won’t give it to you, they don’t fucking have it! You create the ‘money’ via your signature, it doesn’t exist until you sign to say you have received it. For you to create the loan amount, we have allowed private banks to step in and charge outrageous, usurious, interest charges and fees for doing nothing.

          Our monetary and banking system is the one thing that if radically changed, could make an absolutely massive difference to our society.

          Anyway, sorry, I needed a rant..phew.

          (fuck I hate banks….)

          (and winz)

          (sniff…)

          • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.2.1

            It could use the fractional reserve system to our benefit to give for example first home buyers 0% fixed mortgages,

            With the government creating money we don’t need the fractional reserve system as the 0% money would be available as loans through Kiwibank. We can remove interest from the equation very easily but doing so will really piss the bludgers, otherwise known as “rich pricks”, off and once we do that accumulating large piles of money will be worthless as it should be.

  6. karol 6

    This bit at the end of the Herald article:

    A report by action group analyst Donna Wynd found parents in Northland and the Waikato were three times as likely to have their benefits cut as those in Taranaki, Central Districts and Nelson. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said no parent had had their benefit cut for more than eight weeks.

    Are there esepcially nasty WINZ workers in Northland and the Waikato? Or are conditions especially difficult for those parents than in other areas?

    Oh, not more than 8 weeks, Paula? That’s alright then /sarc. Even a week is a long time for someone with no money to feed the kids.

    • Shona 6.1

      In the Far North transport is the key issue. There are minibus services in out lying areas but only 2 or 3 times a week. People hitch hike of course but often don’t make it.. Fortunately when Sue Bradford was resident up there she got a people’s centre going in Kaitaia and so there is an advocacy service these days that makes a real difference. Putting the boot into the already downtrodden who have little if any life experience is cruel and serves no useful purpose. There are some particularly nasty WINZ workers in Whangarei. I went to a seminar where the facilitator referred to the client group as “youse” and frequently said “somethink” instead of something. She was young and incompetent . I was insulted and nauseated at the ignorance of the WINZ staff. You have to keep going back even to get an initial interview. They don’t want to know about older workers.Their only policy is to misinform, block and obfuscate.

      • Mary 6.1.1

        “Their only policy is to misinform, block and obfuscate.”

        Yes, and they deliberately employ people who they think aren’t likely to challenge policies and practices that aren’t practical or workable or at times are even unlawful therefore who just blindly accept instructions from above regardless. When advocacy groups challenge what goes on the problems are reduced to one-off individual cases and everything is done to avoid fixing anything at a systemic level. Bennett even goes so far as to accuse anyone who confronts her as “not caring” because they’re too busy ‘complaining’ instead of doing anything to fix things, as if it isn’t her problem:

        https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/bennett-s-sanctions-against-kids-must-stop

        That smugness Bennett oozes, that same bullshit way of talking Shipley was good at, and that at times Parata likes to spin, needs to be exposed more and more. Interesting that it’s usually those with not too much going on behind the eyes who’re the worst culprits.

    • greywarbler 6.2

      karol
      I think it takes 8 weeks to starve yourself to death. Would be less for a child I suppose. That’s probably calculated into the decision to make it 8 weeks. You in the naughty corner for 8 weeks – that’ll larn yer.

      As Philip Larkin wrote in a sardonic moment:

      I want to see them starving,
      The so-called working class,
      Their wages weekly halving,
      Their women stewing grass.

      And of course that is the working class. Mothers with children don’t ‘work’, so they are beneath contempt for just being natural-born people.

      And is it relevant that Northland and Waikato have big Maori populations.? I don’t know if Taranaki Maori recovered their full numbers after being ousted.

    • Mike S 6.3

      “Are there esepcially nasty WINZ workers in Northland and the Waikato?”

      I bet they don’t come close to the people (I use that word begrudgingly) at the Highland Park office in Auckland..

  7. Sable 7

    Yes another example of how utterly grotesque this government is. Its champagne and caviar for a few and misery for the rest.

    Keys is by far and a way the worst politician this country has ever had. Even the likes of Muldoon had something of a social conscience.

    • unsol 7.1

      “Keys is by far and a way the worst politician this country has ever had. Even the likes of Muldoon had something of a social conscience.”

      Not true. The rich list increased by 300% under the previous Labour government – the rich/poor gap increased far more than it has under the Nats. And that was despite massive increases in welfare including the extension of family assistance to the Working for Families we see today. They kept taxes far too high for far too long & allowed the rich to avoid the top rate & claim WFF through trusts & LAQCs. Loop holes that no government seems keen on closing as they all have rich mates they don’t want to piss off. Just have a look at the party presidents on all sides – they are all rich. Williams, Goodfellow, Hirschfeld…all squillionaires.

      But there is truth to your statement that it’s “champagne and caviar for a few and misery for the rest”.

      Of course what is often ignored though is that those sipping the champagne and eating caviar are not the ones actually paying the taxes.

      Most of our tax revenue – around 75% of it at least, is collected by those individuals earning between $120k-200k p/a. Not rich, but definitely well off but who bare the brunt of an unfair tax burden.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        Not true. The rich list increased by 300% under the previous Labour government – the rich/poor gap increased far more than it has under the Nats.

        [citation needed]

        Not rich, but definitely well off but who bare the brunt of an unfair tax burden.

        It’s not unfair at all. The group you describe has most of the income and so they end up paying more taxes. Fairly simple.

        • Tat Loo 7.1.1.1

          Correct. In fact, they are actually the group which bears the brunt of our modern economy’s financial benefits.

          Which also avoids a simple question – where is capital and asset wealth not being taxed? Because people earning a salary of $200K pa do actually pay significant taxes on that income. Not so the people tax shielding their wealth and income.

          • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.1.1

            Which also avoids a simple question – where is capital and asset wealth not being taxed?

            And that’s the big one where people who are asset rich and hide their real income behind trusts and multiple business fronts.

        • Mike S 7.1.1.2

          And I think the figure of 75% for that group is way off. I’d like to see a source, other than that David Farrar wank stain and other than Bill English as their similar statements have been proven to be very misleading.

          Regardless, if it was true then rather than be astonished that so few pay so much of the tax, we should be outraged that incomes for the vast majority of income earners are so low that they collectively only pay 25% of the total income tax take.

          Also, the rich list comment is a red herring. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the rich list increasing by 300%, it just means a few hundred more people (a tiny proportion of the population) became richer. Of far more importance is by how much the inequality gap increased

      • framu 7.1.2

        “Most of our tax revenue – around 75% of it at least, is collected by those individuals earning between $120k-200k p/a”

        this is bullshit – keith Ng did a very detailed analysis of this claim and its a blatant twisting of stats

        • greywarbler 7.1.2.1

          framu
          Can you give us a link. Some clear facts are needed here to stop the propaganda buillshit being repeated. It should be getting worn out but seems to revivify so that it can be used again and again to cloud every attempt at reasoned consideration.

  8. Dr Terry 8

    It is encouraging to see the level of concern and compassion toward the victims of the government, in these comments. It gives one hope, although I would like to see many more New Zealanders’ demonstrating such sensitivity toward the ever increasing number of desperately needy people. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  9. unsol 9

    As left wingers you believe that those on higher incomes should pay for those on lower incomes – no exceptions yes?

    Ok, this has some merit, especially when you look at the cost of living increases over the past 15 years vs the increase in the average wage.

    Then this is also fair pay – someone picking dehydrated peas off a conveyor belt for example, should be on a minimum wage, as well, it requires minimal effort. Monkeys could do it. But someone working as a caregiver in a rest home – no way. This is difficult awkward work that is demanding & deserves a pay rate similar to that of a new grad nurse.

    So there is a real lack of fairness in the workplace in terms of what is a fair wage for a fair days work.

    And of course most NZers who are humane & want to live in a humane society believe that those faced with circumstances genuinely beyond their control or perhaps caught out by a mistake – after all, everyone makes them – deserve to have a safety net in the form of emergency welfare. Absolutely.

    But solo parents whose youngest child is 6 being required to look for work – just actively look,….which my guess is so they start to see their benefit as a stepping stone, a safety net, rather than a way of life….well it’s not too much to ask is it? Especially when you consider there are 2 types of solo parents (mostly women): 1 who has been left with all the kids & mortgage because hubby went through a mid-life crisis & buggered off with his receptionist & 1 who breeds as frequently as most of us take breaths, people who have failed to make the connection that children a financial cost, that they are a privilege, a blessing, something to be cherished.

    It is this last group that more often that not fails to meet really easy, basic benefit obligations – obligations that come on the back of money earned by other people.

    So given this group has had a free ride since benefits began & it hasn’t changed anything – welfare has increased massively over the last 20 years yet child poverty (not family poverty as it is only the kids that are missing out) & abuse has continued to skyrocket. No left/right blame here. Just blame on governments in general for poor policy & lack of foresight.

    So if you don’t like this policy then what is your solution….remembering of course that all this is paid for by a mere 10% of New Zealanders – that is, the few number of nett taxpayers that pay enough in tax to cover their own cost on society including NZ super, as well as enough to help pay for others? Is it fair to ask these people to just keep paying more?

    Do you think it is OK for people who cant afford the child they have got to go on & have more rather than thinking shit, this is expensive, my life & that of my child is worth more than this, we deserve better, how can I get ahead? And what about the cultural & religious issues – PIs often have massive families as it is a cultural thing. They are also deeply religious meaning they tithe & sometimes feel compelled to tithe resulting in financial hardship & loan sharks circling.

    Point being this is a massively complex issue, but the number of children being born into low income – mostly solo – homes is unacceptable as we all know if they are born into a beneficiary household they are more likely to grow up & be beneficiaries. Our kids deserve better & what is happening now, before these Nat policies, cant continue.

    So if you don’t like them what is your solution? Increased welfare hasn’t worked so what then? How do we encourage our young people to aspire to be more than a young parent living from benefit to benefit?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Then this is also fair pay – someone picking dehydrated peas off a conveyor belt for example, should be on a minimum wage, as well, it requires minimal effort.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBH-6aFMVUM

      And I think you’ll find that it requires more effort than you’d put into your job.

      • Rogue Trooper 9.1.1

        like shelling peas

      • greywarbler 9.1.2

        Children’s little fingers could shell peas and quick eyes could sort the bad ones. Little children were preferred in the cotton spinning mills because they could dart around and get under the looms. Their parents might be rejected for employment, while their children would be taken on.

        Could be that the rational economists thought Groucho Marx! wasn’t being funny when he said this about a task .

        A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five.

    • Tat Loo 9.2

      Then this is also fair pay – someone picking dehydrated peas off a conveyor belt for example, should be on a minimum wage, as well, it requires minimal effort. Monkeys could do it. But someone working as a caregiver in a rest home – no way.

      What a dickhead comment.

      Good dependable process workers with multiple skills are worth their weight in gold. And if a job design is so stupid and backward that “monkeys could do it”, well that is the fault of management and the fault of the board.

      the number of children being born into low income – mostly solo – homes is unacceptable as we all know if they are born into a beneficiary household they are more likely to grow up & be beneficiaries. Our kids deserve better & what is happening now, before these Nat policies, cant continue.

      Get a grip and address the real problem. An unwillingness on Government’s part to create enough full time jobs, and an unwillingness to ensure that all workers have a living wage.

      Your beating up on the most vulnerable in society when it is the wealthiest and most powerful who have designed our economic system not them, is what cannot continue.

      • King Kong 9.2.1

        I am often amazed that your heart doesn’t just explode under the pressure of all the caring and championing for the poor souls of New Zealand.

        Unfortunately in the real world we understand that Oliver Twist is just a story and most of the people who find themselves in these positions are feral scum bags. You could create all the jobs you want but it will make very little difference.

        Incentivising them not to reproduce and taking their kids away when it looks like they may be harmed is just good sense.

        • thatguynz 9.2.1.1

          So what makes an hour of your or my time worth more than a process worker, or the guy manning the stop/go sign at the roadworks? No matter who is expending it, it is still the same hour after all.

          Not taking the piss at all- it’s a genuine question.

        • emergency mike 9.2.1.2

          So “poor souls of New Zealand” = ” mostly feral scum bags”?

          I’m often amazed that you have a heart. Tr0ll on though, I’m sure someone here will be convinced by your constructive criticism. Any minute now.

        • MrSmith 9.2.1.3

          “You could create all the jobs you want but it will make very little difference.”

          No KK you twit, what it would do is drive up wages due to a shortage of labour, so lets keep it quiet ah.

    • Bill 9.3

      Always reckoned that people in soul destroying jobs should be handsomely compensated.

      If you’re employed in an empowering and interesting job, how much of your wage would you be willing to forfeit and still do the job because the of the non-financial rewards?

      And how does that thought experiment pan out when the job is absolutely shit?

      • Psycho Milt 9.3.1

        Absolutely. I went into one of our toilets last week and here’s a guy scrubbing the stainless steel trough urinal that has I-don’t-know-how-many-hundred-students-a day piss in it. I wondered how much someone would have to pay me to do that, and the answer was “a lot more than I’m paid to be a manager” – because I have the option of being paid plenty without having to clean up after crowds of careless pissers and shitters. Which means, the guy doing the scrubbing lacks other options, which in turn means the whole thing of paying people peanuts to scrub toilets is predicated on desperation. It’s not something anybody should be pleased about.

    • framu 9.4

      step 1 – find out where all of the shared wealth we used to enjoy has gone

      step 2 – take it back

      pretty fucking simple – Ok not that simple in practice. But your whole sorry generalisation is missing one really stonking huge point that shouldnt be a suprise to anyone.

      The middle and the bottom arent where all the resources we used to enjoy have disappeared to – its the top end who have enacted or supported a system that funnels more and more wealth upwards, while calling for the state and society to make itself poorer and poorer.

      The outcome of this is more and more people needing state assistance just to stay alive and the middle getting squeezed further and further to cover both the increased demands on the state and the increased flow of money to the top

      All of which screws the economy and down and down we go.

      The problem isnt that people are poor – the problem is that we have a system that rewards the elite for the entrenchment of their position

      • Draco T Bastard 9.4.1

        The middle and the bottom arent where all the resources we used to enjoy have disappeared to – its the top end who have enacted or supported a system that funnels more and more wealth upwards, while calling for the state and society to make itself poorer and poorer.

        QFT

        It is the system and the system has been designed by sociopaths to reward the sociopaths. Economic theory today is nothing more than a justification for that sociopathic system.

    • emergency mike 9.5

      “Then this is also fair pay – someone picking dehydrated peas off a conveyor belt for example, should be on a minimum wage, as well, it requires minimal effort.”

      Spoken like someone who’s never done a factory job. You think the conveyor belt is set to ‘minimal effort’ speed? Think again.

    • KJT 9.6

      “Increased welfare”. Welfare has been DECREASED since the 90’s.

      We have been reaping the effects of impoveished people with little hope, ever since.

      Read and learn. http://werewolf.co.nz/2011/02/ten-myths-about-welfare/

      The hordes of feral teenage solo mums, breeding for a living, exist only in the fevered imaginations of right wing bennie bashers.
      Who have an unhealthy fascination with the sex lives of teenage girls.
      Probably resentment because none of the teenage girls were interested in nasty, mean, little twits, like them, when they were at high school.

      If they were really concerned about young women “breeding for a living”, and their children, they would be advocating the proven method of slowing the birth rate. Giving young women better, income and empowering them.

      And they would be chasing the real source of the the net high expenditure on the DPB. The Dads, often middle aged and wealthy, who abandon their wives and children, then hide their income to avoid child support..

    • RedBaronCV 9.7

      Haven’t you answered your own question? All the time is spent hounding the parent showing responsibility and looking after the kids. How about a much harder look at the “sod off and leave them types” who don’t do anything and don’t pay. A higher tax rate for them and interviews about why they arn’t earning more?

    • QoT 9.8

      As left wingers you believe that those on higher incomes should pay for those on lower incomes – no exceptions yes?

      Yes. This is exactly what we think. Just because we’re bastards who hate the rich. :rolls:

    • Mike S 9.9

      You forgot to mention the old “lifestyle choice” twaddle and the benefit fraud twaddle. Trying to disguise dumb generalizations and opinions rather than facts by chucking in a few sentences of supposedly well meaning sounding comments just makes it more obvious.

      Don’t always believe what you think.

  10. Melb 10

    “Most parents then met their obligations quickly enough to have their benefits restored”

    The system works.

    “Since last October, parents who have another baby while on the benefit have to go back to work one year after giving birth if their next youngest child is five or over.”

    Birth-control is free if you’re receiving a benefit.

    “From July 15 this year parents may also have benefits cut if they have children aged three or over who are not in preschool or school, not enrolled with a GP or not up to date with core Well Child checks”

    It’s good that there are measures in place to make sure these children are cared for; previously some parents wouldn’t have given two shits.

    • Tat Loo 10.1

      So you believe that separating young children from their parents is the “system working”?

      Interesting way to look at it. At least I can see you coming around to the idea of the need for a nanny state.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.2

      “Most parents then met their obligations quickly enough to have their benefits restored”

      The system works.

      Nope, most of them were probably meeting their obligations anyway but they still got pinged. I got my benefit cut because it was recorded that I didn’t go to a seminar that I actually went to.

      Birth-control is free if you’re receiving a benefit.

      Doesn’t mean to say that it works.

      It’s good that there are measures in place to make sure these children are cared for;

      Yes, making sure that the children don’t have any food rather just not enough is really caring for them.

    • vto 10.3

      melb ““From July 15 this year parents may also have benefits cut if they have children aged three or over who are not in preschool or school, not enrolled with a GP or not up to date with core Well Child checks”

      It’s good that there are measures in place to make sure these children are cared for; previously some parents wouldn’t have given two shits.”

      what a load of horse shit melb.
      why do you not advocate this for all parents, whether “working” or not? And if they don’t do these things then they get fined? Any reason?

    • RedBaronCV 10.4

      And it applies to those who are in a relationship whilst they are pregnant but the father abandons the baby before birth .. that’s real sick, how do they expect a woman to unwind that for FFS.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    When you push 13,000 desperate families into an already supply-saturated labour market all you do is shift the price point down. And down, and down.

    Well, John Key did say he wanted lower wages and now he’s delivering them.

    Really, what we’re seeing is what you get when psychopaths are voted in and National/Act/UF are psychopathic.

  12. For the 30 years I’ve been paying attention Natonal’s policies in office are always about creating a pool of unemployed to act as a brake on wage rises and to provide leverage for breaking unions and generally reducing wages and conditions of people who earn wages or salaries. They have been very effective over time.

    I’m amazed election after election that anyone in these categories ever votes for National…..as they are voting to have their own standard of living – and thus personal freedom – eroded steadily over time.

    It becomes understandable when one realises most people know very little about almost everything that actually matters.

    GO the ABs!

    Win the America’s Cup!

    ….distractions.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      It becomes understandable when one realises most people know very little about almost everything that actually matters.

      Exactly. People voting from imperfect knowledge and believing the simple sound bites that the RWNJs use to fool them

    • MrSmith 12.2

      “GO the ABs!
      Win the America’s Cup!
      ….distractions.”
      Distraction yes, social control more likely, governments are well aware that a submissive/distracted population is easy to manage, God forbid you give them to much time to think for themselves as they just might start asking stupid questions like why are we standing up to our waists in shit, so the populous is feed a diet of nationalistic and provincial euphoria.

    • Mike S 12.3

      And berms…oh those berms!

  13. Seti 13

    Where was the consternation over the Clark government’s $10m gift ($12m in today’s money) to a yachting syndicate?

    • framu 13.1

      i do wish people would drop the “well labour did something and their lefties just like you lot” routine

      many people didnt like it then and dont like it know

    • Crunchtime 13.2

      You miss the point. The point is not the gift to the yachting syndicate. The point is the tens of thousands of poor being pushed off benefits or having benefits reduced. The yachting gift is used as contrast, and to illustrate where this government’s priorities are: Give to the rich, take from the rest of us.

      +1 for a UBI. In fact, +4,242,048. It’s going to be hard to sell that to the majority of NZers though, who are still largely brainwashed by nearly 3 decades of bashing the poor and bashing “dole bludgers”.

    • You must have missed it. It was there.

    • binders full of women 13.4

      Just be thankful that Trev didn’t get to spend 750 Million on a dumb stadium for a dumber still sport. 750 Million for three games or rugger. 750 mil could sail rings around Larry Ellison!

  14. TheContrarian 14

    Anyone going to bemoan the millions given to the equestrian syndicate? How about the millions given to rowing NZ? Focusing on yatching is a sideshow

  15. phil 15

    I hold National AND Labour to account. And the misinformed who did not hold them to account. Future governments will, hopefully, stand and deliver policies for the benefit of all (not just the corporates) They have both failed, and should Labour/Greens get a turn at governing, will have to negotiate a way forward against huge corporate Interests. I. e. Fonterra, Auckland Supercity, Fletchers, SKY, Downers, Mainzeal, SERCO,Westgate, Fairfax etc. etc. Do you think they will not squeal like stuck pigs, dig dirt, and pay lobbyists (pollies? ) behind the scenes? The growth businesses are? Food and building supplies, Child care and elder care. Constructing supermarkets and Mega stores. Clearly mega profit here! Monopolies in a free market. Haha! Looks more like a corrupt laizey faire Fifedom in the South Pacific.

    • tc 15.1

      Mainzeal are gone but add Chorus, Fulton Hogan and all the newly privatised power companies to the NACT created supershity. The virtual freight duopoly (mainfreight/Toll) is a key one also.

      We need a commerce commission with legislative balls and resources to make the rules stick and nationalise a few players to level their fields out.

      Some NZ created/owned business do quite well cosying up to a foreign player for some potential cartel practices.

      Chorus is effectively a taxpayer funded business under this government go all the way an nationalise it so we own our telco infrastructure as one example.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.2

      Monopolies in a free market. Haha!

      To maintain profit a free-market cannot be allowed* because there is no profit in a free-market*.

      * And the free-market doesn’t work either due to unrealistic assumptions.

  16. Olwyn 16

    The problem is systemic, and can only be addressed by systemic means. It seems to have begun with, “Countries with lots of poor people are outstripping us in manufacturing, so let’s impoverish our own people so as to create a level playing field with them.” Which then became, “Now that we have a more-or-less level playing field, with inflation under control and all, let’s just protect our wealth.” Hence, much of the population is no longer seen as “useful” and the only worth they are given relates to the pressure they place on jobs and housing. Beyond that, they register as a “minus” on expenditure side of the ledger and a “nil” on the “profit” side. And fiscal responsibility demands the continuous shrinking of expenditure but does not demand the kind of investment that would shift people to the other side of the register.

    Along with the brutal treatment of beneficiaries, think also of the thousands driven out to Australia, where they get no social support, and if they have student loans, only start to register on the profit side through the extortionate compound interest on those loans.

    Even if NZ remains determinedly cruel and stupid, I think the wealthy in other countries will soon begin to fear failed state status as a result of this destructiveness. Worse things can happen to billionaires than having to pay their due: they can be robbed of refuge themselves, as a result of wrecking their own societies.

    • joe90 16.1

      Foreseen long ago.

      “There is no greater economic delusion in the world than that of the benefit in the process of shipping goods all over the earth. It is sheer waste, justified only in cases where the country has not the raw materials to make that particular product. Why, for example, should we buy from Japanese bulbers? We have all the material and the skilled labor to make our own. But the Japanese undersell us you say! How? For one reason and one only, because the Japanese workers have a lower standard of life than ours, will work longer hours and eat less food. So it appears that the purpose of international trade is to bring the advanced people down to the coolie standard.”

      Upton Sinclair: 1937 – page 37 The Way Out.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      Worse things can happen to billionaires than having to pay their due: they can be robbed of refuge themselves, as a result of wrecking their own societies.

      There’s always the French Solution.

  17. KJT 17

    The money to the yachting syndicate is a good thing. It is an investment in the future of our high tech boat building industry. Must go gainst the “free market” principles of the “dries” in National. If they have any principles apart from stealing our wealth.
    Investment in industry development and NZ production the Government should be extending to other industries, not just dairying.

    Unlike many of our Governments policies it is actually a positive investment for future jobs in higher paid industries for our children. Much better than having them on a benefit.

    It is shameful that our Government does not also think investing in the future, by feeding and educating so many of our children, is something they should bother about.

    • MrSmith 17.1

      Normally love your stuff KJT, but I really fail to see how allowing rich white males to continue to racing there toys while we sit in-front of our screens watching is doing anyone any good.

      • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1

        It’s the R&D behind the race that makes the government subsidy of it worthwhile although I think a space program would be far better.

      • KJT 17.1.2

        It transfers wealth from the squillionaires to the local community.

        Which is a good thing.

        Instead of putting it into the casino of the financial markets where it “magically” multiplies, without doing any good, it is going to jobs for boatbuilders in Warkworth, structural engineers in Auckland, researchers at NZ universities etc etc, and all the people that supply them, in their turn, with goods and services. Enabling them to support their kids, stay off the dole and spend money within their community.

        Not to mention the spinoffs of the same squillionaires thinking that having a boat built by the best, in New Zealand, is a status symbol. Even they look at resale value, and compete with each other to claim the best boat..
        Like the 100 million plus superyacht project just landed by Whangarei.

        We have started several kids from very poor families in both yachting and ski-ing.
        The perception that they are only for the rich unfortunately tends to scare kids away from trying them.
        In reality both are two of the cheapest sports to participate in.
        One girl has been ski-ing all around the world, first as a lodge waitress/cleaner and now as an instructor.
        In yachting, keel yacht owners in particular are always looking for keen rail meat, and most clubs have balloted learner boats for members. Cost per year less than a pair of rugby boots.

        It is not the owners that are having the most fun. They are not even allowed on those boats while racing.

      • KJT 17.1.3

        It transfers wealth from the squillionaires to the local community.

        Which is a good thing.

        Instead of putting it into the casino of the financial markets where it “magically” multiplies, without doing any good, it is going to jobs for boatbuilders in Warkworth, structural engineers in Auckland, researchers at NZ universities etc etc, and all the people that supply them, in their turn, with goods and services. Enabling them to support their kids, stay off the dole and spend money within their community.

        Not to mention the spinoffs of the same squillionaires thinking that having a boat built by the best, in New Zealand, is a status symbol. Even they look at resale value, and compete with each other to claim the best boat..
        Like the 100 million plus superyacht project just landed by Whangarei.

        Not just boats for millionaires either. A reputation for being the best, and having the skilled people in place, helps land commercial boat building contracts as well

        We have started several kids from very poor families in both yachting and ski-ing.
        The perception that they are only for the rich unfortunately tends to scare kids away from trying them.
        In reality both are two of the cheapest sports to participate in.
        One girl has been ski-ing all around the world, first as a lodge waitress/cleaner and now as an instructor.
        In yachting, keel yacht owners in particular are always looking for keen rail meat, and most clubs have balloted learner boats for members. Cost per year less than a pair of rugby boots.

        It is not the owners that are having the most fun. They are not even allowed on those boats while racing.

    • QoT 17.2

      It is an investment in the future of our high tech boat building industry.

      Bollocks. The fact that Kiwis helped build the boat which actually won is an investment in the future of our boat-building industry. Throwing more money at the boat which lost ain’t an investment in shit.

      • Tat Loo 17.2.1

        I tend to back KJT here. You can’t relinquish the expertise and leadership accumulated simply by being laissez faire about funding, because it is very difficult and expensive to rebuild it once you let it dissipate.

        Bollocks. The fact that Kiwis helped build the boat which actually won is an investment in the future of our boat-building industry. Throwing more money at the boat which lost ain’t an investment in shit.

        The $5M is not for the boat, it is for the team.

        Further you can’t have any kind of serious industry where there is just a single winning player. Successful industries require complex ecosystems of businesses and capabilities to be nurtured over time.

  18. Natwest 18

    More left wing spin and drivel. If these people, who are being propped up by the tax payers of NZ Inc. – parented correctly and abidded by the rules – there would be no issues for them. So stop making excuses for these pathetic inviduals, who need nanny state to manage their lives.

    • Tat Loo 18.1

      Good to see you giving the thumbs up to the nanny state. Or is it the cruel step mother state?

      It’s the responsibility of government to ensure that there is an economy which provides adequate income and work for everyone who wants it.

      At the moment we have an economy where profits come from eliminating jobs and reducing pay.

      What do you propose to do about that?

    • framu 18.2

      still interviewing your imagination i see – please do inform everyone when youve made it to things outside your skull

    • Draco T Bastard 18.3

      They’re abiding by the rules – that’s why they’re on the bones of their arse. The problem is the rules which prop up the rich while impoverishing everyone else.

    • Murray Olsen 18.4

      We’re talking about the yachties now, Natwest, so please leave their parenting skills out of it. I agree with the rest of your post, though.

  19. Lloyd 19

    Actually it was a New Zealand built boat that won the America’s Cup. So it is our cup but not as we know it Jim……

    If it takes $5 million every two or three years to keep an America’s Cup boat building industry in New Zealand it actually might be a very good investment and has the likelihood of creating and/or keeping a lot of jobs in a wide range of occupations in New Zealand. It is called a subsidy and involves ‘picking winners’ and the unfortunate thing is it is contrary to neo-liberal philosophy and the present government isn’t doing a tenth of this sort of thing that it should be doing.

    If the New Zealand economy is to keep us all in at least the present poor style to which we have become accustomed we are going to have to depend on more than cow’s milk to survive. New industries will need to be invented and nurtured. An America’s Cup boat manufacturing industry will generate good paying jobs, just as the formula one manufacturing industry does in the UK. Sure it is about rich boys toys, but the engineers, designers, machinists, truck drivers and factory cleaners involved all have paying jobs.

    My complaint about the present government is that they have done bugger all since they came into power to encourage technical innovation in our industry. One of the first things they did after kicking out Helen was to get rid of tax breaks for companies doing R & D. DUMB. Real dumb.

    Spending $5 mil on Team NZ might be a really good long term way of helping at least a handful on NZ’s poorest families. At least it isn’t union bashing to get a film produced in this country.

    • Tat Loo 19.1

      It is called a subsidy and involves ‘picking winners’ and the unfortunate thing is it is contrary to neo-liberal philosophy and the present government isn’t doing a fiftieth of this sort of thing that it should be doing.

      Just sayin’

      Also it may be better to pick industry sectors and subsectors as winners rather than individual companies or teams.

      The other thing that Government can do is to pour money into blue skies research. Which is something else we have forgotten to do in the last couple of decades.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1

        Also it may be better to pick industry sectors and subsectors as winners rather than individual companies or teams.

        According to Mazzucato, the US government department picks the fields to do the research in and then awards companies (both large and small but mostly small) and universities (and other public institutions) the funding the funding to carry out that research.

        Which is something else we have forgotten to do in the last couple of decades.

        We have, the US hasn’t. The US government pours billions of dollars a year into blue sky research because they understand, despite the rhetoric that comes out of both Democrats and Republicans, that the private sector won’t do so:

        Far from stifling innovation and being a drag on the economic system, it has fostered innovation and dynamism in many important modern industries, with the private sector often taking a back seat. Ironically the State has often done so in the US, which in policy circles is often discussed as following a more ‘market’-oriented (liberal) model than Europe. This has not been the case where innovation is concerned.

        Mazzucato, Mariana (2013-05-15). The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Myths in Risk and Innovation (Kindle Locations 1912-1915). Anthem Press. Kindle Edition.

    • greywarbler 19.2

      Lloyd
      As I see it the NACTs are very focussed on picking winners when it comes to policies influencing business. Unfortunately the winners are inside a narrow ring around the pollies, and within a brown-bag handshake of them, and includes their influential friends.

      The influence they encourage on business is the sort that provides lots of baubles while in government and keeps on giving for decades in the future.

  20. phil 20

    Blue skies research! What’s that? We only do “brown rivers” around here. Prof Calahan (late) made the point that dairy was not sufficient to build a better/smarter economy. Oh and the environment stupid!

    • greywarbler 20.1

      People hearing Prof Callaghan thought the word dairy was a typo and he meant diary for taking action. So they have taken that advice and made a note to read his recommendations in 2015 after, they hope, they will have won the election and then who cares.

  21. JLLJames 21

    actually there is no transfer of wealth from govt (that’s right, not New Zealanders, the Government [it's a separate legal entity]) to shareholders. Purchasers of SOE shares paid consideration. It’s net zero. Further, investors have taken on future risks and rewards from ownerships of shares.

    Time to take some law and commerce papers to pad that BA you have. Then your argument will be valid.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 21.1

      Are you really too much of an economic simpleton to see that those assets were sold for a fraction of their NPV, let alone their strategic value?

      Purchasers of SOE shares paid consideration. It’s net zero. Further, investors have taken on future risks and rewards from ownerships of shares.

      Sounds onerous. Looks like they might have to come back to the State some time. Don’t worry, I’m sure some “consideration” will be paid to ensure that the loss facing private shareholders is a “net zero.”

    • greywarbler 21.2

      JllJames, HMSS; EOC; LLBu(Hon)
      Since you are so gratified by tertiary papers and degrees I have kindly added some acronyms that are meaningless to me, and no doubt to you, but might have some worthy aspect somewhere, sometime in the world.

      If you believe in the postal, or blotting paper style of education and have just soaked up what has been laid in front of you (with advice that you should slant your opinions away from Keynesian and the thoughtful bits of Adam Smith because the money isn’t strong on them) then you are a machine without a ghost. And no bloody good to the citizens of NZ or humankind, but you will be able to earn good bones tossed to you by The Masters of the Golden Rule.

  22. phil 22

    Time for Law and commerce papers? Sounds like smoke and mirrors from a a law/commerce grad. Any business person would tell you that selling off a golden egg machine, MRP, Meridian etc, for far less than its rate of return to the country is economic lunacy, at the very least. Even Treasury advised the Government of this point. Please save me from this preposterous line of fallacious nonsense. ‘Paid consideration’! haha got to be be a lawyer, who bought the shares. Just could be vested interest? Disclosure required Mr or Mrs or just Ms Lawyer.

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    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • Ebola Fear outstrips risk
    It's not just that Ebola sounds like a modern day black plague and probably originated from blood sucking bats living in dark caves - reason enough for people here in the United States to react like there's a Zombie-Vampire apocalypse...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • National lets Shell drill illegally
    Back in 2012, National passed the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act. At the time, they made a lot of noise about how this was the first legislation to properly protect the EEZ, and that it would...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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