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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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    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Viewers judge TV3 to be winner in TV One leaders’ debate
    Key says the poll shows that Labour is 4% worse than gouging your eyes out, while National is only 2% worse. A snap political poll taken after last night’s leader’s debate on TV One has revealed that most New Zealanders...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Kiwis care about inequality
    Inequality has emerged as the key issue in the election campaign:The gap between rich and poor is by far the biggest issue facing New Zealand three weeks before election day, a new poll has found. The Roy Morgan Research poll...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Something to do on Saturday
    There will be a series of anti-government marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday:The Auckland rally starts at Aotea Square, Wellington at Te Papa marching to Parliament, Dunedin held at the Octagon and the Christchurch rally at Haley...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Speaker: Rocking in the Public Good: Hager and Shihad
    Seldom has New Zealand seen such super-harmonies in the traditionally separate spheres of music  and investigative journalism. The release of New Zealand prog-rocker Nicky Hager’s latest album Dirty Politics coincided with the well known citizen journalist group Shihad’s book FVEY,...
    Public Address | 29-08
  • The cost of irrigation
    At the moment, the government is pushing irrigation and water storage as a way of increasing milk production and boosting the economy. Critics have argued that the result will be dirty, polluted rivers unfit for recreational use. And we've just...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • An empty void at the heart of the election
    Its election time. The blog should be humming. Its not. Why? Because there's not enough policy to comment on. Note that this is not a complaint about Dirty Politics. How power is exercised and the ethics displayed in doing so...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Making money out of fanatics
    Click on image to enlarge This looks like a Xcd cartoon. I picked it up from a new Facebook page The Girl Against Fluoride Lies. Good to see more and more Facebook pages like this. Speaking of fluoride – the cartoon sort...
    Open Parachute | 29-08
  • Debate 1
    As you know, there was a debate last night, and the consensus appears to be that David Cunliffe won. (The strongest clue that National also thinks Cunliffe won is that Kiwiblog has seven posts up this morning to change the...
    Polity | 29-08
  • Britomart precinct quick wins
    It has now been three months since Janette Sadik-Khan visited Auckland and showed us how easy it was to create a more liveable city by making things better for people to walk and cycle around, and best of all we...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 29 August 2014
    The polls are coming thick and fast. There must be an election on… Yesterday, we had the release of the latest Herald Digipoll, while this morning it’s the Fairfax Ipsos poll. In the Digipoll, National are up 0.7% to 50.7%,...
    Occasionally erudite | 28-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 29
    Top of the AgendaUkraine Accuses Russia of Invasion...
    Pundit | 28-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Tramadol Rock
    I saw Samuel Flynn Scott a couple of times last year at the time he was suffering through a back injury in a haze of painkillers. It made for a fairly spaced out Phoenix Foundation show at the Powerstation --...
    Public Address | 28-08
  • Vale Brad Fletcher, MUNZ Lyttelton Branch President
    The Maritime Union is greatly saddened by the death of Maritime Union Lyttelton Branch President Brad Fletcher in a workplace accident on Thursday 28 August 2014. Maritime Union National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the death of Brad Fletcher, a full-time...
    MUNZ | 28-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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