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Tell the police, New Zealand has been robbed …

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, April 17th, 2014 - 72 comments
Categories: bill english, capitalism, john key, national, same old national - Tags: ,

John Key billboard selling New Zealand

Amongst all the noise created by the disintegration of Judith Collins’ political career there is a much more important story that has avoided the headlines yet presents a much more significant event.  The shareholding of Genesis Energy has been sold at a price that is a steal.

As I commented previously the Government made she sale of Genesis shares an unbelievably attractive offer by essentially decreasing the price to below the shares real value and thereby increasing the yield.  Bill English previously warned the public that only 60% of the shares on offer may be purchased but the political embarrassment this would have caused was averted by essentially giving the shares away.  Clearly this has occurred because the share offer has been heavily oversubscribed and purchases have been heavily scaled back.  The expected yield is 15% which for a utility share is astronomical.

Interestingly the way the Government’s offer was structured has resulted in overseas institutions purchasing one in four of the shares on offer.  You would have thought that local mum and dad investors should have been favoured.  The overseas institutions could have and should have been at the back of the cue and there was plenty of local demand to purchase all of the shares.

And you have to wonder about why the decision to sell was made.  The expected yield, before factoring in the effect of the loyalty bonus, is three times the interest rate that the Crown is charged.  We are losing heavily.  And four out of five of the institutions which valued the shares said they were worth more than what they have been sold for.

New Zealand you have been robbed.

72 comments on “Tell the police, New Zealand has been robbed …”

  1. aerobubble 1

    The ad for the sale of shares was misleading, it gave the impression that the NZ public didn’t already own them (via the government trust) and that they could now buy a share. It wasn’t so much a sale, it was a forced de-sale of everyone else’s share.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    Don’t worry – the theft will be temporary.

    Subject to all you true lefties giving your vote to a true left party (Greens or Mana), there will be legislation in the house before Christmas to renationalise these assets.

    • Tracey 2.1

      yup… its everyones money where your mouths are…

      and buying them back at sale price not the listing price on the day of the buy back.

      a decent focused set of comments by the left leaves the govt nowhere to go on this. if a client of john keys previous employer said should we sell this to offset borrowings he would have said

      ” at that price you are crazy, the numbers make no sense.”

      or

      “yes, sell” followedby phone calls through a well prepared veil to add them to his own portfolio, or that of a trust or company or other structure

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.1

        Yep – money where mouth is being the key phrase.

        For that reason the incoming government must consist of an influentia left voice. Greens rely on us getting them to 15% plus.

      • felix 2.1.2

        “and buying them back at sale price not the listing price on the day of the buy back.

        Whichever is lower.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.2.1

          Saying that ensures that the list price will meet the sale price.

          Same things happens when there’s a takeover of shares, if it’s indicated to be 10% above the current share price, the share price “magically” becomes equal to the buyout price.

    • Stuart Munro 2.2

      The renationalisation must take place at a discount. The public should not pay the thieves’ costs. 15-20% should cover it, and make the scum think long and hard before they steal any more.

    • TightyRighty 2.3

      oh yeah? i haven’t seen any concrete evidence of that policy from either party? are they going to announce it pre election? or just foist on voters? should they get enough votes of course.

      • Stuart Munro 2.3.1

        This theft was enabled by the corruption of Banks, Dunne & the Maori party.

        The referendum is a clear mandate to reverse the thefts.

        Hanging the thieves would be popular too.

  3. Puckish Rogue 3

    On the plus side I’m much better off thanks :)

    • Tracey 3.1

      glad to see you agree they have been sold under value.

      • Puckish Rogue 3.1.1

        and if they’d been over priced you lefties’d be crowing about that as well

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          Exactly. This was a lose-lose policy for the government, either taxpayers get shafted, or “the public” that buy the shares gets shafted.

          Who gets shafted has see-sawed back and forth through these sales, but this final sale has well an truly screwed the taxpayer.

      • Markymark 3.1.2

        They were undervalued because the economic illiterates in the Labour and Green parties came out with a horrendous idea to de-facto nationalise the electricity industry – ala Rob Muldoon populism style.

        The policy had no economic nor public policy merit, rather it was just designed to create large risk in the marketplace thereby tanking the government’s various IPO’s. The end result of this economic sabotage has been that hundreds of millions of $ have been wiped off the value of those SOE’s. That is real wealth that belonged to both the NZ govt and middle class Kiwi’s who’s KiwiSaver funds are heavily invested in the stock market.

        Funnily enough, Gareth Hughes didn’t even deny such nefarious motives when asked on camera by TV3.

        The NZ Power policy has not a single academic or economist backing it – bar the guy who actually wrote the policy (Ganesh Nana at BERL). That’s a fact. Not a single independent intellectual will sign their name to it. The expert that was alleged to have been backing the policy (Frank Wollak) has completely rubbished it. It is wholly lacking in credibility

        I’d love to hear what the intelligent and rational left wingers on this site have to say about the influence of such a half baked policy on the SOE floats, before they begin bleating about the price Genesis floated at.

        • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1

          The real wealth is the actual generators and they have been stolen from the owners – the people of New Zealand.

        • Tracey 3.1.2.2

          Why wait for the left wingers here to comment, why not read the experts?

          Non expert (markymark) says

          “They were undervalued because the economic illiterates in the Labour and Green parties came out with a horrendous idea to de-facto nationalise the electricity industry – ala Rob Muldoon populism style.”

          Five independent reports (Edison, Woodward Partners, Craigs, Morningstar and fat prophets) on Genesis Energy say

          “All the research reports regard the main risks to Genesis as being its exposure to onerous take-or-pay contracts for natural gas from the Kupe oil and gas field, in which it owns a 31 percent stake, and the fact that Kupe’s earnings will cease in the late 2020s, when its reserves are exhausted.

          The other major risk identified, but discounted as unlikely by some of the research, is the Labour and Green parties’ proposals to drop power prices by dismantling current wholesale electricity market arrangements and imposing a central buyer model.”

          “Craigs puts a value range on Genesis shares of between $1.52 – the only valuation among those published today that is below the $1.55 IPO price – in the event of a Labour-Greens win, but says that could rise as high as $1.97 if a National-led government is reinstalled.”

          So, all the experts factored in the Labour/Greens powerNZ proposal, and the worst analysis for the true value of the shares was $1.52 ($.03 below the listing price) and the highest was over $1.90.

          I’ll leave it those reading your post and mind to determine which of us appears the intelligent and rational one on this topic.

          • Molly 3.1.2.2.1

            I’ve thought for a while that the Standard needs an emoticon that looks left and right, to indicate the phrase “Where did they go?”.

            Would come in particularly useful for those such as MarkyMark who leave abruptly when they run out of rhetoric, or have been overwhemingly debunked, by replies such as yours.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    The sale has achieved it’s purpose – the forced transfer of public wealth to the private sector. Essential if you want to bring back feudalism as National does.

    • Enough is Enough 4.1

      Draco they have succeeded. What we now have is modern version of feudalism.

      People who say this government has been a failure, dont know what they are talking about. This government has done exactly what it set out to do. They have been remarkable in their abilty to push through a hard right agenda, keep the media on-side and essentially screw the majority of New Zealand workers.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        Agreed but it is not just screwing the workers, it’s screwing everyone except the 1%.

  5. johnm 5

    Daylight Robbery! :-(
    Thought for the day. We are not a democracy run by the people for the people, we are now an oligarchy a state run for the benefit of privatised interests with some residual democratic trappings. That’s why people like me who have protested against these robberies feel like they’re beating their heads against a fluffy pillow and are simply ignored though citizens of this land. Labour has not said it would renationalise these stolen assets why?

    • Puckish Rogue 5.1

      “That’s why people like me who have protested against these robberies feel like they’re beating their heads against a fluffy pillow and are simply ignored though citizens of this land.”

      John Key said this would happen before the last election so everyone knew it was going to happen and John Key was returned to power

      “Labour has not said it would renationalise these stolen assets why?”

      Not even most of Labour are that stupid (the rest of the left however…)

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        And National did it with only 35% of the possible vote.

        • Puckish Rogue 5.1.1.1

          If the people didn’t want what National was saying they could have voted elsewhere but fortunately National has Labour running against it as its main opponent so thats not likely to happen

      • Tracey 5.1.2

        Can you post links to where Mr key said prior to the election that he might sell them under their true value?

        • Puckish Rogue 5.1.2.1

          Why should I? Key said there’d be a partial sell off and was returned to power, hes also said its the last so its over…just in time for the election as well :)

          • felix 5.1.2.1.1

            Bit lazy mate. Key is on record saying there was no bottom price too low to sell the power companies because selling them was the right thing to do.

            He said it in the house, so the transcripts and videos are easy to find.

            Lazy.

          • Tracey 5.1.2.1.2

            because you wrote

            “John Key said this would happen before the last election so everyone knew it was going to happen and John Key was returned to power”

            this suggests you know where key said he would sell them below value. So, front up. Even felix is trying to help you.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.3

        Labour has said it will renationalise these stolen assets on Labour’s terms, not whatever false premises the Corruption-in-Chief lies about.

    • johnm 5.2

      The same process happening in the U$K Neo Feudalism, democracy just a feel good word now:
      What the people want is irrelevant:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_U5kef5I0w

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Yes PR, that’s generally what happens when a robbery is committed. A few people are better off and everyone else is worse off.

    • Puckish Rogue 6.1

      Quite yer crocodile tears you whining lefties, NZ still have the majority control so its not like National are even remotely close to emulating Labour in this aspect

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Majority ownership, not control. The law prohibits the majority owner from doing anything that interferes with the minority owners maximised profit. Thus the companies can no longer do things that benefit society.

        • Puckish Rogue 6.1.1.1

          Try getting Cunliffe to explain that to the public and see how well it goes vs John Key explaining and we’ll see how the public takes it

          • felix 6.1.1.1.1

            I note that you did not dispute the facts as Draco stated them.

            • Puckish Rogue 6.1.1.1.1.1

              The facts as you see them don’t matter, the facts as I see them don’t matter what matters is what message the voting public will buy and that depends on the salesperson doing the selling

              Haven’t you on the left worked it out yet?

              • Tracey

                minority shareholder rights are not “facts as you see them”. They are simply facts.

                Yes, some of us have long known that politics is being played by some as a game to which the best liar gets the power and spoils. That you glibly praise and personally benefit from it makes you a rather sad and unlikeable man/woman.

                • felix

                  Boasting about being dishonest.

                  Boasting about ignoring facts.

                  Ladies and Gents, the Right Wing.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Ok well tell you what after the next election you can sit there smugly feel superior while the right get on and run the country, sound good?

              • Draco T Bastard

                The facts may not matter on Planet Key but they certainly matter here in reality.

        • Tracey 6.1.1.2

          an inconvenient truth for the right and their supporters like Puckish, preferring to mislead the public with “we have maintained majority control”. No, we have maintained majority shareholding. Quite a different thing.

          • Hayden 6.1.1.2.1

            But it’s quite alright as long as the voters believe the soothing noises John Key makes at them.

            • Tracey 6.1.1.2.1.1

              according to Puckish, it’s not just “alright” it’s personally financially enriching. Personal responsibility and accountability is only for the poor and low income Hayden.

              • Puckish Rogue

                Meh, plenty of people did well out of WFF but i didn’t so its swings and roundabouts

                • Tracey

                  if what you post is a true reflection of your views i hope you have no sphere of influence.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    You do know whos in power at the moment don’t you which means more people are in agreement with me then you

                    • thatguynz

                      Actually, you are incorrect. Of those that CHOSE TO VOTE, more favoured the cobbled together right wing rabble that we are currently saddled with….

                      …however overall, the vast majority don’t support your mates. Get your facts right.

        • Melb 6.1.1.3

          “Thus the companies can no longer do things that benefit society.”

          What rot. Under the SOE model these companies were already required by law to maximise profit.

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.3.1

            The government, being the owner, could have told them not to do so. The government can no longer do that.

  7. srylands 7

    You all need to get over it. Ultimately the remaining 51% of my these companies will be privatized. There is no alternative. The companies will continue to do things that benefit society. They will will provide electricity. Why the left is obsessed with tqhe partial ell down of some power cos I have no idea. Why do you want the government running companies? If it is good enough for electricity where does it END? Supermarkets? You should be concerned about electricity, not who owns the companies.

    Btw you criticize genesis for being under priced. I recall most commentators here criticizing map for being over priced. A useful target for a first day float price is a 10% spike. So that means about 1.65 to 1.70 for genesis.

    I sincerely hope the remaining 51% gets sold but it will probably need to wait 6 years.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Poor dinosaur, left isolated by the IMF, watching helplessly as the World Bank tosses the TINA Bible on the bonfire, the realisation gradually dawning of an entire life’s work wasted chasing ephemera.

      Quick, intone the mantra again!

    • Tracey 7.2

      You are one of the only people, along with John Key and Bill English (career bureaucrat) that consider it wise economic thinking to sell several assets in the same industry in such a short space of time, if the idea is to maximise return.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 7.2.1

        Bingo.

        You can make your arguments that the SOEs should have been sold. There’s a rational argument (though I’m sure others will disagree) that government shouldn’t own electricity companies. There’s also a very rational argument that governments should own necessary utilities. Either way, there’s room to debate.

        What there’s not room to really debate on is how the sale was conducted. You don’t sell a host of similar companies in a short amount of time. You slacken demand for the later offerings and don’t make as much money as you would if the sale was conducted earlier.

        Ideologue about state owned assets aside, the asset sales of this government was financial incompetency.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      As I pointed out to you yesterday the government is better at running businesses than the private sector. And they can do it without the dead weight loss of profit.

      • Tracey 7.3.1

        i think slylands is really jenny shipley. why?

        ” Ultimately the remaining 51% of my these companies will be privatized.

  8. Tiger Mountain 8

    The “invisible hand of the market” has left a lot of grubby fingerprints behind in this debacle.
    Re-nationalisation… going forward…

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Re-nationalisation is inevitable. Same as the revolutions against feudalism were inevitable and for the same reason.

  9. Tracey 9

    as genesis shares moved toward $1.80, and accounting for broker fees, who just made a 20% profit on their shares…

    • Puckish Rogue 9.1

      :)

      But its not about the share price for me but the divedend

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        which is the very reason they shouldnt have been sold.

        still, you were capped at $5000… must have been annoying after the pre election you would be at the front of the queue… unless you dont have children in which case key didnt mean you.

        • Puckish Rogue 9.1.1.1

          Ah well thats life you know, I was too young to profit from what Labour did so heres my chance to improve my life a little

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2

        Yes, well done, you’ve just become and even bigger bludger on the backs of the rest of NZ.

  10. Sacha 10

    Renationalise and deduct the same $250m ‘fees’ as the pricks flogged in the other direction.

    • Murray Olsen 10.1

      That’s a bit generous. I suggest their $250m fee and another $250m of our own.

  11. dave 11

    i want buy them back to but i would want to smash the share price first with the NZ power policy then buy them back to half the value

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    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • AT’s Get on Board with Jerome Campaign
    Auckland Transport recently launched a new campaign featuring Jerome Kaino encouraging people to use PT and HOP. It seems to be primarily an online campaign focused on the videos below however I’ve also seen a few ads on the backs of buses...
    Transport Blog | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
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  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
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    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
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