web analytics

Thank you ….

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, December 25th, 2013 - 34 comments
Categories: blogs, child welfare, democratic participation, education, equality, greens, health, housing, labour, mana-party, poverty, public services, quality of life, sustainability, workers' rights - Tags:

To the people working today, tomorrow and other public holidays to keep needed services running: transport, hospitals, retirement homes, emergency services, and all others working today

To the people who will be providing meals today at various city missions and other places

To the parents trying to give their kids a great summer on limited resources

To all unpaid workers int heir homes and communities

To all those providing services throughout the year that are essential to our society – especially those that are often ignored, marginalised or underpaid: cleaners, teacher aids, nursing/hospital aids

To all the community workers giving their time for the benefit of mothers in their community

To the activists, working for a better NZ – such as Auckland Action Against Poverty; Child Poverty Action Group; anti-mining protesters…. and more….

class war

To the politicians committed to moving NZ away from TINA of the “neoliberal” scam, and towards a more equal and inclusive society

To unionists working for for fair employment laws, living wages, and good working conditions.

To the journalists and bloggers taking part in the left wing conversation, articulating alternatives, highlighting injustices, and working to hold the MSM to account: special mention to Nicky Hagar, Jane Kelsey, Gordon Campbell, many TS and The Daily Blog authors

media lies to you

To Standard commenters who participate in the left wing conversation, and especially for providing necessary insights, information and (sometimes overlooked but significant) critiques

There-is-no-alternative-Aitec

 

[Update] Special thanks to Lynn for all his work for The Standard.

What Tautoko Viper said:

Thanks to Lprent for providing us with a place for discussion of important issues. ( I particularly enjoy reading the witty gems that accompany the banning of some mindless troll. )
And thanks to the contributors who provide a real sense of community and interconnectedness, regardless of geographical residence.

34 comments on “Thank you ….”

  1. karol 1

    And thank you to Edward Snowden who will deliver an alternative Christmas message on UK Channel 4.

    The television channel said today that the prerecorded message would be Snowden’s first television broadcast since he arrived in Moscow, where he has been granted temporary asylum following his exposure of the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance apparatus. Snowden’s revelations have prompted a global debate over the limits of surveillance and the value of privacy.

    Snowden will set out why he believes mass surveillance by governments is wrong and note the importance of the debate his disclosures have ignited.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Well noted, karol.

      And also a note of recognition for Chelsea Manning, another incredibly brave young American of conscience. Sentenced to 35 years in military prison while the war criminals flying the Apache gunship killing the civilians including children and Reuters camera man, got nothing, and were not even called to answer for their actions.

  2. Tracey 2

    Thanks for all your efforts karol. It is hard to make people shift uncomfortably in their seats. Even harder to make them move. Keep on keeping on bringing another version of our country to the light

  3. Saarbo 3

    Thank you Karol for your thoughtful Posts and also for your elegant rebuttals to the right wing trolls/etc …always impressed.

    Maybe you could provide some of the leading left male commentators with lessons on how to stay cool when been challenged.

  4. r0b 4

    Hear hear – thank you all!

    Great post Karol.

    Merry Christmas All…

  5. Swimmer 5

    Thanks to the moderators and writers at The Standard for getting the message out day after day. 🙂

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    Thanks and gratitude go out to all Standardistas. And especially to you, Lprent.

  7. Tautoko Viper 7

    +1 Thanks also to you, Karol, for your intelligent contributions in support of the campaign for a more equal, inclusive and fair society which rates people and the environment above dollars.
    Thanks to Lprent for providing us with a place for discussion of important issues. ( I particularly enjoy reading the witty gems that accompany the banning of some mindless troll. )
    And thanks to the contributors who provide a real sense of community and interconnectedness, regardless of geographical residence.

    • karol 7.1

      Thanks very much, Tautoko and others above.

      And yes – a very big thanks to Lynn for providing and maintaining this space so well.

      CV – thanks also for your tireless efforts for the left and Labour – keep them honest!

    • Olwyn 7.2

      Well said Taukoto. Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Standard, and keeps the conversation going, especially lprent. Thanks also to the posters, who bring the things that matter into focus for discussion.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.3

      Yep, well said Tautoko Viper +1
      A great deal of appreciation for Lprent’s work here from this quarter too- the last few months appear to have been particularly challenging and there he is – always ensuring this site is working.
      A great deal of appreciation to all the people commenting also – very awareness raising – and has enhanced my life no end being able to come here and read all the varied views.
      Lovely, lovely thread, Karol, acknowledging all the people who make this world a better place. This reflects a real Christmas spirit. Thankyou

      Merry Christmas all.

  8. logie97 8

    … and thanks for Open mike where those little nuggets can be raised for public discussion. Looking forward to this site further exposing the Tories for what they are in election year. Seasons greetings to all.

  9. Philj 9

    Xox
    Thanks all. You give me hope.

  10. Ianmac 10

    Thanks Lprent. Your efforts keep us all in the loop. Invaluable. If I believed in knighthoods I would recommend you.
    And Karol. You must do a tonne of research. Thanks for your huge efforts and all those other writers.

  11. veutoviper 11

    My sincere thanks and very best wishes for today and the year to come to all the contributors to making the Standard my first port of call each day. There are too many to name everyone, but particular thanks to Lprent for providing and maintaining the site, Karol, MS, R0b, and CV are also just some who come immediately to mind.

    It is a pity that some trolls could not leave it alone today – but on this day at least, I am choosing to ignore them and even include them in my best wishes.

    2014 is going to be an interesting year, and we are all going to need strength to pull together to ensure that NZ returns a government and a culture that helps and is inclusive of all.

  12. Belladonna 12

    Special thanks to Lprent and all of the contributors and a Merry Christmas to everyone.

  13. George D 13

    Thanks to all those who stand against rampant neoliberalism and an ideology which is destroying our planet and keeping us from the future we need.

    Thanks Lynn for your work, and thanks to all the contributors here.

  14. Murray Olsen 14

    Merry Christmas everyone. Let’s put TINA out of her misery in 2014. For us, TINA.

  15. Flip 15

    Thanks for the opportunity to put forward ideas, comment on things and for responses. It has been enthralling to have some intelligent commentary and critical thinking being applied to MSM and government. Good to know your not alone with your concerns and be informed of other people’s plights. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of much of the commentary. Always exceptions but generally great and at times very funny.
    Lprent and other contributors put in a lot of work to provide the site and information that is an alternative to corporate controlled media and commentary that is lame and one sided. It is really where democracy is starting to live and breathe again. Cheers.

  16. Macro 16

    What every one has already said especially Karol.
    Thanks for a great site where we can share.

  17. McFlock 17

    Thanks Lynn, and the agnostic equivalent of “god bless everyone” 🙂

  18. xtasy 18

    Yes, I wish to add my thank you to the same persons and for the same reasons and aspects that Karol summarised above. Thank you to Lynn for providing the technical base and some of your own contributions for this lively forum. I thank also Karol and others who regularly publish their posts and comments here, same as all other regular and not so regular commenters and readers.

    This place is much more interesting than any other blog-site of this type I know in NZ, and it offers more “brains” and debates of quality than most. Naturally there will always be the odd trolls and dimwits wanting to upset, irritate or disrupt, but we learn to deal to them, or live with them. If Kiwiblog was not so right of centre and “libertarian” focused, it could deserve its place ahead of TS, but I am mystified why Farrar gets so much credit.

    I have signed off a few times before and will possibly only pop up here again on occasions. The end of year prompted me to return with some contributions. In any case, I continue reading TS more regularly.

    Best wishes for 2014 – to all of you! And thanks for putting up with me, when I had my not so great moments.

  19. Jenny Kirk 19

    I, too, would like to give my appreciation for the work of everyone, and especially L Prent, in making this such an informative and interesting blogsite.

    Enjoy the summer !

  20. marsman 20

    Thank you Lynn for the Standard and thank you Karol and all the other writers for their great posts. You are all generous indeed.

  21. Linz 21

    I’d like to add my thanks, too, especially to Lynn, Karol, Mickey Savage, and many others for their research and facts as well as their valuable opinions. I’m a lonely Labour Party supporter in rural East Otago so I appreciate having The Standard as a means of connecting to the Left and hearing all the gossip. I do hope we all have a cracker year in 2014.

  22. Huginn 22

    Thanks to you all.

    • Anne 22.1

      +1

      It’s all been said.

      However if I may be so bold as to change the subject slightly – here is as good as anywhere.

      The subject of Len Brown came up at the family Xmas function and there was much tut-tutting and faux angst over his acceptance of hotel upgrades. I pointed out that it was par for the course for politicians, and had been going on since God made little apples. The emphasis changed, and the tut tutting etc. became… fancy Len Brown being stupid enough to get caught. :roll:

  23. Tracey 23

    Anne

    politics doesnt get discussed in my family. But at a non family dinner brown came up from someone who reads whaleoil. With a straight face I asked him how many right wing politicians have had as much time and energy expended outting their misdemeanors. He didnt think any. 😉

  24. JustLikeTigerWoods 24

    John Key. On here. You guys are totally obsessed with him.

    • karol 24.1

      JLTW, that’s why my post and every comment under it has a mention of John Key..

      …. no, wait, a search of this page shows that you are the first to mention him.

      Must be you that is obsessed.

      Go sip some summer wine, and chill, your obsession may waft off in the summer breeze.

      PS: Am I correct in thinking you were banned?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • EY: TPP stamp duties on foreigners may have to apply to Kiwis
    The Government’s claim that a TPP-enabled tax on foreign buyers would amount to a ban has been exposed as folly by tax experts, who say that in most cases a tax would apply to Kiwi buyers too, says Labour’s Trade ...
    16 hours ago
  • Project 300 short on facts
    A Minister’s pet scheme to employ 300 disabled people in Christchurch seems to be short on facts, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams.  “Nicky Wagner cannot provide solid evidence to show that her much vaunted Project 300 has actually ...
    17 hours ago
  • Who are they going to call?
    A cry for help from New Zealand’s longest-running crisis line highlights chronic underfunding of the sector by the Government, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Lifeline is THE go-to helpline for people in crisis, taking up to 180,000 calls each ...
    22 hours ago
  • Five months too long for homeless to wait
    New figures revealing homeless people registered with Work and Income are waiting an average of 155 days to be housed shows the Government is totally overwhelmed by the housing crisis, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “What’s worse is ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister in cloud cuckoo land
    Hekia Parata needs a very big reality check if she truly believes every parent has the choice of sending their child to a private school, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Questioned in the House today about plans to pump ...
    2 days ago
  • Convention centre failure means years of uncertainty for CBD
    The failure of Gerry Brownlee’s planned convention centre deal leaves Christchurch facing uncertainty about when activity will be restored to the CBD, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “As one of the CBD’s major anchor projects, the convention centre complex ...
    2 days ago
  • PCE proves water quality still deteriorating
    The PCE State of the Environment Report shows that river water quality is continuing to get worse across large parts of New Zealand, says Labour’s Environment and Water spokesperson David Parker. “Water quality has deteriorated in Canterbury, Central Otago, Auckland, ...
    2 days ago
  • Families with new babies victims of today’s veto
    Families with new babies are the victims of an historical “first” for the New Zealand Parliament today. “For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because ...
    2 days ago
  • Crime on the rise…again!
    The Police Minister’s contention that Police have enough resources to meet the expectations of New Zealand communities is not reflected in the Police’s own statistics, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “Yet again, reported burglaries have increased in every region ...
    2 days ago
  • Private schools beneficiaries of extra cash
    Plans to give more taxpayer money to private schools at a time when state schools are struggling to make ends meet says everything about the National Government’s twisted priorities, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Not only did this year’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Inequality getting worse under National
    Inequality is getting worse under National with almost 60 per cent of the wealth in this country concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent according to Statistics NZ figures released today, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    3 days ago
  • Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy
    Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “In this year’s Budget the Government ...
    4 days ago
  • Shewan report delivers rebuke to National
    John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Three years ago the Inland Revenue Department ...
    4 days ago
  • Auckland Airport rail analysis must be made public
    The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Transport Agency today said it is ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations
    Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate ...
    5 days ago
  • Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice
    Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “While we respect the decision to leave the EU, it goes without saying the move will usher in ...
    6 days ago
  • Pasifika Education Centre doomed
    The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio  “In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer ...
    7 days ago
  • Onetai Station review a shameful whitewash
    A report released today on the Overseas Investment Office’s (OIO) good character test is a whitewash that does nothing to improve New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. “The review of the good character test ...
    7 days ago
  • We need a national strategy to end homelessness now
    Long before I entered Parliament, housing and homelessness were issues dear to my heart. I know from personal experience just how hard it is to find an affordable home in Auckland. In my maiden speech, I talked about how when ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    7 days ago
  • Capital feels a chill economic wind
      Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark.  “Economic confidence amongst Wellingtonians has dropped 12% in the past ...
    1 week ago
  • Dive school rort took six years to dredge up
    News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. “Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s housing crisis hitting renters hard
    National’s ongoing housing crisis is causing massive rental increases, with Auckland renters being hit the hardest, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Government holds Northland back
    New information shows Northland remains the most economically depressed region in New Zealand, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. “The latest Westpac McDermott Miller regional survey found that more Northlanders believe their local economy will deteriorate this year than ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebstock report into MFAT leaks a disgrace
    An Ombudsman’s report on the Paul Rebstock investigation into MFAT leaks shows the two diplomats at the centre of the case were treated disgracefully, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi.  “The Ombudsman says one of the diplomats Derek Leask ...
    1 week ago
  • More families forced to turn to food banks for meals
    Increasing numbers of families are having to go to food banks just to put a meal on the table, according to a new report that should shame the Government into action, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Aussie reforms signal trouble ahead for school funding plan
    Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The signaled return to bulk funding is ...
    1 week ago
  • Toxic Sites – the down low on the go slow
    In  2011, I negotiated an agreement with the National Government to advance work on cleaning up contaminated sites across the country. This included establishing a National Register of the ten worst sites where the creators of the problem could not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Aucklanders face new motorway tax of up to $2500 a year
    The Government wants to tax Aucklanders thousands of dollars a year just to use the motorway network, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Officials estimate the average city commute is 11.8km. This means for the average Aucklander commuting five ...
    1 week ago
  • 15 corrupt bank managers identified in student fraud
    New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information ...
    1 week ago
  • National leaves Kiwi savers the most vulnerable in OECD
    News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail. Most Kiwis ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Comprehensive plan for future of work needed
    A Massey University study showing many New Zealanders are unaware of the increasing role of automation in their workplace, highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for the future of work, says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work ...
    1 week ago
  • Another National Government failure: 90 day work trials
    On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Iraq mission extension case not made
    The Prime Minister has not made the case for extending the Iraq deployment another 18 months nor the expansion of their mission, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “Labour originally opposed the deployment because the Iraqi Army’s track record was poor, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Melanoma deaths could be avoided by an early access scheme
      The tragic death of Dunedin’s Graeme Dore from advanced Melanoma underlines the cruelty of this Government in promising a treatment but delaying for months, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “Graeme was diagnosed with Melanoma last year. He used ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Assessing the Defence White Paper
    The Government’s recently released Defence White Paper has raised questions again about New Zealand’s defence priorities, and in particular the level and nature of public funding on defensive capabilities. The Green Party has a longstanding belief that priority must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis’ confidence drops again: Economy needs a boost
    Westpac’s consumer confidence survey has fallen for the seventh time in nine quarters, with middle income households ‘increasingly worried about where the economy is heading over the next few years’, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This survey is a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Relocation grant simply kicks can down the road
    The response by state house tenants and social agencies to the Government’s rushed plan to shift families out of Auckland tells us what we already knew – this is no answer to the chronic housing shortage, Opposition Leader Andrew Little ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Peace hīkoi to Parihaka
    On Friday a Green crew walked with the peace hīkoi from Ōkato to Parihaka. Some of us were from Parliament and some were party members from Taranaki and further afield. It was a cloudy but gentle day and at one ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition
    The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English exaggerates PPL costs to justify veto
    The Finance Minister has used trumped-up costings to justify a financial veto against parents having 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Bill English’s assertion on RNZ yesterday that the measure would cost an extra $280 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must refund overcharged motorists
    Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 90-day work trials an unfair failure which must change
    A new Treasury report shows the Government’s 90-day trials haven’t helped businesses and are inherently unfair, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Motu report found that 90-day trial periods had no impact on overall employment and did not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Massey East houses a start but Nick Smith should think bigger
    The Massey East 196-home development is a start but the Government must think bigger if it is to end the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “It is great the Government is finally realising it needs to build ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More changes needed to ensure fewer cases like Teina Pora’s
    Teina Pora spent 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, shafted by a Police investigation that prioritised an investigator’s hunch over the pursuit of credible evidence. Yesterday’s announcement that the government is to pay him $2.5m in ...
    GreensBy David Clendon
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere