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The art of the possible

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, June 20th, 2012 - 60 comments
Categories: assets, election 2014, privatisation - Tags:

The Nats’ latest defence of asset sales is ‘if Labour doesn’t say they’ll buy them back,then they secretly agree with the sales’.

Well, we would all like Labour to be able to make that commitment but, in the real world, that would be irresponsible (as irresponsible as, say, locking yourself into asset sales in the middle of a global economic crisis). The incoming government is going to have to know how the bad a situation the Nats are leaving the books in, the regulatory changes it intends to make to electricity (some of which could gut the value of the companies) and the state of the economy.

As for the suggestion that if you don’t reverse a policy, then you must love it – well, Bill, just ask the owner of the railways, the airline, and a bank who also provides Working for Families and interest-free student loans … he’s the man in the mirror.

60 comments on “The art of the possible”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    The problem is that this was yet another very crafty move by the Nat’s, likely (unfortunately) to register with people who do not trouble to think.

  2. RedLogix 2

    The correct answer to this nonsense is for Shearer to say, “Are you daring us to say this?”.

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      “You can’t unshit a bed. Bill English wants you to think that if you can’t unshit a bed, you are in favour of shitting the bed. He’s desperate, and his policy stinks.”

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      No, the correct answer for Shearer is to say that they will be renationalised with no compensation.

  3. ad 3

    Could you just spell out what makes it irresponsible for Labour to make that promise?

    - They don’t have to be held to doing it in a single term
    - The policy would immediately depress the share value of the company, without interrupting the divident flow
    - It is of course completely consistent with Labour’s Constitution
    - It immediately aligns the Opposition and gives Labour clearer coalition options
    - It would probably quickly depress the NZ Dollar – not all bad
    - Could be done in part with the NZSuper 40% local investment requirement, EQC fund, and ACC fund, with a bit of legislative stick where required

    • Pete 3.1

      Could be done in part with the NZSuper 40% local investment requirement, EQC fund, and ACC fund

      I think those are some of the sources the Nats are hoping to buy 10% parcels of the assets anyway. In part the asset sales are a way of raiding the pots of public money the government can’t otherwise get their grubby mitts on.

      • ad 3.1.1

        Agreed.

        I guess my main motivation for keeping the assets within public ands entirely is that we are such a small country and without a reaonsbly strong state the entire idea of New Zealand as a country will start to dissolve. This dissolution would affect New Zealand in:
        – dividend capacity
        – emergency command-and-control capacity
        – equity to raise public loans
        – exposure to the insecurity of the sharemarket
        – ability to control other than through (our often weak) regulators, and
        – as major innovators who do indeed burn through cash for projects that would in otherwise commercial terms not bother with that degree of R&D.

        Prime Ministers Holyoake and Muldoon would have been fine with that nation-building and nation-security stuff. These current guys are just too commercial for me.

  4. tc 4

    I don’t see any problem with the opposition putting the stake in the ground on buying back what’s sold without compensation.

    Plenty of ‘get outs’ once they get in as the NACT have BS’d their way through nearly 4 years so lord knows the true state of our nation with the highly paid consultants keeping the treasury etc in line.

    How many broken promises has Key made, time to play them at their own game and put some real heat on the MP/UF jellybacks.

  5. Peter 5

    It’s not irresponsible, in fact, it’s more than a bit gutless not to make that statement publicly. Labour did it with ACC in 1999 before the election (a slightly different situation albeit).

    It’s precisely Labour’s lack of conviction on asset sales, and its capitulation to the market on this issue that is probably behind its lacklustre response.

    You simply have to say categorically:

    “We will renationalise these assets at the price of sale, minus costs”.

    People get their money back, but the sale price is instantly driven down to a point whereby the sale becomes untenable for National to continue with.

    The beauty of the policy is that it never has to be enacted.

    Peter

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      “The beauty of the policy is that it never has to be enacted.”

      And seriously makes international and domestic business scared of any Labour government that comes to power. Which, on balance, is actually not a good thing. It might also violate international trade agreements we’ve signed up to.

      • freedom 5.1.1

        “It might also violate international trade agreements we’ve signed up to.”

        Which is why trade agreements are generally not worth the forests that get cut down to write them. Countries lose their sovereign right to determine their future and Industry smiles all the way to the Banks that gave then the cash to do the deal. Banks, that let’s face it, are the ones who really want countries to lose their auto-determination.

        mmm didn’t David Rockefeller say words to that affect?

        “The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite
        and world bankers is surely preferable to the national
        auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

      • Peter 5.1.2

        This cuts to the heart of what I’m getting at – why is Labour so afraid of doing something more than just tinkering with market mechanisms, of doing something more than just having a kinder hand on the throttle and tiller (even assuming that the mechanisms are still connected to the engine?)

        One thing I have noticed (since I left the NZLP after 10+ years of hard core involvement) and decided to start up my own business, is that tories don’t think like that. Aside from not wanting to piss off their elite support base too much, they seem to have retained their ability to lead without the same fear that seems to cripple Labour leaders. National governments will therefore, take massive steps to intervene in markets, as this one has, albeit interventions that result in large transfers of wealth to their elite.

        Instead Labour seems to be very good at coming up with excuses about why it can’t make similar hard decisions. It always seems to be afraid of something or someone else, generally unelected jumping in and rolling back the policy. It wasn’t always like this.

        I do wonder if the root of the problem is that Labour cannot confront the fact that it’s just as neoliberal as the rest of them, and it knows that neoliberal responses aren’t working. Or, Labour now knows, deep down, it is clinging to a model of the world that no longer makes much sense, and it won’t acknowledge it, out of fear that the new model will hand far too much over to the Greens?
        (I think there is a new political model of the world that is in keeping with the old Labour traditions that doesn’t hand it over to the Greens)

        Honestly, to hell with an international trade agreement if it prevents NZ from being in charge of its own energy resources. Without energy, there is no economy, and if Labour is silly enough to allow someone else to be in charge of that destiny, when it has a policy response at its disposal that might stop it then is it really any different to National?

        Above all, it’s the fact that Labour currently possesses a policy weapon that could stop it, and IT WONT use it, that pisses me off so much.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.3

        And seriously makes international and domestic business scared of any Labour government that comes to power. Which, on balance, is actually not a good thing.

        Actually, it is a Good Thing. People should not be afraid of their governments but businesses should be afraid of pissing off the people and thus having the government come down on them like tonne of bricks.

        It’s called sovereignty

  6. vto 6

    Could somebody ‘in the loop’ with labour please explain why they cannot carry out a buy-back? If it is signalled well in advance then it is fine. The market simply doesn’t like rules being changed partway through, so just make the rules clear at the start.

    So, why not?

    What are the reasons?

    • BLiP 6.1

      .

      There’s this little thing called TPP – see, once National Ltd™ flogs off our electricity supply, we can’t buy it back without paying waaaaaaay over the odds in compensation to the corporates for loss of potential profit. Its a rigged WIN/LOSE table in the South Pacific corner of the international money changers’ casino being run by the 1%.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.1

        Repeal the offending sections of that odious incompetence too.

        • freedom 6.1.1.1

          +1
          Start at “The” on title page 1
          and continue deleting until you hit the end of last page of the appendixes

        • BLiP 6.1.1.2

          .

          Perhaps youse didn’t get the memo. Our government can’t just change the law . . .

          AN OPEN LETTER FROM LAWYERS TO THE NEGOTIATORS OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP URGING THE REJECTION OF INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

          8 May 2012

          As lawyers from the academy, bench and bar, legislature, public service, business and other legal communities in Asia and the Pacific Rim, we are writing to raise concerns about the Investment and Investor-State dispute arbitration provisions being considered in the on-going negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

          We have diverse views about the TPP generally. However, we are united in our view that the foreign investor protections included in some recent Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT) and their enforcement through Investor-State arbitration should not be replicated in the TPP. We base this conclusion on concerns about how the expansion of this regime threatens to undermine the justice systems in our various countries and fundamentally shift the balance of power between investors, states and other affected parties in a manner that undermines fair resolution of legal disputes.

          We are encouraged to note that the Government of Australia has said it is unwilling to submit to Investor-State dispute settlement powers under a TPP and other future trade agreements, and urge the TPP negotiators to exclude the Investor-State system for all countries, not just Australia.

          As lawyers, we believe that all investors, regardless of nationality, should have access to an open and independent judicial system for the resolution of disputes, including disputes with government. We are strong supporters of the rule of law. It is in this context that we raise our concerns.

          The ostensible purpose for investor protections in international agreements and their Investor-State enforcement was to ensure that foreign investors in countries without well-functioning domestic court systems would have a means to obtain compensation if their real property, plant or equipment was expropriated by a government. However, the definition of “covered investments” extends well beyond real property to include speculative financial instruments, government permits, government procurement, intangible contract rights, intellectual property and market share, whether or not investments have been shown to contribute to the host economy.

          Simultaneously, the substantive rights granted by FTA investment chapters and BITs have also expanded significantly and awards issued by international arbitrators against states have often incorporated overly expansive interpretations of the new language in investment treaties. Some of these interpretations have prioritized the protection of the property and economic interests of transnational corporations over the right of states to regulate and the sovereign right of nations to govern their own affairs.

          Increasingly decisions issued under this system see foreign investors being granted greater rights than are provided to domestic firms and investors under the Constitutions, laws and court systems of host countries. In several instances, arbitral tribunals have gone beyond awards of cash damages and issued injunctive relief that creates severe conflicts of law. For instance, a recent order by a tribunal in the case brought by Chevron against Ecuador under a U.S.-Ecuador BIT ordered the executive branch of that country to violate its constitutional separation of powers and somehow halt the enforcement of an appellate court ruling.

          This is not a unique case. The scope of government actions that arbitral tribunals have previously considered they may subject to review for possible violations of investor rights includes a ruling on jurisdiction in the Loewen v. United States case under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in January 5, 2001 that ‘measures’ include the function of a domestic court and the standing rules of civil procedure. The arbitral tribunal concluded that a jury decision in private contract litigation constituted a government measure that was subject to NAFTA’s investor rules.

          Investors are also seeking to avoid the deliberate decision of governments to require investors to pursue remedies in the domestic courts of the host nation, at least initially, by invoking the most-favoured-nation rule. Subsidiaries of Philip Morris International are seeking to circumvent a requirement in the Uruguay-Switzerland BIT that they must attempt to litigate their objections to Uruguay’s new tobacco labelling laws through the domestic courts for eighteen months before pursuing international arbitration by invoking a provision from a BIT between Uruguay and a third country that does not have that requirement.

          Moreover, the design of the Investor-State system tribunals allows lawyers to rotate between roles as arbitrators and advocates for investors in a manner that would be unethical for judges. The system also excludes the right for non-investor litigants and other affected parties to participate and fails to meet the basic principles of transparency, consistency and due process common to our legal systems. Investment arbitration as currently constituted is not a fair, independent, and balanced method for the resolution of disputes between sovereign nations and private investors.

          It is of particular concern that, rather than being an option of last resort, the use of this regime is increasing exponentially. BITs with Investor-State enforcement have existed since the 1950s, but between 1972 and 2000 only about 50 disputes were resolved. Since 2000, under the World Bank’s international arbitration arm, the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), alone 173 cases have been resolved and an additional 128 filed.

          To put this in perspective, as recently as 1999 only 69 ICSID cases had been launched. Today, there are 370-plus such cases underway, an increase of 436% – and that is only the number of Investor-State cases at ICSID. Over $675 million has been paid out under U.S. FTAs and BITs alone, 70% percent of which pertained to challenges to governments’ natural resource and environmental policies, not to traditional expropriations. Tobacco companies have also used Investor-State dispute settlement to challenge government tobacco control policies enacted to implement obligations under the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

          The current regime’s expansive definition of covered investments and government actions, the grant of expansive substantive investor rights that extend beyond domestic law, the increasing use of this mechanism to skirt domestic court systems and the structural problems inherent in the arbitral regime is corrosive of the rule of law and fairness.

          WE THEREFORE CALL UPON
          all governments engaged in the TPP negotiations to follow Australia’s example by rejecting the Investor-State dispute mechanism and reasserting the integrity of our domestic legal processes.

          http://tpplegal.wordpress.com/open-letter/

          Thanks National Ltd™ – I’m lovin’ it.

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 6.1.1.2.1

            “Perhaps youse didn’t get the memo. Our government can’t just change the law . . ”

            Is that so? I think they can in fact. They do it all the time. You think a trade agreement is sacred or protected in some way?

            • BLiP 6.1.1.2.1.1

              .

              As it happens, contracts entered into under the TPP are protected – have a read of the Open Letter and get back to me.

      • Hami Shearlie 6.1.2

        On Think Tank last weekend Professor Jane Kelsey stated that South Korea have a similar kind of TPP. And they are talking about renegotiating the deal and deleting the clauses that allow private companies to sue!! It’s pretty suspect when Tim Groser says he hasn’t even seen what has been written into the contract yet. Even more suspicious that the public won’t be able to know what the Nacts have signed NZ up to for four years!! Why, if it’s so good for NZ? Anyone know any more?

    • Te Reo Putake 6.2

      Labour’s current priority is to stop the sales, if it all possible. That’s the immediate focus. There was, however, considerable support at the recent round of regional meetings to immediately return the stolen goods to public ownership when we lead the next Government and I would be very surprised if that is not Labour’s position going into the next election. We may find Shearer saying aas much in the next few days anywaym as Winston seems to have put it firmly on the agenda.
       
      As I commented earlier, I will be pushing for any compensation to be at the lowest price (either at IPO or lower if the share price drops). And paid over a number of years, so the NZ people get a clear financial advantage out of the re-nationalisation process. Which was something we could not do with Kiwirail and Air NZ, unfortunately.

      • ad 6.2.1

        That’s the natural tactical position. But tactics isn’t enough.

        “In the next few days” is too late for a debate being covered high on the TV news every day right now. Labour have had plenty of time to firm up their policy position.

        To be actually in the hot legislative debate without sharp policy soundbites is to hand everyone else a political gift.

      • Peter 6.2.2

        This is good, yes, but why wait for Winston to put it on the agenda. It reeks of decisions by focus group, or the reactive decision-making that Ministers make in their final term in office.

        I’ve often thought that Labour’s issue in terms of leadership is that we/they (I don’t see myself as part of the party any more) select highly competent public servants to be MPs. In other words, kind, loyal, caring, and intelligent people, far better than the tories. But the flaw, the fatal flaw, is that most of them see themselves as administrators of the state, rather than leaders. There is a lack of belief in the power of ideas and agenda-setting – they wait for someone else to take the initiative, and then if there’s enough support, they implement it competently.

        Right now we need more than that. We need leadership. If Shearer came out tomorrow and announced such a policy, I reckon you’d see a 5 point jump in Labour’s polling. This is a message from the provinces too, well beyond the Beltway.

        Peter

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.3

        Labour’s current priority is to stop the sales, if it all possible.

        BS, they could stop the sales by saying that they will be re-nationalised without compensation. They’re not doing that though.

    • Pete 6.3

      A thought occurs to me that a Labour government could set up a single wholesaler for electricity, creating a Monopsony. We already have a successful model for this in New Zealand with Pharmac. Competing power companies would have a greater incentive to undercut each other.

      • Peter 6.3.1

        We had this system once upon a time. It was called the Electricity Department, and then, the Electricity Corporation of NZ. It had a single price setting policy that applied, with regional differences, to all of New Zealand. You didn’t need at least six generators, umpteen lines companies, and some shell companies such as Powershop all with marketing and admin staff to support in order to set reasonable and fair pricing for power. I think it was done with a staff of less than 10.

        Yes, it wasn’t perfect, but in aiming for perfection, what we’ve created is something far worse – a disintegrated and fragmented electricity system with artificial separations forced by law. Electricity is a natural monopoly, we cannot get away from that, so rather than trying to bend nature, it’s easier to just place it under strong central and regional governance.

        And hey, we’ve recreated the local power board…

        • Draco T Bastard 6.3.1.1

          +1

          • Peter 6.3.1.1.1

            My policy is actually to extend the role of the power board to all aspects of local energy use, by calling them Energy Boards, and giving them oversight of regions or sub-regions.

    • Jackal 6.4

      I would like to see the next government undertake aggressive legislative change to undo some of the damage that National has caused over the last few years. I would also like to see a special department that works closely with the serious fraud office set up to investigate Nacts corrupt practices. There should be a number of prosecutions.

  7. Enough is Enough 7

    I have been saying it for weeks.

    Labour can kill this bill in its tracks by announcing this very policy. Who will invest in a copany that is guaranteed to be nationalised in 2 years time. Absolutley nobody.

    Labour grow some fucking balls. This silly referendum wont stop the Nats. A firm policy anouncement will stop people investing in them though.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Who will invest in a copany that is guaranteed to be nationalised in 2 years time. Absolutley nobody.

      Actually, just saying that it will be renationalised will result in everybody trying to buy it as it would effectively be a guaranteed super-profit for the buyers. To stop the sale it must renationalised without compensation – not even the purchase price returned.

  8. Kevin 8

    Labour’s buy back of NZ rail cost a fortune:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/456672/Rail-buy-back-cost-nears-1-5b
    Anything is possible if you are willing to pay a premium and spend more than you earned in the first place.
    In other words buy backs are ridiculously expensive and bad economics.

    • ad 8.1

      That depends on the kind of signals you send to the market beforehand.

      Labour’s sale of NZRail in the first place told the market that they would pay over the odds. And I agree with you they did.

      But sending a signal that they would buy them back over time, and regulate the ass off them, and define New Zealand ownership of those shares, immediately discounts the price. In fact it would freak prospective buyers right out, unless they were New Zealand domiciled.

      Winston and the Grens are already making market signals on this already – if Labour did the same, any prospective investor knows they are taking an almightly gamble on the next election that National will get back in.

      But without that signal from Labour, forming a united Oppostion position, the market can’t see that risk so starkly.

      Pretty chilling looking at today’s Balance of Payments foreign ownership cash going out the window.

  9. Wayne 9

    Clearly Labour will not make such a promise. They surely will have more important things to do when they are in Govt, rather than spend money trying to undo the past – and for what purpose. New govts try and look forward, not back. Mr Shearer seems much more interested in spending scarce govt money on promoting innovation, which he can argue is intended to increase growth and opportunity. How would simply changing shareholders from private owners to the state do this?

    I am amused by the view that Labour could nationalise without compensation. You must have missed the last 70 years of Labour in govt and opposition. Much less the damage it would do to New Zealands reputation of having responsible govt. But in truth I am sure you know that.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      How would simply changing shareholders from private owners to the state do this?

      Interestingly enough, by allowing NZ to have enough resources to do the R&D (not that growth is sustainable of course but R&D is still needed).

      You must have missed the last 70 years of Labour in govt and opposition.

      Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t happen in the future and in NZ, parliament is supreme.

      Much less the damage it would do to New Zealand’s reputation of having responsible govt.

      Personally, I don’t really care about how the banksters rate NZ.

    • Jackal 9.2

      Wayne

      They surely will have more important things to do when they are in Govt, rather than spend money trying to undo the past – and for what purpose. New govts try and look forward, not back.

      We’re talking about crucial infrastructure Wayne, which has to continue to function now and in the future.

      The problem is that the short term profit motive means that not enough will be reinvested and there could even be some asset stripping. That’s what happened with the rail which Labour had to purchase back, otherwise the network would be next to useless by now.

      Today, the National led government voted against amendments to the Mixed Ownership Model Bill that would have prevented asset stripping… I wonder why?

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1

        Today, the National led government voted against amendments to the Mixed Ownership Model Bill that would have prevented asset stripping… I wonder why?

        Because they know damn well that it’s going to happen as it’s an easy way for the new private owners to realise a profit and after it’s been done the government will have to then put in massive investment which will allow the private sector even more profits. Exactly as what happened with both rail and Telecom.

  10. captain hook 10

    National has never said why they want to sell them in the first place.
    It looks increasingly like its just a payoff to their pals in the sharemarket and those that can afford to buy and stag the shares.
    This government just gets crummier and crummier.

    • BLiP 10.1

      .

      Nope. It was crummy way back when John Key was being groomed to manage this and the other transactions coming down the pipeline.

  11. ianmac 11

    Bill English spent his full time after Question Time today, mocking Labour by challenging them to declare that they would buy back the sold shares. Bill doesn’t do funny very well. Just sounds sneering.

  12. BillODrees 12

    #JamesHenderson 
    There is nothing irresponsible about warning prospective investors that a forced buy-back capped at purchase price is a possible/likely occurrence.
    Your approach, and that of the Labour leadership, is weak and unnecessary. Where are their cojones?  This is not  strong leadership. 
     - 

  13. PunditX 13

    NZ First just issue the following press release:
    NZ FIRST COMMITTED TO BUYING BACK STATE-OWNED ASSETS

    New Zealand First will use its influence on the next coalition Government to buy back our state-owned power companies which are being flogged off by National.

    Rt Hon Winston Peters says New Zealand First is committed to buying back the shares at no greater price than paid by the first purchaser.

    “State-owned assets rightfully belong to all New Zealanders but National is intent on handing them over to rich foreign investors.

    “It is simply lining the pockets of the wealthy by selling off well-performing assets that already provide the Government with extremely healthy dividends.”

    Mr Peters says it is only fair to alert potential investors that New Zealand First’s intention to buy back the shares will be part of any coalition negotiations.

    “As things stand now, the assets will end up in foreign ownership which is an outright attack on our sovereignty. We are committed to repelling that attack.”

  14. Populuxe1 14

    Well, we would all like Labour to be able to make that commitment but, in the real world, that would be irresponsible (as irresponsible as, say, locking yourself into asset sales in the middle of a global economic crisis). The incoming government is going to have to know how the bad a situation the Nats are leaving the books in, the regulatory changes it intends to make to electricity (some of which could gut the value of the companies) and the state of the economy.

    This makes absolutely no logical sense. How exactly would it be “irresponsible” in the “real world” for Labour to show some chutzpah and come out against what is a vastly unpopular policy. It can only win them votes. If Labour at the very least protests asset sales, that will only either further encourage National to halt its plans, or it will get voted in in 2014. Best case scenario they can categorically state that assets will be renationalised with a small symbolic compensation. Labour’s job is to prevent the situation getting bad in the first place, or doing it’s best to reverse the damage.  Otherwise Labour are just cowards, plain and simple.
     

  15. tracey 15

    Nationals backers wld love if labour bought them back. Imagine how much they will have miraculously escalated in value in two years yielding a splendidly high and quick profit to those who bought.

    • felix 15.1

      Oh no tracey, you misunderstand. The proposal is to buy them at the initial sale price or less, minus costs.

      (Which I think is far too kind btw)

  16. Fortran 16

    The Greens and the Winston Party have said they will renationalise these companies sold.
    The Greens will then try and shut them down totally as against their religion.

    It seems to be overlooked again that the Government – whoever they are, have 51% of the shares which says that the 49% have NO CONTROL over them whatsoever.

    • Te Reo Putake 16.1

      No, that hasn’t been overlooked, doofus. It’s been ignored because its not true. Minority shareholders have rights and influence. You need to learn a bit about how shares, shareholders and boards work before you comment again, because you are embarrassing yourself.

      • ad 16.1.1

        It goes faster and deeper than that too.

        Even at 100% ownership, Auckland Council didn’t act hard and fast on the Ports of Auckland dispute. But at least there were citizens to shout at them loud and hard.

        Soon as there’s more than one shareholder to consult with, the Executive can divide and rule as well. Witness how nothing ever got done with Watercare other than Business As Usual when there were 6 Local Councils holding all the shares.

        Granted public entities can have more emotional shareholders than most.

        Lose just 5%, and you have to hold a Shareholder meeting to really adjust the course of things. Public don’t have to be invited as it is now a private company. Actual accountability drastically weakens.

        For entities the scale of Genesis, altering the corporate direction becomes much more cumbersome. Management keeps going on their course, pays more attention to regulators to adjust prices than pay attention to their owners, and otherwise can put their feet on the desk. Almost.

        Losing 100% ownership to anything lower is a massive governance and accountability loss. It’s a private company, with a public holding.

  17. JonL 17

    Labour give the appearance of a bunch of gutless fools who think that by saying nothing they won’t offend too many people, when, in reality, they offend everyone. If they don’t make up their minds pretty damn quick, and state exactly where they stand in the NZ scenario, they will continue to bleed supporters.
    That’s assuming they haven’t already stated where they stand, as “Key Lite”, in more and more peoples minds!
    My mates, relations and I have long gone, and, on Labour’s current performance (apart from a few glimmers of suppressed light) won’t be coming back any time soon!

    • ad 17.1

      Is it cynical to point out that the polls seem to have been tracking pretty well for Labour’s direction since November 2011?

      • john 17.1.1

        You are assuming that it must be because Labour is doing something right. It’s probably more likely because people are turning against national, rather than any changes than Labour has made to its policies.

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1

          Voting for the least bad of the big two is not qhat I call motivational.

  18. Tim 18

    Reading this blog you have to conclude that no ‘Govt’ has done a worthy job of running our public assets….and MMP has now made the outcomes even worse for the long suffering ‘public’…..thank goodness for Muldoon and his (think) BIG call on building the infrastructure he did put in place…because without it we would be truely a bunch of low speed pacific islanders….SO Cullen’s purchase of TransRail justifies the fact that NO politician should be in charge of spending (wasting) our hard earned tax dollars. Look at the numbers in that SoE now and the cold hard cash being tipped down that black hole!! And the same politically driven agenda for when AirNZ needs more cash as well as KiwiBank and NZPost. NZ WAKE up!! We have tax revenues topping out at $54B per annum and expenditure at $70B. Public DEBT will top out at close to $70B this cycle. Unless we manage ourselves a lot smarter then we will be facing the abys that Europe is now……I don’t fancy we will; and we have a European ‘system’ that will continually deliver 120 dickheads every 3 years into Wellington ….I need to go for a walk…..

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    Occasionally erudite | 14-07 2:07 am
  • Collins’ crime reduction targets
    This morning Judith Collins said categorically that there was no political pressure being placed on Police in terms of reported crime numbers. That is not true. Here is an info graphic from National's website showing the reduction-in-reported-crime target the government...
    Polity | 14-07 2:07 am
  • Why restaurant service is slowing down
    One restaurant in New York has compared recent security footage to footage from 2004 to try and explain why its service is about 80% slower now than ten years ago. In 2004, their patrons were in the restaurant for an...
    Polity | 14-07 12:07 am
  • Without Laila, the Greens were nothing…
    Yesterday, the Green Party released their Clean Rivers Priority. National may quibble over the possible economic cost of fully implementing the policy, but pollution rates in our rivers clearly show that the current system isn’t working. When almost two-thirds of our...
    Occasionally erudite | 14-07 12:07 am
  • Judith Collins on crime
    Last week, new information became public about potential stat-juking by our Police. The practice of reclassifying hundreds of "burglaries", which appear in the crime statistics, as "incidents", which do not, has the effect of artificially reducing the apparent crime rate....
    Polity | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • National Mum and Labour Dad: A Few Minor quibbles with Maori TelevisionR...
    I've finally got around to watching Maori Television's valuable new series Media Take. Given that I helped kick-off the recent social media debate on the Undecideds (albeit with a relatively brief analysis), I was particularly interested to see Russell Brown's...
    Sub zero politics | 13-07 6:07 pm
  • Beware the Polls of March
    Note: This Post is unfinished. Aiming for an in-depth analysis, but find I now don't quite have the time available to do it justice. So I've temporarily abandoned it about a third of the way through. I may well come...
    Sub zero politics | 13-07 4:07 pm
  • ipredict Election Update #26
    Press Release – iPredict Labours probability of leading next government continues to recover as Greens make further gainsipredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #26 Monday 14 July 2014 www.ipredict.co.nz Key Points: • Labour’s probability of leading next government continues to recover...
    Its our future | 13-07 3:07 pm
  • Can Obama Achieve Checkmate for TPPA by November?
    Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The most opaque round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to date ended in Ottawa yesterday. The odds of President Obama achieving his goal of a meaningful document by the APEC leaders summit...
    Its our future | 13-07 10:07 am
  • Trust NZ Police crime stats? Sure can’t…
    The Herald on Sunday has revealed this morning that between 2009 and 2012, 700 instances of burglary offending in Counties Manukau were incorrectly “recoded”, recorded instead as more minor crimes, such as theft or wilful damage, or as “incidents”, which aren’t...
    Occasionally erudite | 13-07 1:07 am
  • National Party ‘Fudging The Figures’ To Hide Their Incompetence
    Revelations are beginning to come to light about the incompetent National Party fiddling with statistics to hide the true state NZ is in. The latest revelation shows 700 burglaries in South Auckland were re-coded by Police to show as ‘other’...
    An average kiwi | 13-07 12:07 am
  • Follow the Leader: Fairfax-Ipsos Preferred PM Breakdowns
     Fairfax have recently made their Preferred PM (by Party Support) demographics available. The methodology underpinning the Preferred PM measure in the four Public Polls that ask this question (Fairfax-Ipsos, Herald-DigiPoll, One News Colmar Brunton, 3 News Reid Research) tends to...
    Sub zero politics | 12-07 6:07 am
  • Fairfax-Ipsos Poll – February, May and June 2014 (Demographic/Geograp...
    [Update: These are the demographics for the February, May and June 2014 Fairfax-Ipsos Polls. The May breakdowns only became available once the June Poll was released. The post was written well before the June Poll came out]A few days ago on...
    Sub zero politics | 12-07 6:07 am
  • A Leap into the Unknown: The June 2014 Fairfax-Ipsos Poll records a swing ...
    [This post is still a work in progress. I'll add bits and pieces as I go along][For the more detailed Fairfax/Stuff-Ipsos Poll breakdowns - either scroll down to bottom of blog and click on my earlier post 'Fairfax-Ipsos Poll - February,...
    Sub zero politics | 12-07 6:07 am
  • Cunliffe’s identity crisis
    #451749688 / gettyimages.com In the NZ Herald last week, there was an article about John Key’s position on euthanasia. Key had been quizzed by Bob McCoskrie from Family First about a range of issues, one of which was euthanasia. John Key’s...
    Occasionally erudite | 12-07 3:07 am
  • The campaign revolution is coming, as fiscal conditions allow.
    Until very recently, the entire campaign apparatus was structured to cater almost exclusively to winning over people already likely to cast ballots. Politicians, who tend to have an outsized sense of their persuasive powers, like to imagine elections as a...
    Polity | 11-07 2:07 am
  • Labour’s disturbing rape prosecution reform plans
    The presumption of innocence is a fundamental principle of our legal system. Section 25 of the Bill of Right Act 1990 provides “the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law”. Article 11((1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...
    Occasionally erudite | 11-07 2:07 am
  • National rejects helping the most vulnerable kids
    Here is Vernon Small this morning: The Government rejected plans to include beneficiaries in a package to help families with newborn babies, despite official advice they were the most vulnerable. Budget papers show that last November, Treasury, Inland Revenue and...
    Polity | 10-07 11:07 pm
  • Research into Fox News
    Two grimly-amusing studies are out about the impact that Fox News has on its viewers. First, PunditFact finds that Fox News is more likely than other cable news operations to broadcast statements from pundits and others that are either "False"...
    Polity | 10-07 10:07 pm
  • Overview: 2014 Poll Results (January – June)
    I'm currently completing a detailed Two-Part Post analysing Opinion poll trends over the last few years. Specifically, Part One will take a close look at the disparities between(1) Poll support for each party in the 18-month run-up to the last two...
    Sub zero politics | 10-07 8:07 pm
  • To the North: Places I’d like to visit during our next trip to the UK...
    This Blog's devoted, first and foremost, to public opinion. Specifically, Opinion Poll analysis and the geography of the vote. But just now and then I'll indulge myself. This happens to be one of those occasions.Hoping to make a few side-trips to the following places...
    Sub zero politics | 10-07 1:07 pm
  • The Ides of Epsom
    2011 Epsom voteAct   Party-Vote 3% (939 votes),   Candidate-Vote 44% (15,835)Nat   Party-Vote 65% (23,725),   Candidate-Vote 38% (13,574)Lab   Party-Vote 16% (5,716),   Candidate-Vote 10% (3,751)Green   Party-Vote 12% (4,424),   Candidate-Vote  6% (2,160)2011 Split-Vote(To read: Act received 939 Party-Votes in Epsom in 2011, 80% of those 939...
    Sub zero politics | 10-07 1:07 pm
  • Gordon Campbell on TPP talks and the election in Afghanistan
    Column – Gordon Campbell As negotiators gather in Ottawa this week for the latest round of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, the opposition to (a) the TPP deal itself and (b) the Trade Promotion Authority needed to...
    Its our future | 10-07 11:07 am
  • Blackadder as it Might Have Been: A Pilot Episode
    Recently found this rather strange (1982) pilot for the first series of Blackadder (which was eventually produced in 1983 as The Black Adder).The script and plot are essentially the same as the first series episode, Born to be King, although bits and pieces from the pilot were deleted (clearly...
    Sub zero politics | 10-07 9:07 am
  • 8 ways to help your productivity at work
    With the multitudes of distractions we face, notifications buzzing on your phone, pinging emails and […] The post 8 ways to help your productivity at work appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 10-07 3:07 am
  • Bob Jones a cretaceous nincompoop
    Under the heading of "Cunliffe a socialist liability," Bob Jones writes in the Wanganui Chronicle: I know someone who, through much hard work, became wealthy in the last few years. He has a sentimental historic attachment to the Labour Party,...
    Polity | 10-07 2:07 am
  • Decent Kiwi Women Will Not Vote for Women-Abuser Defending National Party
    It started with National MP Maurice Williamson allegedly trying to influence a Police investigation into a Woman Bashing Chinese Immigrant, and now we find the National Party reportedly tried their best to let an alleged sex offender slip out of...
    An average kiwi | 10-07 2:07 am
  • The ENV debate: Some more data
    As fellow anoraks will know, there is a bit of debate around about the political leanings of the people who voted in 2008 but not in 2011. Are they right-leaning sympathisers, kept at home in 2011 by complacency? Or are...
    Polity | 10-07 12:07 am
  • Class sizes need to drop in tertiary education, too
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 22 Labour’s new policy is kicking off a debate about class sizes with TEU calling for parties to tackle overcrowded lecture theatres. Having a smaller student to staff ratio...
    Tertiary Education Union | 10-07 12:07 am
  • Legal challenge against Faculty of Education
    The Tertiary Education Union is legally challenging the way 35 staff have been identified for potential dismissal. The move is on behalf of current academic staffing at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education, says...
    Tertiary Education Union | 10-07 12:07 am
  • Diplomats, alleyways and rape culture: How safe are our students?
    Trigger warning: This story deals with sexual assault and may be triggering to some people. A spate of recent attacks on Victoria University students has students and staff asking how safe New Zealand’s campuses...
    Tertiary Education Union | 10-07 12:07 am
  • Teaching-only universities next big thing?
    Australia’s university deregulation is sparking a conversation about the prospect of American-style teaching-only universities down under. Gavin Moodie, adjunct professor at Melbourne’s RMIT University, asks whether universities have to do research, suggesting that the pressure to...
    Tertiary Education Union | 10-07 12:07 am
  • MSD report report – Housing costs
    The latest MSD Household Incomes report (pages 84-89) spends a lot of time covering the over-time increase in housing costs. (Which, remember, National does not believe is a crisis. Or, if it is one, they say they solved it.) Over...
    Polity | 09-07 11:07 pm
  • If only they could put them up as fast as they’re pulling them down
    This is the CPIT War Memorial Hall at approximately 2:30pm yesterday.   July 9th, 2:30pm And here it is again at 11am this morning: July 10th, 11am This building was of no immediate risk. It had been there since the...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 09-07 11:07 pm
  • DPF on DC on CGT
    David Farrar was incensed - outraged - appalled - over the weekend when David Cunliffe spoke in favour of a Capital Gains Tax (excluding the family home). here is what David Cunliffe had said: By the way, a capital gains...
    Polity | 09-07 10:07 pm
  • A Herald editorial I very much agree with
    Here is part of this morning's New Zealand Herald editorial, on the issue of domestic violence: When the Labour leader made his declaration of shame last Friday, a social scientist claimed he was wrong to say family violence was perpetrated...
    Polity | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Not the war on men you’re looking for
    It’s headline news: Labour supports re-starting a Law Commission review initiated by Simon Power to investigate possible changes in our judicial system including the option of adopting an inquisitorial approach in cases of sexual violence. Shocking stuff! Hang on, why is that headline...
    Boots Theory | 09-07 9:07 am
  • Lies Damn lies and Statistics
    The 2014 Household Incomes Report, released yesterday, has been cherry picked by Government and opposition alike to show that the statistics match the story they have been telling. The Government uses a comparison with 2 years ago and shows things...
    Closing the Gap | 09-07 7:07 am
  • Of Angels and Angles
    Jim Anderton writes in the Herald in a very strong column about saving the Cathedral: The picture of the ‘ruin’ that has been put on television and on the front page of the Christchurch Press on dozens if not hundreds...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 09-07 3:07 am
  • Polling and cellphones – sorry, Frank, salvation does not that way lie (p...
    Part 1 of this post was in response to a post on the Daily Blog by Frank Macskasy entitled “TV3 News on Polling Cellphone Users – Only A Year Late“. Part 1 dealt largely with the methodology issues that polling companies...
    Occasionally erudite | 09-07 3:07 am
  • A great use for drones
    Here is some of the most beautiful fireworks footage ever shot, thanks to drone / UAV technology. Who knew! Enjoy. (H/T: IFLScience) Filed under: fun...
    Polity | 09-07 2:07 am
  • YESTERDAY’S RUBBISH..why is a minimum wage different from Free Trade?
    Andrew WattGermany’s first post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer is usually held to be the origin of an often-quoted phrase „Was kümmert mich mein Geschwätz von gestern?“. Roughly: why should I be concerned about the rubbish I talked yesterday? Whatever the rights...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 08-07 9:07 pm
  • Enhancing New Zealand – Japan cooperation
    Press Release – New Zealand Government The Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key and the Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Shinzo Abe met in Auckland on 7 July 2014. Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe...
    Its our future | 08-07 5:07 pm
  • Polling and cellphones – sorry, Frank, salvation does not that way lie (P...
    At the Daily Blog, Frank Macskasy is back on one of his favourite hobby horses, which is essentially that you can’t trust the polls because they don’t call people’s cellphones. Mr Macskasy lives in the hope that a vast conglomeration of the young...
    Occasionally erudite | 08-07 6:07 am
  • I’m sorry Mrs Powel of Philadelphia, you couldn’t.
      In the last couple of days, German publication Das Erste released a story and some source code of an application the NSA use to collect data on a large group who they classify as ‘extremists’. Journalists, researchers, activists and...
    eropei | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Why the Greens’ Abortion Policy Is So Important
    By Dr. Morgan Healey, President ALRANZ Note: Alranz exec members wrote two op-eds that were submitted to The New Zealand Herald (APN) and The Waikato Times (Fairfax) on 8 June, two days after the Green’s policy was announced. They weren’t...
    ALRANZ | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Labour’s Education Policies A Must For All Caring Parents – Even John K...
          Need I say more?      Of course National (other than John Key who has already admitted smaller class sizes are better – as per photo) are saying their policy of paying a handful of teachers and...
    An average kiwi | 08-07 1:07 am
  • Robert Reich on the 7 big lies told by neo-liberal politicians.
    This video is worth watching and listening to as Robert Reich exposes the fallacies that underpin the neo-liberal economics so beloved by John Key and his asset stripping cronies. http://youtu.be/mM5Ep9fS7Z0...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 07-07 11:07 pm
  • MANA announces its general seat candidates in Tamaki
    MANA is pleased to announce its general seat candidates in Tamaki for the 2014 election. We have 10 seasoned community campaigners keen to bring MANA’s full set of big, bold policies to the election campaign,” says MANA Leader and MP...
    Mana | 14-07 6:07 am
  • Media Advisory- MANA Youth Ambassador
    MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, and recently-appointed MANA Youth Ambassador Wairangi Koopu, will be available to speak to the media on the first day of the Internet MANA Road Trip. The Road Trip starts at Cape...
    Mana | 14-07 6:07 am
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today. Minister of Economic Development, Steven Joyce,...
    Greens | 14-07 12:07 am
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror in Gaza, the Green Party said today.Thousands of civilians in Gaza have fled their homes as Israel has continued an offensive to destroy Hamas rocket sites...
    Greens | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    Ex New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu has joined the MANA strategy team as the new MANA Youth Ambassador in another game changer move for the MANA party. “When we say we want more...
    Mana | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    The Green Party has announced today that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again and keeping our beaches safe from oil spills. The Green Party will make a series...
    Greens | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today. Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees...
    Greens | 11-07 4:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into...
    Greens | 11-07 3:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    Papers released to the Green Party shows that the Government turned their back on babies of beneficiaries against official advice, said the Green Party today. Documents released by Treasury to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that...
    Greens | 10-07 10:07 pm
  • Te Hamua to do ice challenge so others can survive cancer too
    At noon tomorrow in the Kaiti Mall in Gisborne, Te Hamua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti, is taking on the ice challenge to raise awareness of the importance of getting regular health checks for testicular cancer and raise funds...
    Mana | 10-07 3:07 am
  • National breaks promise to insulate every state house
    National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today."Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal...
    Greens | 09-07 10:07 pm
  • McCully should stand down while review considers his actions
    The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while...
    Greens | 09-07 9:07 pm
  • No place for user pays in our classrooms – Minto
    “Labour’s education policy announcements last weekend have several welcome features which would be supported by Mana but we are concerned at the “user pays” proposal for children to get the educational benefits of access to the internet,” says Mana Education...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Internet Mana – “the Roadtrip!”
    Internet MANA will change the Government because it’s time to create an inclusive and independent Aotearoa. We are not afraid to disrupt the status quo, to fix what is not working and innovate with new ideas. Let’s reconnect New Zealand,...
    Mana | 09-07 6:07 pm
  • Greens challenge Police to protect people on bicycles
    Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today. The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with...
    Greens | 09-07 5:07 am
  • High cost of storm damage sign of things to come
    New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand,...
    Greens | 09-07 4:07 am
  • SkyCity’s commitment to preventing harm non-existent
    National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously...
    Greens | 09-07 12:07 am
  • Please explain Minister… yet again
    Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy needs to explain what is going on with our export of sheep casings to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Our exports of partially processed casings to China have been halted and no...
    Labour | 08-07 10:07 pm
  • Chief Technology Officer to lead Labour’s ‘Digital Upgrade’
    A Labour Government will put ICT at the highest level of Government by creating the position of Chief Technology Officer to directly advise the Prime Minister and Cabinet on Information Technology issues, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Reporting directly...
    Labour | 08-07 8:07 pm
  • Number of children in severe poverty reaches record high
    There’s no cause for celebration with the latest Household Incomes Report showing the number of children living in severe poverty has reached its highest level this century, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealand once valued itself as the...
    Labour | 08-07 5:07 am
  • Government in denial over income inequality
    Today’s Household Incomes Report from MSD underscores National’s continued failure to recognise inequality is a problem and is getting worse, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “The report shows income inequality has increased over the past year and remains higher...
    Labour | 08-07 4:07 am
  • Canterbury hit hard by National’s cuts to night classes
    National’s decision to cut nearly $2.5 million from adult and community education in Canterbury over the past five years was short-sighted and Labour is committed to restoring funding for the sector, Labour’s Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “The...
    Labour | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Its official – Teamkey not working for all kiwis
    Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the...
    Greens | 08-07 3:07 am
  • Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour
    Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. "I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • No encore for the ‘Rock Star’ economy?
    Another significant shortfall in the Government’s books suggests the economic recovery may have already passed most New Zealanders by, Labour’ Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “With unemployment still high, wage rates stagnating and inequality widening, only the lucky few are...
    Labour | 08-07 2:07 am
  • Survey shows parents want smaller class sizes
    A new survey finding most parents believe class sizes are too big shows Labour is right to reduce them, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Post-Primary Teachers' Association survey of 750 people conducted by UMR Research found 54 per...
    Labour | 08-07 12:07 am
  • Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions
    Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers...
    Labour | 07-07 11:07 pm
  • QV figures show two-track housing market
    The two-track housing market that has developed under National is underlined in QV’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “QV’s index shows many homeowners in the regions are facing declining equity in their properties, while in Auckland and...
    Labour | 07-07 7:07 am
  • Housing figures National’s shame
    The number of Auckland households in urgent and serious need of housing has increased tenfold since March 2012, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.The Ministry of Social Development, which took over Housing New Zealand's assessment responsibility for social housing...
    Greens | 07-07 5:07 am
  • Fed Farmers leading wrong way on water
    Federated Farmers needs to show greater leadership on water quality, the Green Party said today. The Green Party is responding to claims by the outgoing and incoming Federated Farmers' dairy section chairs that 'there is no need for urgent action"...
    Greens | 07-07 1:07 am
  • John Key must get whaling assurance from Abe
    John Key must seek a concrete assurance from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan will not flout the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling on whaling, the Green Party said today.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is meeting with...
    Greens | 06-07 10:07 pm
  • HAVE A KITKAT DAVID, THERE’S A LONG WAY TO GO YET – Harawira
    “Internet MANA is not ruling out the possibility of a entering into coalition with Labour after the election”, said Internet MANA leader Hone Harawira with tongue firmly in cheek, after Labour leader David Cuniliffe said it was ‘highly unlikely’ that...
    Mana | 06-07 8:07 am
  • Government underfunding jeopardises recycling
    The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today. The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to...
    Greens | 04-07 2:07 am
  • Small class sizes and school meals get another big tick in schools report
    “Congratulations to the Child Poverty Action Group for making it crystal clear what’s needed to ensure kids from the least well-off communities can get the best out of school” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau. ...
    Mana | 03-07 2:07 am
  • Shots fired at Mana office – Harawira
    “I get threatened with violence and I get death threats, but when somebody starts taking shots at my office then that’s another matter altogether”,  said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira after shots were fired at one of...
    Mana | 01-07 9:07 am
  • Protecting Papatuanuku a Priority for MANA – Harawira
    “Big ups to Greenpeace for their Climate Voter initiative http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/”, said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau. “Letting people see which parties stand up for Papatuanuku and which parties stand for overdevelopment and pollution should help focus their...
    Mana | 01-07 2:07 am
  • Ae Marika! 1 July 2014
    I got a really good response to last week’s article about forestry safety, including this gem from an old mate - “Back in the early 70′s our Maori bush gangers showed you the ropes. You never forgot a thing they...
    Mana | 30-06 7:06 pm
  • Pasifika Immigration Plans for Labour- too little, too late – James Papal...
    The Labour Party has recently announced that it has plans to speed up family reunification for Pasifika people. “I have seen these plans and I believe that these are too timid” says MANA Pasifika vice President, James Papali’i. “After waiting...
    Mana | 30-06 12:06 am
  • The Badge In Our Flesh: Some Thoughts on Masculinity
    WHAT REALLY BAFFLES ME about the reaction to David Cunliffe’s “I’m sorry I’m a man” remark is how proud so many men are of their masculinity. It’s a mystery, because to be a man – even in a secular liberal...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 6:07 am
  • Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Greens say John Key must clarify where he stands on marriage equality Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Has John Key changed his position or was he just changing his tune...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: McCully mustn’t shirk scrutiny during inquiry Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release The inquiry needs to be wide enough to investigate whether or not Mr McCully was guilty of incompetence or...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Government punishes beneficiary babies
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Government punishes beneficiary babies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | Press Release “This is exactly why the number of children living in poverty has grown by 35,000 under this National Government, but yet...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Gaza crisis has to stop
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Gaza crisis has to stop The rising death toll in Gaza is alarming and is likely to worsen with escalating violence from both sides, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Only...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Deaths should prompt change
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Deaths should prompt change Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. In the latest...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Ministerial Inquiry investigates everything but the Minister The Ministerial Inquiry into the waiver granted to a Malaysian diplomat deliberately avoids putting the Minister under scrutiny, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes A Labour Government will support the ICT sector to make New Zealand a tech-savvy nation and put ICT at the heart of our economic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Smart meters are plain dumb
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Smart meters are plain dumb New Zealand has some of the dumbest electricity ‘smart’ meters in the world, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Imagine being able to set washing machines, dryers,...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well Labour’s review of Whanau Ora will identify models that work well throughout the country, what best practice looks like and how this will...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice A Labour Government will restore the right of Cantabrians to make their own decisions about the future of their communities, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “For...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ukraine: Mounting evidence of abduction and torture Amnesty International has gathered graphic and compelling evidence of savage beatings and other torture meted out against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers. “Edward Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Ethiopia: End the onslaught on dissent as arrests continue The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International said today, after the arrest of four more opposition party...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Myanmar: Media workers imprisoned in crackdown on free expression The sentencing of five media workers in Myanmar each to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labour for “disclosing state secrets” makes today...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Why Maori Party and ACT will both crash out of Parliament at the election a...
    If the Left’s strategy of knocking National’s coalition partners out using MMP is successful, Key can’t form a majority and is forced to culling McCully in East Coast Bays for Colin Craig. National are terrified of requiring Craig as their...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Call for Government to step up in North
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Call for Government to step up in North The Government needs to step up and help local councils fix infrastructure problems highlighted by the recent Northland storms, Labour MP Kelvin Davis says....
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • National muddying waters and needs to come clean
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National muddying waters and needs to come clean Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release New Zealanders want to be able to swim in their local river, but National’s plans offer nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-07 12:07 am
  • NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: NZ Govt needs to call for Israel to halt air strikes Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | Press Release The New Zealand Government must push for Israel to stop its campaign of terror...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now!
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Urgent call from Gaza unions: Act now! Palestinians mourn victims of Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, 12 July. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • So Judith Collins was aware of Police ghost stats? What if David Cunliffe h...
    So not only was Judith Collins aware of the Police ghost stats, she didn’t bother informing anyone else??? Leak about police error political says CollinsFormer Police Minister and Papakura MP Judith Collins was told there might be a problem with...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Media’s amplification of terror threats facilitates passage of bad legisl...
    When I saw the NZ Herald headline, “France foils plot to blow up Eiffel Tower” I was immediately suspicious. It is now standard for police and intelligence services to come up with a terrorist scare when they are promoting legislation...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Few New Zealand Firsts
      Last week, Trade Minister Tim Groser made the curious statement that it “wasn’t New Zealand’s place to position itself out ahead of where international negotiations were at”. He’s speaking in the context of climate change, of course; but as was quite...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • The Royal Visit and endless photo ops for Dear Leader
    . . From a Radio NZ report, The Royal visit cost several hundred thousand dollars more than the Government originally said it did. The Duke and Duchess visited eight centres, and the Department of Internal Affairs said that cost taxpayers...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday
    Names of those killed by Israel (thus far) since Tuesday....
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: Parental Tax Credit Discriminatory 14 July 2014 Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and support all low...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 12:07 pm
  • No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: No payouts for Pizza Hut call centre staff Reprinted from the Herald on Sunday, 13/7/14By John Weekes At 74, Nora Scott-Mackie has lost her job at Pizza Hut ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A 74-year-old office...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 9:07 am
  • MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA announces their MANA Youth Ambassador – Harawira Posted on July 13, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesEx New Zealand Warrior hard man and Maori television media personality Wairangi Koopu...
    The Daily Blog | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimmin...
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches key election priority, rivers clean enough for swimming Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party has a vision for New Zealand where families can head down...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 11:07 pm
  • National’s ghost crime stats
    Police made burglaries vanish Police altered official crime statistics to make hundreds of burglaries disappear, a Herald on Sunday investigation has found. A damning report obtained by the newspaper reveals the burglaries were instead recorded as more minor crimes, or as incidents,...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Verbal assurances not good enough
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Verbal assurances not good enough A damning report showing that burglary statistics were doctored in Counties Manukau over three years, warrants more than a verbal assurance from Minister Anne Tolley that it...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin
    Key thought you said Maui’s golfing not Maui’s Dolphin...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Media Take: Brown-washing
    First there was Media7, then there was Media3, now the Russell Brown appreciation society is called Media Take and screens on Maori TV at the traditional NZ On Air niche-funding dump time of 10:30pm, on the niche-funding mid-week dump day of Tuesday, with a repeat – also at...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 8:07 pm
  • Herald on Sunday Guest Column: Women – your votes are vital this year
    My latest guest column for the Herald on Sunday is here...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • Blaming Palestinians for Hamas rocket strikes while ignoring Israel’s occ...
    Since the violence between Israel and Palestine escalated, I’ve been avoiding the major news outlets such as BBC and CNN because I already knew what they were going to say and how they were going to frame the events. It...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • A brief word on Murray McCully’s inquest into nothing – nobody was expe...
    Ummmmmm, what? Diplomat case: Attacks on sex inquiry’s terms of referenceThe inquiry into the Government’s mistakes in its handling of the alleged sex case involving a Malaysian diplomat is being denounced for not specifically putting the roles of Foreign Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • National MPs – giving us the finger in election year
    . . National MPs and ministers have been busy this year with more botch-ups, scandals, an attempted smear campaign, and spinning bullshit to cover their arses with multiple policy failures in health, education, the environment, child poverty, etc, etc, etc…...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 pm
  • The Nation review: Paula Bennett on drama queen domestic violence stats
    You really have to see the train-wreck of an interview Paula Bennett pulls off today on The Nation. With Judith Collins and Hekia Parata’s demise, National need to promote one female talent and this has prompted a very head girl...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 7:07 am
  • Labour MP offers flood aid
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour MP offers flood aid Labour MP Kelvin Davis has offered his Whangarei office as a coordination centre for people needing help as a result of the recent flooding throughout Northland. As...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 5:07 am
  • How can New Zealand help Palestine?
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: How can New Zealand help Palestine? By John Minto FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-07 2:07 am
  • There is a war being waged on NZ men… at least according to this Facebook...
    Men’s masculinity is under attack in New Zealand and four people, one of whom is a woman (it always stings that little bit more when a woman is pushing anti-feminist ideas), have created a Facebook page to do something about it....
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 10:07 pm
  • Dear hysterical NZ Men – Women’s rights are no threat to our masculinit...
    How insecure in your masculinity must you feel to buy into believing Labour are declaring a war on men? This Facebook site, The Labour Party’s War on Men, is a real voyage through the psyche of angry men angry at...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 8:07 pm
  • Education reforms – there is a choice
    To have the Education Minister and the sycophantic mainstream media constantly asserting that the only way to improve the education our children get is to reform the system by privatisation, performance pay, and the collection of a few data sets...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Not That Different After All: Some thoughts on Neoliberalism
    OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS,  the neoliberal ideology has been adopted by virtually the entire Right. Certainly, there is no serious right-wing political party – either here in New Zealand or elsewhere in the developed world – that does not...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 7:07 pm
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Hone Harawira
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
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    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Random Thoughts on Random Things #7 – the fate of the Maori Party
    . . Watching Pita Sharples interviewed on TV3′s ‘The Nation’ on 5 July, two things occurred to me. 1. There is every likelihood that, come election day,  the Maori Party is doomed. If they are really, really, really lucky, they...
    The Daily Blog | 11-07 6:07 pm
  • Every bomb Israel drops on Gaza creates 10 new ‘terrorists’
    The latest round of horror Apartheid Israel is using to justify their latest disproportional response seeds from a couple of events. America’s need to talk to Iran because of Iraq has spooked Apartheid Israel into manufacturing a new crisis that...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: 2014 Household Incomes Report from MSD 10 July 2014 CPAG says high child poverty rates have become normalised and New Zealand’s poorest children should expect a far greater...
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • How can New Zealand help defend the Palestinian struggle?
    FOR MOST NEW ZEALANDERS the Middle East is shorthand for war without end. When I was growing up most of us knew no better than to believe Israel was a small, plucky state standing up to big, thuggish neighbouring bullies....
    The Daily Blog | 10-07 9:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird welcomes aspects of new Internet Party policy
    Forest & Bird welcomes several aspects of the Internet Party’s new environment manifesto. Its policies cover fracking, deep sea oil drilling, and freshwater management - amongst others....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • The Letter 14/07/2014: 60 Days to Go
    National in the Pundit Poll of Polls has broken 50%. Labour has dipped below 30%. In the month prior to the last election both major parties saw their support drop – National to 47% and Labour to just 27%, where...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 5:07 am
  • Young NZers call for parties to act on children’s rights
    Fifty young people (aged 15-18 years) who attended the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress in Christchurch at the weekend, have called on political parties to address six priority issues including youth unemployment, poverty and mental health....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 4:07 am
  • Maori Party Aiming for All Seven Seats
    The Maori Party is aiming to win all seven Maori electorate seats in Parliament at the forthcoming General Election....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ASB says “No” to homophobia in corporate sponsorships
    ASB has affirmed the Bank’s commitment to diversity and to supporting athletes, teams and other groups regardless of factors such as sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • ipredict Election Update #26
    • Labour’s probability of leading next government continues to recover as Greens make further gains...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Winston Peters Would Have Rail to the Moon
    Responding to New Zealand First’s transport policy announcement , of diverting $300 million from regional road projects to support Auckland’s City Rail Link and the troubled Napier-Gisborne rail line, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 3:07 am
  • Hamilton woman praised for calling out racial stereotyping
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has thanked a young Hamilton woman for going public after being subjected to racial stereotyping by supermarket workers in her home town. “Sadly what happened to Rikki Cooper isn’t new but it highlights...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 2:07 am
  • Experts Appalled at Oil Survey Threat to Maui Dolphin
    Monday 14 July 2014: Following yesterday’s rally at John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu, international dolphin experts are appalled that that the Government has allowed seismic oil surveys to occur in the protected area for the world’s smallest...
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Cold Comfort for Victims of Burglary
    The New Zealand Herald yesterday revealed that Counties Manukau Police have altered their records to misrepresent the number of burglaries committed between 2009 and 2012. They have understated the number of burglaries in their area by 700....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • ALCP Announce Justice and Compensation Policy
    The Justice and Corrections budgets will make a saving of well over $100 million annually under ALCP policy....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Give all low-income children equal support says CPAG
    Child Poverty Action Group says the government should disentangle support for children from work incentives for parents, and treat all low income children equally....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Compulsory Te Reo – good idea but must go further
    Māori Party Tai Tokerau candidate Te Hira Paenga today welcomed the Labour Party endorsement of the Māori Party policy for te reo to be taught as a core subject in schools....
    Scoop politics | 14-07 1:07 am
  • Iraq’s displaced families to receive ShelterBox aid
    This week Hastings fire officer and ShelterBox New Zealand response team member Mike Peachey will deploy to Iraq Kurdistan to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees as part of a response by the international disaster relief organisation, ShelterBox....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Maui’s March to Key’s office one of the electorate’s biggest
    About 300 marchers walked to John Key’s electorate office yesterday (Sunday 13 July) calling for better protection of Maui’s dolphins, in one of the biggest marches in the history of his electorate....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • Waste Watch: 100k Curtain for Devonport Library
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council’s decision to spend $100,000 of ratepayer money on a silk curtain for Devonport’s new library. The discovery comes at a time when Len Brown needs to find savings of $860 per ratepayer to...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • NetHui discusses the potential for online voting
    Debating the potential for online voting in New Zealand saw a room divided at day two of NetHui, with some calling it an essential and inevitable next step for democracy, and others concerned it was unworkable due to problems with...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • DSC lodges complaint over grossly inaccurate TVNZ news item
    “A section of TVNZ’s 6pm news bulletin last Thursday about bank profits was a disgraceful piece of inaccurate and misleading reporting,” Democrats for Social Credit (DSC) Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, said today....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 11:07 pm
  • McVicar’s Murder Statistics Geared to Instill Public Fear
    Garth McVicar’s claim that murders in New Zealand had risen from 2 to 3 a year up to 160 a year is seriously wrong, says Kim Workman, spokesperson for Rethinking Crime and Punishment....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • One Law to Rule us All
    The Conservative Party is continuing it's intensive newspaper campaign with full page advertisments today and tomorrow advocating that the best way forward for New Zealand is as one united people who are treated equally under the law, and by the...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Can Obama Achieve Checkmate for TPPA by November?
    ‘The most opaque round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to date ended in Ottawa yesterday. The odds of President Obama achieving his goal of a meaningful document by the APEC leaders’ summit in November hangs in the balance’,...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Treaty Historian to speak at Conservative Party Conference
    Historian and Treaty of Waitangi specialist Professor Paul Moon will be one of the keynote speakers at this weekend’s Conservative Party Conference in Auckland, with his speech scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday 19 July....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Forest & Bird launches On the Block campaign
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is putting up for sale signs to highlight the ongoing, unprecedented sell-off of the rights to frack, log, drill and mine New Zealand’s public conservation land....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • EDS welcomes Green Party freshwater policies
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the Green Party’s freshwater policy, which was announced this morning in Hamilton....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 10:07 pm
  • Greens need to get on the water policy bus
    Instead of attacking policy that will massively improve New Zealand water quality, Federated Farmers says the Green Party would be more credible if it showed a lot more bipartisan leadership in supporting that policy....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • Judith Collins on Q+A – Sunday 13th July
    Justice Minister Judith Collins told TV One’s Q+A programme that Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully are ‘very angry’ over the handling of the Malaysian diplomat and allegations of sexual assault....
    Scoop politics | 13-07 9:07 pm
  • ACT announces Party List to contest 2014 election
    “This list represents all the best elements of the ACT Party,” says ACT President John Thompson. “It blends young talent and experienced leaders, all outstanding in their fields of expertise and all sharing ACT’s vision of a free and prosperous...
    Scoop politics | 13-07 2:07 am
  • Internet Party to Stop High-Risk Resource Extraction
    The Internet Party wants a moratorium on fracking, the dumping of oil wastes, deep-sea and undersea extraction and other risky energy and mining industry practices....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 10:07 pm
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour’s David Shearer
    David Shearer says Labour’s policy backs oil drilling and indicates not keen to be swayed by the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 12-07 9:07 pm
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