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The cost of asset sales

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, July 24th, 2012 - 25 comments
Categories: bill english, john key, Privatisation - Tags:

So far…

Looter’s Bonus Loyalty Scheme

$250,000,000-$500,000,000: Treasury
Best guess: $360,000,000: Finance and Expenditure Select Committee
Could be: up to $1,000,000,000
No idea: John Key

Brokerage fees

$90,000,000: $7 million this year, $66 million next, $17 million in 2014
$1,100,000: spent so far
Won’t say: Bill English

Iwi settlements over water rights

(not ownership, because no-one owns water. As ImperatorFish says: “It would be like claiming ownership of a cloud or the air we breathe, or the soil beneath our feet. Who ever heard of such a thing?”)
No idea: any of us, least of all John Key

Advertising / PR

$30,000,000 ($120 million direct costs, minus brokerage fees)
Won’t say: John Key or Bill English

Total: $370,000,000 – $?,???,???,??? – a fair chunk of the $6 billion the government hopes for, even before you add on:

Lost Revenue

$100,000,000 per year: government books worse off according to Treasury

25 comments on “The cost of asset sales”

  1. Ad 1

    Cost to taxpayer of consultancy fees prior to IPO $

    Cost to each citizen of losing 49% of the Mighty River Asset $

    Cost to each citizen of subsidizing all of the costs of the sale $

    Cumulative cost to customers and to New Zealand of probable power increases $

    Opportunity cost to citizens of purchase price (since they already own it) $

  2. tc 2

    Key and cohorts haven’t disappointed me with the ever changing rubbery figures and outright lies but the media need to have a good hard look at themselves as the only ones in a position to show this sham for what it is……rewarding your backers with juicy gold plated investments that belong to every kiwi while playing the value down so your rich mates can pay even less and getting the taxpayer to pick up all the costs.

  3. Carol 3

    And Key had the gall to snearingly criticise Labour and the Greens for pulling numbers out of their a*se with respect to the asset shares bonus scheme:

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/8/7/3/50HansQ_20120724_00000002-2-State-owned-Assets-Sales-Loyalty-Bonus.htm

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY: —possible, depending on how it was calculated and by whom. Frankly, what we are seeing in this debate is that Labour and the Greens just make up all sorts of numbers.

    It’s time more Kiwis (including tame journos) woke up to what a cynically nasty piece of work our PM is.

  4. SukieDamson 4

    … the normal economics of maximising economic value is replaced by the topsy-turvy economics of maximising current extractable value which tends to drive the firms economic net worth deeply negative…

    The moral hazard of looting

  5. maffoo 5

    cost of the asset sales

    20000 more kids with cold-related respitory diseases
    20000 more elderly people ending up in hospital because they cant afford to heat & eat on the same day

    the human cost is the real cost…. the poor, sick, & old will die in some caes
    & think, if power costs more, imagine how much more it will costs to run hospitals, schools, police stations, central & local govt buildings, street lighting, traffic signals, security lighting on boatramps, wharfs, and parks…..

  6. Tom Gould 6

    According to Tory lapdog John Hartevelt “Labour’s assault misfired at its first shot, touting a ludicrously inflated and totally unrealistic cost.” Pity the gallery lacks a single brain cell these days, having fallen for the old Key trick of ‘no numbers’ then slamming any other number, even from Treasury, as wrong. And lazy, indolent chooks like Hartevelt fall for it every time.

  7. Tracey 7

    for $350m over the next 3 years we could increase paid parental leave and give more kids a greater start in life, but it’s better that money goes to brokers…

    I have a 70 year old retiree living with me at the moent. He’s in Auckland for ten days doing some work, because his pension isn’t enough. He has bad hips and has had since I have known him (back in 2001 we met). They have got steadily worse. Yesterday he forgot to take his pain medication (that’s right, he can’t get on the waiting list until the pain medication no longer works – that from his specialist and GP). So he walked to the bus stop then did a day’s work, and walked home from the busstop. He could barely walk last night. Getting up out of a seat was extremely painful. So he remembered to take his medication today/ last night, and limped out the door this morning, not in much pain but clearly suffering. He has a beautiful rose garden which he can no longer tend and is largely cooped up inside because getting in and out of his car is painful. He has paid, and still pays tax for over 50 years (starting working in taxed jobs at 15). He’s done his share and can’t afford to buy the shares either.

    But I think a loyalty bonus, PR and brokerage fees is better spent than on more hip replacements or other operations.

  8. Tracey 8

    90m in brokerage fees =

    60,000 laptops in schools @ $1500 ea
    2250 hip replacements @ $40,000 ea
    8 years of paid parental leave
    238 years of self defence for high school girls (“The Girls’ Self Defence Project, which has been running in schools across New Zealand for 15 years, has had a positive impact on the lives of more than 77,000 Kiwi girls,” Jacinda Ardern said.

    “The project has consistently delivered positive results, with over 90% of girls participating saying that they felt stronger, more confident, and more educated in techniques to deal with unsafe situations.)

    and so on…

  9. prism 9

    We’ve talked about price rises for electricity as a result of private enterprise and the expected and demanded profit for supplying this vital necessity. Competition between companies too will have tremendous costs while they compete for brand name recognition and customer numbers.

    On Trademe there is an example of the sort of outrageous advertising to sell us what we are already aware that we need and already buying, from Powerco I think. A reclining devil or vampire has a tube feeding blood into his arm – his fingers flex each time there is a transfusion. This advertising, its design and the cost of placement, is just another of the expenses and flim flam we will get from competing power companies which we will pay for.

    As well there will be big fat payouts to the top people for just continuing supply of what we would have bought anyway. When their daughters marry there will be a big fat wedding paid for out of our pockets, and big fat holidays, and big fat desks and fine furnishings, or austere to show how serious they are, but with furnishings imported from Italy etc. (Italian office furniture was imported by some of the chosen after we restructured government, so that’s not just something from my fertile mind.)

    It’s interesting how mothers and fathers who provide the children that we need to maintain ourselves in all ways, get so little monetary or other recognition and expenses, yet electricity company managers will be gold-plated, when it’s a technical job in the main which should be done by someone with that expertise plus an accountant and small office staff.

  10. Jackal 10

    National devalueing our assets

    John Key is showing his financial illiteracy again, being that a bonus shares scheme would cost between $250 to $500 million according to Treasury, and perhaps even exceed $1 billion. What information Key is basing his assertion on that free shares could be an economic gain for the government has not been made public, probably because it doesn’t exist.

  11. Observer AKL 11

    New Zealanders own these assets. They are about to be taken off the common man and put into the ownership of relatively few wealthy people here and in foreign countries.

    The assets provide power which is a vital basic necessity to every New Zealander. To keep control over costs, and to avoid paying unneeded private shareholders, the common man must retain these vital assets or get them back from the rich.

    It is for this reason the political parties declaring an interest in the common man, must vow to retain the Assets or get them back from the wealthy.

    The day Labour and the Greens make that vow is the day New Zealanders will know that common sense has returned to our Parliament. At the moment, Labour and Greens appear harmless and convictionless. Shams really. They are firmly in the camp of the few wealthy.

    The smaller parties – New Zealand First and Mana – are the only ones taking the vast majority of Kiwis seriously.

    • jack 11.1

      And Winston will do it. That’s why I voted for him in 2011 and why I will vote for him in 2014. I read an article about Key in the Listener… pure puffery.. sounded like a fairy tail compared to what Key is really doing. Shame, the public believe this bullshit.

      • xtasy 11.1.1

        Problem is: Winston is not Owen Glen, who he fell out with, and he certainly has not got that guy’s money, or other money, which would be needed for buying back the assets.

        Labour is totally dodgy on this one too, but at least saying they will not commit to buying shares back, as it may be impossible (due to budgetary restraints).

        The main problem is: English has already SPENT the money that is yet to be earned from the asset sales, so he and Key and the gang already put NZ further into debt, and at the same time want to sell something that is not even “cleared” yet due to legal challenges, due to market risks about the returns to be expected, and due to the costs of seeing all this through now, which vary between a few million and mega millions.

        Has there ever been a more irresponsible, inexpert, dumb and incompetent government in NZ over the last two decades, who announces big plans and sales, but who has not even analysed, planned and accounted for what the process will involve and cost. Is this not idiocy pure? But too many Kiwis sit and watch dumb commercialised TV, surf on the web and “chat” on Facebook, Twit Turf and whatever, rather than THINK and ACT.

        Has all tha education been for nothing, or has education dropped so far, that it has lost all meaning?

        Well, if the ones that should stand up are “overwhelmed”, it seems, they rather pack their bags and move to Aus, same as some young neighbours of mine are doing right now.

    • OneTrack 11.2

      But neither Labour or the Greens are making that commitment. Maybe they have decided that they want the existing capital assets transformed into cash in the hand assets, that they can spend on what they want.

  12. xtasy 12

    John Key and his ministers more or less go by this line:

    Well, this may be somewhere in the range of bla, bla, bla, well that is not sure, but it maybe less, or more, or it may be totally off that figure, I presume, given the opposition always give us wrong figures, while we are trying to work out the real figures, which could be somewhere there, here or anywhere, really, who knows, we will find out in the end some time sooner or later?!

    Any other questions?

    If that does not work:

    Well that is purely an “OPERATIONAL matter”, which is not within my direct ministerial responsibility.

    Remember:

    In NAZI Germany, all were just doing and fulfilling “their duties”, they were not responsible, knew nothing much of anything, and they were all innocent after all. It may have also fallen into the category of “operational matters”, I presume.

    Accountability of a Key led government, sort of, I presume. But who is now really “responsible” and in charge, and above all “accountable” and “knows” what will happen in detail?

  13. Observer AKL 13

    Hi Xstasy

    I take your points …. and the already SPENT … money

    But if Labour and Greens were to take a principled vow to return the shares to the New Zealand public, would it be a turning point in NZ politics?

    The 70% of kiwis who do not want the assets to slip into the clutching hands of the wealthy and overseas owners – would be heartened. I think.

    Additionally, the purchasers of Key’s shares, would be advised that the they will not get back the cost of their purchase – in view of the huge expense of mounting the float – and in view of the anxiety they caused powerless people.

    They would get back only what the nation could reasonably afford. Then only, over a period of time so as not to stress the economy.

    • xtasy 13.1

      Thanks, I get your point and guarded agreement.

      The problem for NZ and NZers is: Previous governments have signed up for abiding by WTO and other agreements, whether these are FTAs or whatever, so entering into commercial agreements or contracts, which naturally the planned sale of up to 49 per cent of shares in the formerly state owned assets will also mean, that will “bind” NZ and NZers legally.

      It should never go ahead, it must be stopped right from the outset, and since the law on mixed ownership has sadly passed, all that can and must be done now is, to on one hand go ahead with the petition for a referendum, but also to take all kinds of actions to make it impossible for the deals to go ahead.

      It is simply economic nonsense, as even leading economists will vow (Gareth Morgan was cautiously critical, the guy from Berle or so was also, same as others), to sell strategic assets in this way.

      Even where asset sales of this type happened, Norway has kept about two thirds of Statoil (the state dominated and owned energy company there), same as Tamasek from Singapore has much more than 51 per cent shareholding in the strategic assets held with energy generation and trade.

      51 per cent is a silly “majority” and will expose the government to undue pressures from private shareholders, to simply get the maximum returns in dividends, rather than invest in the assets and new assets to expand business. Look at the bus companies and even water companies in NZ that have been privatised, there has been little investment in infrastructure and improvements, rather a “milking” of the revenues!

      So maybe do all to sabotage this idiot plan!?

  14. Observer AKL 14

    Thanks Xtasy

    Overseas investors may well look for ways of sheltering under their sovereign Trade Agreements. We would expect America to be aggressive in pursuit of their “rights” to screw the less well off. Their FTAs are designed very carefully to fatten the US of A.

    The local “Mummy and Daddy investors” may find that Parliament really has the ultimate power to give and the power to take away. Ask Mr. key.

    You are right though, every effort should be made to stop the stupidity before it gets any further.

    I have a hunch that many nations would be pleased to see little New Zealand do the right thing by its common man. There is a hellish huge stench hovering over money (and the people who have excess of it) around the world. A sick in the guts feeling.

    Business, as distinct from the trading investment racket, knows that the bulk of a nation needs spending power if it is to thrive. The success of Business is absolutely tied to the wallets of the ordinary people. No wonder serious Economists do not support imposition of higher costs on the basic necessities of life.

    Around the world, it is time to shift a little of the vast wealth of those who have into the hands of the common man.

    Our current Parliament had the opportunity to do that. But the aristocratic Maori Members in league with John Key have done the exact opposite. Proving themselves to be the true enemies of Business and the market place; and of the Common Man.

  15. If asset sales are such a good idea, why doesn’t John Key sell 49% of his house to me and I’ll rent that 49% back to him at whatever I decide is a reasonable rate of return. Plus, if I still own 49% of his house in a few years time, he can pay me a further bonus for holding on to it for him. We don’t need to worry about exact dollar figures now, John. You can trust me to charge “market rates” and not abuse my monopoly position, but of course I won’t sign anything that would bind me to that promise. Oh yeah, and don’t expect me to invest in maintainence. I’ll just wait until the house is on the verge of collapse and then come back to you cap in hand, stating that the house is too big to be allowed to fail, and that you need to pay for the repairs I avoided.

    What’s that John? It’s a stupid idea?

    Why, yes it is John. Yes it is.

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    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
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