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The fix is in

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 pm, April 9th, 2013 - 47 comments
Categories: john key, Spying - Tags:

So, here’s the play. Key’s been caught asleep at the wheel of our spies. 88 people illegally spied on. Key knew last July, but didn’t act until the Dotcom case brought things out in September. The Nats’ goal is to deflect blame from Key (and spies who could leak against him). So, they’re blaming the law. They want us to believe the law that clearly states the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis was ‘confusing’.

More specifically, they want us to believe that it wasn’t clear that the GCSB couldn’t spy on Kiwis on behalf of other organisations like the Police and the SIS. That’s bullshit, of course. Any moron could see that. The law says the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis. It doesn’t say ‘the GCSB can’t spy on Kiwis unless it’s doing it for someone else who asks nicely’.

The guy who wrote the law was the same guy who was GCSB’s legal advisor. There’s simply no way that he could have been confused about the intent of the law even if some mythical wording problems exist (and they don’t, they just fucken don’t – that’s why the Nats haven’t pointed out any).

This ‘it’s the law’s fault’ line is just a way of preventing everyone saying its Key’s fault and the fault of the spies he was meant to be keeping an eye on.

And, talking of Key’s lax oversight, the Minister for Being Asleep at the Wheel said today that the first time he learned that there was a problem with GCSB illegally spying was in July when he old buddy Fletcher told him about it. It’s just not credible that Fletcher wouldn’t have been mentioned the illegal Dotcom spying at this point – the GCSB had already had an internal debate over the spying’s legality and weeks later it would be in court trying to suppress the fact of its involvement in said spying with a unique Ministerial Warrant. Yet Key has always insisted that the first time he became aware of any illegal spying by GCSB, including any spying on Dotcom, was in September.

The difference is vital – not only has Key been lying about when he was in the loop but, if he was involved in July, then he was involved before GCSB had Bill English acting on Key’s behalf sign the one and only Ministerial Warrant ever issued for the GCSB covering up its illegal spying on Dotcom. In other words, Key was involved in the cover-up.

And that explains why Key took that mysterious trip to the US just at the right time so that English would sign the Ministerial Warrant and not Key.

This, all of this, is about trying to keep Brand Key clear of the dirty, shoddy behaviour of Key and his spies.

47 comments on “The fix is in”

  1. BM 1

    More along the lines that Helen Clark did a piss poor job and left the GCSB in a state of utter chaos.
    Must have been too focused trying to score than UN position.

    Thankfully Key’s on to it now and getting it sorted.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Letting the fox run the hen house is not “getting it sorted”.

    • GregJ 1.2

      Rubbish – Key has had 3 (now 4+) years in charge – if there was chaos at GCSB then he was the Minister responsible and failed to given adequate direction and supervision. Basically he is either incompetent or complicit.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1

        And his own story is that GCSB needed a shake up, Matepaere being shuffled down the road now looks suspect, he got his allegedly sterling Fletcher in; and there was still no reporting to the PM of illegal spying for months.

        • GregJ 1.2.1.1

          I kind of wander if the failed Urewera operation and the DotCom saga have led to a belief that domestic surveillance capability has to be “enhanced” (as I noted below NAB’s mandate was extended in 2010 to analysis of domestic intelligence). The illegality of the GCSB part of the DotCom operation seems to have have caught them all of guard but now it provides the perfect opportunity to “re-organize” the NZ Intelligence Community and change legislation. With Tucker’s end of contract at NZSIS this year it provides what in management speak would be “synergy” for a number of changes across the whole intelligence spectrum. National is certainly the party to have in power if you want to increase the capacity for spying on New Zealand citizens.

          • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1.1.1

            Seems clear that the tidying up will be about making legal that which was previously intended to be not.

            But on the bright side. With the clear trend towards political appointments I’m looking forward to the tenure of inspector Hager.

    • the pigman 1.3

      Thankfully Key’s on to it now and getting it sorted.

      *snickers* Baby steps Johnnie boy, baby steps…

    • LOL, I love people who insist on giving ministers more than a year to work on problems that aren’t (or shouldn’t be!) entrenched. Pretty much the only things you can excuse a minister for not fixing up in a year are education, finance, and environment. Spying should not be this hard to manage, and if Key was too busy for it, he should not have taken that portfolio as Prime Minister.

      There’s really no plausible way to excuse him on this.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.5

      Key getting it ‘sorted’ ?

      Even the previous DG says he was asleep at the wheel and doesnt have any recall of anything

    • Roflcopter 1.6

      It’ll be interesting to find out how many of the 88 were conducted during Helen Clark’s reign, when certain GCSB laws were changed in 2003 (who was chief advisor during this? Oh yeah, Grant Robertson)… this is going to backfire on Labour, stocking up on popcorn.

  2. GregJ 2

    I’ve only had a cursory glance at the contents and some of the recommendations but I think a number of things are of interest:

    1. GCSB looks likely to have a fairly significant restructure – Fletcher may have been intending to restructure anyway but this report will give him the basis for carrying this out now. Whether or not this was a “happy” circumstance for the Govt or not I don’t know – it does allow them to deflect from Key’s role in DotCom though by making it look like GCSB was disorganized and “dropped the ball”.

    2. The GCSB Act is likely going to be changed – I expect the ability to “assist” the Police and NZSIS with surveillance and communication is likely to be clarified – whether that extends GCSB mandate into “domestic communications” will be interesting. As an aside did anyone notice the National Assessment Bureau’s mandate was extended in 2010 to assess domestic as well as foreign matters? Watch this space.

    3. The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security to be “beefed up” and I think it likely that the legislation will be changed to remove the need for a High Court Judge to be appointed to the role. Given that Warren Tucker’s 2nd contract at NZSIS is due to end this year I wonder if we might see a shake-up in the whole Intelligence Community and an appointment of Tucker as a new IGIS? Is it likely that GCSB will get a boost in funding to address “capability” issues?

    4. Records Management is obviously an issue at GCSB (I’m not surprised by this as the Security Agencies generally have a high level of concern (paranoia?) over modern record keeping techniques/technical systems and network security). I note with interest that no mention is made of the Department’s requirement to comply with the Public Records Act (GCSB is not specifically identified in the PRA as NZSIS is but it is a Department of State as per the State Sector Act) & I’m not aware of any specific exemptions for them to comply with the PRA.

  3. TruthSeeker 3

    I would argue that Key knew about the spying on Dotcom a lot earlier than July. That powerpoint presentation from February is the give away. Why would the GCSB just casually mention Dotcom if Key didn’t already have some foreknowledge of it? It also explains the quip he made when speaking in the staff cafeteria. The July briefing is a bit of a red herring in that regard (especially since his out is “we didn’t discuss specific cases”).

    • GregJ 3.1

      Yes I think that is likely – given the size of the DotCom operation, its international connections & that the raid was happening in his own electorate I can’t believe he didn’t know about it even earlier than that. He had been the Minister responsible for the Security Services for the last 3 years – he can’t just pretend he was new to the job!

    • North 3.2

      I see your picture absolutely GregJ and thank you for it.

      I would expect that the new legislation will quietly take a foot or a yard here and there, but overall the changes will be rationalised quite reasonably and the perception battle will be won, Occasioned by an excellent “CEO” in Ian Fletcher. The bastard’s careful delivery is enriched with hypnotic attrition. He might as well be a High Court judge. Now I see why Key wanted him.

      That leaves me me with this enquiry – “What the fuck is gonna happen next ?”

      Key could win 2014. It would require all sorts of chicanery and character demolition of central people but it could happen. Emotionally – “Well those bastards would do that, amend security legislation and take on residual powers. For their own corrupt “advantage”. Make New Zealanders LESS secure” – say I.

      Then I rebuke myself for my emotionalism. But still, a hint of the question remains.

      Again, “What the fuck is gonna happen next ?” Are you satisfied, against any standard of proof you choose, that this crowd would NOT rationalise authoritarianism to the optimal level of public acceptance ?

      2014-2017 would give Key time to do that. The goal is to change NZ forever. Thanks to the National Party selection process which some years ago, thoroughly advisedly, chopped poor old Neeson off at the knees in Te Atatu and installed the City of London and Wall Street. Both locations contain(ed) the people who WOULD do that !

      • TruthSeeker 3.2.1

        Key won’t win the 2014 election if the truth comes out. He might not even be PM in 2014. That’s how badly he has screwed up.

      • GregJ 3.2.2

        Yes I would share those concerns – and although we are now getting into the realms of political philosophy here and probably off topic – this is why the next Left government can’t just be a replay of the 1999-2008 Labour led administrations. It has to be a Government of transformation that fundamentally changes the neo-liberal structure of the country (or put more crudely one that smashes the neoliberal framework and builds a proper Social Democratic one). Simply putting a kindly, gentler face on government while leaving in place the foundations of neo-liberalism isn’t going to cut it (look at Helen Kelly’s post on the prospective changes to the ERA – effectively taking industrial relations back to the ECA – because the ERA left many of the foundations of the ECA intact).

        Aside from the economic challenges of how we transform our economy to one ready for climate change, the end of cheap fossil fuels, and the new economic reality of the global depression we need to see a left Government that changes the business and structure of government administration – we need replacements for the corporate model of the State Sector implicit in the State Sector Act and the end of the State Owned Enterprises model. What the next left Government can’t do is leave anything in place for the neo-liberals to build on – they get enough help from the private & business sector – they don’t need the left enabling them. This is the lesson to be learnt from the 1999-2008 Governments (I’m not bagging all of the achievements of that time or saying in a time of relative economic good fortune it would have been easy but look how easily those gains are being rolled back).

        There are alternatives and Labour showed in 1935 (& unfortunately in 1984-1990) that radical change can be accomplished. Whether the present main party of the left is capable of this is another question.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          Cogent comment, a plan for action on the left which is transformational, not managerial.

          Neither Labour nor the Greens have it.

  4. muzza 4

    At the end of the day its not going to matter, we will end up with a police state, if we are not already there yet, its a done deal.

    People are asleep at the wheel, and what I see is a deliberate attempt to break down whats left of the perception of democracy in NZ.

    It will not be any different under another govt, because the instructions come from the same source, which is why its so very farked up these days!

  5. Treetop 5

    88 cases of the GCSB spying, 85 for the SIS and 3 for the police. Looks to me that the police were aware of GCSB not being able to spy on a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

    Going back to the Urewera raid there was a mess when it came to the use of the legislation (surveillance on private land, this included interceptions). The police were at fault here.

    The reason for the 88 being spied on needs to be disclosed.

    • Roflcopter 5.1

      “The reason for the 88 being spied on needs to be disclosed.”

      …. and how many of those happened during Labour in government (if not all of them).

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        All those details need to be disclosed. All of them. Including who and how each action was authorised.

      • Chris 5.1.2

        I am sure that if the total of people being spied on under Labour was significant then national would make sure the breakdown became public. The fact that this has not been made public seems to suggest that the bulk of them were made under national.

    • Treetop 5.2

      “…. and how many of those happened during Labour in government (if not all of them).”

      Being ignorant of the law is no excuse. A decade is a long time and more than one PM, Inspector General and more than one director of the GCSB, SIS and police commissioner have been asleep on the job.

  6. BLiP 6

    Not impressed with that Ian Fletcher character either. He’s another liar. Watch at 8:30 on the Campbell Live interview where he says “when we knew [that spying on DotCom was illegal] we fessed up”. Bull. Shit. As soon as the fuckers knew the spying was illegal, they hurried John Key out of the country – even if it meant missing a New Zealand soldier’s funeral – to watch a baseball game while some minion skuttled into Blinglish’s office with a Ministerial Certificate to keep the information secret. The only Ministerial Certificate ever signed (apparently) in recent history, which Blinglish didn’t tell John Key about, and which Blinglish didn’t know was covering up the illegality until John Key told him in mid-September.

    This whole “leak” thing, complete with Ferguson’s involvement and John Key keeping his “mobile ordinary bloke/international statesman/rags-to-riches” brand intact is just far too cute. All principals, including Blinglish, are singing from the same songsheet: the law as written is wrong, while all are distracting from from John Key’s incompetence, both a minister and a prime minister.

    Kim DotCom for PM 2014!!

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Dotcom could always join up the Pirate Party list…

    • Treetop 6.2

      Were I the PM and the director of GCSB kept me in the dark, I would have no confidence in them and I would stand them down. So Key has confidence in a person he HAND PICKED who kept him in the dark. (I am being a lady by using the official version and not the I will protect the PM at any cost to my integrity or self dignity and up the law of the land).

  7. xtasy 7

    Fuck the NZ mainstream media, do they seriously fall for all this bullshit that goes on???

    I cannot believe it. They also serve the largely ignorant public all this window dressing stuff for news, pretending that is what matters, so people continue to be lulled into drivel mentality and keep sleeping with open eyes – while even walking.

    Any person who believes all this nonsense that we get reported every day is an IDIOT!

    This is Key and his old boys network mates pulling all strings they can, to keep the canvas covered over all the machinery they are operating, and all the schemes they are drawing up.

    Year by year this people and country are sold out bit by bit more and more, the land will one day be sold off under your arses, and before you know it, you will be shipped off to an offshore island, to make room for those that will take over to spread their wings and stretch their extremities.

    NZ is like a Titanic steering blindly straight onto the largest iceberg there ever was.

    Screwed up, and the most manipulative, corrupt ones are steering the ship, having their lifeboats on release already, like a one way flight to Hawaii.

  8. Green machine UpandComer 8

    Well Robertson’s thrown Helen Clark under the bus, these go back to 2003. More then one reputation is going to go ‘pop’ and none of these will include Key’s. He just has to clean up the mess.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Key and his hand picked man Fletcher should watch out for the falling axe.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.2

      “none of these will include Key’s”

      *Laugh* Keep reading the news young fella. ‘But but but but Laaaaaabour’ won’t explain what Key’s been sitting on, and just makes him look shifty as.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.3

      Delusional wingnut alert.

      Lying to Parliament and the public ≠ “cleaning up”.

  9. tinfoilhat 9

    Oh FFS if you really want anything to change for the better please vote Green and not for the crooks in National and Labour.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    “88 people illegally spied on.”

    Eddie, they were potentially spied on illegally.. There is not sufficient evidence yet that 88 people actually were spied on illegally, as your article suggests.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      It’s funny how the government is saying that these 88 are different from the DotCom example which they acknowledge was illegal.

      So what could the differences be?

      • Treetop 10.1.1

        Dotcom was arrested and the raid on his Coatesville home was broadcast on 20 January 2012, so there is a name and available footage.

      • Treetop 10.1.2

        I was a bit sarcastic with my first reply.

        “So whay could the differences be?”

        GCSB, SIS and police did not get Dotcom’s permanent residency status right.

        The GCSB spied on the 88 NZers because they thought it was permissible to help the SIS and the police.

        So if the GCSB realised that Dotcom was a permanent resident they still would have spied on him like they did for the SIS and police concerning the 88.

  11. xtasy 11

    HAH, dumbos! Today (Wednesday) Key comes up with what he really wants, to have his GCSB spy “legally” on NZers!

    It sounds like a kind of “Enabling Act” (familiar to those in Germany in 1933), so that what may have been illegal or questionable will be made legal with the stroke of a pen under a swiftly drawn up law amendment.

    Great, revealing stuff, the voted in dictatorship is tightening its grip now.

  12. ghostwhowalksnz 12

    The nice little doge of the SIS and or Police using GCSB has been exposed.

    of course that gave the others plausible deniability when anything wenb wrong.
    And GCSB could say we dont spy on NZs .

    The whole pack of cards and lies has come tumbling down

  13. Chris 13

    Is all this diversion going to shut down the talk of keys part in the Dotcom saga,and a possible enqiry.I hope not.Having watched rennie and fletcher on Campbell I am not convinced that they weren’t lying through their teeth.,the body language and hesitant speech didn’t give me any confidence in their assurances and I’m pretty sure that fletcher didn’t actually answer anything at all.His only moment of non-hesitation was when JC asked him if there had been a recording of the meeting attended by key at GCSB and he replied”no” just about before JC had even finished asking the question.He is our top spy? Really?He certainly looked spooked.

  14. The Devil's Advocate 14

    What will be really interesting will be the details of those 88 lucky Kiwi’s who have been spied on by their own government. If the Dot Com extradition case is anything to go by it will no doubt involve a corporate lawyer, some barking dogs and a whole lot of clowns. Full disclosure is required if we are ever going to move past “The Mate Gate Affair” and make sure it does not happen again.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release
    Lowering the annual fee increases for students from 4 percent to 3 percent means universities, polytechnics and wānanga will have less money, say national student and staff unions NZUSA and TEU. Slightly slower fee rises are no good if the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
    Some of the forecasts in the Budget beggar belief, and when they almost inevitably turn out wrong they spell disaster for New Zealand families. Here’s the clearest example. In the last year, investment in residential property ballooned by 16%. In… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
    Bill English has said time and again that new spending initiatives of around $1 billion each year are the responsible thing to do, and are the new normal. And, in the next two years, he is as good as… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
    Gareth’s WorldBy Geoff Simmons
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago

  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    12 hours ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    12 hours ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    12 hours ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    13 hours ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    13 hours ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    15 hours ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    15 hours ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    16 hours ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    18 hours ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    1 day ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    2 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    3 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    3 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    4 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    4 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    1 week ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • US state joins NZ with GE food labelling
    New Zealand has a similar law making the labelling of many GE foods compulsory, but the Government seems to let it slide.  Because the government has not monitored or enforced our GE food labelling laws since 2003, it seems the… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare
    “E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.” ...
    2 weeks ago

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