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The job ahead

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, October 28th, 2012 - 179 comments
Categories: labour, Politics - Tags: , , ,

Unfortunately I don’t think the latest Roy Morgan is a rogue poll. But I also don’t think that it’s the result of David Shearer’s GCSB fiasco as the electorate doesn’t tend to make up its mind on single issues.

Rather, I think that the electorate has simply run out of patience with Labour. As has been pointed out time and time again, politics is about narratives – about finding a positive story about your own brand and a negative one about you opponent and punctuating these stories with example again and again and again. And yet Labour’s “top teams”, both under Goff and under Shearer, have repeated failed to grasp that very simple fact.

So in four years we’ve not seen any consistency either in how they have opposed the government or how they have promoted themselves. Instead we’ve seen four years of disparate silver bullet PR fiascos ranging from dying Phil Goff’s hair and sticking him on a motor bike, to ill-timed blairite triangulation attempts such as David Shearer’s bene on a roof speech, to desperate and self-defeating attacks such as the gcsb debacle and the backstabbing of their own colleagues and staff members.

And to make matters worse this absolute lack of strategy has been punctuated with own goals like Trevor Mallard’s ticket scalping, David Shearer setting the Auditor General on one of his own Senior MPs, Trevor Mallard’s offensive facebook postings, Shane Jone’s transparent lobbying for his donor, Trevor Mallard’s ill-judged bike race with the internet’s village idiot, various MPs’ twitter outbursts, Trevor Mallard’s obsession with David Farrar, various frontbenchers’ failure to attain profile, Trevor Mallard’s… well you get the idea. In short they’ve inadvertently allowed a narrative to form that they’re not a competent government in waiting at all.

But it’s not all bad news. There are many talented MPs in the caucus and the party itself is in good fettle. In fact members from around the country have a unity of political vision I’ve not seen for a long time (and political vision is the foundation good durable narratives are built on).

Labour simply needs to start focusing on getting the basics right. It needs to drop the idea that you can win the electorate’s heart with one-off stunts, and to drop the naive idea Winston will get them across the line (even if he does go with Labour over the Nats it’ll be a Faustian pact), and go back to its core values and use them to build solid stories of what they stand for. And what they stand against. Because Labour’s core values are New Zealand’s core values.

That said, I have real reservations this can be done. The three basic political planks of strategic vision, operational competence, and discipline all seem to be missing in action – we’ve got a strategy team that hasn’t fired for four years, a leader’s office that has been largely picked from the Wellington Central LEC and its members (which is not to say they haven’t done well for Robertson in that electorate but national campaigning is a totally different kettle of fish and Wellington Central is not an electorate that is particularly representative of the rest of the county – what works there is by no means guaranteed to work elsewhere), and we’re seeing a fundamental lack of discipline.

On that last point I think that one of the most concerning signs lately has been the fact Shane Jones was allowed to go on Q+A last week and create fisheries policy despite not being the spokesperson (or even a frontbencher). I’ve not seen anything like it since the days of Maurice Williamson doing the same thing under Bill English’s leadership and it bodes really badly because even the best strategy in the world coupled with the most talented operational people is worth nothing if any MP with a personal hobby-horse (and most of them have one) is able to randomly steer the narrative off course.

It’s going to be hard but Labour needs to get its house in order. There’s too much to lose if it doesn’t.

179 comments on “The job ahead”

  1. Stephen Doyle 1

    When is the reshuffle happening? Cos the front bench, with one or two exceptions has been MIA.

  2. PlanetOrphan 2

    Well said M8!

  3. Socialist Paddy 3

    The trouble with the current power holders is that they seem to be the least capable of holding the party vote. The worst performing electorates (loss of party vote) included Wellington Central, Auckland Central, and Dunedin South, all held by the powers that be.

    In fact if you went through the ABC brigade the only one who had a good election result was Phil Goff.

    And the party has had this frustrating policy of picking superstars from outside and expecting them to shine. None of them have. Tamihere was a disaster and if he is allowed to rejoin will cause huge problems. Jones needs to go.

    The basic problem is they have no understanding of or commitment to the party. And their lack of commitment or the lack of a philosophical base means that they are there only for power and will do whatever is required.

    Give me a long term dedicated activist to a wanna be superstar any day.

    • Jim Nald 3.1

      How desirable to the wider party membership would it be to have a Labour-led Government in 2014 with PM Grant Robertson, Deputy PM Jacinda Ardern, and Leader of the House Clare Curran?

  4. RedLogix 4

    Thanks IB.

    Labour seems to be stuck with the idea that because John Key has been successful positioning National into the centre-right that Labour can only be successful if it too occupies the same ideological space or perhaps a smidgeon to the left.

    This is nonsense. John Key has been successful because he has a long career as a corporate suit knowing what to say, when to say it, and who to. He’s very good at telling people narratives that they want to believe in … crucially with a smile and a bit of faux self-deprecation. It’s an act I’ve seen over and over in the corporate world.

    Goff learned this lesson too late; that policy and positioning are far less important than a credible narrative. So far Shearer has neither; a policy position that seems to want to underlap National’s and certainly not the personal projection to leverage his role as Labour leader into Prime Minister.

  5. higherstandard 6

    Don’t worry about the polls, this far out from an election and even running up to election time they are irrelevant rubbish.

    The greens and labour can sleep walk to being the next government unless they do an equivalent of the don brash/exclusive bretheren fiasco.

    • Jim Nald 6.1

      Oh yeaahh right … and re “the days of Maurice Williamson doing the same thing under Bill English’s leadership” – -

      the current Shearer-Robertson leadership with their 29% still has some way to go before overtaking (on the downward direction) Bill English’s stunning leadership that successfully crashed to 21%.

      • IrishBill 6.1.1
        Colmar (2002)

        February 17 2002 – Labour 51%, National 35%.

         
        March 17 2002 – Labour 49%, National 35%.
         
        April 21 2002 – Labour 50%, National 34%.
         
        May 19 2002 – Labour 51%, National 32%.
         
        June 16 2002 – Labour 53%, National 27%.
         
        June 29 2002 – Labour 51%, National 30%.
         
        July 14 2002 – Labour 46%, National 27%.
         
        July 25 2002 – Labour 44%, National 21%.
         
        Actual election result – Labour 41%, National 21%
  6. Policy Parrot 7

    “go back to its core values and use them to build solid stories of what they stand for. And what they stand against. Because Labour’s core values are New Zealand’s core values.”

    There are a lot of people in the party who do not know or care what the core values of Labour are/were, so it is going to be a difficult job going back to them.
    Case in point: Young Labour’s 2011 top policy priority being marriage equality. Now that is not to say this is not important (I would argue top 5), but having that as the number one priority when we live in a time of huge youth unemployment, hardship and a government hellbent on making as hard as possible for young people to get ahead in New Zealand – such a priority smacks as out of touch – i.e. no real linkage between broader Kiwi youth and young Labour.

    Now some people may assault this as Trotterite “Waitakere Man” speak – but there is no doubt in my mind that Labour needs to mean “labour” – as in for the working masses – conditions, wages, rights: first. Don’t argee with that – go somewhere else.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Oh PP, you’re bad, you’re not allowed to say what you just said! Bad bird!

    • weka 7.2

      Depends on what you mean by labour. If you mean the work that paid people do, but excluding the work that unpaid people do, then there is a problem.

    • Reagan Cline 7.3

      ” a government hell bent on making as hard as possible for young people to get ahead in NZ”.
      Too hard for me, I’m not all that smart – not like some people. I’ll sleep in, blame the government, as the months go by.

    • QoT 7.4

      Now some people may assault this as Trotterite “Waitakere Man” speak

      Nah, I’d just point out that I’m pretty sure Young Labour is as capable as Old Labour of thinking about more than one issue at a time, and seizing on one with sudden international appeal (i.e. Obama said it’s cool) is hardly bad politics.

      Oh, also it’s the right thing to do, but anyway.

  7. gobsmacked 8

    IrishBill +1

    Please listen, Labour. Please. We don’t expect instant solutions, just start by acknowledging your failures.

    “I’m sorry. We have let you down, for far too long.”

    Those words alone would be worth more than a hundred Shearer speeches.

  8. Good thoughtful article and i agree with all you say.
    Politicians that win their seats deserve to be at the front of the que when the front
    bench positions are dished out.
    Surely a 4.5% drop will have the ministers paying attention instead of spinning excuses
    that fits their personal agenda
    There is a serious dis-connection with the voters going on here and only a direct
    intervention and a change in attitude by the ‘old guard’ that is hamstringing any
    success the party may have at the next election,can help matters,labour voters waited
    with baited breath when goff pushed to stay leader,when the voters wanted change,
    selfishness, arrogance,self importance are not something to be admired.
    Someone mentioned Helen Kelly,on a prior post, now there is a woman who knows
    her stuff,she is strong,articulate,great speaker and can debate anywhere,with anyone,
    Labour would do well to persue this woman for a place on the front bench,she has
    already proved herself more than capable.
    Labour needs people like Helen Kelly and less of the old guard,less of limp leadership.

  9. IrishBill 10

    Cheers. And right on cue we have another example of a complete lack of discipline.

    • gobsmacked 10.1

      At least he got trumped by the nutty Nat. That’s the craziest set of quotes from an MP since Bob Clarkson!

    • millsy 10.2

      Pandering to dirty filthy homophobes.

      • tracey 10.2.1

        fascinating (or sad, or both) that some of those protesters believe that animals have homosexual sex..

        • Rhinocrates 10.2.1.1

          Well, it’s quite widespread in the natural world (not to mention serial hermaphrodite fish…). You see, if you have homosexual sex, you’re being unnatural, but you’re also being an animal. It’s simple, really :)

          • tracey 10.2.1.1.1

            you forgot to add that God made animals, so what they do is sanctioned by god, unless its homosexual in which case God must have made a M….. ;)

        • marsman 10.2.1.2

          In the past the catch cry was ‘it’s unnatural, animals don’t do it so why should people’. It’s the same as neoliberal speak, it makes no sense whatever they say.

      • Barnsley Bill 10.2.2

        Nice characterisation of the predominantly Polynesian population that voted him in.
        Whilst I have no dog in the gay marriage issue and find the whole thing boring your trying to be the linear opposite of the gay marriage haters will not help Labour hold up its party vote in the polynesian suburbs.
        4 years of opposition and Labour are still flailing around with special interest fringe policy.

        • felix 10.2.2.1

          It takes a special kind of dickhead to think that treating everyone equally in the eyes of the law is “special interest fringe policy.”

        • millsy 10.2.2.2

          So you think the Polynesians are quite right in their desire to string up homosexuals?

    • Rhinocrates 10.3

      That man, for those wondering, is supposedly the party’s spokesperson on employment. Can anyone remember anything he’s said on the matter? Instead this is what he has unilaterally decided he is selected for a seat and paid to talk about. Does Shearer condone this or does he get a slap over the wrist with a mango rind?

    • Bill 10.4

      It’s an aside. But I kind of like the sense of irony that’s contained in ‘ye olde’ colonial morality’s yelping attempt to bite the coloniser’s new social mores on the arse.

    • Inventory2 10.5

      To be fair to Su’a William Sio, this is a conscience issue, and there is no Labour whip on the vote.

      • Rhinocrates 10.5.1

        So what has he had to say on his portfolio? He should be whipped on that. Instead he’s decided that this is the issue, which the right wing of the party says is nice but… you know… a special interest fringe thing, likely to put off Waitakere Man… it’s, you know, icky… look, can we really not talk about this?… so why is he bothering with it to the expense of what he’s actually supposed to be doing when it’s allegedly one of those things that distract us from the issues that those people tell us REALLY matter – such as employment? Because, you know, we can only concentrate on one thing at a time, just like it’s impossible walk and chew gum at the same time.

        I don’t think that I’m being unfair at all. He’s entitled to his conscience, but he’s also been given a job to do as spokesperson for employment. Supposedly that’s the issue that is most important to the party, at least according to Shearer, but he refuses to do it; instead, like Shane Jones, he has looked at what time and energy he has and chosen to devote all of it to his private hobby horse to the exclusion of his duty because, apparently, he really cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. If this is more important to him, then he should resign his position and go to the back benches where he can campaign against marriage equality, the Illuminati, argyle socks or whatever he likes (but only one at a time).

  10. captain hook 11

    this will be the last time.
    if the labour party has to get their house in order then so does ‘the standard’.
    it seems to me you have taken thename but you dont support working class people and have this conceited view of your own importance.
    its ok trying to be a wannabee govt in waiting and proud of your ability to conduct a e-campaign but there is no centre to your activities.
    so pick up the chalenge or what ever other useless frucking amntra dreamed up by the ad agency
    get off your asses and start doing something useful.
    ok?

  11. Colonial Viper 12

    Labour happy to break conventions and raise ructions increasing pressure on gender/sexuality issues.

    Please do the same on stopping the banker extraction of wealth from NZ, wealthy individuals getting allowances for their kids via hiding income in trusts, and on measures needed to deliver full employment.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      All that I’ve seen from Labour so far shows is that they’re more inclined to help the banksters theiving rather than try to stop them.

    • Rhinocrates 12.2

      Actually the marriage equality bill was an independent member’s bill by Louisa Wall, and pretty much downplayed by Labour as a party (if not disowned) – so in terms of party policy and action, they’re piss-poor on gender/sexuality issues as well.

  12. Anne 14

    There are many talented MPs in the caucus and the party itself is in good fettle. In fact members from around the country have a unity of political vision I’ve not seen for a long time (and political vision is the foundation good durable narratives are built on).

    Indeed there is some great talent sitting there in caucus. What is more, there are also some very talented young people waiting in the wings for their turn to get into parliament. But most will only ever get that chance if the ‘has-beens’ stop thinking solely of themselves and move aside for them.

    While there are positive signs that the party itself is in good fettle, if the current caucus attitude (at least among a significant group of the incumbents) and ill-thought-through actions continue to be made then members will get tired of it and leave. It happened in the 1980s. It can happen again.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      While there are positive signs that the party itself is in good fettle

      Can someone name me an electorate, any electorate at all, where the median age of Labour members is under 55.

      • McFlock 14.1.1

        Dunedin North is usually a good bet for any request along those lines. :)

        • Jimmy Reid 14.1.1.1

          Auckland Central, Waitakere, Te Atatu and New Lynn all have a median age under 55. That’s just the ones I live near.

  13. tracey 15

    National ought to be self destructing, and in fact are somewhat but labour is still in limbo. It knows it wont win by appealing to the right wing and thegreens ably have the left. Wjere to go and what to do… they drift…

    My vote has bled from labour to Greens because all I see/hear (if anything) is Labour trying to be like national “only nicer”. Won’t work.

    IF this country has national inflicted on it for another term, shame on every labour MP currently in parliament and their advisors, because it will have been they who made it happen… not truste din economy and education… should be a death nell for any government…

  14. Jim Nald 16

    From my heart and with seriousness, thanks for making my Sunday, IB.

  15. BM 17

    I think one of the major issues that Labour faces is that certain sections of the MSM has decided the Greens should be the major opposition party not Labour.
    Only time you see Labour on Tv is when they’ve fucked up while the Greens never get questioned or pulled up on anything.

    • IrishBill 17.1

      I do think the Greens are getting a slightly easy ride but they’re also doing a really good job of sticking to the playbook. They’ve determined the brand they want both as a party and for their party leaders and they’ve decided what issues they’ll drive and how they will drive them to best benefit their brand. There have been a couple of bumps in the road such as the QE plan not landing very well but they’ve mostly done a really good job of getting the basics right.

      The reason journos are going to them and not Labour (if indeed they are – I suspect they go to both and then use the best grabs) is they’ve got a good idea of what the greens will say on an issue and that they’ll say it well.

      If you go to Labour you don’t quite know what you’ll get or how badly it will be phrased. When you’re trying to put a story together under pressure you really don’t need that kind of randomness.
       

      • Labour voter 17.1.1

        It’s sad that Labour voters are heading to the Greens. Their manufactured and plastic policies, fake smiles, and marketing bullshit are terrible for this country.

        I think you summarised it well by calling the Greens a brand. That’s all they all. Like Apple or Coca-cola. They don’t have policies, they only ever sanctimoniously complain.

        The only honest thing about them is that they didn’t support Clare’s (and then Key’s) S92a bill. That nearly tipped me over to them, when both Labour and National supported criminalising us all to protect US media corporations, done under urgency during the Christchurch Earthquake recovery.

        I think that lost a few more young votes than many of us care to believe.

        • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1

          I think you summarised it well by calling the Greens a brand. That’s all they all. Like Apple or Coca-cola. They don’t have policies, they only ever sanctimoniously complain.

          http://www.greens.org.nz/policy

          Seems that their policies are fairly well developed for a party that doesn’t have policies.

          Tell me, what’s the weather like on Planet Key?

          • Labour voter 17.1.1.1.1

            That’s not policy! That’s a collection of vague feel-good desires.

            Printing money to get us out of poverty is probably the only policy the Greens have announced.

            Planet Key? You’re the one attacking Labour and switching sides.
            Turn-coats like you and Tracey have no place here.

            • Jim Nald 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Huhh?

              “Turn-coats”? Talking about yourself?

              “attacking Labour and switching sides” – an admission?

              Your supposed support for a certain party raises doubt.

            • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1.1.2

              That’s not policy! That’s a collection of vague feel-good desires.

              Ah, no, that’s fairly solid policy. The type of stuff that we’re not getting from Labour.

              Printing money to get us out of poverty is probably the only policy the Greens have announced.

              No, that would be the only policy of the Greens that you can remember.

              I’m a turn-coat? For what, not being a Labour supporter?

              Turn-coats like you and Tracey have no place here.

              /popcorn

        • millsy 17.1.1.2

          Yeah, god forbid the greens want clean air, water and our National Parks to be mine free.

      • Dr Terry 17.1.2

        Well spoken, IrishBill!

      • BM 17.1.3

        I do think the Greens are getting a slightly easy ride but they’re also doing a really good job of sticking to the playbook. They’ve determined the brand they want both as a party and for their party leaders and they’ve decided what issues they’ll drive and how they will drive them to best benefit their brand.

        I do wonder though how many of “their people” the have in the media though.
        I’m certain Campbell is one, know doubt he’s had Robyn Malcolm and Lucy Lawless in his ear, It’s a real coup having a chap like Campbell batting for you, he can push Green policy while undermining Labour in the process.
        I’m picking the Greens to be basically neck and neck with Labour by the time the next election rolls round.

  16. Rhinocrates 18

    Great post, very well-written.

  17. Ad 19

    Good stuff Irish. Sad, true, and good.

    Anyone here going to Conference?
    Have to confess not keen to go to too many more.

    Hope any Labour MP’s who read this can distinguish between “Cunliffe fan club” and “crisis of political faith”.

    • IrishBill 19.1

      I’d encourage any member who can to go to conference. In my opinion the brightest hope at the moment is the membership’s commitment and unity. I think it’s more important to be an active member now than it was at any time in the last 12 years.

  18. Herodotus 20

    There has been no comments regarding how labour has lost any understanding of the difficulty for many living day to day. We heard how great the govt. was in maintaining a low inflation, problem was that there was a matched low increase of income for many and much of the day to day costs that were increasing are not reflected in the inflation figures. Cost of land cost of building, increased taxation, interest rates, to name a few.
    So where is the relevance of a Labour party for the beneficiary or PAYE worker ? How will life improve ? Because in the later years of the last Lab govt it was damn difficult and the govt displayed no desire to help.

  19. tracey 21

    My take on the MSM is similar to that famours scene in Life of Brian, when Brian wakes up and speaks to the masses. In this instance the masses are the MSM and Brian represents the call to them to be indpendant and serve journalism and truth…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqq3e03EBQ

  20. Karen 22

    Excellent post. It should be required reading for every member of caucus. Your record of the 2002 polls should also make chilling reading for all those who think that Shearer just needs more time.

  21. Saarbo 23

    “That said, I have real reservations this can be done. The three basic political planks of strategic vision, operational competence, and discipline all seem to be missing in action”

    Spot on IB….What has been clearly missing since Helen moved on is strong and responsible leadership. If more decision making is devolved to the membership at November’s conference I would expect that the leadership will be sorted soon after. 

  22. tracey 24

    I hear dLinda Clark talking the other day about how Shearer wants to lead ina new way BUT the press gallery have their own “rules.” The number one being any statement must be pithy and no longer than 30 seconds… This might explain why they stopped going to him and have gone to Greens…So does Shearer now compromise one of his points of difference, which due to the pivotal role of media inpolitics is excluding him from airing his message… and so the move from pure principle toward ends justify the means (which National is playing in true Machaevellian (sp) style

    • Dr Terry 24.1

      The Greens demonstrate intelligence . . . small wonder the press goes to them.

      • Colonial Viper 24.1.1

        You could give the Greens a 30s soundbite and Labour a full minute on the MSM.

        Which one is going to hit home with the right messages?

        • McFlock 24.1.1.1

          vote green then.

          Seriously.

          If indeed the Labour party is permanently going to be national lite then fine, drop support for it and go green. Or Alliance. or Mana. Or whoever. Because at the moment there seem to be a whole bunch of commenters here who would rather shit on Shearer and labour as soon as there’s a dip in a quite promising trend than actually support a party.

          • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1

            as soon as there’s a dip in a quite promising trend

            :roll: go look at the Roy Morgan chart and this time take a look at the 18 month and 36 month trend, and tell me what about it seems “promising”.

            • McFlock 24.1.1.1.1.1

              You mean the one that for the last two or three polls has national out of government?
              Or maybe the one that shows labour recovering steadily from the 2011 election, progressing well to 2014?
              Or maybe the one that shows fairly stagnant support under Goff but growing under Shearer?

              Oh, but wait – one lower result and everyone’s baying for blood.

              Fuck sake, what do you expect, poll-wise? Do you really think labour would be 3-poll averaging 45% right now if Cunliffe had become the leader? With golden weather and angels singing?

              Sustained support doesn’t happen like that. Quick spikes today can be just as easily lost.

              • Colonial Viper

                Look at the trend of Labour support McFlock. The one you suggested was “promising.”

                Where was Labour 18m ago. Where was it 36m ago.

                Where is it now.

                • McFlock

                  Where was it when Shearer picked it up? Or are you blaming him for Goff’s leadership, too?

                  But more to the point, why don’t you go for one of the other parties? Why are you obsessed with gnashing your teeth about Labour, rather than extolling the virtues of another party?

                  • @McFlock

                    “Why are you obsessed with gnashing your teeth about Labour, rather than extolling the virtues of another party?”

                    An answer for you from another quarter:

                    I am concerned over Labours’ stance, one of appearing to be lackadaisical over the utter nonsense this Government is indulging in; the message it is giving me STRONGLY (whether intended or not) is that they intend to indulge in similar such banality-cum-bumbling when they get into power.

                    If this is what they intend to do, this will lower the effect of any of the other parties further to the left; the other options of a person of left-wing views.

                    e.g. I don’t believe that Mr Shearer “not having his hands on the tape” needed to be the “whoops” moment it turned into. The follow up to this issue lacked conviction. Why? What is this lack of conviction about?

                    I find myself repeatedly questining why this lack of conviction is emanating from the Labour Party and praying that it will return. It is clear that there are some very sincerely passionate people working in Labour. What’s going on??

                    • McFlock

                      And what convictions did Labour espouse under Clark? A credit card of apple-pie. The most significant achievements of Lab5, imo, came from its coalition partners or private members’ bills, not from government policy.

                      Let me be explicit: a labour-led government of 40% labour/15% other will be less progressive than 30% labour/22% other. Why do people even want a monolithic labour party? All the country needs is labour to get in the mid to high thirties and a leftish coalition can be formed – more left wing than a purely labour government.

                    • @ McFlock,

                      I am in agreement with you there re ” Why do people even want a monolithic labour party?” Nah, I don’t care that the Labour Party isn’t huge (as long as a left-wing government gets in).

                      I’m mainly concerned that they don’t take too mediocre stance because if they get the most numbers out of the left-wing parties I believe they could achieve similar levels of mediocre nothingness that this Government is.

                      ( I am leaving out the chaos and dramatic-levels-of-ineptitude/corruption issues aside in order to lay emphasis on the non-directional bumbling aspect to this Government.)

                      Helen Clark was someone who I consistently found full of conviction, and was sincere and believed in what she was doing, whether one agreed with what she did or not, I don’t think you can say that conviction was missing from her.

                    • McFlock

                      The conviction was missing from the party.

                      To be fair, they did tweak the system in favour of some poor people (e.g. allowing case managers to tell clients about their WINZ entitlements), but a lot of their most radical policies came from greens, alliance and pm bills.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      All the country needs is labour to get in the mid to high thirties and a leftish coalition can be formed – more left wing than a purely labour government.

                      Agreed but I’d prefer if the Labour party had less than 30% or even less than 20%. That way we’d probably get a more democratic/progressive government.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Where was it when Shearer picked it up? Or are you blaming him for Goff’s leadership, too?

                    I am blaming Shearer for keeping level pegging with Goff’s performance 18 and 36 months ago.

                    That’s been my point.

                    The fact that Key and National has been doing appallingly badly this year and Shearer still hasn’t pulled Labour ahead compared to Goff 18m and 36m ago, is also relevant.

                    • McFlock

                      Of course, the fact that he was left with a handicap from goff’s low-point is conveniently ignored when Labour has reached back into goff’s higher-achieving period (last single datapoint notwithstanding, but then that’s how polls work).

                • BM

                  Heading into oblivion,.
                  The Greens are doing a great job slowly poisoning Labour, lets face it the Greens want to be top dog, they see their days as a bit player in the political landscape over.

                  • McFlock

                    more stirring of the pot…

                  • The Greens a doing a great job at presenting their arguments in a reasoned and researched manner.

                    Aren’t Labour simply slowly poisoning themselves, some of the ways in which they are doing so are listed in the article starting this thread.

                    By the way, what happened about that bitchy anti-Cunliffe article that occurred earlier in the year, which was said to come from inside info from politicians in the Labour party? Was that true? Did ministers talk to the press in this manner? Did anyone get apprehended for it?

                    • BM

                      Got to hand it to the Greens, they’re sharp and media savy.
                      The days of the morris dancing hippies are over.

                    • McFlock

                      “Labour” are performing an average job, but the “poisoning” is coming from infighting and bickering – not least of which we see here.

                      BM’s just trying to poison chances for a decent coalition after the election by getting labs and grns to fight each other rather than the government/

                    • BM

                      Nonsense.
                      Do you honestly think the Greens want to play second fiddle to Labour, they want to be calling the shots not making up the numbers.

                    • “BM’s just trying to poison chances for a decent coalition after the election by getting labs and grns to fight each other rather than the government/”

                      ++1 Yeah its not very subtle is it? :D

                    • McFlock

                      I think that the greens and labour at each others’ throats would be electorally good for whichever party you support

        • blue leopard 24.1.1.2

          “You could give the Greens a 30s soundbite and Labour a full minute on the MSM.

          Which one is going to hit home with the right messages?”

          OOoo gee, CV, that’s a tough one….hmm…let me think….

          ;)

          (Good point)

  23. Chalupa Batman 25

    Sounds to me like removing T. Mallard would remove most of the problems…

    • millsy 25.1

      Well, you have to admit, the guy has no discernable political priciples…

      • tracey 25.1.1

        on that basis, that’s most of the national top 12 gone….

        although isn’t political principles an oxymoron?

  24. http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/will-grant-robertson-get-chop-lf-131298#comment-591376

    MY COMMENT – YET TO BE PUBLISHED:

    Here we go again – the usual ‘spin-doctor’ campaign try to pick and snipe and undermine Labour Party leadership?

    Saw it all before with Phil Goff in 2011.

    yawn……………….

    The question I want answered is:

    What role did John Key play in the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in November 1999, when he was a foreign exchange advisor to the New York Federal Reserve, and Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch?

    Given that the effect of the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act was to leave the derivatives market unregulated?

    Given that the global financial meltdown has been largely caused by the collapse of the derivatives market?

    Who is going to ask THAT question?

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    • Chalupa Batman 26.1

      Saw it all before with Phil Goff in 2011.

      yawn……………….

      It worked though better then what Labour tried with John Key…trips to Aussie to dig up dirt anyone?

    • handle 26.2

      What about the dolphins, I say.
      ‘anti-relevance campaigner’

    • Jimmie 26.3

      Hmm yeah John Key obviously bullied several hundred congressmen & senators & Bill Clinton to cause this law to be repealed.

      I’m surprised after wielding such power that he humbled himself to come back to little ole NZ to become PM.

      He should have kept moving on to his logical position that as the head of the illumanati/VWRC which he was obviously part of.

      Dear Penny,
      Your wonderful musings bring a great deal of joy to many embittered souls – keep up the good work.

      • Chalupa Batman 26.3.1

        *Snigger*

      • Colonial Viper 26.3.2

        Hmm yeah John Key obviously bullied several hundred congressmen & senators & Bill Clinton to cause this law to be repealed.

        No, his organisation and the banksters (whose Congressional and Presidential campaign donations add up to tens of millions per year) they represent did.

    • Inventory2 26.4

      Sheesh IB; what have you done to deserve getting spam-bombed by Penny Bright? :P

    • @ Penny Bright

      Unclear what you do to get such sarky/ignorant comments, which surprise me on what is usually an intelligent website.
      I am pleased to learn what you have to relay
      And do see the relevance of knowing as much as is out there on Mr Key’s prior activities.
      I see the link between knowing this information and his being head of the worst government that I hope NZ ever has.
      And the advantage this information has on mass discernment, which appears to be astoundingly lacking in NZ at present.

      What a pity more NZers weren’t privvy to this type of information and line of reasoning. (rather appearing to prefer a type of mass hysteria-cum-idol-worship; the results of disaster capitalism being applied to us, perhaps?)

      Thanks Penny
      Keep up the good work!!

  25. Jimmie 27

    Good post – and I agree 100%.

    I’m not a Labour supporter and never will be however these exact sentiments have been expressed over and over again since well before the last election. (Both on this blog & on others)

    However they were treated with derision by those on the left who thought the Phil Goff was the knight in shining armour for Labour.

    Now that Labour has been sitting in the wilderness for 4 years suddenly you wake up and think opps maybe we were wrong all along?

    What should have happened either before or after the 2008 election was a fundamental rethink of who Labour is and how they were going to get back into power.

    Labour should be very strong and only allowing the greens to barely get over 5%.
    The current status where the greens have a healthy 13-17% and Labour is knocking around 30% is a serious indication that Labour is in trouble.

    Who do Labour stand for? If you look at their current MP’s you would assume it is a strange mix of latte swigging rainbow unionists with 1 or 2 odd balls (has beens Mallard/Jones) thrown in.

    You also have the under-current of the ABC attitude and approx 4 or 5 dreaming that they are leadership material and it looks to be a real dog’s breakfast.

    And leading them all is a guy (Shearer) who is an oddball all by himself – not part of any faction and seriously looking like a fish gasping for air when ever he speaks in public.

    I don’t see 15-20 MP’s who have been working men and women all their lives, I don’t see several PI/Maori MP’s who have come up form humble beginnings, I don’t see MP’s with any sense of reality and/or common sense portrayed in their opinions and policy.

    Gotta be a total clean out as current thinking of relying on the greens to get into power may well be a false hope. Once the blow torch of election campaigning gets turned on to the watermelons more unusual policies don’t be surprised if they drop to single figure support again.

    • gobsmacked 27.1

      But the people who matter are – or especially, were – Labour supporters.

      They feel let down, but not because they want Labour to be more right-wing (which is essentially your argument).

      On issues (not parties or people) polling consistently shows New Zealand to be moderately social democratic, and moderately liberal. The cliched “latte / rainbow / union” (yawn) is to the left of centre, which is where Labour should be. That’s how progress is made.

      John Key got elected by pretending to be centrist and liberal. He is gradually being exposed, but Labour are failing to counter with a coherent narrative.

      There is no contradiction between standing up for economic justice and social justice. That is what Labour must do.

      (so in short, Jimmie, you don’t agree 100%, you’re just projecting your version of a party onto IrishBill’s post, and it’s not Labour)

      • tracey 27.1.1

        +1

        Those who believe Labour’s success lies in snatching back the just right of centre national folks are asking for the party to become as so oftenmaligned National Lite.

        Either state your principles and those who you consider you represent, adhere to them, or re-name yourselves and start again. havig a bob each way makes you look foolish

    • Saarbo 27.2

      This is what happens when there is a void in leadership, things look a lot worse than they really are. The question is what do the membership do with the petulant ABC brigade? This small group have caused more damage to Labour than anything  else I can remember. This group needs to move on.

      • the sprout 27.2.1

        hear hear.

        those who value a political future in Labour need to think hard about removing the ABCers

        they are seriously damaging to Labour’s prospects and will remain an impediment to election success until they’re gone.

    • gobsmacked 27.3

      I don’t see several PI/Maori MP’s who have come up from humble beginnings”

      A quarter of the Labour caucus are Maori-Pasifika.

      That doesn”t make them good or bad MPs – they range from Louisa Wall (great) to Silly Si’o (not).

  26. Michael 28

    Hi all, I’m a long time National voter. Here’s a few ideas on what it would get me to switch to labour.

    -Fix the housing affordability problem, mandate bank loan to value limit of 80% and debt servicing to 30% of income to stop speculation, sort out council restrictions like development levies, exorbitant resource consent charges, zoning issues. Don’t allow nimbyism to slow down and make more expensive housing development. Maybe a land tax to encourage efficient use of land (i.e develop or sell). If need be use government capital to build houses if the market is failing. Use the scale of the government to wrangle better deals from suppliers etc. Whatever you do don’t subsidise people to buy into the existing overpriced houses. Fix underlying issues.
    -Support business, don’t automatically assume through your actions and words that business is a rapacious beast trying to rip off workers, consumers and the like.
    -Be sensible and balanced on things like mining and oil drilling, these are the kind of jobs your working class people actually need. Not everyone can be a psa supporting policy analyst type.
    -End the student loan freebies drain and admit it was a step too far, re-direct the money back into things that actually help poor people move forward. Rich kids don’t need free student loans.
    -Accept that not everyone needs university tertiary education – massive push for trades, technical and farming training for people 16 above that are not academically minded.
    -Look to massively expand kiwisaver over time, make compulsory and raise the employee contributions level to 10% and the employer to perhaps 5%. This will actually get us rich as a country, and solve our current account and currency problems.

    -I don’t mind paying tax (even higher taxes than now), and broadening the tax base with say land or capital gains tax, I don’t even mind upping benefit levels. But don’t always oppose the drive for efficiency and responsibility in govt like we’ve been seeing over the last few years. I want value for money. I want people to take responsibility for their kids and communities.

    Thats enough for now!

    Cheers and regards
    Michael

    • tracey 28.1

      Michael in 2010 the West Coast mining industry employed 850 people. It’s less now. My question for you is if those things above are important to you, why did you vote for national in 2011?

      • Michael 28.1.1

        Hi Tracey, two things occurred, a mine sadly blew up and a global financial/economic downturn happened. Pointing to specifics Labour should come out strongly in support of economic mining opportunities like Bathurst and call on the govt to sort out the slow consenting process that allows such things to drag on for years without resolution.

        Cheers

    • Draco T Bastard 28.2

      Support business, don’t automatically assume through your actions and words that business is a rapacious beast trying to rip off workers, consumers and the like.

      Why would we assume that considering that’s exactly what business is setup to do?

      Be sensible and balanced on things like mining and oil drilling, these are the kind of jobs your working class people actually need.

      Great idea, pity NACT don’t believe in it. All they’re after is to make a few rich people richer at everyone else’s expense. Balancing mining and drilling actually means only digging up what we use and making sure that we don’t damage the environment.

      .

      End the student loan freebies drain and admit it was a step too far, re-direct the money back into things that actually help poor people move forward. Rich kids don’t need free student loans.

      The actual policy should be to drop student altogether and make education freely available to all.

      Look to massively expand kiwisaver over time,

      Saving money is delusional. Saving our resources and using them sustainably (Only use what we need, recycle as much as possible etc) is what we need to do.

      But don’t always oppose the drive for efficiency and responsibility in govt like we’ve been seeing over the last few years.

      There hasn’t been a drive for efficiency from this government but a drive to put more taxpayer money into their rich mates pockets.

      • Michael 28.2.1

        Dear Mr Draco

        I think you are misinformed and perhaps biased a little re business, I’ve worked in a number and MOST seem to want to do a number of things – have a good product, serve their customers well, pay the wages, make a return on investment. These are good things to pursue.

        You comments about “rich mates” etc are hyperbolic and don’t do your arguments any favours in my opinion.

        Cheers

        • Colonial Viper 28.2.1.1

          I’d support pulling more taxes out of the megacorporates and using it to help small business (10 employees or less) start up and succeed.

          • millsy 28.2.1.1.1

            It has to be remembered that SME’s also face skyrocketing rents and utility costs as well, especially given that businesses during the 1990′s and 2000 sold off their buildings and leased them back.

            These issues need to be addressed IMO.

        • Draco T Bastard 28.2.1.2

          have a good product, serve their customers well, pay the wages, make a return on investment. These are good things to pursue.

          No, they aren’t.

          Products, maybe, maybe not – depending upon the product. Products that fail due to being made too cheaply due to competition are obviously a waste of scarce resources.
          It’d be better if they served the community well.
          Who’s paying the wages? The people who produce the wealth or the person who allows the people doing the producing no say in the distribution of that wealth?
          Profit is a dead weight loss as has been proved by Steve Keen and, interestingly enough, the failed economic theory that society presently labours under.

          Basically, business is set up to take wealth from the many and transfer it to the few. It’s very good at doing this as the rise in poverty shows.

    • One Tāne Huna 28.3

      Michael,

      “…efficiency and responsibility…”

      You’re kidding, right?

    • Dr Terry 28.4

      These are your thoughts – and you STILL vote National?? Something wrong here!

    • Foreign Waka 28.5

      The first few lines sound like the finance policies from the Greens, just recently stated by Dr Russel. You seem to be more a liberal than a true blue national. Your suggestions seem quite reasonable.

  27. Greg 29

    What the left just don’t seem to have a handle on is that the majority of us see the Labour politicians as slightly weird, not representing the views of the average hard working Kiwi. Chardonnay socialists is an old term but oh so accurate when it comes to describing the Labour Party. And every now and then they slip up and let the general public see what they really think, whether its Comrade Cindy or Chicken Littles 8 pm closing for pubs, this obsession with gay marriage,it just goes on and on. I think the average working Joe fell they could have a beer with any of the National politicians and have a good conversation with them because they have all been out in the real world with real jobs as opposed to Labours time honoured career path of School, Uni, various young socialist organisations, parliament.Look at the polls, the only people who like you are ne’er do wells, and people who can’t/won’t look after themselves, the rest of us vote National. But I urge you to carry on down the same path, if nothing else, just for the entertainment value watching the left wringing their hands and trying to work out why they aren’t getting anywhere.

    • tracey 29.1

      Quick question, by “the majority of us” do you mean people you work with and know?

      Also a recent poll showed a majority of NZers dont trust national on education and the economy… that would be funny too if it weren’t heading our country to hell in a hand-basket.

    • gobsmacked 29.2

      If the “average working Joe” chooses to vote for unemployment, or the profits from his hard work going overseas and to a rich few, then he’s going to need a lot more beer.

      How have these beer-drinking National blokes you love actually helped the workers? Which policies?

    • millsy 29.3

      Do you want homosexuality recriminialised, the poor thrown in the street and unions banned?

      • tracey 29.3.1

        Millsy, sadly for people like Greg’s so called “majority of us” it appears they do, fortunately they are not the majority he claims. His was a long post to say

        “Labour is doing it wrong cos they don’t get that National is right”

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 29.3.2

        No.

        Do you?

    • tracey 29.4

      How many people are currency traders? How many believe they live in the “real world”? My knowledge of them from my law firm days was played hard, worked in a frenzy, snorted cocaine, threw knieves into the back immediately above them in the company made money, entered rehab or hospital. Just wondering why this is a more real world than teaching young people and guiding them toward their future ???

      • Puddleglum 29.4.1

        That idea of the ‘real world’ is an interesting one.

        When pushed, most people say that the ‘world’ that matters most to them is family, friends and neighbourhood/community. You get this again and again in surveys of what people really value.

        By contrast, business people often boast of spending 60, 80 or even 100 hours at work – i.e., away from this ‘real world’ of family, friends and community. Yet, somehow or other, they get to claim that they are in the ‘real world’.

        Makes no sense.

        The world of business is further away from the ‘real world’ of family, friends and community than even those so-called Ivory Tower types. 

  28. Fisiani 30

    a leader’s office that has been largely picked from the Wellington Central LEC and its members (which is not to say they haven’t done well for Robertson in that electorate but national campaigning is a totally different kettle of fish and Wellington Central is not an electorate that is particularly representative of the rest of the county

    When you wrote that did you actually check the election result in 2011?
    What was the only seat in NZ were the Labour Party Vote was in 3rd place- Wellington Central.
    The WC Labour campaign was purely for the glory of Robertson. THe Green vote surpassed the Labour one.
    ” He polished up the handles so carefully that now he is the leader of the King’s navy”

    • tracey 30.1

      But coming from an electorate that isn’t reflective of the country is common practice (Hellensville for example, although living in parnell). I agree it was about exposure but I am not entirely sure what point you are making? Lots of long serving MPs couldn’t get elected if not ina “safe” seat.

    • James Henderson 30.2

      not the only seat – Rodney as well. A few third place candidates such as Tauranga, Epsom (trying to lose there, though)

      • Fisiani 30.2.1

        Not true http://www.electionresults.org.nz/electionresults_2011/e9/html/e9_part4.html

        Wellington Central was a total disaster for the laziest candidate in New Zealand who lost the party vote by 5000 votes and could not even beat the Greens. I hope that Robertson’s ego will propel him to the leadership. That would ensure victory for John Key.

        • Pascal's bookie 30.2.1.1

          Lol. So Labour got 450 odd votes fewer than the greens. Oh Noes.

          What is this supposed to say?

          What does it say that the National party was 5000 votes behind the combined green/labour vote, in a seat that voted in Prebble?

          not much actually.

  29. Here are some policies that, in my considered opinion, would get widespread electoral support.

    Look forward to as many political parties as possible ‘picking up the ball’?

    Help yourselves.

    ACTION PLAN TO PREVENT CORRUPTION – ‘WHITE COLLAR’ CRIME & ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’ IN NZ:

    1. Get our anti-corruption domestic legislative framework in place so NZ can ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption.

    2. Set up an NZ independent anti-corruption body tasked with educating the public and PREVENTING corruption.

    3. Change NZ laws to ensure genuine transparency in the funding of candidates for elected public office and political parties at central and local government level.

    4. Legislate for an enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’ for NZ Members of Parliament (who make the rules for everyone else).

    5. Make it an offence under the Local Government Act 2002 for NZ Local Government elected representatives to breach their ‘Code of Conduct’.

    6. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Government elected representatives.

    7. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Central Government staff responsible for property and procurement, (including the Ministry of Health), in order to help prevent ‘conflicts of interest’.

    8. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Government staff, and Directors and staff employed by ‘Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs) responsible for property and procurement.

    9. Make it a lawful requirement for details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Government Public Sector, and Local Government (Council), and ‘Council-Controlled Organisation (CCO) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny.

    10. Make it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Central Government, and Local Government public finances be undertaken to prove that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority. If not – then return public service provision to staff directly employed ‘in-house’ and cut out these private contractors who are effectively dependent on ‘corporate welfare’.

    11. Legislate for a legally-enforcable ‘Code of Conduct’ for members of the NZ Judiciary, to ensure they are not ‘above the law’.

    12. Ensure that ALL NZ Court proceedings are recorded, and audio records made available to parties who request them.

    13. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ Judicial ‘Register of Interests’, to help prevent ‘conflicts of interest’.

    14. Make it a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ ‘Register of Lobbyists’ and ‘Code of Conduct for Lobbyists’ at Central Government Ministerial level.

    15. Make it a lawful requirement at NZ Central and Local Government level for a ‘post-separation employment quarantine’ period from the time officials leave the public service to take up a similar role in the private sector. (Help stop the ‘revolving door’).

    16. Make it a lawful requirement that it is only a binding vote of the public majority that can determine whether public assets held at NZ Central or Local Government level are sold; or long-term leased via Public-Private –Partnerships (PPPs).

    17. Make it unlawful for politicians to knowingly misrepresent their policies prior to election at central or local government level.

    18. Make laws to protect individuals, NGOs and community-based organisations who are ‘whistleblowing’ against ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices at central and local government level and within the judiciary.

    19. Legislate to help stop ‘State Capture’, a form of ‘grand corruption’ arguably endemic in NZ – where vested interests get their way at the ‘policy level’ before legislation is passed which serves their interests.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Arguably – the root cause of corruption is privatisation?

    How is it decided who gets the contracts?

    It seems that out of all the political parties in NZ – it is the Greens who have put more focus on a number of these issues, than any other party, in my considered opinion.

    This National/ACT Government, is extremely vulnerable on ‘white collar crime’, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’, in my opinion.

    Some of us have been consistently, and persistently ‘holding their feet to the fire’ on these issues.

    Which is why we’ve been ‘copping some flak’ – because ‘we’re over the target’?

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

  30. felix 32

    Awful lot of concerned right-wingers in this thread sharing their thoughts on what the Labour party should do.

    And a truly awful lot they are.

    Remember what happened last time Labour paid any notice to these fuckwits?

  31. just saying 33

    One point no-one else seems to have made in regard to the problem is the huge disconnect in belief. Many, maybe even most in the Labour caucus, don’t believe in what we are calling “core Labour values”. Those that do, seem to see them as a “nice to have”, a mere aspriation that they hope the market might one day deliver with a wee nudge here and there . And the most right-wing MPs and strategists amongst them are the ones calling the shots. These people don’t even pretend to be Labour in anything other than name. For them Blair’s autobiography is a glorious (rather than vainglorious) instruction manual. It is only relatively recently that Labour ministers have stopped extolling the actions of the Lange government as bold reforms they are proud to be associated with – in public at least.

    The sort of social justice that the Labour Party formed to create and is held dear in the hearts of most party members, is no longer what those with power in the party believe in. Some seem to believe that it doesn’t really matter what the pollies believe, that their beliefs and values and are elastic enough to change with the winds of popular opinion, and that it is therefore encumbent on the left to push them to where we want them to be. That might be true to a point. But if the values and beliefs (and that’s not even starting on the vested interests) of Labour’s powerbrokers have moved to the right of most of the preceding National governments, as I believe they have, then moving their opinions far enough to the left to make any sort of difference is an impossible mission. And even if we could get them espousing “core Labour values” how could we trust them to put these values into action in government, when they don’t actually believe in them.

    To me, this disconnect in belief plays a large part in the waffling, confused, buck-each-way, wishy -washy, absense of narrative that we see today. And most outside of Labour’s ever-diminishing core vote, instinctively distrust Labour because of it.

  32. SouthDeeznuts 34

    ‘Because Labour’s core values are New Zealand’s core values.’

    Entering this sort of territory invariably leads to problematic assumptions being made about what are, and what are not, the ‘true’ and ‘correct’ cultural systems and values that constitute the framework of a New Zealand ‘national identity.’ This type of nationalism tends to promote a monocultural ideal, whereby groups deemed to fall outside of its boundaries are urged to assimilate the values and norms of the dominant group. Moreover, concretely defining a national identity is an impossible task, and attempts to do so disavow the fluidity of culture, and that it is dynamic and sits in a constant state of flux.

    • “Entering this sort of territory invariably leads to problematic assumptions being made about what are, and what are not, the ‘true’ and ‘correct’ cultural systems and values that constitute the framework of a New Zealand ‘national identity.’ ”

      True, there is a danger of this.

      “This type of nationalism tends to promote a monocultural ideal, whereby groups deemed to fall outside of its boundaries are urged to assimilate the values and norms of the dominant group. ”

      Not if an inclusive approach was one of the values placed high on the list. For example, if multiculturalism, or an attitude of acknowledging and actively appreciating the benefits of diversity were deemed important values.

      A monocultural ideal is what appears to have been promoted over recent history (world-wide in Western nations at least). Sometimes referred to as the “rich white man’s paradigm” (n.b. not meaning that if you are rich, white and male means that you subscribe to it, nor of another colour or sex that you don’t)

      I believe that is what people are increasingly railing against, and hoping Labour would represent; something more inclusive of a diversity of approaches and ways of living; not just one that is concerned with corporate wealthy interests.

  33. Centre Leftist (Tory troll) 35

    Why this blog? The Roy Morgan poll very clearly points out a coalition of Labour-Greens-NZ First-Mana will be in power in 2014. I am not sure why this blog is published demoralising Labour supporters. You should be instead celebrating the fact that the Labour led coalition is consistently scoring more than potential National led group. Somebody please clarify.

    • gobsmacked 35.1

      It’s been clarified, just read. Every day the basic arithmetic is explained on here, in countless threads.

      Yes … it is entirely possible that the four parties you mention could have a majority in Parliament in 2014. Labour MPs could “achieve” that by spending the next 2 years at the beach, saying nothing, and getting the same result as last time.

      No … that is not a good outcome.

      Try and think beyond the horse-race winning post. It moves.

      • McFlock 35.1.1

        it’s not a good outcome for labour.

        It would, however, be a good outcome for progressive left policies – especially if the labour benches are full of national-lite sellouts like some here would say.

        And it would be a better result for NZ than another national govt.

        • gobsmacked 35.1.1.1

          It’s not a good outcome for the Greens either.

          The NZ First list aren’t there to advance progressive left policies. There’s no party-hopping law, and the likes of Prosser and Horan wouldn’t last five minutes in a green-left gov’t.

          But the fundamental question is: why aim so low? A Labour-Green vote of 50% is easily achievable. The Greens are doing their bit, Labour aren’t.

          (there’s a whole bunch of other flow-on effects too, I don’t have time to go through them all tonight, yet again. Easiest way to look at it – What do National want? How could they scare the voters into giving them a third term? You can write the campaign lines already … tail/wag/dog, hydra/head, etc, etc.)

          • McFlock 35.1.1.1.1

            True about NZ1, to a degree: they’re not neoliberal, and they aren’t big business.

            But for me it’s not about “aiming low” – it’s about appreciating the bird in the hand rather than the two in the bush. Yes’ I’d love it if Labour had front benchers who were old-school labour and refused to stay in any hotel that doesn’t pay award rates, but that’s not Labour any more. Hasn’t been for 20 or 30 years. But nor are they all tory scum who are out for their big-business mates, nor even whiney academics with no foot in the real world. They are something in between all that, and I don’t thnk most of them, including shearer, deserve all the flack that some people are throwing around here. Some of the criticism, yes, but one poll result isn’t a tragedy.

            Let’s at least see what the next couple say before we declare a recovery trend dead.

    • James Henderson 35.2

      I wouldn’t put my money on Roy Morgan’s political analysis

  34. millsy 36

    For what its worth, here is my thoughts on what the NZLP should think about.

    1) Compulsory KiwiSaver, but allow workers to contribute between 1 and 4%, of their income, to be matched by the government and employer, with $1000 kickstart. Automatic enrolment in KS for enrolment at birth, with voluntary contribution for parents until child starts working. Consolidate all KS providers into single government run investment fund over time, that would provide a source of domestic capital.Make it so people can withdraw funds from their kiwisaver accounts for rainy day style expenses, like car repairs, dental and optometery fees, relocation expenses and so on. Every New Zealander should have a pool of funds that they can dip into when needed, and KiwiSaver can serve this purpose.

    2) Direct the NZ Super Fund to start buying up ‘sensitive’ farm land, to counter a foreign buy up. The NZSF dont have to run the farms, they can just lease the land out to farmers who will own the stock and improvement (and run the farms). Also transfer the current NZSuper budget to it, and make it responsible for paying out pensions (it will eliminate overheads). Again, use this as a source of domestic capital (Imagine if the NZ Superfund bought up F and P).

    3) Turn the Future Investment Fund that the government created into a full fledged Soveriegn Wealth Fund (like Temasek Holdings), transfer the SOE’s into it, and use it as a source of domestic capital and funding source for government projects. Expand KiwiBank, and have it venture into business and rural lending, set up a KB branch in every town with more than 500 people, to reverse the mass closures of banking branches throughout the country. Have KiwiBank become the government’s banker. Loosen rules around credit unions and the like to take on the other banks.

    4) Foster the creation of more co-operatives (like Fonterra). Set up a Co-Operative task force with the view of lifting the contriutions of co-ops as a percentage of GDP. Perhaps a lower tax rate for co-ops? Make it earier for the likes of Silver Fern Farms and Fonterra to open their own supermarkets (sell direct to consumer).

    5) Nationalise the ECE sector, (except for kindergartens and playcenters), and make pre-school education free. Run them along the lines of our schools, with elected BoT’s (I think ECE needs to be community controlled).

    There are other ideas I have, but these will have to wait till later, have to get ready for work tomorrow.

    • Draco T Bastard 36.1

      1.) Don’t need to – the government can print money*
      2.) Ban all foreign ownership
      3.) Again, the government can print money*
      4.) Agreed. Need to encourage more cooperative ventures
      5.) Agreed.

      * Money is a tool to help distribute the states resources first by direct government spending and secondly through the private sector. Because it is a tool and not a resource there is no point in saving it. What we need to save is our resources and even then it’s more a question of using sustainably than saving them.

      • infused 36.1.1

        Oh man. You wonder why Labour doesn’t get any traction.

        Lets just all print money lalalalalala.

        • Draco T Bastard 36.1.1.1

          Um, that’s what happens already it’s just that the private banks do it instead of the government and the way that they do it causes the economy to collapse.

          BTW, I’m not a Labour supporter partly because the idiots won’t take money creation off of the private banks and so continuing to doom our society.

          • infused 36.1.1.1.1

            Money creation is working really well in the US eh?

            • blue leopard 36.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh man. You wonder what critics of Nat party policies are most concerned about?

              There aren’t any:

              “The world-wide financial system is collapsing, but lalalalala the only time we will mention it is when we need something to blame for the negative results of our own short-sighted non-plans.”

              “OOo there goes another country…What shall we do?? I know, let’s play business as usual and change nothing…lalalalala”

              Perhaps you might like to read what people promoting government printed money are reading?

              “The control of credit growth would become much more straightforward because banks would no longer be able, as they are today, to generate their own funding, deposits, in the act of lending, an extraordinary privilege that is not enjoyed by any other type of business,” says the IMF paper.
              “Rather, banks would become what many erroneously believe them to be today, pure intermediaries that depend on obtaining outside funding before being able to lend.”

              ~IMF’s Epic Plan to Conjure Away Debt and Dethrone Bankers

            • Draco T Bastard 36.1.1.1.1.2

              The US, as per normal, is doing it wrong. They’re creating debt based, interest bearing money and then giving it to the banks to prop them up rather than the government creating money and spending it into the economy.

              • Yes, and successfully giving a bad name to an approach such as government printing money and investing it into activities that are productive (rather than channeling printed money into boosting executives’ already ginormous pay/perks).

                Well done The US…again. A bit like our Government; the only thing they are good at is framing issues to further big business’s advantage whilst screwing things up for the majority of people, and yet convincing them (the majority) that everything is just fine and dandy under their watch..lalalalalala

            • felix 36.1.1.1.1.3

              infused, we’re doing it already. It’s just that we’ve licensed banks to create it for profit when we could just create it ourselves for free.

              Why do you prefer to pay the banks to perform such a crucial function? Did you have to pay someone to spoon-feed you your breakfast this morning too, or did you manage to pick up the spoon and feed yourself?

    • kiwicommie 36.2

      Compulsory Kiwisaver is a bad policy, especially for those that can’t afford to contribute. If you have paid attention to recent cases of families (and low income New Zealanders) that are on the poverty line, because of having to contribute to kiwisaver.

      Secondly, New Zealanders with health problems will never live to 65 or 67 so they are contributing money they can never use; housing is also no longer affordable for most families unless you have high income (so it is useless for buying a first home too). Thirdly, if you are in poverty it is near impossible to get approved to get access to it.

      So to finish, I am surprised that no one has tried to sue the providers of kiwisaver schemes yet over misleading advertising. Kiwisaver is a joke of a savings scheme (but it might pay for your funeral, as most New Zealanders will die before they can access it). What New Zealand needs is an end to the credit card based economy (and the loan sharks) alongside some decent wages and salaries.

    • Chalupa Batman 36.3

      This weird, I find myself agreeing with more then a few things millsy is saying. Why the sheep and beef farmers haven’t got together like fonterra is beyond me. The superfund should be buying into farms and SOEs (one way to make sure they’re kiwi owned)

      I wouldn’t consolidate kiwisaver into a govt run dept. but the rest is a decent idea

      • millsy 36.3.1

        “Why the sheep and beef farmers haven’t got together like fonterra is beyond me. ”

        It was not for lack of trying, as far as I understand.

        I chose those options because they are alternatives to neo-liberalism that would be seen as viable by the wider public.

  35. AmaKiwi 37

    I just read Matt McCarten’s column and am ashamed to be a Labour Party member.

    To David Shearer: Matt demonstrates what an opposition party should say. We’re going to lose the next election!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10843358

  36. xtasy 38

    John Key’s second cousing, cult hero from Hamburg, aka ‘Dittsche’:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W-JZcs6C9U

    See the resemblance, with the man in the bath robe?

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    Labour | 28-07
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    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour
    I was a damningly critical voice over Dame Susan Devoy’s appointment as the Race Relations Commissioner, but her righteous condemnation of Jamie Whyte’s farcical statement that Maori somehow have the same legal privilege of 17th Century French Aristocracy is such a courageous stance...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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