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The long slide

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, February 20th, 2012 - 65 comments
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According to the latest 3 News poll, National’s long slide has begun:

National 47.5 (down 3.3)
Labour 29.4 (up 3.4)
Green 13.3
NZF 5.0
Conservative 1.4
Maori 1.3
Mana 1.3
ACT 0.2

Had these been the election results, National would not have been able to form a government without the support of the Maori Party. The news isn’t good for John Key either, in the preferred PM stakes:

John Key 45.8
David Shearer 10.1
Winston Peters 5.7%

That’s Key’s lowest result in this poll since taking office. It also debuts David Shearer at a higher rating than Phil Goff ever reached.

The 3 News video on this poll notes the obvious causes for the Nats’ decline. Key’s exploitation of an illegal radio show before the election. The public’s rejection of asset sales. The Maori Party’s threats to quit the government over the sales, and the Waitangi day protests. Unease over the sale of prime farm land to overseas interests, and the sharp reprimand from the High Court on this issue. Not mentioned but also significant, the further government backdowns on financial projections, and the news of further deep public sector cuts.

A pity that we the people didn’t wake up a few months earlier. We might have been spared what is starting to look like a long and painful 3 years ahead.

65 comments on “The long slide”

  1. Aye tis good news.

    I would like to actually credit Phil Goff for the trend.  He started the election campaign and his chances were poor.  He was written off by pretty well everyone.  Yet he stood up and took it to National and Key.  He showed that Key was not this omnipotent power and was actually quite human and the fact so many thought the debates were so close is something you would not have predicted.

    He helped dent Key’s credibility and this among with the stupidity that is the tea pot tapes saga had a significant effect.  National shed 8 percentage points of support during the campaign and only retained power by the barest of margins.  The support may not have gone Labour’s way but Goff did shake it loose.

    Goff also doubled his personal support.  Whoever decided in Labour not to have him on our billboards and not to push Phil did the party a disservice.

    Changes in political support do not happen overnight.  Kiwis tend to mull about things and need a reason to change.

    With Crafar farms and asset sales it looks like there is plenty for Kiwis to continue to get concerned about.  Labour’s job should now be to run with those campaigns.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      +1

    • McFlock 1.2

      Yeah – goff deserves a hearty thanks from the labour folks. The other thing he managed to do was provide an opportunity for labour to re-orient back into a material-good party of policies, rather than competing on Bland Key’s turf.

    • felix 1.3

      Absolutely micky, Phil was impressive throughout the campaign.

      Now if he’d started 18 months earlier…

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    I’ve been thinking that our 3 year parliamentary term is actually a de facto 6 year term for a new government. I’d back a move to a 4 year term on that basis.

  3. Carol 3

    Oh, and now Stuff/Tracy Watkins is doing her best to bolster Shonkey by doing a big sob story about the responsibilites of power and Key’s darkest moments during national crisis.

    Shame on you Watkins for such tabloid-ish, propaganda!

    The hardest decision that Prime Minister John Key had to make after his dash to Christchurch on February 22 was flying back to Wellington that night.

    “It felt a bit like I was abandoning them. There was nothing I could do more than we were doing. But it felt a funny thing leaving.”

    [...]Although the Christchurch earthquake was the most devastating, it did not haunt John Key in the same way that the Pike River mining disaster still does.

    “I felt really sad for what had happened [in Christchurch]. It felt slightly different – there was something about Pike River that I just had this mental picture of those guys trapped underground. It’s an awful picture. I still sometimes get it. I don’t know why.

    And of course it’s all about Key, and how it affected him, not what he can and hasn’t done for the disaster victims and those close to them.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      the problem for Key is that the news from the Royal Commission has made Kiwis realise that a lot of stuff went wrong around Pike River which should have never gone wrong and could have been prevented. There is little heroic after-glow left to share around. Same with Christchurch. Its clear to all that the Christchurch rebuild has been put back once, twice, three times,…and more to come. I would not be surprised if by mid year Treasury announces that the Christchurch rebuild will only start hitting its straps in the second half of 2013.

      Basically, Key has already used up all the PR upside from these events which was available; there’s only downside left now.

      • Fortran 3.1.1

        Until Christchurch stops aftershocking (again today) and Earthquake Insurance becomes available, there will be no new CBD, as the Banks will not lend without Insurance.
        Sad but a fact – Insurers/Reinsurers lost thirteen times the New Zealand annual Fire & General premium in one loss. It will take many years sadly.

    • Campbell Larsen 3.2

      “there was something about Pike River that I just had this mental picture of those guys trapped underground. It’s an awful picture. I still sometimes get it. I don’t know why.”

      Shonkey – Talking up the horror for the relatives of the victims just so he can pretend to be a compassionate man – what a disgrace.

      Let me shed some light on why you still get that mental picture John – you haven’t kept your promise to those families and their lost ones. I hope they haunt you until you do.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 3.3

      Key & Watkins are taking an absolute hammering in the comments below the Stuff article. Slip slidin’ away…

    • Roy 3.4

      A shallow, uncaring man trying to sound compassionate and caring, and failing dismally.

  4. Craig Glen Eden 4

    I have said for a long time that John Key is not that good it’s just Labour’s strategists are so poor.

    Its hard for Labour supporters to acknowledge this I know but just look at Mallards latest stuff up (scalping). What a idiot and yet this guy had a major role in the election campaign and the non selection of David Cunliffe as Labour’s leader. Key would struggle up against Cunliffe (and Key knows it) so what do the majority of our stupid MPs do but elect Shearer the ditherer. Seriously its like watching a never ending re run of the Simpsons.

    The longer Labour supporters sit round trying to make them selves feel better by blaming everyone else such as the media the longer Key the corporate hack will have to line the pockets of the super rich. National and Key make plenty of stuff ups but Labour does nothing to truly capitalize on the mistakes. This post is not an attack on Carol either above just for the record.

    • Carol 4.1

      I think Labour’s problems include a mix of the tendency for the MSM to take a right & pro-Key bias, and Labour’s strategies. The media bias just doesn’t impact on Labour but the left generally.

      Labour strategies in the last couple of years have pandered to, and attempted to compromise with the predominantly neoliberal-leaning media. This has resulted (at least partly) in selecting Shearer over Cunliffe, and keeping Goff off the billboards.

      PS: I haven’t voted for the Labour Party for many years. But other left parties such as The Greens and Mana suffer from the anti-left media bias too.

    • Hami Shearlie 4.2

      Agree with you, Craig of G.E. Cunliffe should definitely have been the leader. Still, it could still happen. Shearer is still looking and sounding unconvincing! Key would be trembling if Cunliffe was leader. Think it would make him leave much earlier!!

  5. ScottGN 5

    Best thing about this poll for me is that we are starting to see a straight up transfer of support from National to Labour for the first time since before Election 08.
    Also I can’t remember what Key’s approval rating was in the previous 3 News/Reid poll but I am pretty sure it was above 55% so that drop to 45% is significant.
    The polling period presumably finished in the middle of last week at the latest so doesn’t even represent the impact from the Crafar Farms decision.
    Love that 0.2% for ACT. Keep up the good work Mr Banks.
    I also agree with the comments above about Phil Goff but would add that I think that Key and Joyce are going to regret the way they sought to humiliate Garner with the press conference tantrum in the election campaign.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      Digging a little deeper into what you’ve just said; would you not think it also a little disturbing just how a small, yet very influential a handful of media personalities are in the political process?

      • ScottGN 5.1.1

        Absolutely agree with you RL. However it is still pleasing to see that Key’s cynical manipulation of the teapot tapes, privacy issues and intrusive News of The World press tactics etc could be pretty costly to him in the long run.

  6. duncan garner 6

    Gidday Anthony,

    Wait till you see the results of the breakout questions tonight – fascinating, with implications for the Crafar decision I would have thought.

    Key dropped four points in the Preferred PM rankings – in answer to ScottGN’s question.

    The most fascinating number is Key down 7.5% when we asked if he was “performing well.”

    It’s obviously a big drop – we’ve had him as high as 82% before.

    Cheers
    Duncan

    • RedLogix 6.1

      Just a quick question Duncan; you have the opportunity to see these guys in action up close far more than us ordinary folk. In your opinion; is Trevor Mallard an asset to the Labour Party or not? Sincere question.

      (I trust this won’t turn into a monster thread-jack…)

    • r0b 6.2

      Cheers Duncan, I’ll look out for that…

    • Treetop 6.3

      Duncan, I have been giving Mr Ambrose a bit of thought regarding how the police investigation is going.

      Do you have an update?

      It is 35 years this month since Colin Moyle resigned. To jog your memory the police held a file on Moyle when he had not been charged with an offence and then when Muldoon discovered that Moyle gave two accounts of the June 75 incident (involving a probationary cop) Muldoon leaned on the Minister of Police on 5 November 76 to summon the Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the day to parliament.

      Another situation which I have some interest in is Patrick O’ Brien.

      Do you know how Detective Scott is going with O’Brien’s perjury inquiry?

      How many hours Scott has spent on the case?

      What Scott’s budget is?

      Whether or not Marshall cares about the image of the NZ Police regarding historical perjury confessions which people did time for or other rare cases where the police have caused severe psychological damage due to not adequately investigating a person’s historical complaint?

      As a TV journalist the above is what I want to know about from you. Not the constant praising of a PM whose government cannot balance the books.

  7. Blue 7

    Reid Research seriously need to sort out their website.

    http://www.reidresearch.co.nz/TV3+POLL+RESULTS.html

    ‘Helen Clarke’, ‘Peter Sharples’ and Rod Donald anyone?

    • McFlock 7.1

      Well, Winston’s made them gunshy about ruling anyone out…

    • If people are actually saying Rod Donald to them unprompted, then they absolutely need to record that in the results, despite his untimely death. No excuses for “Helen Clarke” and “Peter Sharples”, though.

      This is the best part:

      Our quality standards are open to the ultimate scrutiny!

      Kinda implies they kill people who make mistakes. Hope nobody’s head is on the chopping block for those spelling mistakes. :P

  8. Craig 8

    Incumbency fatigue is starting to set in on the centre-right. It can only get worse for them. Witness the looming prospect of defeat for France’s Nicholas Sarkozy and his UMP centre-right administration, or Chancellor Merkel’s similar German problems with the Social Democrats and Greens.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      The problem in Europe is that many of the “Left” or “socialist” parties seem as hell-bent on austerity and favouring bankers as the “Right”.

  9. duncan garner 9

    Re Trevor,

    I’ve always considered Trevor an asset but I’m thinking Trev’s no longer that.

    Just when the opposition parties had the Government on the ropes last week over Crafar, Trevor’s dodgy ticket selling explodes into a life of its own.

    So much so – that Shearer went missing last Thursday and didn’t front on Crafar, Trevor or anything else.

    If Shearer wanted to look like his own man and strong and decisive last week he could have fronted and said “it’s not good enough and I’m giving Trevor 6 months on the back benches – and I’ve indicated to him – this should be his last term.”

    He would have looked impressive – But Trevor helped him become leader and Shearer didn’t have the balls to do it.

    Shame

    Duncan

    • Anne 9.1

      Add to Garner’s response… more lousy advice from the ‘failed’ strategists?

      • Olwyn 9.1.1

        On this one Anne, I disagree, and as you know, I was one of the people who supported Cunliffe. No one who does not know David Shearer personally has much idea as to where he actually stands, and throwing his weight around at this stage may make him look like a bit of a martinet, rather than the man in charge. The saga surrounding Chris Carter, for example, did nothing to enhance Phil Goff’s standing. What is more, the ticket issue is not that big a deal. It involved a small amount of money which Mallard paid back with an apology. Better to begin by finding opportunities to show good judgement, rather than by acting like an insecure ref, whose whistle is never far from his lips.

        • the sprout 9.1.1.1

          the amount of money is immaterial. what makes mallard look so bad is the hypocrisy of being the minister that passed anti-scalping legislation then going and doing it himself.
          that’s the problem.

          • Matthew Whitehead 9.1.1.1.1

            +1

            Not to mention that MPs are paid enough that they shouldn’t have the slightest temptation to scalp tickets regardless of whether it would be hypocritical or not.

    • Jackal 9.2

      Should Shearer have stepped up and done WHAT exactly re Trevor Mallard selling tickets on Trademe? Time on the back-benches for not reading the fine print… how god damn moronic! An end to a political career for doing something thousands of Kiwi’s do all the time? Retarded!

      You are basing your opinion on your bias Duncan… and appearing arrogant in professing to tell David Shearer what to do to promote your own political affiliations. The issue only exploded because people like you lit the fuse. In other words it was a diversion through media manipulation… perhaps you can tell me what the going price is for that?

      Why does Shearer need to “front” on the Crafar farms deal? The questions are already well known and it is for National to front up and answer them. Have they? No! Has the mainstream media given the fact that National did not adhere to the law in making its decision to sell the farms to Pengxin the attention it deserves? No! Did the MSM give much attention to the fact that Key’s office wrote the RadioLive script that allowed National an hour’s free promotion just before the election? No! Ad infinitum.

      Advice from a National hack on matters pertaining to Labour is about as stupid as it gets.

      • McFlock 9.2.1

        I’m probably about halfway between Duncan and Jackal.
          
        Mallard could have been dealt with via a bit of a one-liner for being a dick (obviously the exact phrasing needs to be polished a bit, or at least rolled in glitter). I think back-benching would be a bit too eager to please.
          
        Definitely more visibility on Crafar is needed – there’s a bit of an issue given labour did the China free trade deal, but that can be sidelined by simply focussing on the court judgement as requiring a “consistent” interpretation of the rules, and going into the wider issue of how much of our land do we actually want to sell.
          
        And the visibility is needed because Shearer is a politician – out of sight, out of mind. He doesn’t need to become the photo-op whore that Key is, but key’s compensating for a lack of policy and principle. If Labour rests on specifics, they can afford to be a bit less desperate about exposure – but they still need some.

        • Anne 9.2.1.1

          Mallard could have been dealt with via a bit of a one-liner for being a dick (obviously the exact phrasing needs to be polished a bit, or at least rolled in glitter.

          That is my position. An acknowledgment agreeing that Mallard needs to think before he acts sometimes.

      • felix 9.2.2

        “Advice from a National hack… “

        I don’t really think that’s fair to Duncan. There are plenty of criticisms you could level at his work but I don’t think political bias is one of them.

        I would describe it as sensationalist more than anything. He follows the blood.

        • Jackal 9.2.2.1

          Here’s a little video to jog your memory felix. Put that into context of National making their numbers up, and then let me know if Duncan ‘the National Hack’ Garner is biased or not?

          • Matthew Whitehead 9.2.2.1.1

            The problems in that piece were:

            a) Sensationalism.
            b) The view from nowhere, where Duncan didn’t fact-check statements and instead simply reported them verbatim.
            c) Being overly interested in politics and not actually looking at policy.

            National’s budgets objectively didn’t add up, and while there were minor issues with labour, in terms of policy Labour trounced national on the economy last election- it was just never reported that way. Also John Key’s challenge around Labour’s numbers was quite unfair as they were waiting for his government’s own figures to use as a basis for comparison, and a journalist with some courage could have pointed that out in an opinion piece.

            None of those are outright bias, just bad journalistic practice, and they’re all underlying themes of mainstream New Zealand political journalism, so it’s not exactly a personal failing either. Duncan Garner is usually a pretty fair actor in terms of partisan issues, but he’d be fairer if he took some leadership and applied some higher journalistic standards to his work than the rest of the commentariat do.

    • burt 9.3

      A privileged white guy on $170k a year re-selling tickets to young people for profit – He’s the 1% !!!!!!

      But It’s different when Labour do it !

      • McFlock 9.3.1

        thanks for that, Burt,
          
        But I’m not entirely sure it was relevant to the comment you were replying to.

      • Te Reo Putake 9.3.2

        Weak, Burt.
         
        Apart from pointing out that technically what he did wasn’t illegal, Mallard has got a roasting from the left over his thoughtlessness and his greed. Traits that are usually treated as badges of honour on the right and not subject to any sort of criticism, of course.

    • sweetd 9.4

      Duncan

      Are you a political reporter or political commentator?

  10. Craig 10

    The moral of the story is that one can only blame the current Opposition and international conditions for their own economic and social policy mismanagement for so long…

  11. Anne 11

    Shearer’s problem is his inability to articulate properly on TV. He is in desperate need of professional media training. At the moment voters are doing the kiwi thing… giving him a go regardless.

    http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2012/02/shock-horror-labour-luvvie-spurned-by-david-shearer/

    Setting aside the humour, Edwards and Cunningham are two of the best media trainers in the country. Looks like the same ‘failed’ strategists are still calling the shots… a case of the sulks because Edwards “changed his mind” and supported Cunliffe last year?

    • Jackal 11.1

      You’re reading the Brian Edwards piece incorrectly if you think that. It’s not meant to be taken literally… he is mocking the NZ Herald article with effective tounge in cheek sarcasm. As to Shearer’s inability to articulate properly, I’ve not seen any evidence of that.

      • Anne 11.1.1

        I am well aware Edwards was mocking the Herald writer hence the “setting aside the humour” comment. But what the piece also seemed to indicate is that Shearer is still not receiving the badly needed professional media training. I do not doubt he has the potential to be a damm good Labour leader and PM and I’m as hopeful as the next person it’s going to happen – and soon.

        Shearer’s inability to articulate properly, I’ve not seen any evidence of that.
        Did you watch Shearer’s performance on the TV3 poll piece last night? It was embarrassingly disjointed.

  12. Craig 12

    Never mind, there’s still Grant Robertson if David S doesn’t work out in the end…and the upshot is that generational change has occurred in Labour. I’d be more charitable about David S and argue that his reticence may be teething problems more than anything else. I do agree about the media management comments, though.

    • Kevin Welsh 12.1

      I think Andrew Little is the long-term answer. Articulate, engaging, and you are under no illusions on where he stands when it comes to workers rights.

      Cunliffe and Little (or Little and Cunliffe) would see my vote go from green to red.

  13. Te Reo Putake 13

    I’d have to say that Shearer is doing magnificently even if he doesn’t seem to be doing much at all. To get to double figures in the preferred PM at the first crack is a very good sign. There is no indication that the Greens are making similar leadership headway; the public clearly still see the PM’s role in FPP terms, Nat vs Labour (with the occasional nod to Winnie).
     
    So what wwe have here is the golden shine coming off brand Key and the cheap brass underneath coming to the surface. And the various opposition party’s need to continue to throw the borax at him.
     
    Labour, NZF and the Greens should taunt Key for all its worth with a call for a snap election over asset sales and land ownership. Call him a chicken, a lame duck, a busted flush, whatever needling works, but just hammer the snap election line. Ask him to prove he has a mandate. Make Key look weak, tired and untrustworthy. It’s what did for Brown in the UK and it will work on Key here.
     

    • Pete 13.1

      The jury is still out on Shearer, as far as I’m concerned. If Labour can consistently poll around the 35% mark by the end of 2012, then I will consider him a success.

    • Colin Preston 13.2

      I’d have to say that Shearer is doing magnificently even if he doesn’t seem to be doing much at all.

      I had somewhat higher expectations of a Labour leader. So far Shearer has done sweet FA. The way he’s going, if he wins it’ll be because of Key’s unpopularity and nothing to do with Shearer’s ‘efforts’.

  14. ianmac 14

    Te Reo Putake:”So what wwe have here is the golden shine coming off brand Key and the cheap brass underneath coming to the surface.”
    Err correction. Should read “cheap plastic underneath…”

  15. js 15

    You guys here might not like him very much, but I have detected a lot of goodwill towards Shearer out in non affiliated voter land. They seem to like that he is easy going, has a good back story, and stands up for values rather than being politically adversarial. His suggestions like saying ‘Happy Waitangi Day’ appeal to those who don’t generally follow politics.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      I think that’s demonstrated by good preferred PM numbers from Shearer. Next question: will Labour be trusted with managing the economy and the jobs situation in these difficult times?

      His suggestions like saying ‘Happy Waitangi Day’ appeal to those who don’t generally follow politics.

      Waitangi Day is usually referred to as a commemoration. How happy is that?

  16. burt 16

    This is great news…. My vision of the major parties having no more than about 30 seats each is starting to head toward reality…. Long may the slide continue.

  17. coolas 17

    Shearer’s a bit bumbling at times but he’s coming across as sincere. He has gravitas as opposed to Key’s banality, and over time this’ll become very obvious, and appealing to people.

    Key’s gloss is wearing thin and most of his Ministers have become smug and complacent. I’ll reckon there’ll be some corruption exposed soon that’ll see a Minister go down. My bet is McCully and the NZAid funding. Key will handle it badly and his popularity will plummet.

    When things start coming apart my preferred drama is Dunne crossing the floor with the Maori Party over asset sales.

  18. Shazzadude 18

    Of note is that 5% is the highest the TV3 poll has had New Zealand First in over 6 years (they’ve long understated their support).

    This combined with the Roy Morgan show the trend is definitely down for National, and up for Labour.

  19. Tanz 19

    Good luck always runs out, Teflon also., wears thin. Thank John Banks for that.

  20. NattyM 20

    John Key’s popularity slipping? Never mind, his PR machine aka the Fairfax Dominion Post cranked into ACTion this morning with a front page sop to John and how devastated he felt leaving Christchurch after the earthquake. Then let’s just chuck in something about Pike River for good measure. Good old John, man of the people.
    What a load of old cobblers and how in hell such a piece of simpering non-news ended up as the front page story, I’ll never know. But wait, perhaps it had something to do with all the bad news and increasingly poor outcomes of outdated National Party ideology coming to light. Quick, better bury that on page 2 (Hawkes Bay DHB frontline staff cuts) or even deeper in the bowels of the paper.

  21. Te Reo Putake 21

    As promised by Duncan Garner, 3News has confirmed that Key has a monumental problem down on the farm, with 76% of respondents opposed to the sale of the Crafar Farms. And, importantly, Nat voters agree, with only 28% in favour.
     
    Very interesting watching the video, with Key trying to smug his way out of the question, suggesting its jolly tough for Johnny Foreigner to buy land here already and they’ve only flogged off 72 farms in 18 months. Without saying just how big those 72 farms were, of course. Now, I’m used to being talked down to by Key, but I’m not sure that the 69% of Tory voters who apparently don’t want our future flogged off are going to enjoy being patronised in that way.
     
    Snap election, please, John, and you can be back home in Hawaii before daylight savings kicks in over here.
     

    Edit: Big ups to Duncan Garner, more please. To show my gratitude, here’s the first line of your piece tomorrow:

    “Following 3News’s poll shock over the Crafar farm sales, PM John Key now faces calls for a snap election over asset sales, with at least one anonymous poster at Lefty blog Teh Standard claiming he has lost his mandate ….” The rest just writes itself …

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    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. The leaked drafts pertain to the May...
    Gordon Campbell | 20-10
  • Access: Art and disability: a festival
    The three-day InterACT 2014 Disability Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow at Auckland's Corban Estate and, in its fourth year, provides an intriguing mix of established artists and joyous, unbridled inclusion.One one hand, there are the gala nights on Thursday and...
    Public Address | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Members of the public stop donating to the SPCA over position on 1080
    Steve Atwood that posted this letter to the SPCA on Facebook the other day. Steve is a great guy and takes some brilliant wildlife photos. We have republished Steve’s letter to the SPCA with his permission. Dear SPCA, I write...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • The struggles of everyday life
    A photo of Asher (right) face-to-face with a cop, taken at a protest outside the Labour Party Conference in 2007, following the so-called “terror raids”, taken by Simon Oosterman. (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • West Auckland new network consultation
    Consultation for the West Auckland portion of the new network is now underway. This follows the consultations for Pukekohe/Waiuku, Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast and South Auckland. The consultation runs from today till Monday 1st December. It’s a consultation I’ll be following...
    Transport Blog | 20-10
  • The gerrymanders and National’s 2017 constraints
    Parliament is back in business with National in charge to a degree not seen since first-past-the-post “parliamentary dictatorship” days — thanks to three successful gerrymanders and one failed one. Two of the successful gerrymanders were National’s contrivances to get its...
    Colin James | 20-10
  • Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target
    The New York Times, 12 December 2027: After 12 years of debate and negotiation, kicked off in Paris in 2015, world leaders have finally agreed to ditch the goal of limiting global warming to below 2 °C. Instead, they have...
    Real Climate | 20-10
  • Sanctions and bombs: how the UN and western powers committed mass murder in...
    This article first appeared in revolution magazine’s Middle East bulletin MidEast Solidarity, issue #1, Spring 2001. It looks at the division of labour between the United Nations and western imperialist powers in committing mass murder in Iraq in the 1990s;...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Sanctions and bombs: how the UN and western powers committed mass murder in...
    This article first appeared in revolution magazine’s Middle East bulletin MidEast Solidarity, issue #1, Spring 2001. It looks at the division of labour between the United Nations and western imperialist powers in committing mass murder in Iraq in the 1990s;...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Luke Harding and the spy as editor
    Originally published at Overland I was writing a chapter on the NSA’s close, and largely hidden, relationship with Silicon Valley. I wrote that Snowden’s revelations had damaged US tech companies and their bottom line. Something odd happened. The paragraph I...
    Bat bean beam | 20-10
  • I quite like beer, the rugby no so much
    Phil Quin put a post up yesterday chiding Grant Robertson for what he sees as an overly cautious approach to political messaging and urging him to be more warlike in his phraseology because New Zealanders clearly have a deep, deep...
    Pundit | 20-10
  • Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct
    Speech – Governor General Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party...
    Its our future | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    Column – Gordon Campbell The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about whats still on the table.Gordon Campbell on the latest...
    Its our future | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • United Nations: friend or foe?
    Many well-intentioned people still see the United Nations as some kind of alternative to imperialism. Below we’re reprinting an article that first appeared in issue #2 of MidEast Solidarity (Autumn 2002), the Middle East bulletin of revolution magazine. The anti-imperialist...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Every day’s a rainy day
    Sarah’s cat, Carina *nb* This is a repost from Sarah’s site writehanded.org. This week, my best friend – otherwise known as a slightly rotund adopted moggy called Carina – decided that she would enjoy no less than three visits to...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • 10 Key Facts about Labour’s Leadership Election
    Plans are proceeding for the Leadership Election, and at this stage I thought it might be useful to have a heads-up on some of the key aspects from the perspective of members:...
    Labour campaign | 20-10
  • SellShed shedding money?
    This is not how you are meant to do it: Online seller SellShed starts up The seven-person firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars building a website and free iPhone app and was now on the hunt for “smart...
    Lance Wiggs | 20-10
  • John Key on Iraq: A timeline
    No New Zealand forces to Iraq, says Key. Stuff, 18 June 2014: Prime Minister John Key has ruled out sending special forces soldiers to Iraq as the United States mulls options in response to the unfolding crisis there. Speaking in...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New Fisk
    With US-led strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Carbon News 20/10/14: Chile’s carbon tax, soil SOS and more pressure on d...
    Chile’s new tax could open carbon doors for NZ Chile’s new carbon tax potentially offers New Zealand an opportunity to offset some of its own agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says economist Dr Suzi Kerr. The $US5-a-tonne carbon tax slipped into...
    Hot Topic | 20-10
  • National doesn’t care about crime by the rich
    National likes to make a lot of noise about benefit fraud. Meanwhile, they've buried a report into the social costs of economic crime:At the beginning of last year the then Minister for the SFO, Anne Tolley, was reported as saying...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • New kiwi blog
    On The Left - a collective of lefties....
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Habemus Parliament
    So, a month after the election, we finally have a Parliament. Good. meanwhile, people seem to be noticing that the associated ceremony - white wigs, fancy dress, oaths of allegiance to a foreign monarch - isn't very kiwi (and tomorrow,...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • NZ elite win seat at UN Security Council – don’t celebrate, organise!
    Among its past services at the top table of the UN, New Zealand chaired the sanctions committee on Iraq; their sanctions killed at least a million Iraqis, half of them children by Philip Ferguson The New Zealand elite is slapping...
    Redline | 20-10
  • The case for free-market urbanism
    In the National Review, a conservative American magazine, Reihan Salam takes a look at the confused state of the American debate over intensification. His article, entitled “The Great Suburbia Debate” criticises the position taken by Joel Kotkin, a long-time campaigner...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • Why the SPCA’s position on 1080 threatens thousands of native animals
    By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy....
    Gareth’s World | 19-10
  • The challenge for NZ’s political youth
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) In my experience as a politically engaged young...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
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