web analytics
The Standard

The Nation runs Nat smear

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, July 7th, 2012 - 39 comments
Categories: Gerry Brownlee - Tags: ,

Gerry Brownlee is in court as some property owners challenge his decision to open up some blocks of land for new sections post-earthquake and not others. One of those property owners is Independent Seafoods. They would also have been one of a hundred to have benefited from a 2009 private members’ bill by Clayton Cosgrove. One of Cosgrove’s donors was IS. Brownlee’s shopped a smear based on that, and The Nation ran it.

Cosgrove handled the smear absolutely correctly: he fronted up, he challenged Rachel Smalley to just come out and say that The Nation is implying he corruptly accepted donations in return to legislation (she demurred, and lost credibility), he explained that his Bill wasn’t a favour for IS and IS’s donation wasn’t linked to the Bill, and then he revealed that Brownlee had been shopping this story around the media as a payback to IS for taking Brownlee to court.

This wasn’t Politics 101, this was Politics masters’ level from Cosgrove. He closed down a potential scandal and revealed the motives of those behind it.

Frankly, this is just the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Brownlee. He is both incompetent and a bully. Whenever someone challenges his incompetence, he tries to bully them but, being incompetent, he fucks that up too.

It was a shame that The Nation decided to be part of it. Their entire allegation, which they didn’t even have the balls to come out and say straight, was that if a donor would have benefited from a policy of a politician that they donated to, then there must be corruption.

A simple moment’s thought shows you that is stupid: unions support Labour and the Greens because they have policies that advance the interests of their members, the Road Transport Forum supports National because it has a massive motorway building programme. The whole point of allowing political donations is so that people can fund the campaigns of politicians whose policies they approve of.

Cosgrove hid nothing, he didn’t cut a policy for donations deal, he declared his donations. And Independent Seafoods thought that he, among a number of politicians, including a number in the National Party, is a  good MP – so they donated to him.

Unless you go to state funding of political parties (and, for what it’s worth, I support that) then, inevitably, the people who donate to politicians are going to be the people who like their policies.

39 comments on “The Nation runs Nat smear”

  1. prism 1

    Having Brownlee as Leader of the House and all the other portfolios and Christchurch Recovery is an example of how little NACTs care about these departments and NZ all together. Just because someone is a loudmouth boofhead and can stir and make questions difficult for the opposition doesn’t serve NZ Inc or the general public. Horses for courses – leave him as the Minister of Sport or something that he is fitted for.

    • mike e 1.1

      This govt is becoming more and more like the mafia or a gang.
      Brownlee is a dirty rotten to the core Gangster.Kick backs from fletcher building to National Stand over tactics to an good employer trying to get back on their feet.
      Brownlee has no place in govt.
      He would be better off at whale watch Kaikoura.They could just throw him overboard during the quiet season to increase visitor numbers.
      Sorry no disrespect to whales or obese people.

    • Steve Withers 1.2

      Gerry Brownlee isn’t ‘fit’ to be Minister of Sport either…..as anyone who has seen the man would know.

  2. prism 2

    Updated version of my comment that I was Closed off from editing.
    Having Brownlee as Leader of the House and all the other portfolios and Christchurch Recovery is an example of how little NACTs care about these departments and NZ all general. And the nastiness probably flows into everything he does, quite uncaring about Christchurch and could be said to have a malicious streak and would start scurrilous rumours about the Labour Opposition.

    Just because someone is a loudmouth boofhead and can stir and make questions difficult for the opposition doesn’t serve NZ Inc or the general public. Horses for courses – leave him as the Minister of Sport or something that he is fitted for.

  3. Dr Terry 3

    I would not wish him off even on Sport (unless he becomes a football that can be kicked hard out of touch). But his Master John Key needs Sport to enjoy a good reputation so that it will serve as a gigantic distraction from all that he is up to.

  4. Matthew 4

    lolz at someone from National trying to claim ‘money for policy’…. pot kettle black …

  5. 1. There is no evidence or indication that Cosgrove promoted a bill in return for donations, and there’s no reason to doubt his word that he was unaware of any connection between the donations and the bill.

    Their entire allegation, which they didn’t even have the balls to come out and say straight

    Clayton Cosgrove: “Well let’s cut to the chase. What TV3 has just accused me of is that I accepted donations in return for proposing legislation that Independent Fisheries would have benefited from if that legislation had gone through. So Rachel my question to you is – is that the accusation that TV3 is making?”
    Rachel Smalley said “We’ve made no accusations at all. ”

    Cosgrove: “your question leads me to believe that you are accusing me of taking money from a company in direct return for legislation.”
    Smalley: “That’s not it at all. I’m trying to establish whether you think that there was a conflict of interest there?”

    Cosgrove: “What this is about, the National Party have got their fingerprints all over this, they’ve been trying to shop this around for weeks. Can I just say this to you. Mr Brownlee a number of coincidences – in the court case he attaches a copy of my bill to his affidavit. Okay it’s not about me or the Airport, your reporter just happens to be in the studio and Mr Brownlee just happens to be overseas ….”
    Smalley: “Front Page has had no contact with Jerry Brownlee.”

    2. There is no evidence or indication that TV3 ran this item in collusion with National or Brownlee.

    Cosgrove: “The reason we’re talking about this now actually, and quite rightly you’re questioning me and that is appropriate, is that I was transparent and open and declared every donation as the law required appropriately.”

    3. Cosgrove accepts that it’s appropriate he is questioned about this.

    So from what I can see it doesn’t look like Cosgrove tried to hide anything and it’s appropriate for media examination of what happened.

    • “There is no evidence or indication that Cosgrove promoted a bill in return for donations, and there’s no reason to doubt his word that he was unaware of any connection between the donations and the bill.”

      Agreed there is “no evidence” of an overt connection between the Bill and the donation … but note, there need have been no agreement between Cosgrove and IF at the time of his promoting the Bill for corruption to have occurred. If IF made the donation out of gratitude for Cosgrove’s action, and Cosgrove knew that this is why they were donating and accepted it any way, that would be a breach of the Crimes Act (it would be analogous to Philip Field’s case).

      However, the problem with these sorts of situations is that unless one or the other party confesses to the relationship (or does something really dumb, like make a written record of the deal), then there never is any evidence … only suspicions. I mean, if Cosgrove and IF really were colluding (which they probably weren’t), how would things look any different to what they do now? So how do we know who are the good guys who take money from those they help, but aren’t being corrupt, and those who are the bad guys who seek to get money from those they help?

      So, in order to make sure MPs aren’t actually being corrupt (because we can’t really tell the corrupt ones from the OK ones), we need to demand MPs avoid situations that give rise to suspicions of corruption. Which means demanding MPs use some wisdom in assessing the appropriateness of accepting donations (especially very, very large donations) from their supporters. And this is where Cosgrove failed … he OUGHT to have been aware of the connection between IF’s donation and his Bill, and if he failed to see it then not only was he politically dumb but he transgresses against the general political ethics needed to give us confidence that New Zealand really has as clean a political culture as we like to think we do.

      • Pete George 5.1.1

        Yes, I can see that. Basically Cosgrove is saying there’s a complete separation from a bill that would benefit a friend and a donation from a friend that will benefit him. He is saying “trust me”.

        Should we just trust every MP like that? If Brownlee had received a sizable donation from Foodstuffs or Ngai Tahu, for example, would Eddie give him the benefit of doubt and accept there was no connection between the airport development issue ansd the donation?

        Cosgrove seems to think his up front on the surface honesty is sufficient to avoid perceptions of possible impropriety. Should that blank cheque of innocence be applied to all MPs unless there is proof of impropriety?

        And here Cosgrove (and Eddie) is saying “trust me, take me on my word, but don’t trust Brownlee who is just trying to smear me”. Who is doing the attempted smearing?

        Effectively Cosgrove seems to expect total trust in his own motives and promotes distrust in Brownlee’s. There doesn’t seem to be evidence for or against either. What would the public make of this?

        • freedom 5.1.1.1

          now, remind me . . . which one has been taken to court ?

          Which Mp has the most need of a distractionary smear campaign ?

          which of these two MPs has regularly and bombastically abused the extraordinary powers at his disposal?

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.1.1.1.1

            Noted: that Smalley didn’t have the guts to approach Mike Dormer. Noted, that Dormer’s donation(s) to the National Party have been repaid with Brownlee’s smear tactics. So on the one hand, Dormer has got what he deserves for giving money to low-life scum, and on the other perhaps he will think twice next time.

      • Pete George 5.1.2

        A link to an Andrew Geddis post on this: http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/what-is-necessary-is-never-unwise-is-it

        It concludes:

        I note that Cosgrove is alleging that this story has been “shopped around” by Gerry Brownlee in an effort to distract from a court case being brought by Independent Fisheries against his use of CERA powers to rezone their land. That may well be true. And that case also may well reveal what some of us said from the outset – giving Brownlee or any other Minister extensive powers to override existing property rights and legal processes in order to “help Canterbury” carries considerable risks of their misuse.

        However, the motives for drawing attention to Cosgrove’s relationship with Independent Fisheries do not touch on its basic rightness or wrongness. Or, to put it another way, the problem isn’t so much that people are noticing the donation to Cosgrove, but rather that the donation was given and accepted in the first place.

        “That may well be true.”

        Or not, there has been no evidence of this presented that I’ve seen. But certainly Brownlee’s CERA powers should be under continual scrutiny.

        And Cosgrove acknowledged himself that his promoting of changes that would benefit a friend and his getting of donations from friends – should correctly be scrutinised.

  6. Cosgrove…revealed that Brownlee had been shopping this story around the media as a payback to IS for taking Brownlee to court.

    He didn’t reveal anything, he made accusations.

    Gerry Brownlee is in court as some property owners challenge his decision to open up some blocks of land for new sections post-earthquake and not others.

    There’s quite a bit more to it than that. According to Stuff:

    Brownlee in turf war

    – a bid for a judicial review of the minister’s decision to redraw the boundary limiting the city’s housing development.

    As much as anything, it is about the competing interests of business. Big business. And politics.

    And it’s not along simple political lines.

    The challengers are a group of property developers including:
    – Independent Fisheries (whose donation to Cosgrove was ” one of the highest sums given to any individual MP at the last election”)
    – Australian-owned supermarket giant Progressive Enterprises
    – Clearwater Resort land owners Clearwater Holdings
    – property owners Richard Peebles, Castle Rock Estate, and the Case family.

    On the other side are:
    – Brownlee
    – Christchurch International Airport
    – the Urban Development Strategy (UDS) Partners who originally drew Christchurch’s housing boundary – Environment Canterbury, the NZ Transport Agency, and the Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn councils
    – the developers of Highfield and Prestons – including Ngai Tahu, landowner CDL New Zealand, and supermarket operator Foodstuffs.

  7. freedom 7

    Having watched the replay of The Nation I imagine Ms Smalley is feeling a little bit like a streetwalker having to peddle that story. Perhaps though there is a brighter side and this attack highlights a new approach from Mediaworks to hold MPs to account for their actions. ( yeah i’m trying to keep a straight face writing that last line )

    It would be interesting to see Brownlee (or any Government Mp) sitting through the exact same interview regarding his donations received and the accusations of promises made for favours returned. Oh that’s right TV3 was not accusing anyone of anything, just laying paper towels over muddy grass and calling it a pavement.

    – and why, when a Minister admits that we will lose sovereignty, could they not ask the most important question of Tim Groser and the TPP
    “Have you read or had access to the full TPP agreement?’

  8. Jenny 8

    No wonder people turn off politics. And the non vote is growing.

    None of this does any credit for our political system.

    This sort of attack politics approach helps spread the widely held belief that “all” politicians are self serving and corrupt. A point that Leading conservative talkback radio hosts miss no opportunity to emphasise on a regular basis.

    I remember a comment from one of the posters on this site, writing that all those opposed to the Nats should all do all we can to find dirt on National Government MPs. Even making a call to insiders to leak information to the opposition.

    Unfortunately within a week of this comment a prominent Labour MP was outed for using his parliamentary credit card to rent pornographic DVDs.

    To advocate this sort of attack politics, really signals that you have no positive alternatives to your opponent party’s policies.

    Unfortunately human frailty being what it is, these failings do crop up from time to time, and on either side of the house. To make it mainstay of your campaign to regain the treasury benches will ultimately be self defeating.

    To my mind continually alleging personal failings of this or that politician while necessary in cases of open corruption, is self defeating and reinforces the public perception that all politicians, left or right are corrupt.

    Unfortunately, in my opinion, a large number of the posts on this site fall into this negative “attack politics” category.

    Rather than saying we are better than you because we are better than you. Far better to put up your positive alternative policies and rationally argue the case for them.

  9. Unfortunately, in my opinion, a large number of the posts on this site fall into this negative “attack politics” category.

    That’s how I see it too. Seems to be obsessive negativism and attack by some.

    Far better to put up your positive alternative policies and rationally argue the case for them.

    But they’re not keen on being told this, it’s not uncommon to be attacked for suggesting the obvious like this.

    The problem is they are convinced that governments lose elections, so the main aim is trying to undermine government so it loses faster. But I don’t think it’s that simple. Being seen as a more credible alternative is just as important, but playing the negative game plays against that.

    • felix 9.1

      Any time you want to put up your “positive alternative policies and rationally argue the case for them”, go right ahead.

      Won’t hold my breath though.

      • Jenny 9.1.1

        I could put up what I think could be done and have.

        But it behoves the party that intends to become the leader of our next parliament to do so.

        The tactic of not putting up any positive alternative policies has been called “sleep walking to victory”. Ie counting on the sheer awfulness of this current administration to regain power.

        It probably will work, eventually. But the danger is that without any clear alternative policy direction a returning Labour led administration will continue the same business as usual policies of the previous administration.

        • felix 9.1.1.1

          You don’t see any hypocrisy in Pete supporting your call for less attack politics and more fronting with actual policy ideas, Jenny?

          Cool then.

          • Jenny 9.1.1.1.1

            Even cooler

            I would hope that you too, would support more fronting up with actual alternative policies.

  10. Akldnut 10

    Their entire allegation…………….. was that if a donor would have benefited from a policy of a politician that they donated to, then there must be corruption.

    Ala John Banks – Kim Dot Com, Sky City……….
    I wonder how many of Peter Dunnes donors will end up with large chunks of power company shares?

    • I wonder how many donors Peter Dune has. I’m sure none of them are the Cullen fund, ACC or any Kiwisaver funds. I don’t know who else will get ‘large chunks’. And I expect the allocation of power company shares will be very open and very closely scrutinised.

      Independent Fisheries donated to $3,000 Cosgrove in 2008 and $17,500 in 2011. That leaves him open to question marks regardless of how correctly he acted.

      As Andrew Geddis has been quoted:

      The first question then was whether any illegality was involved – which no one was suggesting to be the case – and the second was whether MPs should “even put themselves in a position where those questions are asked”.

      “Just because he did the legal thing doesn’t mean he did the right thing, in terms of how we expect our MPs to behave. Obviously we expect our MPs to follow the law but that’s the bare minimum.”

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7243101/Cosgrove-upfront-over-mates-donation

      Just expecting everyone to take him at his word without question is naive of Cosgrove.

      • Bizarre. If Cosgrove was acting in a dodgy manner, it seems unbelievable that he would publicly disclose the donations.

        I would’ve thought he’d do a “John Banks” and go down the Anonymous Donations road, followed by sudden amnesia.

  11. Mark 11

    IF: Clayton we need a favour, just a little matter.
    CC: Yeah, no worries, I’ll sort it.
    IF: As long as it doesn’t look fishy?
    CC: No worries, any questions we’ll turn it back on the Nats and run a smear

    later..

    CC; sorted mate, Private Members Bill
    IF: Excellent, if there’s anything we can do???
    CC: Well actually, I’ve lost my luggage a few times and the Insurance people are asking a few questions.. and these bloody hairpieces aren’t cheap.. $17k or so should cover it.
    IF: No worries, done.. you sure this isn’t going to bite us later?
    CC: Definitely not, we’ll be Govt after the election, we know how to close these things down retrospectively.. look at our form mate.
    IF: Well the polls aren’t looking so good for you?
    CC: Means nothing, don’t you read the Standard?

    • Tom Gould 11.1

      @ Mark, or maybe …

      GB: Shit, I’m gonna get screwed in this court case.
      SJ: Get me the Cosgrove file, there has to be something we can cook up. No offence.
      GB: None taken, mate.
      SJ: Check out the donations. Must be something there.
      GB: Only the fish guy, but he gave loads to us too.
      SJ: No worries, Cosgrove will be toast before anyone realises.
      GB: Hmmm, toast.
      SJ: Focus.
      GB: Okay, I’ll get my people on it. The media are sure to get onto it, right?
      SJ: Sure they will, we can make certain.
      GB: Great, now where’s the sausage rolls?

  12. Blue 12

    @Mark Ha! Brilliant.

    • Mark 12.1

      Thanks Blue.. I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of outrage from the Standardistas.. perhaps they do have a sense of humour..
      .. or perhaps it’s a bit close to the bone.

      • McFlock 12.1.1

        interesting conclusion. 
           
        I know my theatrical relatives don’t tend to regard a near-complete lack of audience reaction as a sign of popular acclaim. Maybe they’re just pessimist thespeists.

  13. Kia Ora

    Gerry Brownlee is not a Minister who fits with his brief on Christchurch. The depth and complexity of the problems arrayed against him and their interconnectedness are profoundly alarming. That he is involved in these problems as well as the ones mentioned in my article, tell me that this man should be fit for the sack.

    http://willsheberight.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/christchurch-struggles-on-while-gerry.html

    Rob

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • At last – a common sense plan for Christchurch
    The Common Sense Plan for Christchurch released by The People’s Choice today is a welcome relief from the shallow debate about rates rises versus asset sales, Labour’s Christchurch MPs say. "Local residents – who have spent weeks trawling through the… ...
    9 hours ago
  • National must lead by example on climate change
    The National Government must meet its own climate change obligations before it preaches to the rest of the world, Labour's Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods says. "Calls today by Climate Change Minister Tim Groser for an end to fossil fuel… ...
    1 day ago
  • Biosecurity rethink a long time
    The Government has opened New Zealand’s borders to biosecurity risks and its rethinking of bag screening at airports is an admission of failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. Nathan Guy today announced a review of biosecurity systems in… ...
    2 days ago
  • Chinese rail workers must be paid minimum wage
    KiwiRail must immediately stop further Chinese engineers from working here until they can guarantee they are being paid the New Zealand minimum wage, Labour’s MP for Hutt South Trevor Mallard says. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released… ...
    2 days ago
  • Better consultation needed on Christchurch asset sales
    The Christchurch City Council (CCC) should be promoting wide and genuine public consultation on its draft ten year budget and plan given the serious implications for the city’s future of its proposed asset sales, outlined in the plan. Instead, it… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 days ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 days ago
  • ‘Healthy Families’ a good start but not enough to tackle obesity relate...
    Today the Government is making a the meal out of the launch of its ‘Healthy Families’ package to promote ‘healthier decisions’ and ‘changing mindsets’ over nutrition, physical activity and obesity. Great! The programme is based on a successful model from… ...
    GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
    2 days ago
  • No more sweet talk on obesity
    The Government should be looking at broader measures to combat obesity rather than re-hashing pre-announced initiatives, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “While it is encouraging to see the Government finally waking from its slumber and restoring a focus on… ...
    2 days ago
  • Government two-faced on zero-hour contracts
    The Government should look to ban zero-hour contracts in its own back yard before getting too high and mighty about other employers using them, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Information collated by Labour shows at least three district health… ...
    2 days ago
  • Scrutiny of battlefield deaths should continue
    As New Zealand troops head to Iraq under a shroud of secrecy, the Government is pushing ahead with legislation to remove independent scrutiny of incidents where Kiwi soldiers are killed in hostile action overseas, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says.… ...
    2 days ago
  • Damp-free homes a right for tenants
    Labour is urging tenants to use a little known rule which gives them the right to live in damp-free rental homes. Otago University researchers have today highlighted the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 as a way tenants can force landlords to… ...
    3 days ago
  • National must take action on speculators
    The Government must take action on property speculators who are damaging the housing market and shutting families and young people out of the home ownership dream, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “There are a number of options the Government could… ...
    3 days ago
  • Milk price halves: A $7b economic black hole
    Global milk prices have halved since the peak last year, creating an economic black hole of almost $7 billion that will suck in regions reliant on dairy, crucial industries and the Government’s books, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The… ...
    4 days ago
  • Kitchen plan set to swallow up health boards’ funds
    The financial impacts of implementing a proposal to outsource hospital food, forced on them by a crown-owned company which is now facing an auditor-general’s inquiry, are being felt by district health boards across the country, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King… ...
    4 days ago
  • Reserve Bank scathing of Government
    The Reserve Bank’s most scathing critique to date of National’s inability to handle the housing crisis shows the Bank is sick of having to pick up the pieces, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.  “John Key continues to deny there is… ...
    4 days ago
  • Time for McDonald’s to upsize work hours
    Labour is calling on McDonald’s to have more respect for their workers and offer them more guaranteed work hours. McDonald’s is proposing to guarantee its workers 80 per cent of their rostered hours, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway… ...
    4 days ago
  • Brownlee misses the boat on asbestos
    Gerry Brownlee has once again missed an opportunity to improve the lives of Cantabrians post-earthquakes, Labour’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson Ruth Dyson says. A new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser,… ...
    4 days ago
  • Government must come clean on troop deployment and protections
    New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture… ...
    4 days ago
  • Cancer prevention calls gain momentum
    Research showing bowel cancer treatment sucks up more public health dollars than other cancers once again highlights the need for a national screening programme, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A study by Otago University, which found colon cancer is… ...
    4 days ago
  • Burger King shows zero-hour contracts not needed
    The abandonment of zero-hour contracts by Burger King is further evidence good employers do not need to use them, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. "Congratulations to the Unite Union and Burger King for settling an employment agreement… ...
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis deserve more than reheats
    The Government looks set to rely on regurgitated announcements for this year’s Budget if today’s speech is anything to go by, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “National has been building up to this Budget for seven long years, promising a… ...
    5 days ago
  • Landlords not cashing in on insulation schemes
    The fact so few landlords have taken up the generous taxpayer subsidy for retrofitting shows it is time to legislate minimum standards, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “Many landlords aren’t using Government insulation schemes because they don’t want… ...
    5 days ago
  • Zero excuses, end zero hour contracts now
    It’s time Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse cut the weasel words and banned zero hour contracts, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Michael Woodhouse today acknowledged zero hour contracts are unfair. ...
    5 days ago
  • We’ve reached Peak Key with ‘artificial target’
    John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “For seven years and two election campaigns, John Key has… ...
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 need to know facts on climate change
    All the numbers and stats around climate change can be confusing, so we’ve put together a handy list of the top 10 numbers about climate change that we should all know- and then do something about. You can sign up here to… ...
    GreensBy Frog
    1 week ago
  • Campbell Live a bastion of investigative journalism
    The announcement that current affairs programme Campbell Live is under review and may be axed has sparked outrage from the New Zealand public, for good reason, says Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran. “Investigative journalism is a precious resource in today’s… ...
    1 week ago
  • Ground Zero for ‘disastrous’ contracts
    Yesterday the Green Party called on the Government to follow the leadership of Restaurant Brands and ditch zero-hour contracts. Currently it looks like the Government is a large part of the zero-hours problem. It allows these types of “non-jobs” to… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Trust in National will disappear with deficit
    Bill English is set to break his promise to get the books back in the black this year and lose the trust of Kiwis who have had to do it too hard for too long, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant… ...
    1 week ago
  • Dorothy Jelicich passes away
    It is with sincere sadness that the Labour Party conveys its sympathies and condolences to the bereaved family of Dorothy Jelicich who passed away last night at the age of 87 years, says the MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio.… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government leaves aquaculture industry at sea
    If the Government had acted in its first term, the Sanford mussel processing plant would not have to close, says Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. “Sanford is considering closure after a decline in the natural supply of spat. This is… ...
    1 week ago
  • Maggie –it’s time to roll your sleeves up
      It’s time for the Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry to listen to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment  and start untangling the mess around  New Zealand’s stewardship land, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “The Commissioner has called for… ...
    1 week ago
  • Gutting of prison jobs a gift to private prison provider
    Today’s announcement that sections of three prisons are to be closed is the thin end of the wedge for the privatisation of the country’s prison service, says Labour’s  Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  It's estimated that 260 prison officers will lose… ...
    1 week ago
  • Joyce must rule out revising export target
    Steven Joyce must rule out a second revision of the Government’s export target in six months and stop trying to massage statistics when he fails to meet his goals, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “National set a target… ...
    1 week ago
  • Caregiver law passed in haste now a fail
    The Government’s response to supporting family caregivers is mean spirited and designed to fail, says Labour’s Disability Issues Spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Figures released by the Ministry of Health show that only a tiny percentage of the eligible families have applied… ...
    1 week ago
  • Clear message handed to nuclear states
    MPs Phil Goff, Shane Reti and Marama Fox are due to meet with diplomats from the United Kingdom, Russia, the United States, China and France tomorrow to hand deliver a letter calling for their countries to disarm their nuclear weapons.… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Parity is no party for export businesses
    The extent of the damage done by the high dollar to New Zealand businesses is larger than many think as shown by a dramatic decrease in exports to Australia as our dollar rises, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “When the… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats’ limited thinking stifling innovation
    Businesses trying to innovate and create better products are being let down by this Government with an industry expert saying Steven Joyce’s mini-tax credits will have almost no impact, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Andrew Dickeson, director of taxation… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Vanishing Nature: A must-read for all New Zealanders
    The Environmental Defence Society’s new book Vanishing Nature – facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis, should be read by every New Zealander concerned about our native plants and wildlife and striking natural landscapes; and particularly by Government Ministers before Budget Day… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    2 weeks ago
  • The CYF review – an exercise in predetermination?
    Child Youth and Family (CYF) has a troublesome history of underperformance and botched care and protection cases, the most recent being its abject failure, along with the Police, to address the Roastbusters sexual abuse allegations with any semblance of professionalism.… ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei MP
    2 weeks ago
  • Time to act to protect Hector’s Dolphins
    The death of a Hector’s Dolphin in a set net must lead to action from the Minister of Conservation, Ruth Dyson, Labour’s Conservation Spokesperson said today. “Despite the fact that the Akaroa Harbour has been a Marine Mammal Sanctuary since… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Double-laning Darby and Joan disputed
    The Prime Minister’s by-election promise to double lane the road between Northland’s iconic Darby and Joan kauri trees has been contradicted by officials, Labour’s spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The NZ Transport Agency has told a media outlet that not all… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Parity: Cheaper trips but lower incomes
    The Kiwi dollar’s near-parity with the Australian means some tourists will have cheaper Gold Coast holidays but New Zealand incomes will stay lower for longer, making it harder for many to afford the trip, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • English’s state house flog off plans exposed
    Labour is calling on Bill English to confirm or deny a claim the Government is exploring a mass sell-off of state housing to tenants. Property magnate Bob Jones writes in a newspaper column published today that the Minister responsible for… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extension of work scheme urged for disaster relief
    The Government is being urged to extend the Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme to help families in the most severely-damaged islands of Vanuatu, following Cyclone Pam. “Allowing a further 300 people to take up seasonal employment in New Zealand under… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nuclear deal with Iran should be just the start
    A deal struck by Iran and major powers to ensure the Iranian facilities producing nuclear material are not used for the purpose of constructing nuclear weapons has been a long time coming, Labour’s Disarmament spokesperson Phil Goff says. “Undoubtedly Iran’s… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green Aoraki Newsletter March 2015
    Attachmentsmarch2015_web.pdf - 1.4 MB ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister needs to do his homework
    Nathan Guy needs to do his homework, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Answering questions in Parliament today on the dairy sector, the Primary Industries Minister denied John Key wants to float Fonterra. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister needs to put the kibosh on dirty diesel
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay has to get a grip on the KiwiRail board and put the kibosh on its crazy plan for dirty diesel on the main trunk line, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. It has been revealed… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Louise Nicholas Day: Work still to do
    This is a summary of a speech I gave in honour of Louise Nicholas Day on March 31 The IPCA report showed us basic mistakes are still able to be made within a specialist unit. The Police Commissioner said there… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 weeks ago
  • The meanness and pettiness of Nats in power
    Last night, Parliament debated NZ First MP Tracey Martin’s Bill to ensure children in the long term care of family members were able to access a clothing allowance currently only available to children in foster care. Many of these children… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere