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The people respond to the Herald Editorial on Donghua Liu

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, June 27th, 2014 - 65 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key, labour, Media, national, newspapers, same old national - Tags:

Lprent has posted already on the Herald editorial this morning.   Whoever wrote the editorial has tried to downplay the clusterfuck that is the Herald handling of the Donghua Liu issue. The comments to the editorial on the NZ Herald website should be read to believe.  There are obviously some really annoyed people out there and many people’s sense of fairness has been upset.

Some of the more interesting comments are set out below.  One from Mogwai

“Seeking the truth” are you serious? I don’t even vote Labour but on this matter NZH columnists [with the exception of O’Sullivan] have simply distorted the truth and have clearly been working to a coordinated agenda to raise the question “can he be trusted”?

All this while you have done little to hold the pathologically dishonest Key to account. And now we get the Key biography just in time for the election by, wait for it… a former NZH journalist!

Meanwhile even more absurdly you have Audrey Young running shotgun for the photo ops with Obama and writing fawning pump pieces to position trader John as some sort of statesman! All this while John Kerry announced our foreign policy on Iraq which over 2 days went from ‘probably not’ to ‘maybe’ to ‘yes we are with you’! What about some scrutiny of there matters?

Nice try with your column too in trying to say oh we just upset people across the spectrum at different times. This is rubbish – your comments sections have been overwhelmed for months at least with 70-90% of comments calling your writers out on exactly the same issues.

From Marky

I believe that people’s issues are not with the facts, but with the spin, misinformation and inflammatory headlines. Unfortunately your paper acts like a chap rag now days.

From Viv

It would be pertinent to the public interest IF you got the facts correct. To keep on repeating that David Cunliffe advocated for Lui in regards to his residency application, and sent them a ‘hurry-up’, is just plain wrong.

He simply asked for an approximate time frame, he did NOT say HURRY UP at all yet you persist in putting words into his mouth, and as many people have pointed out, it is a job that all MPs do at some time or another. As for harping on and on about a donation to a rowing club, whether or not an MPs daughter is a member or not is of no significance whatsoever.

It is absolutely nothing to do with the 2014 election, neither is anything that may or may not have occurred whilst Helen Clark was Prime Minister, unless you are prepared to look into previous National/Act Party members misdeeds to the same extent.

A few names come to mind like Donna Huata Awatere, Tuku Morgan, Pansy Wong for example, not to mention the lying, and fudging of our own current PM. If you have nothing better to do than dig the dirt, at least look at both sides of the coin. I very much doubt that Lui has made any donations to Labour since he got in with National anyway, and they are hiding those

From jockeyboy

You don’t have an agenda against labour so much as a gushing, cheerleading pro-national one.

And Tom S

The fact you feeled compelled to write a mealy mouthed self-justifying editorial tells the world that you guys are guilty as hell.

“…accusations of political bias and complicated right-wing conspiracies…”

Actually the conspiracy isn’t that complicated. The National Party research unit told your reporter jared Savage where to look and then the Herald went into full smear mode with an unverified statement (not an affivdavit) that the Herald has spent the last week restracting and backsliding from. I am not sure what is more disgraceful.

The sloppy journalism and colusion with theNational Party or the arrogance and hubris that means you think you can smear and get away with it. I hope Labour sue APN and get a front page retraction.

Have a read.  It is refreshing to see that so many people are upset by what has happened.

And for some light relief I suggest you read the questions and answers to the trade me listing where John Key’s latest book is being sold.  The vendor has a very sharp sense of humour.

My personal favourite …

Q  Does it answer where he stood on the issue of the Springbok tour?
A  There was a springbok tour?

65 comments on “The people respond to the Herald Editorial on Donghua Liu”

  1. weka 1

    I hadn’t listened to Murphy on RNZ, so was pleased to see this comment,

    Next day when asked on Radio NZ “Do you stand by your story?” your editor said this, and I quote verbatim: “Well, what’s not to stand by. Donghua Liu made this claim, he signed it, we have the document, now whether he is correct is yet to be seen.”

    Meta – New Zealand – 09:10 AM Friday, 27 Jun 2014

    So there it is, plain as day – the Herald believes that its job is to report what people say, irrespective of whether it is the truth or not, and there is no obligation on the Herald to verify what someone says before they publish.

    • Tracey 1.1

      so, if they dont have to verify sources or accuracy, what are we all basing our belief that is what journalists should do?

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      “So there it is, plain as day – the Herald believes that its job is to report what people say, irrespective of whether it is the truth or not”

      Well that’s patently obvious, based on their typical repetition of government talking points without the merest skerrick of fact-checking or verification.

      • weka 1.2.1

        True, but historically it could be assumed that politicians didn’t tell outright lies to journalists (Key has a lot to answer for for having shifted the culture around this in the past 6 years). Fudging facts sure, but not outright lies. So politicians would be considered to be reliable sources that needed less fact checking than Joe Blog off the street.

        And there are obvious differences between a government announcing policy etc, and a businessman making statements that obviously undermine a political party.

        The question here is why did the Herald consider Liu to be such a credible source that his statements didn’t need fact checking? When the Herald is willing to be honest about that they might get some respect back.

    • Ed 1.3

      So does this mean The Herald thinks Cameron Slater is a journalist?

  2. karol 2

    Nice try with your column too in trying to say oh we just upset people across the spectrum at different times. This is rubbish

    Exactly, and the NZ herald coverage of the Liu issue shows clearly why this is the lame fall-back claim used by a biased MSM.

    Upsetting people on both left and right is not the evidence for lack of bias. It’s about how the truth is represented and/or spun. It’s about fact checking and doing some fairly in-depth analysis – clearly beyond the ken of today’s NZH editorial writer.

    • Tracey 2.1

      that the herald editorial today, and editor in chief cant grasp the distinction outlined in your last paragrapgh makes them either frighteningly dim witted…

    • mickysavage 2.2

      The right gets upset when the Herald says the truth about them whereas the left gets upset when the Herald tells lies about them …

      • Kiwiri 2.2.1

        Very true and succinct.

        Tracy @ 2.1: the editor-in-chief is frighteningly dim-witted or so biased that he cannot tell his right hand from his left.

      • Karen 2.2.2

        Well said Mickysavage

      • Once was Pete 2.2.3

        I just have to call you on that statement.It is such an absolute and can’t possibly be factual. I can see why you want to protect David Cunliffe, and that is an admirable quality, but really there is just no merit to such a claim.
        I just have to conclude it is tongue in cheek.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.4

        MS: BOOOM!

  3. Lorraine 3

    I think the mainstream media are shockingly in the pockets of the PM. He makes inflammatory remarks about Labour and Cunliffe and your are like savage dogs after Labour. Issues at most are nothing out of the norm and are 11 years old. How pathetic are you so called journalists. You sit back and let Liu lie through his teeth without hounding him. You let John Key infer all sorts of rubbish in the John Key roamer mill. What truth has come out of Key’s mouth about Liu re Labour. Nothing, it is part of his spin. He is a master at that. Now he is bribing the rich with tax cut promises again. When are those not so well off going to get anything but a kick in the teeth.

  4. veutoviper 4

    Having wasted hours this morning reading the Herald’s ‘editorial’ (which can hardly be called that) and all the comments, I actually think this is going to backfire badly on The Herald, and hopefully National.

    As well as the Trade Me thread which is hilarious, this Twitter thread is very active today and is also good for a laugh

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/NZHeraldHeadlines?src=hash

    MS – you may want to check out a BB comment on the DinPost’s WTF post, if you haven’t seen it.

  5. JamesMaxton 5

    Surely David Cunliffe and the Labour party will never find themselves in a better position to silence this rag of a paper if they proceed with legal action.
    If they do not it could be construed as if they have something to hide.

    Please show us you are willing to fight to win this election.

    • mickysavage 5.1

      If they do not it could be construed as if they have something to hide.

      The party may have better things to do like fight a campaign.

      • Chooky 5.1.1

        this one needs fighting imo…they should hand it over to Labour friendly ferocious lawyers…. and concentrate on the campaign…otherwise if they ignore it , it will come back to bite them!

        people want to see Labour with a bit of fight for Gods sake!…otherwise they are really not worth voting for imo

      • JamesMaxton 5.1.2

        Can’t Labour walk and chew gum at the same time.

        It will be lawyers who will do the legwork, not David Cunliffe.

        I want to see Labour show some aggression, fight for principle, fight back when someone kicks you in the bollocks.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1

          If anything proceeds Cunliffe needs to be distant from it, running a fully positive campaign, the Labour Gen Sec or similar can take the action.

        • kenny 5.1.2.2

          I’ve always thought you should play by the same rules as your opposition – if they want to fight clean then you fight clean; if they want to fight dirty then they had better be prepared for what comes. And no-one feels sorry for the guy who has sand kicked in his face if he is not prepared to fight back.

    • lprent 5.2

      Please show us you are willing to fight to win this election.

      Why it will take at least a year or two to come to court. It can easily be started after the election. In the meantime there is an election campaign to run.

      Doesn’t apply to us of course. We are free to torment the Herald whenever.

      • JamesMaxton 5.2.1

        I am quite aware it takes a long period before any action would reach a court.

        If they started the proceedings it would show us and the right wing press they are willing to fight,
        it would also act as a warning for the duration until the election.

        What advantage would they receive if they left it to post election.

        • lprent 5.2.1.1

          They won’t get gratuitous negative headlines every day?

          • JamesMaxton 5.2.1.1.1

            Negative headlines are par for the course, they will never cease.

            We are discussing an article which was untrue.

            I will repeat again, if Labour do not take some legal position on the articles they leave themselves wide open for the right to ask what are they hiding.

            • Lanthanide 5.2.1.1.1.1

              “I will repeat again, if Labour do not take some legal position on the articles they leave themselves wide open for the right to ask what are they hiding.”

              Perhaps in your little mind.

              • JamesMaxton

                So when someone on this site makes a suggestion they are ridiculed with the comment “perhaps in your little mind”.

                No positive discussion, just a put down comment.

                I thought we were on the same side.

        • Chooky 5.2.1.2

          JamesMaxton+100…if they want to win the working class male vote they shouldn’t keep rolling with the punches …they should stand up and fight!

          …they should indicate they are suing or at least fighting this shit with all they have got!…it is a matter of principle!

          ….there must be enough Labour friendly lawyers to take it on as a team gratis…Labour could ask for donations for court costs …and set up a separate committee to fight it in public…while the rest of the Party gets on with the campaign

          they have to take the fight back to where the dirt came from

          …who wants to vote for a wimp Party?

    • Clemgeopin 5.3

      When there is a legal action, it silences both parties. That is a double edged sword because it will deprive Labour from exposing National’s dirty tricks.

      • Chooky 5.3.1

        ok …well maybe there needs to be a special committee set up expose to “National’s dirty tricks” at every opportunity…and call the Herald and other media to account on their uncritical and biased reportage

        …while the rest of the Labour team continues with the policy announcements and electioneering

        ….because at the moment the Liu/Key smear campaign seems to be working with impunity against Cunliffe and Labour

      • kenny 5.3.2

        No it won’t – but it will make the Herald editorial staff realise they can’t get away with their constant bias and one-eyed reporting.

        • Ed 5.3.2.1

          Is anyone aware of whether there has been a complaint to the Press Council?

          Is there any requirement on a newspaper to ensure at least a smidgeon of “balance” – at least in the few months before an election? (and I do see that as a separate issue from the printing of deliberate lies)

    • Once was Pete 5.4

      What is the cause of action?

  6. Bearded Git 6

    Toby Manhire is on the money today as usual.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11282589

    How long before he is axed for not towing the Herald line?

    • weka 6.1

      I thought he did well too. I liked this,

      If it seems a dismal beginning to the election campaign, there is cause to hope that this has been a flash flood, rather than the start of a long storm. Do not despair: the next 12 weeks need not be full of muck-raking and dirty tricks.

      On the contrary, this promises to be a policy-dominated campaign.

      Good move.

      • Bearded Git 6.1.1

        Agreed weka. Lab/Green/IMP will offer a genuine alternative to the corporate-led lot we’ve got at the moment.

        This message needs to go out loud and clear, which means no more Liu and not letting the MSM suck the Left into other time-wasting tittle-tattle issues.

    • Chooky 6.2

      thought Toby Manhire’s article too soft….this fiasco has done real damage to the Labour Party imo…unless they take the lies and sheet it back home from whence it came

      while the middle class Labour vote will read behind the lines of this beat up …and still vote Labour …the working class male will not…and he wont be forgiving…no one wants a wimp Party!…they want a fighting Party !…and a winner! …thus far Labour is neither

  7. hoom 7

    The most amazing thing to me is that of all the people, Fran O’Sullivan actually wrote a more or less fair & reasonable article O_o

    • Tracey 7.1

      which shows how bad the behaviour has got. mind you the herald was busy covering some book launch today. ..

    • mickysavage 7.2

      Fran’s article was exquisitely good. I have had problems with some of her articles in the past although she is always complex. I will always give her views the respect that this article deserves.

  8. Jack 8

    The NZ Herald and its journalists are rotten to the core, it is a very dangerous situation whereby media can influence peoples opinions by printing unsubstantiated material and mistruths, and are in cohoots with political parties.

  9. Jack 9

    Labour need a media management/crises team to respond otherwise Nationals Dirty Tricks Brigade will run a muck again in the very near future, Key added fuel to the fire on this one in an orchestrated campaign against Cunliffe supported by a grubby media.

    Cunliffe should have said he was unaware of any dealings with Liu and would investigate further and check our records. National and the NZ Herald had set him up and were in like rabbid dogs.

  10. Clemgeopin 10

    The comments on the book sale on Trade Me are hilarious.

    This one made me LO loud!

    Q : Ive heard if you scruch the pages up enough then unfold them they will be soft enough to wipe you arse. (10:46 pm, Thu 26 Jun)

    A : Yep. 255 pages. Suitable for 255 people or Gerry Brownlee.

    And this :
    Q : I am wondering how managed to get a copy as the latest goss going is that that Liu character has bought the whole lot of copies to use them for some useful purpose on his river trip up the Yangtze for his and his staff use!

    A:Thanks for that info Shane. How’s the new job going? Seen any good movies lately?

  11. Jrobin 11

    Just read about 100 comments on the editorial. How heartening, so there are some thinking people reading the Herald and feeling disgusted. This could be going to backfire badly on Key.

  12. interesting how both john armstrong and the herald have flushed any credibility they had down the toilet..

    ..the herald has..in the space of a very short period of time..

    ..gone from (however inaccurately) being thought of as a journal of some credibilty..

    ..to a resucitated version of ‘truth’..

    ..from now on..whenever they claim anything..the first response from readers who know of this clusterfuck..will be:..

    ..’really..?..show us the evidence..!’..

    • Richard Christie 12.1

      interesting how both john armstrong and the herald have flushed any credibility they had down the toilet.

      It’s time for jobs in the field that are more suited to their talents, Murphy and Armstrong should move on to sell advertising for the suburban freebies.

  13. Chooky 13

    ‘The Donghua Liu Affair – the impending final act and curtain-fall in this smear-campaign’

    By Frank Macskasy / June 27, 2014

    As the the final acts in the smear campaign that was the Donghua Liu Affair are about to unfold, and the curtain soon to fall, it is worthwhile re-assessing what has occurred; what has been learned; and the fall-out for certain individuals…….

    Legal Action
    Without a doubt, Labour – and specifically, David Cunliffe – have no choice. They must take legal action for defamation against the Herald. The kind of shabby, tabloid-style “journalism” shown since June 18 has further undermined the Fourth Estate’s credibility (whether Herald staff and management realise this or not, is irrelevant) and must not be allowed to become the new default standard by which editors and journalists operate in this country.

    For these reasons, Labour must sue for three good reasons;

    It runs the risk that the public ‘memory’ on this incident will be fixed at the point of “revelations” about a “$100,000 bottle of wine” – not that Liu changed his story. Nor that no evidence was forthcoming.
    If the Liu Affair goes to Court, the process of discovery may reveal who was behind this smear campaign.
    If the phone tapping/”News of the World” scandal in Britain has shown us anything, it is that the tabloid journalism road, where irresponsible reporting becomes an acceptable ‘norm’, leads to unpleasant (and often illegal) consequences.

    However, my advice to Cunliffe and the Labour Party is to defer legal action until after 20 September. The Labour Party cannot afford distractions this close to an election.

    Rapid Response Team

    Unless Labour already has one, I suggest that they create a media “rapid response group” which can ‘kick in’ when the next smear campaign rears it’s ugly head. (Mark my words, the next dirty trick is probably already in the works.)

    Such a group could comprise of senior party members, MPs, legals, media minders, etc, and could ‘swing into action’ at the first hint of another event like the Liu Affair.
    Every Labour candidate should have an easy-to-contact “rapid response group” team-member on their phone’s speed-dial……..

  14. Clemgeopin 14

    Watch John Campbell’s encounter of the Liu character at his house.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Elusive-Lius-lengths-to-escape-the-media/tabid/817/articleID/350499/Default.aspx

    • Chooky 14.1

      …so obviously he lied because he hasn’t got the guts to front up!

      …he should be held to account by the Labour Party and New Zealanders for trying to derail New Zealand’s democratic process and the Labour Party by fraud and defamation …ie corrupt a fair election process….(and so should John Key and the Herald be held to account).

      I agree with Frank Macskasy…legal action is required by the Labour Party otherwise democracy is being eroded in New Zealand.

      If Labour lets this go it reflects badly on them..as if they are acquiescing.

      • Craig Glen Eden 14.1.1

        I agree Chooky Labour has to stand up to this shit, enough of the excuses Micky. Cunliffe has to harden up and show New Zealanders he is the Leader that they need to take this country forward. Its not going to get any easier should he be the next PM. The right wing will be vicious in their resistance to policy that will allow all NZers to fully share in the economy. When the Trade Unions didnt strike with Nationals ECA they were forever weakened. Honestly this is Cunliffes high tide moment its now or never for him as a leader. Stand up David Cunliffe and give NZ something to believe in and vote for, if you dont why the hell should they come out and vote for Labour why?

    • Kiwiri 14.2

      Lovely.

      The invitation to Mr Liu should also be extended to Michael Woodhouse to accompany Liu to Campbell’s interview.

    • Ed 14.3

      All good stuff, but why was Campbell not also asking John Key why the donations of hundreds of thousands Key said had been given to National have not been declared?

      Or why letters from MPs about Liu’s citizenship have been hidden from journalists?

  15. ianmac 15

    Because John Campbell tried to find Mr Liu to ask him about the $100,000 bottle of wine I have emailed John Campbell. I included the current Herald photo of Mr Barker receiving the bottle of wine at the charity auction.
    I included the oars donation and the boat dinner no donations to the Labour Party..
    I referenced Frank MacsKasky’s timeline and referenced the 300+ responses to the shameful Editorial from the Herald today.
    Hope Frank is happy with that.
    Hope John does something with the story.

    • Anne 15.1

      Thanks for that ianmac. John Campbell is one of our few genuine current affairs TV or radio hosts.

      Frank Macskasy’s latest post on The Daily blog is a must read:

      http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/06/27/the-donghua-liu-affair-the-impending-final-act-and-curtain-fall-in-this-smear-campaign/

      Edit: Chooky’s already posted it. Never mind.

      • bad12 15.1.1

        The final act and the curtain falling need be the total boycott of every fair minded person in this country of purchasing any product from the NZHerald,

        Its as simple as that, should the Herald lose the monies paid out every day by that huge cohort of fair minded people in this country,(or part of it), it is likely to become too great a burden for its owners, the various arms of International Capital that prop it up will eventually walk away,

        The Liu story, as much of it, in my opinion, manufactured, as from the mouth of Mr Liu looks remarkably like a work of fiction, not from one who barely understands the English language, more likely to have been the ”production” of a mind well schooled in the nuances of the language,

        The ”fact” that the Herald will not simply print the ”supposed” statement from Mr Liu and likewise the ”supposed” amendment by Mr Liu leads me to the belief that such a comprehensive statement does not actually exist,

        The ”fact” that the Herald cannot point to ”the specifics” of the ”supposed” donations by Liu to the Labour Party, except for a gift to the Napier rowing club, leads me to the further belief that such a comprehensive statement supposedly made by Mr Liu does not in fact exist,

        As i pointed out after the initial ”revelations” surrounding the ”supposed” 100,000+ dollar donations from Liu to the Labour Party that i believed the Herald would begin to back-slide from the original claim, making further claims that ”facts” had been lost in ”translation” so this has come to pass,

        This isn’t a partly manufactured story, this is a wholly fabricated attack on the Labour Party with the intent of formulating enough disquiet so as to gift National the upper hand going into the election,

        As i point out above, the only logical means we have at our disposal of making our displeasure properly felt in the boardrooms that control the Herald is a total boycott of the NZHerald in terms of purchasing any of its product, and the Left should begin to organize such a boycott as soon as possible…

        • Richard Christie 15.1.1.1

          the Left should begin to organize such a boycott as soon as possible…

          +1

          Suggestion, call it

          The people deserve better.

  16. yeshe 16

    This extract from the Comments section awoke my interest to know what and where the useful evidence might be found:

    …… “Firstly, funny enough I am a centre / right voter, but my concerns for the direction this Country has taken since it elected Key as Prime Minister are very real. Even his placement as leader of the National Party (when I was still a National voter) was highly questionable and concerning, especially when I was told 12 months before he became leader he would become the Leader, and there were already plans to ensure he became NZ’s Prime Minister, for reasons that had nothing to do with NZ! ” …….

    BehaviourSkills – Dunedin – 11:24 AM Friday, 27 Jun 2014

  17. jaymam 17

    John Key has just said on The Nation that there is proof that Liu donated $15,000 to Labour.
    Where’s the proof?

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  • Attention leftie campaigners: Watch Lynton Crosby
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    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    22 hours ago
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Out there in the world
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    23 hours ago
  • Government announces plan to grow Auckland housing bubble
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  • Paul F Tompkins: The undisputed king of podcasts
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  • Budget 2015: What does it mean?
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    24 hours ago
  • What next?
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    1 day ago
  • Solo parents forced to work; but where are the quality jobs?
    The Government is increasing the expectations of paid work from solo parents without any thought as to where the jobs will be, the Council of Trade Unions said today. “There are already 100,000 part time workers who are wanting more secure… ...
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    1 day ago
  • April-15 Patronage
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    1 day ago
  • April-14 Patronage
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    1 day ago
  • Children and steady-as-you-go – but how steady?
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    Colin JamesBy Colin James
    1 day ago
  • Thoughts on budget 2015
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    DimPostBy danylmc
    1 day ago
  • What if your MP was decided on the flip of a coin?
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015
    From the outset, the slogan for yesterday’s Budget – “The Plan Is Working” – begged to be mocked. There’s actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty,… ...
    2 days ago
  • Building better connections between Asia and the Pacific
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    Its our futureBy ScoopBlogPush
    2 days ago
  • Budget 2015: Media releases and tertiary education coverage
    We will update this page over the next few days with media releases and news stories on Budget 2015 and its effect on tertiary education and on employment. Radio NZ: Govt tightens education purse strings The Government is expecting fewer… ...
    2 days ago
  • Helping Our Heritage Come Alive – Mt Eden Rd
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  • Budget 2015 shows no plans for public sector wages
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    2 days ago
  • Don’t expect to see chemical safety data sheets in restaurants
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    2 days ago
  • World News Brief, Thursday May 21
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  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon they see
    When it emerged last month that Campbell Live was facing the axe, I ventured that Mediaworks had become far more Julie Christie's company than it was John Campbell's. And I think that's the reality behind the news that Campbell Live… ...
    2 days ago
  • Andrew’s little Poem
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    2 days ago
  • One good thing
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    2 days ago
  • Budget tougher for students – NZUSA and TEU media release
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    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Lala-land forecasts on housing investment
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    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Cynical bribery on the horizon
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    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Share of the economy going to workers continues to fall
    The BEFU documents today have unwelcome news for workers. Over the next four years, the share of the economy that ends up in the hands of workers through their wages will fall by around 1.3%. That 1.3% of GDP,… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Bill English’s Budget illustrates complexity in welfare system
    Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system.… ...
    Gareth’s WorldBy Geoff Simmons
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Pathetic half-measure on housing
    Yesterday, Paddy Gower thought he had a big scoop. He had leaked Budget docs alluding to a big government-lead house-building programme in Auckland. Today, the pathetic truth is revealed. The Budget puts only $52.2m – as a one off –… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Good idea on child poverty. Pity about the tinkering package.
    I can only speak personally, but I am genuinely pleased that the government is following through on its promise to focus on child poverty. New Zealand’s rates of child poverty are appalling, and anything that helps to bring them down… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago
  • Blah Budget: Why there won’t be a surplus next year, either.
    Having failed to reach surplus in this, his promised year, Bill English looks set to fail next year, too. Having been over-optimistic this year to the tune of almost $1.2b – comparing BEFU 2014 to BEFU 2015 - Treasury has… ...
    PolityBy Rob Salmond
    2 days ago

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

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