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The political beliefs of political reporters

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, May 25th, 2014 - 61 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, democratic participation, john key, Media, national - Tags: ,

In the aftermath of the Shane Taurima controversy Television New Zealand is requiring reporters to divulge their political affiliation, membership and other political party activity.

To be honest I thought the criticism of Taurima because of his political beliefs was overblown.  The TVNZ review found no evidence of bias.  Specifically it described Taurima as “a talented long‐form interviewer who grew in the role as the year progressed. He was well prepared, polite and calm. His questions were often based on specific research conducted by the programme, or by other credible sources, such as the Law Commission and BERL. His questions came from across the political spectrum. In each instance there was a justification for the questions he was asking.”

People with an interest in politics will naturally be attracted to the job of reporting.  They also have rights to hold their own political beliefs and of freedom of association so why shouldn’t they be allowed to belong to political parties.  It is not as if they hold an especially sensitive position such as the head of the GCSB where political involvement in the selection process should raise alarm bells.

The subtext of the attack on Taurima is that the political media is somehow left leaning.  A cursory glance at the comments at Kiwiblog or Whaleoil will show that on the right there is this utter conviction that the capitalist media is somehow a hot bed for socialism and is intent on undermining the right. Anything short of obsequious regurgitation of National spin lines is regarded as some sort of heresy.  On the left we just hope reporters do their job properly occasionally.

The Herald’s John Drinnan has been commenting on the issue with some insight.  His latest column points out the inequity of the situation.  A reporter can be fearlessly doing their job properly without favour yet not be allowed to be a member of a political party.  But someone with clearly conservative views such as Mike Hosking is allowed to not only hold those views but express them publicly.

As Drinnan puts it:

The TVNZ political purity drive unmasks an anomaly.

While current affairs people are not allowed to align themselves with political parties, presenters such as Mike Hosking are allowed to give their personal views, as long as they are not a member of a party or an activist for one.

In fact, Hosking is the “elephant in the room” when it comes to TVNZ’s reputation as an objective political observer.

He wears his conservative politics on his sleeve and TVNZ has given him influence over what gets shown on Seven Sharp, says a source familiar with the show’s workings.

Spokeswoman Georgie Hills says TVNZ accepts that most people, including journalists and presenters, will have some political opinions.

“Over the years it has become more common to hear personal views expressed by presenters on more conversational style news programmes like Seven Sharp – and up to a point we accept that as well.”

Which is probably handy, because Seven Sharp with Hosking and Toni Street rates well and delivers more advertising revenue than it did last year.

“You have to draw the line somewhere and we draw the line at active membership of a political party,” says Hills.

We are talking about the State broadcaster here.  If political reporters are not going to be permitted to be members of political parties then people such as Hosking should not be allowed to express their clearly held right wing views, even if it is good for advertising revenue.

Paul Henry is the strongest example of political bias.  The former National Party candidate has a world view which many of us find obnoxious.   And it seems to me that he has engaged in the repeating of National attack lines.

And John Key recently attacked Linda Clark claiming that she had been providing media advice to David Cunliffe.  I have no idea if she has or not but I had always regarded her to be scrupulously fair and sharp in her comments.

The big issue is the use of pundits to provide commentary on current events.  The right is well served by the likes of Matthew Hooton, David Farrar, Cameron Slater, Bill Ralston and a number of others.  The left have struggled.  A recent top class performance by Robert Reid has been marked by his complete disappearance from media events since then.

The overall impression that I have is that the right are busily attempting to silence any reporter or commentator they think could help the left, and are doing their best to make sure that important media positions are held by people perceived to be more sympathetic to the right.

The Herald came out with an editorial on the issue claiming that “partisan politics and mass media journalism do not mix.”  I laughed when I read this because the Herald’s pro National bias is clear to see.

The danger is clear to see.  If holding strong left wing views requires your silencing then the media will only reflect a corporate right wing world view.  Perhaps this is the intent.

61 comments on “The political beliefs of political reporters”

  1. Foreign Waka 1

    My question is this: Given that political news are NEVER unbiased, whose news will we hear under those circumstances? The job description will also have to change to news reader and certainly not journalist. So hurray for the new era of news from the dictatorship chair, oops directors chair.

    As for Linda Clark, I hope she reads this, as she can hold it with the best in the business.

  2. Tamati 2

    The difference is that Henry are Hosking are openly loudmouths and never pretend to be objective journalists. Their shows are just soapboxes where they preach to their congregations.

    • BM 2.1

      They’re just the opposite of Campbell Live.

      Campbell does the left, Hosking and Henry do the right.

      • Tracey 2.1.1

        in your world two shows to the right plus hosking on radio is equal to a half hour of john campbell. there you have it ladies and gentlemen, a definition of fair and equal from the mouth of the right.

        • Tamati 2.1.1.1

          People think that Seven Sharp and Campbell live actually matter when determining the outcome of elections. Only old people are actually have the time or the desire to watch those shows, and most of them already know who they’re going to vote for.

          Shortland Street is by far the most popular 7.00 o’clock show.

        • BM 2.1.1.2

          What about Radio NZ, you don’t get any more left than that.

        • Grantoc 2.1.1.3

          Unlike Hoskings and Henry, Campbell frequently dedicates his efforts to presenting entire programmes to advocating one left wing cause or another – see his recent efforts on the GSCB.

          By contrast, H & H make the occasional throw away right wing comment on an issue of the day; maybe 2 to 3 minutes worth of time. This hardly compares with Campbell’s hard out efforts on behalf of the left.

          Campbell’s dedicated left wing advocacy more than makes up for the 2:1 ratio in H& H’s favour.

          • BM 2.1.1.3.1

            Yeah, he’s practically campaigning for them.

            May explain why is show rates so poorly compared to seven sharp, not that I watch seven sharp.

          • Naturesong 2.1.1.3.2

            People of New Zealand = Leftwing cause.
            Investigation into Corruption = Attack on the National Party

            What a strange world we now live in.

          • Tracey 2.1.1.3.3

            privacy and prime ministers lying and misleading the nation are just left wing issues?

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.3.4

            Unlike Hoskings and Henry, Campbell frequently dedicates his efforts to presenting entire programmes to advocating one left wing cause or another – see his recent efforts on the GSCB.

            So, detailing the truth is showing an inherent left-wing bias?

      • mickysavage 2.1.2

        BM

        They’re just the opposite of Campbell Live.

        Campbell does the left, Hosking and Henry do the right.

        The point that I was trying to make is that if it is good enough for Hosking and Henry to express their clearly held right wing views then why isn’t it appropriate for a left wing journalist to do the same?

        • BM 2.1.2.1

          Campbell, Hosking and Henry do infotainment/current affairs shows.

          None are what I would consider political reporters.

    • Tracey 2.2

      perhaps but there are many who will not know henrys political past, a simple statement running along the bottom of the screen each time he screens stating the fact, would put the matter to bed.

      • Tamati 2.2.1

        But he’s not trying to be an objective journalist. He’s openly right wing and proud of it. In many ways he’s like Bill O’Rielly (apart from the ratings, of course).

        • Tracey 2.2.1.1

          he is openly right wing to you and i. a large number of nzers will have no idea he stood for national in 1999.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.1.1

            Are you really suggesting that after five minutes of being inflicted with Paul Henry anyone of average intelligence won’t have worked out that he’s a smarmy little Tory thug? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA snort HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

  3. newsense 3

    Or that John Key’s former electorate chair can sit on NZ on Air, or a former National PM press sec/head of Pm’s dept (?) can run Radio NZ.

    Radio NZ was the last bastion of public service broadcasting. 6 and 7 were put down and RNZ is being whittled away piece by piece, question by question.

  4. RedLogix 4

    I was killing an hour or so in a great little cafe in town yesterday – and found myself quite engrossed in the Melbourne Age. Full of good, strong articles from a decent range of perspectives.

    After an hour and a half I still hadn’t gotten the whole way through. By contrast the Herald and the Dom are rags I’d skim and discard in 10 minutes or less.

    • TheContrarian 4.1

      I was in New York for a couple weeks a few years back and the New York Times was thoroughly engrossing and balanced. I’d sit in Central Park with a couple of beers and read it cover to cover over a few hours.

      Compared to the Sunday Star Times? There is no comparison.

    • Tracey 4.2

      i was in melbourne a couple of weeks ago when the age was covering anzac day, pre budget announcements amongst other things. I was struck by the analysis and reporting with less relince on opinion.

      I still pine for it.

      • phillip ure 4.2.1

        these are all a large part of the reason i started whoar..

        ..because..with a few exceptions..we were/are served so poorly by our corporate/access-media..

        ..it seems to me to be a conscious effort to dumb-down the populace.

        ..an ill-informed/uneducated/unaware populace is much easier to mould/manipulate..

        ..into making stupid voting decisions..

        ..people need brainfood…

        ..brains wither and die otherwise..

        • Tracey 4.2.1.1

          The dumbing down of the population began some decades in something we call schools. Trevor mallard had some great stuff underway in our schools but this govt sees school and tertiary as a type of job placement.

          Statutorily universities used to have an obligation to be the conscience of society… Sadly in recent times speak out and your research grants start to dry up.

          • phillip ure 4.2.1.1.1

            ..the current education problem that puzzles me..

            ..is the news of so many students arriving @ universities..

            ..unable to string a sentence together..

            ..and while heartily endorsing the precept that there are many different ways to learn..

            ..the best i took from school was a serious grounding in those tools of reading/writing..

            ..and surely..without that..

            ..you are fucked..aren’t you..?

            ..so..something seems askew/unfocused..

            • Tracey 4.2.1.1.1.1

              maybe, but ponder this phil, the highly literate are thebest conduits for propaganda, not the so-called ignorant.

            • karol 4.2.1.1.1.2

              ..is the news of so many students arriving @ universities..

              ..unable to string a sentence together.. ?

              • whereas i arrived able to..

                ..and left unable to…

                ..having thrown the sentence against the wall..

                ..(good pick of my poor choice of words..heh..!..)

  5. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    This isn’t simply a double standard it’s a deliberate attack designed to silence and marginalise dissent. Tony Astle’s despicable gutter ethics applied in a larger sphere. We have a right to be here. You don’t.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      Yes — the ‘born to rule mentality’ quite openly on display.

      The way to squash it is to simply point out that yes we accept this right-wing principle of excluding, silencing and marginalising dissent from the ruling party.

      In fact we on the left think now realise is a very good idea and intend to implement it ourselves next time we are in power – much more comprehensively than you’ve ever done. You will be so proud of us.

  6. Philj 6

    xox
    Newsense + 1
    RNZ as an independent,quality public broadcaster, is rapidly sinking. It’s taken a wee while but Griffen’s invisible hand is beginning to take effect.

  7. Blue 7

    It’s a counterattack by the right wing. This year, the right-wing bias in the media has got up people’s noses and they were starting to attack the media outlets serving up this garbage.

    True to form, as soon as the Tories realised this was getting traction they decided to strike back and try to paint the media as being biased towards the left. That they were able to find any lefties in the media at all is remarkable enough.

    Their attempts have fallen a bit flat, though. People aren’t that stupid. They know when a political commentator is biased and it’s quite obvious that most of them are biased toward the right.

    Shane Taurima is demonstrably even-handed in his work whatever his personal politics are and Linda Clark media training someone does not mean she is left wing – media training is a job and you don’t have to share someone’s politics to agree to do it. The Nats must be quite happy with all the coverage this is getting, however.

    • “..That they were able to find any lefties in the media at all is remarkable enough..”

      ..aye..!

      ..and i agree with yr rating of the skills of taurima..

      ,..i watched quite a bit of taurima..

      ..and he always impressed me with the intelligence he brought to the job..

      ..and how he had clearly well-researched whatever topic was to hand..so was able to ask those ‘intelligent’/probing questions..

      ..and to my eyes/ears he was equally vigorous with left and right..

      ..and could not be faulted for his work..

      ..as opposed to the likes of henry/hoskings..et al..

      ..with their constant rightwing-biases held in both hands..

      ..and waved at the audience..

  8. greywarbler 8

    wtf. Of course people have ideas of their own. To be able to report political information or any requires some life experience and the ability to understand the culture one lies in. How dare TV try to take away people’s rights. They just have to keep them to themselves and try to actively and accurately protray the information they get and make sure that they get the information we expect to know.

    • greywarbler 8.1

      ‘one lies in’ How funny – a Freudian slip perhaps. I meant lives.

  9. captain hook 9

    the thing is that Labour Party supporters are proud of their beliefs whilst torys like to keep theirs hidden so normal people do not see the depths of their venal grasping depravity.
    and what about the gang of sad little righties that Richard griffin has installed at radio New Zealand. The place is going from bad to worse.

  10. Philj 10

    xox
    Bad to worse? Before I switch off. Can it really get any sillier than Mora and his gigglers. And Simon has continued on with the tired format he inherited from Mora. And Morning Report has fallen. Very disappointing.

  11. Lez Howard 11

    I have watched Hoskings a couple of times on Seven Sharp He.s just an actor, terrible hair do , A Hollow personality Just in keeping for a National Party stooge

  12. greywarbler 12

    Political beliefs show up in the questions that you ask as an interviewer, and the way you don’t find certain answers questionable.

    Also the way that political poll results are blazoned to the public. Like this Monday morning – so bad for Labour. Ooh no good at all, Not looking likely. Negative stuff. Like water dripping on chalk, soon all there will be left of Labour is a streak of red colour on the walls of the Beehive.

    Some of the comments on Open Mike this morning are revealing about how it came over to we listeners. Very soggy questioning by – was it Espiner or Ferguson. I think him.

  13. aerobubble 13

    Today’s a graduate will leave university in debt (if a member of the under class who have little capital), they will (according to NR, like in the US, get entry level jobs that don’t need their degrees), they will then have to work very very hard to keep up, and finally any ideas will quickly be leveraged to keep up profits.

    Key says that we should tax them – sorry have them pay for their education – early because they will make much more money in later life. Which presumes several assumptions, that all will get high salaries, that some won’t need to borrow as they have capital rich parents, etc.

    Seems we can only hate, revile and hate the rich, and not discuss how Key hates Students.

    Imagine ancient Rome. A slave did not own the product of their work, had to work very very hard, was in debt and had to but their own freedom, and did not vote. Now we hear today that return on investment is higher than return on earnings, and that this will create a new class divide.

    So when they say how profession make heaps, just remember that what they mean is professionals should pay lower taxes and poorer students should be indebted, overwork, misapplied, and likely non-voting.

    This morning on NR, a acedmeic, you know the type, comments with conscience and critics our society by stressing how essential it is that we move to the US system where graduates enter level jobs don’t need their skills, where they are indebt and have to prove themselves by working very hard. No criticism of the indentured nature of the modern workplace thanks to the right.

    • aerobubble 13.1

      You’ll note that when assessing outcomes that students who come from wealthy families get very very wealthy when in work as they get a head start in not paying off debt. So when assessing outcomes, they should not be used in the stats, i.e. a fair assessment of student loans should look at those who are most effected and their income outcomes. I bet very very few actual make the reported returns, sure they are well off lawyers and doctors but they won’t be the dominate in the top of their professions pay.

  14. Mr Interest 14

    Humm, listening to Hooten this morning on RNZ made laugh

    He seemed to have center stage, crowing (sorry, I mean hootering).

    He gave sagely (or was that saccharine) advice that the polls are not won on issues such as poverty gaps, that the Spirit Level author were merely throw away academics. Juxtaposed against this was his proud one liner of how he had worked for the corporates (insinuating we should trust him). Yip…. I see the humor. It was actually funny.

    But even more funnier still was his advice to Labour, that they should effectively do a dirty campaign and pull off the gloves and go after immigrants stealing jobs (at least this is my interpretation of his advice), etc. Says something about the man?

    The kicker came from Hooten when he mentioned that National were the party for education, health and housing (or something like that). I nearly jetted hot tea out my nostrils laughing. Not only was he doing political commentating but comedy as well.

    Having taken me to such high tea humor I waited for a come back from Mike Williams (even Ryan who should have picked up on this and held him to account). All I heard was the tea spoon clinking and chasing the sugar cube around in tepid intellectual waters.

    Come on Williams, Hooten was handing you the come back lines this morning and you failed. In fact the last few times I have been wondering what team you bat for. I am starting to question your political belief as a reporter. There was enough ammo there that anyone with a little understanding of politics in NZ could have taken the pxxx back? Essentially, every time National turn up, Labour or the left have to clean up there…… now what do you call it, and pay for the privilege.

    Its not that hard to counter the leemingly economic hooterings of nationals comedians on RNZ? On one side he maybe partially right, leemings once making a decision to following cannot un calcify the brain (i.e. only optimism and brighter futures are allowed even if based on selling the crown jewels.. maybe this is the Crosby/Textor Keys spin managers in action…?)

    Political beliefs and reporters…. are there undertones of Shane Jones coming through?

    Come on Williams….. Give it some, take the pxxx back.

    Remember Churchill:
    “Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”

  15. Whatever next? 15

    I presume intelligent people have political views, and therefore I do not expect complete objectivity.
    What I do expect is to be exposed to BOTH sides of the political spectrum, so that I can choose who to listen to.This may include a left leaning journalist interviewing a right wing politician, AND right leaning journalist interviewing a left wing politician.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Shane’s considered questions, and avoid the brash arrogance of Hoskins and Henry. shame we have hung drawn and quartered Shane for far less offensive behaviour.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      I presume intelligent people have political views, and therefore I do not expect complete objectivity.
      What I do expect is to be exposed to BOTH sides of the political spectrum

      Of course, there are far more than just two sides to the political spectrum (sorry, nitpicking, but it’s true).

      • whatever next? 15.1.1

        good point, “Leanings” cover it for me, and I like the movement around the centre, otherwise politics loses it’s dynamism.

  16. Journalism in NZ. Buaaahhahahahahah. There is no such thing as journalism in this country. For one, the people presenting themselves as such here in Safesville are not jaded enough to qualify. A good journalist is a political atheist and an outsider to the system. He/She is jaded to the point of almost finding it too disgusting to write about politics but driven to do so because he cannot help himself to tell the truth no matter the consequences. Somehow I don’t see Patrick Gower, Shane Plunket or any of the other MSM hacks in that light.

    • Colonial Viper 16.1

      A good journalist is a political atheist and an outsider to the system.

      After listening to Chris Hedges’ presentations on journalism (he was the New York Times middle east bureau chief and war correspondent in many different conflicts) I think that his views – which borrow heavily from George Orwell’s – suggest that journalists

      1) Need to be outsiders to the system, but more than that, must have no wish to become part of the system of self serving media courtiers to the elite.

      2) Feels an inner duty to relate to readers/viewers the truth of exactly what happened and how it happened, even under adversity and duress. The journalist’s own political and personal preferences as always secondary to that.

      3) Exercises the use of language as a skillful tool to convey that truth (as opposed to conveying spin and PR).

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        In recent posts I’ve made some fairly trenchant comments about David Cunliffe, primarily about his media performance. Others, including some of his Caucus colleagues, have gone even further. The now resigned Leader of the Opposition has been under...
    Brian Edwards | 01-10
  • September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats for some blogs – those I list below. Maybe more bloggers will shift to StatCounter or other counter. No stats could be found for these blogs: Works...
    Open Parachute | 01-10
  • September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats for some blogs – those I list below. Maybe more bloggers will shift to StatCounter or other counter. No stats could be found for these blogs: Works...
    Open Parachute | 01-10
  • Auckland: the world’s friendliest city
    UK travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has just named Auckland the world’s friendliest city in its 2014 rankings. It introduces Auckland with a great photo that highlights the city’s growing urbanity: FRIENDLIEST: 1. Auckland, New Zealand Score: 86.0 (tie) We...
    Transport Blog | 01-10
  • Waterview Breakthrough
    On Monday Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine broke through at Waterview after tunnelling for the last 10 months. And here’s a video of it happening. One of the things that is really impressive is just how accurate the machine is...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Fundamental incomprehension II
    Another day, and another journalist who just doesn't get it about the Greens. This time its Duncan Garner:The Green Party needs a serious rethink. For as long as they have been in Parliament, they have been a left wing party...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • An Open Letter to Green Party Supporters: Why I slagged off your Party
    Last week I called for a Bluegreen Party – an environmental party that I could in all conscience, vote for. It prompted a huge response, which confirmed to me there is a clear constituency that is not being serviced. I...
    Gareth’s World | 30-09
  • Parliament should decide
    Yesterday John Key began laying the groundwork to deploy kiwi troops to Iraq to fight in another pointless American war. And with the Labour Party distracted by its autocannibalism, its left to Winston Peters to stand up for democratic values...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • The problem with warmongers
    The problem with warmongers is they appear to have no empathy for their fellow human beings. That's because war, and the industrial complex behind it, is invariably built upon people's prejudices.History is littered with examples of prejudice being used as...
    The Jackal | 30-09
  • Australia to criminalise journalism
    Imagine this scenario: Australian spies seeking to fight domestic terrorism borrow the tactics of their American counterparts and start running agent provocateurs to "flush out" those with terrorist leanings. But an operation goes horribly wrong, and actually results in a...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • School funding failing vulnerable students – time for a better way?
    1 October 2014 Schools with the greatest needs get too little to meet those needs, says PPTA president Angela Roberts. The current school funding system is failing to support our most vulnerable students and this morning delegates at PPTA’s annual...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi
    More than 1,000 people marched up Queen Streen in Auckland yesterday, as part of the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi, to protest outside Sky City at the New Zealand Petroleum Summit against plans to begin deep sea oil drilling in the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-09
  • Why the Prime Minister and RB Governor are whistling in the wind
    Let there be no mistake, New Zealanders want the NZ dollar to be as high as possible. A 65 US cent dollar makes us a hell of a lot poorer than an 88 cent one. So why does the Reserve...
    Gareth’s World | 30-09
  • A targeted transport rate?
    An article in last Friday’s NZ Herald provided an interesting insight into where the investigations into additional transport funding options are at. This is the second phase of the project to close the supposed $12 billion funding gap over the next 30...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Is New Zealand ready for an openly inane Prime Minister?
    In the current leadership race for the Labour Party there are two candidates: Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe. There has been much discussion of their strengths and weaknesses, but one subject has been delicately avoided; perhaps because of political correctness,...
    DimPost | 30-09
  • Is New Zealand ready for an openly inane Prime Minister?
    In the current leadership race for the Labour Party there are two candidates: Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe. There has been much discussion of their strengths and weaknesses, but one subject has been delicately avoided; perhaps because of political correctness,...
    DimPost | 30-09
  • Carpetbaggers
    So, those wishing to participate in the Labour leadership election (2014 edition) have until 11.59pm on Wednesday the 1st of October to join.I won't be joining, but I've noticed an alarming number of people on The Standard announcing that they...
    Left hand palm | 30-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP
    Column – Gordon Campbell The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality. To date, the Greens have...
    Gordon Campbell | 30-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the last rites for the TPP
    Column – Gordon Campbell The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with ones place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality. To date, the Greens have...
    Its our future | 30-09
  • ATTN MSM: this is not a political news story. I repeat, this is not a polit...
    New Zealand your media treats you as if you are stupid and vacuous, and articles like this are the only things your feeble minds can handle at any given time, unless Paddy has turned up with his friends Shouty Paddy...
    Politically Corrected | 30-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • I feel sorry for Labour Party members and supporters
    I feel really sorry for the members and supporters of the Labour Party as they watch their caucus tear itself to shreds. And no matter what the outcome of the coming leadership race Labour members and supporters will be the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Ummmm, why is Auckland Transport spying on Aucklanders?
    Ummm. What? Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that can put names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. The surveillance has the capability to also scan social media...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Robertson now expected to be Labour leader by Xmas
    Grant Robertson is now overwhelmingly picked to become the next leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Another potential Labour...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Documenting historic Māori land law cases for the first time
    A new book from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will continue to put the spotlight on Māori Land Law judgments which have never before been published....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • ‘Oily’ people greet Petroleum Summit diners
    Greenpeace activists smeared in fake oil have greeted guests arriving at the part-Statoil sponsored Petroleum Summit dinner this evening....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Key Decisions Made About Labour’s Leadership Election
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has made the key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of Labour’s Party Leader. The result will be announced on Tuesday 18th November, following a comprehensive and extensive process unique...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Suspected $6 Million Dollar Wananga Fraud Alarming
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on on the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to front up over claims the Wananga has pocketed government overpayments amounting to $6 million of taxpayers' money. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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