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The Race is Set

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, March 10th, 2014 - 66 comments
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John Key has just announced the election date:

September 20.  Quite early, but the media has been being primed for the last 6 weeks, so won’t see this as National being scared of dipping support, no claims of instability or going back to voters ‘too early’ like Labour suffered in 2002.

Good to have a reasonably early announcement, even if Key could have really established a precedent by announcing right at the start of the year again.

6 months – time to start talking to your neighbours and friends about the need to vote left.

66 comments on “The Race is Set”

  1. Zorr 1

    Right at the end of winter too… power prices might be the single biggest factor here…

  2. Bill 2

    So, what’s that half formed memory about Royal Visits and something about lead-in time to elections again?

    • Bunji 2.1

      Oh, that’s only precedent that it shouldn’t be done, nothing to stop them having an election in the middle of a royal visit if they wanted…

  3. greywarbler 4

    It’s good to know the date. And that John Key is so bloody sanguine about it all.

    Key said his personal view was that elections should permanently move to a “September to September” cycle as international summits tended to be held in November, and the time it took to reach coalition agreements to be stuck meant the House could be required to sit in January.

    I would agree with him that it would be good to have a date that is earlier than just before Christmas. I think mid-October should be the latest, September is probably better.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Weather in September can often be bad, though.

      • vto 4.1.1

        That was to be my comment Lanth. Chances of cold and stormy weather are high. Count on it, and whatever such means for voters and voting….

        • The Real Matthew 4.1.1.1

          A little early to be rolling out excuses for losing the election don’t you think?

          Good on JK for the early announcement. A fair playing field for all in that regard.

          • Skinny 4.1.1.1.1

            Lol @ “rolling out excuses” yip I’ll give you that one.
            I’m easy 195 days plenty of time to get the desired result. Campaign meeting tomorrow where the plans are rolled out in our area. It’s all hands to the pump and it’s a full house! Nice as we knew it would be :)

      • mac1 4.1.2

        Good weather favours the Left but we will have the three week polling period again which will help to ameliorate any weather effect?

        • James Thrace 4.1.2.1

          That theory wasn’t borne out so much on election day 2011. That was a stunner of a day nationwide and yet 800,000 still stayed home.

          • Whateva next? 4.1.2.1.1

            So, do we have ANY idea about how to inspire those people who felt “there is no point”? Be good for those to realise there is every point for those 800,000 to vote, we would still have our assets if even 150,000 of them had made it to the polling station……..ooooh I could cry about that.

            • Lanthanide 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Actually if either (but weirdly, not both, due to maths) peter Dunne or John Banks had lost their seat to any other party, including National, then National would have only had 60 seats in favour of asset sales, and not the required 61.

              So just a few thousand in either of those seats could have halted asset sales.

          • mac1 4.1.2.1.2

            James Thrace, more prospective voters of the Left turn out when the weather is good- simple effect based on availability of transport and keeping dry, and on health. Doesn’t mean they’ll win though- just that more will turn out than if it were poor weather.

            Why did fewer people turn out in 2011? Perception of your party’s chances plays a part. Easier to turn out if you think you’re in with a chance. Harder to turn out if you’re pissed off with your team.

            Harder to turn out if the polls are predicting your team to lose which in turn is harder for the Left as the polls’ margins of error seem to favour the Right.

            A constant reiteration of negativity towards politicians and politics does not help- the old “Don’t vote. It only encourages them” canard. Voter registration rules do not help the Left.

            Voting by post helps increase turnout but favours the Right. The media favour the Right.

            The Left has to work harder and organise more. We can be very good at that, with motivation and understanding of the part that politicians can play in our lives, and how important that is.Then we must educate and persuade our fellow voters of this, by talking, getting involved in campaign organisations, getting our own understanding, knowledge and arguments better learnt to share.

            It’s about fairness, employment, better wages and working conditions, freedom and opportunity, education, health and social inclusion, peace and shared prosperity.

            Simple, really.

            Had our first LEC meeting of the campaign tonight- knowing when the election date actually is made a difference in focus and determination. “The sound of the guns can now be heard, and we must march towards them.”

  4. greywarbler 5

    I thought it would be interesting to get some comparisons of fine weather days in September, October, November over last ten years. But my search skills are inadequate for the task so will have to leave for now.

    Perhaps the whole thing could be done nearer the beginning of the year after school had gone back. March/April? It would require a one-off approval I guess to increase the term of one government for extra months.

    Perhaps we should be thinking about having a four year term anyway? And change election time to summer at that stage.

  5. Clemgeopin 6

    For the left…..It has to be about policies which are fair for ALL to make NZ a great and better nation once again without getting bogged down by the pro mega wealthy and pro crooked corporate National/ACT..

    It is not just the economy, but social, economic and environmental policies for people to sit up, take notice and vote enthusiastically.

    Will the left, but particularly the great Labour party be able to deliver on this? I think they will. Watch the space.

    Bring it on!

    • Clemgeopin 6.1

      Oops…The third line should read,

      National/ACT generated spin and distractions.

  6. Tombstone 7

    bring it on! time to send that bastard Key and mates packing. Labour – get your shit together and make these bastards work for every vote they get because this country cannot afford another 3 years of National. now let’s get the job done!

  7. ghostwhowalksnz 8

    And when is the John Banks trial on corruption charges happening ?

    They wouldnt want a bye election held in election year under any circumstances. As the rules stop a bye election 6 months ? before a general election, makes that little problem go away

    Whats the bet the budget is timed so that Banks vote can pass the main budget before the case is heard, just in case !

    • Skinny 8.1

      The Ghost is alive and well. Yes it’s all about Banks more ‘tricky’ distraction talk about the G8 summit and slamming Winston to boot about holding the Country to ransom.

      Key will be hoping the flag referendum will bring out the ‘one’ New Zealand feel good fuzzy vibe which the instigating party should reap by way of votes e.g black flag silver fern.

      Tricky is as tricky does!

      • PapaMike 8.1.1

        Flag referendum is off until after the election then a multi party will look at it.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      *by-election.

      The rule is that if the by-election is to happen within 6 months of the general election date, parliament may vote to leave the seat vacant until the election. But it requires an active vote of parliament, and I believe a 66% vote threshold rather than the usual 50% + 1.

      However most politicians will vote in favour of avoiding the by-election in such a case, unless it’s a marginal seat and losing it could cause the downfall of the government, because by-elections cost a lot of money. Hone got a lot of flak for his by-election up north because he resigned 1 day before the 6 month window started.

  8. captain hook 9

    God Defend New Zealand.
    Especially on September 20.
    boot the rascals out.

  9. Ad 10

    WeeeeeeeeeHa!

    I just knew the joint was too politically boring to last

  10. drongo 11

    It will be a difficult fight but Key and National have the upper hand. I’m afraid David Cunliffe will tender his resignation as labour leader around 11.30pm on September 20.

    A third term for Key is looking good.

    • Clemgeopin 11.1

      [Quote : A third term for Key is looking good]

      I actually think it will be a turd time for Key and his Nat/ACT capitalist supporting crooks. Just watch.

  11. sweetie 12

    Should I step up my copy and pasting of anti Key shit on Trade Me? Mikey, Nanagee and old Mad Mary have all gone now.

  12. phil 13

    xox
    Less hype about Nat and Lab. The only poll is election day. The pollsters should be banned until after the election. Just like some countries.

    • Thunderclap Newtown 13.1

      Which other countries ban polling this far out from election day? Just curious.

  13. bad12 14

    The scene is set, for all the foot pounding, phone ringing, and, letter box stuffing this all might come down to two simple questions,

    Can Julie Ann Genter convince the 4000 odd Green Party voters in the Epsom electorate to cast an electorate vote for the National Party candidate,

    And,

    Can Annette Sykes kick Te Ururoa Flavells tiro outta the Waiariki electorate…

    • karol 14.1

      Hmmmm…. I’m not a Green Party member, but is there a way for a non-member to help with such campaigns out of one’s own electorate?

      • risildowgtn 14.1.1

        Hi Karol

        I suggest you ring your local Green party branch or email them through their website-
        I’ll be helping Greens or Labour cos i want the torys out

        • karol 14.1.1.1

          Yes, was thinking to do that. I want to do something to help – Greens, Mana, Labour…. Greens mostly.

    • Skinny 14.2

      Yip I know 2 who will!

    • Clemgeopin 14.3

      General election 2011: Epsom.

      Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party Votes % ±%

      ACT John Banks 15,835 44.10 -11.96 939 2.55 -3.67
      National Paul Goldsmith 13,574 37.80 +15.96 23,725 64.52 +1.93
      Labour David Parker 3,751 10.45 -3.13 5,716 15.55 -4.54
      Green David Hay 2,160 6.01 -1.39 4,424 12.03 +5.10
      Conservative Simon Kan 342 0.95 +0.95 412 1.12 +1.12
      Independent Penny Bright 124 0.35 +0.35
      Mana Pat O'Dea 66 0.18 +0.18 91 0.16 +0.16
      Independent Matthew Goode 59 0.16 +0.16
      NZ First 959 2.61 +1.16
      Māori 217 0.59 +0.01
      Legalise Cannabis 118 0.32 +0.14
      United Future 116 0.32 -0.35
      Libertarianz 31 0.08 +0.03
      Alliance 12 0.03 -0.001
      Democrats 9 0.02 +0.01

      Informal votes 443 160

      Total Valid votes 35,911 36,769

      ACT hold Majority 2,261 6.30 -27.92

      Electorate (as at 26 November 2011): 48,761

      Here at the last election, the well known politician and Ex-Mayor of Auckland, Banks received only 15, 835 votes which was a drop of about 12% compared to Rodney Hide in 2008. Banks had a lead of only 2,261 which was a 28% drop! I think the new unknown ACT candidate will probably get even less. So, to be on the safe side, why not be bold, brazen, open and ask all the Green party and Labour party supporters to consider giving their ELECTORATE votes (about 2,160+3,751=5911) to the National party candidate to try and shut ACT out and completely deprive a coalition partner for the nasty Nats? I think that will be a worthy tactical sacrifice of the electorate votes (because the Green and Lab candidates will lose anyway in Epsom) to offset the dirty tactical maneuver between National and ACT.

      • Bearded Git 14.3.1

        +100

        Keep shouting this from the rooftops Clem.

      • hoom 14.3.2

        <- Proudly Electorate voted National in Epsom.

      • bad12 14.3.3

        Yes i have been posting comments on this very means of ‘tactically’ kneecapping National’s gerrymandering of the Epsom electorate throughout the present Parliaments term,

        Both candidates, the Green Parties Julie Ann Genter and,(i assume),Labour’s David Parker only need convince voters they and the support workers identify as voters indicating they will Party vote for either Labour or the Green Parties to cast their electorate vote for National in the Epsom electorate,

        It may take quite a bit of nose holding by Labour/Green voters in the Epsom electorate, but, surely when the result of such a ‘tactical vote’ is explained there could be few who would refuse such an opportunity,

        i have still failed to get my head around the 2011 result of the Epsom contest, did either David Hay or David Parker really believe that they could win the majority of the electorate vote or were they both ‘above’ seeing ‘tactical voting’ as a legitimate electoral tool…

        • You_Fool 14.3.3.1

          Labour and The Greens try and not get involved in the dirty politics of tactical voting in electorates. Whether this is a good thing or not is a different question, but it is the same reasoning as the whole “we will not discuss coalitions until after the people have spoken.”

          • bad12 14.3.3.1.1

            Whats dirty about tactical voting, in an MMP enviroment i would suggest that it is more then a bit dense to not consider tactics when considering just who and how to vote,

            It was i would suggest tactical voting that just about stole the 2011 election out from under Nationals nose in 2011,

            While everyman and his dog was calling a vote for NZFirst ‘wasted’ leading into the 2011 contest many of us seen the opportunity in pushing NZFirst not only as the means of ensuring National would not have the numbers to Govern alone but also as a means of stopping National governing at all…

        • Clemgeopin 14.3.3.2

          May be Labour and the Greens (Parker and Hays) were worried about some kind of imaginary backlash? I think by now most people know how MMP works in the formation of governments and will do the needful if unequivocally encouraged and prompted by the parties and the candidates.

  14. risildowgtn 15

    Tory’s be hard pressed to win in Christchurch :)

    the way these batasscrazee right wing nuts carry on its as if they have a HUGE majority- theres only a1 seat majority…. we can do this….

    • Bearded Git 15.1

      “Hard pressed to win in Chch”

      I reckon a major swing to left will happen in Chch after their handling of the earthquake has soured. But National is also in trouble in Wellington (the “dying” comment), in Dunedin (Hillside and the Invermay both controversially closed), in the East Cape (unitary authority plans) and on the West Coast (poor handling of Pike).

      Not sure if the opinion polls pick this up. Maybe the undecideds will swing left on the above issues.

      • Clemgeopin 15.1.1

        Only if they and the missing million bother or are enticed to turn up to vote!

      • Lanthanide 15.1.2

        National basically won the last election on the back of the rightward swing in Christchurch.

        But we’re a pendulum, you see…

        • lprent 15.1.2.1

          Could be a bit of a problem for them in ChCh this time in that case. People I know down there who’d normally not vote left are pretty damn pissed off with National (and Gerry in particular).

          Fortunately for National, the refugees in Auckland seem to be somewhat more toxic about National because what their parents and family are going through. So it probably means that the backlash down south will be diminished.

          However in both groups, I get the idea that the only problem they have is that they don’t know who they’d vote for (they know who they’re voting against).

          • Sacha 15.1.2.1.1

            “they don’t know who they’d vote for (they know who they’re voting against)”

            an unfortunately accurate summary of the problem.

  15. Whateva next? 16

    And what a great start with Gower and Garner today both standing up for integrity instead of supporting the corruption and spin the National party insult us with daily.I am heartened

  16. freedom 17

    an updated election countdown for the endless bookmarks we all grow

  17. happynz 18

    My daughter turns 18 years-old on 4 September. Will she be eligible to vote?

  18. Whateva next? 19

    Clemgeopin, Garner on Radiolive talking about Collins/ oravida and Gower suggesting Key has been ” tricky” with donations by dining…

    • Clemgeopin 19.1

      Ok, thanks.

      As Aristotle (384 BCE – 322 BCE) remarked : “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

      Going by their past record, I am skeptical. I would like to wait and see if these two so called journalists/commentators, along with many others in the MSM, are objective, fair and neutral in their reporting from now on and during the election period or try to influence the voters according to their own whims, fancies spin and anti left nastiness to suit their own agenda.

  19. fight back 20

    Well well A true national govt election date, a real dead line coincides nicely with the all the 50s 60s and seventies era dead national voters who would have been voting if they were still alive just shows how past it this Keyster is as a popular PM ? IN WHOS ARCHAIC book is he any way
    Lets get ready for a progressive govt that will drag us away from this sham that has made the banks rich and put most businesses and workers against the wall of compliance to the corporate regime that is killing free enterprise and human rights
    Vote out the govt that steals our children and kills the working mans right to stand up for a decent living wage, $14 blah an hour an effing joke but note funny FO Key

  20. felix 21

    Credit to Mr Key where it’s due for calling an early election.

    The sooner we get rid of him the better.

  21. greywarbler 22

    David Cunliffe this morning – impressive. Power, integrity, good policies, positivity, believability. Trivia dismissed – that is yesterday’s concern. Vision, integrity, passion.

    Start feeding anecdotes now about real people who will be improving their situation under Labour and how. How will the numerous small but incentivising policies work. Bigger ones later, once the costing is done and checked by objective economists.

    What will they do about Novopay? Education spokespeople say that the difficulties are costing schools. It is coming out of their budgets for operations grant so reducing it for other regular, known needs. One thing apparently is for maintaining swiiming pools or accessing them wherever and teaching kids to swim, or how to cope and stay alive in the water. Likely they have to cut into this to cope with Novopay. A poor quip, ‘Schools can’t teach children to float, because they are too busy coping with keeping the NACT government afloat’.

    Perhaps the person who will get training for a job that is there, and go immediately into a job they have been matched to once they pass their training. A glance to small business with a week’s orientation into the job on the government, ie first week free to business while they set the new employee into position with proper induction and a buddy. Then for business, a drop in company tax for taking on a new employee, and another for taking on an apprentice under the proper training regime to finally get a ticket, after 1-2? years training including polytech block courses.

    Plenty of good news realistic tales. And the bigger ones, like a system for stabilising our exchange rates against the financial rats eating into our bags of money and peeing on the contents, would be welcomed if in time they could come forward.

  22. Tracey 23

    Tax take down for 3 to 4 months in a row. Deficit bigger than expected and… The Crown’s net debt was a bigger than expected $59.9 billion, or 27.7 per cent of gross domestic product, while gross debt was below forecast at $83.33 billion, or 38.6 per cent of GDP.

    guess the want an election before people realise the 2015 surplus is a mirage and the great economic recovery and job increases are the biggest lies of all.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 23.1

      ‘They’ who voted Key in last time believing/preferring Key’s lies over Goff who was being realistic, honest and sensible saying the surplus would take a few years longer to achieve (& Labour would have achieved it) need to think about that when making their decisions this election.

      All I can say is I hope ‘they’ve’ learned.

      • Tracey 23.1.1

        Interesting claims more people are in work cos they are not on welfare anymore BUT not reflected in the tax take…

        • fender 23.1.1.1

          Yeah I want the “1500 people a week going off welfare” claim scrutinised in great detail..

  23. sheeprus 24

    I don’t know enough about politics to know who to vote for. I just go in and tick wherever it feels good

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  • DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014
    Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill. Need a reason to march on 8 November? Check out Professor Jane Kelsey’s latest blog. Updates on what is on where: Auckland – speakers include...
    NZ – Not for sale | 21-10
  • The Security Council and free trade
    Last week, New Zealand won a seat on the United Nations Security Council. And over the weekend the New Zealand business community made it clear what they wanted from the position:A business director says New Zealand's new seat on the...
    No Right Turn | 21-10
  • World News Brief, Tuesday October 21
    Top of the AgendaU.S. Army Drops Weapons to Kurdish Forces...
    Pundit | 20-10
  • National’s failure on housing
    A year ago National passed the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013. In his speech introducing the bill, then-Housing Minister Nick Smith laid down some clear targets: It is an ambitious agreement, and sets out a plan to...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Life isn’t fair. But it should be.
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) I was not an angelic child. My mother...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • ECAN, Fed Farmers and Dairy NZ – Plotting to reduce water quality
    What does National’s resounding election win mean for our rivers? As we found in our review of the Government’s water quality framework, we have serious reasons to doubt their commitment to ‘maintain or improve our waterways’. Our concerns are growing...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • A new left-leaning blog
    I am pleased to announce the launch of a new blogsite catering for those who want something more than the fare currently being offered by left-leaning sites like The Daily Blog and The Standard....
    Imperator Fish | 20-10
  • Ebola and the criminal passivity of the Great Powers
    The presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, three Ebola-stricken West African nations, made urgent pleas for money, doctors and hospital beds.  The UN Ebola envoy said 20 times more was needed to counter the epidemic.  The U.S. director of...
    Redline | 20-10
  • New Zealand, ISIL, and suspicious behaviour
    The government has announced a review of how New Zealand might deal with foreign fighters in the future in response to what is happening currently in Iraq and Syria. There are some interesting titbits in the press release in terms...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. The leaked drafts pertain to the May...
    Gordon Campbell | 20-10
  • Access: Art and disability: a festival
    The three-day InterACT 2014 Disability Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow at Auckland's Corban Estate and, in its fourth year, provides an intriguing mix of established artists and joyous, unbridled inclusion.One one hand, there are the gala nights on Thursday and...
    Public Address | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
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  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
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    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
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