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The right’s fear of democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 pm, March 13th, 2013 - 174 comments
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Four hundred thousand people don’t want asset sales. In fact they don’t just not want asset sales they want every voter in New Zealand to have the chance to cast a vote for or against asset sales. And National wants to discredit them. In fact it’s vital that National discredits them because the referendum looms as a huge political threat to them.

How big a threat? Well think about it. The referendum process and the referendum itself will take weeks, perhaps even months and every time it comes up in a story voters will be reminded that the government is flogging their assets and that they are willing to ignore the wishes of the electorate to do so. That’s the core of a narrative of a government that is out of touch. And that is one of the most damaging brands a government can have in a democracy.

So how scared are they? Well National are throwing every narrative they can at it in a desperate attempt to get something to stick. They’ve tried “it’s a waste of time because we’re selling anyway”, but that didn’t work, in fact it just made them look (heh) out of touch, so they tried claiming the signatures were dodgy, but the problem with that is that the petition will be officially endorsed as reaching the limit so that just looks a bit disingenuous. Oh, and they tried claiming the election was a mandate because Labour made it such a big issue, but nobody’s buying that because everyone know labour didn’t lose because of assets they lost because their campaign sucked and they had Phil Goff as a leader.

Which leaves them with nothing but the old national-party-research-unit-via-third-party smear campaign. “Look” they get their proxies to cry, “look at these leaked documents showing public money being spent on this referendum, oh and unions! boo!”.

Of course the problem with this is that the money spent by the Greens and Labour on this petition would have been spent by them on this kind of thing anyway. In fact I’d suggest that spending dollars on helping get Kiwis a say on their assets is more acceptable to the electorate than a party spending that money on, say, regular polling by a guy who also runs a blog that (and now we’re full circle) roll out smear campaigns against democratic processes. As an aside, I note David Farrar has described this as “The taxpayer purchased referendum”. The Greens have been very open about how they are spending parliamentary funds on this. Perhaps David would like to follow their example of transparency and let us know how much parliamentary funding he has been paid over the years. (Perhaps he could title the post “The taxpayer purchased blogger).

But back to the document in question. I have no doubt that someone in Labour’s top team would be stupid enough to leak something like this for some cleverdick tactical reason (just wait for Trevor or Phil to start whispering that it’s Cunliffe – despite the fact this is a document that only the leadership team would have), but it looks like a work of fiction to me. Or perhaps the work of a junior staffer playing out some masters of the universe fantasy. If only because no experienced Labour hack would have made such a ridiculous assertion about pressuring the unions. Simply because the unions would have told them to fuck off. And they know it.

But that’s all by the by because, unfortunately for National, everyone sees through this kind of behaviour to their motivation. And that motivation is their fear of democracy.

174 comments on “The right’s fear of democracy”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Seen that same fear from some of those on the left as well. Just look at how many of them rail against using binding referendums regularly to decide policy.

  2. Matthew Hooton 2

    I think this is a bit of a silly post. The right doesn’t fear democracy on this issue. I am sure the referendum will be held within a year as required by law. And in fact the right doesn’t fear democracy (at the present time) generally. Who would win a snap election held in a month’s time?

    • IrishBill 2.1

      Nobody cares what you think Matthew. Because it doesn’t matter.

      • Rogue Trooper 2.1.1

        Ha! Great Post Irish; loved “the tax-payer purchased blogger”

        • Tigger 2.1.1.1

          Of course the right fears democracy on this issue. It fears democracy. Always.

          Great post IB. If Hooten’s calling it ‘silly’ you hit a nerve.

    • xtasy 2.2

      Matthew – you are right!

      The right does not fear democracy, it simply does not give a damn about democracy! Hence they will let the referendum be held, ridicule it as a waste of tax payer money, ignore or ridicule the outcome (low numbers, all just typical lefties, bla, bla) and move on with whatever their agenda is – disregarding.

      When the Mixed Ownership Bill was before Select Committee, they ignored the fact that almost all submitters opposed the law change and proposed partial asset sales. They did not care and moved ahead.

      John Key will also not give a damn about what the public may think about letting Sky City build a convention centre for so many extra pokies and tables, same as he does not give a damn about so much else.

      NZ is a farcical “shambolocracy” rather than a true democracy, also due to a virtually non-esistent 4th estate, that is by and large blind on one eye.

    • Colonial Viper 2.3

      Who would win a snap election held in a month’s time?

      Not the Maori Party and not Act. The Hair, probably. And also likely the Greens.

    • bad12 2.4

      Speak oh organ grinders monkey, does the scrapping of the Canterbury regional council and the threats to Auckland City Council over land availability/housing issues make this Slippery lead National Governments record on democracy something proud to hold befor the people of New Zealand,

      Pffftt, a snap election, was it painful to have dragged that little gem out from deep in your anal cavity, Slippery and Bill wouldn’t go anywhere near a snap election and only a tosser would suggest they would…

    • North 2.5

      Have a lovely mind’s eye picture of you as you made your “bit of a silly…..” response Mr Hooton.

      Much like the Key visage when faced with something which rings true. Lips pursed into a semi-effete quarter-smile, deny, belittle, move on.

      He and you must have been bastards of children around the state house kitchen table. Had your mothers on librium I daresay.

      Interesting that you do not exclude the right embracing fear of democracy at some point.

    • muzza 2.6

      And in fact the right doesn’t fear democracy (at the present time) generally

      Thats a rather interesting comment Matthew!

      Could you mean *the right* does not fear democracy presently, because the sick joke , is that we have nothing even close to democracy in NZ, and as a sold out member of the media, you know that!

      Makes you feel warm, to be involved the way you are eh Matthew!

      • TheContrarian 2.6.1

        ” is that we have nothing even close to democracy in NZ”

        Utter bullshit. NZ has a fully participatory democracy. Representative but not direct democracy granted.

      • TheContrarian 2.6.2

        Due to lack of edit button I’ll re-edit here:

        Utter bullshit. NZ has a participatory democracy though representative and not direct democracy granted.

        To see we ‘have nothing close to democracy’ is complete horseshit.

      • Matthew Hooton 2.6.3

        The right definitely feared democracy in 1999, just as the Helen Clark regime feared it in 2008, and Muldoon feared it in 1984. John Key doesn’t fear it now. That was my point.

        • framu 2.6.3.1

          either fear or utter contempt – theyre sure doing a lot to pull it apart and weaken it though.

        • xtasy 2.6.3.2

          Key seems to fear the OIA though, as his government is not keen on taking on board suggestions by the Law Commission, to reform that Act. The OIA requests have increasingly been treated with contempt by many government agencies over many years now, and this shows, they do not like transparency and accountability. They do not like the people to know what government and the executive are doing.

          Hence the Ombudsman’s Office is being overwhelmed with complaints and requests.

          Also the Health and Disability Commissioner does not seem to be too keen to address many issues, hence fewer and fewer investigations there also.

          Legal Aid is being tightened, so fewer can claim aid to pursue civil claims also, against government agencies and departments not doing their job, or doing it wrongly or not at all.

          There is a pattern of neglect, of cover ups and of restrictions of rights of citizens, and this government is silently quite happy with it.

          So that tells me the Nats and Key are introducing a “Soft Dictatorship” by stealth, and that shows their dim view of democracy!

    • ianmac 2.7

      Matthew. I don’t agree with some of your politics but I think what you say is reasonable and worth considering. It would be silly if we ridicule your position without thinking.
      I think that if he continues to denigrate the Referendum it might just cause some people to believe that he disrespects the people and their opinions. Could be corrosive.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.8

      The right doesn’t fear democracy on this issue.

      You’re right, they don’t – they just do everything in their power to circumvent it, ignore and generally to render it powerless. If they didn’t then there wouldn’t rich people anymore as we’d actually end up with a rational economy that looked after everybody rather than giving all the wealth to the few.

    • Mary 2.9

      The right do fear democracy. It’s just that they’ve masked that fear in its attempt at a tough response to the 400k odd signatures by saying the asset sales will go ahead regardless of the referendum result “because they’re not binding”. If the right did not fear democracy it wouldn’t be scared to act on the referendum result. You’re confusing listening properly to what the people say and being prepared to act on that, with “letting the people have a bleat because this silly law says that we have to so the sooner we get it out of the way the sooner we can get on with the job of ignoring it”. The latter isn’t democracy. But it is how the right have responded to the 400k signatures.

      • Wayne 2.9.1

        This the kind of post that makes me laugh. Why on earth does the Left ( or at least those who post here) keep thinking they are the only true guardians of democracy, but that the Right are a group of proto totalitarians.

        In truth the ideals of democracy are embedded right across the full spectrum of NZ society, except the most extreme fringes, and you never see them in Parliament.

        An interminable argument about whether or not there is an electoral mandate for assets sales kind of proves the point. Both sides of the argument beleive they have democracy on their side.

        • TheContrarian 2.9.1.1

          And both sides claim the other to be totalitarian monsters

        • Draco T Bastard 2.9.1.2

          Why on earth does the Left ( or at least those who post here) keep thinking they are the only true guardians of democracy, but that the Right are a group of proto totalitarians.

          Because that’s what the research tells us.

          In truth the ideals of democracy are embedded right across the full spectrum of NZ society, except the most extreme fringes, and you never see them in Parliament.

          Except when National are in power – Firing of ECAN and the removal of democracy for Canterbury, their new attack on the Auckland SuperCity, Muldoon, etc, etc.

          An interminable argument about whether or not there is an electoral mandate for assets sales kind of proves the point. Both sides of the argument beleive they have democracy on their side.

          And one side is wrong. It happens to be the political right which is reverting to dictatorial type and selling the infrastructure against the will of the people.

        • Mary 2.9.1.3

          And it always makes me laugh that whenever someone decides that the left has got it wrong they’ll very rarely address the precise points made preferring instead to make broad generalisations about some group that for the purposes of the discussion exist only in their head.

    • rob 2.10

      You are right because they have the devine right to rule
      Don’t they

  3. karol 3

    Irish: But back to the document in question. I have no doubt that someone in Labour’s top team would be stupid enough to leak something like this for some cleverdick tactical reason (just wait for Trevor or Phil to start whispering that it’s Cunliffe – despite the fact this is a document that only the leadership team would have), but it looks like a work of fiction to me.

    Irish, I’m confused. What documents are you referring to? The link in the post just defaults to The Standard mainpage.

    I agree, though n the NAct fear of democracy and attempts to smear the referendum process.

  4. Bill 4

    That link to whatever piece about leaked documents links back to the top of the post IB.

    • IrishBill 4.1

      I’ve fixed it now. You’d think after six years of this even I’d figure out how to get a link to work properly the first time.

  5. Phaedrus 5

    There’s a small matter of the $1million plus being spent to advertise the assets. Obviously that’s OK to the pro-sales brigade.

    • TightyRighty 5.1

      It’s to advertise how to buy them. Similar to te millions spent by labour on advertising WFF. So you wouldn’t spend money on a trademe listing but your cool with putting a big neon sign above your house saying “burgle me”?

  6. thor42 6

    The right’s “fear of democracy”?

    What nonsense.

    There has already been a referendum on asset sales – it was called the 2011 election.

    Gee – even *Phil Goff* the Labour leader at that time – said that the election “would be a referendum on asset sales”.
    How “inconvenient” for you guys that I point that out.

    National campaigned on asset sales, the election came along, and National won. End of story. THAT is “democracy”. It’s too late now to whine about the election result.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      *laugh*

      Here comes good old thor42, friend of Breivik.

      You know what else was endorsed in the last election? The Nats deal with the Maori Party and the constitutional convention that your idiotic mate Ansell is all waily waily about.

      • thor42 6.1.1

        Uh – the “convention” hasn’t been finalised yet, in case you hadn’t heard.

        By the way – do you have anything else to offer other than abuse? Uh…. “reasoned argument”, perhaps?

        • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.1

          An analogy is a form of argument Thor.

          You claimed that the election settled everything because the National party is a part of the government that has the confidence of the house.

          By the same argument, the maori Party is a part of the government.

        • IrishBill 6.1.1.2

          Phil sucked. And the fact he’s still a key strategic advisor is why Labour still suck. Act campaigned exclusively on free market principles and get tough on crime and were decimated – I assume you now accept that both of these outlooks are invalid?

        • bad12 6.1.1.3

          Denigration for you is always deserved, reasoned argument is reserved for internal debate, for you dipped in s**t is an absolute necessity just to better aquaint you with your position in the great scheme of things…

    • bad12 6.2

      Got a link to that assertion that Phill Goff said the 2011 election was a referendum on asset sales, 2014 is going to be the report card on this Slippery National Governments FAILURE to among other things abide by the upcoming referendum’s vote of NO to asset sales,

      At that point it is bye bye National for another 9 in the sin-bin…

        • Bill 6.2.1.1

          Somebody saying that somebody said isn’t somebody saying, if you follow.

            • Jackal 6.2.1.1.1.1

              That’s not evidence that Phil Goff said the election “would be a referendum on asset sales”. What he did say was:

              Mr Goff said Prime Minister John Key had made this year’s election a referendum on whether New Zealanders wanted to see their most important strategic assets sold.

              John Key did in fact say the election would be a referendum on asset sales, and National has continued that line assertion ever since. Goff acknowledging that fact is not an implicit agreement that the last election was all that was required to give National a mandate for partial privatisation.

              A referendum on the issue would give the government a clear indication of whether the National had a mandate or not, and National is intent on dismissing the petition and ignoring the referendum because they know it won’t go their way.

              So, while knowing the majority of the public doesn’t want asset sales, National is going ahead with them anyway, and spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in order to undertake their dictatorial policy.

              In my opinion, anybody who accepts such undemocratic process needs their heads read.

    • gobsmacked 6.3

      I’d like to thank all right-wingers for constantly saying “Labour won, end of story” during 9 years of Helen Clark’s government.

      Being a silly democrat, I’d say that being engaged in the debate and campaigning for change is thoroughly democratic, at any time. But you guys don’t think that, so you said nothing critical at all, for nine long years. End of story (as in, fiction).

    • framu 6.4

      ” the election came along, and National won. End of story. THAT is “democracy””

      no – thats not democracy. Thats an election result

      which is also different to a referendum

      and national didnt win, the got below 50%.

      —————————————————–

      For christs sake we arent a FPP democracy anymore! There isnt even a law that states the party with the most seats gets to form the coalition – its merely a social nicety that we follow.

      ALL national did was be the first to from a coalition that had a majority of votes in parliament – yes their election result gave them the muscle to be the most likely to do it, but thats all it was.

      All an election under MMP does is give an allocation of seats, once the ruling coalition is formed the coalition then have the mandate to govern – the coalition (usually led by the biggest party in that coalition), not the biggest party in and of itself.

      And putting all of that aside – democracy ISNT ticking a box once every three years and then shutting up. As someone lower down mentioned, thats a revolving dictatorship.

    • Don't worry be happy 6.5

      Last election, Phil Goff was the alleged Labour ‘leader’…just like the the current apology for a man.

      By definition a leader must be out in front…either literally or metaphorically.

      Neither of these ‘leaders’ could win a raffle let alone an election.

  7. AmaKiwi 7

    More Labour MPs are not the solution. Labour MPs are part of the problem.

    ALL MPs hate democracy. If they win the treasury benches they expect to wield absolute power.

    I have asked EVERY top Labour MP from David Lange to the present. Each scoffs at any changes that will restrain parliament’s power.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      More Labour MPs are not the solution. Labour MPs are part of the problem.

      ALL MPs hate democracy. If they win the treasury benches they expect to wield absolute power.

      QFT

      And it’s time we, as the people of this country, put some restraints on parliamentary power and sought to hold parliament accountable and we won’t get that voting either of the main two parties.

      • AmaKiwi 7.1.1

        As one who has put in the hard yards for Labour over many years, I am sorry to say I am coming to the same conclusion.

  8. thor42 8

    Will Labour buy back the 49% of the assets sold?
    Yes or no?

    If yes – why?

    The government will *still have control* of all assets by keeping *51%* of them.

    What would be gained by buying back the other 49%? Not “control” – they already have it!

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      What do you think people are buying them for Thor?

      This sort of brain power demonstrates the, err, intellectual depth of the cultural conservative movement. I think you’d be more comfortable over at crusader rabbits place, hiding from the moslem hordes mate. But watch out for the SIS.

      • thor42 8.1.1

        They are buying them for PROFIT, my dear “Pascal’s bookie”.

        Ooooooh… “profit”. Dirty word – must wash my mouth out…..

        Oh, and btw – my dislike of Islam is exactly the same as the dislike that the *apostates* from Islam have of it.

        Are they lying, dear P.B.? Do you know something that they do not?

        • IrishBill 8.1.1.1

          I’m actually not in favour of buying them back. I want to see them regulated to massively reduce the price of electricity to Kiwi consumers. A rate akin to that enjoyed by the Australians or the Yanks would be a good start.

          • Lew 8.1.1.1.1

            I like the blitzkrieg cunning of Patrick Reynolds’ idea that a future left government should sell the other half and use the revenue to fund distributed solar generation, and mandate feed-in tariffs so individual households can undercut the value of hydro.

            L

            • Jackal 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Amusing! However that would most benefit people who already own property. Better to retain the assets and use their profits to once again subsidize things the public needs like solar installations… Over time more solar would be able to be installed, because the SOEs dividends were greater even during the recession than the reduced interest payments on government debt that Treasury has predicted.

        • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.2

          Well there’s your answer then thor. #derp

          Your dislike of Islam led you to say that the mass murder of liberal western democrats by a ‘cultural conservative’ was inevitable, among other things. And yet you lecture others about democracy?

          Piss off.

          • thor42 8.1.1.2.1

            Dear P.B. – you really should enlighten yourself on what is happening in Europe. The Swedish parliament, for example.

            The parties in power in Sweden refuse to work with the Swedish Democrats party because they are anti-immigration (and they see that, in the usual twisted lefty logic, as being “racist”).

            So – when people have VALID concerns about immigration and they are ignored (and even *disenfranchised*, as we see in Sweden) – then is it *really* a surprise that such things happen?

            • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.2.1.1

              How are people disenfranchised if they can elect people to parliament thor?

              How does that even make sense?

              The Swedish Democrats campaign on their cultural conservative issue, the elections come along, and they lose. End of story. THAT is “democracy”. It’s too late now to whine about the election result.

              Are you saying that because they lose then it makes sense that obviously those losers are going to tool up and murder a bunch of teenagers from their political opponent’s party?

  9. thor42 9

    *Laugh* – here comes Pascal’s bookie – friend of Lenin.

    So – your mate Phil Goff was LYING then when he said that the election would be “a referendum on asset sales”?

    Yes or no? Put up or shut up.

    • Pascal's bookie 9.1

      Can’t even work out how threads work. *laughs MOAR*

    • bad12 9.2

      Are you t**lling, where are your facts, have you got a link to this assertion that Phill goff said the 2011 election was a referendum on asset sales…

        • Bill 9.2.1.1

          Posted a response above, but here we go again. There is no quote from Phil Goff in that link saying the election would be a referendum on asset sales.

          • thor42 9.2.1.1.1

            In the document at that link –

            “Mr Goff said Prime Minister John Key had made this year’s election a referendum on whether New Zealanders wanted to see their most important strategic assets sold”.

            • thor42 9.2.1.1.1.1

              As you can see – Goff said that Key had made it a referendum, so (taking the former Labour leader at his word), I guess it *was* a referendum.

            • Bill 9.2.1.1.1.2

              And where is the quote of Phil Goff saying such a thing? There isn’t one. Whoever wrote the report claims that Phil Goff said that John Key said. That isn’t a quote. And that makes it a big fat nothing. It’s a ‘he said she said’ thing – hearsay. Bollox in other words

              • alwyn

                I tried putting this link to Phil saying the election WAS a referendum a bit further down but my fingers weren’t typing properly and the edit function wasn’t working so I couldn’t fix it.
                Anyway here is a transcript of a talkback Phil took part in where he directly said that the election was a referendum on Asset sales. The relevant comment is at 6.55

                http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php?option=com_altcaster&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=f677a55387&ipod=y

                “This election is a referendum on whether we should sale(sic) assets …”.
                It would appear it isn’t hearsay and it isn’t Bollox .

                Please God let the link work this time.

        • Murray Olsen 9.2.1.2

          WhaleSpew is not a valid reference. It is more akin to a collection of data by someone researching the relationship between Tory hate politics and mental retardation.
          Phil Goff is not my friend. I don’t care what he said.
          Why do Kiwis pay 3 or 4 times as much for power as Queenslanders? I expect that power prices will rise in both, due to privatisations, but that the differential will remain about the same.
          What’s wrong with Muslims?

  10. Anne 10

    Having read the document IB… why do you think it’s a fake? I agree though that it looks like the work of some enthusiastic and naive newbie whose feet weren’t touching the ground at the time. And where in the document was the pressuring of the unions?

    Of course David Farrar is trying to create the aura of a tax payer funded rort out of nothing, which just shows how concerned they are about the referendum. If indeed there was a rort do you think it would be left to that obnoxious pratt Farrar to bang on about it? Of course not. A complaint would have been lodged with the AG by now. It would be all over the news.

  11. KJT 11

    It is not just the “Right” that are scared of democracy, unfortunately.

    Too many on the “Left” are also happy with our rotating dictatorship, so long as they get their turn.

    Calling our present system of Governance “democracy” is laughable.

    The minimum requirement for democracy is BCIR, (with a reasonable threshold for signatures, not the current one set to make CIR almost impossible) and recall elections.

    Anthony Robins on this blog is, sadly, one of the many on the “left” who are confused about the meaning of leadership and democracy.
    “That’s a very slippery slope, especially with the given point that “plenty of bad policies are popular”. Sometimes leadership means doing the unpopular thing because it is right””.

    No Anthony! leadership means you get the chance to persuade people that your policies are “right”. Who are you to dictate what is right or wrong to the rest of us.

    Which is our current problem with Labour. They are too scared of losing votes to “the centre” to start discussing what is “right”. And, like National, do not even believe in democracy within the party, let alone letting the rest of us have a say in our lives..

    I may agree with most of your policies, but if I believe they are correct I should have to convince the majority.

    And. “Even if we make the wrong decisions, it is our decision to make”. (No Right Turn, Blog).

    Research shows that majority referenda make more correct decisions, long term, than politicians, and they are more likely to reverse them, if they are proven not to work.

  12. thor42 12

    So – the fact that Labour and the Greens are still kicking up a fuss about *partial* asset sales shows one thing – they do not believe the former leader of the Labour party when he said that the election was a “referendum on asset sales”.

    • Bill 12.1

      Your link – which you have provided twice – contains no such quote from Phil Goff

    • North 12.2

      Even if you’re correct about Goff Towhatirua, note you’ve been transliterated, and it seems you’re not……..so bloody what. Foundation of referenda is Law baby…….suffer that and stop your pathetic whining. Congratulations on your pathetic silver-bullet (not) to the question of active democracy.

  13. KJT 13

    I disagree with our present immigration policy.

    No one asked New Zealanders if they wanted employers to use immigration to keep wages down, and save employers from the expense of training New Zealanders.

    No one asked us, if we wanted economic growth from growing the population, instead of raising living standards and wages.

    No one asked us about having to pay stupid prices for property in our own country, because of the “bring in a rich immigrant policy”. Many of whom seem to be crooks. We have enough of our own rich thieves already.

    No one asked us if we wanted another cultural invasion like the English one in the 50’s where we imported their adversarial industrial relations system, contempt for workers and tradespeople and class system..

    And. I am not bloody racist!

    My Chinese Aunt doesn’t think we should increase our population, by immigration, too much either.

    • KJT 13.1

      Now. If we had BCIR we could actually have a choice on the direction we want to go on immigration. Instead of it being dictated by big business who want a larger market.

      That is just one example.

    • AmaKiwi 13.2

      I say, “Put it to a referendum.”

      Define what limits you want on immigration and let everyone decide.

    • xtasy 13.3

      KJT – On this one I must agree with you. The immigration policy is made by Immigration NZ and government, who have had an agenda to keep wages down, and as that has driven many NZers offshore to Australia and elsewhere, they saw a desperate need to replace the skilled people and in some cases even low skilled people with a regular flow of willing and hopeful migrants, who are known to work the extra hour and extra bit, for little or no extra pay.

      The carrot of permanent residence has been dangled in front of many, and in some cases in a mischievous manner also, where hopeful migrants come here, never to see their dreams become true. They face exploitation, racism, ill-feeling by the remaining locals, because they are perceived to be responsible for the unsatisfactory working and pay conditions.

      The truth is the government, and even the last Labour goverments were guilty of this, has been using them to fill the gaps, to offer farmers, horticulturalists, forestry, fishing industry and many other industries, with willing, hard workers.

      And NZers – the public – have never been consulted on this, same as they were not consulted and listened to when it came to the Mixed Ownership Model for SOEs to be part sold.

      Voters vote sets of programs, when they vote for parties, and while many voters swallow some policies they do not like, for wanting other policies, then the politicians cannot claim that voters vote for every single policy that they proposed prior to elections.

    • xtasy 13.4

      KJT – “No one asked us if we wanted another cultural invasion like the English one in the 50′s where we imported their adversarial industrial relations system, contempt for workers and tradespeople and class system..”

      I do not agree with you on that one though.

      Instead I think the much hailed “Kiwi battler” has been abused by employers, and governments, to keep people “down” and force them to struggle, where things could be done smarter, easier and better, so that workers, incl. tradespeople, would not have to suffer and sacrifice health and wellbeing for no good reasons.

      I am afraid that the “adversarial” approach is in some cases the only way to remedy poor conditions, as the consultative, mediating approach does often get abused by the stronger party to disputes.

  14. thor42 14

    It’s interesting that a “fear of democracy” article should appear on a pro-Labour website when Labour themselves ignored the *87%* of “no” votes in the smacking referendum” –

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_citizens-initiated_referendum,_2009

    So – when Labour ignores a referendum, it’s “ok”.

    When National ignores one, it’s “anti-democratic”.

    • IrishBill 14.1

      What has your desire to beat your children have to do with this?

      • IrishBill 14.1.1

        Also, quick quiz, who was in government in 2009?

      • KJT 14.1.2

        I am sure that most of the 80 odd percent who voted against the anti-smacking bill, or as it is known in our neck of the woods, another stick for police to threaten poor people with, had no desire to beat their children.

        Where is the reduction in child abuse that was supposed to result?

        • Bill 14.1.2.1

          Did somebody claim it would lead to a reduction in child abuse? I thought the only claim was that sadistic bastards wouldn’t be able to mount a bullshit defence – a defence that would inadmissible if the parties were both adults. Anyway…

        • IrishBill 14.1.2.2

          It was about taking away a defense for people who were beating the living shit out of their kids, turning up in court pleading parental correction under section 59, and walking away scot free.

          • KJT 14.1.2.2.1

            It was actually illegal before the law change.

            • IrishBill 14.1.2.2.1.1

              And yet people were beating the living shit out of their kids, turning up in court pleading parental correction under section 59, and walking away scot free.

              • Herodotus

                So now you are against juries ? As 12 peers who heard these cases in full were wrong in making their decisions ? Next you will be promoting that court cases involving juries should be abolished, as you have no confidence in their decisions.
                If they walked free then their must have been some basis.
                So as mentioned before it is ok when your team (and national ) don’t listen to one referendum it is ok but when national don’t listen to this one then they are abusing democracy? I am confused in your logic or is that your ideology supersedes logic.
                And my understanding wa start smacking was not made illegal by the change, the only change was for the defence was removed for correctional purposes, there are still some instances when a smack is still permitted
                http://www.stupidlaws.com/it-is-illegal-to-spank-your-child/

                • The Al1en

                  “And my understanding wa start smacking was not made illegal by the change”

                  Not illegal, but something looked upon less as the normal, but more the actions of bad parents armed with antiquated systems of moderating their children.

                  “there are still some instances when a smack is still permitted”

                  In self defence, with reasonable force maybe, but not on our babies.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  “So now you are against juries ?”

                  He’s not blaming the juries for the law, silly.

                  • Herodotus (CV Supporter)

                    But to me IB is advocating for the S59 change because “guilty” people were getting off. So if that was the case then there is an issue in the current legal system that allows that. If the system was working correctly then there would be no case for the change in S59 as those who were acting beyond the law would have been found guilty of their crimes, as from the phrasing below that appears to have been the case. – Because “beating …” is precisely what IB is saying.
                    “It was about taking away a defense for people who were beating the living shit out of their kids, turning up in court pleading parental correction under section 59, and walking away scot free.”

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Not quite sure what you’re saying here.

                      There was a law that gave a defence against assault charges in certain circumstances. Juries were interpreting that law in ways that many people found to be abhorrent.

                      So to fix that, parliament changed the law.

                      Parliament didn’t say juries were getting it wrong, they said that the way the law was being interpreted by juries was making abhorrent things quite legal.

                      They didn’t want those abhorrent things to be legal, so they changed the law.

                    • Descendant Of Sssmith

                      I thought the question was asking whether it was appropriate to smack parents when correcting their bad behaviour. I’ve seen some really piss poor parenting and it seemed like a good idea.

                      Of course the good news is is that less parents are smacking their children – being less violent is good.

                      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10796068

                      Here’s a reference to some of the cases that successfully used that part of the legislation as a defence. And no fault attached to the jury – it was the law that needed changing.

                      http://www.acya.org.nz/site_resources/library/Documents/Reports_to_UN/S59_report_UNCROC_28Aug2003.rtf

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      better question would have been; “Should we make the baby jesus cry?”

                    • Descendant Of Sssmith

                      Pascal’s bookie …
                      14 March 2013 at 7:07 pm
                      better question would have been; “Should we make the baby jesus cry?”

                      Says so much in so few words. lol

                    • Herodotus

                      That reason was never given by sue Bradford for the change in law. Also as this post is regarding democracy, I never once heard national or labour during the election make any comment that both parties were to vote alone party lines. This was to be a conscience vote. As no undertaking was given how then does the process that occurred be viewed to be democracy in action?and Helen Clark never in the interveining period give reason as to why the whips were called in, key did give a flimsy reason as that national was supporting Chester burrows ammendments.
                      So as these parties never gave an indication that the vote was to follow party lines how was that democracy in action ?

                    • Descendant Of Sssmith

                      Conscience votes are part of democracy.

                      Democracy is not about majority rule it’s about electing representatives who will represent all the people.

                      All the people includes minorities and people who didn’t vote for you.

                      Parliament passes laws not the government. Government can only introduce laws to parliament.

                      There is a separation of power. There are procedures and processes such as select committee hearings and public submissions and research teams and more than one reading of legislation and debate to ensure that the government of the day does not have too much power.

                      That’s partly why also Key’s mandate line is so much crap.

                      The executive has no legal power to do anything or pass any laws.

                      That’s why theirignoring of normal processes, the ignoring of submissions at select committee, their taking of power away from other democratic institutions and taking it for themselves, the use of urgency for non urgent legislation to stifle opposition and the public, the increasing subjugation of parliament to public officials and politicians via ministerial direction and vesting excessive authority in public servants at both government and council level should be concerning.

                      And I don’t support Labour use urgency stupidly at the end of their last 9 years either.

              • QoT

                Three words which are forever branded on my brain: electric. jug. cord.

    • Murray Olsen 14.2

      Even before the law change, it was illegal to shoot kids at island holiday camps. Your nostalgia is affecting your memory. Put those guns away, please.

      • tracey 14.2.1

        but it wasn’t illegal to hit them with a metal pipe if you genuinely believed it was reasonable discipline.

    • xtasy 14.3

      thor42 – you have a point to argue there, but what got me angry re that referendum was the way the questions were asked. Few really properly understood it, and the “anti smacking legislation” as it was called, was never intended to “criminalise” parents.

      It was also not true that just any smacking was going to be prohibited.

      What the law change was intended to do, was to stop parents abuse kids by not just “correcting” their behaviour within reasonable means when a child may have needed to be “corrected” for causing immediate harm by over-reacting aggressively, but by disciplining a child separately by using brute violence as a means (e.g. hitting with a stick, the hand or whatever).

      Physical punishment was supposed to be stopped.

      Indeed the referendum asked kind of loaded questions and a campaign accompanying was seriously misleading what the law change was really all about.

      A referendum with the right questions about pro or contra to partial assets sales would not be of the same category, as not the same overly “emotive” reasoning would be involved.

      The bare facts and figures speak a clear language.

    • xtasy 14.4

      thor42 – You are obviously new to this forum. TS is not a “pro Labour” website, although some writing here are pro Labour, but others are definitely not, as many comments over the last few months showed.

      It is supposed to give a voice to those with some interest in the wider labour movement and the left as such. So to me TS is a rather “wider left forum” for that sake, and you will find that there is a fair bit of diversity here.

      Yet when it comes to commenters trying to attack posters and commenters here, they will get the response they deserve, particulary if it is right wing crap being dished up as supposed arguments.

      But I am only another commenter and not one supposed to comment too much on this. Others may well give you their view sooner or later.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.5

      “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”

      You’ll note two things about that question:
      1.) It’s designed to get a “no” response and
      2.) It doesn’t actually ask anything about the repeal of s59.

      All of which means that that referendum doesn’t say what you think it does.

  15. Blue 15

    It’s fascinating to see how excited David Farrar gets about stuff such as “They aimed for 400,000 signatures as they knew a fair proportion would be found to be invalid.”

    This is a “key revelation” apparently. Maybe for someone who has never organised a petition before. To anyone else it’s blindingly fucking obvious.

  16. North 16

    Top, top, top marks to 3rd Degree tonight.

    I recall years ago seeing Insp. Steve Rutherford in the presence of a number of young cops at a South Auckland court. His reputation clearly preceded him. One could taste the idolatry. I confess that my reaction to the man himself was not negative. I suspect that he has been a cop who many times has protected the community where other cops have failed.

    That said the Teina Pora case is a travesty. Look at Steve Rutherford’s reaction to the TV3 reporter who called on him. He clearly anticipates that Teina Pora’s conviction will sooner or later come before a court. And I’d bet that he knows that the travesty will come out. I know I speculate but I’d put money on Rutherford now feeling very, very uncomfortable.

    What is really alarming is signalled by the words of Duncan Garner – “He was poor, brown, and not very bright…..”. It’s still happening. All the time. And you can add poverty and desperation as further dimensions. For my part I blame the Crown more than I do the police. It’s just a game to them. Murder charge. Get a conviction. That’s justice. Their getting a conviction defines justice.

    So come on back all of you sociopaths who maintained to the bitter end that Thomas, Chamberlain, Doughtery, Ellis were all guilty as sin……..against the proof in some cases (Thomas) that evidence was manufactured, or completely misrepresented to the jury (Dougherty).

    And for those who’d say “get off the grass…….you say this on account of one TV programme…..?”, I say this – present law, which includes the right to a lawyer under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, and the defending lawyers knowing about the payment of witnesses and all of the detail now known, would have seen no so-called “confession” in the first place, and powerful Crown evidence excluded on account of its patent unreliability in the second place. Wouldn’t it be great if Malcolm Rewa would be a man and confirm the obvious ?

    “Poor, brown, and not very bright……..” I am close to weeping. For Teina Pora and for those whom in the future will be in the same frame on account of their being brown (or not), poverty stricken and desperate. You don’t even need to engage the elitist superiority inherent in “not very bright”. There’s a huge, well resourced, righteous machine working very, very hard to keep us sleeping easy in our beds at night. And to justify us telling ourselves, no questions asked – “Nah……that prick done it !”

  17. g says 17

    with the selling of 49% of the asset, that means 49% of the profit goes to individuals rather than into state coffers.
    to be eligible to buy shares you need, at minimum $1000 spare dollars.
    this sounds like a widening of the gap between the haves and the have nots.

    • fender 17.1

      Thats a top of the list priority for National. When the have-nots are earning the same as a Chinese sweat-shop worker National will feel very proud of themselves.

  18. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 18

    Irishbill will be supporting Winston’s call for a referendum on the Marriage (Equality) Bill then, I guess.

    • Pascal's bookie 18.1

      Is he collecting signatures?

    • bad12 18.2

      Gormless, that’s just foolish, you know as well as i do that there is no petition being circulated on that issue…

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 18.2.1

        Sounds like you have a fear of democracy, bad12.

        • bad12 18.2.1.1

          Sounds like you are a Gormless Fool, gormless…

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 18.2.1.1.1

            You got me there. If only I’d picked another name for myself.

            • bad12 18.2.1.1.1.1

              You have a perfect name Gormless, don’t forget to thank LPrent for such good taste in helping you find such a fitting moniker next time He is about…

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                Don’t be so modest there, yourself, bad12. On a scale of one to 10 you really are 12 bad.

    • IrishBill 18.3

      I’m happy for anyone to start a referendum on anything and if they get the requisite number of signatures all power to them. I’m not sure how that implies I’ve committed to gathering signatures for them (although I did, of course, gather signatures for the asset sale petition).

    • Daveosaurus 18.4

      I’d be all for it. In fact I’ve got a suggested wording he could use. “Should the Government interfere with what consenting adults do amongst themselves in the privacy of their own homes?”

  19. Lanthanide 19

    “Four hundred thousand people don’t want asset sales. ”

    Reference please.

    Because people signed up to have a petition, it doesn’t meant they don’t want asset sales. Similarly it cannot be said that anyone who voted against National in the last election did not want asset sales (just as it cannot be said that anyone who voted for National did want asset sales).

    The only way you can make such a claim as above is after the results of the referendum, which has not been held.

    • Saccharomyces 19.1

      Best comment on this page.

      I didn’t come across anyone collecting signatures, but I would’ve signed, and I’m happy with the sales to go ahead. I’m looking forward to the referendum, hopefully it’ll put the matter to bed.

      But I’m sure there’ll be plenty of whining about how the media have led people, or something John Key said made people think it was OK, or the sheep all voted for it, or low turnout, or how the people don’t know what they’re doing, or how it was worded wrong etc. etc. etc. etc.

      Can we all agree that once the referendum is held we’ll all just shut up about it?

      • bad12 19.1.1

        If you do not like the topic of discussion you are free to F**k off, but please do not try and tell us lot here at the Standard what you think we should or should not be discussing…

  20. tracey 20

    The changes to s59 a of the Crimes Act were opposed by about 80% of the people who voted in that referendum (going from memory). I was pleased the Government and other parties ignored that result, so I can’t really get up in arms if they ignore this one, can I?. I spoke to someone last night who said his National-voting friends in Dunedin are opposed to asset sales but voted for National because they have always voted for national. Admittedly I was hearing this second hand. He (also opposed to asset sales) defended them on the basis that NZers don’t issue vote in elections so therefore voting for national did not mean a vote for asset sales. I suggested if they voted for them not wanting asset sales they were a little, well, stupid. He again said no, because they still thought it could be overturned.

    Strangeness abounds.

    • Draco T Bastard 20.1

      The changes to s59 a of the Crimes Act were opposed by about 80% of the people who voted in that referendum (going from memory).

      Can you point to anywhere in that question where is says anything about the repeal of s59? And please note, smacking a child is still not illegal.

      • tracey 20.1.1

        no, and I didnt say that it did. Read my comment in context of my entire comment draco. I was asserting that despite an overwhelming majority voting for something, or thinking they were voting for something, the parliament ignored them. IMO, rightly so. That referendum was a lesson in misinformation. hence the referendum process can be flawed.

        • Draco T Bastard 20.1.1.1

          It can be flawed so we look for ways to fix it and not for ways to ignore the will of the people.

          • Draco T Bastard 20.1.1.1.1

            In the above mentioned referendum it would be to point out that people didn’t actually vote for what they thought they were voting for and that they were being led by the nose.

      • TheContrarian 20.1.2

        This always gets me – Whether or not the wording was fucked, the question was leading, or whether or not it was the ‘right’ thing to do the Government still ignored the result of the CIR.

        If you were OK with the Govt. ignoring one you can shame the next government for ignoring one too.

        • Daveosaurus 20.1.2.1

          The Government didn’t ignore the result. They did not criminalise “a smack” – which is still not a criminal offence (and anyone who says otherwise is conflating “a smack” with disgusting forms of child abuse; I make no comment about any motivation they might have for doing so).

  21. Does the ‘right’ fear transparency?

    Or consistency?

    Why are more people not holding the feet of Tony Ryall, Minister for State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to the fire on this question??

    “How can the Government ‘get a good price for Mighty River Power, when thousands ‘Switch Off Mercury Energy’?”
    _______________________________________________________________________

    14 March 2013

    (11.45am 14 March 2013: I have just phoned the Parliamentary Office of Tony Ryall, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), and his Office Manager has verbally confirmed receipt of the following ‘Open Letter’ OIA request. )

    Minister of SOEs
    Tony Ryall,

    Dear Minister,

    Please acknowledge receipt of the following ‘Open Letter’/ OIA request which I understand has been referred on to you as the Minister of SOEs.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright
    A Spokesperson for the Switch Off Mercury Energy community group.

    http://www.facebook.com/SwitchOffMercuryEnergy/info

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    4 March 2013

    ‘Open Letter/ OIA request to NZ Prime Minister John Key – how can the Government ‘get a good price for Mighty River Power, when thousands ‘Switch Off Mercury Energy’?

    Dear Prime Minister,

    Please be advised of the founding aim of the ‘Switch Off Mercury Energy’ community group, of which I am a Spokesperson:

    “MINUTES(CONFIRMED) FOUNDING MEETING OF ‘SWITCH OFF MERCURY ENERGY’

    15 August 2012 Grey Lynn Community Centre 510 Richmond Rd Grey Lynn.
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    HELP STOP THE PRIVATISATION OF MIGHTY RIVER POWER BY SWITCHING OFF MERCURY ENERGY! (100% owned by Mighty River Power)

    AIM: To help stop the privatisation of public assets – particularly the proposed privatisation of the first of the electricity State-Owned Assets (SOEs), Mighty River Power, by FOCUSING ON getting 100,000 customers to SWITCH OFF Mercury Energy (100% owned by Mighty River Power). Fewer customers equals less profits which equals a less attractive investment and jeopardises the Governments proposed agenda.

    “Let me make it quite clear. If the Government doesn’t get a good price – the Government isn’t going to sell” (Tony Ryall, Minister of SOE’s 17/6/2012 NBR

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/govt-wont-sell-assets-if-it-cant-get-good-price-ryall-ck-121435

    The Government has no right to sell our public assets.

    PRECEDENT: In 2008, Contact Energy (already privatized) doubled their directors fees and raised their prices 12%.In 6 months, more than 40,000 customers switched from Contact Energy and their profits were halved.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/droughts/news/article.cfm?c_id=180&objectid=10590906&pnum=0 ……………”

    _____________________________________________________________________________

    Please provide the following information:

    1) Please confirm that the publicly-stated position stated by the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Tony Ryall, is unchanged:

    “Let me make it quite clear. If the Government doesn’t get a good price – the Government isn’t going to sell” (Tony Ryall, Minister of SOE’s 17/6/2012

    2) Please provide the information which confirms HOW a ‘good price’ for Mighty River Power is/has been calculated.

    3) Please provide the information which confirms WHO has/is responsible for the calculation of a ‘good price’ for Mighty River Power.

    4) Please provide the information which confirms that has/is responsible for the calculation of a ‘good price’ for Mighty River Power, are independent, and professionally competent, and do not have any untoward ‘ conflicts of interest’ / vested interests in the sale of Mighty River Power.

    5) Please confirm that you are aware of your statutory duties arising from the Public Records Act 2005

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345536.html

    Purposes of Act
    The purposes of this Act are—

    (a)to provide for the continuation of the repository of public archives called the National Archives with the name Archives New Zealand (Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga); and

    (b)to provide for the role of the Chief Archivist in developing and supporting government recordkeeping, including making independent determinations on the disposal of public records and certain local authority archives; and

    (c)to enable the Government to be held accountable by—

    (i)ensuring that full and accurate records of the affairs of central and local government are created and maintained; and

    (ii)providing for the preservation of, and public access to, records of long-term value; and

    (d)to enhance public confidence in the integrity of public records and local authority records; and

    (e)to provide an appropriate framework within which public offices and local authorities create and maintain public records and local authority records, as the case may be; and

    (f)through the systematic creation and preservation of public archives and local authority archives, to enhance the accessibility of records that are relevant to the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand and to New Zealanders’ sense of their national identity; and

    (g)to encourage the spirit of partnership and goodwill envisaged by the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), as provided for by section 7; and

    (h)to support the safekeeping of private records.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    A Spokesperson for the Switch Off Mercury Energy community group.

    http://www.facebook.com/SwitchOffMercuryEnergy/info

    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    For more information on ‘Switching Off Mercury Energy’ and where to ‘switch’?

    http://www.switchoffmercuryenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Switch-off-leaflet-2013-1a.pdf

  22. Rich 22

    labour didn’t lose because of assets they lost because their campaign sucked and they had Phil Goff as a leader

    Thanks for helping with something I’ve not up till now understood- the reason Labour are so keen to elect a succession of useless timeservers as leader. It’s simply to maintain a narrative that their policies are correct, it’s just that the leadership is useless. (I guess it’s a *nicer* argument that that a plurality of the NZ population are irretrievably bourgeois scum who need a Pol Pot to sort them out).

    • Te Reo Putake 22.1

      A series of useless time servers? Can you name them, Rich? Bearing in mind that Shearer hasn’t been there long and Helen Clark won 3 elections, your series appears to have only one name on it, and Goff came within a few thousand votes of becoming PM.

      • quartz 22.1.1

        came within a few thousand votes of becoming PM.

        You accidentally didn’t write: “delivered the lowest vote and worst turn out of any Labour leader in the party’s history.”

        • Te Reo Putake 22.1.1.1

          Nope, the MSM delivered that result, more than Goff did. The media campaign to convince Kiwis not to vote because ‘Key was going to bolt in’ meant that many thousands didn’t vote and many thousands more shifted votes from Labour to NZF and the Greens. Goff did Ok in the circumstances, but if we’d gone for someone more this century as leader post HC, say Shearer or Cunliffe, then I’d say Key would already be a bad memory.

          • quartz 22.1.1.1.1

            Fuck you TRP. This is exactly the kind of thing the caucus tell themselves every time they fuck up. It’s always someone else’s fault, the media, the blogs, David Cunliffe, the Greens… This is what Charles Chuvel was talking about when he talked about taking a good look at the 2011 campaign team but they won’t. What they’ll do is keep attacking and undermining each other until there’s no fucking party left. And chumps like you telling them bullshit like this are part of the problem because you facilitate their fucking behaviour. You’re a fucking disgrace.

            • Te Reo Putake 22.1.1.1.1.1

              Ha! Great how a factually based, well considered comment can turn you into frothing loon in mere minutes, quartz. It usually takes me all day to get that kind of reaction from other Standardistas.

              • quartz

                Keep telling yourself that pal. Labour will be under 25% if they keep up this shit up. Who you gonna blame then? The illuminati?

      • Lanthanide 22.1.2

        “and Goff came within a few thousand votes of becoming PM.”

        If Winston, Greens, Mana and MP could all play nicely together.

        • Colonial Viper 22.1.2.1

          And I think the number was about 80K-100K additional Labour votes needed, it wasn’t just nothing.

  23. Frank Waters 23

    Dame Anne Salmond: Time to defend democratic rights

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10871079

    • Rogue Trooper 23.1

      that is a good article, yet the “comments” are revealing

      • AmaKiwi 23.1.1

        From Anne Salmond’s article referenced in #23 above:

        “According to recent global studies, the prosperity of nations is strongly associated with participatory democracy. When people from all backgrounds take part in decision-making, individuals spark off each other, creating new ideas and enterprises, and the economy flourishes.”

        “Autocratic, extractive, highly unequal regimes, on the other hand, do not pass the test of longevity. Such nations falter, both economically and socially, and eventually fail. Similar patterns are echoed in the distribution of incomes.”

  24. Frank Waters 24

    Rogue Trooper…. yes but not surprising…. mostly engineered opinions I suspect one of the side effects of financed education is that old
    He who pays the piper calls the (nature of the?) tune

  25. georgecom 25

    A section of the right wing are calling for a referendum on gay marriage, yet they don’t support a referendum on asset sales. Strange. If they want a referendum on gay marriage, collect 400,000 signatures and force one.

    Thats what we did with the asset sales one. That is why we will have a referendum. That is why a number of right wingers are so upset.

    Really, what most of the right wingers whingers are upset about is that their asset sales programme is being challenged. They assumed that the election of a Nat Govt would have the assets sold without contention.

    Bring on the signature count, bring on the referendum.

  26. UpandComer 26

    It isn’t a referendum if it’s bought and paid for by political parties with taxpayer money.

    Where was the referendum on prostitution and civil unions, and why does the anti-smacking referendum or anything else that doesn’t correspond with your views not count

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    48: The Forgotten Triangle What if the forgotten triangle behind Shortland Street was more than a parking lot? Continuing the series on forgotten or underutilised spaces within the city, the steeply rising wedge of land between Shortland Street, Albert Park...
    Transport Blog | 31-10
  • World News Brief, Friday October 31
    Top of the AgendaTensions Flare in Jerusalem...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • Guest post: Plain English is radical
    @aaronincognito is an anonymous soulless bureaucrat who blogs at fundamentallyuseless.wordpress.com. Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • Long past time
    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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