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The spirit of ’81: Key’s hypocrisy!

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, December 19th, 2013 - 141 comments
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John Key’s attacks on Hone Harawira for his trip to South Africa were hypocritical given Key’s own (non) stance on the 1981 protests against the South African rugby tour of NZ.  Key’s attacks were an opportunistic attempt to smear a political opponent, and divert from the failings of Key’s government: this done, for instance, by Key referring to Harawira’s trip as a “taxpayer funded junket”.

Hone nails it in his response published in the NZ Herald [h/t Bearded Git]!  Some extracts from the article entitled:

Hone Harawira: I cried, I danced, I said goodbye – how about you, John?

Dear John,

Why are you being so nasty about my going to South Africa to farewell Nelson Mandela?

Were you upset by the world media calling you the “unidentified guest” while I was on national television dancing with Madiba’s people in Soweto? I’m sorry about that John, but was that my fault?

And yeah … I know I said your delegation didn’t truly represent those who loved Mandela but I wasn’t the only one. Heaps of people said so – even the media. I mean look at it. You went (and you didn’t even know what your position was on apartheid!), and you took two members of the National Government that supported the apartheid-backed Springbok Tour of 1981.

I mean really … is that the best you can do to represent us at the memorial services for one of the greatest men of our time?

And I heard your comments about there being “people with a greater claim to going than me”. Yeah – like John Minto and Sue Bradford. But you didn’t take them. You didn’t even ask them, did you John? So why are you being so bitchy about me going when you didn’t take them anyway?

[...]

And as for my using taxpayers’ money on a “jolly”, isn’t that just a little churlish and mean-spirited? I went to memorial services just like you. I went to a private service at Mandela’s family home (not sure whether you got to do that, John). And I went to view his body just like you (except my wife did a karanga, mate, as we Maori do, and I followed that up with a haka).

So if I did what you did, except better, how come I have to pay the money back but you don’t have to?

[...]

You see, as soon as I heard Mandela had died I cried. And then I decided I was going to go to South Africa.

I wanted to farewell a man I have always looked up to, a man who was a hero to people of colour all across the world, who suffered under one of the most deeply racist regimes of our time, and walked out of jail after 27 years with a smile on his face and love in his heart.

I went to farewell a man who cast aside forever the ugliness of apartheid, and gave us the phrase “in my country we go to prison first and then become President”.

I went to farewell the man who said that when we stopped the game in Hamilton during the 1981 tour, “it was like the sun came out”. Yes John, I can remember being there and I was proud of being there.

I went to farewell a wonderful, warm and caring man who I was privileged to meet when he came to thank the protesters in 1995.

You see, John, I went to farewell a man that I loved.

And if you want to condemn me for that then you go right ahead.

Harawira was within his rights to use the speaker approved, leaders’ budget for the trip.   He also explained this in a video from Maori Television News.

John Key is hypocritical on that, because Key also went at taxpayers’ expense.  And, while he was never a supporter of Mandela or the anti-apartheid movement, he used the trip to connect with powerful similarly positioned leaders like Aussie’s Abbott and UK’s Cameron.

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It’s likely the attempt to smear Harawira was motivated by Team Key realising that next year’s election may result in small parties like Mana, determining the final make-up of the government: a realisation that Key’s National Party is falling out of favour with a lot of voters.  So Key’s smears amount to a diversion from his own lack of ethics on issues such as apartheid, and on all these things that Hone mentioned:

Or are you just attacking me to try to take people’s attention off the bigger issues of the day, like all those reports highlighting how deep child poverty is in Aotearoa, or how the referendum showed that New Zealanders don’t support your selling our assets, or the public anger about you selling off our sovereignty under the TPPA, or how pissed off people are that you’ve done a deep sea oil deal with a company that’s facing a $16 billion lawsuit over claims and compensation for contaminated sites in the US? Is that what this is all about?

…. and more……

 

141 comments on “The spirit of ’81: Key’s hypocrisy!”

  1. adam 1

    Hear, hear.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    he used the trip to connect with powerful similarly positioned leaders like Aussie’s Abbott and UK’s Cameron.

    Connect with? If Cameron’s body language is anything to go by I think ‘bore’ might be a better word.

    PS: looks like Key’s practising his three-way handshake action.

  3. fender 3

    Well said Hone. Maybe when Key sobers up he’ll answer these questions, but Key is a gutless coward so I doubt he will provide answers.

  4. Naturesong 4

    It’s called race baiting Look for more of it next year.

    Particularly the part where he accuses Hone of being lazy; pretty sure Key is aware that Hone’s electorate covers East Coast Bays, Helensville, North Shore, Northcote, Northland, Rodney, Te Atatū, Whangarei, the northern part of Waitakere and some of the islands located within Auckland Central.
    Some travelling is involved in order to properly represent his constituants.

    If Key was serious about the money, he would lay a complaint against the speaker who authorised the trip.

    While John Key in his role as Prime Minister was there to show a New Zealand presence, it was Hone Harawira, in the absence of John Minto, who represented me.

  5. Will@Welly 5

    Hone represented me, and I’m a flippin’ pakeha. Key tread over the graves of every dead person who died in the struggle against apartheid.

    • idlegus 5.1

      yep

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2

      yep²

    • Steve 5.3

      Hone didn’t represent you, he represented himself. His comments make that pretty clear. And I think that based on this, Keys comments are on the money.
      Was he entitled to go – yes
      Should he have personally paid for a trip attended for private reasons – yes

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        Complain to the Speaker then buddy

        • Steve 5.3.1.1

          Yeah, I suppose it’s a bit too much to ask to expect our elected representatives to apply their own moral judgement.
          Pointing the finger at the speaker should not excuse Hone’s poor judgement.

          • karol 5.3.1.1.1

            Say what? he submitted his planned trip to the speaker. The speaker said yes. It was not done for private reasons. If you view the view the Maori Television video linked in my post, you will see Harawira says that he represented Maoridonm in Sth Africa. He says NZ taxpayers got more value for their money than with Key’s trip to the funeral.

            Key says they didn’t need Sharples because they already had a Maori in the official party, and one who had been in the 81 protests, so why would they need another one? Tokenism, much!

            • Steve 5.3.1.1.1.1

              So you are comfortable for any politician to spend tax payer money on a trip taken for personal reasons and justify it by claiming they are representing some part of society? Generous.
              I would be interested to hear what discretion the speaker has in making these decisions.

              • Colonial Viper

                So you are comfortable for any politician to spend tax payer money on a trip taken for personal reasons and justify it by claiming they are representing some part of society?

                Not just any part of society. The part of society that fought against apartheid in 1981.

                The part of society that John Key has amnesia about.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                What personal reasons are these that can be so easily separated from affairs of state? Do you honestly believe that Hone Harawira’s high level of access in South Africa is of no benefit or interest to New Zealand/Aotearoa?

                Or are you just helping throw John Key’s toys out of the cot? He’s the clown that giggles when you pull a string. Don’t mistake him for one of them.

              • TeKupu

                Hope you were this vociferous in your commentary when McCully took a tax-payer funded plane ride to Vanuatu for $70-80K because he didn’t want to fly commercial!? Clown – the rules are clear & were adhered to – HH applied for leave and the appropriate budget (as a Leader of a Party) and it was approved. HH went on behalf of Maori and those that protested (something Key can’t even remember). Hilda paid privately. Simple really!

              • So Steve, are you presenting your own views, or are you simply another National Party hack trying to patch up one of Key’s most disastrous PR-stunts-gone-wrong?

                Because really, if anyone had a right to attend the funeral, it was Hone.

          • Carol 5.3.1.1.2

            Hone’s trip cost just under $8,000, while the tight 5’s trip expenses totaled $95,000. Hone stayed almost twice as long. Shouldn’t the real complaint be to the PM for spending taxpayers money extravagantly. Where’s the thought to this. Also Hone has been asked to repay his, has John Key & Party been asked. Hone’s office received donations to enable him and Hilda to attend after he had left. The Mana Movement is a political party for all of New Zealand whether you are Maori, Pakeha or Avatar ~ why do we think it is just for Maori. As someone commented ‘Hone represented me, and I’m white’ Good on you matey! Because you are exactly who he represented and I could feel no prouder in having him do that for me.

      • Richard Christie 5.3.2

        @Steve

        Hone didn’t represent you, he represented himself.

        I can sure as hell assure you that John Key didn’t represent me.

        • Steve 5.3.2.1

          Perhaps not, but as the elected head of our country it was right for him to attend on behalf of all of us.

          • Will@Welly 5.3.2.1.1

            Okay Mr Stevie. Where were you in ’81? Standing on the side-lines, barracking for or against the tour, or is it that you, like John Key, can’t remember? Hone can, so can I, and so can thousands of other New Zealanders. It was a watershed moment in our history, in many ways it was not only about the fight to end apartheid in South Africa, but it also highlighted the racial divide that existed, and still exists in our country.
            New Zealand was a deeply divided country because of that tour. It pitted family members against each other, and it wasn’t just generational. Even workplaces and social gatherings were divided. Perhaps Mr. Stevie, you’d prefer it if Maori and Polynesians were forbidden to play in our national sports teams, like they once were? Maybe you’d like them to live in “special places” where they could be “monitored”, Mr. Stevie, would that suit you?
            So maybe Hone didn’t represent you, but then that’s your opinion. He never went to South Africa to trample over the graves of those killed by the protagonists of apartheid. Hone went with respect, and dignity. Two words missing from some peoples’ vocabulary.

            • Steve 5.3.2.1.1.1

              I will assume your off topic rant was due to the time of night you wrote this. I hope you feel a little more balanced this morning after a good nights sleep.

              • Anna

                Why was it an off topic rant? It seemed on point to me. I’d like to know too. Where did you stand on the Tour? Or were you too young to have an opinion? If so, what’s your opinion now on it?

                Do you support the anti-apartheid protestors’ stance and if so, why would you query Hone going to South Africa to pay his respects? He certainly earned his dues there. He was one of the leaders of Patu squad. Are you familiar with Patu squad? If not, Merata Mita did a documentary called ‘Patu’ that you maybe interested in watching. It would be educational. You can source it from New Zealand On Screen.

                In my opinion, the only people that are really churlish over Hone going are Key/National supporters who have never stood for anything (other than tax cuts for the rich and the requisite “me, me, me” stuff).

                • Anne

                  Well said Anna.

                • Steve

                  I thought it was off topic because I felt I made it clear that Hone was entitled to go. The only problem I have with it is that he has asked tax payers to pay for it despite his reasons for attending being personal.

                  I was too young to have an opinion on the tour. And although my stance now is that politics should be kept out of sport, I realise that it is very difficult to make that statement without the context of that particular situation.

                  Do I support the anti-apartheid protesters stance? Absolutely. Do I agree with how they went about their protests – no.

                  • @ steve..

                    “..I was too young to have an opinion on the tour. ..

                    ..Do I agree with how they went about their protests – no…”

                    ..going on yr age-perspective @ the time..there..steve..

                    ..wd you have recomended tantrums as the preferred means of protest..?

                    ..perhaps all lying on ground drumming heels and yelling ‘no!’..?

                    ..the mass spitting of food from the mouth..?

                    ..all protestors just standing there and saying:.’mine!’..?

                    ..have you seen ‘patu’..?

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • Anna

                      Yeah. This perspective always cracks me up. I guess it’s the difference in having protested and stood for something, and not.

                      It’s like living in a fantasy land where all social changes came from asking really nicely for something. It’s a position where someone takes their privilege for granted, not realising it’s contingent on never taking a stand for ‘anything’ that challenges the status quo.

              • no steve..will@welly pretty much nailed it how it was..

                ..and how it is..

                ..phillip ure..

          • Akldnut 5.3.2.1.2

            Key didn’t represent me either.

            Unlike him I have morality, a social conscience and would never try to make the rich wealthier at the expense of low income people. Especially Kiwis.

          • Molly 5.3.2.1.3

            It was also “right” for John Key to attend the funeral of Hugo Chávez, given that he was in Latin America at the time on supposed trade talks AND Venezuela is NZ’s second largest dairy export market…. and yet…

          • Frank Macskasy 5.3.2.1.4

            Perhaps not, but as the elected head of our country it was right for him to attend on behalf of all of us.

            Three things, Steve.

            1.Do you not think that, in all fairness, he should have invited Hone, Sue Bradford, or John Minto to attend?! Considering that they were instrumental in opposing the ’81 Tour and thereby supporting Mandela’s struggle?

            2. That Hone, Sue Bradford, or John Minto had a greater right to attend than Bolger or McKiinnon, who were part of a government that supported the racist Tour?

            3. That perhaps it was ironic the Key led the delegation considering his own admission that he can’t recall his own position on the Tour?!

            Because from where I sit, you don’t really give a damn about Mandela, racism, etc. You’re simply a rah-rah! cheerleader for National.

            Despite your self-righteous BS, it’s fairly clear the Hone had a right to attend the funeral. A greater right than Key, Bolger, or McKinnon. And your grasping at straws won’t change that one iota.

            By the way – looking forward to the election and turfing your hopeless Party out of power. They’ve over-stayed their welcome by, oh, say five years, eleven months.

      • Tracey 5.3.3

        sorry who did the pro tour bolger and mcKinnon go for? It wasn’t for those who opposed apartheid.

        • Anna 5.3.3.1

          Exactly! And why did they go? What was the point in taking them?

          Do any of you remember when Nelson Mandela called Jim Bolger his “Australian friend”? Given Nelson Mandela didn’t forget much and people always commented on Mandela’s ability to recall a name, face, moment of someone he’d only ever met briefly years later, I like to think of that little ‘slip up’ as deliberate :)

          • Tracey 5.3.3.1.1

            unidentified guest and australian friend. Gosh how national stands up for us on he world stage.

        • Steve 5.3.3.2

          I accept this argument. I think there should have been more thought go in to the delegation.

  6. Chooky 6

    +1 Hone Harawira represented me also….unlike Key ….and Harawira is a true soul New Zealander and an adopted spiritual son of Mandela…..unlike Key….. who is a hollow money man

    • North 6.1

      Our Prime Mournister aye ?

      Straight off the plane and into Hone Harawira.

      This might be serious………Ansell’s back on board.

      Or Key’s hoha because he ended up the “unidentified guest” while (in Key’s own terms) Hone got to the Oval Office so to speak. Tending to prove the representation point.

      Back at work. Give the Old Hone-Monster a run.

      Emperor with no clothes.

    • Martin 6.2

      and me too! kia ora hone,

      ’81 veteran

  7. Delia 7

    Key playing the ‘Hone card’ when the going gets rough.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      The fact is that Key needs to play the ‘Hone card’ in order to distract the heat off himself.

      There’s nothing worse than a Prime Minister going through the motions of caring when in fact he cannot even remember where he stood in 1981 on the issue of apartheid. Which of course reveals the truth. And it is why Hone makes Key look like shit.

      The PM can’t remember because apartheid didn’t mean anything important to a busy John Key.

      Which tells us everything we need to know Key and where he stood on the ’81 Tour .

      • you_fool 7.1.1

        I think you will find that Key can remember his stance, he is just smart enough to know that his stance then would ruin him now

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          I think everyone in NZ now knows exactly what his stance was… but they think they are gonna make money from his trickle down one day so they still like him. It used to be called “golden rain”.

  8. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8

    Acknowledgement: Key’s equivocation over whether or not he supported the 81 tour or the protests is pathetic and I find it offensive.

    But this is standard Harawira bludging. He just cannot pass up an opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded overseas trip.

    This is the method: claim a right to attend some overseas event or events on taxpayer tab in virtue of brownness. Then once overseas forget, or be late, or change mind and do something else other than attend the event(s) that were the reason for the trip. When asked to explain, claim that the other thing he decided to do (of which there exists no documentary evidence whatsoever) was more important or culturally significant, and that him being asked to explain is racism.

    Lather, rinse, repeat. Every time.

    Questions started getting asked midway through this year when the Herald noted

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10879636

    Mana Party leader has been absent for 49 of the 120 sitting days since the 2011 election.

    Mana leader Hone Harawira described himself as going “to battle for those without a voice in Parliament” at his party’s conference this month but he has been a rare sight in Parliament this year.

    Mr Harawira’s travel expenses for the first three months of the year were higher than any other non-ministerial MP, including Mr Shearer.

    A spokesman for Mr Harawira said he was in Hawaii for a United Nations event this week. When contacted, Mr Harawira hung up.

    Remember when he was a Maori Party MP?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10607653

    Maori MP Hone Harawira has reacted to an email criticising him for bunking off a work trip to visit Paris, by lashing out at white people.

    In an email exchange released to Radio New Zealand, Mr Harawira accused “white motherfuckers” of “puritanical bullshit” for expecting him to follow the rules.

    Prime Minister John Key has labelled the remarks “deeply offensive” but he says it is up to Maori Party leadership to deal with it.

    Mr Harawira skipped a meeting in Brussels so he and his wife Hilda could spend a day in Paris.

    Mr Mikaere, who runs a consulting company, emailed Mr Harawira a two sentence message: “Gotta ask the question eh? who’s paying for Hilda?”

    Mr Harawira wrote back starting his email; “Gee Buddy, do you believe that white man bullsh** too do you?

    “White motherfuckers have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries and all of a sudden you want me to play along with their puritanical bullsh**.”

    In 2007 Mr Harawira was told to pay back some flights after he left mid-way through a four-day select committee trip to Melbourne, so he could visit Aboriginal groups in Alice Springs.

    But as we all know he left the Maori Party to fight the Marine and Coastal Area Bill because he had a duty to FIGHT THE EVIL WHITE MOTHERFUCKERS and their oppressive legislation. Of course, when it came time to actually do something about it…

    The second reading of the bill to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act has passed through Parliament and former Maori Party MP Hone Harawira wasn’t there to vote against it – despite the bill being the reason for him leaving his party.

    Stuff put it more succinctly:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4744835/MP-Hone-Harawira-misses-foreshore-and-seabed-vote

    The opposition votes did not include Harawira who forgot to cast his vote.

    So exactly what has he done in Parliament this year? Held the government to account? Highlighted the plight of Northland Maori?

    Hone has asked a total of three written questions in 2013. yes, just three. A disgrace. Three out of almost 17,000 asked by opposition MPs.

    His contributions in the debating chamber have been almost non-existent. In the last year his contributions have been:

    Six oral questions (these are allocated so no issue there)

    Spoke on the Budget debate, the financial review debate, the PM’s statement, two general debates, one urgent debate, one obituary, one local bill and one Treaty settlement. On average that is one speech ever six weeks!

    So Hone Harawira has spoken on two bills in 2013. In the past year 145 bills passed into law, 57 had a first reading and 67 a second reading meaning 269 bills that he could have spoken on.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/12/hone_and_parliament.html

    But he totally did a haka. Somewhere. Unfortunately there’s no record or acknowledgement of this awesome haka anywhere or from anyone other than Harawira himself, so we’ll just have to take his word for it eh?

    Mana Party leader Hone Harawira is being made to explain himself, after apparently missing official events on his taxpayer-funded trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

    Mr Harawira arrived too late for the national memorial service, but says he saw Mandela’s body lying in state and attended a small, private service at the Mandela family home.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1065508255-harawira-s-taxpayer-funded-trip-under-scrutiny

    Every time.

    • Naturesong 8.1

      If you think Hone’s trip was him bludging, you need to direct your complaint toward the speaker who authorised the trip.

    • Tiger Mountain 8.2

      Seeing as how vinyl is back I can perhaps use the “stuck record” metaphor for your repetitive bs SHG.

      “Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot”. Says Ian at 10.1
      Thats the attitude old boy. Pity he did not use his slug gun when Hone was in the Māori Party and riding with the Key Gang eh.

      You Hone critics really are disgusting, the tour protestors saved NZs bacon internationally and Hone is well regarded around the world in indigenous peoples forums. The pre emptive strike theory re ShonKey may have some weight as it is going to be the most vicious election campaign for decades. 2014 is the last roll of the dice for NZ, if the Key Gang don’t sod off we will become a nation version of a $2 shop.

    • QoT 8.3

      His electorate is in the Far North. Of course he has higher travel costs than scumbags like Bill English who merely lie about living in Southland.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.3.1

        His electorate is in the Far North.

        And yet even when he’s in Wellington – on the grounds of Parliament Buildings – he still can’t be bothered turning up to vote on the Foreshore and Seabed bill.

        • Anna 8.3.1.1

          Yet, as already stated, in Hone’s absence, his vote is cast by the Greens.

          As, once again, written earlier: Hone’s constituency has nothing to do with you. Actually, Hone has nothing to do with you.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.3.1.1.1

            Point the first: Hone made that deal with the Greens in April 2011. He forgot to vote on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill in March 2011, before there was a proxy-vote agreement. Thus no vote was recorded from the Mana Party on the second reading. Hansard, read it.

            Point the second: even after the proxy-vote agreement with the Greens took effect it only applied when Harawira was not in Wellington. Even if it had been retroactively in place before it was made, he was in Wellington, at Parliament, on the day of the vote. He just didn’t turn up in the chamber.

            • Anna 8.3.1.1.1.1

              Once again: what does Hone’s actions have to do with you? You’re not part of his constituency, so why are you so obsessed with him?

              Are you functioning from the good Maori/bad Maori dichotomy? (Apologies: ‘Maoris’). Do you want to be a good Maori? Like Te Ururoa Flavell (he’d be your whanaunga wouldn’t he?) by playing rugby against the Springboks in 1981, hiding at Bastion Point and only becoming ‘radicalised’ when all the hard work was done? (i.e when promotions were being handed out from the gains of the protest movements – something he took no part in).

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                Ooh, again with the dichotomy references. You’ve really got this masculine Pythagorean opposition thing down. Are we going to start in on standpoint theory now? I hear that’s hot again.

                • Anna

                  Posts the person who writes in “dick swinging” terms …

                  What’s the matter? Did the credential thing hurt your ego? Your outdated and/or Christian influenced sources? Or is it the fact that I think you’re an inversion?

                  I know what the real problem is: you want to be Hone Harawira, but you can’t be. So you’re trying for Hone-lite i.e. Te Ururoa Flavell (pro tour/pro apartheid/pro Government lackey). That’s your constituency, but they probably don’t know you or wouldn’t vote for you either.

                  Envy is such a sad, sad thing.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    Wow, did Flavell kick your dog or something? You seem unhealthily fixated upon him.

                    • Anna

                      Do Hone’s achievements make you feel insignificant? (Actually, they should).

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      “Does Hone’s achievements?” Do I need to start mansplaining about singular and plural grammar again?

                      PS: was the cabin boy a person with mana?

                    • Anna

                      What do you mean?

                      But go ahead: it’s about all ‘you’ got.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Wow, Key must be getting sensitive about his apartheid insensitivity.

    • Anna 8.4

      In Hone’s absence, his vote is cast by the Greens. Tell me, what is better for a lone MP to do: sit in parliament or be with his constituents? And as you aren’t one of Hone’s constituents, what concern is it of yours? Hone is voted in by people that you would only ever encounter in passing and have no influence on. If you think you’re ‘defending’ them in some way, you’re not.

      Yes, Hone made the “white MF” comments and has apologised for them. I believe Tuhoe are still awaiting an apology from the Crown for the terrorist accusations and actions. Actions that only Tuhoe were subject to in the ‘terrorist raids’ and eventually, reduced to firearms charges. Money well spent eh? But I guess privileged paranoia justifies anything.

      Also, Key can apologise any time for his trivialisation of Tuhoe’s historical grievances with his ‘cannibal’ comments. As an aside, Key had nothing to worry about. Maori only ate people with mana. Key is quite safe. If, however, Key had undertaken any Maori Studies papers (even a basic one) or read some literature on traditional Maori society he would have known this.

      Spare me the inverse victim stuff. History shows you that people like Harawira have more to fear from smiling assassins than the other way around.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.4.1

        Maori only ate people with mana. Key is quite safe. If, however, Key had undertaken any Maori Studies papers (even a basic one) or read some literature on traditional Maori society he would have known this.

        You are completely utterly cultural-relativismapaloozally wrong.

        • Anna 8.4.1.1

          Please – tell me how I’m culturally and relativistically wrong? This should be good. Please outlay your credentials and sources to support your statement.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.4.1.1.1

            I’m Maori and my sources are my family’s oral history of who we ate and by whom we were eaten and why. If you seek Western documentary reassurance, I recommend “This Horrid Practice” by Paul Moon; “Te Arawa: A History of the Arawa People” by D. M. Stafford, particularly the chapters on the conflicts and post-battle feasting involving Ngaiterangi and Ngati Whakaue around Maketu; there are colourful oral accounts of the same battles in “Historic Maketu” by Enid Tapsell. The descriptions of the ovens are delightful reading.

            Incidentally the last documented instance of cannibalism in the South Island was committed by a family member of mine, who killed and ate a cabin boy associated with Hempleman’s whaling station at Akaroa. I could be wrong, but I doubt that the cabin boy was “a person of mana”.

            I find your commentary on what Maori people do and don’t do amusing. Please continue. And do throw your own credentials in the ring, this is fun.

            • Anna 8.4.1.1.1.1

              I’m Maori too. I have a PhD in Indigenous Studies and Sociology. I actually lectured on components of traditional Maori society.

              Paul Moon is a nice enough bloke, but not many of us indigenous scholars put much stock in a Christian account of Maori practices.

              Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi

              DM Stafford released his work in 1967 – at the height of cultural nationalism.

              You may want to read some of Ranginui Walker’s accounts (he’d be one of your whanaunga wouldn’t he?) and also, there’s work by Te Maire Tau (who did his MA and PhD on Ngai Tahu and ritual practices). Maybe you could contact them and ask for a copy? Or source it from a library?

              I could give you a list of sources, but I think it would be a waste of my time.

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                Gee, I guess I lose the dick-swinging game, I only did an MA in History. I did deliver the occasional lecture in indigenous cultural practices though.

                Chances are most of the sources you’d quote are sitting on the bookshelf in my living room right now, I just CBF going and looking for them. I just referenced three from the living room that I could remember off the top of my head without going and looking.

                Question: was the cabin boy eaten at Akaroa a person of mana?

                Answer: no.

                Ergo your generalisation “Maori only ate people with mana” is false.

                Hey look I used a Latin word there, you’re right!

                • Anna

                  A dick swinging contest? I guess you share John Key’s vision of New Zealand as excluding women.

                  And why would you deliver an occasional lecture in indigenous cultural practices?

                  I don’t think you understand them very well and you don’t have a wide variety of sources. (Paul Moon and 1967’s DM Stafford?)

                  If you did understand the cultural practices, you wouldn’t have made such an authoritative statement and you would have qualified it.

                  I’m sure the institution could do better.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    Now you’re complaining about unqualified authoritative statements? Like “Maori only ate people with mana”?

                    • Anna

                      They did. There was always a reason. There’s little worse than an inversion.

                      Read wider than Paul Moon and 1967 DM Stafford. I’ve given you a couple of sources. Go forth and read.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      That cabin boy must’ve been one hell of an important cabin boy. To get eaten I mean. What with Maoris only eating people of mana and all. And if he got eaten by a Maori, he must’ve been a person of mana because Socrates is a man!

                    • Anna

                      Careful: your John Key pettiness is showing.

                      Symbol – reason, but you stick to your Christian/1967 versions and your oral traditions (even though you wrote Maori as “Maoris”. I bet you pronounce it Marrrrrrries as well or do you do the TV One version of “Murrays”?).

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      I write “Maoris” because we’re writing English here, a language in which plural is represented orthographically by -s.

                      In Te Reo Maori, as you know, singular or plural are denoted by “te” or “nga”, so to use the word “Maori” to refer to “more than one Maori person” is to ignore and negate the actual Maori language and force the word into a foreign grammatical structure. It’s tantamount to saying “that’s not a Maori word any more, it’s an English word, and your silly brown grammar doesn’t get to come with it”.

                      Interestingly enough the words that historically are most often assimilated by the English language and assigned identical singular and plural forms – like “Maori” – are indigenous words for game animals. Bison. Deer. Moose. Duck. Things to be hunted.

                      So, fuck right off. I consciously choose to say “Maoris” when I’m speaking English and I consciously choose to say “nga Maori” when I’m speaking Maori as a political act because to do otherwise is to be complicit in an imposition of fucking linguistic colonialism that categorises our people as game animals.

                    • Anna

                      Thank you. My work here is done. You’ve pretty much revealed yourself as the irrational human being you are, trying to pose as ‘normal’. (Ironically, the loose interpretation of Maori).

                      I don’t know who ‘your’ people are because they certainly don’t include me. Speak for yourself because I don’t remember anyone voting you as a spokesperson for Maori. In fact, it would be the opposite.

                      Your posts confirm that ‘ethnicity’ doesn’t equate to representation.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      Your descent to an ad hominem attack of “irrationality” is strangely patriarchal, don’t you think? It has a nice Hegelian master/slave ring to it. “You shouldn’t pay attention to the words that person is saying, because I just defined that person as the irrational Other.”

                      Congratulations, you’ve obviously learned the game well.

                    • Anna

                      Wow. So the right-wing poster, who prefers Christian accounts of traditional Maori society re: cannibalism, teaches into indigenous courses with a cultural nationalist perspective, functions from a good Maori/bad Maori (sorry Maoris), makes a claim to represent ‘people’ (whoever they are because no one has voted for you), cannot admit that Maori is both singular and plural, has some obsession with Hone Harawira, now attempts to be a ‘victim’?

                      Hahahahaa.

                      What’s that I smell? I think it’s cognitive dissonance.

                      Seriously, I’d put my credentials: academic or protest up against yours any day of the week.

                      Carry on with your dissembling though. It’s amusing.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      Claim to represent? What on Papatūānuku are you going on about? I’m a self-actualised operating thetan, I represent only myself. Don’t let me interrupt your textbook marginalisation through pigeonholing extravaganza though.

                      By the way: was the cabin boy a person with mana?

    • Molly 8.5

      Given that the email exchange seemed to me to be a setup by Flavell in order to release something to the media to get Hone out of the Maori Party, I don’t really consider a this example to be indicative of his behaviour.

      Living in a particular part of Auckland, where brown faces are few and financial wealth is comfortable, I hear many similar tirades publicly expressed – and accepted – by people in positions of power. Hone’s email was supposedly private – I have never heard him talk in this way in public. Have you? I admit to swearing in private about a lot of things – politicians and journalists in particular.

      Trip to visit the Aboriginals in Alice Springs? Someone had to do something to get their plight and infringement of human rights into our media. The actual infringement didn’t manage it.

      Hone spends much of his time visiting his electorate, and helping them. He could pointlessly warm the benches so we can watch him on that children’s programme – Parliament TV – but I personally think his electorate benefits from his choice much more.

  9. Ennui 9

    I said what I thought about Hone representing me last week: his reason for going I fully support even if I did not want him to represent me as a fellow 1981 activist for other reasons.

    One thing Hone had on his side for me versus the attendance of John Key is that at-least Hone knew where he stood. No fuzzy memories, or conveniently being otherwise engaged. No shonkey excuses, fence sitting or faux historic revisionism. What ever I think about Hone he had the commitment and the track record. He was one of us in 1981, not “one of them”. He was on “our side”, Key never was and never could be.

    At the official funeral Key stood up and acted in character, as the photo op / sound byte fraud he has always been. Hone stood as honest and real.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1

      At the official funeral Key stood up and acted in character, as the photo op / sound byte fraud he has always been. Hone stood as honest and real.

      Hone wasn’t even there.

      • Ennui 9.1.1

        Think I did not know that? Hone, unlike Key went to what he could get into in South Africa with integrity.

        PS I find your acceptance of Keys equivocation over whether or not he supported the 1981 tour very offensive. Foul scorn, fool!

      • karol 9.1.2

        Did Hone have an invite to the funeral? or was that reserved for Key’s choice?

        Hone visited Mandela’s body and other memorial events.

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.1

          Hone was invited to Mandela’s home to meet family members. NZ’s official party was not.

          • Anne 9.1.2.1.1

            And therein lies the answer to Key’s vitriol. He was, in essence, upstaged by Hone Harawira. Do you think the ANC and the Mandela clan don’t know the difference between a charlatan (John Key) and someone who was a genuine supporter of the struggle against Apartheid?

            • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.1.1.1

              He was, in essence, upstaged by Hone Harawira.

              I wouldn’t call it “upstaged” as nobody even knows it happened. I know there was a memorial service, I saw Obama and Cameron and Key and a crazy sign-language interpreter on the TV news and the Internet and in the paper.

              But some something at a house somewhere, an event at which Hone Harawira seems to have been the only guest? Not sure Key has missed out on much.

              • Colonial Viper

                But some something at a house somewhere, an event at which Hone Harawira seems to have been the only guest? Not sure Key has missed out on much.

                Why do you think that meeting the family members of the deceased Nelson Mandela is beside the point?

                And what the fuck do Cameron and Obama and the rest of the hangers-on have to do with Nelson Mandela?

                Except if you are treating the event from the standpoint of a photo-op, which of course Key was doing.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  Anne referred to Key being “upstaged”, thus making the publicity value of the event the subject. If it was a private affair without coverage the it doesn’t matter who attended or not. A few minutes of Googling suggests that the only person in the entire world claiming to have attended a private gathering at “the Mandela family home” (whatever that means) is Hone Harawira.

                • Colonial Viper

                  lol yeah dude no worries then. Ask the NZ Herald they reported it.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    No, the Herald reported what “a spokeswoman for Mr Harawira said”. The Herald said nothing about the existence of an event.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So you have evidence that Harawira is lying then? Or are you just trying on the smears?

                      Given that Harawira had a personal connection with Bishop Desmond Tutu I think that yes, he would certainly be invited to the Mandela family home.

                      Seems like Key is just sore for being properly identified and put in his place.

              • Anna

                That isn’t true. The Washington Post seemed to know who Hone was: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-zealand-lawmaker-going-solo-to-mandela-service/2013/12/09/bbd09972-6135-11e3-a7b4-4a75ebc432ab_story.html

                The rest of the US media did not.

                In comparison to Hone, Key was described as thus:

                http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/new-zealand-john-key-unidentified-guest

                And also, his apartheid amnesia questioned:

                http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yasmine-ryan/apartheid-new-zealand_b_4411734.html

                The real problem for Key is that he had the opportunity to follow Mandela’s example (be inclusive) and heal rifts from the Tour, but he just doesn’t have it in. He could easily have swapped the two pro tour/pro apartheid former MPs for Hone or John Minto or Sue Bradford. He could have taken Kevin Hague as well, but Key isn’t a statesman. Not even close.

                As an aside, let’s not forget that Key’s vision of the ‘right mix of New Zealanders’ didn’t include a single woman. Instead, we were officially ‘represented’ by the Old boys club and a token.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  The real problem for Key is that he had the opportunity to follow Mandela’s example (be inclusive) and heal rifts from the Tour, but he just doesn’t have it in. He could easily have swapped the two pro tour/pro apartheid former MPs for Hone or John Minto or Sue Bradford.

                  On this we are in agreement.

                • karol

                  Anna: we were officially ‘represented’ by the Old boys club and a token.

                  Well said.

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.2

          IIRC the SA Govt’s invite to the actual memorial was “Leader plus guest” and Key nominated David Cunliffe as his guest. I think Cunliffe then deferred to Pita Sharples.

  10. Tigger 10

    Key’s attack truly is bizarre. Why, on the day when you want the Avatar deal to dominate the news, and when finally all the negative hoopla about Key’s own attendance at the funeral was dying down, did he choose to raise this topic? It’s clear he knows the question is coming when it’s asked of him, it was obviously planted in the press by his people. So why?

    It makes no political sense. If he wanted to bash Harawira (for example, over the lack of Beehive time) then why do it now, before the Xmas rush? Why not next year when it matters during election time? And why do it over the funeral, when all it does for many of us is remind that Key himself had no moral authority to be there. PM authority sure, but moral authority? No.

    Key is smarter than this so what is the end game? Because this is a huge own goal.

    • Ian 10.1

      Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot.

      • Te Reo Putake 10.1.1

        :roll:

      • Tiger Mountain 10.1.2

        “Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot”. Says Ian at 10.1
        Thats the attitude old boy. Pity he did not use his slug gun when Hone was in the Māori Party and riding with the Key Gang eh.

        Gunlover perhaps?

      • amirite 10.1.3

        Didn’t Key have a vasectomy?

      • the pigman 10.1.4

        Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot.

        Hello again, Ian. Yesterday you were hinting (darkly) about all of Len Brown’s dirty laundry that would finally be revealed today. How’s that coming along?

        Keep visiting.

    • emergency mike 10.2

      Myself I think it’s a weakness in Key’s pathology that he cannot resist attacking a political opponent who is getting positive public perception even when doing so makes him look bad. All he sees is “opponent getting approval from the public on some issue – cut him down.” He lacks the moral intuition to understand situations where he’d be better off just keeping his mouth shut.

      The whole picking the wrong delegation to SA thing is a challenge to his character and image too. Everytime that happens he kneejerks reflexively and often looks weird doing so. He’s a ‘perceptions are reality’ kind of guy, so he will fight very hard to defend perceptions of him, attacking the other guy instead of explaining yourself is a classic mechanism for doing so. This is a weakness I’ve long thought could be more actively probed by the opposition.

  11. Tracey 11

    Hes playing to those who dislike maori. I assume he assumes they are swing votrrs.

  12. red blooded 12

    Home Hawawira does not represent me in all matters, but he isn’t elected to represent me. He has a huge electorate and is establishing a new party – presumably this keeps him pretty busy. He definitely had the right to go to the Mandela memorial events and in this at least he was representing many who took to the streets and stood up for what we believed in in ’81 and ’85. As for his general parliamentary record – I’d be interested to know how it compares with other MPs (although it would be difficult to find another one in a comparable situation).

    • srylands 12.1

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    • Ian 12.2

      I marched in 1981 against racism and Muldoons cynical play to keep in power.Got a very close look at a blue squad baton charge,among many other lower key scenarios. But Hone Harawira has turned into the evil stereotype he was so against in 81.His white motherfucker rant made that quite clear to all and sundry .The guy is a rascist moron ,with a taste for spending other peoples money ,and despite all his best intentions,he will allways be mummys boy.

      • karol 12.2.1

        That’s wide of the mark. Hone was the one to stand up to the Maori Party selling out to the Nats. He has been ont he streets with the Tamaki state housing protesters, campaigning on feeding the kids.

        • Tiger Mountain 12.2.1.1

          A different standard of outrage seems to apply to Hone that ignores the fact that we are living in a post colonial country and society. Until most Māori are not doing it worse in statistics that count they get political support from me. And actually many Māori people are a lot better company than you constipated white folk, but then I’m Irish (4th gen in NZ).

          Hone has courage in spades compared to the whimpy whities that complain about him from a distance. He has more dignity than might be expected with this countries history. I was at the 1995 meeting with Mandela too and Hone had every right imaginable to go to SA. It was a real heavy situation for peace time NZ to those there at the time and that is why I gave grudging respect to Ross Meurant for turning up at Hamilton. If Mandela could forgive… why not the NZ anti apartheid leaders, the poor dead buggers in SA did not get a second chance of course.

          So if you precious ones can get Key to come clean on what he thought much less did in ’81 I might give you the time of day.

  13. newsense 13

    Heard Key got a complementary drink on the plane he didn’t declare as a gift…must be time to impeach him…

  14. dan1 14

    Key’s “Can’t remember what he thought about the Springboks tour in ’81” completely destroyed any credibility or integrity re South Africa and Mandela. However, as PM he received his invite, and proceeded to milk it Don Brash style, refusing to add Minto or similar to the delegation. That he then returned to turn on Hone is mind-blowing for its hypocrisy unless you add the Muldoon and Brash real-politik to garner the rednecks.
    Well done Hone. I am pleased my tax dollars were used to represent me.

  15. Plan B 15

    On National Radio in the afternoon the other day, Linda Clark was on and made some off hand nasty little remarks about Hone – was not asked to explain or defend them, It is easy on National Radio these days to do this sort of thing if you are a member of the elite. I just wonder if anyone else heard this and wondered why she did it?

    • Saarbo 15.1

      I have heard similar things on The Panel, have written to Radio New Zealand but never received a reply.

      What a brilliant reply from Hone to the dick head . What an incredibly sad country we have when 46 % of voters feel proud of voting for such a fuckwit as John Key…

  16. newsense 16

    racist? What do you mean we’re ra…..Look over there a lazy, bludging Maori!

  17. philj 17

    Jim Moray on Afternoons is sliding to triviality and nonsense. Pity that RNZ, with some exceptions is slipping as well. Dick Griffin and frozen funding is starting is to show. Death to Democratic public broadcasting by a thousand cuts.

  18. RedBaronCV 18

    Imagine Key is also smarting at the Maori electorate vote against asset sales. 95% has to be well – magic. That can be levered off come the general election. And we do know one thing about the Maori electorates although I don ‘t know how significant it is – been in NZ for umpteen generations.

  19. bad12 19

    Slippery the Prime Ministers attack on Hone Harawira does come across as bizaare and in the first instance i would have to consider that the embarrassment the PM suffered to His reputation from having what can only be described as ‘That’ god-awful photo of Him and British Prime Minister David Cameron having a ‘Jolly’ old time at the official service for Nelson Mandela splashed across the Worlds media has caused a massive surge of body acids to be excreted into His bowels,

    Here in the midst of the gathering of 100’s of leaders from across the world we have the ‘True’ picture of the Prime Minister of New Zealand who obviously not giving a toss where He was and what He was there for, chooses to not view the ceremony with even a minute amount of the decorum, the gravitas if you will, the death of one who in many quarters is said to have been the greatest statesman of our age,

    Instead, we the people are subjected to this embarrassment from the man who represents Us the People of New Zealand, behaving as if the whole funeral service for Mandela was a joke staged simply as a conduit for His mirth,

    Consider this for one moment, if Slippery the Prime Minister turned up at a funeral in this country, ANY funeral, bursting with fits of laughter as the photo of Him taken at the Mandela service implies, all of us, from the mass media on down would be calling for His head on a platter,

    The ‘man’ is unfit to represent this country as Prime Minister and i await with no great expectation the Herald to publish a front page editorial calling for Him to resign for disgracing the reputation of this country in such a tawdry, shoddy manner…

    • bad12 19.1

      What tho is stark,bleak in actual fact, Here’s a picture of the Prime Minister of New Zealand cracking up with obvious laughter at the funeral service of Nelson Mandela, having in other words a ‘Jolly’ old time un-befitting of the services gravity,

      And not one, narry a peep,from a New Zealand journalist asking the Prime Minister exactly what was so fucking funny that it couldn’t wait to be expressed until after the official service had ended,

      What i see here goes far beyond ‘bias’ and simply makes the collective Press of New Zealand look to be a pack of utter and total cowards…

      • karol 19.1.1

        Exactly, b12.

      • poem 19.1.2

        Yes, disgraceful, and absolutely agree bad12 and you will find, there are a hell of a lot of people out there who felt exactly the same….. many +1s for that bad12.

      • the pigman 19.1.3

        Agreed, on the strength of that picture “unidentified guest” may as well have been “unidentified reveller”.

  20. millsy 20

    I really couldnt give a shit about Hone or 1981, who cares?

    The Apartheid system was doomed anyway. The Afrikaner government knew that — which is why they started holding talks with Mandela in the first place…

    Hone really needs to start focusing on his own people — those who live in ramshakle houses with no power out the back of Moerewa. They dont really care about Mandela either.

    And as for Key — well, he needs to admit he was pro-tour. Saying he “forgot about it” doesnt really wash.

    • bad12 20.1

      Of all the pathetic comments i have heard or read on the South African regime of racial segregation yours is up there as suffering from a complete lack of intelligence,

      Do you think that the regime in South Africa simply fell apart on it’s own volition, you would have to be particularly dense to think so, had the white regime not capitulated to the majority in South Africa when they did the rising tide of the ANC’s military and militant action would have sooner or later destroyed the country and swept the white minority into the sea,

      After the debacle of 1981 ripped apart my own country, this one, i became an open advocate of arming the disenfranchised majority of South Africa, i cannot say that i helped raise some 1000’s of dollars in an effort to achieve this aim,

      Your comments regarding Hone Harawira are equally as spurious, Mana are not part of the Government and it is obvious from the actions of Slippery and his Ministers that they do not give a fuck about the housing situation of anyone in Moerewa or anywhere else for that matter or this Government would be building State Housing instead of putting bulldozers through whole streets of them or selling them off as ‘unwanted’,

      If you havn’t noticed Harawira has been highly visible and vocal on this very issue even being arrested at a protest which was trying to prevent the removal of the State Housing in parts of Harawira’s electorate that does provide a decent standard of housing for Maori…

  21. poem 21

    Excellent post Karol many +1’s and to Hone Harawira many many +1’s that was a pleasure to read.

  22. EyesTamihana 22

    …this is by far the fairest and most uplifting forum I have read regarding Mr Harawira and his beautiful/humble explanation of why he attended the funeral of one of the profoundly great men in the previous and current generation of humanity. I have read his letter(to john key)and there can be no worthy rebuttle to it..(except an heartfelt apology Mr Key?).,FULL STOP. Anyone that understood the potential for Light and Love within the depths of a human heart would have felt and understood the humility and reverence in those words-no matter what”race/ethnicity”they came from. Anyone who somehow rationalised Mr Harawira’s intentions as selfish never truly understood(within themselves)the place from which those words came from, any whosoever did understand with an open heart and mind would be the first to say Mr Harawira”represented”them-no matter what”race/ethnicity”the belong to. We paint the background upon the canvas that our children will then add onto when they learn to hold(and control)the paintbrush and then express their life..if we choose too we can put down the foundations upon which they paint and express for them(and in turn the future)a living motion of true Love-for each other/in the families and for all of their brothers and sisters on the Mother Earth will live on…we can Keep it simple, Love Ourselves/Believe in Ourselves/Know Our Potential/Love One Another/Teach it to Our Children…watch it(True Love)grow! Rangimarie Whanau! Aroha.

  23. Our farming family (we live outside Whangarei) are rapt that Hone Harawira went to South Africa to help farewell Nelson Mandela…and we reckon John Key is purposefully trying to mislead the NZ public when he criticizes Hone Harawira. What a disgrace- a Prime Minister who claims he “can’t remember” his position on the Tour. I don’t know which is worse- a Prime Minister who lies and fakes amnesia, or a Prime Minister who (when a young man) was so oblivious to important matters of the day that he didn’t have a view on something as important as apartheid. Good on you Hone, and we love Mana’s policy on sustainable farming as well- we are not impressed with John Key and newbie Minister “for” the Environment Amy Adams trying to foist GE crops on us.

  24. We need people like Hone to speak the truth…
    I worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service in NSW and Mandela visited our office in Oct 1990 to thank us. Unfortunately I was visiting the Human Rights Committee in Geneva so I missed meeting him. Mandela was unjustly criticized by Aboriginal activists at the time for not raising their plight with Hawke or visiting Aboriginal communities. But he made up for this later whilst President. Racism is a blight on humanity and there is a lot of hurt on both sides. Mandela’s greatness was in recognising this with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. We need such a thing in NZ as Maori and PI continue to be marginalised.

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    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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