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The Standard line: Nanny State

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, October 31st, 2008 - 31 comments
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So, you’re talking with someone about politics and they say something really dumb and wrong and you know it’s wrong but you don’t have the arguments and facts at your fingertips to make a decisive point. That’s where our election series, The Standard line, comes in. The info you need in bite-size form. Today: Nanny State 

Points:
– ask for specific examples of this so-called ‘Nanny State’ and why they are so awful that they are the decision someone would base their vote on. Does that example of ‘nanny sate’ really affect their life?
– in response to the Child Displicine Bill being raised, you can point out that:

- under the previous law people were being let off for hitting children with riding crops and other weapons,
– National supported the law and won’t reverse it,
– no-one has yet been convicted of assault on a child for a simple smack.
– It was just a minor change in the law to make sure child abusers weren’t getting protected by the law.

– on the lightbulbs

- The Government sets energy efficiency standards for all types of things – fridges, microwaves, and lights. All that happened was the standard for lights was raised to a point that most incandescent bulbs can’t match.
– You can still buy a huge range of bulbs, not just CFLs, halogen and LED as well.
– CFLs are not dangerous, they use a tiny amount of mercury, too little to have any health affect even if it were to somehow get in your body, and they are much cheaper to run, you can save hundreds a year.
– Shouldn’t we want a more energy efficent, smarter economy rather than keep on using out-dated technology?

– why does National make such a big deal over these minor things? Because they doen’t want you talking about things that matter like National’s policy to privatise ACC, cut work rights, lower wages, and gut Kiwisaver.

31 comments on “The Standard line: Nanny State”

  1. Chris G 1

    Great post,

    Also I’dd add re Section 59. Heard the Assistant Police Comissioner on radiolive a month or so ago saying as far as the police are concerned they have had no problems with policing the law. ie. its not confusing, it is quite workable.

  2. vidiot 2

    So of the SEVEN cases that were successfully defended (yes, only SEVEN cases) under the old S59 laws, which ones should have been convicted then ? Yes – there are other cases where the defendant got off, but S59 was not used as the reason.

    Shall we ask James Mason (Musician of Christchurch – http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/28688/date-set-musician039s-child-assault-trial) what he thinks about his current court case, where he is being charged for flicking his son’s ear.

  3. Anita 3

    In answer to “What do you mean by a nanny state?” I’ve had answers about Prostitution Law Reform and Civil Unions.

    Rather than going “huh? what? huh? how is that nanny state-ish?” and looking confused I find it’s better to say “It sounds like what you’re complaining about is a socially progressive liberal government” and then have that conversation.

  4. Chris G 4

    vidiot: Oh thanks for bringing the ‘flick’ case.

    As much as you love to say he got done for simply flicking his kids ear…. You realise it had to take TWO schocked onlookers to call the police:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4357621a6530.html

    Right back at ya.

  5. deemac 5

    funny how the same people who complain about the nanny state are also quick to demand the government “do something” when bad things happen! In the same way, many people don’t think things through, they want lower taxes AND more spending on health, education etc.
    James Mason hit a tiny tot – far too young to understand – and it was on the head, which is a no no. The reason why in olden days kids were spanked on the bottom is that there was no chance of permanent damage, which is unfortunately not true of ANY blow to the head. Grossly irresponsible at the very least, not a caring piece of correction.

  6. DeeDub 6

    Hey Vidiot, let’s wait and see the details of the case before we jump to any conclusions, eh? The ‘ear flicking’ thing could just be the defendants attempt (in the highly-charged, fact-light court of public opinion) to hide a much bigger, nastier story… in fact I’d almost be willing to lay money on it.

  7. deemac 7

    oh and if you are worried about mercury, what about those of us with mercury tooth fillings? If they haven’t poisoned you yet, you have probably proved it’s another case of the media not letting the facts get in the way of a good panic story.

  8. Rakaia George 8

    It’s the difference between telling people what to do and encouraging them to change. I very much doubt anyone would have a problem with government incentivising a changeover on lightbulb use (maybe add an import tarif) – but those of us who don’t like the light they cast, or have dimmer switches, or get f-ed off when a $13 bulb goes “plink” after two weeks should have the right to choose…

  9. vidiot 9

    “I was quite shaken by the whole thing,” said the teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous because she found him frightening.

    The teacher said she never saw the accident

    And yes that’s the state of what society is coming to. Nanny do-gooders, trying to make things better for you without knowing the full facts of what happened.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4354765a10.html – and back at you, the other side of the coin.

  10. DeeDub 10

    Rakaia George
    October 31, 2008 at 11:02 am

    “It’s the difference between telling people what to do and encouraging them to change”

    What a load of s**t! Are you saying all legislation should be more ‘encouraging’ and less ‘prescriptive’? It’s ok to price the product out of most peoples reach via a ‘tariff’ but don’t just tell us we can’t have it?? Now I’ve bloody heard everything!!??!@

  11. DeeDub 11

    Vid, if the cop involved didn’t think there was a case this guy wouldn’t be facing charges. They certainly don’t want to waste their time with frivilous prosecutions. So I would say there is substance here that at least deserves a day in court. Why don’t you wait and see what happens?

    Or I guess you could just continue to judge everything based on what you read in ONE media report and ignore the other? Yeah . . . that makes sense.

  12. higherstandard 12

    vidiot

    I disagree with the repeal of S59 but I absolutely support “Nanny do-gooders” speaking up if they think kids are being maltreated.

    Maybe if there were more “nanny do-gooders” we wouldn’t have to learn about yet another kid being beaten and killed – I feel sick each time I hear about another kid being abused.

  13. The term nanny state is used to dismiss ideas based on bigoted old fashion conservative prejudice rather than the ideas merits.

  14. Rakaia George 14

    DeeDub

    Did I say “price out of people’s reach”? No, because that’s just banning it in disguise which has exactly the same effect in terms of the resentment it generates.

    You don’t know much about leadership do you? At the moment there is a barrier to people taking up the new technology which is comprised of cost and function. The longer term benefits of life-time cost aren’t immediately apparent (especially when that $13 bulb dies quickly) so if there’s a benefit to the country in getting people to change, a smart leader does something to lower the barrier (increase the cost of one, subsidise the other…) and people make their own choice. Easy…but no, the nanny state instinct is compulsion.

  15. Matthew Pilott 15

    Rakaia George wants the Mummy State – knows what’s best and really tries to get you to eat your veggies. In this case, it feels like a tacit admission that the government is right, and the only problem is that people are whingers.

  16. Chris G 16

    Vidiot: Why would you misquote like that?

    “”I was quite shaken by the whole thing,’ said the teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous because she found him frightening.

    “The teacher said she never saw the accident”

    Do you take me or others for idiots with your misinformation, Here is the ACTUAL quote folks.

    “The teacher said she never saw the accident described by Mason, when the younger of the boys rode into a handrail, but saw him yell at the boys and bang their bikes up and down”

    Go read the article, there is more to it than what vidiot will quote you and Way more to it than simply a man getting done for ‘flicking’ his kids ear.

    Two people were concerned by the mans behaviour so as to call the police. I think sending 6 cops is unnecessary. But whats also unnecessary is tories drumming up lies about it and those slacks in the “liberal media” doing the same thing

  17. vidiot 17

    Chris G – What mis-quote ? She NEVER SAW the incident, she only saw the response to that incident. Get your facts straight.

    Where’s the lie ? Oh there is none, some poor bstrd got initially warned for flicking his kids ear, he disputed the warning and wanted it removed from his record and now because he went against the grain he finds himself up on charges. Great system that.

    And yes, wear that idiot badge with pride if you want.

  18. randal 18

    flick flick…thats what john keys is going to do to ACC and Kiwisaver. Flick them off tohis mates and convientiently forget the shares he gets offered. if he is not doing it for personal gain then why is he doing it
    this has never been explained
    just like TV1 has never explained how they keep employing guyon epsinner and how he got the job in the first place
    New Zealand
    home of the dumm and the dummerer

  19. Chris G 19

    Add to that there was an off duty police offer present who was the one to ring the police…

  20. Chris G 20

    People go read the article and ignore anything vidiot has to say. He/she must be reading the article with the most tinted glasses ever known to man

  21. randal 21

    who cares about some dweeb getting the flick
    what about Kiwisaver and ACC
    is keys going to flick them
    will you let him get away with it?

  22. higherstandard 22

    Chris

    No, I can confirm that those glasses are in the possession of Travelleve.

  23. Lampie 23

    Rakaia George

    i work in the Lighting industry and you are just full of SHIT

  24. Quoth the Raven 24

    National’s going to start DNA testing everyone arrested for an imprisonable offence. Whether guilty or not they’ll have your DNA. Just another step on Nationals road to police state New Zealand.
    I’ll take a nanny over a big brother any day.

  25. randal 25

    Lampie…of course he is
    just filling the blog up with diversion while in the meantime that little creep epsinner and the rest of the crew at TV! are putting out their manipulations and machinations unchallenged
    I am disgusted with their behaviour
    why is everyone running round like chooks with their head cut off arguing about the minutae when the very institutions of our democracy are slowly being taken over by solipsistic post modern twerps with no other interest except their pay packets

  26. Ianmac 26

    S59: My letter to the paper re the referendum went like this:
    “Should we pass a law which gives a parent a legal defence to avoid conviction for hitting a child with a whip, or stick or fist?”
    The response from the Family First was that, that was not what it was at all. It was the Anti-smacking Law. No.
    I notice that the ear-flicker has the evidence of the charge suppressed. Wonder why?
    I think that it has been pointed out that a number of countries have phased out the light bulbs without fuss. Would a Nat Govt cancel energy saving bulbs and import incandescent bulbs in bulk knowing that the production is dropping world-wide= increased costs?

  27. randal 27

    any natoinal government would look at it soley in the amount of cash it would generate for its backers and itself
    dont be stupid
    they are the party that does not believe in government
    only in money and acquiring it

  28. Rich 28

    Also, *more* mercury is released through life by a conventional bulb (as a result of coal burning in power stations) than a CFL bulb. But that’s a scientific fact, and the right is too dumb to handle science.

  29. Fiona 29

    It is hypocritical for right wing political groups to call for zero tolerance, more police, longer prison sentences and more prisons when appealing to
    voters on law and order while at the same time proclaiming” smaller government” when appealing to voters re: tax cuts and cuts in public service and spending.

    Surely the law and order policies hailed by ACT and National amount to a much, much larger government in terms of a hugely bloated justice system- more courts, more judges, more police, more prisons, more guards, more bailiffs and more civil servants.

    Who is going to pay for this grossly enlarged judicial arm of the state as proposed by National and ACT, if not the taxpayer?

  30. G 30

    Regarding the existence of Nanny State: Not PC has a list worth repeating:

    There she is inspecting school lunchboxes.
    Banning smacking.
    Telling us not to lie in the sun.
    Not to drink more than seven servings.
    Not to drive too fast.
    Not to drive too often.
    Not to smoke at home.
    Not to smoke in the car.
    Not to smoke in the pub.
    Not to smoke at all, really (you getting the message)?

    She tells us we may not discipline our children.
    We may not let them eat tasty food.
    We must pay for hysterical advertising that treats adults like children.
    We must not watch advertising that treats us like adults.
    We may not drive fast cars in industrial areas at night.
    We may not climb tall ladders.
    We may not act in ways that Nanny deems “anti-social.”
    We may not buy vitamins and minerals without a prescription from Nanny.
    We may not drink alcohol in public places.
    We may not smoke cigarettes at work or in the pub.
    We may not smoke marijuana anywhere.
    We may not ride a bicycle without a helmet.
    We may not walk a poodle without a muzzle.
    We may not buy fireworks that go ‘Bang!’
    We may not put up bright billboards or sandwich boards around our cities.
    We may not cut down trees on our own property.
    We may not repair our own property if Nanny says we can’t.
    We may not plant trees on our own property without Nanny’s approval of the type of tree.
    We may not paint our houses in colours of which Nanny disapproves.
    We may not build houses at all where Nanny says we can’t.
    We may not advertise for young female employees.
    We may not open for business on days Nanny specifies.
    If we do open for business, we must act as Nanny’s unpaid tax collectors.
    We may not fire staff who steal from us.
    We may not fire staff, whatever their employment contract says.
    We must surrender our children to Nanny’s factory schools.
    We must pay for teachers that can’t teach and for centres of education that aren’t.
    We must believe that Alan Bollard knows what he’s doing.
    We must believe that our money is not our own.
    We must not call bureaucrats “arseholes.’
    We must not offend people paid to boss us around with our money.
    We must answer stupid questions when Nanny asks us.
    We may not spend our own money in ways of which Nanny disapproves.
    We may not defend ourselves against people who try to kill us.
    We must pretend that snails are more important than we are.
    We must pretend that murderers are people too.
    We must apologise to tribalists for things we didn’t do.
    We must not offend criminals for things they did do.
    We must apologise to conservationists for things we need to do.
    We must apologise for success.
    We must ignore failure.
    We may not build new power stations that actually produce real power.
    We must not offend Gaia by driving big cars and enjoying overseas holidays unless we’re a cabinet minister.
    We may not end our own lives when we choose.
    We must pay for art we don’t like and TV shows we don’t watch.
    We must pay middle class families to become welfare beneficiaries.
    We must pay no-hopers to breed.

    And Helen Clark says the Nanny State is an urban myth?

    …………………………………………..

    John Key is a Nanny too, though not quite as matronly as ol’ Smashmouth.

  31. Janice 31

    This Nanny State stuff is hilarious coming from a group who wants to build more prisons, impose Zero tolerance, sack bureaucrats, employ more police…. ad nauseum. All I read from these people is that they want a police state so large and unwieldy we won’t be able to pay for it

    This guy would have the state in our bedrooms and bathrooms eavesdropping, listening to our telephone calls, micro-chipping us, making us all carry ID cards with all our personal details. putting our DNA on database.

    He recommends a tyrannical police state – all paid for by the tax payer of course. In fact this is all the tax payer could pay for – every other publicly owned asset would be transferred to the coffers of his wealthy mates. He would have the corporate rich on welfare in terms of price subsidies, price fixing and bail-outs while we continue to contribute hugely to corporate profits in terms of previously publcly owned, phones, rail, airports, wharves, water, electricity, roading, banking, and so on,

    These are the very people who call for an end to hard-fought-for workers rights in terms of unemployment, widow and DP benefits in times of worker need and poverty, while at the same time want the same workers to bail out wealthy corporations when the merchants of greed have mismanaged their affairs, to the tune of billions and billions of tax dollars.

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