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The week that was

Written By: - Date published: 2:29 pm, April 18th, 2014 - 37 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, election 2014, john key, Judith Collins, labour, making shit up, mana, maori party, national, news, newspapers, same old national, spin, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

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This week had everything,

It started off with John Key challenging David Cunliffe to a debate on housing, Cunliffe eagerly accepting and then Key backing out quickly.

The media then said that it was Cunliffe who was afraid for not turning up to Parliament on Tuesday but instead talking to 300 of the country’s top directors and for failing to have John Campbell round to his home for a soft news story. The Herald for instance ran a headline “David Cunliffe denies he is running scared.”

The only scared one was John Key for failing to live up to his promise to debate housing with Cunliffe. This rather startling fact was not mentioned in the Herald Article which chose instead to adopt the National Party counter framing of the story. Dear Herald you are meant to be a newspaper, not the mouthpiece for the National Party.

As for the claims well the stuff up theory definitely applies to the home visit.  It was a case of a not quite finalised arrangement.  David needs every soft media event that he can get and I am sure that his home will soon grace the TVs of the country.

And as for the not turning up to Parliament claim well Key and Cunliffe both originally agreed to speak to the meeting.  Key pulled out and sent Joyce.  Cunliffe went and faced an audience which is not exactly Labour friendly.  As Rachel Smalley, who emceed the event said:

… David Cunliffe was given the opportunity to put forward the position of the left on all of these issues, and he took that. He was booked in some time ago.

No doubt about it, it was a tough audience for him. But it’s an audience that Cunliffe would believe with his business background and his economic brain that he could win over. I’m not so sure. I’m not so sure given the business climate at the moment – our flush economy, the investment in trade, the growth forecasts. Cunliffe was up against it, trying to win over an audience that I think would overwhelmingly vote National.

He made his case for a capital gains tax. He explained why he would change the Reserve Bank Act to influence monetary policy. He pushed the need for economic diversity, to ease our reliance on dairy. Again, I’m not sure how much cut through he got with any of that. But he’s the opposition leader and it’s an audience that he couldn’t turn down.

That’s why I’m a little perplexed that his absence from question time triggered such criticism. Yes, the opportunities for Cunliffe to spar with John Key before the election are few, but just how much cut-through does he get in that environment? And can he really be accused of running scared of the Prime Minister by addressing an audience of business leaders and directors? I don’t think so.

The Government and its support parties did not have such a good week.  The Maori Party showed clearly that it is nothing more than a Kapa Haka party for National.  Native Affairs continued on with some impressive investigative journalism work.

Judith Collins was under even more pressure when it was revealed that Oravida had lobbied the Government directly for help with getting its products into China before the infamous private dinner involving Collins, Oravida directors and an anonymous Chinese Official.  Question time descended into farce as Collins refused to name the dinner guest or reveal his position.  You really get the feeling that but for her seniority and the closeness of the election date Collins’ Ministerial Career would be at an end.

Matt Blomfield, the person suing Cameron Slater was reported to have been shot at and attacked by an unnamed assailant in his home on the weekend.  I am sure that Cameron would not be so stupid as to have been involved in this but you have to wonder if the Prime Minister may be less ready to use Slater’s services because of the rumours circulating around.

The final shares in the power companies were hocked off at a significant underprice amply displayed by an immediate 17% gain in share price.  This particular episode of economic vandalism will be remembered for a long time.

Labour launched an impressive Manufacturing Policy.  This is one of those sleeper issues that really matter in ordinary New Zealand away from the beltway.

And the latest Roy Morgan Poll put a bit of a damper on Easter.  Of course one poll should not be viewed in isolation and it may be another bouncy poll which Roy Morgan seem to produce.  But it seems that the sugar rush of gushing good feelings brought on by the Royal Tour had lifted peoples expectations.  No doubt this was always the intent.

But with the Mana.com party collecting 2% and with National’s support almost inevitably going to reduce it is going to be a very interesting year.

37 comments on “The week that was”

  1. Rogue Trooper 1

    No Comment , which is what Key should say if doesn’t know the answer, ‘stead of making answers up while our journalists let him!

  2. Don't worry be happy 2

    Look at the photo…or better yet the video of Key greeting this particular VIP….ladies and gentlemen…I give you, Ricky Gervais

  3. JamesjLL 3

    Fairy good post except for that last paragraph. You managed to to insert a total nonsense phrase which reduced your otherwise fairly accurate account.

    • mickysavage 3.1

      Why is that James? Do you think National can keep its polling where it is, presuming this is what its actual support is?

      • Markymark 3.1.1

        I agree with James.

        What is your logic for saying ‘National’s support will eventually reduce’?

        It seems like every single poll that comes out, you claim is a flawed, rougue poll without providing any ounce of evidence or reasoning.

        Such delusions does your credibility no favors.

  4. Wyndham, George 4

    Cunliffe didn’t have a flawless week. Is his Wellington team made up of the same twits that Robertson hired to undermine Shearer?

    • mickysavage 4.1

      His staff are very good. It has been an extraordinarily stressful 7 months since he took over as leader and has attempted to get things working with essentially new people. But they are talented and are starting to hit their straps.

      I font it hard to work out what he did wrong this week. The matters I have mentioned it all looks like the right decisions were made. But the hats are way better at getting their lines out through the media than Labour is.

      • Jimmie 4.1.1

        I’m surprised you didn’t mention the chunky Transport policy MS?

        Such heavy weight academic planning should have had a fair piece of mention in your post…..

        Heh smacking the truckies – almost as good as luke warm showers from 2008

        • Rogue Trooper 4.1.1.1

          can only chuckle at that one, really. 😎

        • felix 4.1.1.2

          I didn’t realise there were still people interested in NZ politics who don’t understand how showers work.

  5. Wyndham, George 5

    A Republican whinging about having too little time with the royals? Did the twits in his office recommend this?

    • Rogue Trooper 5.1

      I too found this a concerning play, came across as you infer.

    • mickysavage 5.2

      It was an off the cuff response to a question and I suspect that Cunliffe was dammed either way. If he says nothing then they will say that previous complaints about the politics of the Royal Tour were unfounded, but if he complains they will say that he was politicising the issue. Honest the spin is strong in this one. If you have a look at what he actually said it was very restrained.

      • Rogue Trooper 5.2.1

        I heard David on te RNZ ms, while keeping my ear to the grindstone (that would hurt :-) ) Have I told you how a bench grinder is utilised to relieve the fluid pressure behind the nail of a squashed finger…lesser of two harms.

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Is our economy about to pop? I do feel that it’s probable.
    Is this why John Key called an early election? It is, after all, rather difficult to get re-elected while the economy’s collapsing.

    12 Reasons Why New Zealand’s Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster

    Really, it’s just a matter of time before our economy collapses in upon itself.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.1

      an informative overview of topics frequently raised by Hickey , Shamubeel Eaqub et al; Draco. probable? likely? highly likely? certain? So many questions Rogue, for a fleeting visit. Wonder if the bottom will drop out of USS Enterprise kitset models…

    • karol 6.2

      But, wouldn’t that mean that Key et al are left in charge of, and responsible for an economic crisis….. leading to a possible collapse of government?

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        It’s unlikely that the government would collapse, possible but unlikely and they’d still be in power and able to implement more Disaster Capitalism and austerity.

    • Rogue Trooper 6.3

      Time to renew free subscription to the International Business Times; nobody enjoys being the last one to know.
      Apparently, it has been claimed, FOMO (fear of missing out) drives a lot of social network behaviour.

      How is your industrious and marvelous self karol? The summer treat you well, while sparing stormy extremes out your way…

      • karol 6.3.1

        I’m fine thanks, RT. Had a very pleasant summer. Some friends over from the UK for a bit, some reading done….. although the political landscape is looking a little wintry…. Winter is coming!

        And you?

        We need a flax root initiated total culture change…. as important as a change of government.

        • Rogue Trooper 6.3.1.1

          the political landscape is indeed looking a little wintry in many ways karol, along with much of the MSM, National Radio, CL and Al Jazeera excepted. Made a few comments over at Brian Edwards today, will get back into it next week hopefully; as once was recommended to me- Be Aware . and there is much to learn via the net, balanced with some deeper reading.
          Regards.

    • Seti 6.4

      The underlying comparison is with GFC defaults, however neither NZ nor Aus has a sub-prime lending market. Also, inflation is benign meaning interest rates will rise slowly, allowing any bubble to gradually deflate. Of course there will be casualties who over-extended but the majority will manage.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.4.1

        His implication is that most of our housing market is sub-prime and bubbles have a tendency to pop, not deflate quietly.

    • Ad 6.5

      They are fair risks, all of which we have been carrying for quite some years without disaster.

      To me the standout one is not property markets and exposure to Australian banks (which are effectively underwritten by Australia’s Four Pillars police), but the NZ currency versus the US. We continue to be propped up by the US currency and remain the sixth highest traded currency in the world.

      When the $NZ drops say just two cents, petrol goes through the roof, together with other household staples like wheat. Winston’s speech to Grey Power laid it all out pretty plainly.

      We also could give ourselves a break.
      – We weathered the GFC capital meltdown better than most countries, despite all of the risks outlined in the note from Forbes.

      Central government is certainly raising debt, but in Christchurch and in the motorway system it is also forming new assets with that debt. (We don’t have to agree with the assets being formed)

      In China, India and Australia, we have positioned ourselves in what is as close to a global economic sweet spot as anyone could in the world. None are infallible, but all remain strong.

      Household savings are certainly weak. But we are improving. We could certainly improve eg with making Kiwisaver compulsory, but are a whole sight better than we were when Labour left power.
      The lower end of the property market (the most vulnerable) is cooling. The negative end of that is of course the generational shift away from owning your own home (or even your own car). But in terms of risk to the country, the Reserve Bank has made the right moves and is softening the real estate market at just the right rate of deflation.

      I look forward to his longer piece, but I’m not convinced yet.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.5.1

        Central government is certainly raising debt, but in Christchurch and in the motorway system it is also forming new assets with that debt. (We don’t have to agree with the assets being formed)

        A useless motorway is a waste of scarce resources that brings nothing to society.

        Household savings are certainly weak. But we are improving.

        No we can’t because our entire economic system is based upon debt to the banks. Increasing savings will actually decrease the amount of money in circulation.

        We could certainly improve eg with making Kiwisaver compulsory, but are a whole sight better than we were when Labour left power.

        No, we’re not. That’s why he was highlighting all the debt.

        • Ad 6.5.1.1

          Doom I tell you! Doom!
          Woe, woe! All shall love me, and despair.

          • greywarbler 6.5.1.1.1

            When DTB pops your dreamy bubble Ad you find it amusing. You can’t stand having the facts of hard reality. But keep blogging – it’s fascinating seeing the skewed vision that NACTs have and RW generally. Without you I wouldn’t be able to get the picture, to see the arrangement of economic bumf to form such a pretty pattern.

      • Colonial Viper 6.5.2

        They are fair risks, all of which we have been carrying for quite some years without disaster.

        Hmmmm. This is a very problematic statement when it comes to statistics and probabilities.

        Having spun the revolver’s chamber around a few times in a game of russian roulette and having survived each time, does not mean that you should be lulled into a false sense of safety that the very next spin will not end in “disaster.”

        Your comment reminds me of the completely broken “value at risk” models that Wall St analysts used and still use, the ones which predicted that the underlying risk of a subprime mortgage meltdown was much less than one in a thousand (or ten thousand) years. And of course, this broken risk modelling held true and it all kept working month after month – until it didn’t.

    • Offtopic, but I giggled on reading this sentence:

      “the United States and Japan, which have both had zero interest rates and quantitative easing programs to boost their economies”

      Oh my gods! Quantitative easing! I thought that was, like, some crazy hippie voodoo Greens policy to print money which will lead us all into ruin!

      • Colonial Viper 6.6.1

        A government issuing (i.e. spending) new currency into general economic circulation and QE are quite different things.

        • Colonial Viper 6.6.1.1

          I should add that governments whose currencies are considered ‘reserve currencies’ are far more able to issue new money as they want to. The US with its dollar is the ultimate example of this because of how much international trade is conducted in USD, even when the USA is not even a party of such a trade.

  7. Whatever next? 7

    If Labour can stop worrying about personality politics, and being seduced into utterly pointless debates about which leader ” is the fairest of them all”, we can so easily win in September.
    The asset sales referendum results should be mentioned regularly, and when questions about Labour Leader come up, just laugh, we are not that pathetic we have idolise a person, but are more interested in his attitude towards reducing the wealth gap, thanks for asking

  8. NZJester 8

    The National Party spin doctors seam to have to many friends in the main stream media right now who are helping them spin the facts away from the truth. I find it very strange also they are claiming David Cunliffe is the one running scared, when all the real facts show it is John Key who is truly running scared.
    You have to wonder why Key canceled going to that meeting himself and sent one of his underlings. To me just another sign that shows it is Key running scared from David. I’m sure David was originally expecting to debate Key at the event.
    John Key had absolutely no interest in the NZ flag debate until bigger stories about National Party scandals started to break in the media and he then starts talking about that and getting it put on the front page pushing all the scandals away from the front page. You do have to wonder how independent the editors of a lot of the main stream media are when all the real stories keep getting pushed to the back pages for fluff pieces unless it is a scandal about one of the opposition parties.

  9. Whatever next? 9

    NZ jester, you have focused only on leaders…..what if didn’t dignify the nonsense with responses?

  10. vto 10

    The most telling political event of the week was when John Key coldly dismissed the murder of a New Zealander in Yemen by the United States government as “a legitimate operation”.

    Key’s approach was wrong on countless fronts. So very wrong. Chillingly.

    Key is a cold-blooded psychopath. He is an absolute kunt. I loathe him.

  11. Blue 11

    He may have been a New Zealander, but he was working actively for a terrorist group. These are the risks taken when entering into a criminal and murderous enterprise, as he did. Are you suggesting you support his motives and decisions to enter into terrorism and the New Zealand government shield him ? That’s just bizarre. The only cold blooded psychopath I see in this saga is the psychopath that was killed before he decided to kill more innocents. You have serious mental health issues that need addressing if you believe this man wasn’t an active player in the murder of innocents.

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  • How many victims missing out on protection?
    Hundreds of domestic abuse victims could be missing out on getting protection orders because they are unable to get legal aid, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“In the last two years some 351 people who applied for legal aid for… ...
    3 hours ago
  • Government kicks hardworking whanau
    A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.… ...
    3 hours ago
  • Speculator tax political stunt gone wrong
    Bill English’s admission he doesn’t know whether National’s new speculator tax will have any effect shows last weekend’s announcement by the Prime Minister was a desperate political stunt, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “This Government is so desperate to… ...
    6 hours ago
  • The value of parenting
    This week, as part of the Budget, the government introduced a bill to address child poverty. This bill will require parents receiving income support to look for part-time work once their youngest child is three years of age rather than… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    10 hours ago
  • Another new tax, another broken promise
    National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said “The… ...
    1 day ago
  • Anniversary of Sri Lankan Tamil Massacre
    This is not going to be a happy story but if the Green Party of Aotearoa doesn’t want to know who else will? May 18th marks the anniversary of what is known as the ‘Mullivaikal massacre’ of Tamils in 2009 at… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 day ago
  • Labour MPs join youth to take part in 40 hour famine
    A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they… ...
    1 day ago
  • Rodeo: ‘Family entertainment’ or animal abuse?
    Recently  TVNZ ran a story with confronting footage showing rodeo animals being punched, repeatedly shocked with electronic prods and having their tails violently twisted over their backs. It was clear that significant force was being used behind the scenes to make… ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers MP
    1 day ago
  • Budget puts the squeeze on police
    The Government has cut funding to the New Zealand police force in the latest Budget, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “The reduction is a whopping $15.3 million that could put front line officers at risk. ...
    1 day ago
  • Crucial social services take another hit
    The Government looks set to slash half a million dollars of funding for critical social services, including Women’s Refuge and Barnados, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni “Taking $500,000 from organisations aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable families… ...
    1 day ago
  • Saying it Loud on Climate in Christchurch
    The Government’s Christchurch consultation meeting on New Zealand’s emission targets was inspiring – not for what was in the Ministry for the Environment’s (MFE’s) defeatist video about the obstacles to changing to a low carbon future, but for what the… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 day ago
  • Budget silent on small business
    The Government has completely ignored one of the most important sectors of the economy – small and medium-sized enterprises – in Budget 2015, Labour’s Small Business spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. "A stunning 41 per cent of jobs were created by… ...
    1 day ago
  • Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous
    The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of… ...
    1 day ago
  • KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan
    National’s cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand’s savings rate is far too low. KiwiSaver… ...
    1 day ago
  • National hits the panic button for its 7th Budget
    National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition… ...
    2 days ago
  • Panic and back-flips can’t hide twin deficits
    National’s token measures to fight fires they have left burning for seven long years can’t hide a Budget that is long on broken promises, short on vision and fails to reach surplus, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “After being… ...
    2 days ago
  • Auckland land measure seven years too late
    National are so desperate to look like they are doing something about the Auckland housing crisis they have dusted off Labour’s 2008 inventory of government land available for housing and re-announced it, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Despite National… ...
    2 days ago
  • Access to gender reassignment surgery essential
    I was frankly disgusted to hear the Minister for Health say that funding gender reassignment surgeries is a “nutty idea”. A recent study found that in New Zealand 1% of young people identified themselves as transgender, and 3% were unsure… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    3 days ago
  • Global milk prices now lowest in 6 years
    The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices… ...
    3 days ago
  • Big risks as CYF checks stopped
    Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • Housing crisis about real people not numbers
    The Government’s continued failure to tackle the housing crisis is seeing thousands of vulnerable Kiwis being kept off social housing waiting lists, while others, who are on the list, are being forced to live in cars and garages, says Labour’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • State of origin
    Kiwis are increasingly concerned about the food they give their families. New Zealand consumers have the right to know where their food has come from, particularly when it involves animals, and should be able to expect our Government to label… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Relationships Aotearoa
    It is disturbing that Relationships Aotearoa, a voluntary organisation set up in 1949 to help couples struggling with their relationships following the upheavals of World War II, may be forced to close, says Acting Spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community… ...
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • An economy that is just working for some is an economy that is not working
    The National Party presents itself as a great manager of the economy, but if the economy is only working for some we really need to question that assertion. Alongside the perpetually elusive surplus, the levels of risk in our economy are… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • House prices to a crack $1 million in 17 months
    The average Auckland home is on track to cost $1 million in 17 months’ time if nothing substantial is done to rein in soaring price rises, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Auckland’s house prices have skyrocketed 63 per cent… ...
    5 days ago
  • Vital support services can’t be left in lurch
    The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals… ...
    5 days ago
  • Treasury and IRD on a capital gains tax
    Both the Treasury and IRD have been advising the National Government on the benefits of a capital gains tax. Documents released to the Green Party under an Official Information Act request show that John Key has been selective with the… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    5 days ago
  • Charity legislation needs review
    It is unacceptable that the big corporate based charities claim  millions in annual income tax exemptions, while small community based and operated non-profit organisations  struggle to gain official charity status, Labour’s acting spokesperson for the Voluntary and Community Sector Louisa… ...
    5 days ago
  • John’s panic-Key response to housing crisis
    John Key needs to tell New Zealanders what caused his sudden change of heart that led to the Government’s scrambled and last-minute housing measures, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “The Prime Minister’s sudden rush of blood to his head followed… ...
    5 days ago
  • Keep our Assets Christchurch Campaign: An update
    I recently presented my submission to keep Christchurch Council assets at the Christchurch City Council’s public hearings on its 10 year plan on 13 May. The hearings are live-streamed and recorded so you can watch them on www.ccc.govt.nz. The Council’s… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    5 days ago
  • John Key finally admits there’s a housing crisis
    John Key’s weak measures to rein in the astronomical profits property speculators are making are an admission – finally – that there is a housing crisis, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “But yet again National is tinkering with the housing… ...
    6 days ago
  • Government stifles voices in CYFs review
    The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future… ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Otago Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. It’s a pleasure as always to be back in the town that raised me. Growing up in St Kilda meant that there was one thing that was a big… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key can’t just be Prime Minister for Parnell
    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In… ...
    1 week ago
  • Stop the conversions
    This week, some Waikato locals took me and intrepid photographer Amanda Rogers on a tour of some  lakes and waterways in their region, and up to the massive dairy conversions in the upper catchment of the Waikato River. It… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • More regional jobs go in Corrections reshape
    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka face closure… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government’s climate meetings off to a bumpy start
    On Wednesday, I attended a hui and an evening meeting that the Government had organised in Nelson as part of its climate change consultation tour, to support the Nelson community telling the Government to take meaningful action on climate change.… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayers the only ones left feeling blue
    Ministry of Social Development bosses could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in consultants’ fees by providing staff with rose-tinted spectacles, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. A report out today reveals the Ministry is spending over half a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Why are the regions still facing restrictions?
    Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is questioning why the regions should continue to be saddled with LVR lending restrictions announced by the Reserve Bank today. “Labour has been calling for the regions to be exempted from LVRs for the best… ...
    1 week ago
  • The high costs of weak environmental regulation
    Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere is described on the Department of Conservation website as “Canterbury’s largest and New Zealand’s fifth largest [lake], and an internationally important wildlife area.” But the lake is also polluted by nutrients leaching from farms in the catchment.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Submissions to Wellington City Council on their Gambling Venues Policy
    Every three years Councils across the country are required to check that their gambling venue policies are still fit for purpose and they can choose to consult on their policy if they are thinking of making changes. Councils don’t have… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank action shows Govt out of touch and out of ideas
    The Reserve Bank’s unprecedented measures today show it understands the serious risks of the overheating housing market – in complete contrast to John Key’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The Bank is right to… ...
    1 week ago
  • Send us your snaps: 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year we've hit a milestone. We're turning 25.To help celebrate a quarter of a century, please send us your photos from the last 25 years of the Green Party Aotearoa New Zealand! Note: Photos must be jpg, gif or… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 25 Years of the Green Party
    This year the Green Party sends 25. To help us celebrate a quarter of a century please send us you photos of 25 years of the Green Party!Photos must be jpg,gif or png and smaller than 2MB. If you are… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bay growth plan too little too late
    Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe.  “This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government bows to ACC pressure
     The Government has finally buckled to pressure from Labour and the New Zealand public in making a half billion dollar cut to ACC levies, but the full benefits are two years away,” says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “$500 million over… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • False figures cloud Auckland transport facts
    The Prime Minister should apologise and issue a correction after both he and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have been caught out misrepresenting facts on Auckland’s transport spending, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. "Both John Key and Simon Bridges have… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt books confirm National can’t post surplus
    The last publication of the Government’s books before the budget shows National will break its promise of seven years and two election campaigns and fail to get the books in order, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government is… ...
    2 weeks ago

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