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Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, March 5th, 2013 - 103 comments
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National’s going to spend a million taxpayer dollars just on advertising trying to convince Kiwis to sign up to buy something we already own and just in the ‘pre-registration’ phase of the Mighty River sale. God knows what the full cost of the sale will be. They’ve wasted $26m already and seem determined to keep throwing good money after bad while ignoring Kiwis’ howls of protest.

103 comments on “Throw another mil on the barbie”

  1. johnm 1

    Keyshine boy is a disgrace and his government. They’re determined to keep kissing the market’s bum to the better end while impoverishing kiwis to the bitter end of being economic aliens in their own land.:-(

  2. johnm 2

    Spelling correction to above bitter not better.

  3. Don't worry be happy 3

    Where the bloody hell is Labour?

    • SpaceMonkey 3.1

      Shaping up to be National’s coalition partner next election… O.O

    • David H 3.2

      Too busy infighting, and acting like spoiled children as usual! The sooner they sort their shit out the better.

      • Tom Gould 3.2.1

        The chooks aren’t interested. They have their $1m ad spend over a fortnight, and the marketing folks tell the editorial folks what’s up. Labour, nor the Greens, will not get any cut through, because the headlines and the copy has already been written.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1

          Yep. It was probably all written up and signed off before Christmas.

  4. johnm 4

    “Quoted in a New York Times article on Monday that describes the current economy as a “golden age for corporate profit,” Savita Subramanian, who heads the equity and quantitative strategy for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said that despite the terrible times for working people and warnings that nearly three-quarters of a million jobs could be lost this year in the US, “the market wants more austerity.”

    “Corporate Profits Soar as Worker Income Limps

    Experts estimate so-called budget sequestration could cost the country about 700,000 jobs, but Wall Street doesn’t expect the cuts to substantially alter corporate profits or threaten stock markets. ”

    It’s the s*dding market and corporate profits and the 1% that count, the Public Sector gets sold off to make these parasites richer. :-(

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/04-1

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said that despite the terrible times for working people. Who used to work for Merrill Lynch?

  5. Lanthanide 5

    This is the government’s job policy – money for advert men.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    A million dollars here, a million dollars there. Pretty soon it starts adding up to real money.

  7. Dv 7

    AND the 80% nz ownership means that 20% of the float will/could go off shore!!!!

    Perhaps the headline should be 20% of Might river to be sold off shore!!!!

  8. Skinny 8

    A million here, ten’s of million there to the Australian bankers advising on the sale of ‘our’ assets where will it end?

    Well it should end with Labour & the Green announcing the assets will be re-nationalised back. Send a clear message that if you buy shares you will get back what you paid for them. Perhaps minus the bankers fee etc.

  9. tarkwin 10

    You could always try buying some share. I will be.

    • karol 10.1

      I could afford it, but I wont.

      The sale is destructive to NZ, and will increase inequalities… downward spiral.

      • tarkwin 10.1.1

        I personally disagree with assett sales. I also believe the worst thing to happen to this country was Max Bradford privatising the electricity industry. However, this is going to happen. So every share bought by a Kiwi is a share that stays here. I’m nothing if not pragmatic.

      • indiana 10.1.2

        The rich get richer because they think and act about becoming richer…an opportunity exists to become richer by taking a risk and investing in a company that will pay regular dividends…inequalities will exist and increase so long as there are people who don’t act and behave like rich people.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.2.1

          Funny how these rich pricks have to steal our nations assets in order to put their tax cut wealth into

          Why don’t they take a risk and create some worthwhile assets for themselves instead of sponging off the work of generations of NZers.

          • Arfamo 10.1.2.1.1

            Because the ideal investments are those that bring highest returns for lowest risk. Investing in a business that creates or sells products or services that may be out-competed is much more risky than buying into a power company that is creaming it already without having to produce anything extra than the services it already supplies.

            This makes perfect sense to a money trader like Key whose focus is on making money for themselves and their clients, and for anyone with the spare money to invest. In fact it’s vital for them to do it – accumulating financial assets is their guarantee of security – they know the merry go round will spin off its axis at some point and they want to be insulated from the crash and burn. It doesn’t make sense for a truly democratic government looking to grow an economy based on new jobs from supplying products or services to have an investment strategy that is ultimately likely to cost more jobs than it creates.

            But it’s become a me-first dog-eat-dog world which makes people concerned about their own futures, not those of the broader society, or the future of succeeding generations.

          • indiana 10.1.2.1.2

            There is nothing illegal going on here, nothing is being stolen…a government was elected on well announced policy plans.

            • pollywog 10.1.2.1.2.1

              It’s the future generation’s guaranteed ownership of past generation’s assets that’s being stolen.

              It may not be illegal but it sure as fuck ain’t right!

              • indiana

                51% is still theirs…even better it the bit that actually holds all the cards in terms of future governance.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Except that it doesn’t. The laws of NZ have it so that the majority shares cannot act against the financial good of the minority which means that we’ve lost all control of those assets.

                • felixviper

                  Wow, you went from “nothing” to “49%” pretty quick.

              • Arfamo

                It’s unethical, undemocratic, and simply unfair to provide a select group of people with the ability to buy and extract a profit from everybody using an asset they already own as taxpayers. If you want to take the line that it’s not illegal so therefore it’s ok, how far do you run with that? Much of what happened in Nazi Germany was not illegal. Legislation was passed to legitimise it. Democracy was legalised out of existence.

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2.1.2.2

              Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean that it’s right.

              In the case of selling state assets that are strategic and natural monopolies selling them is down right immoral. And considering the fact that the majority of people oppose selling them then doing so is outright theft.

                • pollywog

                  Yep…thats the very much a majority of dumfucks. Probably the very same majority of dumfucks that voted our current government in and the same majority of dumfucks who keep them high in the polls

                  Glad we got that sorted…cheers!

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Oh, look, a RWNJ trying to use a non-scientific, self-selecting poll that supports his own delusions as evidence against reality.

                  Here, try this one:

                  A 3 News Reid Research poll shows New Zealanders remain opposed to the Government’s planned asset sales.

                  The poll asked 1000 voters whether they agreed with the partial privatisations.
                  The results showed 62 percent disagreed, 35 percent agreed and 3.5 percent were unsure.

                  • lovinthatchangefeeling

                    “A 3 News Reid Research poll shows New Zealanders remain opposed to the Government’s planned asset sales.”

                    Wow. A “scientific”poll that shows asset sales are unpopular … conducted over a year ago.

                    That now looks as relevant as the 80% figure of Kiwis opposed to Partial Privitisation that Cap’n Mumblefuck pulled out of his arse :-)

                    • Colonial Viper

                      NZ balance of payments going down the tubes. The small minded and short term thinkers more than willing to press Flush.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      There doesn’t appear to be anything later. Probably the MSM wanting to keep the government happy by not reminding people that the government is selling out the country’s future.

                • felixviper

                  lolz indiana actually believes that 61% of kiwis can afford $1000 worth of shares.

                  • Treetop

                    Could you imagine a person putting in for an advance of benefit (a loan for a necessary cost) to buy Mighty River shares?

                    100% uptake guarantee.

          • johnm 10.1.2.1.3

            CV
            Right. +1

      • tc 10.1.3

        Do It Karol, everyone should. Keep them in NZ hands as it’s inevitable Shonkey’s mates will be pining for them.

        My bet would be on only so many going to kiwis regardless of how many apply so the more apply the more likely this porky will get flushed out before the next goes on the block.

  10. ScottGN 11

    What “howls of protest”? Apart from blogs like this I haven’t really heard any. Sure polling shows that the public are opposed to the sales and the petition has garnered enough signatures etc but it’s clear that whatever disquiet there is it isn’t enough to shift anyone’s voting intentions.
    Fresh from their victory in the Supreme Court (which has been reported in a way that adds a gloss of legitimacy to the whole asset sale programme) the goverment has been quick to try and move the conversation away from the politics of the thing and onto the benefits of the marvelous dividend stream that will flow from these companies.
    I hate to say it but Mighty river Power will be sold and about the only hope that the others won’t is that Bill English will run out of time to complete the programme before the next election. And regardless of what Key might say it’s obvious that if a 3rd term is achieved Kiwibank will be a goner.

  11. Karl Sinclair 12

    YOU WILL OBEY JOHN KEYS, YOU WILL OBEY JOYCE, YOU WILL OBEY BENNETT……………………Jump through the hoops little doggies…….

    ‘Obey': Film Based on Chris Hedges’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class’
    Quote:
    British filmmaker Temujin Doran has released a new movie that is based on the book “The Death of the Liberal Class” by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. The film, titled “Obey,” explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality and environmental changes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6UynI5m7Y

  12. Peter 13

    “Howls of protest”. Well, I’m howling of course, internally, but then again, I didn’t vote for this crap. However, just under 1 in 2 New Zealanders did!

    Hence, National does have a mandate for the sales. I hate to say it NZ, but you’ve got what you voted for. Now comes the buyers remorse.

  13. Lionel 14

    Why then is it not affecting their poll rating are they that phoney

    • Arfamo 14.1

      Yes they are phoney but people seem to prefer phoney to dense, which is how shearer comes across.

  14. Bearded Git 15

    This says it all about National’s asset sale rip off and how the rich who have money to buy in will profit and profit and profit….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10869145

  15. DH 16

    It’s pretty simple. The more the Govt promote it the more demand there will be for the shares. It’s a finite resource as in a fixed number of shares and unlike proper market economics the price will also be fixed.

    So if it’s promoted enough the demand will exceed the supply and the first buyers will be able to sell shares to those who missed out. At a profit of course. If the price goes up 10% mom & pop might make a whopping $200 & spend the rest of their days sunning on the Riviera. Those fortunate to get large parcels of shares, on the other hand….

    Since it’s now a fait accompli what Labour & Greens need to do is carefully follow the share registry; record subsequent share sales and the profit made on each deal, and try to match the deals with real people. Some trails may lead back to National.

  16. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10869145

    Cartwright puts the economic case for not selling.
    He is wrong however, this is not a strategic blunder, Keys bankster class knows that renewables are the new gold.
    But its not only that coal, oil, gas etc will become more expensive to extract.
    Non-renewable and HEP and geothermal as renewables will attract a massive rent advantage.
    That’s what gives those who are stealing these assets (at half their ‘price’) the ability to screw monopoly rents from water and steam.
    The 50% above ‘price’ under SOEs will rise astronomically given their ‘price’ advantage over fossil fuels i.e. potentially unlimited so long as the ecology can sustain it.
    Putting these assets in the hands of capitalist parasites who will suck nature dry is suicidal.
    Cartwright, no radical, uses the word ‘strategic’. I suggest that the correct word is survival.
    If we can’t stop these sales or the TPPA designed to abolish our political sovereignty, we have to gear up to take them back with a social revolution.

    • Draco T Bastard 17.1

      He is wrong however, this is not a strategic blunder, Keys bankster class knows that renewables are the new gold.

      Yep, that’s what I was thinking as I read that article. Key & Co know exactly how much they’ll be able to screw out of the poor of NZ and they’re going for every cent of it.

  17. DH 18

    Something this share sale highlights is the astonishingly bad business nous of the sellers (or something worse)

    Mixed among prospective share buyers are the equivalent of ticket scalpers. Their intent is solely to buy shares and resell quickly at a profit. Their existence actually increases the demand which will, provided the shares are oversubscribed, cause some long-term investors to miss out and who will need to buy on the secondary market. The scalpers literally add to the demand by reducing the amount of shares available to investors.

    If these shares were put up for auction, such as a Trademe listing, they’d fetch their proper market price and there would be no profit taking by scalpers.

    Every dollar the scalper makes is a dollar the Govt, aka the taxpayer, loses. Traditionalists might think it crazy to put the shares on Trademe but if you think about it for a while it makes perfect business sense and would at least guarantee we get the best price for the shares. Trademe would certainly be keen and no doubt would negotiate a very competitive fee arrangement.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      The NZ private sector has been shit at creating truly valuable assets for the financiers to speculate on. So they have to sell off our power assets in order to have something to play with and make money on.

      The usual ponzi capitalism theme – clipping the ticket without building or adding a thing to the economy.

      • prism 18.1.1

        CV
        +1 :grin:

      • DH 18.1.2

        I think so too, but there’s a need politically to keep shaping the debate to the circumstances so that others can also see it. There’s no point now, for example, arguing against the sale. It’s a done deal whether we like it or not so now’s the time to look harder at their real motives and try to expose their dodgy dealings.

        Something the media haven’t paid much attention to is one of the benefactors of the share float. The NZX. They clip the ticket on every share sale and will do very nicely out of this thanks very much. Weldon of the NZX looked to be a great mate of Keys when he was CEO of the NZX, I can recall thinking once he must have a key to the Beehive he was there so much. Shades of Sky City, too much personal dealings with vested interests.

        But also we need to start focussing on the money side of it. Why are they selling? Because they need the money (or so they say). Are they getting the best price? Well if the share price goes up after the float the answer would be an emphatic no.

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.2.1

          Why does the sale need to be considered a done deal? Shearer making a statement that the next Labour Government will buy back the shares at cost, will sort it.

          10 second soundbite, issue sorted, move on.

          We engage around the bullshit of “are we getting the best possible market price” all you’re doing is arguing for whether or not you can sell grandma for a few dollars more.

          i.e. still politically dumb

        • Rogue Trooper 18.1.2.2

          digging in

  18. George D 19

    At least the KLF had a purpose.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxC9wgm27j0

  19. Peter 20

    The other thing is that Labour still has the power to stop the asset sales (although it had it, up until today). Shearer simply could have said that they’ll be renationalised. But he was too afraid.

    • Murray Olsen 20.1

      If they’re true to form, Labour will probably buy back the shares once they’ve been concentrated in a few hands, the utility has been totally asset stripped, and lack of maintenance is continually interrupting the power supply. In that case, even Shearer would find the money. I don’t think he’s afraid, he’s just hollow. He’s been imported to manage a franchise, not to be the parliamentary leader of a labour movement. He should just join ACT and take Mallard and Goff with him.

      • Peter 20.1.1

        A franchise, yeah, that’s a good way of explaining the hollowness and lack of purpose and conviction that besets the modern parliamentary Labour Party…

  20. BOYCOTT THE MIGHTY RIVER POWER SHARE LAUNCH!

    MIGHTY RIVER POWER IS A SOCIALLY AND FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT!

    “Press Release, Molly Melhuish, Energy Analyst
    22 February 2013

    Prospective investors are warned

    Investors are warned that Mighty River Power is no longer a safe, utility-type investment prospect.

    For years, New Zealand’s generator-retailers enjoyed a predictable revenue stream from captive residential consumers. This enabled them to build so many new power stations that there is now a glut of wholesale electricity. Wholesale prices have fallen by a quarter or even more.

    Mighty River Power’s power purchase costs fell by 22% in the last six months, yet they hiked retail prices by 2%. They had to, to maintain the dividend stream expected by their shareholder.

    Residential consumers will no longer tolerate rising prices at a time when wholesale prices are falling. This is not market pricing, it is price gouging of captive consumers.

    Investors are warned that consumers dispute the pricing process that made our prices rise “to enable new generation to be built”, but fails to give us the benefit of market pricing in an electricity glut.

    Ends
    Contact: 04 568 4873, 027 230 5911

    Yours sincerely,

  21. Some of us SEIZED THE MOMENT and protested outside the 10am launch of Mighty River Power shares!

    It’s REALLY simple folks!

    BOYCOTT the launch of Mighty River Power shares.

    BOYCOTT Mighty River Power – namely – their main retail arm – Mercury Energy!

    How can the Government ‘get a good price’ if Mighty River Power are losing customers and profits?

    DON’T be a selfish Kiwi!

    Be a principled, caring, socially responsible Kiwi, and remember all those Kiwi ‘mums and dads’, grandmas and granddads, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters who are struggling NOW to pay their power bills!

    Remember all those families, old people and little kids whose health is suffering because they can’t afford to have a heater on in winter, so their houses are cold.

    If YOU signed the petition for a referendum on assets sales, because you are opposed to asset sales – STICK TO YOUR PRINCIPLES and don’t buy into the selloff /sellout of Mighty River Power!

    Kiwis!

    The power is in OUR hands!

    Don’t agonise – ORGANISE!

    Help to spread the word!!!!

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’
    A Spokesperson for the Switch Off Mercury Energy community group.
    http://www.facebook.com/SwitchOffMercuryEnergy/info

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151278679961790&set=pcb.10151278680136790&type=1&theater

  22. pollywog 23

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/02/22/about-efeso-collins/#respond

    Wonder what this fulla thinks about the impact state asset sales will have on Pasifikan families?

  23. Herodotus 24

    I hope the IRD are well prepared for those selling the shares in a short period of time. And least wack them with the tax applicable for trading as opposed to investing. But then is that not the day to day job of the IRD to chase up those who trade in capital gains and don’t pay the tax associated ?
    Also why advertise when the institutions have already signalled their intentions ?
    If this was for the benefit of lms and dads the institutions should only divvy up those shares that have not been taken up by all of us M&D’s not the reverse

    • felixviper 24.1

      Goodness, do you mean mum and dad aren’t really at the front of the queue?

      Pretty sure mr Key promised they would.

  24. johnm 25

    Hi kiwis you are key boy’s bum boys you yellow scum fuck your cowardice not that it’d make a scrap of difference you scum bastards if you got fucked up the arse you yellow selfish scum. Run off to Australia while this creep screws your puny bum, you fools.

  25. Draco T Bastard 26

    Another Labour press release, another failure to do or say anything that will actually benefit NZ.

  26. johnm 27

    Key is a market parasite! Sorry but true, I know he has a nice suit and wouldn’t insult a fly but still this is a ploy to suck you suckers to poverty. Kiwis are stupid any brains could have understood this parisitic scum from the start. But you bought into the hopium, fuck you stupid kiwis foe ever, you pimped scum bags, fuck you. Oh you shouldn’t say that! Well fuck your social policing system scum!

  27. Arfamo 28

    Well, yes, I understand how you feel, and I didn’t vote for the bastards, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to stop them, and all I have that I can use against them is my vote and I haven’t got a clue at the moment who the hell I should give it to because I have no idea what the other parties intend to do about asset sales that have gone through.

  28. prism 29

    An informed commentator on Radio nz. Checkpoint today.
    Can’t remember his name but he is from the Graduate part of one of the Universities. He’s worth listening to I just haven’t got time at present. He emphasises that the sale price is being estimated for short term value considering up to say 3 years but 7-10 years should be the basis. Things will have changed so much by then that the value of this great resource will be very high.

    Radionz Checkpoint http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint
    17:22
    Critic of asset sales says hydro stations grossly undervalued
    One critic of the sale says it’s a huge strategic blunder by the Government because the assets are grossly under-valued. (2′23″)
    Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed

  29. prism 30

    PB
    Thanks, great.

  30. vto 31

    I like how selling assets results in less New Zealanders owning them.

    What did John Key say?

  31. Steady Course 32

    So 80% oppose these sales huh? Must be another one of those rogue polls……

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/

    • Draco T Bastard 32.1

      BTW, that’s not a poll, it’s an entertainment for the really stupid.

    • Pascal's bookie 32.2

      Laugh.

      If you wanna show that the typical Nat supporter isn’t a bit (by which I mean to say “fucking”) thick, you’re going the wrong way about it.

  32. Steady Course 33

    and the unprecedented expressions of interest on opening day, crashing websites etc all just another coincidence??? How about opening your other eye and stop flogging this dead horse?

    • The Al1en 33.1

      “and the unprecedented expressions of interest on opening day, crashing websites etc all just another coincidence??? ”

      Thirty thousand traitors. The spivs of the modern age.
      Fuck ‘em up in their pockets come nationalisation.

  33. TightyRighty 34

    How many millions was spent by labour on adveritisimg working for families? Which is a benefit, so taking money from taxpayers so that beneficiaries could take more money from taxpayers?

    I remember adshells, prime tv slots, kids with iPods (pretty expensive at the time) featured in them.

    Hint: a lot more than a million. A lot

    • Colonial Viper 34.1

      Working for families was not for beneficiaries.

      Also, please come up with sources for your numbers.

      • TightyRighty 34.1.1

        Why don’t we try ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi of wellington for their revenue for the year, it was one of a number of public service advertising campaigns, but definitely the biggest. How is $500k in fees plus another $4mill of media, of which saatchi would have clipped the ticket for 20%. so over a mill, just in fees alone to one private media company. Quell Horreur!!!

  34. Treetop 35

    Oh the spin the spin coming from English while Key is in Mexico for 12 days.

    After most of the shares are sold overseas what will the spin be?

    NZers had a choice. Will I didn’t.

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    On the Left | 19-10
  • Alpaca Metropolitan – Episode 67
    For the rest of Alpaca Metropolitan, check out the tumblr comic....
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Meaningful compassion
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) My mum sometimes tells the story of when...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • If you didn’t vote, please complain!
    This image from youth voter turnout group RockEnrol (who did some great work), while humourous, is an excellent example of the problem. There’s a particular refrain commonly heard around election time – both in the buildup, as an exhortation towards...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • We have lift-off!
    Welcome to On The Left! We’re happy to be here. OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • DEALING WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS
    How can foreign investors in New Zealand be sure that we will treat them fairly? If they are not sure perhaps they will not invest here, even though their investment may be valuable to us. (I do not believe all...
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • AT’s Get on Board with Jerome Campaign
    Auckland Transport recently launched a new campaign featuring Jerome Kaino encouraging people to use PT and HOP. It seems to be primarily an online campaign focused on the videos below however I’ve also seen a few ads on the backs of buses...
    Transport Blog | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #42B
    As deaths mount in Nepal disasters, questions about climate change raised Churches go Green by shedding fossil fuel holdings Climate change: it’s only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not Cutting global warming pollution just business as usual at some...
    Skeptical Science | 18-10
  • Dunno what to say about this, really
    Donald Trump and Russell Brand are having a spat on twitter.  It puts me in mind of Oscar Wilde's quip about fox hunting - "The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable."  Though in this case, more a matter of the...
    Left hand palm | 18-10
  • We must join the fight against Islamic State
    We are being confronted with an evil of a kind we have not seen before. An evil we can barely even name. Islamic State? ISIS? IS? ISIL? What the hell do we even call these people?...
    Imperator Fish | 18-10
  • The Splits: Epsom / Ohariu Split Vote
    Epsom voteAct 2011 Party-Vote 3% (939 votes),   Candidate-Vote 44% (15,835)       2014 Party-Vote 3% (1,023),         Candidate-Vote 43% (15,966)Nat 2011 Party-Vote 65% (23,725),     Candidate-Vote 38% (13,574)       2014 Party-Vote 64% (23,904),      Candidate-Vote 32% (11,716)Lab 2011 Party-Vote 16% (5,716),      ...
    Sub zero politics | 17-10
  • Blinding Flash of the Obvious re composing encrypted emails – Avoid auto-...
    I recently reviewed Edward Snowden’s instructions for setting up and using PGP/encrypted email available on Vimeo: GPG for Journalists – Windows edition | Encryption for Journalists | Anonymous 2013. It’s a good tutorial. One of the points it makes about...
    The Paepae | 17-10
  • An Auckland Urban Redevelopment Agency?
    Details are starting to emerge from the Council’s review of its Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to see if any changes need to be made to them. The CCOs were set up in 2010 by the government as part of the super city...
    Transport Blog | 17-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-10
  • What A Real Labour Party Member Sounds Like.
     HARRY SMITH, 92 years old, describes the world in which he was raised. A world of poverty in which the ravages of ill health simply could not be resisted by ordinary working-class families. Harry lost his sister to tuberculosis and...
    Bowalley Road | 17-10
  • Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come
    This article was originally published on The Conversation [UK] on Sep 26, 2014. Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come By Eelco Rohling, University of Southampton It may already be too late to stop Antarctic ice sliding into the ocean....
    Skeptical Science | 17-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #45: What if Renters….
    #45: What if Renters had the choice to have Rights and Responsibilities like Commercial Tenants? Home ownership is of course a daily debate in this city of Auckland. In the absence of anything else, the New Zealand Herald will always...
    Transport Blog | 17-10
  • Enjoying the unexpected – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa is looking forward to bringing her wide-ranging experience, including in education and public healthcare, to her new role as an MP. That’s coupled with her determination to achieve better outcomes for the people of Manukau East....
    Labour campaign | 17-10
  • Walking in the footsteps of the greats
    Introducing Peeni Henare Peeni Henare, new MP for Tāmaki Makaurau, grew up surrounded by inspirational leaders. From his grandfather, soldier and kōhanga reo pioneer Sir James Henare, to David Lange, who was “like a quirky uncle who popped by every...
    Labour campaign | 17-10
  • Treasury cherry-picks its data
    Yesterday we learned that Treasury didn't like food-in-schools. And now we know why: because they cherry-picked their data to support their preferred conclusion of leaving the poor to starve:A report behind Treasury advice that said school breakfast programmes did not...
    No Right Turn | 17-10
  • Read Nicky Hager’s search warrant
    How we want it to be: How it sometimes is (click to read documents): Documents from New Zealand cops raided home of reporter working on Snowden documents by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept). Worth reading to see how...
    The Paepae | 17-10
  • TPPA would criminalise journalism
    Wikileaks leaked the latest version of the TPPA intellectual property chapter last night. There's some nasty surprises from the US, including its efforts to revive the defunct Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by the backdoor and its efforts to ensure poor countries...
    No Right Turn | 17-10
  • The OIA Abuse
    Yesterday, the Prime Minister admitted that his government withholds Official Information Act (OIA) requests for longer than necessary when it suits his government politically to do so. This is not allowed under the Official Information Act. The OIA is an...
    frogblog | 17-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
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    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
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    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
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    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
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    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
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    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
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