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Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, November 12th, 2008 - 66 comments
Categories: john key, national/act government - Tags:

Getting elected is easy if you promise people the world and tell different audience different, contradictory things. It’s especially easy when you’ve got the media whole-heartedly on your side.

Governing is a bit tougher though. Those same commentators who thought it was great fun regurgitating your latest attack line will also find it great fun attacking you. Remember, politics is just a game to them. More importantly though, the people who voted for you expect you to deliver on the expectations you’ve created.

Let’s have a look at that list of expectations National has created, based on both what National has promised and what most National voters believe National will do, based on comments in our ‘a change to what?’ posts:

- more rapid growth
- higher wages
- better healthcare
- better education
- lower interest rates
- lower inflation
- lower crime
- no reductions in Super
- fund Plunketline
- fewer people on benefits
- no more ‘power crises’
- repeal the ETS
- abolish Maori seats
- no cuts to Working for Families
- no blow out in government debt
- more infrastructure investment
- standardised testing from year 1
- reduced poverty
- cleaner waterways
- Disabled children have fully funded school support
- NZ getting to the top of the OECD.
- no abuse of the 90-day no work rights period
- no dysfunction from privatised ACC
- repeal the amendments to s59
- longer prison sentences
- bootcamps stopping youth crime
- lower tax
- ultra-fast broadband to the home in a few years
- lower greenhouse emissions
- fewer core public servants
- improved public services
- higher savings rates, more sign-up to Kiwisaver
- no sale of Kiwibank
- cheap toll roads
- no more congestion
- lower emigration
- no government scandals
- no trouble with support parties
- Herceptin funded
- revamp EFA but don’t bring back secret trusts, anonymous donations
- national testing in schools
- no individual case failures of health, education, or other government services
- investment in Kiwirail

Key will need to deliver or there will be some mightily disappointed voters.

[updates. yes Key has said he won't repeal the s59 amendment but National also purposely used it as an example of something bad Labour did, they created an expectation that it will be removed and that's what matters for the purposes of this list. If I've forgotten anyhting please let me know.]

66 comments on “To do list”

  1. Pat 1

    - No Roger Douglas in cabinet. (Tick)
    - Whenuapai to remain an airforce base. (Tick)

  2. Lampie 2

    repeal the ETS (cross)

    Keep that list handy please Steve, we could all do with a reminder

  3. John Stevens 3

    Reform the EFA is another one, even Goff admits it was a mistake.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/vote08/4758646a28435.html
    I would keep it now as it can be a tool to blunt the unions in 2011. Teach you lefties a lesson:)

  4. the sprout 4

    I must confess a guilty pleasure looking forward to National’s impending disembowelment as voters start to wake up to how hollow National’s election promises will prove.

  5. I just read the Herald readers’ responses to Banks’ cuts to Auckland infrastructure. All the commenters who were bleating on about Helengrad last week are now bleating on about how they’re getting their services cut!

    And I thought they would appreciate a bit of solid right-wing policy…

    Ha. Ha. Ha.

    http://blogs.nzherald.co.nz/blog/your-views/2008/11/12/do-proposed-cuts-auckland-city-services-go-too-far/?c_id=1501154&commentpage=1

  6. Lampie 6

    better education (cross) aLready ruled out that testing crap

  7. Chris G 7

    Repeal S59 (Cross) – *Roll on the horrified looks of the old voters/Spare the Rod Spoil the Child voters who voted for Key thinking he’d change that*

    My Favourite:
    -”Cleaner Waterways” [A Most Definate Cross]

    That’ll be a breeze with a more ‘streamlined’ RMA…. ohhhh Really?

    Streamlined RMA is a euphemism (with respect to waterways) for an increase in irresponsible point source discharges, waterway diversions and irrigation schemes.

  8. randal 8

    clamp down immediately on all the remaining dweebs who are running their cars with no mufflers
    New Zealanders are entitled to peace in their environment and if Key and his cronies cant do this then they aint worth nothing!

  9. randal 9

    clamp down immediately on all the remaining dweebs who are running their cars with no mufflers
    New Zealanders are entitled to peace in their environment and if Key and his cronies cant do this then they aint worth nothing!
    the labour party gave up on the run up to the election now it is up to National to finish the job
    get on to it immediately else your promises are garbage

  10. Chris G 10

    Although I cant tell how serious you are randal. if ‘Gettn Tuff on Crims’ involves limiting the power of boy racers. Then that would probably add to the Very Small List of Things National Did That I Applauded.

  11. Lampie 11

    Good fine Sod, hahaha what a laugh

  12. John Dalley 12

    Start a poll on how long it will take for National to start backing away from their election promises.
    ‘Under a month is my opening bet. (Tick)

  13. bobo 13

    Will be interesting to see that list again in 3 years time to see which ones have ticks and crosses against them.

  14. Scribe 14

    So National is going to be held responsible for doing things voters incorrectly thought it was going to do, e.g. Section 59?

    Key never once suggested the party would do reverse the repeal of S59 (unless it was failing, which he says it’s not), so it’s unfair to hold him accountable for uneducated people.

    The rest seem fair (albeit presented baldly)

  15. Janet 15

    Let’s bring this up every three or six months to see how they’re going.

  16. Lampie 16

    You saying that we should keep the Nanny state Scribe? You the PC police?

    They have to Scribe.

  17. Janet 17

    Two more
    Disabled children have fully funded school support.
    NZ getting to the top of the OECD.
    (just heard both of these from National voters in last couple of days)

    By the way how do you measure what ‘better’ means eg better education?

  18. bobo 18

    Janet – A National Party standards report card since they like testing so much :) too many photo ops with kittens in class must try harder…

    add – record low numbers of kiwi’s heading to aus

  19. Pascal's bookie 19

    Diddums Scribe. ;)

    Man got elected based on perceptions, gonsta get judged by them too. We didn’t make the rules, and it’s not our fault the National party has been dogwhistling a discordant symphony in bleugh.

    So suck it up, and stop calling Key’s base uneducated ya fncking elitist!

  20. gobsmacked 20

    Scribe

    Fair comment on Key’s overall Section 59 position (although there were some mixed signals to Family First at times).

    But in 2009 there will be a referendum, by law. He’ll need to take a position on (a) how he will vote and (b) how he will respond to the result, which will almost certainly be interpreted as a rejection of the current law.

    He made great play of Clark delaying the referendum until after the election (and we all know that was predictable politics on both sides). He said that Clark was “suppressing democracy”.

    It’ll be interesting to see which way he jumps. Either way, he will disappoint people who voted for him.

  21. Janet 21

    There will be a lot of pressure on Nat MPs from their constituents when that referendum with its incomprehensible questions returns an 87% yes vote. Will be very tricky for Key.

    He will have to explain to the UN why NZ is going against the declaration on the rights of the child.

    Does he want international headline: NZ government passes law to hit children!

  22. Billy 22

    Getting elected is easy if you promise people the world and tell different audience different, contradictory things. It’s especially easy when you’ve got the media whole-heartedly on your side.

    You’re taking this quite badly, aren’t you, SP. I hope you will not shortly embark on a “New Zealand sucks” campaign.

  23. Tim Ellis 23

    I struggle to see how people can put crosses against things that National promised but haven’t achieved in their first term, when John Key’s government hasn’t even been sworn in yet.

    It would be interesting to put up a list of things that various left wingers said John Key would do, and judge the Labour Party according to how accurate those predictions turned out.

    For starters, Labour said National would:

    Sell Kiwibank
    Sell Kiwirail
    Sell SOEs
    Appoint Roger Douglas to Cabinet
    Deal with Winston

  24. gingercrush 24

    Rather than have a To Do List for what John Key and his government should do, will do, can’t do. How about making a To Do List for what Labour can do during these three years to get themselves back into office. Because the way you lot on the left are taking it. Seems to me, you think this government will fail and that is how you get back into government. Go down that track and you’ve set yourselves to fail. Because you have nothing for why people should vote again Centre-Left you just have a hope that the new government will fail.

  25. Ianmac 25

    Chris G: “Streamlined RMA is a euphemism (with respect to waterways) for an increase in irresponsible point source discharges, waterway diversions and irrigation schemes.”
    Over the last 8 years in the USA, those rules were taken out so that for instance the huge piggeries set up as vast units, could dispose of the effluent anywhere, and usually into rivers. Let alone the vast smell stretching to distant towns. Freedom you see. No more Nanny USA State.

  26. “randal
    clamp down immediately on all the remaining dweebs who are running their cars with no mufflers
    New Zealanders are entitled to peace in their environment and if Key and his cronies cant do this then they aint worth nothing!
    the labour party gave up on the run up to the election now it is up to National to finish the job”

    I didn’t really want to have to go into the topic of boy racers, i’m not sure too many people here care, but since this is the second time in two days its been brought up i’ll explain a bit.

    Car exhausts cannot be be louder than 95dB, at 4000rpm (3500 for v8′s or rear engined cars) as measured from 2 meters away.

    The main police enforcement tool for this is a “green sticker”, if you get one of them, you are only allowed to drive the car straight home, and to a pre arranged appointment at a VTNZ testing station.

    A police officer can give out a green sticker when he ‘thinks’ your exhaust is over 95dB, and that it is modified.

    The first problem here is most police wouldn’t have a clue what the standard exhaust that came on car is, some times it can be obvious that an exhaust has been modified, other times not so much. For example my car, which used to have a ridiculous exhaust, and i’ve spent a large amount of money putting a standard exhaust back on the car.

    The second problem here is sometimes a police officers opinion of what is 95dB isn’t entirely accurate, some would suggest its cause they know they can get away with beating up on a marginalized section of society, others would say its ridiculous asking a human being for an objective noise measurement without the proper tools.

    Once your car has a green sticker, it costs $150 dollars for a noise test to have it removed, and in most cases they pass, you still have to pay $150 though. Imagine if they did that with breath tests:
    Officer: “I think your drunk” starts writing out ticket
    You:”I am not! you can’t prove that!”
    Officer:”ohh, well, if you like you could pay $150 dollars for a breath test to prove you aren’t”
    I’m sure that would go down great with the public.

    As usual when there’s a crusade against some part of society, there is two things to remember. First it’s a small number of people ruining it for every one else. Secondly, there is plenty of rules in place as it stands, they just need proper enforcement.

    Lastly, you wouldn’t believe how much it fucks me off when a cop pulls me over, claims I was speeding (when I wasn’t), tells me he’s just going to give me a warning but I should probably go home. That kind of behavior destroys any respect what so ever that I have previously had for the cops, and it used to be a lot.

  27. Ianmac 27

    Anti smacking: last week a survey showed that
    65% of those who supported S59, understood the Act.
    30% of those who were “anti-smacking” Act did not understand what it was.

  28. “- fewer core public servants”

    I wonder if in between the kiwiblog commenters self mastubatory bleatings about the “real world”, whether any of them have ever worked in a government department and actually have a clue what they do?

  29. Chris G 29

    Scribe:

    “So National is going to be held responsible for doing things voters incorrectly thought it was going to do, e.g. Section 59?”

    Absolutely. people definately thought he would repeal it. Plus, if your going to run an ambiguous, rhetoric fuelled campaign, you deserve your riches (albeit fools-gold)

    “Key never once suggested the party would do reverse the repeal of S59 (unless it was failing, which he says it’s not), so it’s unfair to hold him accountable for uneducated people.”

    No, but as SP said:
    “Let’s have a look at that list of expectations National has created, based on both what National has promised and what most National voters believe National will do, based on comments in our ‘a change to what?’ posts”

    People THINK he will, and those people Voted for him, Therfore they will hold him accountable regardless of them being “Uneducated people” or not!

    He has no grounds to step back and say ‘thats not fair’. As far as I’m aware he was ambiguous in his stand on s59 (Other than voting for it, of course) during the campaign.

  30. “Chris G

    Repeal S59 (Cross) – *Roll on the horrified looks of the old voters/Spare the Rod Spoil the Child voters who voted for Key thinking he’d change that*”

    You should come down south, down in Timaru it’s Spare the rod, use the 2 by 4 instead

  31. bobo 31

    Didn’t Labour win by a bigger margin in its 2nd term than its first term ? I guess people judged they did what they said they were going to do on their pledge card in the first 3 years.

  32. Jasper 32

    So IanMac, you’re telling me that 65% supported the rights of those responsible for Nia Glassie to claim “reasonable force” under s59 – thereby meaning that body slamming a defenseless 3 year old, throwing her in a 65 degree tumble dryer, and pegging her up to the clothesline and spinning her around – is entirely acceptable?

    BTW – those people sicken me. Kuka should have a taxpayer funded operation to get her tubes tied, and Wiremu Curtis should have a vasectomy to spare any children they might ever have. I hope Kuka gets her just desserts at Arowhata.

    Or did you mean to say that 65% of those who supported the repeal of s59, understood the act?

    I must say, I was most disappointed to see my name on the list of signatures that McKroskie presented – even though I never actually signed the damn thing.

  33. Chris G 33

    Jasper,

    ” I was most disappointed to see my name on the list of signatures that McKroskie presented – even though I never actually signed the damn thing.”

    Really? that is shameful, I hope that twit never gets in parliament.

  34. Phil 34

    Lastly, you wouldn’t believe how much it fucks me off when a cop pulls me over, claims I was speeding (when I wasn’t), tells me he’s just going to give me a warning

    Forgive me if I don’t believe you when you say you weren’t speeding, that sounds a lot like “Oh, the speedo must be reading wrong”. Anyway, I bet it annoys you a lot less than if s/he gave you the ticket…

  35. Jasper 35

    Believe me Chris, I’ve already complained to the electoral commission – but seeing as they’ve done their “10%” check, it’s deemed to be a valid representation of the people requesting a referendum

    Um – but its quite obvious McKroskie (yes, I know its C) just fudged quite a few signatures and names to get his self serving ambiguous question onto the plate.

  36. bobo 36

    I would like to see NZ bring in a different classification for child murder which has heavier a sentence , our murder and manslaughter system is too generalized. One thing I like about the US is their 1st 2nd 3rd degree murder system it would stop the police here settling for manslaughter charges too often. The Kahui twins case is most likely the worst miscarriage of Justice in recent times I feel at the very least both parents should have been imprisoned for not offering the necessities of life and rendering aid… Maybe I’m right wing in these views , is just my feelings on it but our justice system could use some changes whether by Labour or National. Would be interesting to know Phil Goffs views on this as I doubt National will make any big changes.

  37. - ultra-fast broadband to the home in a few years

    I see telecom again finished bottom of the consumers institute’s ISP satisfaction survey. And John wants to give them a billion dollars of our money?

  38. Chris G 38

    leftrightout,

    Nice. That was another big time Johny friendly selling point that was left unchecked by the media. Instead they checked who taped ‘the Tapes’

  39. Lampie 39

    “NZ population grows by over 400,000 in past year ” NZ Granny

    Brain drain still here

  40. “Phil

    Lastly, you wouldn’t believe how much it fucks me off when a cop pulls me over, claims I was speeding (when I wasn’t), tells me he’s just going to give me a warning

    Forgive me if I don’t believe you when you say you weren’t speeding, that sounds a lot like “Oh, the speedo must be reading wrong’. Anyway, I bet it annoys you a lot less than if s/he gave you the ticket ”

    No, why would I be pissed off if I was speeding? I know the rules and I don’t break them. Never mind the fact that I knew there was a police man behind me so I was looking at the speedo (47kmh), the speed he accused me of doing was 66kmh, that’s a relatively significant ticket, why didn’t he give me it?

    Quite simply, if I had been speeding, I woudln’t be complaining about it.

  41. bobo 41

    er typical hyped headline they mean 40,000 , typo in headline I think? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10542666

    maybe i’m wrong?

  42. Ianmac 42

    Jasper: Of those who supported the Repeal, 60% understood what the repeal was doing.
    Of those who signed the ambiguous Petition or otherwise were pro-smacking only 30% understood what the Repeal meant.
    Sorry if I was a bit unclear.
    I had a letter published along the lines of “Should NZ pass a law giving adults who hit their kids with sticks, whips, fists etc,the legal defence that they have the right to do so?” Ummm?
    I think that very few would want to pass such a law. Agreed?

  43. 400,000 would be extraordinary, in fact impossible. must be 40,000, which is expected amount.

    Ianmac. These comments from Pansy Wong, do you have a source for them? (feel free to email if you want to keep it private)

  44. Ari 44

    So National is going to be held responsible for doing things voters incorrectly thought it was going to do, e.g. Section 59?

    Why not? Labour was held responsible for the state of the economy despite it being entirely due to international markets. ;)

  45. bobo 45

    SP – They put decimal point in wrong place the headline has been changed now , good to see numeracy and literacy is high at the Herald…

  46. Janet 46

    Funding Plunketline was a definite promise, repeated on national television several times by Key. Let’s see what happens to that promise.

    In 1999 Labour was very careful to under promise – there was a maximum of about 8 definite and achievable policies on their first credit card. It was a very successful tactic.

    Michael Bassett has just been making snide comments about Phil and Annette on National Radio. Remember he was a Brash adviser. What a bitter, angry man.

  47. “Ianmac

    Jasper: Of those who supported the Repeal, 60% understood what the repeal was doing.
    Of those who signed the ambiguous Petition or otherwise were pro-smacking only 30% understood what the Repeal meant.
    Sorry if I was a bit unclear.
    I had a letter published along the lines of “Should NZ pass a law giving adults who hit their kids with sticks, whips, fists etc,the legal defence that they have the right to do so?’ Ummm?
    I think that very few would want to pass such a law. Agreed”

    Thankfully the upcoming petition is ambiguous enough to give John Key the wiggle room to do whats right.

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

    Yes, no, maybe? well great! thats entirely different from “Should section 59 of the crimes act be reinstated?”

  48. Janet 48

    Can I add some more promises that should be measurable?

    Paid dedicated sports coaches in schools (currently there are none, if schools have them they are from discretionary spending from the bulk funded operations grant)

    Huge building programme for schools in Upper Hutt (a promise from a couple of weeks ago in Upper Hutt).

    An enormous increase in the school ops grant (I forget the exact figure but it should be somewhere).

    Less compliance for schools, and fewer staff in the Ministry of Education, while instituting a complex testing regime throughout primary and intermediate schools. (Compliance reduced from where? health and safety?outdoor education? financial auditing? teacher registration? curriculum? strategic planning? suspension and other legal procedures?- will be interesting to see)

    More money for truancy officers.

    Fewer Government comms staff.

    Info about all these should be available in a couple of years through OIA requests – that is, if there are any public servants left to do OIA requests, and assuming the OIA option still exists.

  49. gingercrush 49

    Why would National shut down the Official Information Act?

    One thing you can’t deny from National is its willingness to open up government to the public. If anything National has a better record in this regard than Labour. Though your best party for openess is government is most certainly the Green party.

  50. Janet 50

    The OIA is about things the right doesn’t like – transparency, freedom of information and public servants (who have to do the research and answer them).

  51. gingercrush 51

    Oh please I’ve heard some crap around here but that takes the cake. Do you even know who passed the Official Information Act? It sure wasn’t Labour. It was National. Who has used the Official Information Act to block half that information recently? Labour who for years has decided to block attempts by the media, by the right and even by the left to access Official Information. You can blame National for not wanting to know who are their donors. But for you to make some smear attack accusing National of wanting rid of the OIA then you’re mistaken.

    Like I said earlier. Labour tends to be more reluctant for transparency when in office. Its National that in this area tends to do better. Neither party are as transparent as they could be. In this regard its the greens who really offer policies that achieve transparency in office.

  52. Lampie 52

    hey gingernuts, take a chill pill, if National gets rid of the OIA, they could, most unlikely as be blocked by ACT and MP.

  53. gingercrush 53

    I am chilled thank you very much. And there is nothing to fear. For the Official Information Act is not going anywhere. Unfortunately really, it could do with some greater measures. Because when Labour took office in 1999 they have frequently been reluctant for people to use and really starting blocking anyone who tried to get information.

  54. Chris G 54

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

    Is that the question that drip asked for that petition?

    What a swindler!!! Fuck I’m almost tempted to create a counter petition with an equally biased question:

    “Are the damages Nia Glassie recieved acceptable?”

    Id also LOVE to know the demographic and characteristics of the people who signed that petition. There are a few prejudice bells ringing in my head but ill let you all cast your imagination. Spare the Rod people spring to mind….

  55. Chris G 55

    gingercrush: “Because when Labour took office in 1999 they have frequently been reluctant for people to use and really starting blocking anyone who tried to get information.”

    aye, how you know that? Were they running some ideological deparment thing down there at the beehive… wacky conspiracy alert.

  56. “Chris G

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

    Is that the question that drip asked for that petition?

    What a swindler!!! Fuck I’m almost tempted to create a counter petition with an equally biased question:

    How about `Should a smack as part of good marital correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?’


    Id also LOVE to know the demographic and characteristics of the people who signed that petition. There are a few prejudice bells ringing in my head but ill let you all cast your imagination. Spare the Rod people spring to mind .”

    The demographic with the highest support for repealing the law is those who actually have children, I may have read that on norightturn, im not sure!

  57. gingercrush, do you have any evidence on this? or is everything your saying just because of Matthew Hootons one OIA request to the police, who are notoriously bad for OIA’s anyway, since well before Labour.

  58. Chris G 58

    killing,

    Yeah I bet they have kids, but I’d rather more juicy stats showing the twits they are.

    love your possible question by the way

  59. Con 59

    You missed out the rehabilitation of incandescent bulbs, dammit!

    Down with “efficient” socialist nanny-state compact fluorescent bulbs! I think if we’re going on Key’s rhetoric, we have a right to expect that energy-wasting light-bulbs will live on, as symbols of our personal freedom to fuck up the environment if we damn well please.

  60. gingercrush 60

    Killinginthenameof:

    The Greens.

    “Dr Norman said the OIA was supposed to allow New Zealanders access to information but it was widely abused by departments and ministers who did not want the public to know what was going on behind closed doors.”
    3 November 2008, Fairfax Media

    I could also point you to Stephen Price’s “The Official Information Act 1982: A Window of Government or Curtains Drawn”. http://www.victoria.ac.nz/nzcpl/Files/Occ%20papers/OP_Price.pdf

    Finally there is a book called “Free and Frank: Making the Official Information Act 1982 work better’ by Nicola White which identifies that increasingly information is being blocked or delayed when it is not necessary. (There is plenty more in that book and she does give it a B).

    Now lets be honest here. I don’t think National were the best in this regard in the nineties. Likewise, I am sure that National will be no different than what Labour has been. New Zealand is rather excellent in transparency than other counties. Its one of the strengths this country has. I do believe Labour has increased the blocking or delaying of Official Information requests. But this was simply a response to Janet. In that you can accuse National of being many things. But in regards to transparency in government. National will do worse than Labour has done and could actually do better. Though I actually favour Green’s policy in this regard.

    But to think National is suddenly going to stop being transparent is rather wrong.

  61. Pascal's bookie 61

    gc, I agree and you make many fair points. Part of the problem IMHO is that whatever rules you set in place, the politicians will game them. OIA requests can be used as a pretty effective weapon, and oppositions will obviously use them in ways that are less about transparency, than scoring cheap and misleading political points.

  62. TimeWarp 62

    leftrightout:

    “I see telecom again finished bottom of the consumers institute’s ISP satisfaction survey. And John wants to give them a billion dollars of our money?”

    It’s no where near that simple as I see it.

    Telecom is investing a lot of capital currently in various projects. The two major ones are it’s new mobile network, and FTTN (fibre to the node) as part of it’s operational seperation undertakings. I would hazard that it could be a difficult prospect for it to take on any more major infrastructure projects – both from a capital perspective and also with respect to project management capability, people and materials resource, etc.

    FTTH would overtake Telecom’s FTTN rollout, but this has already started progressing and investment has been made.

    My understanding of the Key FTTH (fibre to the home) plan is that it is government spending matched to commercial investment – so that up to $1.5b would be put in by the government and an equal amount contributed by a commercial entity or entities. It’s questionable whether Telecom could be involved. Although there may not be any other companies with the capability to run this project.

    As it happens in Australia a similar but much simpler government FTTN initiative appears to be falling over as commercial partners abandon the plan.

    Whether the investment would favour Telecom IMHO is arguable. Any huge splashing out of government money automaticallly creates economic distortions and imbalances the results of which are not always clear. (As does for that matter any huger reduction of government expenditure such as Rogernomics or Ruthenasia).

    Building fibre-to-the-home effectively, in my opinion, nationalises Telecom’s copper network. That is, the copper is made redundant by another network that potentially another entity derives economic value from. That naturally would disadvantage Telecom immensely if it was not the entity controlling the fibre.

    Of course, it’s possible Telecom would have a stake in the fibre and gain benefit from it. In which case your point stands that they a commercial entity could be the beneficiaries of the taxpayer’s largesse.

    Is it possible to strike a balance in between where Telecom is involved in a fibre rollout but at a level with an appropriate investment/return profile? I doubt it is possible to determine that balance, involving as it would other commercial parties, and when the amounts of money involved are so huge any errors are magnified accordingly.

    Commercial parties won’t assume the risk around this, so won’t get involved unless the upside is in their favour. Therefore the risk gets transferred to the taxpayer.

    This in my opinion is the major problem with any PPP approach. Partnerships in general share investment cost and risk, and share returns. However, the government does not need to raise capital, and it’s cost of funds is lower than for commercial entities. So PPP’s purely share risk. And the commercial entity will not carry a huge risk profile, so in an uncertain venture most of the risk is transferred to the taxpayer. Meanwhile, the returns most likely will not be. This supports socialisation of losses and privitisation of gains.

    Labour and Cunliffe have done an admirable job of establishing a more balanced and open telecommunications competitive environment. Key’s money sloshing around will skew the whole economics of this environment and create imbalances.

    It would I think end up being the poorest quality Goverment spending on any significant scale in the last 30 years.

  63. Sorry gingercrush, I thought you were meaning Labour was explicitly preventing the release of information, that there sounds more like instead Labour failed to act to prevent something that was outside their doing, fair call.

  64. gingercrush 64

    Well I was kinda saying that as well. But I don’t have the evidence to back that up. And indeed ministers can’t explicitly block things. Just the delay tactics they do. Or they’ll give the information but there may be a few pages missing. IO hope National doesn’t do that. But I’m sure they will anyway.

    I am very in favour of the Greens proposal for more openness. I don’t agree with much of anything from the Greens. But this is one area I do.

  65. “Chris G
    killing,
    love your possible question by the way”

    How long do you think it would take us to find 300,000 lefties with a decent sense of humor? (ha ha and probably a few token righties who don’t realize its a joke)

    Cause it would sure put child smacking in perspective if they were held at the same time.

    “gingercrush
    I am very in favour of the Greens proposal for more openness. I don’t agree with much of anything from the Greens. But this is one area I do.”

    Yes, it’s an area where I would guess that the greens as act agree. With both of them being principal based parties, I’d really like to see them forgetting their differences on numerous other policies and lobbying either main party to support such a change.

    More cooperation between the Greens and Act is something I would like to see these days.

  66. Spectator 66

    “I must say, I was most disappointed to see my name on the list of signatures that McKroskie presented – even though I never actually signed the damn thing.”

    I am entirely unsurprised that the bashers resorted to that sort of tactic. Locally, when the petition was sent back for additional signatures, the bashers were telling people who had already signed that it had been rejected and they had to sign again.

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    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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