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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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    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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