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Tony Ryall standing down

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 27th, 2014 - 63 comments
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Tony Ryall has announced that he will not seek re election at this year’s general election.

From Radio New Zealand:

Cabinet minister and Bay of Plenty MP Tony Ryall has announced he will retire from politics at this year’s election after 24 years in Parliament.

Forty-nine-year-old Mr Ryall, who is Minister of Health and Minister for State Owned Enterprises, said this is the right year for him to leave politics and he’s up for the next challenge.

“I came to Parliament as a young man – I think I’m still a young man – and I think this is the right time for me, and also the right time for my family, the electorate and the country.”

His retirement brings to ten the number of National MPs who will not seek re election or who have been deselected.

63 comments on “Tony Ryall standing down”

  1. Richard McGrath 1

    Shouldn’t that be “not seeking re-selection” rather than “resigning”? The latter is normally effective immediately.

    [The heading is short hand and the article clearly states not seeking re-election. I have amended the title so there is no confusion - MS]

  2. Clemgeopin 2

    Another one deserting the selfish ship.

  3. Jimmie 3

    A pity Labour can’t encourage a few of theirs to do the same – or is that why McCarten is now the chief ankle tapper – to try and hurry a few of the old todgers to retire gracefully?

    I mean how many ex leaders should you have in your party? At least Helen Clark knew when her time was up and found another career to have a go at.

  4. James Thrace 4

    Couldn’t resist the clearly rhetorical question there Jimmie but here goes..

    Phil Goff – ex party leader
    David Shearer – ex party leader
    Grant Robertson – ex deputy leader, and ex acting leader
    Ruth Dyson – ex party president
    Maryan Street – ex party president
    Lycra Mallard – Leader of the Bully Pack

    • rhinocrates 4.1

      I think that the reason I hate them so much is not that they sabotage Labour’s chances for their own meal tickets at Bellamy’s, but that they’d rather inflict NACT’s toxic policies on us for another three years than see David Cunliffe as party leader and PM. They’re not just sabotaging the party, they’re abetting the sabotage and asset-stripping of the country for the sake of a glass of chateau-neuf du pape and rare venison steak with a red wine sauce and lightly steamed seasonal vegetables.

      • JK 4.1.1

        Yes – I agree Rhino. Despicable behaviour on the part of our MPs (I wish I didn’t have to say OUR) – they are traitors to our country if they cannot see they need to go. By not leaving now, they’re putting Labour in danger of not becoming government, and the country in danger of becoming subsumed by the multi-nationals and USA forever …. yuk.

      • phillip ure 4.1.2

        @ rhino..

        many-multiples of + 1..

        phillip ure..

    • Enough is Enough 4.2

      You forgot Granny King

      • rhinocrates 4.2.1

        She’s not on the list because she’s not an ex-anything. She’s always been nothing.

        All the real representatives, like Louisa Wall, are forced into the back benches along with new blood like Poto Williams (even if that virulent racist Hooton calls them “dumb maori”). For the sake of the party and the country, these parasites have to go now!

        • Enough is Enough 4.2.1.1

          Wasn’t she Goff’s deputy?

          • rhinocrates 4.2.1.1.1

            …er, yep. You’re right. Which qualifies as “nothing” still :P

            Anyway, this highlights something about the ABC club – they’ve had their peak in 1987 and since then they’ve been coasting on privilege and they’ll do anything, absolutely anything to see it continue. They’re poison to the Labour party and progressive politics. If they can’t be purged, then shun them, marginalise them, neutralise them, ridicule them, call them rude names, throw custard pies in their faces, whatever.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Tony Ryall soon to be an ex MP enjoying his post parliamentary perks–and nice comfy private sector gigs.

    As I say to all departing dirty filthy torys that have caused unnecessary strife for ordinary people who just wanted to access what their taxes have paid for–don’t just go Tony–piss off!

  6. ianmac 6

    I keep reading about the ABC club but from what I know of Annette and Trevor the dirty tricks that they are supposed to have do not fit. What evidence is there, apart from some MSM Commentators that these ABCs exist. I can understand the repetitions from the Right but I am puzzled when it comes apparently from the Left. Helping the cause? Doubt it.

    • lurgee 6.1

      It’s all a bit 1984, isn’t it. We have ALWAYS been at war with the ABCs. Even though no-one has ever seen one, smelled one, slept with one or been suborned by one. But they must be everywhere, because otherwise, how can we account for Labour’s continued dire ratings, if not the continual sabotage of the ABC capitalist running dog fifth columnist faction?

      I suspect some people who believed Oor Dave to be the Messiah are waking up to the fact that he is Just Another Politician. Denial, rage, bargaining, depression, acceptance is the correct order, I think.

  7. northshoredoc 7

    Not good news for the Nats, Ryall is probably their best performed cabinet minister since they got back in.

    • Ad 7.1

      And credit where credit is due – he is the first Minister to take health right off the political radar. That takes a whole lot more than luck. Anyone remember how Clark made her initial leadership profile on the platform of attacking Shipley in health?

      Ryall has simply made a vast bunch of systems perform better, hasn’t gone in for wholesale structural change, and sucked the political oxygen out of the room.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1

        [citation needed]

        I heard that anyone whose operation is more than twelve months away drops off the waiting list, so that’s going to have to be some pretty fancy citation.

        • northshoredoc 7.1.1.1

          “I heard that anyone whose operation is more than twelve months away drops off the waiting list.”

          yep that’s pretty much been the case for a quite a long time now..

          • rhinocrates 7.1.1.1.1

            My own debilitating illness is months away from treatment and my brother’s cancer is continually delayed treatment.

            Thanks Tony, you arsewipe!

        • Lanthanide 7.1.1.2

          And yet you only “heard” that, you didn’t read about it in one of the (potential, but non-existent) stories about how badly the health system is doing. I think that rather proves Ad’s point.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.2.1

            That Ryall has taken health off the radar? The print media perhaps. I’m pretty sure I heard it on the radio, and that means Radio NZ.

            The other health story is creeping privatisation. That and the increasing incidence of “developing” world diseases.

          • Ramsay 7.1.1.2.2

            Lanthanide, can I just say you consistently an interesting commenters to read? Always reasonable and concise. It’s never just “banksters that” or “NACT this”.

            • Lanthanide 7.1.1.2.2.1

              Thanks. Although I think there are some around here that wouldn’t find a few of my views “reasonable” :)

          • McFlock 7.1.1.2.3

            another interesting one in today’s health meeting in dunedin was david clark talking about the IT breakdowns in DPH – the odt reported no cancelled/rescheduled procedures, he claimed to know of one radiology case personally and reports of others.

            whether it’s under or on the radar, it’s an issue that seems to be simmering down here, anyway

            • Lanthanide 7.1.1.2.3.1

              Yeah, but pinning something isolated like that on the minister, or the ministry, is rather a stretch.

              • McFlock

                Not so sure about that – the health targets come from the minister/ministry, and so does the funding model. One of the targets for southern dhb is to get rid of its operational deficit (which it has because of the population funding model that fucks otagosouthland). Mental health funding is no longer ringfenced. So the 16 beds in Wakari hospital being nixed, with patients reintroduced to the community with no increase in funding for community services, is directly traceable to the fiscal targets from central government.

                Another target is waiting lists – that’s why they cut off the waiting lists at the deliverable level for the available resources, rather than funding enough work to keep the true waiting lists at a reasonable level. So the question arises as to whether the elective targets would have been screwed if procedures were cancelled/stalled, hence the official line that nobody was inconvenienced/endangered.

                Basically, the higher authority gives its subordinates compete freedom to work within the targets it sets – the subordinates have the freedom to fail the targets (thus getting further cuts and stat management for their “incompetence”), or fail the people they’re supposed to serve, and whichever choice they make is “their responsibility”.

                • Ergo Robertina

                  +100 academics tried to work out how the population based funding model actually worked a couple of years ago, and could not get the information to do a proper analysis. It is opaque, and does not have regular reviews, so there’s no way of contesting its fairness. southrn is the country’s biggest DHB by size, and I doubt the pbf takes that properly into account.

      • Ergo Robertina 7.1.2

        ‘And credit where credit is due – he is the first Minister to take health right off the political radar.’
        Sure, but it will be back on the radar when he’s out of the picture and the chickens come home to roost. Unmet need doesn’t go away because you hide it. What evidence is there of systems performing better?
        The boxes were all ticked in the lead-up to the Mid Staffs disaster too…

        • PapaMike 7.1.2.1

          Who do you think could be Heath Minister in the incoming Labour/Green Government in November who can do the same as Ryall ?

          • Sacha 7.1.2.1.1

            Kevin Hague will be a great Minister of Health.

          • Ergo Robertina 7.1.2.1.2

            ‘Who do you think could be Heath Minister in the incoming Labour/Green Government in November who can do the same as Ryall ?’

            You mean targeting manipulated measures, ignoring a public health disaster in diabetes, rarely fronting the media, and shucking off anything vaguely controversial on to one of the three associate ministers? I’m pretty cynical about labour/green, but they’re not that evil. And even if they were that evil, the media wouldn’t let them away with it, plus the Nats are a much more effective Opposition.

      • Sacha 7.1.3

        “hasn’t gone in for wholesale structural change”

        You mean has stealthily recreated the 1990s by hewing the National Health Board from the Ministry, regionalised DHB funding (ready to become RHAs next term), is introducing new PHO/GP contracts right now, etc – without even most of his political opposition noticing, let alone media or the public? Admirably skilled and disciplined but no way has Ryall been leaving the structures alone.

  8. irascible 8

    This should be reported as: Yet another vote of no confidence in John Key from another deserting National MP. This is not renewal of the National caucus just more evidence of the power struggles within the National-Act caucus and the growing disillusionment with Key among the factions arounf Collins and Joyce.
    The shortage of talent among the young nat members can be seen in the musings of Simian Bridges and his Slater backed side kick Jami-Lee Ross whose claim to fame is that he has enrolled his 18 month old son as the Chairman of the Botany Young Nats.

  9. Enough is Enough 9

    He like every other Nat MP should be arrested for treason.

  10. Tigger 10

    There’s no reason for Ryall to leave now unless he’s being pushed. There have been rumours of him needing to go for a few years now, due to some embarrassing info that could come to light. If Key has come to believe these he’ll want Ryall gone.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Perhaps, but Key also stands by his performing Ministers, and Ryall has been excellent…from the Tory point of view.

      • JK 10.1.1

        Yes – so its odd for Ryall to be leaving now. There must be something else behind it.

        • DavidW 10.1.1.1

          Perhaps it is just that Ryall doesn’t (and never did) see being an MP as being a lifetime career and end in itself. Hate to draw comparisons but I can’t recall many red team MPs who have given up their places at the trough unless there was an equivalent or larger trough to feed at (think Maharey, Clarke, Ross Robertson)

          Ryall at this stage professes that he has no idea what he will do and to be fair his resignation is dated sometime in November so there is little chance that he has a position confirmed this far out but he has said that whatever he does, it will be in the private sector. Talk of being bribed away in some cosy deal just doesn’t stack up as having any basis in reality and appears more to be bitter and ill-mannered ranting which is unattractive and undeserved.

    • Barnsley Bill 10.2

      M.A.D pretty much ensures those rumours will stay in the closet.

      • Jilly Bee 10.2.1

        M.A.D. – what do you mean BB? I Googled MAD and all I came up with was MAD Magazine – yes, even in my dotage I know what that is and have read the odd few mags. The other explanation was ‘mutual assured destruction’ – now the mind really boggles.

      • Tim 10.2.2

        oooooh you are awful! – But I like you. (What’s sauce for the goose is source for the gander and all that kaka)

        • Tim 10.2.2.1

          Ekshly, take that back …. it was a comment better posted on Whaleoil or f f f f Farrar (maybe),

    • risildowgtn 10.3

      yeah i heard stories re something to with the dhb in canterbury =.dodgy….

  11. Theres something fishy going on ,the Nats are leaving at a gallop . Yet Key still goes round around grinning none stop . The Nats are leaving full stop how much longer can this go on. Who will be next ?.

  12. Penny Bright 12

    So – Minister Tony Ryall is about to go through the ‘revolving door’ and end up where exactly in the corporate sector?

    Anyone ever heard of the form of corrupt practice known as ‘post-separation employment’?

    (An eighteen month / two year quarantine period from the time particularly a former Minister leaves public office – to the time a position is obtained in the private sector, which may involve using contacts/ influence obtained whilst in public office.)

    New Zealand is RIFE with this ‘revolving door’ form of corrupt practice, both at central and local government.

    This is how ‘post-separation employment’ is dealt with over the ditch:

    http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2012-2013/Conduct#_Toc325623492

    Post-separation employment

    The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:

    2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not generally available to the public.

    2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.

    The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying activities:

    8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.

    These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see below for more information on this code).


    Yet – New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ …….

    Again – pity about the reality.

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption campaigner’

  13. Whatever next 13

    Everyone has their limit for how much crap we can take, or dish out.
    Quite an exodus happening here, if it was Labour MP’s leaving at that rate it would be the talking point of question time, and Gower/ Garner goon shows

  14. Whatever next 14

    Yes, weird eh?

    • tc 14.1

      Nope, predictable.
      Job done, privatised health some, flogged off the gilt edged SOEs, time to move on with parliamentary pension etc more money less profile win win for Tony.

  15. Pragmatic1 15

    Maybe Ryall didn’t sleep too good, on hearing about McCarten’s new job…

    “alea jacta est”

    That makes about 8 or 9 Nats leaving the sinking ship. That’ll make capaigning a bit more difficult, in an already tough campaign.

  16. swordfish 16

    One of the very few prominent people who I’m prepared to believe is, indeed, a shape-shifting lizard. He just has that kind of scaley air about him.

    I see he’s about 3 months younger than my good-self, yet he looks about 15 years older. Then again, I am an unusually youthful 49 and a half year-old – a sly old minky, musky, middle-aged piece of male eye-candy for the womenfolk to enjoy. So, I set a fairly high benchmark.

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    Ordinarily, when the coup of a party leader is underway, one of two things happens. Either the incumbent simply walks, having seen the writing on the wall, or attempts to stare down their opposition in a closed room. Someone walks out of...
    Occasionally erudite | 30-09
  • Dr Sean Simpson from Lanzatech
    On 8th October, Dr Sean Simpson from Lanzatech will be speaking at the University of Auckland, on the subject of “Climate-friendly fuel: A challenge of scale and time”.  This is part of the Energy Centre’s Energy Matters lecture series. Sean...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #36 On the Beat
    36: On the Beat What if we had more cops on the beat? Isn’t it time the New Zealand Police started to recognise the changes happening in urban New Zealand? In our central cities and busiest town centres and main...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Bonus growth for SaaS exporters
    The currency fall has a wonderful effect for exporters, especially those who have most of their costs back here in New Zealand. As I write this, the NZD versus the USD has fallen about 10% since earlier this year. As an...
    Lance Wiggs | 30-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • I feel sorry for Labour Party members and supporters
    I feel really sorry for the members and supporters of the Labour Party as they watch their caucus tear itself to shreds. And no matter what the outcome of the coming leadership race Labour members and supporters will be the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Ummmm, why is Auckland Transport spying on Aucklanders?
    Ummm. What? Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that can put names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. The surveillance has the capability to also scan social media...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Documenting historic Māori land law cases for the first time
    A new book from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will continue to put the spotlight on Māori Land Law judgments which have never before been published....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • ‘Oily’ people greet Petroleum Summit diners
    Greenpeace activists smeared in fake oil have greeted guests arriving at the part-Statoil sponsored Petroleum Summit dinner this evening....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Key Decisions Made About Labour’s Leadership Election
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has made the key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of Labour’s Party Leader. The result will be announced on Tuesday 18th November, following a comprehensive and extensive process unique...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Suspected $6 Million Dollar Wananga Fraud Alarming
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on on the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to front up over claims the Wananga has pocketed government overpayments amounting to $6 million of taxpayers' money. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
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    Scoop politics | 28-09
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