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Tricky Patrick Gower in NZHouse of Cards

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, March 6th, 2014 - 132 comments
Categories: class war, news, spin, tv, twitter - Tags:

This week I decided to stop watching TV3 News because the rightward spin is making me too dizzy.  Among a Nat government skewed mainstream media, TV3 News stands out as producing the most blatant right wing slant.  And amidst their coverage, Patrick Gower produces the most blatantly slanted and misrepresentative reports.

Martyn Bradbury has described the latest misrepresentation by Gower (I haven’t watched the actual footage, but Bradbury provides a pretty full description with a transcript): “Tricky Patrick Gower”.  The most damning part of Bradbury’s post spells out just how dishonest and slanted Gower’s reporting was last night.

Well, let’s dig a little deeper shall we and play a game called ‘Paddy Says’.

* Paddy says: “yesterday Cunliffe admitted to two trusts”, yet the ICSL trust is not new. It was declared in the pecuniary interests register since July 2013 and Cunliffe declared it again in his 2014 pecuniary interests. There is no admission to make. His mention of it on Tuesday was in response to a question by 3 News about which trusts he had an interest in. The way Paddy has framed this is as if Cunliffe had rushed to confess a great sin, it’s been there on the record for 8 bloody months!

* Paddy says Cunliffe was “forced to correct the register” like he was under duress. Cunliffe declared it last year after seeking advice from the registrar on whether he should! That’s hardly forced! He sought clarification and got it, the way Gower is framing it however is as some type of wrong doing that David is being punished for.

* Paddy says: “ICSL is an investment company trust. David Cunliffe is one of 20,000 investors that manages $8 billion in investments. Evenly divided, that’s $400,000 each. Cunliffe refused to front.” This is then reinforced by a graphic with Cunliffe’s face next to a figure for $400 000, this despite 3 News being told by Cunliffe’s office that he had “much less than $100,000” invested. Something Gower admits at the end of the story, but the graphic has already done the damage.

What Paddy doesn’t say however is the number of National Party MPs who did the exact same thing as Cunliffe did and make supplementary declarations to the  pecuniary interests register in 2013. So when will Paddy be doing the exact same story on Jackie Blue, Simon Bridges, Shane Ardern and Nathan Guy? When are investigations using the same ominous insinuations of corruption going to be meted out to those 4 National Party MPs by Patrick Gower? Paddy won’t be investigating those 4 National MPs though will he?

TV3 News’ Twitter account uses an image to promote the US TV show, House of Cards, in which Kevin Spacey plays the powerfully devious Frank Underwood, manipulator of Washington politics and power plays. It’s a slight re-working of this ad: TV3 House of Cards promo

It is symbolically telling for TV3 to be piggybacking its branding on that of the House of Cards TV show, by foregrounding the image of a devious political manipulator.  I tried doing my own clumsy bit of photo-copy-paste superimposing Patrick Gower’s head on that of Kevin Spacey.  But that just looked all wrong.

Gower lacks the subtlety of the Underwood character, and is far more obvious and blatant in his manipulations and nasty, anti-Cunliffe persecution. On top of that, Gower is more a vehicle of right wing power, and not the one with most Power.  He’s more like the careerist reporter in House of Cards who Underwood uses as the means to plant selected stories in the media.  Not a good omen for Gower.

And who has that power?  This guy certainly has way more power over Nat Spin than Gower.john-key1Or even this guy.…?Jason Ede

But such consistent media slants are not due to the workings of any one person or group.  It is the result of a network of people and organisations with similar (crony capitalist) values.  And part of the current approach of the corporate media is to self-promote, and chase sales by diverse means.  This includes headlining a continual stream of dramas, conflicts, personality clashes, consumerist enticements, and celebrity culture dreams.

NZ is in desperate need of a public service media that will seek out the facts, and speak truth to Power. A media that is manipulated  to twist truth for Power – the mainstream media we currently have – does not serve democracy or the majority of Kiwis.  It certainly doesn’t serve the large amount of New Zealanders at the lower end of the inequality gap.

132 comments on “Tricky Patrick Gower in NZHouse of Cards”

  1. appleboy 1

    Surely a broadcasting standards complain re bias (misreporting, bias, leaving out info where nats are doing the same) would be easy money.

  2. wyndham 2

    Steven Joyce’s old firm ? Didn’t he ,courtesy of the taxpayer, lend them mega-millions when they were in financial strife?

    Is all this heavily slanted behaviour merely pay-back time?

    • Skinny 2.1

      Why yes of course the age old saying of “who pays the piper calls the tune.”

      It should be an election slogan for Key-National. Short, sharp and everyone clearly understands what works for National.

  3. Sosoo 3

    Why are they running House of Cards? Anyone who really wanted to watch it already has Netflix.

  4. JustLikeTigerWoods 4

    House Of Cards is being run from inside Labour. My sieve leaks less than that party does.

    BTW: Metro-man Cunliffe….not really working out, huh. You were told.

  5. JustLikeTigerWoods 5

    PS: Nobody f***s with ABC.

    • Enough is Enough 5.1

      The only members of the ABC club are Gower, Garner, Whale and DPF.

      They made it up to cause trouble.

      You are a fool

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 5.1.1

        You keep telling yourself that. I’m sure it makes one feel better.

    • Enough is Enough 5.2

      There is no ABC club other than Gower, Garner, Whale and DPF.

      They made it up to cause trouble.

      You are a fool -be gone!!!

  6. shorts 6

    I have yet to see any proof that Patrick Gower isn’t New Zealand’s most successful comedian…

    • whatever next? 6.1

      I sometimes fantasize it’s all a ploy, and he is just lulling Nats into a false sense of security, so that at the crucial time, he will be our hero, and expose Key. I can’t make any other sense of his behaviour, no-one is that much of a twat

      • finbar. 6.1.1

        whatever next? I think the best thing to do is lay your cards on the table,Cunliffe should have been well aware of that,he is now paying the Price of his deception.For old fool labour believers we no he is not one of our creed,we now that,yet he in his corporate world is still playing games of hid and seek about his corporate wealth and dealings.Did he ever think that no matter how hidden a corporate cultured opposition would not find out.

        Eejit mind,

        • RedLogix 6.1.1.1

          Not paying attention and then claiming you have been deceived is the kind of eejit game seven-year olds play.

        • whatever next? 6.1.1.2

          nooooo, I meant Gower will suddenly reveal himself as a decent human being after all, I have no concerns about DC’s intentions and integrity. It is tricky being on a socialist island in the capitalist sea that is the current government of NZ, so I do not expect to know every detail of how things are done, nor do I want to, I just want to stop NZ going to hell.

  7. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7

    Spot on Karol

    I am waiting for the revelations to appear on just how connected with the National or Act Party Gower is – it is really only a matter of time – and hopefully it is revealed sooner rather than later.

  8. xtasy 8

    To understand what is going on, one needs to look at who owns the media, and who does ultimately have managerial and also a degree of editorial “control” over it, and what gets reported:

    http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/communications/media-networks/journalism,-media-and-democracy-research-centre/centre-news

    A bit older and out of date, but a lot is still valid:
    http://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/15/05.htm

    Most current:
    http://www.aut.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/427681/JMAD-2013-Report.pdf

    “As in 2012 and 2011, APN and MediaWorks continued to have a duopoly in New Zealand’s commercial radio markets as the Sky TV, MediaWorks and TVNZ controlled television markets. Sky TV maintained near monopoly in the pay television market having 52 percent of households paying for its services. The company had 847,000 subscribers in December 2012 (Sky TV, 2013a).
    In 2013 the New Zealand print newspaper market, and the online news arena, was dominated by trans-Tasman corporates APN and Fairfax.”

    “The financialisation of New Zealand media ownership has been noticeable since 2010. Over the last three years stock market listed financial institutions such as major banks and unlisted financial institutions such as private equity firms, have increased their ownership shares within New Zealand based media companies. This is a worrying development since the financial owners “have no inherent interest in any particular media industry or sector.” (Hope & Myllylahti, 2013). The main objective of financial owners, especially private equity firms, is to maximise their returns.”

    Consequently:
    In effect the dominance of the NZ media landscape and “market” by privately owned and corporate media has led to the poorly managed and maintained public media feeling constantly pressured to compete at the lowest common level – on commercially determined terms.

    As for Pat Gower, remember what Imperator Fish once wrote, apparently more serious than some of what he sometimes writes. It was also posted on here on TS:

    http://thestandard.org.nz/imperatorfish-patrick-gower-put-on-notice-by-colleagues/

    So it is quite possible, that with some more recent changes in the ownership of TV3 there are now immense pressures on their staff to “perform” and deliver “hitting” news, no matter what. Maybe that also had to do with why Rachel Smalley left?

    Gower may be put on notice again, hence he is now pushing all boundaries, to “make” news, where there are hardly significant news. And as he seems to hold a grudge against Cunliffe, he does what he does.

    As for Cunliffe’s challenges, competing with Key, Bob Jones wrote something “interesting” in his last column on Granny Herald:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sir-bob-jones/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503264&objectid=11213228

    “Appearance is particularly a factor with some women voters. A politics professor friend told me recently of her astonishment at finding that – literally without exception – all of her women friends, including many life-long lefties, say they won’t vote Labour this year because they don’t like David Cunliffe’s face.”

    While some will feel justifiably offended by his comments, there is scientific evidence, that people tend to TRUST persons more, who have more “symmetry” in their facial features. On that level, that may explain why Key gets away with almost anything, while David Cunliffe falls down simply based on having slightly “less symmetrical” facial features.

    Cunliffe and Labour are up against all that, a MAJOR challenge, especially that BIASED MSM!

  9. rain33 9

    Tut tut tut. Yes, all of the above could well be true, and no doubt Gower would be mighty flattered to be compared to the master manipulator Frank Underwood (anyone else noticed his initials are “FU”?…just finished series 2, stunning!) but back to business. Having to deal with a biased media is nothing new, Obama has to deal with Faux News every day. But come on guys, talk about making their job easy for them. As a Labour supporter this is what always annoys me about Labour, the ability to go into complete denial.

    Labour makes a ‘cock-up’, media exaggerates and misrepresents said ‘cock-up’, Labour blames the media for misrepresenting ‘cock-up’. You can throw as big a tanty as you like, but this was a cock-up, and if this one wasn’t, then the one before it was or the one before that. Banging on about media bias is Winston’s one trick pony. Whether media bias exists or not is completely irrelevant, and it’s not always about being right. Everyone assumes the media loves Key, correction, Key loves the media because he has figured out how to work it and use it to his advantage. So let’s quote Frank Underwood shall we….“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.”

    • karol 9.1

      I’m not a Labour Party member and I party vote Green. I have a long term interest in the importance of the media to democracy. I want to see a true public service media.

      That should be an election issue.

      • rain33 9.1.1

        Really, and who determines what constitutes a ‘true’ public service media?

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 9.1.1.1

          Karol’s Pravda?

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.1.1.2

          The answer to your question is not difficult Rain33

          Just because the NZ media is currently being run amok with mindless individuals who clearly don’t know the difference between propaganda, opinion, facts and analysis nor appreciate the extemely negative effect such a blurring of facts with fantasy has on sound democracy doesn’t mean there are not plenty of fair minded individuals in this country who do know the difference between these things – it is someone/a group out of these many fair minded people who should be deciding such serious matters – not the idiots in charge at present.

        • karol 9.1.1.3

          Reith was the first person to define it for the BBC.

          These include an equal consideration of all viewpoints, probity, universality and a commitment to public service.

          Educate, inform, entertain

          Nicky Hagar has also produced his definition.

          Investigative journalism includes, for instance, the public service of investigating truthfulness in politics and of seeking facts when the truth is disputed, twisted or hidden. It can also involve a different kind of truth: trying to discover and illuminate what is right and wrong. In essence, it is about investigating and challenging the activities of the powerful,

          In NZ Peter Tompson at Vic uni has produced a lot about public service broadcasting.

        • weka 9.1.1.4

          “Really, and who determines what constitutes a ‘true’ public service media?”

          How about the public?

          • rain33 9.1.1.4.1

            And if the majority of the public are leaning center right?

            • Puckish Rouge 9.1.1.4.1.1

              Thats when you need to start “re-educating” the public to think the right way

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.1.1.4.1.2

              @ Rain33 & Puckish

              It might be a difficult concept for you to grasp – however I will try to spell it out to you:

              ‘Balanced information’ is balanced information regardless of the public’s general stance.

              If the public are given fair and accurate information and they in general end up holding ‘centre right’ views this is an entirely different situation than the scenario of a general public that hold centre right views because they don’t know any different options.

            • Puddleglum 9.1.1.4.1.3

              It makes no difference what the ideological preferences of a population are.

              Public service broadcasting‘ is devotion to what will serve the public interest. Usually, this is understood in terms of broadening people’s knowledge, understanding, awareness of the world they are in, etc.:

              The last thing I would ever want from a public service broadcaster would be for it to simply give me ‘what I want’ in a superficial manner (e.g., reinforcing what I already think or believe). That would be foolish, because ‘what I want’ are experiences I am unaware that I want and which may affect me in ways I can’t predict.

              • Bill

                Why not, rather than a public broadcasting system which would most likely just wind up being a monolithic BBC affair, resurrect a modern day equivalent to the free postage that allowed the free (printed) press to flourish in the US in years gone by?

                I don’t know what that equivalent leveller would be. But surely, far better to have a wide ranging cross section of views in media, with various mechanisms developed to ensure that no one ‘orthodoxy’ comes to dominate?

                Certainly, a plurality can be achieved by having (say) only state owned newspapers but with equal sized and editorially independent sections comprising the publication. I’m sure a similar, legislated scenario could be worked out for a (notionally) public TV and radio broadcaster.

                That still leaves many perspectives with no expression, but at least it would be a start and give equal prominence to both public and private perspectives within currently existing frameworks of reference.

                • RedLogix

                  My preference would be for both.

                  There are many markets where the presence of a substantial (but not necessarily dominant) public sector entity provides a ‘floor’ on the market below which no private sector operator can afford to fall – either in terms of price, service or quality.

                  It was for instance the reason why the old State Insurance was set up. It served this purpose well for many decades until some pricks thought to sell it. The state doesn’t have to be the best, or the cheapest or the most innovative in any given market – just the most reliable.

                  • karol

                    I would like to see a state supported, not-for-profit cross-platform service (online, TV, radio). Online would include print. Plus a return of community channels – like Triangle was for Auckland – low tech, low budget, but enables some direct interaction within local communties.

                    These days there needs to be more networked diversity than in the days when the BBC originated.

                • The link in my previous comment was to a UNESCO initiative and it defines public service broadcasting as:

                  Public Service Broadcasting (PSB)is broadcasting made, financed and controlled by the public, for the public. It is neither commercial nor state-owned, free from political interference and pressure from commercial forces.

                  Through PSB, citizens are informed, educated and also entertained. When guaranteed with pluralism, programming diversity, editorial independence, appropriate funding, accountability and transparency, public service broadcasting can serve as a cornerstone of democracy.

                  UNESCO’s work in the field of public service broadcasting focuses on:

                  enhancing the utility of PSB as an educational and cultural vehicle, especially for disadvantaged communities
                  promoting best PSB practices and professional standards and contributing to relevant revisions of national legislation
                  strengthening PSB as a gateway to information and knowledge for all
                  fostering the indigenous content quality and technological upgrading of public service broadcasting
                  encouraging innovative and creative improvements in programming to captivate larger audiences
                  upholding discussions between media professionals, decision-makers, and other stakeholders on major PSB-related issues.

        • Halfcrown 9.1.1.5

          Hey R 33

          Read this quote from a very right wing writer

          “Even more worrying is the decline in what I can only call newspaper ethics. It used to be that news and comment had a great gulf betwixt them; you never never mixed fact with opinon. No longer; front pages carry hopelessly loaded “news stories”, and fair, objective reporting seems to be the thing of the past. On the Herald , as on all the great provincial newspapers of fifty years ago The Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, Manchester Guardian, Birmingham Post, Western, Liverpool Echo and all the rest- fairness was gospel. We were a Tory paper and our leader columns were sometimes to the right of Genghis Knan, but our news pages were sacrosant: I’ve seen the chief sub lay his rule on proofs to make sure that a Labour candidate got exactly the same space as his Conservative opponent”

          (from George MacDonald Frasers book The Light’s On At Signpost. War hero, author of the Flashman Books and at one stage sub editor of the Glasgow Herald )

          I think these old guys irrespective of their political colour, knew what constituted a “true” public service media

          • Stuart Munro 9.1.1.5.1

            And there is the stick to beat the Herald and TV3 with.

            Run a column inch comparison over anti-Cunliffe and Key puff pieces – looking for fact and critical questioning.

            The pattern of bias will be so glaring even the rightwingers will admit it. Complain to international journalists – public professional shaming will bring these jackals’ careers to a richly deserved dead end.

      • OneTrack 9.1.2

        You have got at least Radio New Zealand, the NZ Herald, John Campbell and Corin Dann. What’s the problem?

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 9.2

      Correct Rain.

      Karol is pulling a Winston. The real cause is Cunliffe providing the ammunition and no amount of whining about the media changes it.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.2.1

        Nope – The real cause of a media report full of propaganda and devoid of facts is due to a piss-poor media. Full stop.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 9.2.1.1

          Cunliffe’s already admitted to these issues. Served up on a plate. From the very person who rallied so strongly against the use of trusts.

          What kind of total disconnect do you need to think this is the media’s fault?

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.2.1.1.1

            How about you read the main article of this thread, rather than asking me disingenuous questions?

    • Frank Underwood (anyone else noticed his initials are “FU”?

      Yes. In the British original tv series, the manipulative one was ‘Francis Urquhart’. There was a scene showing a tabloid front page (when Francis became PM??) with a huge ‘FU’ as part of the headline. It was made very clear that the initials were no accident.

  10. captain hook 10

    The media in New Zealand is totally in the hands of the Ruling Class and staffed by creepy suck ups.
    Until the troops on the left get their own micropulse radio stations then the tories will always have the advantage.

  11. Saarbo 11

    Spot on Karol.

    Patrick Gower is a sad little suck up…once Key has got what he wants out of him, he wont even know who Gower is. He’s John’s favourite little puppy at the moment.

    • Ant 11.1

      Yep the fact he spout lines and questions that Farrar has been begging earlier in the day tells you a lot.

    • rain33 11.2

      When will that happen Saarbo? When Key is re-elected you mean, while Labour is licking its wounds in the corner because the media was biased?

      • Naturesong 11.2.1

        You still think it’s a football match?

        Have a look through the National party leglislative agenda during the last five years, there are clear patterns;
        – removing democratic representation
        – handing over taxpayer money large to overseas corporations at the expense of all New Zealanders
        – corruption of process and people
        – issues with basic competance in both writing legislation and implementation of policies
        – willingness to trash New Zealands environment (our home, yours and mine) and our image as a clean green place
        – the preference of truthiness over truthfullness
        – concentration of power to Central government at the expense of local representation and decision making
        – lack of accountability of ministers and their departments
        – massive increase of surveilance of New Zealanders by both military institutions (GCSB) and civil insitutions (SIS, Police), as well as new security departments being set up
        … the list goes on.

        You should pay attention. It’s not a game.

        The rhetoric from Labour is that National have been a “hands off” government.
        I have no idea why they have kept saying that as it’s clear that this is one of the most transformative governments since the forth Labour government.

        • Puddleglum 11.2.1.1

          The rhetoric from Labour is that National have been a “hands off” government.

          I imagine that line – quite accurately – was designed to suggest that whatever may be happening, in a positive sense, in the economy has next to nothing to do with National’s policies. Allowing exploratory deep-sea drilling, harassing beneficiaries, trying their best to hand over conservation land for mining, encouraging fracking, gutting the (neo-liberal) RMA, etc. has nothing whatsoever to do with the supposed ‘Rock Star Economy’ that we are meant to be presently enjoying (obviously, since none of that has come to ‘fruition’ yet).

          The Labour-led government was frequently accused by National and its supporters of frittering away the ‘golden weather’. National has frittered away the opportunity to transform the economy in the wake of the GFC.

          Hopeless, visionless ‘management’, which would have been exposed – even for those with a conventional/economistic view of what ‘economies’ are for – without (a) record highs for commodities (especially milk powder), and (b) a massively devastating earthquake.

          Notice, on that last point (the earthquakes), that the statistic for growth – rather than debt – is being used to paint the government in a positive light. On the debt side, the government is ‘forgiven’ for the inevitable impact on debt caused by the earthquakes; on the ‘upside’ of the earthquakes (i.e., the rebuild-generated economic activity) the government gets the kudos (‘Rock Star economy’, blah, blah, blah).

          Why can’t journalists and commentators see these inconsistent deductions?

      • Saarbo 11.2.2

        Labour/Greens will have their DAY (3 Terms) Rain 33. Key will go and live in Hawaii and as for the poor little suck up…who cares.

  12. JustLikeTigerWoods 12

    Utter paranoia and denial.

    The media would have nothing to report if Cunliffe didn’t take the actions he did. End of story.

    As for Karol, you are being stunningly naive if you think the media will smell blood in the water and then fail to bite. That’s what the media does. It was doing it long before you were born.

    They all have bias. Everyone does. Start with Campbell. But that’s not the point. The point is you don’t let them smell blood in the water to start with.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1

      You miss the point, Just Like Tiger Woods

      The items on TV3 on NZ politics, such as this one being discussed, are devoid of facts

      Conclusion: Wanting to be well informed about this country’s political activities by watching this TV3 ‘News’ programme is an as effective way to achieve your goal as attempting to lose weight by eating large amounts of cream buns and chips everyday and not exercising.

      • idlegus 12.1.1

        doesnt it also make all their other ‘news’ suspect? what else are they misrepresenting, what other bs are they feeding us, tv3 news credibility is right up there with the nz herald as far as im concerned. also had to laugh at the stuff story about informing me of the ukraine crisis, ah, no thanks, i dont think i want to be ‘entotained’ about war from stuff thank you very much. (the ukraine crisis in 30 pictures!!!)

        • Arfamo 12.1.1.1

          Yeah I rolled through those 30 pics and concluded they left the viewer completely uninformed about the Ukraine crisis.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1.1.2

          Yes, I have been trying to work out if there is anyone who watches TV3 News to be informed about anything anymore.

          I occasionally watch it to view the latest spin being applied to fools who still think they are being informed by watching that crap – that is the only reason I view parts of that programme and this is infrequent.

          I suggest that advertisers should be considering:
          -the content of this TV3 ‘News-Devoid-of-Facts’ show
          -how they are ruining their image by advertising in such slots.
          -how few viewers they are connecting with by advertising in such slots i.e. how many people are switching off/over at that time slot.
          -choosing another channel or another show to advertise in amongst

    • lprent 12.2

      They all have bias. Everyone does. Start with Campbell. But that’s not the point. The point is you don’t let them smell blood in the water to start with.

      You are a fool if you thing that it is the bias that is the problem. It is both the balance and that fact that Paddy Gower has now gone into full time knowingly lying or repeating stories from the Nat’s that he knows are lies to make his stories. It is hardly “news” to repeat Farrar making a complete dick of themselves.

      Time for him to go.

      I think it is time for me and others to start exerting some effort to make sure that happens.

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 12.2.1

        LOL. What are you going to do – send him a strongly worded fax? Best send Campbell one, too.

        I’m sure it will be filed in the appropriate place.

    • lprent 12.3

      They all have bias. Everyone does. Start with Campbell. But that’s not the point. The point is you don’t let them smell blood in the water to start with.

      You are a fool if you thing that it is the bias that is the problem. It is both the balance and that fact that Paddy Gower has now gone into full time knowingly lying to make his stories.

      Time for him to go. I think it is also time for me and others to start exerting some effort to make sure that happens.

      • Rosie 12.3.1

        “Time for him to go. I think it is also time for me and others to start exerting some effort to make sure that happens.”

        Yes. Yes it is lprent. Let’s welcome your suggestions for those efforts

        As for the Broadcasting Standards Authority, I don’t know, going down this path may be like throwing soggy cotton wool at the problem. Maybe if there was a mass effort however, that may make a difference.

        • Rosie 12.3.1.1

          I’ve changed my mind after reading Bill’s post. Going down the BSA path might be useful, especially as Gower does seem to be in breach of standards 5c (accuracy) and 6b (fairness)

          This is only ONE path to take however…………….

          • karol 12.3.1.1.1

            Agreed. I think Gower and TV3 need to be challenged NOW, particularly over what Gower has been doing.

            But there also need sot be a longer campaign for better news and politics media. The National led government has steadily pushed out any remnants of public broadcasting in favour of private corporate media – ones that don’t value genuine and fair debate.

            A Labour led government needs to reverse that trend majorly.

  13. Skinny 13

    I have enjoyed watching TV3 News front man Mike Mc Robert’s reactions to Paddy Gower’s frothing and foaming.

     Mc Robert’s is a very accomplished award wining journalist, who can forget his  legendary coverage in war torn zones around the World. 

     And nowadays it’s like Mike is thinking out loud “what a fucking amateur clown Paddy is, does anyone take him seriously”. Mc Robert’s facial expressions give it away, that Gower is off on a tangent of his own self importance, rather than giving hard hitting stories of credibility. 

    Nice work East Coast Mike keep up your integrity!   

    • Arfamo 13.1

      Nope. I think McRoberts just gives Gower the floor and that’s it. TV3’s political news is a complete, blatantly biased sham.

      • Skinny 13.1.1

        If it continues there is one way to bring it to the Nation’s attention. We have a mass protest outside their Auckland broadcasting studio. The other TV Networks will take great delight in covering the protest. An easy fix bringing Nationwide attention so the people that matter have a question mark next to any anti Labour/Green propaganda coverage on TV3 News.

        • Populuxe1 13.1.1.1

          No you don’t have a mass protest because this is the twenty-first century and no one pays attention to those any more. What you do is set up a facebook page.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.1.1.2

          That is a good idea Skinny

        • Rosie 13.1.1.3

          Skinny a protest outside TV3 studio’s will be excellent. They will be shamed by other media.

          • Skinny 13.1.1.3.1

            I’m old school and revert to protests, pickets and rally’s frequently. Witty plaques and good spokespeople giving clear views of the injustice. Hitting the bricks is energising and more often then not hits the spot. Every Media outlet would flock to their oppositions misery. Of course you would back it up prior with mass social Media broadcasting. You make a catchy protest. Citizens Disgust Against TV3 News Political Broadcasting Bias.

            Or any other catch cry punters might want to recommend?

            • Rosie 13.1.1.3.1.1

              Me too Skinny. Social media’s fine an’ all but more as a snazzy back up to on the street protesting and picketing.

              Here’s a chant

              HEY HEY!!
              HO HO!!

              GOWER
              MUST
              GO!!

              A tui style bIllboard: “TV3 upholds standard 5: Accuracy and standard 6: Fairness” Yeah right!!

              and for more background on that:

              “Broadcasters should make reasonable
              efforts to ensure that news, current
              affairs and factual programming:
              • is accurate in relation to all material
              points of fact and/or
              • does not mislead.
              Guidelines
              5a The accuracy standard does not
              apply to statements which are clearly
              distinguishable as analysis, comment
              or opinion.
              5b In the event that a material error
              of fact has occurred, broadcasters
              should correct it at the earliest
              appropriate opportunity.
              5c News must be impartial.
              STANDARD 6 – Fairness
              Broadcasters should deal fairly with
              any person or organisation taking part
              or referred to.
              Guidelines
              6a A consideration of what is fair will depend
              upon the genre of the programme (e.g.
              factual, dramatic, comedic or satirical
              programmes).
              6b Broadcasters should exercise care in
              editing programme material to ensure
              that the extracts used are not a distortion
              of the original event or the overall
              views expressed”

              http://www.mediaworks.co.nz/Portals/0/PDF/bsa-freetvcode-new.pdf

              5C and 6B are the stand out one’s here.

    • rain33 13.2

      Perception is everything. You assume that is what McRobert’s is thinking, but he could just as easily be thinking “Who gave Labout the gun to keep shooting themselves in the foot”. That too would induce a look of incredulity.

      • Skinny 13.2.1

        Your clutching at straws there pal. I have done the odd number with Mike and I can assure you that he doesn’t suffer fools like Gower.

        • Arfamo 13.2.1.1

          Whether he suffers fools like Gower or not is irrelevant as long as Gower still gets to deliver his twisted & spun version of events every night.

  14. You_Fool 14

    interestingly I came to two conclusions last night watching Gower.

    1) Gower is full of shit and has a vendetta against Cunliffe

    2) Cunliffe had done nothing wrong in regards to these trusts

    As far as I could see, from Gower’s story, Cunliffe invested in a new trust then when it came time to declare he asked the question: does this trust need to be declared. Whoever it is that gets asks these legal quesions said no, no it does not. Cunliffe, either at the time or later, thought that this didn’t sound right and asked the registry. I assume, like most bureaucracies, it took some time for them to get back to Cunliffe, and the answers was meh, maybe, maybe not, if you want you know you could. Cunliffe decided to declare to be safe, now that he has done the right thing he is being lambasted about it.

    • Puckish Rouge 14.1

      So the person he asked the legal question of originally was a bit a useless then?

      • You_Fool 14.1.1

        That is the question to be asked, which strangely wasn’t asked.

        Why was the advice that it didn’t need to be declared.

        I am not fully up to date on what does need to be declared, but it appears that this is something that doesn’t, but maybe a bit grey. Maybe it is a small investment by DC but because the trust is so big it makes it look bad (i.e. the average that Gower was using last night.) But this hasn’t been investigated at all by TV3 as far as I can tell. Gower had an opinion that DC was trying to hide the trust and was caught out, but the facts don’t seem to support that at this stage. So if Gower knows more he needs to be a proper journalist and present the facts.

    • Stephanie Rodgers 14.2

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the answer from the registry managers was “You might not have to, but you may as well”. It’s good advice, but not exactly the black-and-white situation people want to talk about.

  15. Populuxe1 15

    This would be Bombast Bradbury who failed to mention working as a consultant for both MANA and Kim Dotcom while at the same time supposedly “impartially” blogging on politics, yes?

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.1

      @ Populuxe1

      You repeat your mistake here, I shall repeat my response accordingly:

      Can you not see the difference between a blogger who makes clear his political stance writing on a political blogsite and a News information source that is expected to be conveying balanced information on current affairs having a reporter taking a political stance while working for said information source and not declaring such?

      It is a pretty clear cut difference.

      What is so hard for you in understanding this difference?

      • Populuxe1 15.1.1

        That really depends on how one purports to present themselves and if one presents oneself as a pundit, one has a duty to say if one is also working for a party as opposed to merely supporting that party. Being clear on your political stance is a bit different to not mentioning that by the pay the party you are promoting actually employs you. I’m not saying that it’s a left/right thing so much as it’s endemic across the board in politics which is how it should be tackled.

        Karol is obviously citing Bombast as a reliable authority above – I’m merely pointing out that as such it can’t be assumed , and is probably a wee bit hypocritical on Bombast’s part.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.1.1.1

          There is a yawning gulf in what you are accusing Bradbury of doing and what is occurring with Gower and TV3 News, Populuxe1.

          I was in no way surprised that Bradbury was active politically because he made it clear that he was politically active with regard to many events – his involvement with Mana springs to mind as a specific example.

          He also openly writes on Leftwing blogs openly promoting left wing activities. What is the problem? Do you think that a leftwing activist shouldn’t be allowed to express their opinions? Or perhaps those that express their political opinions shouldn’t be active politically?

          I am completely disgusted, however, that a purportedly ‘balanced’ News information outlet employs someone who is so clearly connected to right-wing political parties that it really is only a matter of time that this connection gets found out.

          Is it that you haven’t actually read or watched much of Bradbury’s work and therefore because [unsurprisingly] you haven’t seen or heard any of the clear disclosures Bradbury has made that you assume there were none? That wouldn’t be very intelligent of you if that is what you are doing :(

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.2

      @ Populuxe1

      You repeat your mistake here, I shall repeat my response accordingly:

      Can you not see the difference between a blogger who makes clear his political stance writing on a political blogsite and a News information source that is expected to be conveying balanced information on current affairs having a reporter taking a political stance while working for said information source and not declaring such?

      It is a pretty clear cut difference.

      What is so hard for you in understanding this difference?

    • Enough is Enough 15.3

      He has never claimed to be impartial.

      • Populuxe1 15.3.1

        Not the same as mentioning you are in the pay of a political party. PG has never claimed impartiality either, as far as I’m aware and am happy to be corrected.

        • You_Fool 15.3.1.1

          SO it is official that TV3 is a mouth piece for the NActs and everything they say should be thought of in the same way as the rubbish spewed forth from FOX news?

          Sounds good to me.

    • Delia 15.4

      Impartiality is not something you could accuse him of, he is openly left wing. About biased journos just ignore them.

  16. McFlock 16

    caption for the key photo – House of Cads. :)

  17. Enough is Enough 17

    It is becoming more and more inevitable that we, the Left, are going to lose this election.

    The reason being the corrupt media. How is the public supposed to form a view on the merits of the various options available to them if they are slammed night after night with this one sided bull shit.

    • Puckish Rouge 17.1

      “The reason being the corrupt media”

      Might want to look at where the leaks are coming from and whos making the errors to see where to aportion blame.

      For instance:

      Did the media get the info wrong about the baby bonus or was the info on the handouts wrong?
      Did the media force Cunliffes office to send the info to Amy Adams?
      Whos tipping of the media about various Labour stuff ups?
      Did the media make Cunliffe start talking about leafy houses?
      Did the media advise Cunliffe to use a trust in the first place or not to declare another trust?

      Its not the media or Whaleoil causing Labours woes, its much closer to home not that anyone on here will take a blind bit of notice

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1.1

        If there was a conspiracy in amongst Labour – this doesn’t let the media off the hook at all – the media are repeating shit verbatim and reporting untruths.

        If such an imagined conspiracy was reality – shouldn’t the media be all over it reporting it?

        I don’t believe your fantastical theory Rogue – I consider you are trying to distract from the point – and am just saying that your theory doesn’t answer the point being made here and all over the political blogs today.

        • Puckish Rogue 17.1.1.1

          Ok a conspiracy may or may not exist but (and its a pretty big but) the stories are coming from somewhere in Labour, the media is merely feeding on easy pickings

          Banks got raked over the coals
          Whyte got taken to account over his views
          Craig gets a hard time from the media

          All right or hard right politicians but Key doesn’t because, by and large, he doesn’t give the media much to go on so the media (being essentially lazy) focus on Labour because Labours making their jobs easy

          Want to stop the negative stories from the media then stop giving the media stories in the first place

          Its like putting your hand in a lions mouth and then complaining its bitten your hand off

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1.1.1.1

            Nope, being able to lie and spread falsehoods with no negative consequences is ‘making their job easier’ and this has nothing to do with anything members of the Labour Party do or don’t do.

            Key makes plenty of mistakes, his are neither highlighted, exaggerated or simply ‘made up’ by the TV3 Newsroom.

            This is a big difference and you don’t appear to be able to acknowledge it Puckish.

          • Populuxe1 17.1.1.1.2

            That makes a lot of sense. Key has a very succesful media strategy:
            (1) the smarmy affibility seems to work.
            (2) National by and large runds a tighetr ship with the possible exception of the Collins challenge for leadership.
            (3) Key is always vague and never says anything overly shocking.
            (4) Key’s minders know that the media is lazy and in return for tidbits they won’t go for him.

            When the media does go for him, he is utterly hopeless, so the Nats do their utmost to prevent that.

            It definitely seems to be a Key thing specifically rather than a Right Wing thing in general.

      • You_Fool 17.1.2

        Did the media get the info wrong about the baby bonus or was the info on the handouts wrong?

        Both, the media got it wrong as well as the info being wrong. The media then framed it as Cunliffe cocking up, which wasn’t strictly true, though close. Cunliffe then showed he was a bigger man than Key and admitted to getting it wrong other than just forgetting what happend.

        Did the media force Cunliffes office to send the info to Amy Adams?

        Has the leak actually been verified or is it just what Gower said? I haven’t looked. Also I can think of a few of John Key’s staff who have been blamed for wrong info being handed out, and as far as I remembered TV3 blamed the staffer not Key.

        Whos tipping of the media about various Labour stuff ups?

        -I would hope the media themselves, I hold onto hope that they can actually do their job.

        Did the media make Cunliffe start talking about leafy houses?

        Comment taking out of context and framed incorrectly. Also $9mill house >> $2.5mil house, so who is more out of touch?

        Did the media advise Cunliffe to use a trust in the first place or not to declare another trust?

        No his/labour’s/parliaments legal team advised him that he didn’t have too. Cunliffe decided he did have to declare both. Using a trust is useful in many suituations, so I am sure his using a trust in the first place was not about hiding stuff, unless everyone using a trust is trying to hide stuff? In which case should we persecute every MP who uses a trust?

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.2

      Look it is really easy to start concluding such things given the current conditions, however this is giving in to defeatism.

      Every time you think such things just think something like:

      Nah! We just have to push back against this shit harder or, to use a more Taoist intelligence: use these media travesties to motivate ourselves and use this negative energy of Nat propaganda against itself.

      We must not surrender so lightly!

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 17.2.1

        Strange, because to me, TV3 looks like a left-wing love fest. I can’t stand any of their reporters, Gower included.

        In this case, their reporting reflects the fact that Labour are so completely hopeless. The knife is going in. The election has slid away from Labour and most people, including TV3, know it….

        No one wants to hug a corpse.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.2.1.1

          Saying black is white doesn’t make it so JLTiger Woods

          Your ‘observations’ of TV3 are disconnected from reality by any reasonable person’s standards – (just like your political stance methinks).

          What makes you think that displaying your disingenuouity for all to see helps the interests you speak up for at all?

          It doesn’t.

          I therefore suggest you carry on doing and saying what you do – suits the interests that I support just fine, thank you very much :)

          • JustLikeTigerWoods 17.2.1.1.1

            The poll of polls and Cunliffe’s personal popularity rating are an adequate public proxy. You might also want to look at internal party polling, if you have access to it. Many do.

            Do also watch the wear on the knife sharpener…..

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.2.1.1.1.1

              Ooh! Good of you to take my advice, there JLTigerWoods – that was obedient of you – Thanks and keep up digging that hole for your cause – excellent work. :lol:

              • JustLikeTigerWoods

                I don’t have a “cause”. I do find the level of delusion amusing, however. I certainly look forward to The Standard continuing the theme and labelling Campbell an “obvious ACT neoliberal plant”.

            • drongo 17.2.1.1.1.2

              Grant Robertson, advised behind closed doors by Annette King, Phil Goff, and Trevor Malard, must be enjoying the moment. Labour’s ABC faction is alive and kicking.

        • Skinny 17.2.1.2

          Speaking of the dead, I see that Old Duck was a no show in parliament today. Bit early to be dodging bullets. Duck shooting is a while away or is it?

    • McFlock 17.3

      A bit early for such talk, I would have thought.

  18. Macro 18

    We live in the age of Stupid..

    What happened in Australia over the last 18 months is being enacted here.

    The media “assassinated” Julia Gillard the most competent Prime Minister the country had had in decades and promoted an idiot to replace her. How anyone could have voted for Abbott, the greatest idiot of a man imaginable., beggars belief. A man who in his first month of office fired his scientific advisers because they told him things he didn’t want to know, is not a man who should be given the task of government.

    Stupidity reigns, and the herd will follow wherever they are led.

    The 4th Estate have lost the plot – they truly believe it is all about them.

    • Populuxe1 18.1

      Not exactly. Key’s mob haven’t been able to entirely enact in 6 years, even with a raft of natural disasters, the kind of idiocy Abbott has in a mere 18 months. I suspect the Nats know that the NZ electorate would resist – hence they like to keep a tightish leash on ACT – and National isn’t anywhere near as anti-science, socially conservative, or politically naive as the Aus Liberals. Perhaps they fantasise about that kind of fascism in the wee small hours, but National is (unfortunately) looking at a third term while th eLibs will be goneburger at the next election.

  19. bad12 19

    As a kid i loved my comics, what we had in those days instead of playstation and various other devices,

    Mad Magazines were one of my favorites and Spy V Spy a must read guaranteed to have me sniggering for hours even after i had given up the jealously guarded and fought over comic to my older and larger siblings,

    Behold the first sighting of Patrick Gower on a television screen decades later and i am transported back in time to the face on the cover of Mad Magazine, the spitting image, the living embodiment of Alfred E. Nuemann the Editor of Mad Magazine,

    i am hardly tho moved to mirth by the antics of this living embodiment of the Alfred E.Nueman from years past as the current TV3 political editor although there could be a slight snigger forthcoming at the thought of just how Mad would those who manage that particular TV station have to have been to have employed Him as anything but the tea-boy,

    Broke i would suggest could have the cynics in charge making such a bizarre and ugly little choice to allow this particularly tragic example of the human race appear on our TV screens,

    Who wouldn’t connect the bailout of TV3 and the radio stations owned by Media works by Slippery’s National Government with the outright lies and overt attacks on the Labour Party and
    David Cunliffe by the Alfred E. Nuemann of television jonolism Gower,

    Broke they were at the time of Nationals cozy little 42 million dollar ‘loan’ which i see as the only ‘reason’ why the likes of Gower is allowed to continue a litany of what are Lies, and, pretty much Broke they still are, stumbling along month to month nearly, but not quite, insolvent,

    Matt,what was that stunning endorsement you gave of Gower, McCarten should have a word in wee Patrick’s ear telling Him one more Lie and the whole of TV3 is Toast,

    It will only take the funding from NZ On Air to disappear and TV3 will do exactly the same, wouldn’t it be just a crying shame if upon becoming Government Labour made an entirely logical decision that only the State broadcasters should profit from the State handing out monies via NZ On Air to broadcasters,

    If such a logical policy were to be implemented on the grounds of financial restructuring within NZ On Air and TV3 along with Media works collapsed into a pile of its own bullshit i would miss them all for 30 seconds but hell life would sure as carry on as if they were never polluting the airwaves at any time…

    • Rosie 19.1

      Special for you bad12

      http://www.canyoncountryzephyr.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/alfred_e_newman.gif

      My older siblings had Mad Magazine. I never forgot that face. The “what, me worry?” line is ALL Keys though.

      I never forgot about “that”mediaworks loan either and have wondered as to the extent of its influence. What did Skinny say? “he who pays the piper plays the tune”.

      Anyway, watched One News tonight for the first time in I can’t remember. It’s probably the first time I have got through the news without my blood pressure going up. Because it was Gower free” news”. Think I may do this on a regular basis.

      Funny how one of their stories was the one about Shane Taurima and political neutrality, now that Tamati Coffey has put his hand up as the Labour candidate for Rotorua. Political neutrality? Gower might as well wear a pretty blue rosette.

      • bad12 19.1.1

        Lolz Rosie, aint He just the cutest, thanks for the nudge to my memory, Alfred E. for prez is what i say…

  20. rain33 20

    Well there you go….quote from above ^ “It is becoming more and more inevitable that we, the Left, are going to lose this election. The reason being the corrupt media…”

    If you really believe that will be the reason for the Left’s loss, then it will become a fait accompli. To those adopting that attitude, I suggest a cup of harden the heck up and a re-read of sun tzu.

  21. BEATINGTHEBOKS 21

    You can piss and moan as much as you like about TV3, but there is no comparison between whatever his name is and Taurima, that guy takes the cake. TVNZ is owned by the people, not the labour party, and he has fucked his entire unit, total dickhead. Still an ideal canditate all bull shit aside give him a seat to contest, and get rid of some insipid encumbent. Hes got balls.

    • bad12 21.1

      Yeah i agree with you give whats His name Rotorua to contest and get rid of a really insipid piece of dross only concerned with enriching the already wealthy…

    • karol 21.2

      Please tell me how there is any comparison between Gower’s misrepresentation of the truth, and Taurima’s editing for TVNZ. No-one has accused Taurimo of producing bias in the programmes that went to air? His wrong doing was conducting parts his political organisation in work time.

      You’re just creating a diversion.

  22. whatever next? 22

    “Is Television New Zealand a breeding ground for Labour Party activists?” asked National MP Chris Tremain.

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/TVNZ-faces-questions-over-Taurima-scandal/tabid/1607/articleID/334859/Default.aspx#ixzz2vA63jp2M

    What can you say?

  23. ian 23

    Hard to make a silk purse out of a sows ear,as the old saying goes.Don’t blame Patrick Gower,I’m sure he would love to ram one right up Key given half a chance.Cunliffe is off the scale and his inadequacies could only be ignored by his mother. The Labour Party should man up,admit they got it wrong with Cunny and give Shane Jones a go.

    • bad12 23.1

      Give the third place getter in an open election race a go at becoming the winner in the upcoming election race, kidding right, Jones’s one hit wonder on the supermarkets has fizzled and if history is anything to judge the future upon Shane would simply not have the energy for an election campaign being likely to have exhausted Himself on acts of sexual self fulfillment on most nights leading up to the vote…

      • ian 23.1.1

        Yeah ,I agree but I think labour needs to control damage ,try to salvage enough mana to get through to the 2017 election and maybe a new messiah may pop up.Jones with lots of help could do that. Labour also needs a very hard pruning to remove the dead wood and let the new growth come away.That Sam guy from the farmy army down in Chch is bursting into bud.Time to sort out a bit of long term strategy guys.

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 23.2

      They picked the wrong man. Next time, listen to caucus.

      ABC caucus call the shots.

  24. Sookie 24

    While I agree that Gower is a loathsome little Gollum of a man who obviously has it in for Labour, that is no excuse for being completely bloody incompetent. There’s no point in moaning about media bias, stop embarrassing us lefties and get your bloody shit together Labour, or else we’ll be having another 3 years of Mr Derp.

    • rain33 24.1

      Sookie, exactly right. I have been banging on about the distraction that is Gower’s bias all day To believe that he or a general media bias will be the cause of another Labour loss is a total cop-out. Gower and other journos like him are basically bloodhounds with bones, they don’t really care who they’re in a fight with, so long as they’re in the hunt and on the end of a bone. Labour, stop throwing bones…for goodness sake.

      • karol 24.1.1

        It’s important to focus on election issues and contest media bias. But the need for media that serves the public interst IS an important election issue. We will never get a strong left wing govenment while the media is dominated by corporates that are increasing their pwoer.

      • Sookie 24.1.2

        It’s almost like they want to get their arses kicked again, as per the so-called ABC theories, or are just incredibly clueless. In order to win a PR war with poor odds, you have to root out all dodgy deals and backstabbing ratbags, and mimimise gaffes. People always cast a more critical eye over the underdog. And oh yes, no more elitist snobbery. Shane Jones is the only useful member of Labour at the moment, but he gets little credit as he’s an uncouth bogan who likes porn. And I’ve already seen a bit of sneering about Tamati Coffey on here today. He’s perfect, the grannies and housewives will vote for him in droves. But hey, what do I know…I liked David Shearer :p

        • rain33 24.1.2.1

          Sookie, Happy to admit I was a fan of Shearer also. Nothing people love more in this country than the real deal. Admittedly he was a poor performer in the media spotlight, but that would have no doubt improved by now, and he had a lot of personal appeal. Done away with in a premature fashion I’m afraid…but like you…what would I know.

  25. rain33 25

    The Brainwashing of My Dad……
    If you’ve not seen it I am sure many of you will find it interesting –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh3TeTxgNVo

  26. burt 26

    Yes, all media which expose secret trusts operated by Labour Party people will be shut down. It’s simply not acceptable that Labour leaders are required to comply with the rules they pass for others and heads will roll for this insane attempt at democracy. There isn’t a successful dictatorship on this planet that allows this kind of open reporting and enforced accountability from dear leader.

    re- education camps for all but the special friends in TVNZ who make sure dear leader is reported favourably.

    • RedLogix 26.1

      You’ll feel better after another few cups of coffee comrade.

      • miravox 26.1.1

        Please no, coffee’ll wind him up more. A nice cup of chamomile for a de-stress might be in order for Burt.

  27. xtasy 27

    With all this discussion going on here, it pays to look at the provisions of the Broadcasting Act 1989 (as at 01 Jan. 2014):

    “Programme standards

    4 Responsibility of broadcasters for programme standards
    (1) Every broadcaster is responsible for maintaining in its programmes and their presentation, standards that are consistent with—
    (a) the observance of good taste and decency; and
    (b) the maintenance of law and order; and
    (c) the privacy of the individual; and
    (d) the principle that when controversial issues of public importance are discussed, reasonable efforts are made, or reasonable opportunities are given, to present significant points of view either in the same programme or in other programmes within the period of current interest; and
    (e) any approved code of broadcasting practice applying to the programmes.”

    Also all that are genuinely concerned must bear in mind, there are totally different sets of rules applied to public broadcasters (TVNZ, Maori TV, and hear what SSC Rennie said today, and what “neutrality” means for public servants), in comparison to the sets of “rules” that privately owned and operated media are bound by.

    For instance, public servants are forced by extra laws and regulations to ensure they are always seen to be neutral, which does not necessarily apply the same for “private” media operators. Also the Official Information Act only applies to publicly owned and run media outlets, NOT to TV3 and the likes.

    On this, it seems rather clear, that there is MORE freedom available to the ones that operate, run, and work for “private” media outlets, than there is for public media outlets. That gives Gower and others and “ADVANTAGE”! It is surely and unfair advantage, especially in election year.

    Look at the above extract from the BA above, and tell me, what did Gower do to breach the Act then? He can get away with heaps more than anyone at TVNZ, and he knows it, and hence he does it.

    Only under section 4 (1) (d) could issues be raised, but hey, TV3 could always argue, that Labour and Cunliffe could put their arguments to them, if they wanted, and that is all they need to make available. Section 3 gives any media a lot a protection also.

    This is compelling evidence, that we must control private media, to bring them into the fold, to make them equally accountable, and we must restore good quality, robust, and independent public broadcasting and on-line media services, to restore a BALANCE!

    So all criticism here is morally justified, but it is without legs or clout, given the law we have! The Broadcasting Standards Authority can only enforce the Broadcasting Act, so to say. It is time to wake up and take action on this!!!

  28. xtasy 28

    The link to Legislation NZ website, with info on the Broadcasting Act:

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1989/0025/latest/DLM155365.html

    • karol 28.1

      And so you can see why Key’s government has been gradually getting rid of the last remnants of public service broadcasting, and promoting more private media. It’s easier for them to spin their BS that way.

      And that’s why Key generally doesn’t do RNZ interviews, but prefers private radio stations.

      • xtasy 28.1.1

        Thanks karol, I am waiting for Labour and Greens to come out with their media and broadcasting policies, and they should bloody well take heed of what I just wrote!

  29. xtasy 29

    Just for the sake of fairness and transparency, I dare to challenge Patrick Gower to disclose his CONTRACT with TV3 and his employer.

    We know that private media operators are protected so they do not have to disclose info that the Official Information Act requires state broadcasters to disclose, but hey, if you want to make some points, raise issues about “Labour Party nests” in public broadcasters, come out with your damned info then, for transparency’s sake, thank you!

    What party membership do TV3 staff have, who paid you what in presents, holidays, perks or whatever, thank you, before you rant on and rubbish TVNZ or even Maori TV, thank you?!

    Come out with it, come out with the truth, who pays you to report, write and do what you are doing, Gower, have you the guts and honesty do disclose it?

    I challenge you and ALL TV3 and also SKY TV staff, all the privately, partly corporate owned media outlets, to tell us, where does ALL your income come from, and who do you work and deal with, 24/7. Play fair and DISCLOSE, thank you, do NOT hide behind the OIA that exempts you.

    Thank You, we are looking forward for your DISCLOSURE of INTERESTS!

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    Image Credit: A Pretty Healthy Life PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is still playing up but far fewer blogs are effected. I have done a manual work around but it was still impossible to get the stats for a the blogs that I list below....
    Open Parachute | 01-11
  • Repost: Life isn’t fair. But it should be.
    (Originally posted at On The Left.) I was not an angelic child. My mother has retconned her memory of my early years since I became an adult, and my grandmother delicately phrases it as “you were a little troubled”. The...
    Boots Theory | 01-11
  • Hard workers have nothing to fear from Ebola
    A guest post from TV and radio current affairs host Mike Hosking...
    Imperator Fish | 31-10
  • The problem with our economy is too many tea breaks?
    ...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task For Progressive New Zealand.
    "For mercy has a human heart, pity a human face" - William Blake MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty...
    Bowalley Road | 31-10
  • Campbell Live on Trains and Motorway tolls
    Campbell Live have been doing some great stories on transport and urban issues in the last few years and have easily been one of the best media organisations on the subjects. This week contained quite a few transport segments including...
    Transport Blog | 31-10
  • Thieving Bastards Steal Big Red Umbrella! Read All About It!
    View from the bach at Leigh Our house in Herne Bay was burgled some years ago. We were woken in the middle of the night by crashing sounds from downstairs.  It requires a really brave person to investigate strange noises...
    Brian Edwards | 31-10
  • Saturday playlist: songs about work
    Every Saturday we’re going to post a couple of music videos, probably on a particular theme, unless we run out of ideas and it just turns into Stephanie spamming us with professional wrestling soundtracks and Nicki Minaj. So, in that...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • 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...
    Frankly Speaking | 31-10
  • The Greens are wacky?
    It is a bit like a game of pin the tail on the donkey, the National Government and their supporters are desperately attempting to stick the wacky label on the Greens again, but it is becoming harder to make it...
    Local Bodies | 31-10
  • Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance
    This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novapay debacle exemplifies all of these well.When questioned about Novopay, National Ministers will never accept full responsibility. Initially the Government blamed Labour because they...
    Local Bodies | 31-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #44B
    5 ideas for protecting New York from the next Sandy Climate scientists aren’t too alarmist. They’re too conservative Direct Action is like a dodgy laundry powder that never gets the climate clean Emissions trading will be back in the game...
    Skeptical Science | 31-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #47: The Forgotten Triangle
    48: The Forgotten Triangle What if the forgotten triangle behind Shortland Street was more than a parking lot? Continuing the series on forgotten or underutilised spaces within the city, the steeply rising wedge of land between Shortland Street, Albert Park...
    Transport Blog | 31-10
  • World News Brief, Friday October 31
    Top of the AgendaTensions Flare in Jerusalem...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • Guest post: Plain English is radical
    @aaronincognito is an anonymous soulless bureaucrat who blogs at fundamentallyuseless.wordpress.com. Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • Long past time
    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 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.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way 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...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 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....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • New research quantifies what’s causing sea level to rise
    There have been a number of studies that have come out recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists coalesce around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth. Most recently, a...
    Skeptical Science | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar
    The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar and wind generators will receive 50 percent less for...
    Greens | 01-11
  • John Key’s asset sales outed by his own Minister
    National needs to come clean about the motivations behind selling state houses after Paula Bennett's asset sale admission, said the Green Party today.On Saturday, Paula Bennett, the Minister for Social Housing admitted, in a televised interview, that the sale of...
    Greens | 01-11
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    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
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • 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
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