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Tuwhera mike 06/02/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, February 6th, 2014 - 112 comments
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112 comments on “Tuwhera mike 06/02/2014”

  1. Steve James 1

    I have a dream

    A dream where every New Zealander is held to the same rules and accepted etiquette

    A dream where every New Zealander contributes and pays his own way

    A dream where radicals and fanatics are treated universally with the contempt they deserve

    A dream where honest tax paying New Zealanders are treated with the respect THEY deserve

    Sadly this dream is just that – a dream

    As long as we tolerate eunuchs in government, allow activists to rule our country and happily provide a platform for welfare funded traitors to spout their diatribe New Zealand will continue to live in the past

    • but was it a ‘wet-one’..there..steve..?

      phillip ure..

    • Pascal's bookie 1.2

      You’re out to lunch Steve.

      Your views their are more radical in NZ than anything spouted by Hone, or the Greens, or anyone else in parliament.

      You are free to hold these views obviously, because all views are tolerated, some just don’t gain traction because they are fucking abhorrent.

    • mickysavage 1.3

      You seem to be very upset with the National Government Steve.

    • Pasupial 1.4

      SJ

      Misquoting Martin Luther King Jr (who was a bit of an activist himself) to further the cause of colonial oppression on Waitangi day!

      • Steve James 1.4.1

        Pasupial – I don’t really have much respect for Martin Luther King Jr, he had no respect for women. And yes I do in fact know how much you want to punch that smiley face but that’s Ok. One of the benefits of ‘Open Mike’ is that it allows such venting.

        • phillip ure 1.4.1.1

          five people you do ‘respect’..?

          ..ayn rand amongst them..?

          ..perchance..?

          (you do know she ‘leeched’ (her word..eh?)..welfare for years and years..eh..?

          ..hidden behind/under her husbands’ name..?

          ..whoar..!..eh..?..

          ..’holy making a total sick-joke of professed ‘beliefs..!..batman..!’

          ..eh..?..steve..?..

          ..philip ure..

          • phillip ure 1.4.1.1.1

            i mean..rand ‘leeching’ (her word) welfare..

            ..would be kinda like me opening a burger-franchise..

            ..eh..?

            ‘phil’s beefy-burgers’..

            ..eh..?

            ..whoar..!

            ..did you know that about rand..?..there..steve..?

            ..you’ve gone all quiet..there..steve..

            ..having another dream..?

            ..phillip ure..

        • mickysavage 1.4.1.2

          It looks like he posted the same comment at Kiwiblog. The last person to do this as far as I am aware was Pete George …

          • phillip ure 1.4.1.2.1

            what an auto-eroticist..

            phillip ure..

          • David H 1.4.1.2.2

            Is Pete George’s, latest nom de plume going to be SJ ? Which probably stands for Stupid Jerk

            • Pete George 1.4.1.2.2.1

              Stupid Jerk back at you.

              I don’t use any non de plume and I don’t comment here (I’ve made an exception to make this point – attempting to identify users of pseudonyms is supposed to be a serious offence here isn’t it?)

              • petey..!

                ..do tell us all of your loss of faith in the pompadoured-one..?

                ..eh..?

                ..how did this come about.?..what happened..?.

                (.oh..!..the humanity..!..)

                ..have you ritualistically burnt all your posters/pics/treasured-keepsakes etc..?

                ..of the pompadoured-one..?

                ..(i am sure you will feel better about it all..if you ‘share’..eh..?..)

                ..and..who now..?

                ..does chem-trails-col take yr fancy..?..

                ..phillip ure..

              • felix

                Nice to know that even though Pete George / Steve James / Mark Richard / John Donald doesn’t comment here, he still reads every word.

                • Not surprising to see felix still up to his usual, being well aware of site policy like “We are intolerant of people starting or continuing flamewars where there is little discussion or debate. This includes making assertions that you are unable to substantiate with some proof”.

                  I don’t have proof but this looks like a deliberate false claim probably aimed at trying to start a flamewar.

                  I don’t “still read every word” just as lprent doesn’t read every word at YourNZ but manages to notice things there that interest him. And felix is presumably well aware of blog basics like this, but chooses to perpetuate deliberate falsities – because he thinks he can get away with malicious bullshit here with immunity?

        • miravox 1.4.1.3

          “he had no respect for women”

          *phew* Lucky there were a few radical and fanatical people out there that led to the public discussion of disrespect of women, with an outcome that public views changed and some legislation arose to support women’s rights.

        • North 1.4.1.4

          Patronising git Steve James @ 1.4.1 but thank goodness YOUR dream/nightmare is not a reality.

          A society in which YOU define acceptable etiquette, YOU define radicalism and YOU identify fanatics in order that YOU might discriminate and deprive. It would be a horribly unsafe, corrupt society. And no marks for the cheap MLK rip-off.

          Reality is that Waitangi 2014 has been a damp squib in terms of the discord and upheaval Key’s been whining up since the weekend. Nothing more notable really than is seen in any prosaic question time in parliament with the schoolboy PM acting the fuckwit.

          Eckshilly there were two (Monty Pythonesque) things of note.

          Firstly the PM being twittered off by the GG when the PM falsely claimed that the GG got a bit of the physical stuff and the GG denied it.

          Secondly the PM giving new meaning to the word “effectively”. It’s now shorthand for “it never happened but we’ll act like it did and no more questions thank you and anyway it wasn’t my fault”. Really sick. And this is our PM ?

    • framu 1.5

      hold on folks – weve got it all wrong about steve. Hes really talking about the act party and the corrupt voodoo ideology they dont like telling anyone about

      didnt know john banks was a eunuch – but it makes sense now that i think about it

  2. Corokia 2

    More shit stirring by Nat Ele Ludeman on Homepaddock, her ‘word of the day’ was wairangi, which she defines as deluded, deranged etc. Oh what a coincidence only one letter difference one day before Waitangi day, ha ha, aren’t the right wing clever (not)

    • that’s the ludeman who is nat-rad aft radios’ token-blogger’..

      ..and going on appearances there..

      ..where said ludeman trots out a couple of inconsequential/old/tired internet-stories..

      ..all said in a lifeless/monotonous drone..

      ..said ludeman is boredom on steroids..

      ..and ‘wairangi’..?..yep..!..that fits perfectly into the ludeman-ouvre to date..

      (will that do..?..corokia..?..)

      phillip ure..

    • Pasupial 2.2

      Corokia

      Shane Jones was doing the whole wairangi/ Waitangi thing yesterday too – though he’s pretty right wing in my book.

      • Skinny 2.2.1

        Shane Jones needs to be kicked out the Labour party, many of the caucus know he is very lazy. I would be very surprised if he stood in a electorate seat, not that he wouldn’t win a Maori seat since Pita is skulking off after losing his mana ‘over my dead body’ comments.

        However Jones is too bloody lazy to commit to doing electorate work. The protesters at Waitangi should have given him a stir up for his attitude to deep sea mining, however I hear he bought a few Maori off with some koha up there. Wait until I catch up with him, he will get the message what I think of the useless cunning prick, DC and other MPs will get others and my opinion of him too. As the only Labour MP up in the North we never see him which angers us.

        • JK 2.2.1.1

          For a newcomer to Whangarei, Skinny, you do presume to know a lot ! Shane Jones does more than you could even contemplate in your wildest dreams …… just get back into your gossipy little tent !

    • bad12 2.3

      Aah dialects, different strokes for different folks, down this way ‘wairangi’ would be more used to describe the foolish actions of the young,(and not so young), in love,

      ‘Porangi’, here, far better encompasses deluded, deranged, mad…

    • Ron 2.4

      Why does Ludeman get so much coverage on National Radio. I know she is a senior figure in National Party circles down south but honestly do we need to be inflicted with her right wing views every other day.
      I wonder why RNZ don’t introduce her as a National activist just to make situation clear, and could we also have a senior Labour activist on at regular intervals. I don’t actually think we have any Labour activists on National Radio

  3. Yoza 3

    I think I’ve been banned from Kiwiblog. Every time I attempt to post there my comment does not show up in the posted comments, if I copy and paste and try again I get the ‘Duplicate comment detected’ pop-up box and still nothing on the comments section.

    • @ yoza..

      ..small blessings..!..eh..?..

      ..think of how much better you could spend that (wasted) kiwiblog time..eh..?

      ..i haven’t read the gobs of spew from those swamp-bottom-dwellers for ages and ages..

      ..i would guess it is still groundhog-day there..?

      ..still the same-old same-old shit..?

      ..from the same-old same-old shitheads..?

      phillip ure..

    • Meg 3.2

      Take it as a badge of honour.

      I was banned by Cameron slater because I kept calling him on his lies, his attempts to do his fathers dirty work, being a mouth piece for national etc…

  4. Yoza 4

    I tried posting the following comment in the Beyond the Hyperbole’ thread: “We should expect a reciprocal arrangement where the US allows New Zealand’s IRD carte blanche access to the accounts of suspected New Zealand tax dodgers.”

  5. freedom 5

    The thing with walking through the bush is once you have learnt to identify the plantlife that may irritate or poison you, you can more easily avoid it. Though their roles in the bush are important, they will be there whether we notice them or not. As will the rodents who scurry amongst them.

    I am making the choice to travel on in more open ground and leave the noxious weeds of bigotry and denial to strangle themselves in the undergrowth as they fight each other for the most light. On occasion there will be barborous patches to battle through, but to make real progress they must be passed by as frequently as possible.

    The election year being an overgrown bush particularly thick with the vegetation in question, means there are two choices. To hack against them, fighting the same plants over and over, making little ground as the light of the day fades, or, travel a route where real progress can be made and the view is more representative of the land you travel, leaving a clear path for others when they come across your trail. This is surely better than laying in dank shadows, scrabbling amongst rodents who are content with feeding off the decaying bounty of the forest.

    • Pasupial 5.1

      Freedom

      That seems wise and is certainly eloquent.

      DNFTT is quicker to type. Though sometimes one does have to kick against the pricks; when the fortunate become too outrageous.

    • RedBaronCV 5.2

      Love it, and agree, cut a fresh path don’t just respond to the rubbish they serve up. Put them on the back foot.

    • Chooky 5.3

      …very poetic….but occasionally you find a treasure in the swamp which can be shouted out to the world and even change it …and yu often learn something…… even from the noxious pests…..also it can be fun jousting and hacking with the rodents (where is possum?)

      native orchids
      http://www.nativeorchids.co.nz/Sun_Orchids1_LR.htm

      native clematis nz

      http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=native+clematis+nz&espv

      so it is worth some bushwhacking…especially when travelling with fellow comrade bushwhackers…who exchange travellers tales and knowledge and experience

    • Ron 5.4

      now if only the original verse had been in iambic pentametre (5 feet) it would have been getting near perfection.

  6. Morrissey 6

    “What does it mean to YOU, mate, to be a Kiwi?”
    Thoughtful commentary from thoughtful commentators

    The Paul Henry Show, TV3, Wednesday 5 February 2014
    Breakfast, Television ONE, Thursday 6 February 2014

    On TV3′s Paul Henry Show last night, Waitangi Day preparations provided the perfect chance for the host to express his disdain for Māori people and Māori culture. First of all he unwittingly, but appropriately, channeled Stalin and sneered at the protestors as “wreckers and haters”, and endorsed Winston Peters’ harebrained call for them to be banned.

    Late in the programme, after an advertising break, he threw to Jesse Peach, who was daringly alone in a room full of Māori kids. The Māori kids were in a circle, singing and dancing on the spot. This failed to charm the host….

    PAUL HENRY: [sardonic, irritated expression] What are they DOING?
    JESSE PEACH: I’ll ask them a question. …[He walks into the group of kids]… Hey guys, I’d like to ask you: what does Waitangi Day mean to you? [He thrusts his microphone in front of a startled little girl, aged about eight years old.]
    LITTLE GIRL: Ummm. ….[giggles]….I dunno….

    Back in the studio, the host is not impressed….

    PAUL HENRY: [frowns] That’s not a very good start. …..[frowns again]….

    Over on Television One this morning, the contempt for Māori was missing, but the quality of the dialogue was as dreadful as we have come to expect…..

    RAWDON CHRISTIE: What does it mean to YOU, mate, to be a Kiwi? What’s the ONE thing?
    SAM WALLACE: [Long pause, and baffled look] That’s a GOOD QUESTION. ….[baffled expression continues]….Hmmmmm…. The summer. And Māori culture. It’s something that makes us unique.

    Long, thoughtful pause…..

    RAWDON CHRISTIE: I asked my three kids the same question. The first one said this is a place where racism is wrong. The second one said New Zealand is a place where you can say what you like. And the third one, the six year old, said New Zealand is a place where there’s not much danger.
    NADINE CHALMERS-ROSS: [to camera] So tell us, what does being a Kiwi mean to YOU? Some of the people get a bit fed up with all the politics on the day, but what does being a Kiwi mean to YOU?
    RAWDON CHRISTIE: Good question!

    At this point, I could take no more….

    • North 6.1

      Morrissey I chuckle deep at the picture of you resolving you could take no more.

      I know how you feel. Seeing and hearing His Effeteness who strictly is entitled to call himself PM and looking at the carpetbaggers of the Iwi Leaders Forum all gladhanding His Effeteness I felt very much the same.

      That’s why I didn’t leap in the car and travel the 19 kilometres from my place to Waitangi today. There’s a rotten stench over there today. I’ll go and see my Haruru/Waitangi whanaunga on the weekend.

  7. http://whoar.co.nz/2014/conservatives-dont-want-to-admit-that-economic-inequality-is-ruining-marriage-ed-and-the-other-motes-in-their-eyes/

    (excerpt..)

    “..that is like that other gigantic-mote in conservatives’ eyes..

    ..they oppose abortion..and they also oppose state support for those children when/if born..

    ..seemingly unable to see that the relentless demonisation of/driving into guaranteed penury/making into ‘the other’ -

    - of those women considering whether to abort or not..

    ..actually drives many of those women to abort..

    ..whereas if those women knew they would face a dignified/respected/not blighted by poverty life..

    ..for them and their child..

    ..that many of them would then choose not to abort..”

    (assorted anti-conservative insults follow…)

    ..phillip ure..

  8. Ron 8

    Good interview this morning on National Radio with David C.
    He was quite clear on where he saw Labour heading and offered a clear alternative to Maori Voters.
    Refused to allow the host to put words in his mouth all around VG

      • North 8.1.1

        Listened to that audio clip. Strikes me that Mercep reflects that which so many interviewers are guilty of – a tending to strident negativity to Cunliffe particularly. A sort of a status quo-ism which says more or less “this better be good….”, and when it is, “Oh My God he’s getting away with too much here”…….raised voice and overtalking. Cunliffe did well. Had Mercep spluttering.

        • Bearded Git 8.1.1.1

          Yes North-but regardless Cunliffe took Key (and Mercep) to the cleaners. Bliss!

          • North 8.1.1.1.1

            Yes, I’m saying Cunliffe did very very well. Cunliffe has the excellent quality of trenchant response and “Back off dickhead !” without looking an arsehole.

            Whereas John Key is a girl really. I’m gonna get bashed for that I know. Well if you must you must you legions of super sensitive lefties out there. You form over substance ones. I don’t give a fuck. That’s the best way to say it.

    • Rodel 8.2

      Ron.. Heartily agree..Cunliffe has sharp substance..so different from the sneering lack of it shown by Mr Key. Feel a bit sorry for the interviewer trying hard to do a Gower (‘Help! I’ve lost control of this discussion..must interrupt ) interview but he may get better as the year goes on.
      I like the way when interrupted or challenged, Cunliffe becomes more forceful rather than shirty.
      Also
      Good to see Vernon Small admitting that Key is ‘ dodgy’, writing:
      “If Key goes ahead and purposely tries to give ACT and UnitedFuture an “overhang” seat that would be about as close to the definition of a gerrymander as you would ever see”
      (See Clemgeopin below..Thanks)

      and wonders will never cease!..did I hear P.Gower describing it as ‘a rort’ by John Key?

      Apple definition
      rort |rôrt|
      nounAustral. informal
      1 [ often with modifier ] a fraudulent or dishonest act or practice:
      2 a wild party.

      (Maybe Gower means both definitions)

      • RedBaronCV 8.2.1

        Gower ingratiating himself with those he sees as the new rulers? “The King is dead, long live the King” he’d have made a great court toady.

  9. Scott 9

    Flying Nun legend Bill Direen will be dropping into Auckland this Saturday night to play some songs at the Wine Cellar on K Rd. Rumour has it that Direen’s set will include tracks from the tribute to Michael Joseph Savage he put together with the late and also legendary Red Mole ensemble:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2008/06/bill-direens-savage-attack-on-labour.html

  10. weka 10

    How to set up your keyboard for macrons

    http://kupu.maori.nz/Show.aspx?page=12

    • karol 10.1

      Thanks. Done.

      • weka 10.1.1

        Just doing a test because the macrons look weird in the ts text box and once posted.

        Måori

        Māori

        The first is me typing, the second is a cut and paste.

        Lynn are you around. Any idea what that is about? I’m on a mac.

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          M`a
          Hmmm…. how do you get the macron over the vowel? Above is what I get if I press the macron key then the vowel.

          • weka 10.1.1.1.1

            On a mac, once the keyboard is set in system preferneces, I press option +letter, and it puts the macron on top.

            I don’t know what the macron key is. What OS are you using?

            There is also this option, where you can cut and paste from http://maori.typeit.org/

            • karol 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Windows 7

            • ScottGN 10.1.1.1.1.2

              Works for me on my macbook. Rātā. Can use either ` key or Option+the releveant vowel. Have a nifty little United Tribes flag icon up on the top right taskbar. Also put the german keyboard on too, cos you never know when you might fancy a glass of Grüner Veltliner.

              • weka

                Yep, sorted now thanks (had reverted back to the Aussie flag for some reason).

                What does the ` key do?

                • karol

                  The ` is in the instructions you linked to for Vista and Windows 7. Following the instructions just results in this

                  M`a

                  • weka

                    I was asking Scott who is using a mac :-)

                    ok, just looked at the Windows instructions. Here’s how it works on a mac. Once the right keyboard is selected, I hold down the ` key, keep holding it down and then press the vowel key, then let go. It’s a bit different than the option +vowel, where you press them all at once. With the ` key there are a few steps.

                    When I tried this in a text document I got a yellow colour appearing that showed me where the vowel would go. I don’t see that in the ts text box, but an underscore appears instead.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.2

            You have to change the keyboard that Windows is using to the Māori one.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1.1.3

            Trying this: I’ve been getting macrons from the extended character map up til now.

            `a

            hmm. Hasn’t worked. Investigating!

    • veutoviper 11.1

      Thanks for the link. Well worth reading – and a bit of a surprise from Vernon Small.

      For those who have not read it, Small addresses Key’s ‘moral mandate’ remarks re the largest party having first go at forming a government – and disagrees. The article also covers failure to act on the Electoral Commission recommendations, dodgy deals with one man band parties, and the overhang allowance.

      Small’s conclusion

      “If Key believes in moral mandates the least he could do is put the commission’s suggestions to a referendum and let the people decide on the rules that elect their representatives and their governments.

      That would be far more meaningful than a vote for the colours on a rectangle of material flying atop a flagpole.”

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      (It’s ironical that one of the main arguments against lowering the threshold is the fear small parties will proliferate, yet the deals with mini-parties do just that.)

      Something tells me that the “fear” of small parties in parliament is more about the large parties not being able to control who gets in rather than an actual fear of small parties.

  11. joe90 12

    No words for this shit.

    You might think that the days were gone when elementary school kids would work long hours in the field picking crops, but that’s the reality at farms across the country.

    The minimum age required for children to work in agriculture is 12 years old, but a Fusion investigation found kids as young as 8 and 10 years working in tobacco fields in North Carolina.

    The presence of children in the agricultural sector isn’t a secret. Roughly 400,000 children work in agriculture every summer in the United States, according to The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program.

    Studies show these children face a high risk of dropping out of school, getting injured, or experiencing other serious health issues like heat exhaustion or green tobacco poisoning. Efforts to be better regulate the child labor have been pushed back by the farm lobby.

    In this video, investigative reporter Rayner Ramirez visits the fields, talks to the young workers and their parents, and confronts farm industry officials about the persistence of child labor in agriculture.

    http://fusion.net/fusion_investigates/story/year-child-picking-tobacco-419577

  12. North 13

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11196754

    No Rudman, they need sacking. For being big fish bullies in little ponds. Like Mr Unrepentant Fucked Old Bully Mr Al Kirk principal of Whangarei Boys High School.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11195207

    Sometimes looks do matter.

    • srylands 13.1

      Did you miss this bit in the article?

      “The fees were for things that the students had done in previous years – such as sports teams, school trips, Rubicon programmes – and not for the voluntary donation.”

      These parents should pay up.

      • North 13.1.1

        So fucking what SSLands……..discriminate against kids over something they have no power to fix and then expect them to respect you. Get fucked you Nazi !

  13. Naki Man 14

    Poverty is the reason our children are failing at school. Or not???

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26015532

    • McFlock 14.1

      a simplistic statement from a simple-minded fool who links to a simplistic corelation story and clams a causation argument

    • weka 14.2

      What are the differences between the poor communities in the UK and those in Asia?

      You can’t figure out everything using statistics.

      • Naki Man 14.2.1

        The Asians that I know are very hard working and very disciplined
        They also show a lot of respect to their parents and do what they are told.
        It is always easier to blame someone else than face up to your own failings and then do something about it
        Or in McFuck’s case just abuse people with evidence that he can not explain.

        • McFlock 14.2.1.1

          well, I could have bothered trying to explain it to you in tiny words, but then you’re the sort of idiot who’d reduce complex issues of resourcing, approach to education, diversity in governing systems, and social support for children, all into the profound statement “The Asians that I know are…”.

          • North 14.2.1.1.1

            You lost Nacker halfway through the second line McF. He/She uses blogs to improve His/Her writing skills. Probie told Him/Her to do it. Part of the therapy. Getting there.

        • mickysavage 14.2.1.2

          Poverty is the biggest reason. If you are looking for one and one only reason for educational failure you will be really disappointed.

          • Rodel 14.2.1.2.1

            .
            Mr Schleicher’s spurious pisa tests are almost aptly named.
            The bogus ranking of countries (itself a spurious exercise) doesn’t explain why parents of those supposed high ranking countries,especially Korea, China, and some Japanese are bringing their kids here in droves because of our state education system unlike theirs, teaches kids ‘how to think, not what to think’.
            (Thanks to CV…. wanted to use that quote for a long time)

  14. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15

    I have rather belatedly responded to the fascinating conversation about Lakoff & Caleb Rosado’s article (which I very erroneously thought was written by Paul C Gorski) on yesterday’s Open Mike

  15. Philj 16

    Xox
    Hey Phil U,
    Can you please publish your vegan sausage recipe? Summer’s nearly over in Wellington. Chick peas, lentils, herbs n spices, tahini breadcrumbs? Rsvp asap Ta
    Philip

    • @ philj..

      sorry..secret-recipies..and all that..

      (..you will enjoy them tho’ when/if they get to market..)

      ..but on the wknd i will share my re-take/re-imagining on porridge..

      ..easy-as..no stirring/watching/slow-cook/de-facto pressure-cooker method..

      ..easy as..tasty as..

      ..it’s like having an indulgent/super-healthy-dessert..

      ..for breakfast..

      ..and the best thing to send children to school on..

      (‘cos of slow-release energy..and all that..)

      ..phillip ure..

      • North 16.1.1

        Do you have any problem with microwave PU ? I know some people do but I’ve got a mighty one hit of the button 8 minute porridge with nuts and fruit recipe/process if you want it. All done in the time of a shower.

        • lprent 16.1.1.1

          You take 8 minutes for a shower? I’m eternally surprised at the lengths people go to in getting clean. A long brush, harsh soap, and a really big towel….

          I average 5 minutes from walking into the bathroom to exiting it including the occasional shave and relief time on the toilet. Never quite sure what other people do in there. Mind you Lyn averages 20 minutes to commune. I can read a hundred pages in 20 minutes and regularly do so in the morning.

          • McFlock 16.1.1.1.1

            I tend to still be half asleep and zone out. But then the hot water also relaxes my decrepit upper back and neck. 15mins-half hour, depending on how long I zone out for.

        • phillip ure 16.1.1.2

          share..north..

          ..microwaved or not..

          ..it’s still much better/healthier than the sugar-laden crap marketed as ‘healthy’ breakfast cereal..

          ..(‘send yr kids to school..!..on a sugar-high..!’..)

          ..if you put it here..and it gets lost in ‘yesterdays’ comments’..

          ..put it up again under my one on the wknd..

          ..phillip ure..

  16. gem 17

    South Korean father turns down a million dollars, and then refused to name his price when asked by Samsung as the company sought to deflect a compensation claim for his daughter’s illness. The Guardian previews the partly crowd-funded film Another Promise, which tells the family’s story.

    ‘The director, Kim Tae-yun, said he was inspired to make the film after reading a newspaper article about Yu-mi’s case.
    “Friends told me not to do it, that it would be dangerous for my career,” he said. “But I’m not the one doing the fighting here – the families are. I don’t care if I’m tackling controversial or sensitive subjects, because there shouldn’t be any taboo subjects for film-makers.”
    Yu-mi and her colleague were not alone. About 200 workers have made similar allegations against Samsung and other chipmakers, according to Supporters for the Health and Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry [Sharps].
    Of the three-dozen Samsung workers who filed for compensation through the workers’ welfare service last year, only two were successful, according to Lee Jong-ran, a lawyer who represents technology workers who have fallen ill.
    Most of the semiconductor industry workers who turned to Sharps were in their 20s and 30s when they fell ill. More than 50 have since died.’

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Just a small part of the price humanity is paying for our cheap electronic consumer gizmos from Asia.

  17. gem 18

    Samsung

    fixed the link.

  18. Disraeli Gladstone 19

    New Roy Morgan:

    Nat 47 (+3.5) Lab 33 (-0.5) Green 11 (-1.5) NZF 4.5 (+0.5) Maori 1.5 (-0.5), UF 0 (-0.5), ACT 0% (NC) Mana 1 (+0.5) Con 2.5 (-1)

    • karol 19.1

      Roy Morgan.

      Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National (47%, up 3.5%) regaining a lead over a potential Labour/ Greens alliance (44%, down 2%) for the first time since November 2013. However, support for Key’s Coalition partners has fallen slightly: Maori Party 1.5% (down 0.5%), United Future 0% (down 0.5%), ACT NZ 0% (unchanged).

      Support for the Labour Party has fallen slightly to 33% (down 0.5%), while the Greens have fallen to 11% (down 1.5%), New Zealand First 4.5% (up 0.5%), Mana Party 1% (up 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2.5% (down 1%).

      Support for Kim Dotcom’s new Internet Party is only 0.5%, and the Internet Party will struggle to win a seat with such low support while support for Others is now 0% (down 1%).

      If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that the result would be too close to call and depend on minor party support.

      The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is virtually unchanged at 139pts (down 0.5pts) with 63.5% (up 0.5%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 24.5% (up 1%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

      • karol 19.1.1

        Oh, and this little bit from Roy Morgan –

        “However, despite this week’s improvement for National the latest Roy Morgan New Zealand December Quarter employment statistics show 19.8% (up 2.7% since the September Quarter) of New Zealanders are unemployed or under-employed. A total of 519,000 New Zealanders (up 69,000). For John Key and National to retain their current lead and stand a good chance of re-election at the end of the year, further reforms are needed to reduce labour market regulation and provide real opportunity for the more than half a million New Zealanders looking for work or looking for more work to find gainful employment.”

        Hmmmm…. shouldn’t the pollsters be neutral re poltical policy?

        • veutoviper 19.1.1.1

          Pleased you added that comment from Roy Morgan, Karol – and yes, I totally support your last para re pollsters being neutral re political policy. On this occasion, Roy Morgan let their mask down.

        • Olwyn 19.1.1.2

          Yes I was taken aback by that as well. Especially the nature of the suggestion. It would have been one thing point out that National may need to address unemployment and under-employment if they want to hold their ground, but it is quite another for them to offer neo-liberal advice as to what they should do about it.

        • Colonial Viper 19.1.1.3

          Fascinating…Roy Morgan polling co. pretending to be a neoliberal economics think tank.

          • Anne 19.1.1.3.1

            So the nasty little attack on David Cunliffe by Nact and their bovver boys and girls in the MSM seem to have worked. They went over the top trying to denigrate a hugely important Labour policy. To hell with poor families and poor kids is what they are really saying. We don’t care. So long as we keep onside with Key we’ll be on the pigs back!

            Anyone see the snide comments by the female who now calls herself Kerre McIvor in the Herald or HoS? Not a word about the policy. Just dirty little digs at Cunliffe inferring he is a tricky creep who can’t be trusted.Talk about transferring Key’s traits onto Cunliffe. I’d like tear that b—h apart – metaphorically speaking of course.

            • Olwyn 19.1.1.3.1.1

              It will take more than on speech and one policy release to wholly turn things around Anne. If Cunliffe’s broad outline of where Labour is going holds true(and I think it will) then Labour will build up steam as the year progresses, regardless of the Key sycophants. Unusually optimistic for me, but I believe that will happen.

              • Anne

                Not feeling as optimistic Olwyn. This is clearly the election year strategy – tear gaping holes into Cunliffe/Labour over every pedantic detail of policy. On it own the voters (bless their little cotton socks) would eventually see through it, but with the addition of the pro- Key/anti-Cunliffe barrage coming from the MSM Key sycophants, then the voters (damm their little cotton socks) might once again be conned into voting for that “nice Mr Key”.

                I hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

            • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 19.1.1.3.1.2

              I see less “nasty little attack” by Nact and more “completely bolloxing up an entire week of media coverage and looking like a muppet” by Cunliffe and co.

        • gem 19.1.1.4

          Not many miners are politically neutral, and Gary Morgan appears to be heavily involved in the industry, ‘striking gold’ recently according to this sydney morning herald story last October.

          His directorships:
          Roy Morgan Research Limited
          Roy Morgan International Limited (incorporated in USA)
          Roy Morgan International Limited (incorporated in UK)
          Elazac Pty Limited
          Elazac Mining Pty Limited
          Haoma Mining NL
          Kitchener Mining NL

  19. North 20

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9694172/Key-knows-Snowdens-info

    Well of course he would say this, just like the Governor General got a hiding and I didn’t know about Dotcom until 8 hours ago and I truly mourned for Nelson Mandela and all the other shit this piece of vain wee schoolboy shit mouths off at the direction of a bunch of Karl Rovish lunatics in Crosby Textor Sydney.

    Nine more months of being Little Churchill areshole then your “care” is over to the Secret Service in Hawaii. Best news of the year for New Zealand. ShonKey Python will go down in history (if at all) as an effete wee laddie owned by international money who nearly fucked an entire nation.

    • Anne 20.1

      Key and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, will be discussing the Snowden files over dinner with a tight-knit group of offsiders this evening.

      Tight knit group of offsiders? Unusual language to use. And who may they be I wonder…

  20. lprent 21

    Waitangi day is a pain for Lyn to have her birthday on in terms of moderating. 400+ comments to check through with a few wines under the belt…

    But her 39th birthday has past. She is now in her 40th year. Next Waitangi day will be interesting…

  21. Philj 22

    Xox
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU…
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

  22. greywarbler 23

    On Radionz interesting report about France from 8-9pm. A French anti-semitic comedian has a huge following. He is tapping into dissatisfaction with the government and its rules. There are strong censorship laws and many young people feel they are being smothered by PC. They feel that the government is dishonest itself, and its forcing them to be dishonest when they voice opinions. And this comedian says outrageous things, hurtful things to individuals, but says it is all just free speech, it doesn’t mean anything.

    Many of the young are supporting him as a revolt against traditional politics. Many support the right wing Le Pen party, which was against refugees, immigration, all the usual suspects,, but apparently has tidied its extreme image, and has a lot of support.

    It seems it is popular to say forbidden things as a way of thumbing noses against the crooked politicians that they dislike, i.e., a lot of young men but also some sounding middle class. Actual statistics indicate that anti-semitism is low. But some of the population are turning their attention to Jews because they are considered to get too much attention, too much sympathy. It’s all anti social, and its transference.

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    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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