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Two little Pagis squeal and squeak

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 pm, August 16th, 2012 - 178 comments
Categories: activism, internet, labour, spin - Tags: ,

It seems the Standard is off the Paganis’ Christmas list.

John Pagani tells the Listener that he much prefers Kiwiblog because it “has a more reasonable tone than, say, the left blog the Standard, whose idea of political is embittered and angry and it’s therefore hard to read.” Now that’s tragic and moronic, but hardly surprising. It also helps shed light on the inspiration for the otherwise unfathomable, bizzarely kamikaze PR ‘strategy’ of Labour under Shearer. In one of the best blog posts I’ve read for some time, Tumeke gives a superb account of just why Pagani really needs to go if Labour doesn’t want to lose the few remaining activists it has left.

Meanwhile in other completely unrelated news, Josie Pagani has noticed that there has “been a bit of comment about me on the Standard blog. I’m not going to reply there because the people who make the most defamatory comments do it anonymously, like the KKK putting on their white hoods… I’m also astonished at the sexism. Commenters repeatedly conflate my views with my husband’s.” Yes… you’d have to be a pretty sexist bastard to think Josie’s views were anything but completely independent of John’s. Totally. She goes on to give a very long and largely unreadable vacu-pap piece in defence of Shearer’s gutless dog-whistling.

I wonder how long it will take all the younger members of the Labour caucus to understand that Paganiism is going to cut their political careers much shorter than they’d hoped?

178 comments on “Two little Pagis squeal and squeak”

  1. vto 1

    Are paganis those new bananas in the Woolston supervalue?

  2. xtasy 2

    Having listened to Josie Paganie more than enough times on the Monday face off with Hooton or any other right winger, and also at the odd other occasion on “National Radio”, I have had to ask myself, what the hell associates that “person” with the Labour Party or even just humbly the labour movement?

    I see nothing much at all, as she is a total opportunist Blairite of sorts, wanting to tell people, well, move on, we must get into power again, no matter what, we have to make “compromises” with “middle NZ”, sort of.

    So who would make any sense out of such total drivel, but to be that of a willy nilly non committal know it all, pseudo academic “wannabe”, who has to prove anything about what she herself has actually substantially contributed to the party or movement she claims she stands for?

    The sooner the Labour Party gets rid of such hobos and idiots, the better for all. I am happy to see Cunliffe back, shaved or not shaved, at least committed, and who knows, he might have had a chat to “Helen” in New York on his travels, got a bit of mature advice, may hang in there, and wait for his deserved time?

    That is about all I feel that Labour can presently hope for, unless the youth brigades may decide to have a “palace revolt” kind of thing.

    I always preferred paninis to paganis anyway.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      That is about all I feel that Labour can presently hope for, unless the youth brigades may decide to have a “palace revolt” kind of thing.

      Nah, Young Labour based in Wellington (as well as most of their recent grads) has been totally captured by beltway thinking. No hope there.

    • Mary 2.2

      “The sooner the Labour Party gets rid of such hobos and idiots, the better for all.”

      That’s a pretty big ask because it gets close to wiping the whole of Labour out and starting from scatch. Just look at Ardern’s comments this morning on Morning Report responding to the plans to drug-test beneficiaries. She pretty much said it’s okay to screw over beneficiaries for the occassional puff on a joint. She’s either missed the point hopelessley, or has given us yet another example of how Labour’s welfare policy and attitude towards beneficiaries is indistinguishable from National’s.

      • Don 2.2.1

        Wiping out Labour and starting from scratch? Again? Labour was wiped out in the 90′s. They sold the last vestige of their sole when they gave their polling info to National during the Tamaki by-election. Anybody with any spine left then. Forget Labour. Join the Greens.

        • OneTrack 2.2.1.1

          Yeah. We dont need jobs.

          • Don 2.2.1.1.1

            Jobs? from Labour? Where were you in ’87? In the 2000′s, Labour rode the credit bubble like everyone else. But they don’t care about jobs – well, not unless they are funded by the Arts Council. Who destroyed the DSIR? Who made Science Education too expensive so now we are run by media studies graduates?

            I bet you will find more people running businesses and employing people in the Greens than in Labour. The last person in the Labour party to run a business was Jim Anderton.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    With a post title like this Mr Sprout, Josie is so gonna kick your ass! Or try anyways :D

    I wonder how long it will take all the younger members of the Labour caucus to understand that Paganiism is going to cut their political careers much shorter than they’d hoped?

    Sometime late 2014. If not sooner.

    • gobsmacked 3.1

      I wonder how long it will take all the younger members of the Labour caucus to understand that Paganiism is going to cut their political careers much shorter than they’d hoped?

      Sadly, that probably won’t happen.

      Assuming some older ones retire anyway, the failed Labour MPs can get their 20-something per cent again and all keep their jobs. They just have to rig the list, like last time.

      I suspect the reason the younger ones aren’t agitating more, is that they see National losing after 3 terms, and the likes of Robertson/Hipkins/Ardern getting into government, without having rocked the boat. (By 2017 they’d inherit a country in the shit, but their salaries will insulate them nicely).

  4. gobsmacked 4

    For the record, I had no idea who Josie Pagani was, until she started on the politics spot on “Nine to Noon”. Previously the “left” was represented by Andrew Campbell, or Sue Bradford, both of whom I would sometimes disagree with, but at least they made cogent arguments. I think Mike Williams still pops up there as well. (Hooton of course is the regular rightie, and is evil but smart, and occasionally funny).

    So I have formed my opinion of Josie P entirely apart from her husband, and before this latest “bludger on the roof” madness. And my opinion was: “Please stop talking now”.

    • weka 4.1

      Me too, didn’t know who she was, found her a complete yawn fest on Nine to Noon, and wondered what happened to the left commentator.

      • xtasy 4.1.1

        Perhaps they should ask McCarten instead?

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          He can do his little Pro-Shearer entreaties, that’ll be nice for everyone.

          • xtasy 4.1.1.1.1

            He’s been pretty critical of Labour and Shearer in his last Herald column!

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Critical of Labour yes. But he also gave Shearer a pass until 2014 saying that the electorate would not pay any attention to him until then, regardless. Then he called Cunliffe and Jones as lacking seriousness.

          • weka 4.1.1.1.2

            Wishlist of left wing commentators?
             
             

            • xtasy 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Hone Harawira (though lacking in some insight and knowledge, also articulation);
              Minto (too extreme and a fringe activist not appealing to most);
              Jo Carolan (far too extreme for most);
              Bradford (good for solid statements, not appealing for willy nilly newbies);

              So the “left” could do with “refreshments”, sort of, what about you?

              • Colonial Viper

                Hone Harawira is a far better rabble rouser and advocate for social justice than Shearer is.

                • xtasy

                  Prb he lacks knowlege, info and substantial sources to argue, that cuts him short. O so many could sort it out but he is not interested, as he is a one man player, that is the prob, mate!

              • weka

                Still waiting for Laila Harre to get public again.
                 
                Martyn Bradbury makes good listening, speaks truth to power and doesn’t quite scare the horses.
                 
                Harawira, I like him, and would love to hear his views more often. There are some awesome Maori women whose voices we should be hearing from more often too.
                 
                What’s Nandor Tanczos up to?
                 
                Really what RNZ should do is have Comment from the Left, Centre, and Right. Then we might get some actual perspective instead of 2D. They can have a Labourite as the Centre one ;-) (and save us all from the Dunnites).

                • xtasy

                  Laila is tied up with agendas few know about, is willy nilly and of little substance, apart form her union. She betrayed Alliance too to a degree, an activist told me, so she is now, like many others, following personal agendas, whether justified or not, it makes no difference: Lost!\

                  • weka

                    She’s working for the Greens now.

                    • xtasy

                      know that, I hope she’ s got honest, accepts the challenges and sticks with them for good, as they can do with some smart guidance. She’s capable, but she has wasted her skills, also partly for self interest, as I was told. A challenge can always lead to be proved and others to be convinced. Give her a go thus.

                • xtasy

                  You can never expect much from radio nz, fairly. They are a “public broadcaster”, the last one we have! So they have to create a “balance” (between right and left – or “wrong” as they would perceive).

                  So try to be fair or soft with them as anything else is abysmal.

            • tc 4.1.1.1.2.2

              RNZ use Pagani because she’s ineffective, waffles people to sleep and can’t joust with whomever is on the other side, it’s all part of the Nat influenced MSM with Griffin controlling the RNZ board.

              That’s why Hotten’s a permanent just in case they forget and get someone decent to represent the left.

              It’s a masterclass in command and control which’s what the top dollar CT bills get you.

    • joe90 4.2

      Latte/Chardonnay technocrat.

      http://www.progressive.org.nz/People/people.html

      Josie Pagani is equally comfortable mingling with international diplomats or mustering her sheep. She returned last year after nearly three years in Paris where she worked for the OECD advising governments on communications and aid effectiveness. She is a former communications manager at NZAID, New Zealand’s first aid agency. Before that Josie worked as a press secretary in ministers’ offices, including the office of Jim Anderton, Matt Robson and the Prime Minister Helen Clark.

      Josie is the mother of two children and lives with her husband on the Kapiti Coast where she rides horses, plays the piano and speaks French (and some German and Maori). Today she works as a communications consultant.

      • xtasy 4.2.1

        Chardonnay circles aye. Meet the high end diplomats, some of whom are the folks “friends” met with way back, aye? Here goes the “circle of friends”, we are “all in it together”, but not with that (dis-enfranchised)”scruffy looking” folk out there?

        That is Blairite crap, hang them all, thanks, have a REAL revolution, to throw them out, the establishment is crap. But I see again, a totally NEW party and organisation is needed, that Labour crowd is beyond repair, for sure. You must be an idiot beyond healing not to realise that!

      • xtasy 4.2.2

        I would lie to ride horses in my spare time, but I never owned a horse, never owned my own house or flat, never will as my economic circumstances dictate, never am likely to earn money to afford paying off a mortgage, and I already speak fluent German, English and a fair amount of French, have good economic and business skills, and I just cannot overcome myself to prostitute my skills to work for next to nothing, to sell it for corporate interests, to be a mercinary and to make others rich and powerful, and a tthe same time make an ass of myself. Sorry, something with the system is rotten. Also especially NZ bosses I met were amongst the worst in the world. So do better, NZ, we may need a collective, or at least more social and responsible, sensible, intelligent approach to engage people, IT IS NOT HAPPENING!

        • xtasy 4.2.2.1

          That is besides of some serious health issues I have, which keep me from even being “material” worth employing. Maybe it is easier to “opt out” altogether, suicide, I sometimes think about this shit society!

          • weka 4.2.2.1.1

            I think it’s very important to find ways of being kind to ourselves. You sounds like you’re working in some very stressful areas xtasy. Do you take time to look after yourself too?

          • gobsmacked 4.2.2.1.2

            Xtasy, don’t let yourself think like that. (I don’t want to derail the thread, but it sounds like you have much to offer, and there are support networks out there, I hope you can find something that suits.)

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.1.3

            Nah mate stay with us we need you when it comes to the soon-to-be-formed battle lines, you might not fight at the front but someone will need to train the new recruits, clean the wounds and apply new bandages, organise and procure supplies and make sure that morale is maintained throughout the forces and officer corp.

            • pukeko 4.2.2.1.3.1

              Whiore hume.

              • prism

                pukeko
                I looked up whiore hume and one meaning is “A coward was [called] ‘he whiore hume’ (tail between the legs).” It’s cool to speak Maori and use it but it’s hard to get anything positive from that.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.2

          …and I just cannot overcome myself to prostitute my skills to work for next to nothing, to sell it for corporate interests, to be a mercinary and to make others rich and powerful, and a tthe same time make an ass of myself.

          You too?

          Thing is, I actually suspect that it’s like that for many people in this dog eat dog world that we’ve created over the last few decades.

    • David H 4.3

      Naaa Hootens, like a Hooray Henry All noise, bullshit, and no substance.

  5. captain hook 5

    yeah I listen to her on the ‘panel’ and its like she’s read it all out of a book
    has she /he ever had a real job in their life?

    • Bob 5.1

      That same question can be asked of most of the Labour Caucus! No wonder they are so out of touch with the workers they are supposed to stand for, they have never spent time working with them.

      • Carol 5.1.1

        I think Josie P has been out and about and met a few different kinds of people. She talks of campaigning for Labour and talking to members of the public around the country.

        It’s not so much that she hasn’t been “in touch” with different kinds of people, or that she only has book knowledge, it’s the lens she uses to view the world and make sense of her experiences….. and it looks to me like a Blairite, soft-neoliberal lens.

        • David H 5.1.1.1

          She sounds to me like one of those people who are always volunteering (you know they are useless). And you just have to keep on making excuses for them, Here we have got a 2 for 1 package deal buy one, and unfortunately you get the other one free.

  6. captain hook 6

    oh and btw if he is so enamoured of kiwiblag then the question must be asked if he votes National?

    • Carol 6.1

      Indeed. I really don’t understand how a leftie could prefer the “tone” there to here….. unless it’s just because there is more criticism of John P here than there – maybe he’s not really that left wing after all?

      And as for the anonymity thing? Would it make any difference if some of us said the same things at a public meeting? Most people probably still wouldn’t know anything much about is.

      If they can’t stand the heat, they shouldn’t put themselves in such a public position.

  7. weka 7

    She must be getting pretty desperate if she has to compare TS commenters to the KKK. Or maybe she’s just a nasty offsite troll.
     

  8. captain hook 8

    the thing is they are really milksop careerists who want it both ways and in the end aren’t worth anything.

  9. BillODrees 9

    What a pair of useless Tossers!  

    If both of them have the ear of Phil, Annette, Trevor, Grant and two Davids (not the Cunliffe one) we are truly in a mess, of proportions that the most pessimistic of  the party faithful were afraid to consider possible.  Jesus, Mary and Joseph! All of sudden Mike Moore becomes attractive. 

  10. gobsmacked 10

    Since John Pagani prefers Kiwiblog, here’s the link …

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/tag/john_pagani

    You can read a preview of what’s coming soon from Shearer, by reading DPF’s posts about Pagani working for Goff (DPF is biased, of course, but there are original sources linked as well). I really recommend having a look. Note the comments on teachers, and welfare, and cosying up to National. There’s a clear pattern here.

  11. millsy 11

    Josie Pagani is not as influential as she thinks she is.

    The fact that she was so far down the Labour Party list that if she got into the House, we would be a one-party state, kinda speaks volumes about her actual influence in the party.

    Im not really all that worried about her.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      There’s influence in the party, then there is influence on the electorate through appearances like National Radio.

      Gawd frakking help us if New Zealanders listening believe that Pagani represents what the Left of politics has to offer in this country.

      • gobsmacked 11.1.1

        Commentators are, by definition, unsuccessful candidates or failed politicians (Pagani, Jackson, Tamihere, Farrar, Franks, Slater, etc)

        A few exceptions – Mike Williams is one. But not many.

      • weka 11.1.2

        Yeah that’s my worry, RNZ’s influence on middle class NZ. What happened to RNZ’s role of getting people to think?

        • tc 11.1.2.1

          RNZ is under the nat MSM machine, Plunkett shipped off by dangling a juicy carrott, Mora/Crump/Laidlaw/Ryan left alone as not threatening, even helping sometimes. I’m surprised Mary Wilson on Checkpoint’s not been nobbled but then you wouldn’t imagine her going quietly.

  12. Sufi Safari 12

    Sprout and friends once again delivering the irony in thick “embittered and angry” measure.
    Recent posts by Mike Smith, Jimmy Reid and Jenny Michie have been raising the level of introspection on this site from the vituperative to the truly reflective and even constructive. It’d be great if you could join them.

    Also, you guys should talk to someone in the Leader’s Office. Your perspective of John Pagani’s role is way off. Disagree with his politics, fine, but I think if you take a moment you’ll find he’s hardly earned the role of whipping boy for all your disillusionments.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Don’t write off anger mate. Anger moves nations. And Mike Smith and Jimmy Reid were happier with the status quo than unhappy with it. With all due respect to good guys, how many people did they move with their pieces? Sweet F.A., I suspect.

      PS “Paganiism” does not have to come from the Pagani’s personally. Its simply a label which describes the weak kneed unprincipled, cosy up to the comfortable centre-right middle class, underclass bashing apologist approach of some elements of the “Left”.

      • Sufi Safari 12.1.1

        Anger can be a superb motivator. Or a huge turn off.

        If you’ve been to any manner of left-wing protest recently you’ll have seen (or been) a small mob of angry folk bashing your heads against mainstream apathy. Further alienating the message from that mainstream and reinforcing the sense of alienation that drives the anger in the first place. It’s painful to watch and even more distressing to be a part of.

        Which isn’t to say an angry mob can’t be raised… if you’re a truckie opposed to RUC changes, or someone who doesn’t want their kids to be given legal protection from assault, or a Destiny Church-goer who has had enough of the gays, or if you have boobs and are on a bike (but then you were probably less angry and more naked).

        Until the left can inspire a compelling sense of anything, whether it’s anger, hope, pride or belonging, your anger is not going to move anything as truculent as a nation.

        But by all means come to the Standard and roar your terrible roars and gnash your terrible teeth, I just think it’s funny how you get so wild when someone rolls their terrible eyes and calls you on it.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          Until the left can inspire a compelling sense of anything, whether it’s anger, hope, pride or belonging, your anger is not going to move anything as truculent as a nation.

          Hey mash for brains

          In case you haven’t paid attention in the last 6 months

          Its Labour and its current leadership who can’t “inspire a compelling sense of anything”

          • Sufi Safari 12.1.1.1.1

            Okay, so I am basically writing off anger at this point. You haven’t moved me and I’m ready to call it that you’re not going to move a nation.

            Have you paid attention to the last six years?
            I can’t think of a single instance of large-scale anger-driven protest that I can get on board with. None that I would class as being of the left.

            I understand your grievance. I share it. I just don’t agree that wave after wave of vitriol is going to do anything for you. Or for the left. Or for the Labour Party. Or for the country. If I am wrong, and your rage improves the prospects of any one of those listed, I will gladly withdraw and apologise.

              • weka

                btw, anger and vitriol are not synonymous in this context. You are conflating the two things.

              • Sufi Safari

                Apparently Colonial Viper’s fears are founded, I haven’t paid attention in the last six months. You’ve rather skewered my argument there, and your point about anger and vitriol is well made. It’s a distinction I hadn’t considered, which I think makes my position overall a bit problematic. Good food for thought. Thanks.

                • geoff

                  sprout: comment deleted

                  • Galeandra

                    Debate if you can rather than abuse someone; this comment is simply offensive and suggests you can’t offer any ideas worth reading

                  • Sufi Safari

                    Hi geoff. Thanks for contributing so concisely to my original thesis.
                    Have a swell day.

                    • rosy

                      Classy reply Sufi – a virtual high five to you – there was no need for geoff to write crap like that, actually there’s never a need to write that.

                • weka

                  Hi Sufi, I think even with the more vitriolic protests, there is value. It’s partly that protest is being left to the most angry people and often the young who have the energy to mobilise in radical ways. It’s important that this keeps happening, because we desperately need young people to stay politicised. It also keeps the issues in the public eye, better than most other things. Radical activists have always led the way – think the Sprinkbok tour, anti-nuke, the Maori renaissance, some of the older environmental protests.
                   
                  I think the internet has changed protest and activism too. Bill (TS author) has some good insight into this. People think that signing a petition online, or posting something on social media is sufficient, and there seems to be middle-classification of activism where certain kinds of protesting are now seen as distasteful. That’s a real shame IMO.
                   
                   

                  • KJT

                    There is also the chilling effect, on protest, of seeing legal protesters being assaulted and dragged off in a police van.

                    Not to mention the likelihood of personal details being illegally outed to the media if you dare to criticise a politician.

                    I have to say it for Labour here. Labour only refuses to publish critical comments on Red Alert.

                    • weka

                      You say that as if it’s a good thing KJT. Doesn’t that just make RA a propaganda space? If people on the left can’t critique Labour policy there, Labour are in effect saying they don’t care what people think.

                    • KJT

                      Only by comparison with NACT’s/Bashers methods.

                  • Sufi Safari

                    Hi Weka. I’ve watched a lot of protests consisting of the same 20-50 people milling around King Dick chanting the slogan of the moment and at best being ignored by the people inside the buildings and at worst being conflated with their cause in totem by politicians and staffers who saw them all last week and more easily see them as malcontents than as the vanguard of a movement.

                    That experience colours my perspective of protest (and of many MPs in similar measure). But I think I agree with you more than disagree.

    • gobsmacked 12.2

      you guys should talk to someone in the Leader’s Office.

      We’re trying to, but it’s a one-way conversation.

      It would be fantastic if “someone in the Leader’s Office” would engage and debate. They even have a Labour MPs blog for that very purpose. Seen it lately?

      Labour/Shearer seem to have decided on a strategy. If they really want feedback on it, there are dozens of avenues. But they don’t, do they?

      • weka 12.2.1

        You mean the blog where they censor comments?

        • Bob 12.2.1.1

          Are you talking about this one or Red Alert? They are both as bad as each other.

          • weka 12.2.1.1.1

            This isn’t a Labour blog Bob. And AFAIK it doesn’t censor comments except where they are libelous. It does moderate behaviour, but pretty liberally, and such moderation is normal on blogs that don’t want to be a tr*llfest. Red Alert appear to actually refuse comment content they don’t like.

            • David H 12.2.1.1.1.1

              @Weka 12:26am Bullshit they do censor mainly delete anything that calls for any politician to be held accountable, or the calls for stepping down

              • weka

                David, are you talking the Standard or Red Alert? I’m saying TS doesn’t censor content (other than to prevent libel) but RA does.

                • SHG

                  “The Standard” censors anything it feels like at any time for any or no reason whatsoever.

                  Their playground, their rules.

      • Sufi Safari 12.2.2

        By “trying to”, do you mean via blogs?
        If so, then for all the reasons that this thread is beautifully ironic, I humbly submit that you’re doing it wrong.

        • the sprout 12.2.2.1

          true enough.
          we should really be communicating with Labour via Kiwiblog – it seems that’s where most of the ideas are coming from.
          ironic indeed

          • Sufi Safari 12.2.2.1.1

            Still doing it wrong.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.2.1.1.1

              Hey Safari. Thanks for your tutoring. You can go away now.

              • Sufi Safari

                That was supposed to be a good-ish natured jab at Sprout’s wry Kiwiblog joke in the face of my blanket assertion that blogs were the wrong avenue. I tried it out with more detail and it read clumsily, and I couldn’t bring myself to add a lol or emoticon. But you’re right, it does read somewhat imperious. Please accept my apologies, it was not my intention in this instance.

        • gobsmacked 12.2.2.2

          Via every available outlet, if you’ve noticed the last few days.

          People have e-mailed their MPs, or others in the party. People have been all over the blogosphere – almost every left/liberal/Labour blog has been asking “WTF?” (in a variety of language).

          And Shearer sent us a nice e-mail … which said nothing. The next one is due tomorrow. Breath not being held.

          • Sufi Safari 12.2.2.2.1

            Don’t think those emails are being ignored (if the blog posts run true to type then probably assume that they are being). Also don’t assume you’re in the majority (actually you probably can on this one, but not always).

            Those emails from Shearer will continue to say nothing until the party has a vision. Which is a problem. But another problem would be if you were looking for acknowledgement of your grievances in those emails. The gallery (and the blogosphere) would whip themselves into a frightful frenzy over the prospects of a coup that may be very welcome on these pages, but does only harm from an incumbent’s perspective. And whatever persuasion of David you prefer, that’s the right way to approach the office. The leadership shouldn’t fall at the hands of speculation about the leadership, which is why the Garner piece is so disappointing (and why so many of Cunliffe’s antics last term were equally disheartening). So you’re right not to hold your breath, but if vindication is what you’re after it might pay to temper your expectations too.

            Anyway, my point in the first place was more about the perceptions of how the leader’s office worked, and how far off the mark perspectives like the original post are.

            • weka 12.2.2.2.1.1

              I can’t follow what you are saying. The original post doesn’t talk about how the leader’s office works.

              • Sufi Safari

                Now that’s tragic and moronic, but hardly surprising. It also helps shed light on the inspiration for the otherwise unfathomable, bizzarely kamikaze PR ‘strategy’ of Labour under Shearer.

                You should pay more attention.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Classic beltway-centric superiority complex.

                  • weka

                    Lol, is that what’s going on? I’ve been reading SS’s posts and finding them nonsensical. I guess I’m just not in the right club.

                • weka

                  That’s a big vague isn’t it? If you want to present some PR for Labour, wouldn’t it be better to try and engage with people here rather than just repeatedly telling them they’re wrong?

                  • Sufi Safari

                    Fair point both of you. It was vague and came across as superior. Sorry about that.

                    The excerpt I pulled…

                    Now that’s tragic and moronic, but hardly surprising. It also helps shed light on the inspiration for the otherwise unfathomable, bizzarely kamikaze PR ‘strategy’ of Labour under Shearer.

                    …as I read it was implicating Pagani as central to the current malaise in the Leader’s Office. Which may be an exaggeration in my mind of what it really said, but was cause for my contention that Pagani’s role was being overstated, which I think would be unfair to both Pagani and to the leader’s office. It’s probably immaterial in the big picture, but I thought I’d make a small stand for veracity while I was here.

                    In other matters, I think (hope?) if you reflect on my less curt posts, that I will be largely exonerated from the charge of running PR for Labour. Just some different viewpoints.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      …as I read it was implicating Pagani as central to the current malaise in the Leader’s Office.

                      Not talking about the MPs here, but it would help if some of the bloody staff realised that the answer does NOT lie at the bottom of the next bottle of Sav.

                      And Pagani isn’t a cause, so much as a symptom. That’s pretty clear to everyone here (or at least it is to me).

            • Olwyn 12.2.2.2.1.2

              Not sure what you are getting at with regard to “Cunliffe’s antics last term” since I did not notice any antics. Cunliffe is an elected, senior member of parliament, who won his seat with a big majority. He is entitled to hold, defend and promote a position on the party and its direction – more entitled than, say, an unelected consultant. If this is what you are getting at, I would not describe it as an antic, but as the fulfilment of a responsibility. A political party is not a mere management team, and the agreement behind collective responsibility should not rely on “put up or shut up” resignation from senior members.

              • Sufi Safari

                Hi Olwyn. I don’t disagree that any MP is entitled to “hold, defend and promote a position within the party”. But all too often what’s actually going on is MPs holding, defending and promoting their position within the caucus. I don’t think that undermining your colleagues is a constructive way to approach rebuilding the party or reconnecting with the electorate, and that goes for Garner’s sources as much as it does for Cunliffe and cohorts.

                My experience of David Cunliffe is that he’s a really nice guy, very effective at connecting with people, conscientious and enthusiastic. From where I was standing, he was also a guy who spent more energy plotting for the leadership last term than he spent on his portfolios, supporting policy development, or campaigning for the Party.

                To my mind, that made him more damaging to the party in the 2011 election than any influence John Pagani managed to achieve (or has since), both in direct impact on electorate perception and in the opportunity cost of an under-performing Finance spokesperson. Of course, that is merely my perspective, but for what it’s worth it might also go some way towards explaining why there is such a gulf between the membership and the caucus when it comes to support of David Cunliffe.

                • Olwyn

                  I am certainly no insider, so can only read the situation through external clues and my own perspective, which is left-leaning. As an outsider I did not see leadership ambitions at play, but I suspect retrospectively that Cunliffe, in believing that the party should be more to the left in its orientation than it has been since Helen Clark, stood his ground on this and annoyed people in doing so, rather than agreeing to be a red candle on a blue cake.

                • Colonial Viper

                  he was also a guy who spent more energy plotting for the leadership last term than he spent on his portfolios, supporting policy development, or campaigning for the Party.

                  Cunliffe increased his majority in New Lynn by 25%, from 4,000 to 5000. In a year that most Labour candidates slid hard. That’s not bad “campaigning for the Party” I would have thought.

                  To fill in time however, why don’t you have a reread of who Fran O’Sullivan said was “spending energy plotting for the leadership”.

                  This week’s deal was essentially put together by long-serving MP Trevor Mallard – who performed the numbers role when Helen Clark ran her coup against then leader Mike Moore.

                  But much of the real strategising started several months back when Shearer and close caucus allies such as former Labour list MP Stuart Nash seriously began talking about a post-election leadership tilt.

                  Influential members of the “commentariat” – particularly those of the right-of-centre persuasion – were informally briefed.

                  Shearer was promoted as having a modern international outlook; pro-business, pro-science and innovation, and not prone to the phony cloth-cap ideology that Goff had to dip into…

                  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10773689

                • Colonial Viper

                  First you say this

                  I don’t think that undermining your colleagues is a constructive way to approach rebuilding the party or reconnecting with the electorate

                  and then you go on with this

                  that made (Cunliffe) more damaging to the party in the 2011 election than any influence John Pagani managed to achieve (or has since), both in direct impact on electorate perception and in the opportunity cost of an under-performing Finance spokesperson.

                  Simply unbelievable hypocrisy.

                  • Sufi Safari

                    Neither Cunliffe nor Pagani are my colleagues and I’m not working to rebuild the party or reconnect with the electorate. I’m not sure hypocrisy is a fairly levelled accusation in this instance. But I do like how you removed the first three words from the second quote to help further your point.

                    Fran’s piece doesn’t ring true to me, although as much as I’d like to believe otherwise that doesn’t make it any less likely. But either way, the existence of a second stream of machinations doesn’t preclude the first. From what I saw (again please read that as the caveat it is meant to be) Cunliffe’s activities predated any thought of Shearer’s promotion by several years.

                    Still, Cunliffe’s success in New Lynn is testament to his skills as an electorate MP. He is personable and intelligent, and he built a dedicated team of supporters and volunteers around him, that continues to be an asset to him every time anyone raises the matter of the Party’s leadership. And I think all that electorate success would be just great if he was a backbencher in a marginal electorate. But he wasn’t, and my point about campaigning for the Party was more related to his willingness to engage with the broader campaign than his ability to return himself safely in New Lynn.

                    I still hold to the belief that the sniping and leaking and conniving that is coming from both sides of this apparent divide is equally unhelpful. But then perhaps that’s still partisan territory, hoping for stability in the leadership at a time like this…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      From where I was standing, he was also a guy who spent more energy plotting for the leadership last term than he spent on his portfolios, supporting policy development, or campaigning for the Party.

                      How could you have made the above observations if you weren’t also around Cunliffe during his portfolio work, his policy development work and his Party campaigning work? ie working with Labour Party MPs? That to my mind makes you a work colleague.

                      But I do like how you removed the first three words from the second quote to help further your point.

                      For clarity, the first three words you wrote were “To my mind”, which is a phrase used to make clear that the statement following is an opinion. Which (to my mind) was obvious from the statement itself.

                      Fran’s piece doesn’t ring true to me, although as much as I’d like to believe otherwise that doesn’t make it any less likely. But either way, the existence of a second stream of machinations doesn’t preclude the first.

                      If you were around Labour MPs enough to come to strong declarative conclusions about Cunliffe, you shouldn’t be coy about what O’Sullivan said about Shearer, Mallard et al. Tell us what you saw.

                  • Sufi Safari

                    That to my mind makes you a work colleague.

                    You’ve inferred too much… or maybe I’ve just overstated the extent of my exposure. We were never colleagues.

                    If you were around Labour MPs enough to come to strong declarative conclusions about Cunliffe, you shouldn’t be coy about what O’Sullivan said about Shearer, Mallard et al. Tell us what you saw.

                    I thought that’s what I’d been doing.
                    Anyway, I’ve got into bagging Cunliffe and that’s not really what I intended. He’s a capable guy with a strong case for leading the party at some stage and my opinions on whether he should be or how he achieves it are entirely immaterial. My initial point, rather lost in my subsequent ramblings, was that I think the kind of stuff that leads to pieces like Garner’s blog post is unhelpful. Whoever it comes from.

      • David H 12.2.3

        Red Alert????? I get one in my inbox every morning. From the WAREHOUSE.

  13. xtasy 13

    If I’d tell you tomorrow to take an organisational step, to organise and unite all disaffected, the unions, the low paid workers and so forth, how many do you think will turn up? Maybe 3 dozen is my answer! Because most of YOUR organisers FUCKED most of all this up with too many stupid marches never resulting in much of fringe grouup turnouts. So the LEFT is now associated with FRINGE orgos of sorts, and that is your fucking problem, all of you.

    In other countries it never got quite so bad, so the problem there is less severe.

    NZ needs to reconnect, wake up, re organise, re focus and get back to bloody basic workers and human rights that is the only solution, but sadly too many discuss trivial question time and other nonsense topics on this and other forums. Yo u are in danger of being LOST!

  14. Huginn 14

    You say:
    John Pagani tells the Listener that that he much prefers Kiwiblog because it “has a more reasonable tone than, say, the left blog the Standard, whose idea of political is embittered and angry and it’s therefore hard to read.’

    But the link you give has this:

    Then again, as left-leaning political-consultant-turned-commentator John Pagani notes, Farrar’s apparently easygoing tone might be among his greatest advantages. “He has a more reasonable tone than, say, the left blog the Standard, whose idea of political is embittered and angry and it’s therefore hard to read,” says Pagani, who has sparred often with Farrar on Newstalk ZB. “He is actually a seasoned political operative who intuitively knows pressure points for his opponents and much of what he publishes is cunning and designed to create political pressure, like a good parliamentary question.”

    Which is not the same at all.

    • xtasy 14.1

      That is why astute, alert and smart people detect this nonsense straight away, take a solid stand and shoot such crapology adherents down before they could ever even open their mouthes that lack the early morning anti bacterial mouth wash, so to say.

      Resulute, aware and sensible action is needed, but too many Labour leaders and activists either are of the convenient sleep in types (missed that uni days ended years ago), or they cannot be bothered to make a damned effort. If I want some bloody change and direction, I would have to bloody make an effort, which goes beyond blaming others and take bloody action!

      I think that is where some acticists in Latin America are way ahead of NZ, because they have no bloody alternative to get up, take action and bloody fight!

    • Carol 14.2

      Oh, dear.

      Instead of writing what they think, arguing the issues directly, and wrestling with the rationale for politics and policies, Standardistas are meant to be a bit underhand and manipulative and act like some focus-grouping corporate operators?

    • Jenny Michie 14.3

      Thanks Huginn. That’s exactly the point I was going to make. I think we’ve all drawn rather a long bow from that.

  15. Morrissey 15

    Josie Pagani once came out all guns blazing on NewstalkZB’s “The Huddle” and completely outclassed—and silenced—Cameron Slater and Larry Williams.

    So she CAN do it if she sets her mind to it. Sadly, however, most of her energy seems to be taken up with finding ways to be nice and agree with the likes of Matthew Hooton and David Farrar.

    I blame that useless husband of hers.

  16. Descendant Of Smith 16

    I can only reiterate my simple question of a few days ago:

    Does the Labour Party actually believe in an 8 hour working day, 40 hour working week as a matter of both principle and policy?

    I do not see believing in this as extremist left wing – and in fact many workers still enjoy this today – sometimes in surprising places. This was normal for most people when I started work and it’s not for my kids.

    This erosion of working rights for my children I see as very important.

    What I do see this as, is a fundamental tenet of the Labour Party. It’s one of the few things proclaimed loudly on the website.

    It’s not a difficult question to answer.

  17. I think that I am the “sexist thug [who] reads chicken entrails from my husband’s tweets to get an insight into my views”.  What I said was

    “After thinking about Josie Pagani’s bene bashing comments yesterday on Radio New Zealand I thought I would check out hubby John Pagani’s activities.
    It seems that his blog is down.  I wonder when that happened.
    He has recently sent a couple of tweets.  One of them says “Martin Hawes on buying shares in Mighty River.Excellent analysis. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/7466680/Ignore-hype-when-investing
    The Hawes article he links to is a cold hard financial analysis of the share float of MRP that does not mention Iwi claims or the risks that they pose.  Hawes’ conclusion is that ”[o]n all of these measures, MRP comes out well. It is in a good, stable industry providing energy from renewables, but with growth prospects as it sells its expertise in thermal power to other countries. It has strong finances and very good governance and management.”
    It would appear that Pagani thinks buying MRP shares is a good idea.
    Is he still speech writing for the Labour Party?”

    I plead not guilty to being a thug or to conflating her views with his.  But I do think that she was been bashing on National Radio.  And I am really keen to find out if John thinks buying MRP shares is a good idea.  

  18. IrishBill 18

    I disagree with both Paganis on just about everything however I’m uncomfortable singling them out for a bashing like this and share some of Sufi’s thoughts in comment 12. I don’t, however, think the leader’s office is in any great hurry to start talking to TS.

    • Huginn 18.1

      +1

    • King Kong 18.2

      I would genuinely like to know how much of Labour’s activist base and supporters you think the Standard represents.

      Demanding that the leader of the opposition consult with this blog is either the stuff of delusional fantasists or you guys know something about how important you are that I don’t.

      If it is based on readership numbers then that would require John Key to seek a weekly audience with Whaleoil.

      • King Kong 18.2.1

        Have I been banned?

        [lprent: Not that I can see. Have you done something for which you think I should ban you? If so could you please link to it and explain why. The rough and ready ruleset is in the policy.

        You probably just got caught by one of the auto-moderation rules that r0b wants me to review or one of the automatic systems - in which case you comment would have been been reviewed soon after.

        If you want to check that a moderator has banned you. Then use the search - Set advanced to comments only and put in "@author King Kong" (without the quotes) will bring up this. And it doesn't waste moderators time. ]

    • lprent 18.3

      I know what you mean. However I have been constraining myself since reading Josie’s post with it’s group demonising (ie take a few individuals behaviour and smear an entire group with it) not to mention her outright lying.

      Incidentally I had a peek at why I’d banned John off this site (which is what I guess that Josie is referring to) and the similarities as far as a moderator are concerned are rather more striking than the differences between the two. Group smearing, personal attacks based on self created strawman, playing the victim, etc are all well known tactics on blogs. I suspect that their respective gender is insufficient to overcome their similarities – mainly consisting of being puffed up arrogant fools in my opinion.

      I don’t really have much sympathy for either of them. Like the spout, I suspect that they have made the right choice of preferring the sewer at kiwiblog rather than here, because they will get challenged here and the policy means that their views will get challenged in detail. Their political leanings appear to me to reside at KB as well from what I can see.

  19. vto 19

    I’ve got an idea – how about Labour tell the country what its policies are what it will do when in power. I know its a novel idea, but give it a go. You could start with… hmmm… let’s see..

    What Labour will do to ensure the minimum wage becomes a living wage…

    What Labour will do about asset sales – those on the block now and all future asset / capital item matters…

    What Labour will do to stop New Zealanders having to compete with 4 billion people who don’t even live in the country when it comes to buying land? They could start by clarifying the benefits to NZ of foreign landlords…

    What Labour will do about Rape Crisis…

    … bloody pussy footing around arguing with each other and pulling each others hair. Pathetic. Nobody cares about that shit. People want to see housing take less of their weekly pay packet, schools keep on keeping on in their past good fashion, their minimum wage provide them an ability to live…

    Either Mr Invisible needs to start shouting and open his eyes wider, or Cunliffe should just start ignoring his egghead colleagues and speak loudly and frequently from his heart, which he has done before. Preferably both of them at once. Go on. Try it. You might be surprised at the result.

    • OneTrack 19.1

      Since the Greens are going to be in charge, how about they tell the country EXACTLY what they are going to do. There is a lot of warm fuzzy stuff – how about some details.

      For a start, Green-tech – where is the money going to come from, how much will it cost, what are we going to do and who are we going to sell it to?

  20. captain hook 20

    tiddlywinks anyone?

  21. Sanctuary 21

    First of all, Kathryn Ryan has a huge say in who appears on Nine-to-Noon as a political commentator, and if Chris Trotter is to be believed she’d rather die than allow a real left winger to regularly appear on her show. The constant offering up of pasteurised middle class soft liberals as “from the left” is deliberate RNZ (self?) censorship, the effect of which is to drag the centre to the right when they are paired with a hard right professional propagandist like Hooten.

    Secondly, Pagani (x2) both have become the symbols of the utter disconnect between an out-of-touch parliamentary party and the activist base. They are the symbols of the no bad kings, just bad advisors syndrome that is the last refuge of hope before civil war and the attacks on them amount to a sort of grand remonstrance (http://www.constitution.org/eng/conpur043.htm) contrasting the “dutiful and loyal counsels and endeavours of your (activists)” with the conspiracy of the Paganis and other unnamed evil counselors who are dragging the unwitting Shearer into National-lite centrism, and Labour with it.

    Of course, the reality was Charles I knew exactly what he wanted.

  22. ak 22

    Bomber’s on the money.

    Infighting is the eternal curse and cancer of the left, and here are two privileged paid employees pouring petrol on the fire in tankerloads.

    Inexcusable.

    And begs the question as to whence the initial spark.

    Labour/Alliance was the most promising Left development in decades. Until it spectacularly self-immolated over nothing.

    From memory both Paganis worked for the Alliance at the time.

    Now they’re calling committed Left activists embittered, angry, sexist, KKK thugs and shilling the sewer.

    Nasty pattern emerging.

    • blue leopard 22.1

      @ak
      Thoroughly agree.

    • Gosman 22.2

      Yeah the left is good at self immolation.

      It’s fun to watch from a diferent poilitical perspective I must state for the record.

    • Colonial Viper 22.3

      From memory both Paganis worked for the Alliance at the time.

      Now they’re calling committed Left activists embittered, angry, sexist, KKK thugs and shilling the sewer.

      Time to put Zarak and Gaeta back in their place.

      • pukeko 22.3.1

        Kāti te riri, whakarērea hoki te ārita; kei mamae koe, kei tākina kia mahi i te kino !

      • Mike 22.3.2

        I don’t think death threats are an appropriate way to make your point
        This has already become far too personalised as it is.

        • lprent 22.3.2.1

          I thought it was a reference to some characters in a daft scifi tv series that I generally avoid? What makes you think it is a death threat…

          Edit: Ok – I have just looked at whaleoil. I see that he has been indulging in his usual paranoid conspiracy theories and joining up way too many dots. Out of all of the possible meanings of having a few nasty characters in a TV show, he has selected the one that he prefers.

          He really is an juvenile idiot with a bit of a paranoid conspiracy complex..

          Next thing you know he will be implying that I’m gay because I have a “girls name”. Opps he has already done that. Or that an author here is someone in real life because they have a similar first name r0b vs Rob.. Umm he has done that as well.. Or he will decry everyone on a sickness benefit as some kind of bludger before going on one himself – perhaps he should give that to David Shearer…

          Basically the guy never grew out of being a schoolboy.

          • Inventory2 22.3.2.1.1

            lprent – I would have thought that Colonial Viper’s comment would have been pretty obvious in its intent once you put it into context with the Battlestar Gallactica reference:

            “After regaining control of Galactica and defeating the mutiny, Adama has Zarek and Gaeta executed by firing squad.”

            Obfuscate all you like; there’s only one way to read Colonial Viper’s comment

            Feel free to add me to the list of life bans. I’d hate to be like John Pagani and be wasting your time; or mine, for that matter. But one day you might wake up and realise just how much damage The Standard is doing to the cause of the Left, and to the Labour Party in particular. Take your time though; after the 2020 election will be fine.

            I bid thee farewell.

        • quartz 22.3.2.2

          Well you should stop making them then, Mike.

      • locus 22.3.3

        To liken the arguments of people who disagree with you as ‘like the KKK’ is Godwinism and reflects on the abuser’s intellect and morality.

        Of course anonymity on a blog does permit people to argue more disagreeably than they might on FB, but making defamatory comments using your real name on FB is no less odious than doing so on The Standard.

        To say that The Standard “deals out lifetime bans to anyone who disagrees with them” is ill-informed and begs the commenter to be pilloried. As for the accusation of sexism, the same law applies.

        To suggest that anonymous criticism by TS commenters of people using the ‘welfare bludger’ dogwhistle is playing into the hands of those who want to see Labour lose the welfare debate, is well…. irrational.

        Seriously, if a self-professed left-winger can’t bring themselves to read or engage in debate on the Standard because they find some commenters offensive, this suggests to me they have no interest in views that don’t match their own and don’t care about learning more about what drives left-wing thinking..

        As has been pointed out by many TS commenters, Shearer’s story about the guy who saw his neighbour up on a roof while on a sickness benefit was a manipulative attempt to portray Labour as a party that doesn’t tolerate welfare bludgers.

        It’s a shame that the Leader of the Labour Party is accepting advice (or personally deciding) that taking this line is the best way to win votes. Couldn’t he have found a better way to ‘speak’ to judgemental or prejudiced people about Labour’s toughness and intolerance of fraudsters?

  23. captain hook 23

    the thing is the two little pagis think they can play politics and hide behind their salaries without ever getting their hands dirty or facing any consequences from the proletariat.
    remember them?
    time for the P’s to stand up and be counted or try another game.

  24. Stephen 24

    I am completely opposed to the kind of rhetoric, strategy and policy that the Paganis advocate. I think I’m probably on the hard left side of the Labour party tent. But seriously: “two little paggis?” This pretty much proves their point. Are you 12 years old?

    • bad12 24.1

      Yeah right, children everyday go to school hungry, rheumatic fever is inflicting kids in swathes,in the far North and other hot-spots 3rd world diseases creep into the health statistics,

      The Pagani’s advice to Labour Leader Shearer,( and i don’t discount that he possibly thinks this way anyway), is that the poor are undeserving and ripping off the system,

      And YOU want us to play F**king nice, F**k you,

      One of the Pagani’s at least has been openly slagging beneficiaries any chance She gets as well as openly slagging those who would stand up in support of those beneficiaries,

      One of the J. Pagani’s is a public figure using the media to push the J. Pagani political message, that particular PIGani deserves every f**king slagging that PIGani f**king gets…

      • Jagilby 24.1.1

        Interesting how people are banned for far less than this vitriolic diatribe.

        I guess being “on message” excuses this behaviour.

    • Colonial Viper 24.2

      But seriously: “two little paggis?” This pretty much proves their point. Are you 12 years old?

      Oh come now, the art of political satire can’t be completely dead.

  25. vto 25

    Does anyone know if either of these strange pagani bananas has ever been on a benefit? Or David Shearer?

    Because like most things on the planet, until you have experience in something it is near impossible to speak with any authority on it.

    So, have they?

    • Carol 25.1

      vto, in the wide range of crucial political issues, we can’t all have direct experience of relevant activities.

      IMO, the more important quality is empathy – being able to imagine what it would be like for those in a worse situation than the one we are in.

      I would expect Labour Party people to have a lot of empathy for the least powerful in society, and that it wouldn’t be over-ridden by a desire to placate those who are better off and lack such empathy.

      • weka 25.1.1

        They could also have people who give them advice, who know what the fuck they are talking about eg one of the beneficiary advocacy organisations. Or someone in the disability sector who understands SB issues.

      • vto 25.1.2

        Of course Carol, we can’t all have experience of everything.

        I guess in my mind I was referencing it to the personal accusations they made against beneficiaries. The statements made indicated a level of personal knowledge and experience, which they clearly seem to lack completely. And if they so lack that experience then they need to moderate or qualify their accusations, lest they come across as fools.

        Some things in life are particularly heavy and really need experience to understand and pass decent comment on. Two biggie examples would include childbirth and war. Others slightly down the scale may include death of a young child, or the soul-sapping destruction of societal rejection such as unemployment.

    • bad12 25.2

      Larffffs!!! i doubt any of the Labour Caucus have ever been on a benefit and therein lies part of the problem of the glaring disconnect between Labour and a huge swathe of the New Zealand population,

      Theres a huge gulf in the debate where for their own purposes it has as usual been dragged down to it’s lowest common denominator,

      Labour, as National have done for years simply adds fuel to the fire of preconceptions about beneficiaries which are the province of a small slice of the red-neck vote in this country,

      Where the debate should be raging, and, we at the Standard should perhaps be mindful of steering that debate where possible should be in the question of AVAILABLE WORK,

      In other words, its a f**king given that the economy we have had imposed upon us CANNOT and NEVER WILL deliver anything like full employment in this country,

      It then becomes dishonest and disgusting for the likes of Shearer and His schism of Labour to begin to denigrate beneficiaries for supposed small time character flaws,

      The discourse need be shifted, how such a shift is accomplished is somewhat beyond me at present,nevertheless WE need be focusing the mind of the likes of Shearer upon the FACT that the ism that He wishes to use as economic management for this country DOES NOT and WILL NOT provide anything in the way of employment for the population than what it currently does,

      Further to that WE need to have Shearer and His fellow travelers move in that DIRECTION PUBLICLY differentiating from National in that the discussion can then turn to how we best resolve this issue of UNDER-employment,

      My view is that WE either move to an economy where the hours worked are rationed out among those who can work OR we begin now a discussion on how best to keep those WE DENY work to upon some form of economic basis where they too can interact with the economy based upon some NORM of income which we all understand…

      • Carol 25.2.1

        My view is that WE either move to an economy where the hours worked are rationed out among those who can work OR we begin now a discussion on how best to keep those WE DENY work to upon some form of economic basis where they too can interact with the economy based upon some NORM of income which we all understand…

        Yes, that. Any form of beneficiary bashing, or of separating the “deserving” or “undeserving” poor, is (among other things) a diversion from the main issue of the employment structure.

        • Colonial Viper 25.2.1.1

          And the employment structure is a direct result of a system which says that the only worthwhile work to be done in society is that which makes a return on that capital for the owners. All other roles in society are degraded.

          • Tracey 25.2.1.1.1

            All cleaners, everywhere should go on strike for one week. Then some folks will really know what “shit hitting the fan means”.

            • Colonial Viper 25.2.1.1.1.1

              I remain pissed off that the top union leadership did not band together and enforce nationwide stop work action against the ECA in the early 90′s.

              They could have sorted out a whole tranche of this neoliberal BS if they had, useless bastards.

  26. Tracey 26

    Frankly kiwiblog can be equably derisive and lowbrow as some here. I find the level of their vitriol, particularly toward women, maori, gays etc scary. I read Farrar sometimes, but not the threads, for the reasons stated above.

    However given the recent pagani advise to attack sickness beneficiaries I can see why he feels more comfortable at kiwiblog

  27. Tracey 27

    I find it scarier that National’s daily polling must be saying that the “people” agree with the release of this information. Which means that many in NZ believe the right to privacy is only for those in employment, or in employment without injury, or in employment other than teaching.

    We should be as concerned about the direction our fellow citizens wish to travel too.

  28. chris73 28

    and labour wonder why they ain’t in power…

    • xtasy 28.1

      chris73: Your line of thought and question are the perfect summary and close to this thread! It could not have been better worded and placed!

  29. Carol 29

    On Josie P’s truck driver who felt that neither National nor Labour were there for him. Did she ever explain what the truck driver ACTUALLY wanted from a political party? Or was the fact that he was male in a manual job meant to say it all?

  30. infused 30

    I don’t think you guys realise what this place has become. Don’t dare argue with the admins, insta ban.

    • IrishBill 30.1

      Perhaps we can be a touch sensitive but that’s a stance that’s founded in the days when we started up and had real troll problems which lead to every thread descending into a flamewar. I’ve barely banned anyone in the last year or two and you’re clearly able to comment here despite the fact you hardly ever agree with the moderators.

      I actually think we could do to firm our moderation up as I’ve not been happy with some of the behaviour of commenters (on the left and the right) for a few months but I’m not around enough to implement that kind of moderation fairly.

    • Colonial Viper 30.2

      Arguing with admins is a ban on most web forums.

      • IrishBill 30.2.1

        Well I’m an admin. In fact I’m one of the longest standing admins here, and I’m happy to have anyone argue with me as long as it’s done in good faith.

    • SHG 30.3

      Hell, I got banned for posting the results of a Roy Morgan poll with negative numbers for Labour.

      http://thestandard.org.nz/keys-vicious-cycle/comment-page-1/#comment-461844

      That’s… a touch sensitive.

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  • The Māori Party and slave-fishing
    In the early C19th, when William Wilberforce was camapigning to abolish slavery in Britain's colonial posessions, he met with strong opposition from the British establishment. Few of his opponents were bold enough to say that they actually approved of slavery....
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Colin and Jamie walked into a bar …
    A quick couple of points about some typically nutty stories provided by everyone's favourite comic puchlines - the Conservative and Act Parties....
    Pundit | 31-07
  • Our Work and Wages policy
    I want New Zealand to be the fairest, most decent, society in the world. To get there we need to grow the economy. But we also need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead. That’s because...
    Labour campaign | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill today 31 July 2014 reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    MUNZ | 31-07
  • Purge! Trotter vs Quin vs Labour
    In the last couple of days there have been two columns looking beyond the election to, in the eyes of the authors, the inevitable internecine Labour blood-sports that follow. Each has a purge to propose. Phil Quin thinks Labour is...
    Polity | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey. Tertiary education is full of...
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-07
  • Fiji: The law means nothing II
    Last month, we saw how Fiji's electoral law works in practice, when the supervisor of elections was instructed to register dictator Voreqe Bainimarama's "Fiji First" party despite the name being similar to that of the wound-up One Fiji - an...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Unbelievable
    Why didn't Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully act sooner in the Malaysian diplomat case? Because he couldn't be arsed reading his email:DAVID SHEARER (Labour - Mt Albert) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Did his office receive an email at...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • The last day
    Today is the last day of Parliament for the term. After spending the morning on non-controversial legislation - including apparently the anti-slave-fishing bill - the House will have its last Question Time and then an adjournment debate. And then they'll...
    No Right Turn | 31-07
  • Traffic still at 2007 levels
    Gerry Brownlee’s media release yesterday trumpeted up traffic levels in 2013 surpassing those in 2012 – apparently this is a sign of New Zealand’s economic recovery that we’re driving a bit more. Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says increases in vehicle...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Oily pigs at the trough
    We all know that National MP Simon Bridges is a lackey for the oil and gas industry. But what wasn't readily apparent is just how much taxpayer's money the Energy and Resources Minister is willing to throw at his oil...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • World News Brief, Thursday July 31
    Top of the AgendaRussia Reacts to New U.S., EU Sanctions...
    Pundit | 30-07
  • God Save The People!
    THE WORDS to When Wilt Thou Save The People? were written in 1827 by the "Corn Law Rhymer", Ebenezer Elliott. The refrain, "God Save the People!", is, of course, the radical working-class agitator's rejoinder to "God Save the King!"Elliott's song became the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Why ACT always needs to play the race card
    During the 2011 election Don Brash was leader of the ACT Party, and he did something really stupid and crazy, but also rather admirable: Act leader Don Brash is calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying prohibition of the drug has...
    DimPost | 30-07
  • Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
    In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected...
    Open Parachute | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution.
    Challenging The Conventional Wisdom: The Labour Right believes the party can only succeed by conforming to the prevailing political and socioeconomic orthodoxy; the Labour Left understands that the whole point of the party is to challenge and change it.PHIL QUIN writes a...
    Bowalley Road | 30-07
  • Who wins the Education Debate ?: UMR and Herald-Digi Polls on Quality Teach...
    Herald-DigiPollThe Herald have just released further results from a Herald-DigiPoll (part of their Mid July political poll), which finds that "New Zealanders would rather money was spent on improving teaching standards" - ostensibly National's position - "than on reducing class...
    Sub zero politics | 30-07
  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher
    Earlier this week, Act Party leader Jamie Whyte notified the world that he had delivered a speech entitled Race has no place in the law and, it seemed, sat back in anticipation of plaudits for his tremendous argument.Sadly, the next...
    Public Address | 30-07
  • Policymaking in a hyperglobalised world
    Speech to a conference of the Industry Training Federation and Polytechnics, 31 July 2014 First, some context. We are living through a turbulent decade. One element is the coming of age of a disruptive technology, digital technology, which is turning...
    Colin James | 30-07
  • Scientists criticise National Science Challenges
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 25 Radio New Zealand has used an official information request to expose serious unrest among scientists this week over the way the government is handling its NationalScienceChallenges project. The...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • League tables due out this week
    The TertiaryEducation Commission will publish 2013 educational performance indicators (EPIs) this week. The information ranks universities, polytechnics and wānanga institutions on their performance against the criteria, and inevitably morphs into league tables. However, TEU...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Joyce monitoring, not acting, on loan cuts
    The tertiary education minister Steven Joyce dodged a question last week about whether he would exempt medical students from the seven-year limit on student loans. Answering a written parliamentary question from Green MP Holly...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Whanganui prisoners want automotive course back
    Prisoners who want to study at UCOL are the subject of a fierce debate between TEU’s UCOL branch president Tina Smith and Whanganui MP Chester Borrows. Chester Borrows told the Wanganui Chronicle last week that...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Fascinating chart on global income change
    Last year Joseph Stiglitz, Prof James K Galbraith, and Branko Milanovic presented a paper that included the following graph, which set the economics world all a-twitter: It shows the change in income around the world in roughly the first 20...
    Polity | 30-07
  • Nurses celebrate partial victory for new grads
    Nurses celebrated yesterday when they learned their 7000 signature petition had helped pressure the government into funding a further 200 more positions in the nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate...
    Tertiary Education Union | 30-07
  • Development opportunities after CRL: Will Newton become a second Newmarket?
    A couple of weeks ago Auckland Council quietly released a new version of its Capacity for Growth Study. The CFG study is an important and interesting document – it models the potential for future residential and business development under current...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay Exemplifies National’s Governance
    This National led Government is strong on ideology, weak on process and reluctant to accept responsibility. The Novopay 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 | 30-07
  • Labour’s living wage announcement welcome news for public servants
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Novopay debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house. Glenn Barclay, PSA...
    PSA | 30-07
  • Israel celebrates killing of children
    As the Israeli bombardment and occupation of Gaza intensifies with Unicef estimating that 230 Palestinian children have been killed to date, the international response to numerous Israeli war crimes appears to be floundering. Although an investigation will be conducted, without...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • A video has emerged showing far-right Israeli protesters celebrating the death of children in Gaza in Tel Aviv this weekend.The protesters, who were picketing a much larger anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night, can be seen...
    The Jackal | 30-07
  • Novopay triumph for government
    Today the National government announced the future plans for the troubled education payroll system Novopay. The system has had a rough ride since it was implemented almost two years ago. At parliament today the Cabinet Minister for Fixing Up Really Bad...
    My Thinks | 30-07
  • Stuart’s 100 #3: Plane Tree Avenues
    Stuart Houghton’s 100 ideas for Auckland continues 3: Plane Tree Avenues Franklin Road, with its historic plane trees, is one of the most loved streets in Auckland. What if plane tree avenues defined all the major city fringe streets? This...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Too Much some recent articles on Inequality
    click here for these...
    Closing the Gap | 30-07
  • From truffle to light crude; oil doesn’t come cheap
    The Governments oil salesman Simon Bridges just can’t catch a break these days. Whether it’s having to admit that he’d never even heard of NZ’s largest forest park (Victoria FP) which he’d just opened up to drillers or getting stick...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-07
  • Submit on the Draft Parking Discussion Document
    Auckland Transport have had their Draft Parking Discussion Document (2mb file) out for consultation over the last couple of months, but this closes at midnight on Thursday. This covers the full range of parking issues around the city, including on-street, off-street and park...
    Transport Blog | 30-07
  • Reaching out to voters
    This is going to be the biggest grassroots campaign we’ve ever run. A couple of weeks ago I shared some of the stats from our voter outreach programme with the media. It’s campaign activity that’s often hidden from view, but...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Scrapped
    Wellington City Council has scrapped its "alternative giving" campaign. Good. As the article notes, the campaign was an expensive failure, with $40,000 spent to raise just $3,500 for the homeless. But despite that, its architects are still trying to pretend...
    No Right Turn | 30-07
  • Following in illustrious footsteps
    Gaylene Nepia is campaign manager for both the national Māori campaign and for her brother Adrian Rurawhe - Labour’s candidate for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate. Mr Rurawhe and Mrs Nepia are great grandchildren of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, founder of the...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Seeing life through a Maori lens
    Meka Whaitiri, MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, is contesting the seat for the first time at a general election. She entered Parliament through a by-election in June last year, following the death of her predecessor Parekura Horomia....
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Bribery
    So, it turns out that the government blew $240,000 on hosting eleven oil company executives for a four-day junket during the 2011 rugby world cup. In Parliament today Energy Minister Simon Bridges admitted that $22,000 of that spending was on...
    No Right Turn | 30-07
  • All other things being equal… except they aren’t
    US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts likes to say that “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race", a sentiment ACT leader Jamie Whyte would applaud going by...
    Pundit | 30-07
  • Celebrating a great talent pool
    I've been an MP since the 1996 election, first for Te Tai Hauauru and then for Tainui, which became Hauraki-Waikato after boundary changes. I'm seeing a real energy around Labour among Māori. The talent pool that Labour is fielding in both...
    Labour campaign | 30-07
  • Labour on wages
    Great to see positive, progressive policy from Labour on wages today. The core points are: Increase the minimum wage by $2 an hour in our first year, to $15 an hour in our first hundred days in government, and increased...
    Polity | 30-07
  • Inequality: Balancing the Extremes from Credit Suisse Research Institute
    click here for this youtube clip...
    Closing the Gap | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours Industrial Relations policy package.” CTU President Helen Kelly said...
    CTU | 30-07
  • Inequality and Its Consequences Stiglitz and Feldstein
    click here for this youtube discusioon...
    Closing the Gap | 30-07
  • Australia’s corruption cover-up
    Wikileaks strikes again:A sweeping gagging order issued in Australia to block reporting of any bribery allegations involving several international political leaders in the region has been exposed by WikiLeaks. The prohibition emerged from a criminal case in the Australian courts...
    No Right Turn | 30-07
  • Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all
    Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers...
    Labour | 31-07
  • McCully’s excuses in tatters
    New evidence has emerged today that shows Mr McCully’s excuses for not knowing about the Malaysian diplomat case don’t stack up, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “Mr McCully said he had received no information about the Malaysian diplomat...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Poisons Centre 50 years; celebration or wake?
    The Government’s plan to roll a number of helpline services together looks set to proceed with disastrous consequences, Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark says.  Latest reports suggest Australian company Medibank is the most likely provider....
    Labour | 31-07
  • Green Party statement on passing of FCV legislation
    The Green Party congratulates all parties in Parliament for supporting the completion of the Foreign Chartered Vessel legislation.Legislation passed today ensuring the end of a shameful era of human rights abuses under successive governments and several fishing companies."Human rights and...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Govt must condemn Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza
    The New Zealand Government must condemn Israel for its indiscriminate bombing of Gaza that continues to inflict massive civilian casualties, the Green Party said today.At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp...
    Greens | 31-07
  • Veterans short-changed by new Act
    National Government reasons for rejecting a recommendation by the Law Commission to give veterans a payment to cover funeral expenses don’t stack up, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff. The Veterans’ Support Bill passed its Third Reading in Parliament...
    Labour | 31-07
  • Labour will establish Centres of Vocational Excellence
    A Labour Government will set up Centres of Vocational Excellence to boost training and innovation in industries that are vital to our economy and our regions, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics play a...
    Labour | 31-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Health Minister Tony Ryall has just announced the...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing vessels in New Zealand waters before the end of the Parliamentary term, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Ae Marika! 29 July 2014
    It wasn’t till I read John Armstrong’s column in the NZ Herald last week that I realised what a huge impact the Internet MANA tour has had, but the reality is that we achieved what no other political party has...
    Mana | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer. “Eight children were killed in Gaza last night, they were playing in an...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    The end of the disastrous Novopay system must not serve as a stalking horse for the next big threat National poses to schools - the bulk funding of teacher salaries, the Green Party said today."Today's announcement that the National Government...
    Greens | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “That will put around...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue the failed payroll system two years after it was introduced, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says....
    Labour | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics New Zealand’s latest building consent figures show consents in Auckland are down for the second month...
    Labour | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches.The key policy points in...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need 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 | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Better care for transgender youth
    A fact sheet on ways to improve the wellbeing of transgender youth in New Zealand has been developed at the University of Auckland. A study team from the University’s Adolescent Health Research Group, has put forward recommendations, together with...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Politicians Should Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes
    Internet Party Calls on Politicians to Take Lead From Commonwealth Games Heroes The Internet Party is challenging other political parties not to turn back the clock to the old election campaigns where Kiwis are played off against other Kiwis. “No...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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