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Two weeks to choose

Written By: - Date published: 3:42 pm, November 29th, 2011 - 160 comments
Categories: Annette King, david cunliffe, david parker, labour, leadership, phil goff - Tags: , , ,

Have just received an email from Labour’s President Moira Coatsworth. Phil Goff and Annette King to resign effective December 13. Moira Coatsworth urging all Party members to make their views known to their MPs about the new leadership.The caucus will make the decision but members and the public can have their say. Good.

Moira thanks and pays tribute to Phil and Annette. That is very well deserved and there will be more to come.

[Bunji: Apparently 5 people have put their hats into the ring: David Cunliffe, David Parker, David  Shearer, Grant Robertson and Nanaia Mahuta]

160 comments on “Two weeks to choose”

  1. Bunji 1

    Stay till after Christmas Phil!

    There’s lots of easy positive Labour news cycles available over the summer silly-season with a couple of (media-friendly) town-halls of the competitors speaking to members. It’ll give the members something to feedback on to their MPs.

    The contenders should get together and take this proposal to Phil – whoever wins will have a stronger mandate and lead a stronger party because of a good process…

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Phil should stay through to Waitangi Day, allowing time for the potential candidates to make their rounds across the country, convincing members of their individual potential.

      Moira’s email said to give feedback to Labour MPs on the potential candidates. But how are you supposed to do that if you have never heard or seen some of them speak before?

      • gingercrush 1.1.1

        I don’t mean to be rude but surely if you’re a member of the Labour Party you should know already who your MPs are.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          lol i meant if u hadn’t met any of the candidates :)

        • Ari 1.1.1.2

          Are you implying that all Labour Party members have met all Labour MPs? (or even every potential candidate for leader or deputy?) I’m a Green member, and I’ve only met one Green MP. I’m not sure what you think party members do, but it’s not chum around with MPs all day.

    • SHG 1.2

      As a former Labour voter who recoils in horror at what the party has become, I’d like to see Shearer as leader. He’s got a life story that easily stands up against Key’s; he’s got professional experience in managing huge political organisations and large budgets; and he fixes things that are broken.

  2. lprent 2

    Good. There has been a pretty good start here. But remember that you’ll need to communicate this through the party…

  3. Francisco Hernandez 3

    It’s better than nothing but could be much better.

    Why not have LEC meetings and debates so that we can test the mettle of leadership aspirants?

    There’s shitloads more ways to engage the grassroots etc. But at least it’s a start.

  4. One Anonymous Bloke 5

    And who will be the next leader? My concern is that whoever it is may spend three years being ignored by National’s media poodles, undermined by caucus, and emerge at the start of the next election campaign back at square one.

    Are you listening, caucus? Your lukewarm support for Phil Goff just screwed the whole country. Get behind the next leader and deal to this useless farce of a government!

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Exactly. Whoever is the next Labour leader will have to put up with the same implacable wall of opprobrium from the MSM as Phil got. Square fucking one, in other words.

      • dave brown 5.1.1

        Well Cunliffe just started well by speaking directly to Maori, Pacifica and pakeha working people. Who gives a fuck about Tory media. Any Labour leader should first go and pay his/her respects to the founders of the Party on the West Coast and then initiate a solution to the mining question by stating that a future Labour govt would stop open caste mining, nationalise the mines without compensation, seize Pike River assets as restitution for dead miners families, and create 100s of jobs in conservation and tourism. Then s/he should go to ChCh and promise to set up a state insurance office to fully compensate munted houses, prosecute derelict officials for allowing workers to work in substandard buildings, and return ECAN to the people. The subsidised water rort by NACTster gentry would be reversed and farmers made to pay for their pollution. As a basic rule Labour leaders should go and consult the people and work out sustainable, popular solutions where the wealth is kept in the community and not pumped into NACTster pockets or overseas cartels. Who among you are up to that task Labouristas?

        • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1.1

          Well put dave, proceed from the concrete. Good practical suggestions for a social democratic party to reclaim at least some respect back. Fer crissakes, it was only during Labour’s last term that the Blackball miners early 20th century claim for paid breaks was finally recognised.

          And then promptly overturned by natz under urgency in parliament which is why marxists call for revolution not reform. Annoying as that is for reformists. Reforms do deliver relief here and there and in earlier days significantly. But imagine if ShonKey had cut off one section of ‘welfare bludgers’ namely middle class recipients of the in work tax credit-Working For Families. Holy crap, thousands of kiwis might had to have got organised and gone for wage rises from employers rather than fellow taxpayers.

          Veering off my revolutionary theme, ShonKey’s dirty little secret is that he sleazes by on “communism by stealth” as he once called WFF.

        • SHG 5.1.1.2

          Well Cunliffe just started well by speaking directly to Maori, Pacifica and pakeha working people.

          Awesome, because those are groups that don’t traditionally vote Labour.

    • My concern is that whoever it is may spend three years being ignored by National’s media poodles, undermined by caucus, and emerge at the start of the next election campaign back at square one.“



      That’s my concern too.

      

I’d like to know how any of the contenders would be able to ensure that the next three years is not a ‘Groundhog Day’ of the past three years.

      The media narrative is clear: “Here’s another unremarkable pretender to John Key’s throne whose main concern will be keeping his internal rivals at bay, and is still connected to Clark (or Goff) and disconnected from the public … Labour haven’t learnt, no rejuvenation, blah, blah, blah” (I say ‘his’ as I assume Nanaia is not going for leader, but deputy leader?)



      That’s why I thought the wisest option was to keep Goff (but he may not have wanted to stay). He had been through that three years and the narrative would have to be different from now on. Undeniably, people warmed to him during the campaign and I think he could not be called inept or ‘no match for Key’ ever again.



      So, the aspirants need to answer that question – how will they make sure Groundhog Day doesn’t happen?

      I sincerely hope that they aren’t just expecting that the ‘political cycle’ will deliver them the Treasury benches in 2014. If that’s the case, I see no reason to replace Goff.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2.1

        Duncan Garner has already begun the bullshit narrative: “three Davids but no Goliath”. I expect he feels very pleased with himself for coming up with that little witty.

        • Puddleglum 5.2.1.1

          I think Duncan needs to read his Bible a bit more closely – now, how did that David-Goliath story go?

          Edit: No need to guess who most political journalists would see as the Goliath-like Collossus striding across the New Zealand political landscape

    • We are on the edge of an economic meltdown in Europe and economic credibility is going to be vital.  We also need someone who can talk to a business audience and at least get them on side.  This more than anything else is most vital.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 5.3.1

        I think it’s considerably more vital that Labour are led by someone who can connect with the electorate.

  5. Kia kaha to Phil and Annette.

    Phil took the leadership at the worst possible time, a hospital pass of hospital passes. He then worked through without hesitation and campaigned like a trogan. If this was three years time he may have been the next PM of NZ. But politics is all about luck and timing and is a bugger most of the time.

    • insider 6.1

      Any views from the well connected on the two week period? Was that a demand from the contenders who want to take over quickly, or a concession from Goff to not go straight away.

      I’m not sure why you’d consider it a hospital pass micky? Goff was the anointed successor of a very popular PM. Labour lost as the economic cycle turned, which proveided a great platform for comparison of performance. If anyone got the hospital pass it was the nats.

      My theory of the election is that National won because few were willing to blame them for a global economic crisis and an earthquake, and changing the govt was seen to carry more risks than stability. Next to nothing Labour could do in that situation could help them win.

      • Bazar 6.1.1

        “Goff was the anointed successor of a very popular PM.”

        Anointed?
        Clark lost the election and that very same night said, without warning, resigned.

        See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txI29QEwMRM

        There was no anointed successor, she left it up to on the fly internal struggling to find someone to replace her, and Goff seemed to draw the short straw there. Disgraceful.

        Its interesting to note that this site has harshly criticized Key for stating he would resign from government if he lost, but compared to what Clark did, its a striking opposite.

        “Labour lost as the economic cycle turned, which proveided a great platform for comparison of performance.”

        I don’t know if that’s sarcasm, or pure leftwing bias blinding you. But its because of the recession that figures are hard to measure on performance.

        “If anyone got the hospital pass it was the nats”
        And yet they now have 2 terms in government, a time when the country really needed a strong successful government. Time will tell if that’s the case, but either way, Labour has no part in it.

        “My theory of the election is that National won because few were willing to blame them for a global economic crisis”

        No one except for leftwing nutjobs would blame national for the recession, after all we hit the recession under labours watch. But i don’t blame labour for the recession either.

        “and changing the govt was seen to carry more risks than stability.”

        National ran on a policy of fiscal conservatism, and actually held to that promise. Labour for 2 years into the election kept talking about tax cuts, increasing welfare benefits, and other spending blowouts.
        It also criticized most of National’s actions, regardless of if it was a popular decision or if they had an alternative.

        And in the last year, just weeks before the election, finally presented a labour budget. Something that felt cobbled together to meet all of labour’s promises AND still beat National in debt reduction.

        At least in the final 2 weeks it looked like Goff got his party got their act together, but that fell apart as well, as he started spouting bullshit over police recruitment freezing, and even labour bitching about Key flying Air NZ, which cost labour dearly, perhaps even giving life to that pile of shit NZ First.

        Lets face it, the greatest thing that even happened for labour popularity this entire term, was when National was ambushed with Teagate, and responded poorly over it. When the best thing that happened to your party didn’t even directly involve you, that’s a pretty sad state of affairs.

        “Next to nothing Labour could do in that situation could help them win.”

        Perhaps being a competent opposition would be first on the list of things they could have done to try and win the election.

    • felix 6.2

      “If this was three years time he may have been the next PM of NZ.”

      Err, I trust you do see the irony of that observation…

  6. r0b 7

    Thanks Phil and Annette.  I don’t think anyone could have tried harder.

  7. Shona 8

    They’re still dancing to the media’s tune, altho Phil deserves a break over summer , however there is nothing to be gained in pressuring a leadership change within such a short timeline.
    FFS make the NZ media work ! Tease the shitheads!
    Get maximum mileage don’t bend over for them!
    Treat them like the grubby bottomfeeding scum and arsewipes that they are !

  8. aj 9

    Pause for thought.

    How would the top 5 likely National leadership contenders stand up person to person with this 5.

    Cheers me up somewhat.

  9. gingercrush 10

    Seems all a bit sudden. Those wanting leadership not only need to convince those who have presently made it but a few that could possibly make it come Dec 10.

  10. Pete 11

    I really like Grant Robertson. He’s smart, personable, and appreciates the importance of a good public service. I happily voted for him when I lived in Wellington in 2008. I think he’d make a really good leader. He has two hurdles, though – his sexuality and the fact that he’s not Auckland-based.

  11. Ok, well that’s sad Goff is going but that’s his choice. He’s done a great job during the election and I’m sure he deserves a bit of a break from a pretty thankless job.

    So now my vote would go to Cunliffe, then Robertson.
    I’d actually prefer Robertson but I think he’s too new to be Leader just yet.

    Ardern as Deputy for either.

  12. queenstfarmer 13

    I wonder if Labour shouldn’t first figure out what it stands for and how and why it can be relevant in 21st century NZ, and then pick a leader best suited to that vision.

    • Tom Gould 13.1

      @ QSF, you mean like MonKey and his vision of a brighter future? Fair point. A smiling idiot and an vacuous slogan is all they need, right?

      • queenstfarmer 13.1.1

        ^ That sort of arrogant attitude is symptomatic.

        • Ari 13.1.1.1

          Perhaps, but it’s also quite factual. Labour came up with a comprehensive and detailed policy alternative, while National floundered around with holes in its budget and shonkey accounting, and the media narrative was that because Labour made some brave calls in their policy, they must be too desperate. Really, there is no way to win the media over at the moment, and it’s pretty hard to win the game when you’re playing against the ref as well as the opposite team.

    • tc 13.2

      I thought their campaign launch was that, a fair deal etc, back to basics this is why the party was formed etc. More of that works for me as they are the party that has a track record of doing the tough reforms and fixing others mess.

      Cunliffe’s smart and charismatic enough to cover the bases our tweet attention span world seems to gravitate towards. He’s also been out there rather than a career public servant of one form or another so ticks that box to and he’s NOT a lawyer…another plus IMO.

      • mickysavage 13.2.1

        He he

        TC is right about the launch.  If you want to see what Labour stands for watch the video.  There was also a very good attempt to transform the basic tenets into a modern message. 

  13. David 14

    Labour HAVE to get this right: they should only have one chance before the next election (God help us if it takes two). They badly badly need the best possible leadership combination: people who the electorate actually believe are future Prime Minister material, can actually win the next election (and/ or the one after it) and provide smarter, more positive, braver, more in touch leadership than John Key. There are serious talents among all the contenders: the half arsed factional alignments proposed in the media risk not making the most of them. Small minded jealousies, anxious factional stakes, precipitous loyalty declaration, talk about deserving this or that after the difficult Goff time all point to a decison which costs the party in terms of overall talent contribution. The rush to election is not good either: the model for how to do this is UK labour after Brown: they took three-four months. The exhaustive US presidential primaries (not a model for much else) at least make it clear where the strengths and weaknesses are. Labour PLEASE DONT land us with a weak factional combo in two weeks time.

    • insider 14.1

      Which David are you? C, P or S?

      • David 14.1.1

        You’d be appalled how many Davids are out there in Labour land!

        • insider 14.1.1.1

          ‘We’re all Davids now’ – :-)

          • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1.1

            And there is more than one David C inside the Labour caucus now.

            • Maui 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Who slew Goliath ?

              [lprent: I have started trashing comments you make under new pseudonyms. It appears that you have more than sufficient already. Since the moderators have to release new psuedonyms, it merely increases our workload. ]

              • Wild Colonial Boy

                Have a nice day, lprent. I was trying to pay you a compliment.

                To the best of my knowledge ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is not new ..

                [lprent: It was a new handle and e-mail. However if that is the one you want to use, then I'll restore the comment. Puts glove on and humorlessly fishes the comment back out again.]

  14. Sanctuary 15

    http://www.davidshearer.org.nz/issues/speech-to-the-tertiary-education-conference

    Food for thought.

    – A proven track record and back story that makes Key’s life look like an under-achieving exercise in vacuous selfishness.

    – An ability to make bold decisions about big visions.

    – An understanding that the party is out of touch.

    – A man from outside the Thorndon bubble.

    There are three people so far who have admitted Labour has lost touch and has been soundly trounced. Shane Jones, David Shearer and Damien O’Conner. It may or may not be significant that all three are heterosexual, men, and have little time for the Wellington based coterie of identity based professional party hangers-on.

    Shearer and Jones!

    • gingercrush 15.1

      Left-wing people here don’t seem to like him. Personally I think that should be reflected on.

      • Craig Glen Eden 15.1.1

        David Shearer is a nice guy but and its a huge BUT, at times he was shit scared in the bye-election just 2.5 years ago. Dont try and tell me he is ready to run a Party like Labour and take on National in a National election campaign. Jacinda has not put her Name forward as far as I know and I would be very surprised if see did, she is to smart to willingly throw her carrier away with such a premature move.

    • tc 15.2

      Jones is a lazy arrogant trougher….a bad call by Helen that one IMO.

    • Carol 15.3

      It may or may not be significant that all three are heterosexual, men,

      and that is relevant because…..?

      Considering that all 3 leader contenders are heterosexual men, there is no evidence for the implied victimisation, or marginalisation of heterosexual men in the Labour Party.

      Politics has changed…. it’s not as TOTALLY dominated by heterosexual white men as it used to be, though somehow they are still the people picked for most of the higher status and more powerful roles…. especially in the NAct parties. I’m glad left wing parties aren’t as bad as the right wing ones on this.

  15. Jester 16

    National supporter here but I honestly do say that out of the possible candidates I believe us Nats would be more worried if Phil had stayed on. He is certainly more capable then all 5 put together. I must admit he did win some begrudging respect from me over the later part of the campaign.
    However he could only work with what he was given and I believe his campaign manager and strategist should be drummed out of the party for such a poor performance.

    • tc 16.1

      I’d love to see Mallard off to buddy but that’s the nature of media fixated politics todays , you fail you step aside.

  16. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 17

    Nanaia Mahuta! Is she serious?

    • Misanthropic Curmudgeon 17.2

      Well, she might be, based in delusion of competance, but in all her time she’d done nothing except tick a few boxes: Female, check; Maori, check; Connected, check.

      Sounds perfect for Labour, but appalling for their chances of being elected and for the country as a whole should they be.

      [lprent: Moronic old style troll statement - too many of these and I start banning - read the policy. BTW: You had at looked a Paula Bennett recently with the same criteria? ]

  17. philoff 18

    The obvious choice to anyone outside of Thorndon and the media is Shearer – the man has proven character and leadership abilities under way more pressure than he is likely to ever face as PM of NZ.

    Cunliffe would be a disaster; I can’t imagine him being able to keep his ego under control. Smart, capable, but a divisive egomaniac.

    Parker would not be a disaster, just a disappointment. He doesn’t have a big enough personality (like Cunliffe) or a compelling enough narrative (like Shearer) to capture anyone’s imagination.

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Shearer has not had the time needed at the Cabinet level. Same with Andrew Little.

      • philoff 18.1.1

        That must be what makes Key so unsuccessful

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          The National Party only has one job for Key to fulfil: to be popular.

          • sweetd 18.1.1.1.1

            Comments like that only show how much you under estimate Key time and time again.

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1.1.1

              No, seriously, he only has one job for National: to be popular. Name any other? Apart from hiding from long format interviews and getting other Ministers to deliver anything resembling bad news?

              • neoleftie

                Key galvanised National supporters and party organisation where traditional they are at there weakest. Dunedin south LOC and campaign were out manouvered and organised by a very solid campaign by the national candidate. Over 150 national supporter gathered on election night in duendin south…funnily enough at the ususal place labour would have used too.

    • RobertM 18.2

      In the short term why not Cunliffe. He’s a bit of a loose cannon , but able and educated and a good speaker. Lantham in Aussie was similar but looser and a greater risk. Of those currently on offer I think only Cunliffe as any credibility as a leader. Although I think Shane the Kirk or Lange and maybe more.

  18. neoleftie 19

    well for my depreciating two cent.
    David Cunliffe and David Parker -both too far right professional suit ex business hacks types and will be percieved that way both by the MSM and the centre – left voters.
    Shearer ticks alot of the requirement boxes, good background with ‘green and red appeal’ with a dash of light blue in for good measure.
    Remember the factions within labour have to be satisfied so Shearer for leader and Robertson for deputy.
    Robertson very ascute beltway hack from tne inner house of the party – union, rainbow and left wing of the party.
    Cunliffe as shadow finance minister, parker to run policy, trev mallard and Little as watchdogs.
    Robertson to follow in Helen’s footsteps, heavy on social but needs to understand macro / eco more so we dont have any more repeats of the Lange years.

    Robertson / Shearer will bring balance, charisma, passion, drive and a more united front to Caucus

    This is more than a legacy, or about power playing egos, this is about whats best for the labour party for the next 15 years.
    Time to organise every elecorate because if Dunedin south got as butchered in the party vote then trouble looms for the left.

    • millsy 19.1

      I have to say that I would agree with every word on that post there.

      Having said that, I personally think Goff should have stayed on until 2014. He was only now finding his feet as leader.

      Imagine if Nash resigned in 1951 (or 54?) or Kirk in 1966 or 69?

    • Colonial Viper 19.2

      Good balanced thinking misses one thing though, the electorate doesn’t give a stuff about any of that. They want to see a strong charismatic leader, one who understands the every day NZer (or can fake it), not one with all the different party shades mixed in at just the right proportions.

      Remember, the country has just voted overwhelmingly for a party which can’t be bothered to place its first woman any higher than no.7 on their party list.

      • neoleftie 19.2.1

        well once again into the breech the few go…the party has to balance the factions by its very nature but IMO this great leader in our time must be one to galvanise, to create interest and one that the common person can identify with…we need a middle of the roader, not left or right, union or marginalised but well good and ordinary – someone the swing and switch voters might just might vote for.

  19. Tiger Mountain 20

    The non Labour members here commenting on party leadership is rather amusing, but as long as it is kept civil thats fine. But it does illustrate the factional nature of political parties, Nats and Greens and hard left not excepted.

    Up to two hundred people regularly turned up to weekend meetings (and it was not to eat sausage rolls) when ‘Mad Dog’ Prebble was still around in Auckland Central. So my two cents worth is just that LP members have some reasonable input into the decision.

    The twosome (1 guy, 1 gal) I think would be interesting might possibly not want to be in the same room as each other, so with the short time frame the decision may be less than it might have been. But JFK mkII or something is not needed here, just someone fiesty and someone new.

    The true nature of ShonKey was briefly revealed again with the wee shot of him and Banksie yesterday by the elevator, “oh no I’ll have a coffee this time” said JK mugging for the crew, har har. Total hubris after wasting police time during an election.
    Anyone believe the pizza delivery shot with Johnny in shorts was spontaneous?

    • aj 20.1

      The pizza shot was the first photo op for the next election. Yes, planned right the way down to the bare feet

    • sodapaper 20.2

      Re Pizza shot – JK probably does dress that bad in his down time. Not that his suits are much better.

    • tc 20.3

      hell no, and as for johnny and the 6 pack of Tui…do me a favour (have you tried that sugar water lately) , isn’t he a pinot man.

  20. Brett 21

    [sprout: next one like that and you're banned]

    • vto 21.1

      Then you are clearly a pig.

    • Tiger Mountain 21.2

      And I thought my jibe about certain torys predeliction for four legged girlfriends might be pushing it a bit, but obviously not in Brett’s case.

      [lprent: good thing that I haven't seen it then isn't it. At last not yet. ]

      • Craig Glen Eden 21.2.1

        Brett’s and idiot, I bet if he is with a woman she wouldn’t be anywhere near as attractive or as smart as Jacinda. But hey people like Brett said the same thing about Helen, as the right were with Helen, I suspect Brett’s a little scared of Jacinda’s bite and so he should be, she stands for everything he does not.

  21. aj 22

    And you look like a dick.

  22. Vicky32 23

     I came home from work to find that Phil has caved… I am shocked, and disappointed. Just yesterday, I was assuring my son that PG and AK would not do the predicted thing – but they have! I am very sad.

    • Pete 23.1

      You mustn’t have watched Phil’s concession speech on Saturday night, then. He dropped a hint as heavy as … a very heavy thing.

      • Reality Bytes 23.1.1

        I was hoping that he wouldn’t stand down too, instead putting the leadership position up for a vote and putting his name in the ring. The fact he didn’t resign straight away seemed like this could be a possibility. And there would be no shame in losing the nomination, nothing wrong with giving it a shot and showing an eagerness to serve your country, especially when you are more than capable, as imo Goff was.

        Unfortunate for the labor party, as many have said, he really was doing well and finding his feet, even if history was against him in this election. Still it’s his call, and he well and truly deserves a break after his contributions.

  23. Glenn 24

    Well at least Winston will be there to voice some opposition that the media may take notice of. The reaction from most of NZ will be David who? Grant Robertson will be off the screen. He is an unknown outside Labour and unions. Nanaia is a no no because there are too many bigots and racists in our beloved country. I come across them daily unfortunately and I am sure most folk do. While those folk are usually national or ACT voters (and strangely NZ first) Labour folk aren’t immune from this disease.
    I would love to see a Maori female PM but NZ isn’t ready for it yet.
    Labour needs someone who appeals to the media and the swinging voters not just Labour party members.
    Phil became known in every household..he’s chucked it so all that recognition built up so painstakingly is gone. Done a Helen on who comes next .A shame and a waste. He was hope#1.
    Jacinda Arden is the next best hope..to save Labour….Hopefully she will stand.

  24. Rodel 25

    I want Mallard and Jacinta. What a powerful combo… stand up to media sycophants and Nat nasties.
    But I dream on.

    • tc 25.1

      thankfully Rodel you do dream on….Mallard FFS he’d pick a fight with himself left alone long enough.

      • Anne 25.1.1

        And he’d be the first to admit it.
        Couldn’t you have found better photos of Nanaia and Grant? Hope they havn’t seen them.

      • Rodel 25.1.2

        And what’s wrong with that ? Might do us good. And if it has to be FFS then so be it!
        I’ve met Mallard and I admire him.He’s got guts..Look at his little interlude when he decked Tau. I wanted to kiss him then, but I didn’t.(Trev not Tau)
        I’m sick of pussyfooting Labour MP sychophants who are afraid to make anyone think, afraid to upset one or two floaty voters..
        We need to fight the bastards, not be afraid of engaging in battle. (Not Iraq or Afghanistan stuff though). Trev and Jacinta would be the perfect combination. He’s an unbelievable rottweiler..I love him.and ..she’s ….well she’s just unbelievably nice…Love her too
        There..I feel better now.

        • Colonial Viper 25.1.2.1

          Yeah pretty much.

        • Matilda 25.1.2.2

          Trev ….you think? The most interesting comment that I heard him make , was when he visited my son’s private school ( which he did on a regular basis) and he said ” This is my favourite school in NZ” This was when he was Minister of Education in a Labour Government! We parents were delighted and couldn’t agree more, but it didn’t really fit with the impression he gave publically!

          • joe90 25.1.2.2.1

            Posh schools now is it….. lovely wee fantasy you’ve got going there Matilda.

            • Matilda 25.1.2.2.1.1

              I heard this on more than one occasion ( from his very mouth and as clear as a bell, as did all the other parents, and the Bishop who was also in attendence.) Trev did get a huge round of applause for his comment and I apologise if it upsets you.,but I guess you weren’t there …… But hey, why let the truth get in the way of a good story or what you want to believe!

              • Jilly Bee

                Hey Matilda, I have a fair idea of which school Trevor may have been alluding to and if I’m right, I agree wholeheartedly with you.

        • Wild Colonial Boy 25.1.2.3

          Yeah, I think she’s cute too .. but being PM in these times could be a poisoned chalice for anyone, including Key.

          Dunno about the result, but blogging here looks like fun. Even some of the computer-literate Nats show up, good for diversity.

          Machiavelli would feel at home.

          Even the moderator has a sense of humour .. sometimes.

          I heard Chris Trotter say on TV that the numbers were there in caucus to roll Goff before the election, but they refused. I think that needs an explanation, now that the election is over.

  25. Dv 26

    Why the hell are they doing this public?

  26. tc 27

    One thing’s for sure, it’ll be a factional brawl with the winner hopefully being able to bring it home in 2014 which’s a landscape that’s really hard to fathom looking forward.

    Unlike the nat’s who knew what they had to do, went out and did it with the greatest frontman you’ll ever see in NZ politics…credit where it’s due they’ve played this really well.

    Now watch them blast through a package pre designed and ready to rock since victory back in 08.

  27. oftenpuzzled 28

    Neoleftie “Robertson / Shearer will bring balance, charisma, passion, drive and a more united front to Caucus” agree

    I think this would be an interesting combination, and could definitely work if personalities allowed. We need a good financial spokesperson with conviction and charisma to confront English & Key head on and Cunliffe definitely has that. He would be better in that position than leader maybe.

    • neoleftie 28.1

      exactly cant have shadow finance and leader. Cunliffe is a heavy weight and perfect to reign in treasary came 2014.

  28. burt 29

    Losing Rongotai in a by-election would be tough for Labour. Could make the ‘new leader’ look instantly lame as well….

    But for leaders, Sheaer seems the man for the job to me. He’s not tainted.

    • lprent 29.1

      For National it’d be like the Mt Albert byelection. Well run electorates are really hard to take.

      I’m sure you remember Nationals pitiful performance in Mt Albert.

  29. belladonna 30

    Can someone confirm that David Shearer had a crack at beneficiaries in one of the televised pre
    election shows. The Nats have been talking up David Shearer on the radio all day today which indicates he would be an easy target for them.
    Probably a good idea for Labour to deal with all of this behind closed doors I think, it will get messy.

  30. Blue 31

    Labour’s campaign opening ad is a good place to look during this process and the reshuffle that will undoubtably follow.

    The ones who were in the video are the ones who are good communicators and come across well.

    They are as follows: Stuart Nash, Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Damien O’Connor, David Cunliffe, Phil Goff, Carmel Sepuloni and Kelvin Davis.

  31. lefty 32

    If there is a socialist left in Labour, now might be the time to pull them out of the closet and anoint them leader.

    Such a leader might propose that if Labour is to survive maybe it needs to worry less about competing for votes and winning elections in the short term and concentrate on building a strong Labour movement that connects and unites workplaces and communities around a programme that defines a set of values they want to base live by.

    Then an economic framework that supported those values could be devised and promoted.

    Instead of making the people promises that can never be kept, or offering them what they don’t want, the party members and candidates might join them in their struggles against the thieving capitalists and the mindless bureaucrats and politicians that blight their lives.

    It might speak truth to power, stand beside the weak when they face they strong, defend the environment against the exploiters and laugh in the face of the ridiculous neo liberal apologists in business, academia and government.

    It might get really brave and say child poverty is unacceptable, that the children must be fed and housed – not when the economy is fixed, or the fiscal indicators allow, or the plan is complete – but right away.

    Then it might organise the people to take the food and build the houses.

    Thoughout this struggle party members would be battered and bruised, impoverished and imprisoned, mocked and misrepresented.

    They would also be educated, humbled and discover some wondrous things about themselves and the alienated and despised class they stood beside.

    And eventually the people in the communities and workplaces that have been connected through struggle, and have learned to trust those that stood beside them, might vote as one and sweep the party into government.

    Labour did this once before and could do it once again.

  32. Misanthropic Curmudgeon 33

    Labours problems are encapsulated in this thread: there is nobody.

    All the possibilties have serious flaws, and this can be sheeted right hiome to the Clark-ites who gutted the party of any potential leaders during Her Glorious Reign, and then stacked the 2008 and 2011 list with what Camneron calls ‘Clark Zombies’ at the expense of much of anything resembling new talent in favour of the likes of Fenton, Mahuta, Horomia, Mallard, Dyson, Street and other no-hopers.

    [lprent: Moronic old style troll statement that relies on implied shard values. I regard such comments as flame starters. I'd suggest that you read the policy. ]

  33. neoleftie 34

    there is a socialist wedge mainly around mallard and robertson.

  34. RedLogix 35

    I think Goff and King standing down is a blunder of historic proportions. Right now I don’t think Labour is going to recover from this….ever.

    Time could prove me wrong, but while I rather like Cunliffe for his excellent communication skills… I can’t see him doing any better than Goff. Goff at least earned a lot of grudging respect for how he handled this campaign, and now it’s all been squandered.

    As for the rest of the possible candidates, well outside this small circle of political tragics that we are… they are all pretty much unknowns to the wider public. They all start from scratch in a long uphill battle against a media machine that will do them no favours.

    • Colonial Viper 35.1

      +1000

      Phil built up much credit with the electorate in that last month of campaigning. Now its all going to waste.

      Completely speculative: if Phil had cast iron support in caucus to continue as leader: he very well may have.

    • Rodel 35.2

      Redlogix
      I agree. The panicky knee jerk stuff is silly. Steady thoughtful and not rushed by media bullsh*t demands is what is needed.
      Espiner, Armstrong,Watkins and Van der watsisname will be delighted. Their scripts have now been provided by Labour and they won’t have to do any real in depth thought, once again.

    • Redbaron77 35.3

      I wonder if Labour and the parliamentary wing have really learned anything from 2008? National have secured a significant MMP victory at the expense of upstaging Labour’s credibility and mana amongs the public who are currently in no mood for Labour. A change of leadership at this stage will not counter this. The best thing the party can do now is spend quality time during summer recess reflecting on the loss and asking “the hard questions” of itself. By the early new year the afterglow of an overwhelming victory will be ebbing away from National with the public more likely to be receptive to a well-considered changing of the guard.

    • felix 35.4

      RedLogix, that’s exactly my feelings too.

      A huge mistake, playing straight into the opponents’ hands and squandering all that’s been achieved.

      • rosy 35.4.1

        Same. They may as well toss a coin for the leadership now, for all the difference it will make in the next 3 years.

        FWIW I’d go Shearer simply because he is not associated with anyone at the top level so whatever profile he creates can’t be torn down with contradictions.

      • Carol 35.4.2

        Actually, I think Goff maybe have decided to stand down straight away, because, until the leadership is changed, the totally biased, scyhophantic, Key-a*se-licking media will be dissing Goff and Labour for not changing leader after a defeat.

        Basically Labour are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. The media are a craven bunch of Politics Idol cheerleaders, who continue to undermine democracy and the considered critical political debate that it requires.

  35. Trevor 36

    What a pack of muppets this lot are….do we have anyone else?

    [lprent: As a warning, we don't get too happy with excessive identity jumping. We have to release each new one, and we always check IP's in case it is someone who has been banned. Do not cause us too much work - the moderators get irritable about that. And avoid any temptation to using multiple identities to AstroTurf or strike up conversations with yourself. ]

  36. dad4justice 37

    Bring back H1 & H2. haha……………………………..Peter, Peter had a wife and could not ……………

  37. Glenn 38

    Don Brash might be prepared to take on the leadership if asked nicely. He certainly has the experience in leading parties.
    And maybe just maybe..third time lucky?

    Seriously though Damien O’Connor is a straight from the shoulder sort of fellow and he is a winner…something labour could do with at this time.

    .”In April, Mr O’Connor was chastised by Labour leader Phil Goff and told to apologise to caucus for saying the party’s list selection was run by “self-serving unionists and a gaggle of gays”.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6048658/Time-for-action-says-O-Connor

    The more I read in this article the more I liked this politician.

    • Carol 38.1

      O’Connor’s a divisive character. Sure Labour needs to re-engage with many socially conservative working class people. But it needs to be done in a way that doesn’t encourage bigotry or undermine other sections of Labour’s support. O’Connor will also alienate people like me who don’t appreciate the slur against our sexuality in the term “gaggle”, along with the stereotyping and undermining of hard working unionists. Unions are the only hope for a fair deal for workers.

      O’Connor as Labour leader would never entice me away from voting Green or Mana. Though neither would Parker or Shearer. Cunliffe-Mahuta would be the only pair likely to even get my consideration.

  38. jaymam 39

    Here’s praise for Parker from Whaleoil
    “If Parker’s behaviour in this battle in anyway mimics his nastiness in Epsom then there will be blood for sure.”
    By “nastiness in Epsom” does he mean Parker’s very effective criticism of Banks and Brash that helped cause the demise of Brash?
    This is what Labour needs. Someone who can attack the opposition when needed.

    • Colonial Viper 39.1

      No, the ‘attack dog’ role should go to the DPM, not to the PM who must be the inspiring leader of the nation.

      • jaymam 39.1.1

        I’d agree with that, but Labour does not seem to be choosing an attack dog as DPM.
        Why can’t Mallard be given a special position as “attack dog”?
        And Jacinda Ardern in some position that justifies putting her picture on every billboard like John Key did. Labour would have won in that case! Shallow, I know, but many people vote on appearance.

        • Colonial Viper 39.1.1.1

          And Jacinda Ardern in some position that justifies putting her picture on every billboard

          Oh wow. That’s quite the suggestion.

          • jaymam 39.1.1.1.1

            Oh dear, obviously I meant some responsibilty or assignment, ranking, job within the Party. Not a physical position!

  39. Leopold 40

    Why o why

    • LynW 41.1

      Thanks for that link. A very interesting opportunity to see how they each dealt with the media. I’m feeling some optimism! I would hope that when choosing the best possible people for the leadership roles that all members will vote on what is best for Labour and NZ and not for personal gain. Caucus know each other’s strengths; let’s trust they will choose wisely, building on them.

      Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

      Noam Chomsky
      American Philosopher, Author and Activist

      May the best candidates for the tough job ahead be chosen by their well informed and altruistic colleagues ensuring they have the skills to lead NZ into a society that is driven more by community spirit and compassion than greed and self-interest.

      Good luck!…I’m off to join the Labour party!

    • Carol 41.2

      Shearer seemed a bit limited at dealing with media questions. He is probably not ready to take the position at such a crucial time, though he may connect withthe general public.

      Parker came across quite well, and while lacking passion he probably will be good on selling a lot of Labour policies. But this may not connect with “ordinary” Kiwis.

      Good move by Cunliffe to promote himself as leader of a team, and to appear with Mahuta, showing a desire to represenrt diverse Kiwis.

  40. Mark 42

    Whoever takes over Leadership, will still have to deal with the MSM or should I say National Party propoganda machine. I am sickened by the indoctrination NZ’rs are being subjected to by the MSM and their political commentators..

  41. Carol 43

    Good move for the contenders to go on the road and open the leadrship selection to public debate:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6060236/Labours-three-Davids-to-hit-the-road

  42. Darel Hall 44

    The Labour Party has lost the 2014 election if its leadership contest remains a contest to lead the Labour Caucus rather than a contest to lead the Labour Party.

    Capturing enough votes for the top Caucus job isn’t the same as capturing people’s hearts and minds to earn the right to lead our country.

    To be successful again, Labour MPs need to show they care more about transforming our country than maintaining their jobs in parliament. They need to be brave.

    Labour was praised for taking brave policy stances this election on capital gains tax and raising the age of superannuation entitlement.

    This is partly true. Both policies are important, demographically driven and likely to be inevitable policy positions irrespective of which party leads government. And it is Labour’s role to propose these kinds of big picture ideas. But not at the last minute during an election campaign.

    These big ideas, these generational ideas need time to become supported because they are part of a vision that transcends the three year electoral cycle.

    Labour is at its best when it takes the visionary approach. But it does mean Labour needs to be prepared to lose more elections that it wins against a conservative, steady as she goes, managerial National Party.

    And that’s the rub for those that want a steady career in politics – they’re in the wrong party.

    Labour does need to be brave now and have a genuine, no holds barred and bloody public contest that decides the future and leadership of the party so people know what Labour means.

    If there’s a private leadership contest and a public bland-off between the leadership contenders then that’s just about personal ambition and power and has nothing to do with Labour activists, sympathizers, voters and the wider public.

    The public bland-off includes the Cunliffe – Mahuta team being sold as ticking the Party’s representative boxes. That is not a strategy to win the hearts and minds of a nation; it is a navel gazing identity strategy that says to existing supporters “I look like you so you will vote for me”. No matter the strengths of both MPs, it is a losing strategy for the idea of Labour.

    It’s worth mentioning to the Labour leader aspirants that none of them are vote winners. They all lost about 5% of the party vote in 2011 compared to 2008 in the electorates in which they ran.

    Clearly then they have yet to convince the public that knows them best.

    If the parliamentary Labour Party continues their ‘beltway’ contest the Labour Party will continue to fail.

    That failure is not the failure to win elections. That failure is the failure to be brave, the failure to lead the debate about transformational ideas, and the failure to rebuild the idea of Labour.

  43. Galeandra 45

    Wot Darel Hall said:
    ‘The Labour Party has lost the 2014 election if its leadership contest remains a contest to lead the Labour Caucus rather than a contest to lead the Labour Party. …To be successful again, Labour MPs need to show they care more about transforming our country than maintaining their jobs in parliament. They need to be brave.’

    This election was hugely successful for labour inasmuch as it recentred the debate about social equity and political purpose.
    It was a failure inasmuch as the bold moves were at first written off as electoral desperation. People are now disappointed at Goff’s going because they recognised too late that he was genuine in his search for answers to intractable problems, not merely desperate.

    Goff leaves a legacy of seriousness which the electorate will draw down upon as the teflon/ muddle through approach of the Nats continues to prove inadequate. The leadership stoush will be good for Labour if it clears the air and shows the party can achieve unity and focus for a higher goal than self interest on the personal, or on the party level. If it can’t, there’s always the Greens …..

  44. KJT 46

    Phil Goff.

    None of the others have the name recognition and, as Phil showed during the campaign, the courage and real leadership when things look bad.

    Some of the young ones, including Jacinda, look good for future years when they have more experience.

  45. to me being a long time labour supporter and family who are heavily involved in the party in the south island is that the leadership needs to be shane jones and clayton cosgrove the simple reasons of never having a maori lead the party and christchurch is important and hence regional new zealand thoughts?

    • Colonial Viper 47.1

      The requirements for a leadership team are basic IMO: they must be able to reconnect with NZ voters and they must be able to clearly drive home Labour values for the modern day.

  46. neoleftie 48

    just saw the three david’s on tv…
    ok the pundits and party hacks have it right.

    Parker for me as leader.
    Robertson as deputy.
    party minders little and mallard.

    cunliffe we need on the treasury benches and shearer – nice guy – but no polish at all.

    • lovinthatchangefeeling 48.1

      Parker showed his true colours on election night, with his bleating denial that it was not a rout for Labour. He also made a point of saying “we had the right policies, but people just did not understand them”, showing he has learnt nothing from the last two electoral defeats.

      Add in the charisma bypass and you get the 21st Century Bill Rowling

      • felix 48.1.1

        Sounds like you think “policy” is akin to an advertisement used to sell a party to the public like you’d sell soap.

        A party should put forward policies that they genuinely believe are the best for the country. End of. If the voters disagree, you don’t abandon your belief. That would indicate that you never really believed it in the first place.

        Call me old fashioned. Call me a cab. If this is all about winning a race then it’s all for nowt.

  47. lovinthatchangefeeling 49

    No, it is the effectiveness of policies. Labour had no policies that promised or would have put cash in the hands of middle-class centre voters. WFF for beneficiaries may well have been deserved, but to go to the electorate as a whole with that as a cornerstone policy was a terrible idea.

    They were also unable to answer the obvious questions about their own policies. How does a capital gains tax applied equally on investments make something any more preferable than another option (i.e. property)? Why offer GST off fruit and vegetables when the Heart Foundation suggests it will raise inequality because the well-off spend more on groceries each week and will thus benefit more than lower income earners (their reason for objecting to National’s tax cut package)? And most importantly – how much will this cost?

    If your entire spending plan can be thrown into doubt by a Tom Cruise quote from Jerry Maguire, then you’ve got a serious problem.

    Will Parker be able to fix that?

    • felix 49.1

      You say it yourself: “they were unable to explain”.

      That’s simply the other side of the “people just did not understand” that you found so offensive but a moment ago.

      It says nothing about the validity or otherwise of the policies, only about the communication and reception of them.

    • Colonial Viper 49.2

      Fuck off loser

      1) There is no mythical ‘middle class voter’ because middle class incomes and job security no longer exist for four-fifths of people.

      2) WFF for all was NOT Labour’s cornerstone policy, NO ASSET SALES was.

      3) A CGT applied to all assets encourages investors to invest in businesses which create ONGOING PROFITS instead of participating in ASSET BUBBLES. Think about it for 2 seconds please.

      4) The wealthy need to eat as well so GST off fruits and vegetables will assist them. HOWEVER because the underclass spend a larger proportion of their income on food helps them MORE proportionally by assisting them make ends meet. Don’t be a fuck wit. This is not John Key giving himself a $1000 pw tax cut after all. And give me the reference to the Heart Foundation quote you use, dickwad.

      5) “Show me the money”. Key used that because he is a showman with no substance and no policies. Yes David will fix him good.

  48. lovinthatchangefeeling 50

    Yeah just like Rowling “fixed” Muldoon.

    David Parker, the Helen Clark ‘yes’ man, renown for being indecisive and unable to make decisions, questionable previous business deals, responsible for political interference at the Environment Ministry not only while he was the Minister but also while he was the Attorney General and Minister of State Services (i.e. clearly lacks judgment and hardly an example for the public service), tight with his ‘right hand woman’ Clare Curran and Trevor Mallard and supportive of them being the front people of ‘brand Labour’ and in charge of the campaign, Red Alert and other stakeholder engagement tools.

    Good luck with that one. Loser.

    • Colonial Viper 50.1

      Professional right wing troll. Better start shorting your John Key stocks mate.

      • lovinthatchangefeeling 50.1.1

        Au contraire. After today I will be going long(er)!

        Leadership infighting and back stabbing in the Labour caucus AND on this blog. Whoda thunk it?

        Pass the popcorn JK :-)

  49. BLiP 51

    Remind me, does the the Labour Party membership get a vote in this and, if so, how does that process work?

    • Caucus has an exhaustive vote for the leadership. Members have no say apart from an ability to influence their MP.

    • We may not get to choose the new Labour leader but we are being included in the game.

      An interesting comparison on Close Up last night. Double David political wonks versus refreshingly non-political sounding but inexperienced.

      Part of it was pure election campaign revisited – literally. Some of David Parker’s recitals were virtually word for word what I heard from David Clark about a dozen times over the last month.
      It’s not surprising Parker helped Clark – Clark has worked for Parker in the past – but I was surprised to hear recitals of the same hims.

  50. Carol 52

    So, is David Shearer shaping up to be the people’s choice?

    http://tvnz.co.nz/election-2011/shearer-wins-battle-three-davids-poll-4583409

    More than 7,500 people voted in the Close Up text poll which asked who viewers would like to see as the new leader. Shearer was a clear winner with 50% of the vote, Cunliffe 31% and Parker 19%.

    Or was that poll just skewed by the astroturfers, the politically illiterate reality TV addicts, and other well-off people happy to fritter money away on a txt poll?

    But even Gordon Campbell can see some value in Shearer for leader, although he’d also be a risky choice.:

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/11/30/on-david-shearer-and-the-maori-party/

    Of the three Davids contesting the Labour leadership, David Shearer’s main appeal is as the anti-candidate, the guy who aspires to the top job after a career of high achievement outside Parliament. He’s similar in that respect, to you-know-who.
    [...]
    It is that ingenuous quality to Shearer – not many MPs would voice such a possibility in public – that makes him both an attractive candidate and a risky prospect for the spin doctors and the image merchants.
    [...]
    It’s a quality that could make him an interesting leadership bet for some of his colleagues because – surely – someone couldn’t run successful missions under fire in Iraq etc without having leadership qualities that go beyond a relentless tendency to pat your colleagues on the back.
    [...]
    All very well being a quiet achiever, but Shearer has been completely inaudible.

    • rain33 52.1

      Gotta be Shearer, it’s a no-brainer.

      Cunliffe, absent is the likeability factor, essential in the new era of politics.
      Parker, dull, if you can’t inspire the people forget about it.
      Shearer, the political equivalent of a Willie Apiata. If you can do it in Iraq, Palestine and Somalia, you can do it anywhere. Throw the experienced Shane Jones in as his running mate..game over.

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    Paradise Delayed: Thousands gather in Wellington's Willis Street in 1931 to watch the election results posted by The Evening Post newspaper. The Labour Party victory anticipated by so many working-class New Zealanders failed to eventuate. The next four years were...
    Bowalley Road | 17-09
  • Go home election, you’re drunk
    I've been stuck in a campaign prep / debate prep cave the last few days, so haven't had the opportunity to blog on the crazy last few days. I won't bother with a run down of events, because Polity readers...
    Polity | 17-09
  • Voting, mental capacity, and the law
    The Waikato Times has carried a couple of interesting stories in recent days about the issue of people with intellectual disabilities being entitled to vote....
    Pundit | 17-09
  • “Colonised by wankers!”
    Wanting Aye, picking No The Scottish referendum goes off today, with William Wallace and Trainspotting gags galore. If I were voting, I think I’d vote Yes, and stick a another nail in the coffin of the English empire. Eat that,...
    Polity | 17-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success – Thousands of workers pledged to vot...
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today.“With three days of voting left in the 2014 General Election...
    CTU | 17-09
  • The Kowhai And The Birch: Chris Trotter’s ‘From The Left’...
    A Plea For Tolerance: On the eve of the 2005 General Election - an election which threatened to plunge New Zealand into bitter racial conflict, I penned the following column.YESTERDAY morning, as I turned into the driveway of my daughter’s...
    Bowalley Road | 17-09
  • An Aotearoa where every child can thrive
    Speech to 2014 AGM of NZ Nurses Organisation   Wellington 18th September 2014   E ngā Mana, E ngā Reo, E ngā Iwi o te Motu, Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Koutou, Tēnā Tātou Katoa. You may be one of the almost...
    frogblog | 17-09
  • Ask me anything on Election 2014
    At 12:30pm I will be doing an Ask me anything on election 2014. Topics I would like to talk about are around the environment, tax, welfare, inequality, economics. Everyone is welcome, leave your indifference at the door Live Blog Ask...
    Gareth’s World | 17-09
  • Speaker: Prospects for inclusive education after the 2014 general election
    We may be approaching a point in New Zealand where a consensus is reached that our model for funding and delivering so-called ‘special education’ is inadequate, and has been for some time.The system survived a comprehensive review in 2010, ordered...
    Public Address | 17-09
  • Keeping a perspective on things
    As we head into the final days of the 2014 election campaign, it is worth keeping a perspective on things. The week’s global moment of truth is actually the report of the independent Commission on the Economy and Climate. Whatever...
    frogblog | 17-09
  • The thing about liars
    The thing about liars is there's always tell-tale signs to show that they're telling a lie. Even the best liars will give themselves away with small body mannerisms or catch phrases, which if you know what to watch out for...
    The Jackal | 17-09
  • NZ politicians as WWE wrestlers
    You can tell the election is starting to wear down people’s sanity, because yesterday some of us had a tremendously good time on Twitter assigning NZ politicians to WWE wrestlers. I volunteered to preserve this genius for posterity. Yep, we’re nerds,...
    Boots Theory | 17-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-09
  • Transport Election Policy Roundup
    In politics, transport sits in a weird space. It’s a key topic in local body elections – which is understandable as people’s interactions the transport system are experienced at a local level – however it’s at a national level where most of...
    Transport Blog | 17-09
  • Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 13th Sep 2014
    Article – Scoop Insights The following five press releases were the top performing press releases (by NZ page view numbers) according to Google Analytics on Scoop for the seven days to 13th September 2014.Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To...
    Its our future | 17-09
  • New national secretary announced
    The PSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Polaczuk to the role of national secretary.   Erin joins...
    PSA | 17-09
  • The Average Kiwi’s Final Say on Election 2014
    The one thing I have definitely learned over the last few weeks has been how stubborn, and how gullible many New Zealand voters are.  Something else I have learned is how much influence many voters who can barely even speak...
    An average kiwi | 17-09
  • Gordon Campbell on first time voting (Greens)
    For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing...
    Gordon Campbell | 17-09
  • Tim Cook denies ‘rumours’ of NSA back-door into Apple servers
    This 3 minute excerpt of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talking to Charlie Rose yesterday interested me for a couple of reasons 1) encrypted iMessages with Apple keyless and 2) his very strong denial of rumours/suggestions of NSA back-door access …...
    The Paepae | 17-09
  • Poll of Polls update – 17 September 2014
    Two new polls out today – this afternoon’s Roy Morgan, and this evening’s 3News Reid Research poll. In the Roy Morgan poll, National rise to 46.5% (up 1.5%), while Labour slumps 2% to 24%, and the Greens drop an even...
    Occasionally erudite | 17-09
  • Katie’s banking on winning
    Finding phones and seats for everyone, training new volunteers, distributing lists of names and numbers – and feeding a small army of phone canvassers. That’s been Katie Anderson’s life three evenings a week since May. ...
    Labour campaign | 17-09
  • Join The People’s Climate March, Sunday 21 Sept: Auckland and Nelson
    Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s General Election, urgent action will still be needed to halt and reverse the growth in greenhouse gas emissions and sharply reduce the risk of runaway climate change. As part of a global Day of Action...
    Coal Action | 17-09
  • Good sports Darlene and Gwendoline sign up to Young Labour
    One minute they were in McDonalds, the next Darlene Tusani and Gwendoline Foliga were signing up as the newest members of Young Labour – and getting photobombed by David Cunliffe....
    Labour campaign | 17-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
    Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation
    The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate
    “Polling released late in the campaign shows that ACT is a busted flush and that by ACT’s own logic, centre-right Epsom voters should vote for the Conservative candidate”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New online medical system
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
    Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!
    Tomorrow, Friday 19th September, MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will cast her vote at 12 noon at the Zen’s Building, Rotorua. This will follow a march through Rotorua that will assemble at 10am at City Focus, Rotorua. The...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed
    The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014
    Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Differences in educational level reflected in voter choice
    Differences in educational level reflected in voter preferences The Green party has the highest proportion of tertiary educated supporters and NZ First has the least according to an analysis by the Election Data Consortium. The Consortium is made...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Renters need assistance to improve poor housing conditions
    Thursday 18 September 2014 Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington. The fourth year medical...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Pacific Island Affairs & NZ Police to work more closely
    The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Chief Executive, Pauline Winter, and The Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, are this afternoon signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry and the New Zealand Police....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Te Hira Paenga sets the record straight
    In recent days there has been much speculation about my campaign in Te Tai Tokerau. Some commentators have suggested that I should step down or endorse the Labour candidate in an attempt to stop the Internet Party riding on the...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out
    Last Chance to Enrol to Vote – Don’t Miss Out If you’re not enrolled now, you need to hurry or you won’t be able to vote in this Saturday’s general election. “Election day is almost here, and it’s your last...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Stuart Nash voted against wishes of Napier Electorate
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar says the recent decision by the Advertising Standards Authority in reply to a complaint laid by Stuart Nash’s campaign manager confirms that Nash voted against the wishes of the Napier electorate. Robert...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • What price life asks Conservative Party
    The Conservative Party are asking what is the price of life if the killer of a defenceless homeless man who was viciously beaten and left to die was jailed for just 11 and a half years....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • National Stands To Lose Votes If Animal Welfare Is Ignored
    SAFE has presented Prime Minister John key with a 40,000 signature-strong petition calling for a farrowing crate ban....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Statement From Kim Dotcom
    Tonight Third Degree broadcast issues raised by three former staff members who are in dispute with us....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Three Internet-Mana Policies Blow the Bribe-O-Meter to Bits
    The Taxpayers’ Union has received advice that the cost of just three Internet-Mana policies is $17.6 billion - higher than the entire policy packages of the three main political parties combined. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Pregnancy Help Welcomes Green Party Packs for Newborn Babies
    Pregnancy Help applauds Metiria Turei acknowledging that “for many parents the birth of a new child is a highly stressful and financially straining time” and the desire for every child to thrive....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • McVicar Welcomes ASA Decision
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar welcomes the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision to not uphold the pamphlet complaint of Robert Johnson, Campaign Manager for Napier Labour candidate Stuart Nash. The ASA acknowledged that one complaint...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Whyte: In 12 months’ time, here is what will matter
    In three days’ time I will be elected along with a number of ACT MPs. I think the media will be surprised and ask how it happened?...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Internet MANA Will Grant Special Residency to Edward Snowden
    Internet MANA will put the case to the new government to welcome global surveillance whistle blower Edward Snowden, granting him safe passage and residency in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Ten millionth traveller uses SmartGate
    The 10 millionth traveller to pass through SmartGate, Customs’ automated passenger processing system, was greeted by Customs Manager Passenger Operations, Peter Lewis today at Auckland International Airport....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Key vs. Cunliffe: Final Live NZ Election Reactor 7pm Tonight
    John Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the last time tonight and you can decide who wins by driving the worm. This is the last live Election Reactor covering the debate tonight at 7pm on TV One....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Offenders Get Road Safety Message
    Wellington Community Corrections partnered with emergency services, government agencies, organisations and Kapiti Coast District Council to deliver an innovative road safety programme to 70 community-based offenders at Southwards Car Museum on Tuesday 16...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Proposed law to decriminalise Abortion
    http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz_images/news2011/politics_news/12/q_a_interview__list_mp_jan_logie_n2.jpgRight to Life is disappointed that the Green Party is refusing to provide a response to the seven very important questions that have been addressed to Jan Logie, spokesperson...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Election 2014 Will Be Costly
    The Taxpayers’ Union has today released the final update for its ' Bribe-O-Meter ' election costing website in the lead-up to Saturday’s general election. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Roy Morgan Poll September 17
    John Key set to win narrow election victory on Saturday as Labour/Greens slump puts Winston Peters in powerful position as NZ First surge to 8% Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows National (46.5%, up 1.5%) set to win a...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Wahakura Package would provide warm welcome for babies
    The Greens Wahakura Welcome package announced yesterday is a wonderful example of child-centred policy which would help all children get a fair and equal start in life, says Child Poverty Action Group. CPAG health spokesperson Innes Asher says,...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • TPPA a Sellout to American Corporate Greed
    New Zealand will become a permanent prisoner to the United States’ greed and global arrogance if the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) isn’t stopped, warns Internet MANA....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Wintry showers and blustery winds for Election Day
    As we head towards the weekend, it is time to look at what the weather will be for New Zealand's "Have Your Say" Day....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New national secretary announced
    The PSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Polaczuk to the role of national secretary....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Public Secotr & TISA: On the cusp of something very special?
    Is the National Party keeping some things out of sight in case they frighten the electorate? Here is some worrying evidence that this may be the case....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • MPI ups yacht biosecurity ante
    Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas this season will face greater biosecurity scrutiny, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Election Update
    John Key’s National Party now has an 88% probability of leading the next government , most probably with the support of NZ First, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. There...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Crowdfunding to Save Native Fish
    NZ Landcare Trust is offering an exciting project designed to assist native fish, as part of the launch of a new global crowdfunding category called 'The Landcare & Environment Collection.' This exciting step, aims to help raise funds and support,...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New methods needed to reach non-voters
    Non-voters are much heavier users of the internet than those who do vote, while 43 per cent of non-voters say they never read a newspaper according to research released today by the Election Data Consortium....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties sent home with report cards
    More than 2000 New Zealanders came together to run a full page ad in the Herald today asking all Parties what they will commit to do to clean up politics. The answers are in, and ActionStation has graded Parties on...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
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