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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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    Around the planet, wildfires are becoming larger and more destructive. This summer, a series of wildfires enveloped large areas of Canada’s Boreal forest, blanketing western North America with smoke. One key question is, do these fires have an effect on...
    Skeptical Science | 24-07
  • Hosking votes National
    It never ceases to amaze me just how arrogant and/or deluded the right wing media are here in New Zealand. Not only did we have TVNZ trying to portray Cameron Slater, a blogger known for his hate speech, as some...
    The Jackal | 24-07
  • Gerry Brownlee offers to resign
    Gerry Brownlee offered to resign as Transport Minster today after getting caught out skipping security at Christchurch airport. Prime Minister John Key says he was “really disappointed” after Gerry Brownlee bypassed airport security this morning, but he has been quick...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Step back: What WWI can teach us about Ukraine
    For the past year I have been on the World War I Commemoration Panel. The members include people as diverse as Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Anne Salmond, and Sir Bob Harvey. One of the most interesting things I have done...
    Pundit | 24-07
  • There’s a name for this…
    The latest atrocity in the Australian government's war on refugees: covering up the rate of self-harm and attempted suicide:Harrowing eyewitness accounts from the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and a team of medical experts say there is a...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Deep State Power Crimes: An Anglo-American News Blindspot in MH-17 Coverage
    MH-17 vs Ukrainian SU-25? Russian Defense Ministry claims a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet was within 5-10 km of MH-17. By Snoopman, 24 July 2014 No Brainer vs No Brainer It’s fascinating to see TVNZ’s One News ask its viewers on...
    Snoopman News | 24-07
  • UK police spied on their critics
    First, it was the family of Stephen Lawrence. Now we learn that the UK police spied on other people seeking justice from them as well:Undercover police gathered intelligence on grieving families who were battling the Metropolitan police for justice, including...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Gerry
    So Gerry's a complete screw up. (Again.) That sounds like something for Gerry to explain all by himself. Have fun, Gerry. Filed under: nationalGerry Brownlee...
    Polity | 24-07
  • An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
    Click image to enlarge.  The chemical website Compound Interest, is producing a series of infograms to communicate some chemistry.  Here is an excellent one they produced on fluoride. I think it would make a great poster. It is accompanied by...
    Open Parachute | 24-07
  • Everything in moderation
    I’m not sure it really warranted being front-page news (Gaza? MH17? Anyone?) but the announcement of Mike Hosking as the anointed moderator for TVNZ’s political leaders’ debates was always going to lead to a bit of head-scratching. Hosking’s political leanings...
    Boots Theory | 24-07
  • Key and Hauiti – don’t ask, don’t tell
    How much money did National’s soon-to-be-former List MP Claudette Hauiti misspend on parliamentary credit card? We don’t know. As a mere backbencher, her credit card information can’t be OIAd, meaning that they only way we’ll ever find out is if...
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Exports continue to simplify under National
    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand today shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of...
    frogblog | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking is not a Thing That Matters
    TVNZ plans to have Mike Hosking as its moderator for the network’s televised leaders’ debates. To my mind, it’s a stupid choice, but then I’m someone who can’t stand Mr Hosking’s brand of ageing hipster, Paul Henry-esque, elitist minority bashing “broadcasting”....
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Another botched execution in the US
    Another US execution has gone horribly wrong:The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • A serial offender
    So it wasn't just a holiday in Oz Claudette Hauiti tried to stick us with:Outgoing National MP Claudette Hauiti admits using her parliamentary charge card to buy petrol for her personal car in a further breach of the rules on...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Should we charge tourists extra for driving on NZ roads?
    There have been a few suggestions recently that international tourists should be paying more to drive in New Zealand, or have to pass a driving test, or things along those lines. Winston Aldworth, the Travel Editor at the Herald, wrote...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Govt gives $107m for Lincoln buildings, $0 for staff
    Hau Taki Haere Vol 17 No 24 The government has agreed to give up to $107.5 million in capital funding toward the rebuilding of Lincoln University’s science facilities destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. While welcoming...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • Can you really trust your gut? And should you?
    Have you ever been in an interview and thought to yourself “this person just feels […] The post Can you really trust your gut? And should you? appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 24-07
  • Non-teaching staff claim to join AIS agreement
    TEU members at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) started bargaining with their employer this week and they have want non-teaching members want the chance to bargain too this time. AIS, a large institution with a...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • Nurses petition for entry programme for new nurses
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) position for every new graduate nurse. NZNO spokesperson Liz Robinson says New Zealand is facing a significant nursing shortage...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • Cleaners, kitchen and services staff want professional development
    Tertiary education cleaners, service staff and kitchen workers need more professional development opportunities says TEU national president Lesley Francey. Her call follows a mini-conference of TEU members working in cleaning, kitchens and services held...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • TEU develops strategy to support Māori students
    TEU’s national council wants more action to address the needs of Māori students following information earlier this year that Māori students take significantly longer to pay back student loans. TEU’s Te Tumu Awhina, Margaret Taurere...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • From Here To There: How Did Labour Become So Hopelessly Lost?
    No Direction Home: Has Labour ever been so lost? Has the path to electoral victory ever been so obscured? Starting from where they are now, how can they possibly get to where they need to be on 20 September?WRITING ABOUT...
    Bowalley Road | 23-07
  • Internet Mana party highlights
    The Internet Mana party road-trip has been putting to shame National's badly attended meetings by packing halls around the country. Not only is the party party getting people who don't usually engage in politics to participate, the ground swell of...
    The Jackal | 23-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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