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Unity and democracy

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 pm, August 22nd, 2013 - 190 comments
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With a new leadership race there’s now a real chance to bring the Labour party together to fight the good fight against the right.

Make no mistake the vultures of the right are circling with an eye to use the approaching leadership challenge as an opportunity to drive wedges into the party. It’s up to all of us, members, caucus, affiliates, to make sure that no such opportunity is presented.

Which is not to say there shouldn’t be a robust process and a strong competition. But regardless of what happens once the dust clears we must be ready to take the right on – so much of what we want for our country depends on it.

Regardless of who stands and who you support once those nominations are made, we must use this open and democratic process as a chance to make our movement stronger. It has always been our unity that allows us to foot it against the right’s big money, and when we are not united we are weak.

In that spirit the Standard would like to offer any Labour MP standing for leadership the opportunity to post here and speak directly with the people who support you. Just get in touch.

And any of you who have let you membership lapse or have thought about joining but haven’t? It’s time to sign up.

lprent: As a retrospective, we made the same offer in 2011. These were the three guest posts then. They were published as we received them. We’ll follow the same procedures now.

David Cunliffe
Grant Robertson
Nanaia Mahuta

190 comments on “Unity and democracy”

  1. Core_Labour_Voter (Tory troll) 1

    Timely reminder. Very much appreciate the enthusiastic post.

    • Takere 1.1

      Well it looks like it’s up to the Greens & NZF to get rid of the Nat’s! Labours dog tucker now! Long time Labour voter, see yah! Off to Mana & the Greens! Indefinitely!! Cuntlifes worthless, he won’t connect with the 880,000 non voters and brown people don’t like him. Green voters won’t jump ship for him or Robertson.

  2. Nordy 2

    Well put IB – discipline and purpose are essential to political success.

    • Linz 2.1

      And also speed. John Key could call a snap election. He can probably get one of his MPs to cross the floor on something trivial, claim, like Muldoon did that he’s lost his majority, and bingo… snap election. Muldoon called his on 14 June 1984 for 14 July. One short month. Just imagine if Key decided to pull a stunt like that in the next few days?

      • weka 2.1.1

        Muldoon didn’t have Waring cross the floor on something trivial. I don’t think even Key/NACT are that stupid to try a snap election without a good reason.

      • Puddleglum 2.1.2

        On the snap election point, Winston Peters seems to be banging that drum too:

        I think that it’s time for some people to reflect on where they want to go because a few months from now the political scene will change and I think will change dramatically and those parties that are in opposition need to be aware of that.

        • weka 2.1.2.1

          How do you get ‘snap election’ from that?

          Maybe he means: Cunliffe will be King and behead the ABCs and then Labour, GP and NZF will take NACT to the cleaners ;-) (I just made that up, I don’t think that’s what WP eas meaning).

          ie, Peters’ statement is as per usual ambiguous and intriguing in a way that serves Peters but the rest of us are left guessing. The guy couldn’t make a straight statement if he tried.

  3. BM 3

    With a new leadership race there’s now a real chance to bring the Labour party together to fight the good fight against the right.

    How about not worrying what the right is up to, let them do their thing.
    But instead, focus more on presenting an alternative functioning government with ideas and policies that the majority of New Zealanders can relate to and get behind, political bitch fights appeal to no one and is probably the main reason people have such a poor regard for politics.

    Currently there is only one major party on the NZ political scene and that is National and to be honest that’s not a good thing.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      That’s kind of my point.

      • BM 3.1.1

        That’s good.
        Hopefully the next team flags the “lets just spend all our time attacking John Key because once people click that he’s actually a complete bastard they’ll vote for us ” strategy.

        Because lets face it, it’s complete shit and the main reason Labour struggles to stay in the 30% range.

  4. lurgee 4

    Is there anything stopping John Key calling an election tommorrow? Apart from the fact it would look utterly, utterly cynical, to the point that even the rump of semi-content Middle New Zealand would see through it?

    Other than that, the Labour party (and its hangers on hereabouts) haven’t exactly modelled discipline thus far. Why should we expect a change, just because the poor sap in charge has changed? It’ll still be the same discontented, venomous, factionalised rabble. The aforementioned sap will simply cop it from a different sector, and will make minimal impression on the Key phenomenon because the sap will be drawn from the same unsppeakably shallow talent pool as the last one. Any pool where David Cunliffe seems to be the biggest fish must be very small and very shallow.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1

      I smell fear :)

      • lurgee 4.1.1

        Realism. Perhaps you associate it with fear as you live in a fantasy world?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1.1.1

          Perhaps your perspective is that of someone who feels constrained by their life in a provincial town.

          • lurgee 4.1.1.1.1

            On the contrary, living in Palmerston North leaves one immune to terror. As John Cleese pointed out, it’s about as close to being dead as you can get, so the real thing holds no dread. And there’s a lot of time to think, and damn few pleasant illusions.

  5. Richard 5

    Timely post. I look to The Standard for support and hope in these days of Tory tyranny. But way too often it looks like a bitchfight. Unite fellow lefties! Focus on the enemy, not your allies.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      NB Labour is an economically centrist capitalist party with liberal social leanings. Not much for the left wing on that fare.

      • Richard 5.1.1

        Great. Took one comment for the negativity. Well done.

        • lurgee 5.1.1.1

          Eh? Where have you been for the last 20 months. Plenty of disunity and negativity over that time.

          Funny how the squabbling factionalists immediately start calling for unity as soon as they assume their man is in like Flynn. Wait until he is again “denied” by the “ABC old gaurd” and the “members’ voices are ignored” and so on. Then see how long the unity lasts. That’s just the way it goes on the left, it seems.

          (Incidentally, as I’ve pointed out before, I supported Cunliffe the first time round. So don’t start on that. But I abhor disunity more than factional difference.)

          • Richard 5.1.1.1.1

            Dude you’ve missed my point – it’s the disunity that pisses me off. Let the Standard be a place for those who want rid of Key and National.

            • weka 5.1.1.1.1.1

              CV made a statement of fact about Labour. You can disagree with him on that, but to suggest that he shouldn’t voice his opinion is to say that there should be no dissent. Which means that all Labour party members should think the same or at least keep their mouths shut in public. How would that serve the left exactly?

              Disunity would be CV, a Labour party member, doing something to undermine the party or other members.

              • Richard

                Who said that? Of course there are factions, varying degrees of opinion. But have you ever noticed how the trolls are absent from Standard posts where we are ripping each other to shreds (as opposed to rational debate).
                As an aside, I believe the internet was the cause of the rise of National. All the Young Nats started blogs and were never seen in public. That meant that they weren’t seen making nerds of themselves on TV at election time, and putting off anyone under 30 from voting National.

              • Colonial Viper

                To people like Richard, the fact that I am not being a ‘good compliant follower’ is tantamount to undermining the party.

                What Richard hasn’t figured out is that Labour actually has to earn it’s stripes as a left wing party, it can no longer continue to cruise on its (increasingly ancient) left wing history.

                Also notice how Richard took my pointing out of some very basic truths about Labour as being “negativity”. You can see more of it in his follow up – the game as he sees it is about unseating Key and National, not about examining your own team’s problems too closely. Because clearly, if you don’t look at your own team’s problems critically, then no one else will be able to see that there are problems either. It’s nuts.

                In summary – Labour is an organisation which is still deeply in denial about some fundamentals, and an organisation which is unable to learn.

                There are plenty of people in the party and in caucus who are honestly and deeply surprised why David Shearer didn’t work out the way that they thought he would.

                No idea of reality outside the Wellington bubble.

                The party of the “broad church” representing “all New Zealanders” but sitting on just circa 30%-34% support.

                • McFlock

                  And you have an overwhelming desire to yell from the rooftops that labour isn’t exactly the party you want it to be.

                  I shudder to think what you’d be like delivering a eulogy – the mourners would be treated to a fifteen minute diatribe as to why Labour isn’t left wing, oh and Jim was a nice bloke, too.

                • Richard

                  Sigh…three more years alone on your ideological highground. Meanwhile National run riot. Would you rather have john Key in power than Labour, warts and all? I ask that question in all sincerity because I am really confused which side you are on?

                  • McFlock

                    I really think he would.
                    CV’s had a ball of a time being a member of a party that he obviously despises.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      CV’s had a ball of a time being a member of a party that he obviously despises.

                      What do you care, Mr Supposedly Alliance man?

                    • McFlock

                      I note a lack of denial there, cv.
                      Personally, I prefer a non-national government over Key and the ability to whinge that the world would be better if all political parties on the left did exactly what I wanted.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The world is turning a bit more my way recently. Time for you to get used to it.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    It’s not MY fault that National are “running riot.”

                    There is a Labour caucus which earns almost half a million dollars a month who get paid to act as Opposition to National.

                    Why don’t you challenge them as to why National are still “running riot” 5 years into Government. Perhaps you’ll do better with a bit less blind faith.

                    As for “ideological high ground”. I’ve got some. What the fuck do you have?

                    • Tracey

                      Given the Standard is constantly stating, and it’s in their policy here, that it is NOT a labour party vehicle, why shouldn’t CV voice his desire for a left wing party and claim that Labour is not it?

                      If everyone agrees all the time we get the National party..at times lacking compassion, selflish and seething, with occasional breakouts like Collins speaking our for free speech as well as voting for the GCSB. They believe that being seen to agree all the time is better than healthy challenges. They probably fight behind closed doors, I certainly hope so.

                      Anyone who thinks that Labour have magically changed because Shearer stepped down in my opinion delude themselves. It’s not for me to speak or clarify for CV but it seems to me this is what he is pointing out… You can change the horse but if you use the same cart…

                • lurgee

                  “In summary – Labour is an organisation which is still deeply in denial about some fundamentals, and an organisation which is unable to learn.”

                  Would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. We don’t live in a leftwing majority country. People are not voting National because there is no leftwing alternative. They are voting National because they quite like National policies.

                  We live in a country that has consistently voted right or centre right since we lost Kirk. And even he was only a little bit of a smidgeon of an iota to the left of centre. No-one is going to suddenly discover a vast leftwing constituency that has hitherto been overlooked and silent.

                  The choice is – as ever – a defensive one. Hold the centre and preserve what we have, with the very occasional opportuntiy to make things a little bit better, or march off into the leftwing wilderness, and make the party absolutely irrelevant and unelectable.

                  • Galeandra

                    Speak for yourself.

                    ‘march off into the leftwing wilderness, and make the party absolutely irrelevant and unelectable.’
                    That’s a bullshit trope and you know it.

                    There are a hell of a lot of people who understand that there’s something fundamentally wrong with NZ’s embedded poverty, inequality and social disempowerment. Look at the strong responses to the infant ‘lurches into the wilderness’ such as CGT and electricity market policy.

                    I quite agree with CV: we do need to lead the way into a future that is equitable and sustainable, in a world which is circling the vortex. The Greens have been offering that vision for several years now, and their baseline support is at least 10% of the voting public.

                    Join McFlock’s little jihad and consult your own buttocks if you want, but don’t presume to speak for me.

                  • I think you’ll find that every election in the 1990s demonstrated a majority vote for parties that promised to halt or even reverse the 1980s reforms. That started with the landslide to Bolger in 1990, sadly followed by Ruth Richardson’s continuation of the ‘reforms’ (I put the stats into a comment on a thread a few days ago – the information is on the elections website).

                    Similarly, in 1978 and 1981 Labour won more votes than National. In 1984 people did not expect a right wing government when they voted in Labour (and anti-Muldoonism went right across the political spectrum).

                    In 1987 there was an interesting apparent exception, although Labour’s line (delivered by Lange) was that it was now time for Labour to do ‘the good stuff’ after a term doing all the reforms. It was supposedly going to be back to what Labour was traditionally known for – positive change in the areas of education, health and social security … Ah, well.

                    In short, New Zealanders have traditionally voted left of centre since the mid-70s but have very often got right of centre (or worse) governments. A curious trend, partly explained by FPP, partly by various degrees of deception/betrayal from parties that didn’t act as they could reasonably have been expected to act (including NZ First in 1996).

                    • gobsmacked

                      Puddleglum is spot on.

                      The election results have been pretty consistent. There is no right-wing majority – especially on economic policy. I’d like to know what Lurgee’s analysis is based on, it’s rather “unconventional” to say the least.

                    • srylands

                      “I think you’ll find that every election in the 1990s demonstrated a majority vote for parties that promised to halt or even reverse the 1980s reforms. ”

                      Perhaps we can repeal the Public Finance Act so a government can cook the books like Muldoon.

                      Is that one of the “reforms” you would like to see abolished? Or we could gut the RBA Act and go back to 20% inflation.

                      Most of the population has grown up after the reforms. Anyone now under 40 can’t relate to the Polish Shipyard.

                      You are deluded.

                    • lurgee

                      I composed a long and beautifully written post which would have absolutely convinced you that you were a worthless, error-strewn harlot and your ownly route to salvation would be to accept my rightness in all things. Then the internet ate it.

                      In bief, I think you make the same error as gobsmacked did – I posted that NZ “has consistently voted right or centre right” and you seem to overlook the ‘centre right’ bit. Bolger triumphed on a centrist manifesto, not a particularly leftwing one. That’s been the pattern ever since, unless you are going to buy into Farrarspeak about Helegrad and the demented idea that Clarke-Cullen-Goff and the rest of them were seething trots.

                      Also some stuff about what right might mean in different contexts – neo-lib, rural conservative, Muldoonesque authoritarian madness. It was all very clever, I asssure you, and now probably being read by John ‘Muldoon redux’ Key, courtesy of the GCSB bill being passed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Is that one of the “reforms” you would like to see abolished? Or we could gut the RBA Act and go back to 20% inflation.

                      Or perhaps we can gut the RBA Act and go back to full employment.

                    • Tracey

                      NZers see themselves as caring. Who likes to think they are not? We are conservative folks by nature (who likes change) who want people to think we care, and do care.

                      That’s the true “hot ” button in my opinion and it’s how Key got in. Look at Salmon’s quote from 2007 about democracy… “brighter future”… that’s what they played to.

                    • Tracey

                      For some reason Srylands you assert an all or nothing type mentality on reforms. Not ALL reforms need to have been bad or failed to warrant some being wrong and in need of reforming.

                      As for calling people “deluded” you are sidling toward emotional rhetoric. And you said you didn’t care enough to be emotional over politics ;)

                    • Hi lurgee,

                      I see your argument but I think what the election voting shows in the 1990s is a resistance to the continuation of the Douglas ‘reform’ process. Sometimes that meant ‘having’ to tick the ‘centre right’ box (e.g., 1990) because there was no ‘centre left’ left. This is a quote cited in a UC thesis (p. 352) from Vowles and Aimer’s (1993) book on the election:

                      the National Government imposed yet more dramatic change [which] continued along the path of Labour’s economic policies, popularly known as ‘Rogernomics’, despite the severity of Labour’s electoral defeat on the basis of the same policies” (Vowles & Aimer 1993, p.8). National squeaked home in 1993 largely because of the FPP system.

                      As for different definitions of ‘left’ and ‘right’ – that’s true at a conceptual level. However, research has shown that people are remarkably consistent in how they place political parties on a left-right continuum, irrespective of the nominal complexity of the terms.

                      I can’t find the research on the internet but it was mentioned in Gerd Gigerenzer’s 2007 book ‘Gut Feelings: The intelligence of the unconscious‘.

                      There may have been further good argument in your lost comment but, as things stand, I would still conclude that the evidence is more suggestive of an electoral tendency – especially through the 1990s – to lean towards the centre left, whenever possible.

                • lurgee

                  “To people like Richard, the fact that I am not being a ‘good compliant follower’ is tantamount to undermining the party.”

                  Oh, come on, CV. Look at some of the things that have bene said about Shearer on this site over the last 20 months. Maybe not be you, perhaps, but by plenty of others – didn’t someone brand him ‘Stumblefuck’ or something similar? And plenty more besides. Continually. There’s a point where not being ‘a good compliant follower’ blurs into undermining. Not saying you are, but many have been. Probably the same ones who will be loudly demanding a ceasation of criticism, and lobbing accusations of undermining in all directions, if Cunliffe wins.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Nothing to do with me mate. Blogs don’t matter is what I heard from Wellington.

                  • Tracey

                    CV undermined Shearer??? How? By stating his opinion on a blog not affiliated to the Labour Party? Come on some of you are being a bit precious.

                    CV and I don’t always agree, but stating that his comments on a blog undermine Shearer and the Labour party???

                    I hope Shearer remains very close to the leadership of the party because I believe this is where his skills lie… all parties need a mediator, hopefully those vying for leadership have learnt this. Otherwise it will be same man, different pants

                • burt

                  What Richard hasn’t figured out is that Labour actually has to earn it’s stripes as a left wing party, it can no longer continue to cruise on its (increasingly ancient) left wing history.

                  Exactly right CV, most half witted folk who love the colour of the flag and have no idea of what policy actually is while they fight some imaginary battle of red v blue don’t seem to work this out.

                  I was a proud Labour supporter once. I donated my time and energy to promoting the party – then they lost their way and became focused on [being seen to be] punishing the rich while actually punishing the middle earners.

                  A left wing party wouldn’t steal from the middle to give to the rich – this is what Labour policy has achieved for about 20 years now….. All the time pretending to help the poor while actually delivering them high inflation, high interest rates and access to easy finance which has buried most of them. Meanwhile complicated tax laws that are designed to look like they punish the rich actually create loop holes that allow the high earners to scoff at the middle earners carrying the burden.

                  The lovers of power at any price have become what they fight against – a popularist party with their only objective being staying in government rather than working for the people – even if that means being noisy opposition rather than sold old government.

                  • Tracey

                    “Australia has old-fashioned union arrangements and needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher,” says Mark Adamson, the British chief executive of Fletcher Building.

                    On a media call following the release of Fletcher’s annual profit, Adamson said he had been “amazed” at both the level of salaries and inefficiencies in Australia. He took the top job at Fletcher last October, having run the company’s Laminex & Panels division, based in the US.”

          • gobsmacked 5.1.1.1.2

            Wait until he is again “denied” by the “ABC old gaurd” and the “members’ voices are ignored”

            There will be a leadership contest. Not perfectly democratic, but much more so than the old caucus coup.

            In the course of this contest, the candidates can make their case, and the voters make their choice. If the winner is Cunliffe, the “old guard” can choose between leaving in 2014 (which several are likely to do anyway) or supporting the new leader. If the winner is someone else, the Cunliffe voters can make a similar choice. I’m sure 90% would swing in behind the new leader.

            Your comparison with Shearer’s leadership is wrong. The whole point was … he wasn’t given the job the right way, or for the right reason. And so he was doomed from the start.

            • McFlock 5.1.1.1.2.1

              If the winner is someone else, the Cunliffe voters can make a similar choice. I’m sure 90% would swing in behind the new leader.

              I’m not. And I think that assuming that was one mistake caucus made when they selected Shearer in the first place. Probably more significant than the actual selection, in my opinion.

              • Colonial Viper

                Mate in your opinion Labour was right on track, polls trending positively, regardless of who was in the top job, cardboard cut out or whatever.

                • McFlock

                  up until the 6-8week consecutive drop recently, yes.

                  • IrishBill

                    I think that the new rules will mean that whoever takes the leadership next will do so with a much more clear mandate than the last leader. Which should make a difference.

                    • McFlock

                      hopefully.

                      There is of course what happens if someone gets over the line based on union and caucus votes trumping a majority membership decision.

                      Or, indeed, the die-hards who (upon discovering that their candidate has not quite the support they assumed) who decide that the bulk of the membership are “Oriental Bay Socialists” or whatever it was.

                      Sigh.
                      Peace declared in this war, on to the next one…

                  • lurgee

                    That drop was looks like a Roy Morgan glitch as their recent release has indicated. Labour Green was still out polling National. Or something like that. Didn’t fully investigate the data as events have rather overtaken.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                What makes you think a party like Labour will ever be anything other than inherently fractious?

                Especially now, as economic paradigms fail and the Pacific assumes greater global strategic importance?

              • Ant

                Most people swung behind Shearer and gave him a chance, but then he pulled dole fiddler on the roof and it was all over rover.

              • weka

                But it’s likely that the membership didn’t swing behind Shearer simply because he was crap at the job. You can’t compare the next non-Cunliffe leader to that unless s/he is also crap at the job.

                • McFlock

                  I reckon crap is in the eye of the beholder.

                  I’ve no data on whether “the membership” failed to swing behind shearer, or if it’s just that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

              • gobsmacked

                I think the leader will be Cunliffe anyway, which would make it moot.

                But any leader elected by the new system will have garnered a significant vote from outside caucus.

                And of course, the new leader will be Not-Shearer, so less likely to produce the energy-sapping facepalms that killed his tenure. Loyalty is a lot easier if you’re not cringing.

                • McFlock

                  What at least it would do is stamp on all the silent-majority arguments of “the membership [or at least me] think that …”

                  As for the cringe and the facepalms, as I said above crap is in the eye of the beholder.

                  • gobsmacked

                    Well yes, but it takes quite an effort to avoid beholding what the voters behold in countless interviews, debates and general wafflefests.

                    No more Shearer on BFM, or Rhema, or Hauraki, or Newstalk ZB, and all the rest …. that’s worth thousands of votes right there.

                    • McFlock

                      Funnily enough, that’s true. I’d watch the interviews and speeches, and there never as many ums and ers as would be posted by forehead-slapping cringers . Not at all…

              • geoff

                The big mistake was going against the membership. If you fuck the membership off then you have no labour party, simple as that. Happened in the 80s and it has happened again.
                Put in a leader that the membership wants and dissenters in the caucus will keep their mouths shut if they know what’s good for them.

                • McFlock

                  The big mistake was going against what I want (and what I therefore assume what the majority of members want)

                  Fixed it for you

                  • geoff

                    I guess we will see, wont we…

                  • Lanthanide

                    Honestly McFlock, I think it’s more you who are holding the “what I say is what is best for Labour” point of view with your obsessive support for Shearer, more than anyone else.

                    • Akldnut

                      +3

                    • McFlock

                      Support for Shearer? Show me a single comment where I’ve said that Shearer was the best leader for labour, especially in the last year.

                      I’ve tried to hold two consistent themes:
                      1) blowing shit out of proportion will not win an election, but lose it by supplying ammunition for tories; and
                      2) saying that there is only one person who can be the difference between a “neoliberal” leaning labour party and a socialist labour party that wins is a dangerous and irrational delusion that sets oneself up for disappointment.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Well others are in agreement with me, that if that is what you were actually trying to get across, you did a very poor job of it.

                    • McFlock

                      Still waiting for an example of where I said shearer was the best person to lead labour.

                      Frankly, I suspect it’s another example of how people read what we expect, rather than than what was actually written.

                    • Lanthanide

                      I never claimed that you said Shearer was the best person to lead Labour, so I’m not going to “produce evidence” to back up a claim I never made.

                      “Frankly, I suspect it’s another example of how people read what we expect, rather than than what was actually written.”

                      Pot calling kettle black?

                    • McFlock

                      I included myself in that, as indicated by use of the word “we”.

                      So apparently I’ve been obsessively supporting someone who I’ve never actually said is the best person to lead labour?

                      Okay. Show me where.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      McFlock, you were the ultimate oblique passive-aggressive defender of Shearer as Labour Leader. It was funny to watch a self professed “Alliance supporter” at it quite so hard.

                    • McFlock

                      CV, yes, that must be it.

                      I was fiendishly defending Shearer by making the outrageous claim that (for example), people shouldn’t lose their rag at every poll fluctuation when the trend still indicated a likely left government (notwithstanding your passive-aggressive redefining of “left wing” to exclude the labour party if it’s led by anyone other than golden boy).

                      As for the stunning claim that publicly (and loudly) suggesting caucus members one doesn’t like are “neoliberals” (simply because they have not focussed on the single point of policy one cherry-picked) is not conducive to either assisting the party one is a member of to rise in the polls nor to having those caucus members give a flying fuck about what one suggests in the future – that suggestion was obviously also a veiled support for shearer as leader.

                  • Tracey

                    If you respect Shearer and he decides he is not best for Labour as its leader why wouldn’t you respect that decision and focus on the future.

                    I always believed and stated that Goff should have stayed on for 6 months after he announced he would step down to give proper time to regroup. “repent at leisure” and all that

                    • McFlock

                      Was that to me? Because it doesn’t reflect anything I’ve written.

                    • Tracey

                      It was to whoever spoke kindly of Shearer and then questioned his decision to speak down. I have scrolled back up to try and find it but can’t find it.

      • bad12 5.1.2

        Lolz, i have a slightly different take on today’s Labour Party in that i see it as a Party having grown along with it’s core support base into the comfortable middle class, therefor when it does advocate Socialism it is strictly the Socialism of, for and by that middle class,

        What leads me to this belief, Working for Families denied to beneficiaries yet payed out to families with an income of $60,000,

        The ‘flagship’ Labour housing policy which in Auckland in particular will only be affordable to new home buyers with an income of at least $60,000,

        Thank various deity that Dave Shearer has resigned, do i smell the ‘invisible hand’ of Phill and Helen here, Phill conspicuous by His absence from the leaders side as He announced the resignation, and Helen said to have shared yesterday a plane ride with the leader,

        Imagine the blood red image of the Standards pages if the other Dave doesn’t get elected Leader, it’s gotta happen i couldn’t stand another 18 months of anti next bloke off of the rank should not Cunliffe win the vote…

    • QoT 5.2

      When a leader you didn’t choose points to a lake of fire and says “onward, chaps” it isn’t disunity to say “why the fuck is this dude leading us into a lake of fire?”

    • Tracey 5.3

      a good bun fight can clear the air and bring consensus… Admittedly Labour does it more publicly than national…

  6. lurgee 6

    Noble sentiments which have been very scare over the last 20 months. Expect them to be trumpted for the next 4-6 weeks and then suddenly (as I do not think Cunliffe will win) forgotten.

    Sometimes I hate being a leftie.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      The new leader will have been elected by a robust process. That won’t silence dissent, but it will give her or him a lot more credibility.

      • AmaKiwi 6.1.1

        Shearer’s weakness from the start was that the people’s choice was overturned. Then it turned out the people were right. Shearer was not a gem.

        I have my preference for leader but I will accept whatever the majority of the members decide.

        1. I believe in democracy. The people decide even if they make a decision I don’t agree with.

        2. This right wing government is DANGEROUS. We MUST stop them.

        • Ugly Truth 6.1.1.1

          I believe in democracy. The people decide even if they make a decision I don’t agree with.

          There’s more to democracy than majority rule.

          Rule of law. A legal principle, of general application, sanctioned by the recognition of authorities, and usu­ally expressed in the form of a maxim or logical proposition. Called a “rule,” because in doubtful or unforeseen cases it is a guide or norm for their
          decision. The rule of law, sometimes called “the supremacy of law”, provides that decisions should be made by the application of known principles or laws
          without the intervention of discretion in their applica­tion. See e.g. Rule against perpetuities, supra; also, Shelley’s Case, Rule in.
          Black’s Dictionary of Law, 5th edition

          http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/bouvier/maxims.shtml

    • Galeandra 6.2

      See lurgee @ 9.01 and spot the difference………. leftie. Hah.

      • lurgee 6.2.1

        I fail to see your point. I would love to see a properly leftwing governemtn get elected, over and over again, forever. But – as I’ve pointed out before- what I want and what is likely to happen are very different things. the world’s an imperfect place. the sort of programme I would like to see would make the party proposing it unelectable. So it isn’t an option. I’d rather have some sort of social-democratic flubber of a government than a rightwing one, so must curtail my desires.

        Or are we still living in a dream world where you only have to wish for something for it to happen?

        • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1

          You need a mix of pragmatism and idealism to survive in politics with your soul intact.

          NZ is considered completely communist, from the perspective of US politics. Government paid for socialised medicine? Yee gods, the godless commies!

          Frankly, a lot of social democratic change can be accomplished in NZ. And yes, people will vote for that in their many hundreds of thousands.

          • Tracey 6.2.1.1.1

            Agreed, in the US the National Government is considered way left of the Obama Govt…

            • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1.1.1

              And voting for gay marriage, can you believe it. All going to hell. Right now!!!!!

  7. Outofbed 7

    I have not felt this optimistic since 2008.
    Surely they must do the right thing

    I think Labour will now win in 2014 i might even door knock if they get the right leader

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1

      I was thinking the same thing myself.

    • Tracey 7.2

      I thought that when Goff went. Politicians of all ideology have a recurring ability to repeat the failures history has shown us. It’s because too often they are driven by self interest while parroting care for NZ and NZers.

  8. geoff 8

    I’m pumped!

    With a decent leader and good policy, that the membership can get behind, we’re in with a chance.

    There will be nothing sweeter than seeing the back of Key and his moronic muppets.

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      Agree, Geoff.

      This makes it much clearer, and easier, for me. If Cunliffe wins – I’ll support Labour, unequivocally. If Robertson wins – I’ll be disappointed, probably vote Green, but at least I’ll know where I stand i.e. campaigning for a change of government, with optimism that the Greens can be there in numbers. Andrew Little? Wrong choice now, but still an improvement on DS.

      (If Shane Jones wins, I head for the Ureweras).

      I just pray that Labour members hold their nerve and ignore the right-wing shit-storm over the next few weeks. They have lost their free ticket to a third term and they will be spewing.

      • geoff 8.1.1

        yep thats what im thinking too

      • srylands 8.1.2

        “(If Shane Jones wins, I head for the Ureweras).”

        He is a real chance.

        • srylands 8.1.2.1

          “They have lost their free ticket to a third term and they will be spewing.”

          Not quite. It would have been great for National to have CMF stay there but that was never realistic. Everyone saw it coming. They are hardly “spewing”.

        • felix 8.1.2.2

          No-one in the labour movement thinks Jones is leadership material.

          N.O.-.O.N.E.

          The only people you will see raising his name are right-wingers stirring shit or looking for the next Shearer.

          • srylands 8.1.2.2.1

            “The only people you will see raising his name are right-wingers stirring shit or looking for the next Shearer.”

            I appreciate that. But Labour would win the next election with Jones as Leader. Think about it. You just need to get 3% of disaffected Labour voters who love Shane Jones and who have gone to NZF or National to come back. OK you hate him. What you going to do? You might vote Green. Don’t matter. Comfortable Labour-Green win.

            Jones is a sure ticket to a Labour victory. National would MUCH rather see Cunners in the job.

            • bad12 8.1.2.2.1.1

              You are coming across as doubly stupid than your normal contribution, are you drunk, take you shit-stirring low browed rubbish back to Blubber Boy, i am sure you will be the height of wit over there among the witless, gutless, brainless, and clueless…

            • weka 8.1.2.2.1.2

              I appreciate that. But Labour would win the next election with Jones as Leader. Think about it. You just need to get 3% of disaffected Labour voters who love Shane Jones and who have gone to NZF or National to come back. OK you hate him. What you going to do? You might vote Green. Don’t matter. Comfortable Labour-Green win.

              Or, Jones as leader and Labour sheds a shitload more of its members and voters, who don’t even bother going to the GP because really what the fuck are the GP going to do in coalition with a Labour Party lead by Jones? May as well go out back and shoot ourselves in the head right now and be done with it.

              Nice try srylands, but you’d be better off astroturfing someone a bit more likely.

            • felix 8.1.2.2.1.3

              God that’s so weak srylands.

              • Akldnut

                Worse than weak – that’s a pathetic attempt to add discourse to the debate. That’s you srylands Pathetic

            • Tracey 8.1.2.2.1.4

              How on earth can you assert you know with such certainty what would happen with Jones????

              Hooten and others came on here touting Shearer NOT beausee they thought he was good for labour but the opposite. I see you too don’t want Cunliffe and want Jones, who may have a place in the future but given National tactics would be easy target practice.

              Those who love this govt’s policies really don’t want Cunliffe, or at least it has seemed that way since Goff resigned.

          • Tracey 8.1.2.2.2

            ” David Cunliffe is not as popular in the caucus as he is outside” Vernon Small

            IF this is true, do the Cauccus know they only get about 34 votes in total in an election??? That includes some who would presumably vote for a Cunnliffe led party?

            Anyone want to create a poster of a person on a computer with keys face peeking through the curtains? Something (legal) on the screen that you would not like being seen?

            Caucus and supporters need to come to terms with a contest, open, fair hard-fought, and some wont be happy with the outcome but you suck it up, act like a team and do your bit to contribute to the type of NZ you claim to want.

            Otherwise it will be SSDD

        • bad12 8.1.2.3

          He is a real chance of getting a backseat on the Opposition Benches, the best i can say for Shane Jones after many years of waiting for this supposed genius of Oxford educated leadership material to in fact materialize was that on a recent edition of Native Affairs He for the first time since i listened to any number of His waffling diatribes, sounded coherent,

          Jones if He throws his hat into the ring of the leadership contest is guaranteed a position, Last…

          • Tracey 8.1.2.3.1

            At the risk of seeming paranoid he is sounding like someone much closer to the heart of politics than he would have us believe. His mask even slipped (up there) and he broke his own self proclaimed rule about not being emotional about politics when he called someone deluded.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 8.2

      “With a decent leader and good policy”

      http://thestandard.org.nz/29/#comment-539315

      I’ve not cared too much about the leader – it’s the shit policy that’s the problem first and foremost.

      I could add to my old list but seriously can Labour in it’s current guise come even close to implementing a single left wing policy such as:

      8 hour working day
      40 hour working week
      Decent minimum wage
      Increased taxation of the well off
      Increasing benefit rates to a liveable amount – at minimum putting the $20-00 per week back on benefits – you know the $20 per week they put back on super and the one they had 9 years to put back on benefits but did not
      Centralised wage bargaining forcing firms to compete on the quality of the product and service not on who can pay the crappiest wage
      Ensuring minimum salaries are say 120% of the minimum wage to stop employers getting around the minimum wage requirements
      Building more state housing and letting people live in their state houses for their entire life if they wish – you know giving people security
      Employing people with disabilites and young people in the public sector to give them an opportunity for a decent life and a good start – cause the private sector won’t and will never employ them all
      Regional development to support rural areas and not just farmers

      These things were not even “left” when I was growing up they were normal.

      • srylands 8.2.1

        The problem is that a party that had that list as their policy platform would never win office. End of story.

        • Descendant Of Sssmith 8.2.1.1

          Yet when I talk to ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds I can find many who would support such policies and certainly there are others here who would support such policies.

          Yet previously governments have been elected on such policies.

          It’s clearly not the end of any story but it would be threatening to those like yourself who espouse both neo-liberal and TINA solutions.

          I too have no problem paying more tax to fund such programs.

          The notion that the market can provide affordable housing has been shown to be nonsense, the notion that the private sector can provide jobs for all has shown to be nonsense.

          The abrogation of state support in terms of employment in particular condemns many people to a life of poverty and despair – particularly those who are most vulnerable.

          The theft of state assets and the taking of profit for services once provided by the state compounds the problem.

          The ownership of our companies and the contracting of services abroad means our collective wealth is transferred offshore.

          Clearly though your statement confirms the view that Labour is not a left-wing party – it too subscribes to our neo-liberal notions and indeed was responsible for much of the move to the right.

  9. AmaKiwi 9

    Door knock while you still can because these right wing dictators might outlaw it.

    Key is DANGEROUS.

  10. Lefty 10

    I don’t quite understand how the Labour Party can fight against the right when it is part of the right.

  11. BM 11

    To David Cunliffe

    My advice to you is to regrow your beard, you look chinless without it, not a good look.

    A beard will give you more mana and get rid of that “there’s something about that prick I don’t trust” vibe.

  12. Lorraine 12

    David Cunliff has the brains and the experience and can think on his feet. He can make the most of the issues that we are having forced on us by an uncaring government who has only the interests of a few conservative wealthy few. He will make a brilliant PM.

    • Craig Glen Eden 12.1

      +1 and yes Hipkins should be shitting himself after his stupid little outburst it was the most stupid thing I have ever seen a so called politician do. What it showed was he does not deserve to be their in my view. Thank goodness we the members will finally have a say in who should lead the Party.

      • bad12 12.1.1

        That sounds good, Hipkins and Jones will look good on the back benches, Labour should promote Sio William Sua, (a) to show the large polynesian vote that He is not just some token member and they simply taken for granted cannon fodder, and (b) because in all the speeches i have seen Him give in the Parliament He delivers the punch at National with a passion and conviction sadly lacking among many others in Labour’s ranks…

  13. Richard Christie 13

    I bet Hipkins is shitting himself.

  14. lurgee 14

    “David Cunliff has the brains and the experience and can think on his feet.”

    This is going to be the equivalent of “He’s got an amazing backstory,” and “He’s a new sort of politician,” isn’t it? Immediately followed by the recycled Shearer staple, “Give him six more months.”

    • Lanthanide 14.1

      No, because Cunliffe has proven his chops. Shearer never did. He’d barely been in parliament 2 years.

    • weka 14.2

      “This is going to be the equivalent of “He’s got an amazing backstory,” and “He’s a new sort of politician,” isn’t it? ”

      Not really. Having brains and the ability to think on one’s feet are actual skills needed for being PM. Having an amazing backstory and being a new sort of politician are spins without substance designed to promote something without substance.

    • QoT 14.3

      If only the amazing backstory and “new” politics had actually been demonstrated (aside from mango skin stories, of course) we might not be in this position today.

  15. Rodel 15

    I think I’ll renew my membership. Wait and see…

  16. chris73 16

    Can Cunliffe handle Key, its possible but if we look back at the scalps Keys taken ie Clark, Cullen Goff and Shearer but not likely

    I’d suggest you don’t get your hopes up because you might be a bit sad when Key takes (and lets face it history suggests he will) another scalp

    :)

    • happynz 16.1

      Eh? You reckon that squeaky short-fingered conman Key is a formidable politician? If so, it makes the opposition in New Zealand woeful if Key is considered a master at politicking.

      • lurgee 16.1.1

        You’re a fool if you think he’s not a formidable performer. That’s why he enjoys such strong and enduring support inspite of being the tainted leader of a heinous smorgasboard of despicable yahoos.

        Unless you’re suggesting the NZ electorate are idiots, of course, but that’s not a very wise thing to say.

        • chris73 16.1.1.1

          No its good that the left keep underestimating John Key:

          “Hes just a gambler”, “He just has media training”, “he just runs the lines america wants him to say”, “hes just a money man”

          Its one of the reasons why he smoked Cullen, Clark, Goff, Campbell and Shearer….well that and the lefts arrogance

          • fender 16.1.1.1.1

            No-one is underestimating the lying, corrupt bully who has more arrogance in his little finger than the whole of the left has put together.

    • Tracey 16.2

      he didn’t take Clark’s scalp, Peters/Owen and a 3 term staleness took Clark. It would be an interesting match up today for sure.

    • Murray Olsen 16.3

      Any PM at the end of their 3rd term is vulnerable. For some reason, the electorate seems to think that change for the sake of it is a good thing now and then. That Key won against Clark is not surprising. That he could beat Goff in debates when Goff probably agreed more with Key than with the words that came out of his own mouth was also no great feat. Shearer? Anyone can kick a cripple. In this case, history is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Key is now looking like a tired bullshitter up against a man on a mission. Cunliffe will demolish him. Norman would demolish him. Key was the sellout arselicker American sycophant of the moment. His moment has gone and soon he will be too.

      • Jim Nald 16.3.1

        “Cunliffe will demolish him. Norman would demolish him.”

        Most importantly, thanks to the reinvigorated Labour Party, many voters will turn up at the ballot boxes next year and cast out Key.

  17. Jenny 18

    The world and the country are facing a crisis like no other.

    Will the Labour Party have the courage to choose a leader who will make difference?

    Robertson – Business as usual with the added handicap of lack of charisma. Guaranteed not to beat Key. Would make a good deputy.

    Little – Who knows? A fresh face, but still an unknown quality. Possibly handicapped by a lack of experience. Despite his EPMU background and Taranaki energy capital roots, has been making muted noises about the existential dangers of climate change. But was this sincere? Could beat Key.

    Cunliffe – Has the experience and the credibility to make real changes, has the party behind him, therefore has a mandate to act, and the charisma and sincerity to be able to win the public over to the necessity of the changes needed. Has he got the steel to stand up to the fossil fuel lobby? His meek acceptance of relegation to the back benches without complaint seems to suggest not. Could beat Key.

    • Jenny 18.1

      Lynn Prentice has accused me of grandstanding, by raising the issue of climate change as a matter in this leadership contest. Let’s see how long the above comment stands.

      Will Lynn show his hand, this early in the piece. To try and keep climate change from being an election issue? As Lynn maintains, it is politics 101, that we can’t waste political capital on this issue.

      I am sorry Lynn but I missed that class. Though I am pretty sure that civilisation collapse and possible human extinction wasn’t discussed.

      [lprent: See http://thestandard.org.nz/unity-and-democracy/#comment-683606 ]

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 18.2

      Little: can’t even win an electorate.

  18. karol 19

    Say what? Don’t tell me Team Robertson have learned nothing and are still trying to control the leadership selection? Democracy? Unity? Ma.href=’http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9076912/Shearer-Why-he-quit’>Vernon Small this morning: While promoting Robertosn as front runner, Small says this:

    Moves were under way last night to avoid a messy leadership runoff, but the wider party may push for a contest that would give unions and the wider membership a say.

    They are taking the piss! Surely they can’t expect that only caucus will choose the new leader?

    • the pigman 19.1

      I’d take Vernon Small’s expert inside analysis with a sack of salt or two… He is probably somewhere between Audrey Young and Colin Espiner on the reliable labour-party-insider-journalist stakes.

      And even if that might be the belief of a few in caucus, it is certainly not the message being sent out by Coatsworth, Barnett et al.

  19. Tracey 20

    A leadership change is not a panacea and can only be the beginning. To ensure NACTUNITED don’t rule the roost for another term will require passion and change.

    PASSION is key.

    FAIRNESS is Key

    Someone needs to stand up and say (with genuine passion) that they care about NZers not just NZ.

    We need international partners not masters. NZers have always been leaders, punching above their weight, in sport, in science, in education, in medicine, in arts, in music and in law and the list goes on. We stand up when others cower. When did the Prime Minister forget that? Why did we start cowering?

    We care about hard working employers who create jobs and prosperity and we care about hard working employees who contribute to prosperity. We don’t want a society where we base our fellow kiwis well-being on whether they are better off than a Somalia or Indian slum dweller. We aim higher than that because we care.

    In times of hardship and war, like the recent earthquakes in Canterbury and Wellington, kiwis didn’t divide, didn’t stop to ask who deserved help based on income or lifestyle we recognised help was needed and we provided it. When farmers face drought people help because they care. When someone runs into a fire to save someone else’s loved one we hope that would be us in the same circumstances and we admire them.

    And if someone has the balls they can add

    The fact is that those hard working kiwis who belong to a union have better work conditions and higher wages than their industry counterparts. A workplace is a partnership between employers and employees where everyone works hard and it is not a battlefield. We have to stop swinging from one extreme to another and find a balance where employers are not treated as villains and bullies and employees are not treated as lazy and ungrateful and lucky to have anything at all. We are all better than that.

    The NZ economy entered the recession in a better position than many western countries because we forge our own path. We lead not follow.

    We have a world leading education system and have produced world leading educators. We need to listen to them about how to maintain that and how to bring those who struggle to higher achievement. We wont achieve that by going to war with Principals, teachers and Boards of Trustees.

    We need to be wise about how we spend our money. Wise about where we invest our money but not at the expense of compassion. There is never one right answer but often many wrong ones.

    We are not at war with each other but sometimes behave like we are. No one has a monopoly on caring. Compassion knows no politic allegiance. A compassionate society will thrive a mean society will divide.

    • Ugly Truth 20.1

      Tracey, the following is intended to be constructive criticism, don’t take it as a snub.

      “We need” doesn’t address the underlying causes, all it does is change the symptoms of problem.

      While there is nothing wrong with being compassionate, Fabian socialism uses compassionate people to further its own agenda.

      “Why did we start cowering?”
      Because you started to rely on the state for protection.

      • Tracey 20.1.1

        “WE NEED” IS A CALL TO ARMS OR ATTENTION. yOU CANNOT “WIN” THE PEOPLE OVER BY LECTURING THEM ABOUT HOW YOU WILL ACHIEVE YOUR ENDS. I ENJOY READING ABOUT THE how BUT ALL MY OBSERVATIONS OF THE LAST 40 YEARS OR SO SUGGEST THAT DESPITE WHAT I LIKE/WANT, THE ELECTORATE RESPONDS TO RHETORIC MORE THAN SUBSTANCE. however YOU MUST HAVE THE SUBSTANCE AS WELL.

        Shit, caps lock, sorry. [lprent: I should hope so. ]

        We cower because we believe that the US business interests will feather our bed. That money will flow to us if we make them happy. However the US still has some of the largest number of protectionist laws to protect its own indsutries and markets, while people scramble to throw theirs away to get a free trade agreement with them.

        When we (NZ) weren’t cowering, we also relied on the state for protection.

        I don’t take it as a snub, but appreciate (genuinely)you letting me know you weren’t attacking me.

        I wanted Shearer because I liked his style but despite NZers still regarding pollies as villains, and bemoaning that they can’t trust them, they don’t elect people who don’t act like villains speaking with forked tongues.

        I don’t know what the answer is, but leaders engage people, make it hard to not follow them, their actions and integrity and substance ought to reward that trust.

        People say they want to know the “how” but the media rarely repeats it…

        I was surprised to not see a more concerted effort by Libertarianz to rally against the GCS legislation.

        • Ugly Truth 20.1.1.1

          “We cower because we believe that the US business interests will feather our bed.”

          I see that as the “money (or the love of money) is the root of all evil” argument. The problem with this argument is that if you don’t have security then your money means very little as it can be taken from you at any time.

          “People say they want to know the “how” but the media rarely repeats it…”

          Heh. Best not get me started on the MSM. The interactive nature of social media can be valuable, for example this exchange between Mark Hubbard and MP Paul Foster-Bell on the GCSB.

          http://lifebehindtheirondrape.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gcsb-bill-today-national-act-and-uf.html

          If you know the “why” then the “how” is relatively easy to figure out. Knowing the “why” typically involves some digging into the history of geopolitics, something that most people don’t have the time or the inclination for.

          “I was surprised to not see a more concerted effort by Libertarianz to rally against the GCS legislation.”

          Libertarians can have fundamentally different ideas about what liberty is. When they see it purely as civil liberty they become locked into the standard political paradigm, which seriously constrains the options available to them.

          • Tracey 20.1.1.1.1

            Thanks for your comments.

            I mentioned libertarianz because the ones I have read online ARE big on intellectual and actual freedom yet that group or even parts of seemed to stay out of the debate.

            It’s easier to have values than to actually live them I guess.

            “I see that as the “money (or the love of money) is the root of all evil” argument. The problem with this argument is that if you don’t have security then your money means very little as it can be taken from you at any time.”

            Couldn’t agree with you more.

  20. burt 21

    Democracy from a party that thinks the business of government is what government define it to be – good luck with that !

    • Tracey 21.1

      It’s got national this far burt…

      I for one would like to see that change BUT National has taken it to new heights indeed.

      • burt 21.1.1

        Tracey

        Are you mad ? Clark was quoted as saying the business of government is what government define it to be – democracy being by the people for the people …. spot the incompatibility ….

        Now stop talking about National doing it too – this thread is about unity and democracy in the context of Labour – not about unity and democracy compared to National.

  21. Winston Smith 22

    I predict (and hope) Little will be the next leader of Labour

  22. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 23

    With a new leadership race there’s now a real chance to bring the Labour party together to fight the good fight against the right.

    Good luck with that.

    Really.

    • burt 23.1

      I look forward to a Labour government bringing back compulsory unionism so that low paid workers are forced to support the Labour party…. that will be their crowning achievement. That and tax law changes that allow massive distortions…

      Oh don’t forget low quality government spending causing inflation and high interest rates which are great for wealthy people with cash but devastating for low income earners and people with mortgages.

      The cycle will repeat – the economy will appear to boom then it will crash and we will be back to national dishing out the medicine… and then we go around again.

      • Tracey 23.1.1

        cos bashing and deriding the unions has really worked well in increasing minimum wage and living wage rates for Nzers lower earners.

        • burt 23.1.1.1

          Unions that lobby the government are good – unions that have partisan support for a single party – they are just fund raisers for the party. I don’t agree that fund raising should be done from low paid workers – theses are the people the union apparently exists to serve – not the other way around.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 23.1.1.1.1

            And since union members get paid more, your concern seems born of ignorance.

  23. Jacobin 24

    The only one that can actually win is Cunliffe. He also has contra-neoliberal policy. Who cares if he is a cunt in person, John Key is a cunt, this is the game we are in. Now lets get moving.

  24. tricledrown 25

    Burt logic 101 the business round table should be funding labour instead.
    Unions formed the labour party to put an end to serfdom.
    Pathetic attempt at cynicism.

  25. Venezia 26

    That link to David Cunliffe’s speech does not work. “Your access to this site has been limited” etc

  26. xtasy 27

    If only people in NZ would damned WAKE up and read and be informed, we would NOT have the crap that goes down, Oh so desperate I am, I am close to committing suicide, I am really thinking like that!!!

    http://accforum.org/forums/index.php?/topic/15264-welfare-reform-the-health-and-disability-panel-msd-the-truth-behind-the-agenda/

  27. Belladonna 28

    Hang in there xtasy, Labour will hopefully get their act together with a new leader. Beneficiaries need people like you to fight against this terrible persecution they have to endure at present. Stay strong.

    • xtasy 28.1

      Belladonna – thanks, some days are a real “struggle” for me, but I am hanging in there. The day Shearer announced his resignation was a day I started to see a shimmer of light and hope at the end of a long dark tunnel.

      I keep my fingers crossed that the party, the affiliates AND the caucus get it right this time. We need a strong opposition, that also is united enough and work together, to address all the injustices imposed on the most unfortunate and weakest.

      Re welfare I think that Ardern needs to get a wake up call and address the issues more vocally and directly, or that portfolio should go to someone who shows a bit more initiative and drive. But maybe her ambitions were also being “dampened” by the older ones in caucus, wanting to please potential middle class swing voters, who have for years been misinformed by the appalling mainstream media about what really goes on.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgNo2Nyp-TY

      This link shows a bit of discussion on what has been going on in the UK by the way.

  28. jim 29

    Labour has/had notable and saleable talent in Shearer/Parker/Cunliffe. Robertson’s fingerprints are all over the reasons why they did not work together.

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    Is the world really de-industrialising? by Michael Roberts Last week I spoke on a panel that debated De-industrialisation and socialism.  The panel was organised by Spring, a Manchester-based group in England that has become a forum for the discussion of...
    Redline | 24-10
  • Looking back with pride – Maryan Street
    Maryan Street joined the Labour Party in 1984, was President from 1995-1997 and became an MP in 2005. She talked to Labour Voices about her Labour journey and the people, events and achievements she recalls with the greatest pride....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Strong and comprehensive
    DEVELOPING “a very strong and comprehensive” Women’s Affairs policy going into the 2014 election is one of the achievements Carol Beaumont is most proud of. And being unable to implement it one of her regrets....
    Labour campaign | 24-10
  • Christchurch’s rebuild should be decided by Christchurch, not Welling...
    Radio New Zealand has an appalling story this morning about the government's interference in the Christchurch rebuild over the new District Plan. Normally district plans are decided by elected local councils accountable to the voters who will live under them....
    No Right Turn | 24-10
  • Turning a blind eye to corruption
    As we are constantly reminded, New Zealand consistently leads the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index as the "least corrupt country in the world". And as we are increasingly becoming aware, that reputation may be undeserved. Today there's another nail in...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Police Association off target with call to arm Police
    Arming our Police will lead to more crime, more violence, and more killings – by criminals, and potentially even by police. The Police Commissioner is correct in pointing out that the Police Association’s recent call to arm all officers is...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Political interference at Maori Television
    A government-owned television channel arranges an interview with a former opposition MP, but the government-appointed CEO spikes it. Something from Russia or Cuba maybe? No - according to Hone Harawira its happening right here in New Zealand:“[Maori TV CEO Paora]...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • September 14 Patronage
    Auckland’s Transport’s patronage results for September are now out and they show that the city is experiencing spectacular PT growth, growth which is also setting a number of records. The big news was earlier in the week was that when it was announced...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa, Labour MP for Manukau East, has given her Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Maiden speech – Adrian Rurawhe
    Adrian Rurawhe, Labour MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, has given his Maiden Speech in Parliament....
    Labour campaign | 23-10
  • Roastbusters, one year on (almost)
    March in Wellington against rape culture, from Stuff.co.nz Content warning: contains discussion of rape and sexual assault You can literally get away with rape in this country. You can be a serial rapist, with photographic and video evidence you willingly...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Labour Needs To Stop Saying What People DON”T want to hear.
    A Freight Train called Key: On election night 1975 Bill Rowling said Muldoon's landslide victory felt like being hit by a bus. Oh what David Cunliffe would have given for that bus on 20 September 2014!THE ANGUISH of Labour supporters...
    Bowalley Road | 23-10
  • And if you have to carry a gun to keep your fragile seat at number one R...
    What happened at Canada's war memorial and parliamentary buildings is a pretty bad thing. It should, however, be kept in some sort of perspective. ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Beware the sucker ploy.
    A few years back I wrote about the strategic utility of terrorism. One thing I did not mention in that post was the use of a tried and true guerrilla tactic as part of the terrorist arsenal: the sucker ploy....
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Hard News: Friday Music: An accompanied korero
    I'm chairing the LATE at the Museum event next month, under the title The Age of Slacktivism. We've picked a strong lineup -- Nicky Hager, Matthew Hooton, Marianne Elliot, Laura O'Connell Rapira -- and it should be a rousing hour's...
    Public Address | 23-10
  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love
    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • China’s coal use actually falling now (for the first time this centur...
    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Can new roads pay for themselves?
    It’s common to hear people say that because roads are paid for by their users (fn 1), we should build more roads. After all, the new roads will fund themselves! At first glance, this seems convincing. But a closer look...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies, sons & daughters were sent to d...
      As a nation drowned in the PM’s lies Sons & daughters were sent to die Meanwhile at home democracy cried But his government crowed Everything’s fine.   Other peoples’ children signed up for his war While at home in comfort...
    Politically Corrected | 23-10
  • Why I am on the left
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Post by Jem I am left first and...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Minister to attend TPP Ministers’ Meeting
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser will depart today for Sydney to join Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the next round of negotiations.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 24 October 2014...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    Press Release – The Nation This weekend on The Nation with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP
    Press Release – Federated Farmers International Agricultural and Agri-Food Producers Call for Strong Outcomes through the TPP At the round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Australia, agri-food producer and processor groups from Canada, Australia …International...
    Its our future | 23-10
  • Grant Robertson is not as much like Joseph Stalin as some would have you th...
    It’s not often you see a New Zealand political figure compared favourably to Stalin, but this is what Chris Trotter has done to that decidedly non-genocidal non-lunatic Grant Robertson.  ...
    Pundit | 23-10
  • Food, Fossil Fuels and Filthy Finance
    It is depressingly apparent that powerful forces in the global economy are set to carry on with the exploration for and use of fossil fuels ass a primary source of energy for decades to come. Oxfam has produced a report...
    Hot Topic | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    Today I made my oral submission to the Environmental Protection Authority on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine phosphate from the seabed approximately halfway between the mainland and the Chatham Island. In a nutshell this application is for the deepest...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • Surrounded sex offender still won’t come down from roof
    While they would still appreciate him coming down, police say they’re confident the man has “nowhere to hide.” After an agonising 54-year wait, it is beginning to appear as though a notorious sex offender dressed as Santa may not, in...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #46 On the Way or Already There?
    46: On the Way or Already There? What if we dropped the pseudo-word “roading” from Auckland’s vernacular? Roads are on the way somewhere; streets are already somewhere. This simple difference in understanding and perspective between movement and place often results...
    Transport Blog | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    frogblog | 23-10
  • More police misconduct
    Another day, another IPCA report - this one into a police officer who unjustifiably set a police dog to savage a surrendering suspect:A police dog was set on a man who had his hands in the air in what is...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Media Link: The revolution will not be televised.
    I had the opportunity to do a long interview with Olivier Jutel, host of the Dunedin Radio One show “The revolution will not be televised.” It is a rare occasion when one gets to converse at length about a variety...
    Kiwipolitico | 23-10
  • Key spoke to Cameron Slater ‘not as Prime Minister’, but as a sponge
    Cameron Slater (left), and John Key (right), presumably in his capacity as a kitchen sponge. Facing fresh criticism about the details of his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Prime Minister John Key today claimed that, on the occasions...
    The Civilian | 23-10
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Musa Kart is a Turkish cartoonist. In February he published a cartoon criticising Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's cover-up of a corruption probe. Now, he's being prosecuted for it:Turkish prosecutors have filed an indictment against a famous cartoonist working for...
    No Right Turn | 23-10
  • Workers’ rights under attack
    Now that 51st Parliament has been officially opened and sworn in, the government’s first order of business is to ram through an amendment to the Employment Relations Act. These legislative changes represent a massive assault on the rights of everyday...
    On the Left | 23-10
  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees
    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant....
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Shell Oil Cowboys Caught Drilling Illegally in New Zealand
    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 23-10
  • Freedom of information: How it works in Norway
    While we're all wailing and gnashing our teeth about the corruption of our Official Information Act, the Open Government Partnership has a great piece on how Norway does it better. Key to their approach is proactive publication of the metadata...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    CTU | 22-10
  • There appears to be an off button
    John Key’s ability to turn his Prime Ministership on or off as he pleases raises a number of troubling issues for the general public....
    Imperator Fish | 22-10
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – the John Key edition
    It’s standard practice for Ministers and Prime Ministers to wear different “hats” in the course of their work. Work done as a Minister can obviously be separate and distinct from an MP’s ordinary functions on behalf of the constituents in their electorates....
    Occasionally erudite | 22-10
  • The many hats of John Key
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    On the Left | 22-10
  • Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl
    Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • Ebola Fear outstrips risk
    It's not just that Ebola sounds like a modern day black plague and probably originated from blood sucking bats living in dark caves - reason enough for people here in the United States to react like there's a Zombie-Vampire apocalypse...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • National lets Shell drill illegally
    Back in 2012, National passed the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act. At the time, they made a lot of noise about how this was the first legislation to properly protect the EEZ, and that it would...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health about Katherine Rich’s c...
    KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health : Is he satisfied that there is no conflict of interest in the head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, being a board member of the Health Promotion Agency; if so,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Kennedy Graham to the Prime Minister on the Deployment of New Zealand Speci...
    Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the risks to New Zealand from any commitment of military assistance to counter Islamic State militants in Iraq would be "no greater than I think the...
    Greens | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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