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Unqualified teachers in charter schools condemned

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, September 7th, 2012 - 181 comments
Categories: education, national, schools - Tags: , ,

The Nats’ inconsistency on the importance of having well qualified teachers is one of their most brazen examples of naked political opportunism. Hekia Parata:

Focus on quality will raise achievement

Education Minister Hekia Parata today said the National-led Government’s focus on teaching quality will raise achievement and ensure our young people get the skills they need to reach their potential. … “The single most important thing we can do to raise achievement is to improve teaching quality.”

John Key:

Key: Don’t worry about unqualified teachers

Prime Minister John Key says people should not be “hung up” on the fact that teachers without qualifications will be able to teach New Zealand children at charter schools.

Key’s self-serving dismissal of qualified teachers should by all rights be impossible to maintain in the face of a stinging report from the Ministry of Education, here reported by 3 News:

Ministry’s warning over charter schools

The Government is pushing ahead with allowing charter schools to employ unregistered teachers, despite the Ministry of Education warning against it.

… A regulatory impact statement from the ministry says anything less than 100 percent registered teachers “does not align with the government’s quality initiatives”.

“Teacher registration is one the most influential levers in raising teacher quality across the profession in both state and private schools,” it said.

“Allowing charter schools to stand outside this work will significantly damage the credibility of the crown.”

It said the potential for negative impacts on students’ education from unqualified or unregistered teachers is “high”.

The Nats won’t listen because the Nats don’t care about the quality of education, they only care about privatising it.

181 comments on “Unqualified teachers in charter schools condemned”

  1. Mark 1

    “they only care about privatising it.” We can only hope. Look at the results!

  2. Mark 2

    Hopefully the end game here is get the teachers unions out of our kids lives, then we’ll get progress. I actually support unions, but since they have become politicised “experts” such that no one else can have a good idea, I say away with them..

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Hopefully the end game here is get the teachers unions out of our kids lives, then we’ll get progress.

      No we won’t. The progress we’ve had over the last century or so has been entirely due to unions and socialism. If we hadn’t had them we truly would be a feudal society again with all the social problems that brings.

      I actually support unions, but since they have become politicised “experts” such that no one else can have a good idea, I say away with them..

      When you get a bunch of specialists together then they usually have the best ideas about that speciality. Everyone else talking about that speciality is, quite simply, talking shit. In other words the best people to listen to about teaching happens to be the teachers who just happen to be in a union.

      • Mark 2.1.1

        Ah Draco, Brilliant comeback!

        “entirely due to unions and socialism” that’s made my week. Keep it up.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          It’s simple history but you’re to pig ignorant to know that.

          • Mark 2.1.1.1.1

            I remember socialism. It used to be all the rage, until everyone figured out we needed capitalism to pay the bills.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1.1

              You mean the same bills sent out to us by the same capitalists?

              • Mark

                Those same ones that invented the device you’re currently reading this on.

                • fatty

                  Mine’s made in China :/

                • NickS

                  :roll:

                  Funny, given that most of the tech development that underpins computing and the internet was funded by the state (mostly DARPA, but also needed for nuclear weapons research) or built as part of university research initiatives and oft released for “free” in relation to communication protocols.

                  • fatty

                    True, Ubuntu has been serving me well for a couple of years now, much better than Windows ever did. Last time I checked, Ubuntu doesn’t have anything to do with capitalism

                    • NickS

                      Heh, I’d move to it, but it takes to much damn effort to get windows games to run :P

                      Although valve, the makers of Half-Life and private owners of steam are possibly looking at making that a hell of a lot easier ;)

                    • fatty

                      “Heh, I’d move to it, but it takes to much damn effort to get windows games to run”

                      That’s the problem with capitalism, its holding us back

                    • Rich

                      Um, Ubuntu is produced by Canonical Ltd, a for-profit company with a reported $30mln turnover.

                      The business model of the OSS industry is basically that instead of charging for inadequately documented buggy software, they charge to help people use inadequately documented buggy software. Either way, it’s capitalism.

                      (and they have IP as well. In the case of Ubuntu, it’s the body of knowledge on how to make stuff work).

                • Colonial Viper

                  Those same ones that invented the device you’re currently reading this on.

                  Capitalists didn’t invent my HP laptop, you loser.

                  Indirectly at least, a couple of communist entrepreneur engineers in a garage in Palo Alto did. Learn your frakking Hewlett Packard history.

                  In my experience, engineers, designers, technicians, process workers, machine operators, and coders are the ones who invent and build shit.

                  Capitalists just leach off their work.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    Capitalists just leach off their work.

                    QFT

                  • In my experience, engineers, designers, technicians, process workers, machine operators, and coders are the ones who invent and build shit.

                    You’d think this unremarkable observation would be so unremarkable that no-one would need to point it out. Sadly, that seems not to be the case, the world being full of people who apparently imagine guys like Donald Trump or Mitt Romney are the ones we have to thank for stuff like “that device you’re currently reading this on.”

                • NickS

                  :roll:

                  Also, capitalists generally don’t invent stuff, they merely provide teh financial capital for R&D (if they’re smart, r.e. the now dead Bell Labs string of money spinners) and manufacturing. So yeah, wtf are you smoking or be you just plain stupid?

            • Carol 2.1.1.1.1.2

              And yet, after a couple of decades of unfettered capitalism, more and more people are having difficulty paying their bills!

              • Draco T Bastard

                And a few people are getting very, very rich. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t appear to be either the people inventing stuff or doing the work.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1.3

              Did you note the GFC? Did you also note the bankster bailouts? Yep, that’s socialism paying for the failure of capitalism.

        • NickS 2.1.1.2

          “entirely due to unions and socialism” that’s made my week. Keep it up.

          Yeap, because the historical realities of how workers rights were pushed by unions (such as the 40hr week, work safety etc) will so totes disappear if you just ignore them :roll:

    • Dr Terry 2.2

      Now, Mark, I think you have said quite enough – stop making an ass of yourself.

    • irascible 2.3

      Mark, you’re talking cobblers. The Teacher Unions, made up of and governed by its members, are there to do several important things in the schools. 1) To protect the rights of teachers, as employees, to negotiate their salary and conditions of service, 2) to provide assistance for members that require help in their place of employment,and 3) to provide advice and informed commentary on matters of policy that may affect the workplace and the delivery of the tasks the members are required to provide.
      As an informed and involved group of people teachers have every right to offer commentary on policy and developments in education regardless of those who would wish to shut them down.
      If youbelieve that your children’s lives to be blighted and thus prevented from progressing then I would suggest that both you and your children are not living in a real universe and that you have no conception of the role of a trade union in the lives of its members and in the workplace.

  3. tracey 3

    So you dont actually support unions. If it werent for the union our teacher student ratios would have increased by now

    • Mark 3.1

      On the contrary, thats doing something to support their members.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        You’re not for supporting our teachers, Mark?

        BTW that’s the purpose of unions like Federated Farmers and the Business Roundtable…to support their members…DUH

        • Mark 3.1.1.1

          Ah., the untouchable teachers. Turns out, half of them are below average.

          • Macro 3.1.1.1.1

            This man is BRILLIANT!!
            Hey people did you know that half are BELOW “average”!
            (I take it he is talking about a median here – not the mean.)
            Such an impressive statement of mathematical certitude!
            Go to the top of the class Mark – you must have had one of those teachers that are above “average” to know that sort of stuff.

          • NickS 3.1.1.1.2

            :roll:

            Someone failed statistics101 I see…

            Average doesn’t mean 50% in a population, as it depends on the population characteristics, so you can have non-bell curve distributions that spike up very quickly towards the statistical mean and vis versa.

            As for teaching skills, given you’ve got multiple skill areas you need to check a teacher against and control for students characteristics, you don’t get nice simple rankings. Unless you’re an idiot that is, who has trouble understanding complex stuff…

            • Macro 3.1.1.1.2.1

              “average” is not a mathematical term.
              The terms for measures of central tendency are “mean”, “median”, and “mode”.
              The mean (what one commonly calls an ‘average’ – the sum of all the scores divided by the number of scores) is only one statistic which can lie anywhere within the range of the data (as you point out) – which is why, I take it, that Mark is referring to the ‘median’ – here half the scores lie above and half below. The mode is the most frequent score.

              • fatty

                I actually assumed a bell curve.
                Mark stated that half of them are below average, so I assumed that the other half are above average…and since Mark will not be able to tell us how many teachers are below or above average, I see no reason not to assume a bell curve.
                Surprisingly, its probably not the stupidest comment Mark’s made on this thread.

              • NickS

                For the general population average = mean ;)

                • Macro

                  Not necessarily – for instance the “Average” house price is usually taken as the median house price – this being a far more meaningful statistic.
                  When incomes are quoted however, the “average” quoted, is usually the “mean” which as most of us here know, is NOT a fair representation of income for the general population being unfairly boosted by a few ultra high incomes. The mode is probably the best indication of where the majority of incomes lie.

                  • NickS

                    In the case of house prices yes, but for everything else average typically indicates the population mean :P

              • Mark

                I’ll concede on that one. Good work.. In teacherland their competencies no doubt don’t fit a standard distribution curve.

                So, what percentage do you reckon are below average then? Rhetorical question. You have no idea. Let’s be generous and say its 40%.

                • NickS

                  :roll:
                  QFT:

                  As for teaching skills, given you’ve got multiple skill areas you need to check a teacher against and control for students characteristics, you don’t get nice simple rankings. Unless you’re an idiot that is, who has trouble understanding complex stuff…

                  • Mark

                    You don’t get nice simple rankings because there are no criteria, no measurement, no standards, next to no peer review and no accountability. That’s why it’s so complex..

                    • NickS

                      :roll:

                      Cos there’s so totes not a academic area of study called Education Theory that critically examines how to teach and the affects therein on children and practices peer review. Let alone takes measurements of any sort.

                      Of course, Education Theory is probably a bit too complex for you :cool:

                      Especially with all the multi-factor statistics and critical writing involved in it.

                    • georgecom

                      Lots of criteria Mark, ongoing cycles of measurement, a range of standards, lots of peer review and high accountability. Things about teaching are complex because teaching is actually a complex matter.

                      Anything else?

                    • Macro

                      And that is why teachers NEED to be qualified! Even in private schools.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Mark:

                      A shit teacher having a shit day = you on your best day of the year.

                      Capiche?

          • Murray Olsen 3.1.1.1.3

            Mark actually may be right about half being below average if the number of teachers is large enough the the Central Limit Theorem holds. However, it’s still a pretty stupid statement if the average teacher is highly competent anyway and doesn’t prove his point at all. Unless, of course, his point is to be appointed to some education commission by Hekia Parata and John Banks, both well below average by any measure.
             

          • mike e 3.1.1.1.4

            so if they are below average why doe we have the 4th best education system in the world 16 th under the last nactional govt heading that way again with your rednek logic!
            Your just a naive redneck bully’
            John Key Came from a state house whose mother received the widows pension got a free education no student loan.
            If he was in the same situation now he would be stuck at the bottom of the heap and no way out.

      • georgecom 3.1.2

        Its helping teachers deliver a better quality of education.

        It’s also helping deliver better education for children.

        You think those things are not worth while Mark?

        • Mark 3.1.2.1

          Ongoing cycle of measurement? Lots of peer review? Seriously? 3 terms on a school boards haven’t shown me that..

          It’s smoke and mirrors. There is no real accountability. Name the last time a teacher was fired because they were incompetent. I can name several at my school who have tenure, and nothing much else to add.

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.2.1.1

            I can name several at my school who have tenure

            Please explain how the “tenure” clause works in your school’s employment contracts.

            • Mark 3.1.2.1.1.1

              I wish I could Viper. Every year they are still there. Nearly every year they get more money. Every year they do the same bad job. Every now and then principal shuffles them sideways in the vain hope he doesn’t have to deal with until next year. I’ll tell you a story about this one day. Just be thankful your kids teachers are doing a fabulous job, because their employment contract certainly doesn’t require it.

              • Colonial Viper

                Oh, so your use of the American college professor term “tenure” was actually bullshit? Good to know.

                Every year they do the same bad job. Every now and then principal shuffles them sideways in the vain hope he doesn’t have to deal with until next year. I’ll tell you a story about this one day.

                It sounds like it’s you who does a shit job on the Board of Trustees. Probably because your contract doesn’t require otherwise. Or because you are a dick. Not sure which. Be great to hear more “stories” (fairytales) from you.

          • georgecom 3.1.2.1.2

            whatever anectodal experiences you have had Mark I don’t lnow. However I do know that there multiple standards, reviews, appraisals and checks and balances in education and for teachers.

            Name me the last nurse, doctoer, lawyer, truck driver, fast food server, hair dresser, used car salesperson, water technician, accountant, architect who was fired for incompetence.

  4. mike 4

    And another report card on the NAct govt comes in. Let’s add it to the list and see how it changes the picture on their overall performance.

    Human Rights Commission: Fail
    Unemployment figures: Fail
    Waitangi Tribunal: Fail
    Child Poverty Report: Fail
    Ministry of Education: Fail

    But hey, John Key says he not bovvered, so it’s all good.

    • Mark 4.1

      Keeping you lot out of Government: Pass

      • mike 4.1.1

        So you don’t care if official reports, stats, advice, and tribunals say that your lot is doing a really crap job on multiple fronts, actively oiling up our downward slide while your guy shrugs his shoulders and says he’s not bovvered, as long as NAct keeps on fooling enough sheep to keep us lot in opposition?

        Keep on ticking the blue box munter.

        • Mark 4.1.1.1

          Yep, sure do care, that’s not the sole preserve of the left. What I don’t have is the Bitter, Twisted and Angry that’s apparent on this blog.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1

            Just a bit of sporting passion mate :cool:

          • NickS 4.1.1.1.2

            Lawl projecting much?

          • mike 4.1.1.1.3

            Wait so what you’re telling me is that you’re pleased with the NAct party because they succeeded in keeping the people who blog here out of government? Um, I don’t recall that there actually existed a “The Standard Bloggers United” Party at the last election Mark. So I don’t really see that as a big achievement to crow about myself. (But how about it guys? Lprent for PM? Anyone?)

            If you’re trying to claim that the diverse and often divergent attitudes and opinions here represent those of any current political party, well, they just don’t. This is an anonynous blog where any random person can post anything they want.

            Your argument is just stupid sh*t.

            • Mark 4.1.1.1.3.1

              You seem bitter and angry that your team’s not in government? There goes another personal attack. Will I be house nigger or hitler next?

              • Colonial Viper

                Mark. Fucking right mate. You are a House Nigger. Working for your betters and your masters, against your fellow NZers, and all for a pittance. Feel sorry for you.

                • Mark

                  Actually, I’m working for my family, my staff and my customers. So that I can buy them food and pay the taxes that pay for your computer time.

                  Who are you working for? What difference are you making?

                  • NickS

                    Because we’re all so totes on a benefit here :roll:

                    (Well, I’ll be soon, but that’s due to chronic depression and I’ll be trying to get off it asap as the skin on the soles of my feet will pay otherwise with nothing to do)

                    As for _that_ question, would you rather I commit suicide instead? Because frankly, that’s the logical implication of your question. You’re just too stupid to see it or too cowardly to admit it.

                    And why? Because the baggage of that question is that it devalues the life of anyone who isn’t working, or can’t work.

                  • lprent

                    I very much doubt that you pay for CV’s computer time. You definitely don’t pay for mine. I don’t think you’d be capable of understanding what I do.

                    Like using a unqualified teacher to teach anything it’s be a matter of random luck if you could rather than prediction.

                    • Mark

                      I’d say it’s pretty much certain you get paid by the govt, whilst slagging off the govt.

                      As for ‘devaluing people’s lives’ refer CV comment, whereby I am a house nigger working against my fellow citizens, no less.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      As for ‘devaluing people’s lives’ refer CV comment, whereby I am a house nigger working against my fellow citizens, no less.

                      These may be the first words of truth you have spoken for many moons, I’d wager. (The fact you paraphrased me helps heh)

                    • NickS

                      whilst slagging off the govt.

                      Ye gads, you’re stupid.

                      Hey, guess what? There’s thing called the Human Rights Act and while freedom of speech isn’t included as a direct part of it, it is a consequence. To the point, that one cannot be fired for speaking out against one’s employer, unless what’s being said is false without triggering funtime with the Employment Court. And in the case of those getting money from the government, only those in direct pay of the government, namely those working in a ministry or department have limitations on what they can say vis politics, and even then, that only applies to direct support, whilst on the clock. Government employees can still say that a policy is downright stupid off the job. Anyone else though, is under no obligation to spare the government from any criticism, and for teachers particularly, they’re paid and hired by the School Board, not the MoE.

                      As for ‘devaluing people’s lives’ refer CV comment, whereby I am a house nigger working against my fellow citizens, no less.

                      Fail dodge is fail (CV made a racist ad hom, where as you did something else entirely), so reply to my fucking post you coward.

                    • Mark

                      Brilliant, so I’ve got an interest in education and bring a differing opinion to the fight, and I’m a troll.

                      CV sticks it in all night with the insults and he’s an all round good bastard. (I know you’ll use that statement in evidence against me out of context at some point)

                      [lprent: So argue (generally) on the argument rather than the person, and you'll find that others (including me) do the same. The comment that I noted had no point in it.

                      If you read back through your comments like I did (use @author Mark in the search), then your comments mostly had no actual argument they can be catorgised as:-

                      1. Most consisted of unsustantiated assertions about your 'experience' - which without any argument is pointless if you are using a psuedonym. You have to say why it was you thought something worked or did not. Appeals to to dumb authority are about as much use as tits on a bull.
                      2. There were quite a few about how others were being unfair to you bacuse they insulted you (get used to it dickhead - this is the net). Insults are a way of life and if elegant enough, a source of amusement here.
                      3. And finally (and this is why I noticed you) making pointless insults with unsustantiated assertions. You didn't say why you disagreed with whoever and whatever you were getting wound up about you just made up crap as 'fact'. If you read the responses to you with 'insults' in they pretty much carry a point about why they think that you are talking out of your arse - deal with that first and embellish afterwards as clear speculation. Otherwise eventually they catch my moderating attention with a warning (and so do anyone elses).

                      You can act the victim all you like. I really don't give a pigs arse about your feelings. I'm interested in how the comments section behavior runs. After (I suspect) several times here you must have figured that out by now.

                      However if you want to argue here then change your behaviour. Anyway, enough feedback time. ]

                    • NickS

                      Mark, quit dodging my post you coward and address the fucking issue.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Mark said:

                      Brilliant, so I’ve got an interest in education

                      This is like the fucking Greeks saying that they have an “interest” in Troy

              • mike

                “You seem bitter and angry that your team’s not in government? There goes another personal attack. Will I be house nigger or hitler next?”

                You don’t use question marks very well?

                So no logical reply to anything I’ve said then. Big surprise from the guy who’s pulling out gems like ‘turns out half of them are below average’ and ‘computers were invented by capitalists’.

                I certainly am bitter and angry, but not because ‘my team’ didn’t get in. (I don’t particularly have a team.) I’m angry because this government is an incompetent, manipulative, lying, self-serving failure. What on Earth that has to do with my explaining to you why your argument is stupid sh*t I don’t know, you left that bit out. I’m pretty sure that’s because the stuff you write is stupid sh*t.

                Personal attack? Nope. I’ll explain it to ya. If I was to say, and we’re just talking hypothetically now, “You are a stupid sh*t”, then that would be personal. I said, “Your argument is stupid sh*t.” Look real hard and see if you can see the difference. If you’re too delicate a soul to handle being told stuff like this, then maybe you should just accept that the blog world isn’t for you.

                As for your third stupid sh*t sentence, nope, I have no intention of calling you a house nigger, (even though CV makes a good case), nor Hitler (wtf). That’s three out of three wrong and stupid sentences. Nice hitting!

                But I will go ahead and call you a rank troll Mark. This site has seen the likes of you come and go many many times. And more than half of them were better trolls than you are. That means you’re below average, (just thought I’d help you out there). I’m guessing they are mostly spotty teenagers who think it’s clever and funny to hijack discussions, provoke reactions, pick fights, and respond to coherent criticism with stupid sh*t just to keep the party going.

                It’s kind of like when you see the boy racers with their lowered Ford Escorts, tinted windows, “Josh” and “Katy” sticker on the windscreen, and the noisiest redundant muffler they can find. They think they are pretty kewl no doubt. But they’re not. They’re just lame. Or when a bunch of 12 year old kids get into sniffing glue coz that looks kewl. It’s not, it’s lame. Like your trolling Mark, it’s lame and embarrassing (for you). It makes you look, well, stupid.

                I so do look forward to your measured and well reasoned response.

            • weka 4.1.1.1.3.2

              “But how about it guys? Lprent for PM? Anyone?”

              Nah, he should be Speaker of the House :evil:

          • prism 4.1.1.1.4

            Mark
            I think that you are Twisted though. You seem to have appeared on Sept 3rd and tried to diss the discussion on 250,000 signatures against asset sales. Now your subject of attack is about charter schools. You seem very NACT oriented.

          • mike e 4.1.1.1.5

            freudian slip there Mark

  5. Dr Terry 5

    Thanks Mark, about time you spluttered “pass”!

    Problem is National does not want an educated (thus informed and thinking) public. None but the elite. They are threatened by intelligence among the herd.

    • prism 5.1

      Dr Terry
      I suggest they are threatened by the sneaking idea of ‘superior intelligence’ in the herd. Very off putting that.

    • Mark 5.2

      I seem to have to splutter over your pious sanctimony.

    • Mark 5.3

      Think you’ll find that is the left that relies on an uneducated populace for votes. It’s in the Nats best interest to improve education, that improves their natural constituency.

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        It’s in the Nats best interest to improve education for wealthy kids, that improves their natural constituency.

        FIFY

        Hence an extra $30M for private schools

        • Mark 5.3.1.1

          Wealthy kids have always had a choice. That’s why many Labour politicians send their kids to private schools

          Kids like mine, don’t, because I’m self employed and struggle each week to pay wages. They go to a decile one. Im on the board because I care about what goes on. I would be on the board of a charter school tomorrow, because then I could really make a difference.

          I suspect you are in this blog being Angry because you are at the govt trough. What difference do you make everyday?

          Better education will mean more wealthy kids.

          [lprent: He isn't. Nor am I. And right now I can say with your propensity to making really dumb assertions, that you sound more like a deliberate troller than anyone worth arguing with. Looking at all of your comments is like looking at the troll manual for lines to say on blogs circa 2007.

          Lift your standard and learn to argue before I get irritated reading you. And read the policy if I haven't advised you to do so in the past (the whining sounds awfully familar).

          After all there is a chance you're not one of the idiots previously booted from here for being too thick to argue your corner with some intelligence and has received summary judgement when I get tired of reading lines cribbed from a fifteen year olds book on how to look good for the other sex.. ]

          • NickS 5.3.1.1.1

            Better education will mean more wealthy kids.

            And yet the conclusion from a very large number of education academics and studies is that systems like the National Standards put in place by National don’t increase educational achievement (go use google scholar, that’s unless you’re going to pay me to do teh research)

            And guess what else? Children in poverty don’t learn as well as those who aren’t, due to higher likelihood of home life stresses, illness and other issues that go with poverty. So one of the best means of increasing educational success is to deal with poverty and provide broad social welfare and health coverage. Instead of ignoring it or making it worse like what National’s been doing.

          • Mark 5.3.1.1.2

            Have I not argued the points put to me, made no personal insults, provided stats where I could, and been reasonable at all times?

            [lprent: no. And I read a page (ie up to 50) of your comments. See my other note about what I observed. The only stats I saw you make had no link next to them which makes them meaningless assertions. For some strange reason everyone just ignored them - did you ever wonder why? ]

            • Colonial Viper 5.3.1.1.2.1

              A reasonable, well spoken traitor is still, in the final analysis, nought but a traitor

            • NickS 5.3.1.1.2.2

              Say something stupid, prepare to be nommed upon.

              And what stats?

            • bbfloyd 5.3.1.1.2.3

              skidmarks… you’ve been trying to make this whole pile of bullshit you call debate personal from the first….. All you’ve actually done here is fucked up a potentially interesting debate….

              “bitter and twisted”?.. more like mindlessly smug and ignorant…..

              I can’t believe so many here bothered to attempt to reason with you…. such an obvious waste of space….

              • Colonial Viper

                All you’ve actually done here is fucked up a potentially interesting debate….

                I think he regards that as “mission accomplished”.

                • bbfloyd

                  Sad, but too true CV……I grow more impatient by the day with skiddy and his little gang of “southpark superheroes”…..The resentment at having to watch these morons masturbate all over well meaning people just because they can is becoming palpable ….

          • fatty 5.3.1.1.3

            “Better education will mean more wealthy kids.”

            I have heard this before, but I don’t get it. If Minimum wage is low, and the top wages are ridiculously high, then how does better education make us all more wealthy. We can’t all be CEOs or doctors. Someone’s gotta clean toilets, and an educated toilet cleaner gets the same as an uneducated toilet cleaner.
            So shouldn’t we be trying to make things more equal, rather than trying to have everyone with post-secondary education?

            • Colonial Viper 5.3.1.1.3.1

              Exactly. In the US this year an ugly milestone was reached: having attended university gives you no better chance of employment than not having ever been to university.

              Postgrads stacking shelves, anyone.

              • Draco T Bastard

                That’s happening throughout the world. Productivity is so high today there is absolutely no way to actually meaningfully employ everybody full time unless you get rid of the dead weight loss of profit and most of those people will end up being employed in either the arts or in R&D.

                • NickS

                  Yeah, the lack of work due to higher productivity has the very real potential to drive political instability world wide unless governments address it, and worst of all, the radical right is best poised to take advantage of it (r.e. the BNP in the UK and friend in the EU) due to the undermining of the activist left by the government and the media in most western nations.

          • mike e 5.3.1.1.4

            labour brought our education from 16 th place to fourth in the OECD.
            Put science maths and English back on the curriculum while national were more interested in religious studies .
            Last time national were in power they gouged the education system took it from sixth down to 16th.
            The same thing is happening all over again.

  6. ianmac 6

    J ust read an article that my sister saved for my return called “Finnish Lessons: No Charter Schools” by Philip Matthews, Mainlander, The Press, August 25.
    A very fulsome well balanced article outlining the misdirection of the current Government’s plan, and the intent of people like Mark above to stir up hatred and how they avoid the evidence.
    Wish I could find it online. Best summary that I have seen so far.

  7. Fisiani 7

    Charter schools will be popular with aspiring parents in South and West Auckland who want their children to succeed in education. No evidence of such parents in the comments above. All I see is a nihilistic intolerance of doing something different to help children learn.

    • mike 7.1

      So what you’re saying is: “I am right and you are wrong.”

      Wow that’s certainly a convincing argument. Maybe next you could remind people here that National’s policies are great, so anyone who doesn’t like them must be stupid.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      The point that you fail to see due to your partisan blinders is that this government isn’t doing anything to help children learn. In fact, they seem to be going out of their way to prevent the children from learning.

      • Mark 7.2.1

        “partisan blinders” seriously Draco, you need to look back on some of your own comments before throwing that around.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1.1

          I’m quite aware of my own comments – they’re pretty critical of all parties. You, on the other hand, tell everyone that NACT are great despite the empirical evidence showing otherwise.

          National Standards don’t work – we know this because they’re presently failing is every country that has tried them (and every country that has tried them their education system weren’t as good as ours to begin with)

          Increasing the number of students to teachers doesn’t work because it increases the stress on the teachers, requires that they spend even more time on administration and decreases the time that they can spend with the individual children (and every year NACT keep telling us that one size doesn’t fit all and then they force one size on all) thus decreasing the teaching.

          Charter schools don’t work either. Again, they’ve been tried and they’ve, overall, failed.

          This is the evidence but you’ll go on saying that these failed policies are great simply because they come from NACT.

    • Anne 7.3

      So untrained teachers help children to learn. Why don’t you go to the US of A and join the Tea Party Fisiani? That’s about the right level of ignorance and stupidity. You’ll love it – amongst your own kind.

      Oh and take Mark with you.

      • Macro 7.3.1

        You never know – they might learn something! :)

      • Mark 7.3.2

        The greatest teachers are parents. What training have they had? The highest percentage excellence on NCEA2 is home schooled kids.

        • NickS 7.3.2.1

          :roll:

          Duh, if you’ve only got a few kids to teach it’s a lot easier to invest enough time to ensure high grades, plus the MoE provides fairly good home and distance learning material and support. On the other hand, a teacher has to deal with 25+ kids, with varying skill and socialisation levels and the odd undiagnosed behavioural/neurological issue and disability or disabilities (neurological fun times come in groups…). Herding them isn’t straightforward, nor is teaching them. Thus the comparison you’re trying to make is rather stupid…

          • Mark 7.3.2.1.1

            It’s rather more simple than that. We know kids are failing, we know teachers effectiveness makes the difference. What we don’t have is a mechanism to get shot of the ineffective ones, even if we do know who they are.

            It’s teacher unions who are failing the kids, not the Nats, because they are protecting the bad apples.

            • NickS 7.3.2.1.1.1

              It’s teacher unions who are failing the kids, not the Nats, because they are protecting the bad apples.

              You keep saying this, but not providing any evidence to back it up.

              As for weeding out those who can’t teach, there’s this thing called “teachers college”.

              Also, in order to see why a particular student is failing, you need to actually look at why they’re failing. Is it an undiagnosed disability like dyslexia, is the student stressed the ever-loving fuck out via home life or bullying, or is the actual teaching approach or the teacher? There’s multiple factors to deal with, and to ignore them and go “it teh teachers!!1111!” just shows you as an ignorant fuckhead.

            • Craig Glen Eden 7.3.2.1.1.2

              “We know kids are failing” really who are these kids ? why are they failing ? who is “we’ Mark.
              What you have clearly shown on this post Mark is you have no idea about education or educating children.

              You are making a total fool of your self! Whats sad is you obviously have no idea what total shit you are typing. If you are on a School Board I pity the other members and staff who would have to tolerate your obvious ignorance.

            • Draco T Bastard 7.3.2.1.1.3

              We know kids are failing, we know teachers effectiveness makes the difference.

              No, what we know is that poverty makes the difference. Remove the poverty and most, if not all, of those failing children will disappear.

              • granted

                Draco, no empirical evidence from me….however, often I had considered that access to education would help alleviate poverty. Or is this a horse and cart sort of thing.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Education can only help if the people being educated have access to the resources needed to do something with that education. People in poverty invariably don’t.

                  But that’s not what I was getting at. The children of families in poverty have a great deal more stress and other negative factors to live with which impacts negatively upon their education meaning that they’re more likely to fail at that education.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Postgraduate students left stacking shelves

                  Uni grads flipping burgers…same pay as a school leaver doing the same job but with $30,000 more student debt

        • David H 7.3.2.2

          Mark

          As a parent I will teach my son the difference between right and wrong, I will teach him to read , and write to a reasonable level, and I will teach him to tell the truth. And I will teach him to respect his fellow man and the environment. Anything else I will leave to a TRAINED expert teacher. What I won’t teach him is how to become a loud mouthed supercilious shit head like you. And if your mates the NACTS completely fuck up the education system then I will scrimp and save to send him somewhere where he will be educated properly. and not the National way.

          Apart from this DNFTT

          • Mark 7.3.2.2.1

            Educated properly at a private school?

            • Colonial Viper 7.3.2.2.1.1

              Toff

            • David H 7.3.2.2.1.2

              No if necessary get him home schooled.. or Move overseas. But in all reality this is a moot point as Shonkey and his happy band of maniacs should be gone for good by then

          • jcuknz 7.3.2.2.2

            It strikes me that Mark is a sensibile and serious parent serving on his local school board and completely frustrated by the system which protects the very few less than adequate teachers, I suspect he has just one in his school and the board is powerless to do anything about that person, either by retraining or dismissal.

            That he keeps going despite the childish personal insults that Lprent tells us is par for the blog merely shows what a cesspool blogs can be unless moderated properly and the frustration Mark is causing to writers without the words to shut him up. LOL but sad really.

    • Bored 7.4

      Actually Fisi, I agree with you that Charter schools will be popular with aspiring parents who want to see their children succeed. They will however be dissappointed by the results.

      You might stop and ask yourself, why would these parents want charter schools? I suspect tthey would opine that the state system is failing them: does that automatically mean the state system is wrong? I suspect not, more likely it is being made to go wrong by the same people proposing charter schools, an underfunding government.

      • Mark 7.4.1

        The government is underfunding education? Rubbish, never has more been spent on education.

        • Colonial Viper 7.4.1.1

          Hmmmmm…that’s certainly not true for early childhood education which National has downgraded and cut back.

          • Mark 7.4.1.1.1

            More was spent in the last 12 mths on ECE than ever before. On an individual child basis the taxpayer subsidies are;

            ECE $7600 per child per year.
            $5528 for primary
            $6733 for secondary

            Next, Colonel?

            • NickS 7.4.1.1.1.1

              lolwut?

              That’s for pre-school, not primary, secondary or tertiary education :roll:

            • Colonial Viper 7.4.1.1.1.2

              More was spent in the last 12 mths on ECE than ever before.

              And the $400M in cuts to ECE funding affecting 93,000 NZ children that you somehow conveniently forgot to include?

            • jcuknz 7.4.1.1.1.3

              Come now Mark are those figures adjusted for inflation?

        • NickS 7.4.1.2

          Education is always underfunded, particularly on staffing levels where the literature repeatedly indicates class sizes of 20 at most have the best outcomes.

          Then there’s school facilities, which unless it’s in an upper class area, are guaranteed to need work, or are absent, and as for science and technology stuff, frankly, I’ve seen field stations better equipped than most NZ high school science labs, and the tech and mechanical stuff is often using very old stuff and short on certain tools.

          • Mark 7.4.1.2.1

            Actually, decile 1 schools are very well funded. I’m on the board of one. I challenge you to find a Principal of one that disagrees.

            • NickS 7.4.1.2.1.1

              True, the funding system ensures D1 primary schools aren’t too strapped for cash (and lets face it, primary school costs aren’t that high unless buildings need replacing). However, I was talking about high schools, for which the situation is rather different…

            • Colonial Viper 7.4.1.2.1.2

              Actually, decile 1 schools are very well funded. I’m on the board of one.

              You should let your follow Board members know how much of a hater and detractor of teachers you are.

              Tell me, how many times have you suggested to your school that they investigate taking on unqualified teachers?

      • prism 7.4.2

        It would help the parents of those children who might attend charter schools, if they could see a clear path to entering the work force for their children. It’s possible then to work to a plan to pass certain subjects that are appropriate and stay committed.

        The word protean comes to mind for the situation of youngsters in our present set-up. All very confused and often full of false promise of jobs. After all that education nobody wants you, what’s the use must go through many young minds.

        There are already sports academies that offers the athletically oriented training to hone their talents. And that also teaches the work ethic and self discipline that everyone has to be able to apply. I think the government might be thinking of these. We know that people have different learning approaches, one is kinetic, a physical approach, then aural and visual so perhaps effort in charter schools will be able to go into directing the youngster to the right approach for their learning style.

        • David H 7.4.2.1

          Well when Macca’s and Bk’s start doing the charter school thing, then there’s your career path. Straight to a low paying slave job.

          • NickS 7.4.2.1.1

            Heh.

            Nah, that’s Destiny Church’s gig, to churn out peanut accepting missionaries ;)

            BK and Macca’s will just skim off the ones who escape and don’t go to another school.

        • NickS 7.4.2.2

          Uh?

          All we really need vis high-schools is better funded career guidance to help kids work out what areas they might want to get into and actually be good enough at to get a job. They still need basic academic skills though, particularly reading comprehension and critical analysis, along with basic maths and science101 in order to not only function in a job, but also to less prone to PR bullshit and scams. Then there’s general socialisation and citizenship stuff…

        • lenore 7.4.2.3

          “….If they could see a clear path to entering the work force for their children”

          That’s what the new vocational pathways will assist with – students will be able to have vocational profiles from the credits they are getting while they are doing NCEA and it is linked to 6 industry pathways; social and community services, construction and infrastructure; manufacturing and technology; service industries, primary industries and other pathways.

          It’s to make the system clearer for the student, parents and employers and been a joint initiative between education and industry

          They have been launched and their is heaps of information out there about them

          • prism 7.4.2.3.1

            lenore 7 42 3
            Sounds good. I’ve heard these pathways mentioned and my heart leapt. But I don’t want to get too excited, we have had these before and then the programmes seem to drop away. And we need more business mentors and tax incentives for new business, and venture capital encouragement, and tax grants for each new employee taken on. Government doing solidly positive things, taking responsibility and running it, not leaving it to privagte biz, agencies contracted with little oversight from gum-mint . Not just sitting on fur-lined bums tapping away at grand plans on keyboards as I am now, without the fur.

            • lenore 7.4.2.3.1.1

              the vocational pathways are profiles to make better contextual sense of where the NCEA credits and quals can lead HOWEVER – what we need are bloody jobs so that young people can follow their pathway. All we have are hammering welfare reforms but not the jobs and I mean decent full time jobs not the precarious casualisation that is going on out there that people are just supposed to fit in with. Also bring in school lunches so kids are able to concentrate on stomachs full on nutritious food. If I can’t concentrate on an empty stomach how the hell can kids? And let’s focus on the kids not what the parents are doing /not doing.

    • mike e 7.5

      Tag team trool Fisanal are the charter schools going to feed house parent those children as well?
      Children coming to school from cold dysfunctional homes where they are not fed or clothed properly where a bashing is the norm are not going to listen to a teacher who can’t bash them!

      Poverty is the problem up to 270,000 children lives being blighted now recognised as a $ 10 billion dollar drag on the economy!
      Blaming it on the teachers is a pathetic distraction by the the right wing to avoid doing anything except count beans beaned brained bean counters!

  8. Tazirev 8

    DNFTT

  9. chris73 9

    Anything that helps to smash the teacher unions can only be a good thing. This way educating children might actually be at the forefront rather then the current which is to protect teachers at all costs.

    • KJT 9.1

      You are worried about Teachers?

      A Manager and board in Auckland just cost their employers 34 million dollars and counting.
      Havn’t been sacked yet.

      • KJT 9.1.1

        Why am I in moderation?

        [lprent: No obvious reason. I have to depart to go and admire babies but I will examine the issue later if it persists. If you have a dynamic IP then disconnect and reconnect. You could have picked up the IP used by a badddddd person ]

    • mike e 9.2

      chris 73 if we could make sure maori and pacific islanders were fed properly like some schools do
      ie John Campbell Friday 7 September.
      WE would have the best education system in the world by a long way our teachers are the best in the world continually under funded we spend less on teachers and education than most countries so you are just one of keys little ‘house maids’.
      Just spieling out propaganda undermining our education system.
      Facts don’t come into it for you and your ilk.
      A lot of our teachers are paying out of their own pockets to feed malnourished children.
      When I was growing up in this country poverty only existed overseas but now after 30 years of neo liberal BS poverty is continuing to get worse.
      The right wing redneck bullies and their subservient snivelling little toe rags like you are the problem.

      • chris73 9.2.1

        Remind me how many terms Labour have been in power for over the last 30 years.

        • mike e 9.2.1.1

          neo liberals Chris73 labour did reduce child poverty by aprox 25% down from20% to 14% last term but not good enough.
          Now child poverty is up to 25%.
          50% among Maori
          40% among Pacific Islanders
          Targeting policy would fix the problem better and sooner but the racist red necks kicked up such a stink when policy like this was last put forward.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.2

          Labour are almost as neo-liberal as NACT and less authoritarian and mike e charge was that neo-liberalism was the problem. In other words, Labour is part of the problem.

          • mike e 9.2.1.2.1

            So DTB how are you going to change the majority of voters perceptions 70 to 80% of voters who turn out vote for these parties.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.2.1.1

              Start a new narrative.

            • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.2.1.2

              So DTB how are you going to change the majority of voters perceptions

              No no no. Do the math properly.

              You only need to change the perception of 1 in 10 major party voters.

              Piece of piss

    • prism 9.3

      chris73
      Anything that is against collective controlling groups is what you want is it chris73. So you come to this blog and put this rubbish forward knowing that it’s the opposite of what most people believe. You’re a waste of time, don’t do anything positive for society, just try to tear at it so that individuals are left alone clawing their way up if they can. In other words individualistic not using the combined wisdom of the group to achieve more, and attempt to control standards and be accountable to others.

      Interesting that the above is under moderation? For what?

    • lenore 9.4

      Have you actually ever been round teachers? They are actually often quite a conservative bunch. I am just imagining some of the teachers I am around and think it is hilerious that people think of them as socialist unionists. I WISH!!!!

      Getting back to the focus around qualified teachers – while it is not perfect, teacher registration gives some form of benchmark around what is best practice. In my job I have met plenty of people who think they should be teachers (and don’t want to go to the effort or cost of training). Now some of them would be ok but the majority – you would not want your child near – what their perception of their abilities is not objective. If we do allow un qualified people to “teach” our children, who is going to ensure they are up to standard. Unfortunately if we look to ERO, they like so many govt organisations are short of the staff to do so do great depth. At least teacher registration is the first benchmark and then from their, on going teacher appraisals and on going registration ensures that we have a consistent measure for best practice

  10. irascible 10

    Excuse me chris73. Are you living on planet earth or are you coming from planet NACT, a planet that disconnected itself from reality several moons ago? The Unions are there to ensure that the conditions of service necessary to deliver education to the children are present and that the members of the union can perform effectively. The number of Union meetings I’ve sttended at which the members debate and argue for the adequate funding for, the developmet of resource bases, etc, etc needed to deliver the curriculum designed by Ministry officials and legislated for by MPs are countless as, for many members, the education of the future generations is paramount in all their thinking and activities.
    Ill informmed opining by you, chris73, fisiani and Mark add little to the debate on the critical evaluation of the ACT inspired Charter School introduction to the NZ education system.

  11. chris73 11

    So in other words “we know best don’t you dare argue with us”

    I remember when Doctors had the same attitude, the we know better then anyone else attitude. The teacher unions are trying to get the same feeling.

    “We are the only ones who care about children, nobody else could possibly understand much less have a worthwhile opinion unless they’re in the teaching union (especially not parents)”

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      So in other words “we know best don’t you dare argue with us”

      It’s more than likely that the professionals in the field actually do know best. Certainly going to know more than the average Joe sitting in their home.

      It’s why we have professionals.

      • felix 11.1.1

        Or the average chris for that matter.

        But what grinds my gears is those bloody mechanics, with all their “We know more than you about fixing cars”.

        The arrogance of it. Disgusting.

      • chris73 11.1.2

        Something about the national womans hospital “unfortunate experiment” comes to mind, of course this is different because the teaching union wouldn’t dream of doing/allowing anything untoward…

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          Interesting you bring up National Womens “unfortunate experiment”. Was the recommendation from that to start using less qualified or even unqualified doctors?

          Or are you just a dick?

        • McFlock 11.1.2.2

          Just what aspect of teachers union behaviour are you likening to randomly withholding treatment for fatal disease, contrary to current medical knowledge?
             
          Insisting on smaller class sizes and that teachers be qualified to teach is hardly comparable.

        • rosy 11.1.2.3

          Something about the national womans hospital “unfortunate experiment” comes to mind

          Certainly does. And it’s NAct running the experiment/s with the teachers and parents looking for tried and tested methods and operations to continue and expand proven results.

    • irascible 11.2

      Actually teachers don’t claim they know bet. They just argue from a well informed position supported by empirical evidence which upsets those who argue from a pool of ready supplied memes.

  12. Dv 12

    one of the problems is how are you going to find out that the untrained, unregistered teachers are going to do a good job in the Charter schools?

    By testing them on your kids.
    (hint Training involved short practicums.)

    How about setting up a charter hospitals?

  13. captain hook 13

    the thing to remember is people like john banks are bullies and they believe their own thoughts to be facts.
    all in all a very dangerous combination.
    they cant really do anything but bully because they have money and thats it.

  14. captain hook 14

    so are charter skools going to offer courses like how to make a brothel pay and posing in front of myeeeeeee hardly davison?

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    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
  • 2014 Arctic sea ice extent – 6th lowest in millennia
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as...
    Skeptical Science | 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
  • 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
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • 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
  • 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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