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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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    Date of Release: Friday, April 18, 2014Body:  The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions."Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    First Union Media | 17-04
  • Could this man be Prime Minister of New Zealand?
    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that I have in the past written some pretty scathing posts on Labour’s Shane Jones. Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve dismissed him not only as...
    Brian Edwards | 17-04
  • Movies, feminism and postfeminism
    So, a confession: I've never really liked biographical movies about women I otherwise admire. I'm not entirely sure why - there's something about the cliches they indulge in, the Hollywood-isation. (She lapses into total vagueness revealing, yet again, that she...
    The Hand Mirror | 17-04
  • Barabbas – An Easter Story
    "All I know is that he died and I live. Maybe it’s what lies at the heart of that day."  “YOU’RE A HARD MAN TO FIND!”, exclaimed the sharp-featured young fellow, setting a jug of wine upon the table. “I’ve...
    Bowalley Road | 17-04
  • Low Traffic Forecast For Costly Warkworth Toll Road
    This is the fourth in a series of posts based on the Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Puhoi to Warkworth Board of Inquiry. The full presentation is over at bettertransport.org.nz Previously I pointed out that the NZTA produced...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
          Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To...
    Real Climate | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • A message from Greenpeace about Simon Bridges
    I received this email today, from Greenpeace; . Hi Frank, We’ve called for Simon Bridges to be sacked over his incompetent mishandling of the Energy and Resources portfolio. The final straw was him opening the Victoria Forest Park up for...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Letter to the Editor: John Key and State-sanctioned murder
    . . FROM: "f.macskasy" SUBJECT: Letters to the editor DATE: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:56:14 +1200 TO: "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz>  . The Editor DOMINION POST . A New Zealand citizen is killed - murdered, to be more precise - by...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-04
  • Judith Collins explains
    Judith Collins explains what really happened at that dinner, and why it's no big deal....
    Imperator Fish | 17-04
  • Citibanker: the age of renewables is here
    Kathryn Ryan’s interview earlier this week with Michael Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at the giant investment bank Citigroup was arresting. He was in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Wind Energy...
    Hot Topic | 17-04
  • Media Links: Kiwi killed in drone strike.
    I did interviews on TV 3 and Radio NZ about the drone strike that killed a Kiwi dual citizen in Yemen last year. There are many questions raised by the incident, but time constraints precluded addressing all of them. The...
    Kiwipolitico | 17-04
  • Photo of the Day: Lorne St
    A quick shot of Lorne St in front of the library. It appears Brobdingnagian gardeners have dropped by with some seriously big pot plants. I love them! About the only criticism I every heard about the shared space in Lorne...
    Transport Blog | 17-04
  • National: American lickspittles
    Yesterday we learned that America had murdered a New Zealand citizen in a drone strike in Yemen. Today, the government was closely quizzed about its views on this in Parliament. Steven Joyce (standing in for the PM) was very clear:...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • A $130 million gift to the rich
    When the government announced that it was selling off Genesis Energy, it deliberately underpriced it, with a discounted price, generous bonus scheme, and huge dividend. And today that has had the expected result, with Genesis shares leaping almost 20% on...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Defamation via Facebook and ‘a private website’
    This defamation case should be a shot across the bows of various internet wide-boys who think ‘defence of truth’ or ‘opinion honestly held’ is some kind of magic elixir or Get Out of Jail Free card. It’s worth noting the...
    The Paepae | 17-04
  • Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
    It is three years and one day since Danyl wrote this blog post about South Canterbury Finance. I was re-reading it today, and something stuck out like a sore thumb: December 2008: SCF undertakes a high risk loan strategy, losing...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 17-04
  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should See Me
    Being lost for words when you’re a talkback host could hardly be considered ideal. But back in September of 1992, I was hosting an evening talkback show on a fledgling radio station in what was then a newly deregulated, highly...
    Public Address | 17-04
  • Judith Collins: guess who’s coming to dinner?
    Judith Collins, Justice Minister, is playing dumb in parliament at question time and avoiding media. Her patronising responses, or non-responses, to allegations of corrupt influence is not becoming of a Cabinet Minister.  Her abuse of the House by criticising questions...
    Tumeke | 17-04
  • Can fracking save the climate?
    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
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    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
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    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
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    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
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    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
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    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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