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Useless and venal

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, January 28th, 2014 - 196 comments
Categories: capitalism, making shit up, same old national - Tags: , , ,

Following David Cunliffe’s announcement of Best Start New Zealand’s right wing took it upon themselves to show how useless and venal they are.

It started with Jordon “the new Cameron Slater” Williams and the National front group Taxpayers’ Union’s eviscerating attack on “Middleclass Welfare” (honestly guys that line’s so 2007) only to blame it on” “Labour Party Leader, David Shearer” M-O-R-O-N-S.

Farrar didn’t do his bosses any favours with his “welfare queen” arguments. There’s so much mysogony and bile in that comments thread it’d see National polling at Colin Craig levels if the Natas took their PR advice from their base.

And then there’s the NZ Institute – formerly the Business Round Table. Their argument seems to be that if women get more paid parental leave (weirdly they don’t seem to realise men can take it too), then employers will illegally discriminate against them. As they’re a business representative group the argument is basically “it won’t work because our members will break the law if you put it in place”. And people actually give these freaks column inches?!

But my favorite of the day was Steven Joyce who made his stupid and meaningless “fake money” argument again (and that’s so 2011 – don’t any of these chumps have any new ideas?). That’s despite having just spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a teacher performance pay policy, along with hundreds of millions of dollars on payouts to Warner Brothers, Rio Tinto, Team New Zealand, tax cuts for the rich…

Come to think of it arguing that money shouldn’t be spent on kids when you’ve got a reputation for handouts to any multinational that wanders along is a pretty shit look. No wonder Key didn’t front.

196 comments on “Useless and venal”

  1. Tracey 1

    I see the msm outlets have run with joyces meme that cracks are showing in labour and greens cos they are not identical.

    Hard work ahead for labour and greens to counter the bs…

    Greens getting less media attention than colin craig who is not in parliament.

    • Bill 1.1

      I actually quite enjoy the msm aiding attempts to show cracks, drive a wedge etc. The more they do it, the more they will feed a Labour and Green sense of solidarity.

      • AmaKiwi 1.1.1

        +1

        and when Labour / Green warfare fails to develop, it will further discredit these main stream media neo-liberals who perpetuated the greatest hoax of our lifetimes: trickle down economics.

        Remind the public these were the ardent Shearer supporters who painted Cunliffe as a rat-bag. I was at the speech and so were the MSM. They KNOW Cunliffe is on a roll.

  2. geoff 2

    The messdage from National is quite simple:

    We hate your kids.

    • Tracey 2.1

      it’s even simpler than that.

      Not enough mony? You lazy bastard!

      I see the BS that poor people can’t be trusted with money is alive and well. That good parenting is by coincidence amongst those with money… middle and upper classes have same numbers of shitty parents, but their kids have shoes and food.

      • vto 2.1.1

        From what I see, poor people raise their kids better than the rich.

        • Tracey 2.1.1.1

          shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

          Rich good. Poor bad.
          Tree good. fire bad.

          • Rob 2.1.1.1.1

            Really , so for the family that has a two year old and earns less than 150K will now no doubt be asked to pay more tax to fund this, and if they have any complaints thay are branded as kid haters. Yep you guys are really on to it.

            • You_Fool 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I will think you will find that the “rich guys need to pay their fair share” top tax rate will be 150K, so the under 150k/yr people who miss out on this will pay the same tax, unless they are selling property that is not their primary residence

    • David H 2.2

      No sorry Geoff the message is…. We hate Poor kids.

      • Rob 2.2.1

        As opposed to we hate all families with kids over 1 and want we them to pay there “fair” share of more tax so families with 1 child under 12 mths old family brining in 149K per annum can get $60 a week to fund free huggies.

        Those poor poor remuera / herne bay strugglers with one child eh. It must be tough doing it on 149K per year.

        Man for our first child, born in the height of the Helen Clarke era , there was nothing, and we did it on one income earning less than 50K per year and then we were asked to pay more tax. Actually David you do hate poor kids.

        • framu 2.2.1.1

          wasnt WWf around then? – and im pretty sure there were no direct tax hikes then either

          your comment has a distinct smell about it

          • Rob 2.2.1.1.1

            WWf maybe but if you mean WFF (working for families) it wasnt around for my first or second child. My first was born at the end of 2001.

            By the way, there is actually no free day care either, thats another Labour propogated myth.

            As for my comment having a smell about it, maybe its because this idea is another poorly targeted give away, being disgiused under the idea that it is only helping poor families. Since when is a poor family regarded as having an income of almost 150k per year.

            • framu 2.2.1.1.1.1

              i actually meant the world wrestling federation, but seeing as your going to focus on incorrect use of a shift key… whatever

              1) “and then we were asked to pay more tax” – considering there where no tax increases during the period (as far as i can remember – happy to be corrected) – thats where the smell comes from – not from something some one else said.

              2) perhaps i didnt see it – but i cant remember this policy being sold as helping poor families. Families both poor and in the middle, yes. But only poor families, no.

              3) not sure why your bringing up free child care

              • Herodotus

                There could be a strong argument that there were tax increases. It was termed tax creep, as the thresholds were belatedly changed late 2007 from memory. As pay increased the portion of tax that was paid increased at a greater %.
                http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/155176
                WFF was to assist those in work, if it was to assist the poor it should have been extended to beneficiaries, better still would have been to lift benefit allowances back then.
                http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/469911

      • AmaKiwi 2.2.2

        “No sorry Geoff the message is…. We hate Poor kids.”

        There are no poor kids (because Nats don’ have a measure for poverty).

        These are families who have “not yet realized their full potential” (which will happen when Nat’s wealth trickles down from their trust funds).

  3. One Anonymous Knucklehead 3

    The polls showed opposition to asset sales.

    Sauce for the goose.

    Oh and perhaps an adult conversation about hate speech. Make the lying Prime Minister justify the bigotry of his party.

    • Tracey 3.1

      You must be mistaken. National and Act don’t do name-calling or such like, they can just let their policies speak for themselves.

      This was a party political message on behalf of Wayne Mapp.

  4. vto 4

    Cunliffe should ask Key why he hates the poor.

    • Tracey 4.1

      cos he would say he doesn’t but he doesn’t like the idea of some lazy new zealanders taking advantage of those who work hard… and around and around it goes…

      • vto 4.1.1

        My point being that Cunliffe should ramp up the rhetoric. Put Key on the defensive. Take it to him. Cunliffe must most definitely not take a careful approach to Key – he needs to stand up, straight back and punch out.

        He should also ask Key why he is happy that the minimum wage is not enough to live on. It is cheaper to pay minimum wage than it is to keep a slave.

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          I wonder how key will fare under the new absentee rule?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1.1.2

          Yep vto. It is clear from the last twenty-four hours that the defining characteristic of the National Party is hate.

          Cunliffe should rub Key’s face in it every chance he gets.

          • Tracey 4.1.1.2.1

            I agree he should but the impact is not by what he says but what is printed/screened. THAT’s the part that I am afeared.

            • vto 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Do not succumb to the fear.

              Cunliffe should indeed rub Key’s face in shit. My view so far is that he is coming across too soft, a little uninspiring, just more of the same. And that will go nowhere fast.

              Cunliffe needs to really fire up. It will get the headlines, grab people’s attention, start making people think…. if people see the leader of one of NZ’ two main parties stomping all over the other and shouting and getting all het up then it will register. It will cause comment at the bbq.

              Cunliffe is too soft so far.

              Fire up man.

        • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.3

          My point being that Cunliffe should ramp up the rhetoric. Put Key on the defensive. Take it to him.

          That would be suicidal, given that Cunliffe’s just introduced a policy of giving people money to produce children, without including anything to address the rather obvious incentive effect on the production of children to be raised on social welfare benefits. That’s a propaganda gift for the Nats. If your front has a gaping hole in it, going on the offensive is not recommended.

          • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.3.1

            I agree with you in that an overly aggressive stance from Cunliffe is going to be unhelpful. But he needs to place constant, firm pressure on Key and to always frame it from a standpoint of values and fairness.

            I also think that Key would be in a bad spot if he decided to run with the “bludging breeders” line. A hell of a lot of house holds on $60K to $100K pa wont like being told that they are nothing more than paid breeders.

            This is the political beauty of an almost universal scheme :-)

          • geoff 4.1.1.3.2

            That would be suicidal, given that Cunliffe’s just introduced a policy of giving people money to produce children

            Disappointed to see you spewing out the National party’s line on this one, Psycho. Or do you have evidence from other countries that introduced similar policy that this is what happens?

            Here’s pete’s useful comment from yesterday:
            “Australia introduced their baby bonus in 2002. The birth rate barely changed”
            here’s his link to the data

            http://www.google.co.nz/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&hl=en&dl=en&idim=country:AUS:AUT:USA#!ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=sp_dyn_tfrt_in&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=country:AUS:NZL&ifdim=region&tstart=-313419600000&tend=1296039600000&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false

            • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.3.2.1

              I also think that Key would be in a bad spot if he decided to run with the “bludging breeders” line. A hell of a lot of house holds on $60K to $100K pa wont like being told that they are nothing more than paid breeders.

              Parents bringing in $60 to $100k don’t consider themselves to have anything in common with sole-parent beneficiaries – there isn’t the slightest danger of them thinking Key’s attack lines referred to them.

              Or do you have evidence from other countries that introduced similar policy that this is what happens?

              Given that an increase in something you subsidise is expected behaviour, I think the evidential burden is on those who imagine we can subsidise the production of children to be raised on benefits without seeing a resultant increase.

              However, we do have evidence from this country, in that introducing a payment for sole parenting led to an increase in the proportion of sole-parent households from around 10% in the early 70s to nearly 30% now. Is there reason to assume increasing the payment might not increase that proportion further?

              • geoff

                Given that an increase in something you subsidise is expected behaviour, I think the evidential burden is on those who imagine we can subsidise the production of children to be raised on benefits without seeing a resultant increase.

                Did you look at the graph of the Australian fertility rate in that link I provided above??

                However, we do have evidence from this country, in that introducing a payment for sole parenting led to an increase in the proportion of sole-parent households from around 10% in the early 70s to nearly 30% now.

                What the hell does the break-down of the nuclear family have to do with this discussion?!? Are you suggesting that providing support for solo parents encouraged couples to split up??

                Please enlighten me, Psycho.

                • I looked at it, I just didn’t think it was relevant. I doubt the fertility rate will go up in this country either, but that doesn’t reduce the ease with which Key can paint this policy as a breeding programme for wasters. DPB already has a post up entitled “What the DPB will pay under Labour” – expect more along those lines, and expect it to hurt.

                  Are you suggesting that providing support for solo parents encouraged couples to split up??

                  I’m suggesting that paying people to be sole parents increased the number of sole parents, and paying people more to be sole parents will further increase the number of sole parents.

                  • KJT

                    Of course the fact that so many of the male parents are now out of work, thanks to National, and the reduction in WINZ payments if you have a partner, even an unemployed one, has nothing to do with it?

                  • geoff

                    So now your problem is that this policy can be spun by the right? You don’t care that actual evidence backs it up, that doesn’t matter if National have a way to bag it? Weak bro.

                    Key won’t have to paint this policy as a breeding programme for wasters because you’re doing such a good job for him!
                    If you’re committed to a Labour victory then how about you help to explain the benefits of the policy instead of doing National’s work for them.

                    I’m suggesting that paying people to be sole parents increased the number of sole parents, and paying people more to be sole parents will further increase the number of sole parents.

                    Yeah and your suggestions don’t stand up to scrutiny. You haven’t produced any evidence to back up that this is the case. You’ve also ignored evidence that contradicts that assertion. Your position is based entirely on your own prejudices which are completely contradicted by reality.

                    • So now your problem is that this policy can be spun by the right?

                      What do you mean “now?” It was the basis of my first comment at 12.15. My problem is that they’ll have a point.

                      If you’re committed to a Labour victory then how about you help to explain the benefits of the policy instead of doing National’s work for them.

                      My commitment to a Labour victory is definitely of the “lesser of two evils” variety, but this does strike me as a good policy that just has a bit missing. I’ll be happy to explain the benefits of it on every thread I participate in, once Labour’s done something to address the obvious issue with it: incentivising the raising of children on benefits. Until then, that obvious weakness makes selling it a hiding to nothing.

                      Yeah and your suggestions don’t stand up to scrutiny.

                      Long arguments on other threads already, not repeating them here, suffice to say there’s long-standing disagreement between me and pretty much everyone at the Standard on this subject.

                    • geoff

                      Psycho, if you refuse to use evidence to support your claims and you refuse to acknowledge the evidence that I have shown you then there’s nothing more for me to say to you.

              • Hi Psycho Milt,

                If you’re interested in what correlated with the steep rise in sole parent families you should not look at the introduction of the DPB in the mid 70s but about a decade later. As this study by Blaicklock et al. (2002, section 2.1) makes clear:

                The proportion of children living with one parent is high. In 1981 twelve per cent of all children under 15 years were in one parent families. In 1986 sixteen per cent of all children under 15 years – and 26 per cent of Mäori children and 20 per cent of Pacific children – were in one parent families. In 1991 twenty-two per cent of all children under
                15 years – and 40 per cent of Mäori children and 28 per cent of Pacific children – were in one parent families. In 1996 twenty-four per cent of all children under 15 years – and 41 per cent of Mäori children and 29 per cent of Pacific children – lived in one parent families (Statistics New Zealand, 1995; Statistics New Zealand, 1999a). The proportion of children living in one parent families rose substantially over the period of the economic and social reforms and is high by international standards.

                Section 3 is also worth the read.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.1.1.3.3

            @ Psycho Milt

            “…given that Cunliffe’s just introduced a policy of giving people money to produce children”

            No, Labour is suggesting providing money for people who will produce children – not to produce children.

            This argument re production of children in response to $60 is really very ridiculous. People will produce children – that is a fact – a basic fact – it is a strong urge in people – we need to get our heads around that and adapt to it.

            I really do not think there are many people in poverty – if any – who would decide to have a child because they were going to get an extra 60 bucks – if there is, by some small miracle, a person who makes such a calculation – you have to question what the heck is wrong that someone would be so misguided as to think that this was enough money to allow them to suddenly be able afford the expense of having a child. I really do think this scenario would be an extreme rarity and it is on that extreme rarity that this argument is being based.

            If someone in better circumstances – decided that $60 extra a year made the difference and allowed them to be able afford having a child – then the child is hardly being born into poor circumstances and this no longer comes under the point of concern being argued.

            Such a choice is a good thing isn’t it? Another life in a country that judging by stats supplied by others – does not have enough people having children to sustain our population.

            • geoff 4.1.1.3.3.1

              National are just trying to tap into people’s sense of inequity for the bigotted reaction. They amplify the edge cases, (bene’s pumping out kids for dosh, $150,000 families creaming $60 they don’t need) and ignore the vast numbers of families on low-middle incomes who will be significantly helped by this policy.

            • Psycho Milt 4.1.1.3.3.2

              People will produce children – that is a fact – a basic fact – it is a strong urge in people – we need to get our heads around that and adapt to it.

              We’re homo sapiens, not some species of rabbit. We had ways of limiting the number of children we make even before reliable methods of contraception were invented. Since those inventions, children are products of choice, of carelessness, or of just not giving a shit.

              I really do think this scenario would be an extreme rarity and it is on that extreme rarity that this argument is being based.

              Really? We have right now quite a few people with ridiculous numbers of children, under a benefit regime that isn’t exactly generous. But providing more money won’t see even more ridiculous numbers of children produced? Why will it not?

              • McFlock

                Because human reproduction is not really applicable to a $$ supply/demand curve?

                  • McFlock

                    and you have no evidence to the contrary

                    • I personally keep to hand no evidence that human behaviour is influenced by economic factors, no. I have no interest in fishing any out of the voluminous literature on the subject, either – should you wish to conclude that this means human behaviour isn’t influenced by economic factors, feel free to do so.

                      As mentioned above, I’m not going to rehash this same old argument yet again. Bottom line: the policy invites National to play up the incentive effect of this policy on raising children on benefits, it’s an invitation that will be accepted, and Labour really should have some better countermeasure than claiming there’s no evidence people respond to financial incentives.

                    • McFlock

                      So you have no evidence, the australian experience seems to show absolutely no effect, but you and the nats can fantasize a problem so this is labour’s fault somehow.

                      Talk about jumping the shark

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      We’d better make sure no other Left-wing proposals will meet with opposition from the right, too, because if they say nasty things we’ll just fall to pieces.

              • geoff

                Where is your evidence? Where are your stats? You’re just spouting baseless shit. Your latest comments don’t even deserve reasoned responses.
                Put up or shut up.

      • tricledrown 4.1.2

        But its alright to subsidise
        Billionaires like James Cameron
        $250 million.
        Ironic given the theme of the movie avatar is aboit a powetful force colonizing a poor races land to get all their resources.

      • AmaKiwi 4.1.3

        Believe, sisters and brothers, believe!

        All will trickle down to the worthy in due time.

    • David H 4.2

      Well today is the opening of Parliament. So lets hope for fireworks.

      • vto 4.2.1

        Yes.

        Fireworks is what is needed. Expose the goons for what they are. Do it hard and make no apology.

    • adam 4.3

      It’s not hate the poor question won’t work. , the question should be something like.

      – Why does the Key government continue to make it difficult for hard working families to get a head, and why does he think it is acceptable to attack the children of these families to score political points?

      • Rob 4.3.1

        And why does Labour and the Greens think that taxing these families more in some bizaar way helps them.

        • Puddleglum 4.3.1.1

          What makes you think that these ‘hard working families’ will be taxed more?

          • Rob 4.3.1.1.1

            What makes you think they wont , previous historical Labour Govt performance?

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.3.1.1.1.1

              Are you parroting the lie that the harder you work the wealthier you will be? Because Labour typically targets upper income earners for higher tax, not those who work the longest hours.

              Do you have any reality-based opinions?

              • Rob

                I am not parroting any lie, and actually I have never seen any reality based opinions from you, only links to plagerised web site forums.

                Tell me about your family and what you do that makes you so holier than thou, lets base this on reality based discussions.

                Under Labour I was taxed more, thats reality.

  5. Anne 5

    An election year bribe – Labour buying people’s votes. That’s what they’re saying. Well, what’s this then?

    http://www.3news.co.nz/ACT-leadership-hopeful-Boscawen-targets-Asian-voters/tabid/1607/articleID/329895/Default.aspx

    John Boscawen is “buying” the Epsom seat. And with Nationals blessing! So, we are on the road towards parliamentary seats being bought by right wing rich pricks with huge wads of money. The next step is total corruption on a scale reminiscent of former dictatorships like Pol Pot, Pinochet and others.

    • Tracey 5.1

      That’s different. Bear in mind it says that ACT isn”t the Epsom Party…. I expect to see that on a Tui sign…

    • David H 5.2

      And the 357 Million bucks for the Elite teachers that toe the party line, wasn’t an election bribe?

      • Will@Welly 5.2.1

        That David was “prudent Government spending”. All the children will come home raving about their new principals, their new teachers, and how their learning had improved.
        Expect notes coming home soon to a house near you saying “Help elect a John Key led Government.”

        • geoff 5.2.1.1

          +1 Will, I’m amazed to see the numbers of people buying into National’s spin on this one.

  6. Philj 6

    Xox
    Natrad seems to be getting sillier and more juvenile by the week. Zoe and Suzie are not raising the bar with asanine comments and generally clueless. Is this the result of a funding cap for the last 5 years from Dick Griffin and his commercial buddies on the RNZ board? With Chris Laidlaw and Geoff going, I am not hopeful.

  7. ianmac 7

    Notice that Steven Joyce said on Morning Report that the Baby Policy was good but then launched into the familiar “where is the money coming from.”
    A later comment suggests that National will announce a new Early Childhood Policy. I wonder if they are furiously writing it right now with the aim to cancel Labour’s plan?

    • geoff 7.1

      He said that? Brilliant, now Cunliffe can respond with…”Even National’s Steven Joyce thinks Best Start is good policy, but he wonders how we’ll pay for it…so here’s tax hikes for the wealthy!”

  8. Pasupial 8

    ODT has a weird article:

    “While a Dunedin welfare support agency has congratulated Labour leader David Cunliffe on his ”Best Start” education policy, an education specialist says it is ”not a game-changer at this point”.”

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/289525/questions-over-labour-policy

    I don’t imagine it has much direct impact on welders or IT techs either. Interesting is the way they frame Labour’s; basic income in at least first year of life, as not an education policy (which it isn’t). All the while ignoring the substance of the Green Party policy which had been announced just the day before and which Cunliffe explicitly stated he supported.

    Instead they prefer to reprint this NZH “analysis” by Trevett:

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/289421/free-lunch-plan-may-scupper-breakfast-programme

    • andy (the other one) 8.1

      How about this odd little piece. My summary below

      “I don’t like it cause, and stuff, I have enough money so no one should have it, I also live by the beach in Auckland and am a stay at home mum, why are you all not like meeeeeeeee!!!”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11192807

      • Molly 8.1.1

        A suggestion for Eileen Reid:

        Consider it an opportunity to direct government funds to EXACTLY where you would like to see them spent. No government will ever match up with your individual concerns perfectly – you now have $60 from the government to direct to a concern or charity of your choice….

        A couple of worthy causes:
        AAAP
        350 Aotearoa
        Army
        Auckland City Mission
        …. and that’s just the basic A’s…

        I wonder which one she’ll choose?…

  9. rich the other 9

    Labour has lost the plot, this is a trap for those in poverty..
    If we are going to address poverty, what is $60 a week per child going to do for those in poverty today , NOTHING , it’s for the yet to be born.
    In the long term this will cause the numbers in poverty increase, like it or not, some already struggling in poverty will see the $60 a week for new born babies as a quick fix and have more children that they can’t afford.
    Who pays when these children as they get older ?.
    This policy is a serious own goal , take a look at the comments on the stuff article , the latest number of comments 1047 ,the vast majority strongly oppose this policy .
    Keep it up labour , the Nat’s are loving this.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1

      Every other country that’s done this has experienced a surge in the birth rate, eh.

      Because if not, your opinion is a fairy-tale. I bet you’re too incompetent to check the facts.

      • Rodel 9.1.1

        rto
        Quick all us right wingers who don’t have shoulders to the wheel and noses to the grindstone, i.e. have executive time on our hands..and computers to play with, write to Stuff to engage in a scientific poll to show what a majority we have in the politic ideas game.Simple logic really. ‘Simple’ being the key word.

      • rich the other 9.1.2

        Who pay’s for the children when they get older ??, answer that.
        This is a poverty trap and that’s why there has been so few comments on this site , deep down labour supporters know this to be true.

        [lprent: That is a pwned style argument. It essentially states that because others don't do things the exactly the way you want/think that they should do, then they lost. It is an invitation to starting a flame war. It isn't an "argument", it is obviously stupid, designed to destroy arguments and the thread flow, and annoys the crap out of me

        Banned for a two weeks for stupidity. ]

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1.2.1

          A two-week ban should give you almost enough time to research the effect of child-support payments on birthrates.

          • McFlock 9.1.2.1.1

            15 years of education failed dismally, so I’m not sure 2 weeks self-directed learning (aka “reading KB”) will do any good.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1.2.1.1.1

              Well, RTO has a two-week ban. Finding the research should take about ten minutes. Hence “almost enough time”.

        • rich the other 9.1.2.2

          Banned ?,

          [deleted]

          Banned ?, normally, easy to respect if it’s justified but this is just censorship.

          [lprent: Nope. Most people around here have seen me stomp on *anyone* who claims "victory" over another. I call it the pwned/owned heresy. I also stomp on anyone who starts to claim victory because others haven't done what they said they should do to prove their credentials.

          Both are classic petrol on the flames techniques employed by trolls trying to dominate a discussion. I hit them pretty damn hard especially when they are in the context of of a noisy well commented post, as the techniques tend to be infectious and they get in the way of actual arguments.

          You did both in a noisy post, so I didn't bother to warn. I just treated you as a troll.

          Now you could argue and people sometimes do. But I have a habit of merely doubling up on sentences when I have to exert effort to reply to foolish and ineffectual statements. Your choice on risk. ]

          • rich the other 9.1.2.2.1

            Censorship ,plain and simple

            [deleted whining]

            [lprent: Quadrupled to 8 weeks. He was just warned that I usually double the penalty. I do like to reward real stupidity. ]

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1.2.2.1.1

              Rich the Other, eight weeks should be almost enough time for you to look for evidence that disproves your opinion, the way a sceptic would.

              You will always be able to find someone who agrees with you, reading those who don’t is a good test of character. After all, you have plenty of practice reading people who don’t agree with your drivel, right here at The Standard, so why not take it to the next level and lift your game?

              This message was brought to you by the Society for the Improvement of Wingnuts.

    • AmaKiwi 9.2

      “some already struggling in poverty will see the $60 a week for new born babies as a quick fix and have more children that they can’t afford.”

      You have obviously never had a child (or at least never supported one). $60/week is a tiny sum compared to the cost of raising a child.

  10. Will@Welly 10

    The comments by Joyce and Williams are entirely predictable. Joyce is squealing like a wounded pig – “printing money, printing money”. Call it what is – qualitative easing – the Americans have been doing it for decades. No one has a problem with that there.
    As David said, this is a part of a list of packages to be announced over the year, not in one hit that National could counter with the stroke of a pen.
    I like the way it targets itself in years 2 and 3, and how Labour wants to see more pre-school groups in lower socio economic communities. Not just for the rich. Shame, a tad socialist.

  11. JustLikeTigerWoods 11

    Well, that policy went down like a lead balloon, huh.

    Taking money and throwing it at people who the public perceive as already having enough handouts is not going to win elections.

    This does nothing to improve the situation of those on low incomes. The focus needs to be on more higher paying jobs.

    • You_Fool 11.1

      have you been talking to Cunliffe about how to get people out of poverty? Because that is his reaction, at least to how to fix the problem. Strangely enough he has a plan for the high paying jobs as well, so I guess that means you will vote for him? Since the other lot don’t seem to have a plan at all?

      Also I didn’t realise that I already get handouts from the government, I will have to go talk to my accountant about all this “free” money I am missing out on…

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.1.1

        I’ll wait to see what his other policies are – he has been making some good noises – but THIS one is a-grade moronic.

        Did the ABC club set him up? Sure looks like it.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Bill English used tax cuts to throw money at rich people.

          All Labour is doing is listening to the electorate and responding with needed support for young families. Its brilliant.

    • greywarbler 11.2

      JLTiger Woods
      You are clinging on to the coat tails of Mr T Woods are you? It sounds like you will always be hanging round closest to where the trickle down from the famous and wealthy are. And why not – that is where the jobs are these days.

      Being flunkeys to the wealthy and following the red carpet road between the lawyers, the accountants, the wedding arrangers, the service people, who are feeding off the magnetically attracting rich, who continue to soak up more. Or perhaps you have been able to get into dairy or some star achieving sector. Hope it doesn’t collapse on you from introduced biosecurity threats or sudden drops in the market. You are just too self-promoting and satisfied, dangerous if you are young. But perhaps you have managed to hold onto it, and you are now retired and the government is behind you with a cushion for your backside.

      What you understand about politics wouldn’t fill a golf trundler though. So don’t go all superior on us.

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.2.1

        Are you clinging on to a grey bird that warbles? What is in a name, eh. The Google thing may help you as far as my name goes.

        Could you clarify something for me. Is the $60 benefit calculated on the household income the year before, just before the baby is due, or when the baby is delivered and one partner takes time off, therefore reducing household income?

    • AmaKiwi 11.3

      The smart economy is one of Cunliffe’s next major policy speeches.

      He’ll rip the Nats to pieces for job destruction and show how lacking in vision they are to ignore how other nations become rich (and egalitarian).

      Cunliffe’s has described these strategies for years. He knows his sh*t.

      One issue at a time. He’s going to torture the Right slowly. Let the blood steadily ooze out of them for the next 6 months.

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 11.3.1

        It would be good if he could come up with some smart policy. It’s been very silly thus far.

        At least he’s not holding up dead fish, I suppose.

  12. Xtasy 12

    Yes, the whole “Best Start” policy is being twisted and manipulated by so many in the MS(p)M (Main Stream “propaganda” Media), which is mostly privately and corporate owned and controlled, living from advertising by businesses that have no other interests, to sell products and services, feed consumerism, make heaps of profits, and maintain the political status quo.

    All focus is on the “baby bonus”, the “baby bribe”, the “election bribe”, meaning the $ 60 payments that David Cunliffe and Labour announced would under their government be paid (per week) to new mums and dads from April 2016. There is virtually NO mention of the other, very important policy components, like extended paid maternity leave, more free ECE hours, better targeted and free health care, and what else was announced in Cunliffe’s SON speech. I must admit though, that the $ 150,000 or $ 145,000 income cap for the weekly payment is set too high. Either they should have targeted it more, and been more generous, to truly low income parents, or they should have simply made it a truly universal payment.

    And have any of you noticed, how since of recently, so many knowingly biased, government-friendly journalists, reporters, moderators and talk back hosts suddenly stress “I am independent”, while in the following sentences they swiftly go on and rubbish the “Best Start”, Labour and the Greens?

    They must be starting to have a bad conscience, and it shows. Even Paul Henry did in his first show “attempt” to look “balanced”, but some comments he made, they showed that he has a dim view of Labour’s and Cunliffe’s policies. He was spending more time with his preferred Prime Minister JK, and the body language showed it all.

    The first reporting on the TV networks and their evening news yesterday may not have been quite that bad, but today it is all on. Of course the National and ACT party allies like Jordan Williams from the ‘Taxpayers’ Union’, and certain business lobby group spokespersons will look critically at this, and the same applies to government ministers and MPs.

    But I see that the MSM are again behaving and reporting in similar ways as prior to the last elections. Most scary is how they succeed in spinning people into believing, that THEY (in their vast majority) will have to pay for the extra spending with “their taxes”, while most will not be paying extra taxes under Labour, only the high income earners. There is so much division after years of brainwashing people into a mentality – dominated by total commercialism and consumerism, it seems many do not even understand anymore, what a true sense and spirit of “unity” is in this country. I fear the public needs and deserves better information on this whole policy, and that Labour must find ways to explain it, so that all this misleading is stopped by the selectively reporting media.

    I hope that APN and Fairfax will get even less readership, once they bring in their paywalls.

    • Rob 12.1

      Look, if he is so determined to give 150K households more money, Why doesnt he just tax them less. Why take with one hand and give it back from another, its pretty controlling behaviour.

      • Xtasy 12.1.1

        In my earlier comments (under other topics) I raised some of my own concerns, as to how they decided to set the income level for entitlements to “Best Start” payments at that particular amount. That is where I have some concern about the policy, as it could have been better targeted (perhaps for incomes up to 75 or 80 k per annum). Alternatively it could as well have been decided to apply it universally, just to keep things simpler.

        When it comes to taxation, that will apply to all that go over certain thresholds, so making exceptions for tax payers with newborns, to offer them yet another tax credit, that seems to over complicate matters.

        It does seem there are also technical and administrative reasons for having decided to go ahead this way. There is always some give and take, and it is important to look at the whole policy set. The media get all preoccupied with the $ 60 per week payment, and mostly ignore what else Cunliffe announced.

        That shows once again, the selective reporting we get from the MSM, and how this leads to unbalanced informing – and hence a largely misinformed electorate, which is not at all serving true democracy.

        Such policies should be discussed and debated in open forums on television, radio and on-line, by a balance of participants (incl. experts), but hey, we cannot have that in NZ, as it “costs” too much, they tell us. Welcome to one of the worst informed wider public in the “developed” world.

  13. idlegus 13

    the stuff comments are up over 1000? that’s unusual, they normally shut them off before they get too unweildly, & this is only the beginning. those righties fingers are gonna tire themselves out with all that frantic typing,

  14. Chooky 14

    Re the Useless and Venal NACT Govt

    Bankster trader NACT politicians of New Zealand cream off what they can by selling State Assets and building multi billion dollar privatised toll motorways which will benefit them, their Trust funds and their ‘Chosen’ Bankster overseas mates. They are even proposing privatising evaluation and services to the mentally and physically disabled NZers to an Australian company (see Xtasy’s report on Open Mike)

    Solution:

    1.) All NACT proposed super motorways should be AXED!( we dont need them and they will be an environmental sore…more free public transport and rail is the way to go )

    2.) …the billions saved from super motorways should be used by the New Zealand Labour /Green (NZF/Mana) government to support the most vulnerable….. mentally and physically disabled and beneficiaries ( this is the Christian way! ….to look after the most vulnerable in society!..this is NZ’s ethical tradition … at least ostensibly)

    3.) the money saved from the unwanted super motorways costing billions ….can then also be spent on upgrading NZ State free education to a very high quality …..aiming at free university education, free polytech education, free apprenticeships, free internships for NEW ZEALANDERS FIRST! ( hear that Winston!…. no silly deals with desperate Banksters)

    ….lets look after New Zealanders instead of treating them like delinquents in their own country!!!!

    4.).there should be no young New Zealander or any New Zealander left untrained and without meaningful work….this is the job of the NEW ZEALAND government and not Key’s the ‘Chosen’ foreign Bankster private companies!!!

    Let us ALL take back New Zealand for New Zealanders!

  15. Will@Welly 15

    A big contrast in styles over at the Herald.
    David Cunliffe got dropped off by a mate, John Key turns up with a Press Agent and 5 members of the Diplomatic Protection Squad.
    A f**ken press interview, not a stroll through downtown Damascus.
    There was a bit of b.s. on TV 3 after Gower hounded Cunliffe about more details how everything was to be paid for, and how it would work. More like a desperate journo looking for a story – perhaps its his job that’s on the line.

    • Anne 15.1

      Another big contrast over at the Herald.

      Last week they spread Keys SON announcements over pages 2, 3 and 4…plus a banner head line along the top of the front page… plus (from memory) two opinion pieces lauding NAct’s latest step towards the privatisation of education – although they didn’t admit to it of course.

      What did Labour get? Page 8 with no accolades… plus a female giving the thumbs down to Labour’s early childhood package… no banner headline on the front page… editorial ignored Labour’s SON announcement and concentrated on Paula Bennett’s so-called initiatives instead – as if the policy amounted to nothing and wasn’t worth an editorial.

      Shame on the bastards!!! I think Labour should do a banner with a big NZ Herald front page full of crap and a large red headline above it saying DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK.

  16. captain hook 16

    what is really venal is National selling off the country’s assets and giving $500,000,000 to its mates in fees.
    You cant get much greedier than that.

  17. Philj 17

    Xox
    Supporting the needy is to be applauded. If the poor, and middle class don’t see that and vote they will continue to be dealt to by this heartless crony fake ‘government’. It’s just big business in drag.

  18. tricledrown 18

    Just like tiger woods you have lost the plot like your namesake why are you so worried if its such a bad policy.
    One of the worst things about targeted benfits is it creates unintended poverty traps like the very high abatement rates on people working partime while on benefits.they are paying more than the top rate of tax while being on the lowest incomes.
    Especially when their is mainly only partime work available.

    • JustLikeTigerWoods 18.1

      I am not “worried”.

      I think it’s a ridiculous policy. As do many people. Why? This is welfare for people who don’t need it. If the woman takes time off, thereby dropping an already wealthy household income below the 150K threshold, then she gets $60 p/w for at least the second half of the year.

      Stunning.

      This $60 will just get capitalised into the family home of the middle classes.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 18.1.1

        The money that is an ‘extra’ for wealthier people will simply be spent on extras and thus go back into the community – as will the money given to the very poor – this is a win-win policy.

        • Rob 18.1.1.1

          Here is an idea Blue Leopard, just tax them less.

          I know this stunning idea dosn’t need an army of strategists and administrators to support it, nor does it require the services of a branding expert to come up with the brand and tag line.

          But if Labour cannot think of any other things to do than to give families bringing in 150K per annum another $60 per week, then they do not deserve to be in Govt.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 18.1.1.2

          I think you’ll find it will go into house prices.

          Remember, it’s zero sum. You’re not gaining spend because you’re taking it off other people. You’re reducing their consumer spend, or their investment, which is another form of spend, namely the type that grows the pie.

          It is not win-win. It stupid. It’s expensive churn and welfare for the rich. He was onto something with no tax for low earners, but threw that for this?

          • geoff 18.1.1.2.1

            You are gaining because it will be coming off of wealthy people who undeservedly were gifted the money in the first place and who have been spending it on unproductive ego-boosting crap like holiday houses, boats and bmws.

            All that money that the rich drive into large material possessions that go unused is a gigantic waste of money, completely unproductive. Almost as wasteful as them using it to speculate on assets that were previously owned collectively by the Nation.

            You are completely ignorant of real economics.

            • Rob 18.1.1.2.1.1

              Geoff

              A family with one kid under 12mths old bringing in 149,999K per year will look at the extra $60 per week as 2 extra bottles of central otago Pinot. This is obviously the real economics that you are completely abreast of Geoff. For me , all I can see is a huge waste of taxpayers resource that could actually do some good, rather than just trying to buy votes in Central Auckland from all the trendy hip young things.

              Yes ” just like Tiger woods” , we all understand that the other people you are referring to in your zero sum argument are other families that now have the mis fortune of not having a child under 1, but will certainluy celebrate the fact that they will be getting taxed more to fund it, but you have evidently missed this blinder.

              • geoff

                Isn’t it fascinating how you focus on the small minority of families that are relatively well off who would benefit from this and completely forget about the large majority of less well-off folks who will benefit greatly from this policy.

                So let me get this right… you support this policy but you just don’t like the idea of wealthier families getting the benefit of it?

                • Rob

                  No I am actually focussing on how much this thing will cost, and what it means for the rest of the taxpayers that have to fund it. A lot of people are doing it tough Geoff, not just families with children under 1. Families that are bringing in 150K do not need Govt help, so why penalise the rest to fund it.

                  Its pretty predicatble that your arguments are based on who has their hands out and not who has to front up and pay for it. I dont think anyone is a kid hater because they dont think that paying money to high earning families is a good idea.

                  • Rob,

                    What makes you think that these people who are ‘doing it rough’ would pay for this policy with an increase in their taxes?

                    I haven’t heard Labour announce that tax rates at lower income levels are to be raised.

                  • geoff

                    Still focusing hard on that irrelevant minority I see. Not surprising though. It’s very predictable that your arguments completely neglect the economic conditions that led to the Left to promote policies like this.

                    What’s your opinion on privatisation, Rob? What do you think about low flat tax rates?

                    • Rob

                      Geoff I am focussing on this “irrelevant minority” as you term it, because Labour has now made it a focus and it is laughable.

                      I actually see nothing but words about the economic conditions from Labour and when they have a chance to promote a game changing policy, they present welfare packages for top earners.

                      I think the tax rate should be set to pay for the agreed requirements of the New Zealand. I dont think it should be hiked for stupid reasons like paying back high earners. Again if this is the best they come up with , then they dont deserve to be anywhere near Govt.

                      They should try again and at the very least ensure that the policy they present actually addresses the issues they go on about ad nauseum. I mean it is almost like Munchhausen by Proxy. They exists because the issue exists, but actually do nothing to address it, in fact inflame and propogate it.

                      To have a guy living in Herne Bay in a millionairs paradise, going on about the impoverished every 2 minutes, finally getting a chance to do something about it and he presents a welfare package for households earning $149,999 per annum. You could not make this shit up.

                    • geoff

                      Are you the Rob that posts articles on here?

                    • Rob

                      Geoff I am not the Rob who posts articles on here.

                      [lprent: That is r0b (with a zero instead of an ohh) ]

                    • Rob

                      Thanks LPrent

              • JustLikeTigerWoods

                But Geoff is implying extra money goes into “the community”. It doesn’t. The money gets spent by different people, after some needless administrative churn destroys some of the value. As a Wellington property owner, that churn benefits me. The country, not so much.

                I would favour a rising tax free threshold for all. We don’t need to be subsidising babies as we offer plenty of child subsidy already.

                • geoff

                  don’t worry your little head. When Labour heavily taxes the rich there’ll be plenty of money to go round.

                  Did you know… The highest tax rates in the USA during the 1960s were over 90%? And the economy was going like gangbusters!

                  Be good to see something like that here. Really ratchet back some of that wealth that the parasitic rich have stolen from the rest of the country.

                  • JustLikeTigerWoods

                    So, if the path to prosperity is simply to raise taxes on “the rich”, then why doesn’t every country make the top tax rate 100%?

                    Venezuela is learning the hard way, as is France.

                    Tax take often decreases when you raise top tax rates because the wealthy tend to provide capital. Capital takes flight.

                    Rather than focus on redistribution, how about *you* think about ways *you* can provide value for others and employ people in the process? That is the path to prosperity, not endless division.

                    • geoff

                      And you took the bait…

                      as I suspected you are a total waste of space, a traitor to your fellow NZers. Time for you to pack up your failed neo-lib happy meal and fuck off back to kiwiblog.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Tax take often decreases when you raise top tax rates because the wealthy tend to provide capital. Capital takes flight.

                      A) Great, we’re better off without them and B) doesn’t matter in the slightest as it’s always the workers who have paid for everything and the government can print money.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Name calling is bullying behaviour. Geoff.

                      You’re avoiding my points and giving up the debate too easily. You could call people traitors, but emotive “arguments” won’t change the fact that capital and people are highly mobile.

                      I’ll give you an example to demonstrate how taxing people highly would make you worse off. Let’s say a NZ company invented a power crystal that produced the same energy as oil, but at half the cost and with no emissions. The profits of the company would be astronomical.

                      What are you going to do? Tax at 90%? You’ll get 90% of nothing when they move counties. You can yell traitor at the airport as much as you like, but you’ve just encouraged a policy that makes Australians much richer and you much poorer.

                      Incentives matter. Ignoring them does not make them go away.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      Good luck attracting doctors and other highly skilled immigrants, Draco. Good luck retaining those who are here now. Good luck retaining those you train and then leave once they hit your unfair tax rates.

                      Print as much as you like. The NZ currency will be near worthless.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Interesting how the amoral corporatist right wing always end up first threatening then carrying out economic threats to nations.

                      Anyone who doesn’t understand how this system of undermining countries and citizens works, please get on YouTube and search for “confessions of an economic hitman.”

                      NZ is better off without narrow minded idiots who choose where they want to bring up a family on the basis of getting the lowest tax rate possible

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Print as much as you like. The NZ currency will be near worthless.

                      This also betrays your fundamental misunderstanding of why currency works and why NZ currency will always be valuable, and increasingly so.

                      Besides, a mild devaluation will help our farmers and our manufacturing exporters no end – another sign of your fundamental economic misunderstanding.

                    • greywarbler

                      DFTT THORQ (This Has-been One Received Quota).

                    • geoff

                      Let’s say a NZ company invented a power crystal that produced the same energy as oil, but at half the cost and with no emissions. The profits of the company would be astronomical.

                      Hahaha well instead of wasting your time here, how about you go away and work on that one, buddy.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      It’s not a threat, Viper, it’s an inevitable consequence.

                      Understand why you don’t send a high percentage of your income to Africa, and you’ll understand why others will be reluctant to pay 90%.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      No, Viper. It is you who show little understanding human nature and economics. You can pretend the country is a walled garden all you like, but it isn’t. If you make it so, you’re going to face heavily prohibitive trade barriers.

                      Your currency will be worthless.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      “Hahaha well instead of wasting your time here, how about you go away and work on that one, buddy.”

                      Sadly. Geoff, you continue to evade the argument.

                      Few, if anyone, will ever pay 90%. Capital and people are mobile. Tax them too much, and you’ll get less. Invoke capital controls and protectionism and your export revenues decline.

                      You can pretend the opposite is true all you like, but it doesn’t make it so. Maintain your fantasy, if you wish. But fantasy won’t bring about the positive change you seek.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Good luck attracting doctors and other highly skilled immigrants, Draco. Good luck retaining those who are here now. Good luck retaining those you train and then leave once they hit your unfair tax rates.

                      I’m pretty sure we’ll retain the ones that we want to retain – the ones that want to do the job rather than the psychopaths that only do it for money.

                      Print as much as you like. The NZ currency will be near worthless.

                      Oh, look, an export boost. Not that I agree with you. Once we’ve stopped the private banks from printing money with little to no limit I’m sure that the NZ$ will actually climb in value on the world market.

                      Maintain your fantasy, if you wish. But fantasy won’t bring about the positive change you seek.

                      The fantasy is yours in your belief that the present system works.

                    • MaxFletcher

                      Of there are those that want to do the job and are not driven by money alone. But money is still an important factor many people consider and given a doctor can get a working visa pretty much anywhere then NZ would have a hard time retaining a good doctor who loves his job and can get paid much more just over the Tasman.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      “I’m pretty sure we’ll retain the ones that we want to retain – the ones that want to do the job rather than the psychopaths that only do it for money.”

                      It’s clear you don’t understand people.

                      A doctor is not a “psychopath” because she wants to be paid well. Given the choice of doing the same caring work here, or Australia, but NZ taxes at 90%, or some other disproportional high relative rate, then more highly skilled people will choose Australia over New Zealand leaving you with a critical skills shortage.

                      “The fantasy is yours in your belief that the present system works.”

                      The present system works well enough. It could be better. The type of system you appear to propose doesn’t work. People don’t want it. Since you don’t understand people and their complex motivations, you’ll remain in your room, spouting invective, convincing no-one. Meanwhile, people like me run the world and enjoy prosperity, because we understand people and take them with us.

                      You take no one with you, which is why you are where you are.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      @ JLTW

                      “A doctor is not a “psychopath” because she wants to be paid well. Given the choice of doing the same caring work here, or Australia, but NZ taxes at 90%, or some other disproportional high relative rate, then more highly skilled people will choose Australia over New Zealand leaving you with a critical skills shortage. “

                      This is a strawman argument DTB did not say that people were pschopaths because they want to be paid well. DTB didn’t actually define a psychopath, rather DTB said that psychopaths [undefined label] who are only doing their jobs for money are well gotten rid of – I agree.

                    • McFlock

                      you had a reading comprehension fail, there:

                      that only do it for money.

                      does not equal

                      wants to be paid well.

                      Seems to be a recurrent issue you have

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      “This is a strawman argument DTB did not say that people were pschopaths because they want to be paid well. DTB didn’t actually define a psychopath, rather DTB said that psychopaths [undefined label] who are only doing their jobs for money are well gotten rid of – I agree.”

                      Life must be so simple.

                      Meanwhile, in the real world, disproportionately high taxation will discourage many people who are not psychopaths, but would rather get paid more than a little. It will also see capital move. It will see companies base elsewhere.

                      This is the rational reaction of most people. The type of high performing people who agree with the ideology you espouse are likely few in number.

                    • geoff

                      National’s Research Unit employee’s must be getting paid per post on The Standard

                    • McFlock

                      lol

                      quantity over quality – just like national standards.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      Yes, life is a lot simpler when you don’t have your head up your arse – you should try it sometime Tiger.

                      “…disproportionately high taxation will discourage many people who are not psychopaths, but would rather get paid more than a little. It will also see capital move. It will see companies base elsewhere.

                      This is the rational reaction of most people. The type of high performing people who agree with the ideology you espouse are likely few in number.”

                      Yes, being paid more than a little is rather an issue at present for a very large percentage of our population – it is nice to see Labour attempting to address this.

                      I do not think that the reaction you state is rational. Do such reactions analyse what type of activities of capital are present and the different effects of these different type of activities? There is a huge problem with getting capital into productive activities that actually create livelihoods for people – those with large amounts of capital are tending to put that capital into ‘lower risk’ (erhem) higher return speculation -rather than things that actually help society. Speculation is hindering the entire world. It is great to see Labour attempting to curb this trend.

                      How do you define a “high performing” person Tiger?

                      Is it people who produce important goods and services for the rest of us – who do manual labour – build, grow food? Who look after our elderly? Hospital workers? Researchers? Inventors? Car assemblers? Teachers? Road workers? Or are they simply people who have a lot of capital due to their family wealth or those that get paid highly because they work in industries where all the money is flowing currently such as the banking industry and large corporations? What is a “high performing” person?

                    • geoff

                      One mention of the NRU and he’s gone like a fart in the wind.
                      Probably just coincidence.

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      …yes and I was so interested to hear what his definition of ‘high performing people’ were too….spoil sport….

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 18.1.1.2.2

            Oh? So people are going to buy houses now with their extra $60 – wow! this argument just gets more hysterical as it goes on.

            What about the Capital Gains Tax being introduced?

            And your own argument – taking off money from some – and redistributing it to others; the only people having money taken off them in this policy are the ones in the most likely financial position to conduct ‘house price rising’ activities.

            Your arguments are weak and then you decided to refer to Labour’s policies as ‘expensive churn and welfare for the rich’ …Um – make up your mind – your preceding paragraph admits that some people are having money taken off them – let me spell it out for you: they are the rich people in this country

            Additionally, referring to Labour’s policies as ‘expensive churn and welfare for the rich’ after the policy the Nats just brought out – throwing money at creating a small bunch of highly paid bureaucrats and their red tape with the notion that doing so will lift education in this country – and noting no ‘loud’ stroppy comments from you over that one – is laughable.

            • Rob 18.1.1.2.2.1

              Any funding that keeps good teachers in the classroom as teachers is money well spent. The issue we hace currently is that the system is designed to protect the lowest performing teacher. Therefore any teacher worth their salt has to look at alternative career options (such as school admin and leadership roles) to earn more. Not all good teachers make good principals, as the roles are very different. However if a good teacher can remain in teaching and be well compensated for it then this has to be good for our children.

              • geoff

                The thing about good teachers is that they don’t do it for the money. They do it because they like educating kids. If money was their main concern then they wouldn’t be doing teaching. It’s only parasitic rightwing arseholes who are obsessed with much money they can make.

                • JustLikeTigerWoods

                  I have friends – Labour voting friends – who left the teaching profession because it didn’t pay well. They would like to still be teachers, but the pay is insufficient.

                  • geoff

                    Well they’re not going to come back just on the off chance they get picked (by who?) to be super teachers earning $10-20k more.

                    Teachers get paid higher than the average wage in NZ, they are relatively well paid for NZ. Your friends left for higher paying jobs because the cost of living in NZ is so high, a consequence of 30 years of rightwing economic and social policy. Do your friends a favour and vote Labour or Greens.

                    • Rob

                      They may not come back now, but they might not have left if there were other options open to them.

                    • geoff

                      @Rob

                      Yeah good, blame their inability to afford the rise in their cost of living on not having National’s elite teacher policy. That’s some seriously warped logic mate.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      I’d take the Denmark approach. Only take the top graduates and pay them very well. Performance would be measured regularly.

                      It’s a very important job.

                    • JustLikeTigerWoods

                      “Do your friends a favour and vote Labour or Greens.”

                      Bless. Why would I vote for economic muppetry? Giving the rich $60 a week? What a silly idea.

                    • geoff

                      So who are you going to vote for Tiger? Seeing as you still seem so genuinely concerned for the less well off.

                    • “Why would I vote for economic muppetry? Giving the rich $60 a week? What a silly idea.”

                      That’s the same ‘economic puppetry’ that currently sees very wealthy people getting hundreds of dollars a week? It’s called superannuation.

                      What is wrong with the principle of universalism, apart from some minor economic argument – which is itself debatable – that the ‘transaction costs’ of cycling tax revenue back to taxpayers is inefficient?

                      Universalism is a far healthier principle to run a social security system on than ‘targeting’ on the basis of income and then calling it ‘welfare’. I don’t see this policy as ‘middle-class welfare’ I see it as an extension of social security for all (to that extent, it’s disappointing that it isn’t entirely universal). As a society I believe we should support child-rearing, especially in those early years.

                      In a civilised society the goal should be to provide a base layer of services that provides sufficient dignity – within the context of the society – for all citizens (defined broadly to include residents) to live as healthy a life and one with as many opportunities to fulfil one’s potential as that society can provide to all.

                      It would be a civilised world if nation states competed with each other on the extensiveness of that ‘base layer’ of provision. That wouldn’t, of course, stop individuals from building upon that base to the extent that they chose to do so.

                      I have no problem at all with providing all public services to all as a matter of principle. I think it is quite moral and honourable.

                • Rob

                  Geoff, after this comment, who really is in a dream world?

                  • geoff

                    So you dont think people become teachers because they like educating kids, you think they do it for the money?

                    Yeah it must be me in dreamland….

              • felix

                “Any funding that keeps good teachers in the classroom as teachers is money well spent.”

                Indeed Rob. So what do you think of National’s policy of taking the best teachers out of the classroom and making them into middle-managers instead?

                • Rob

                  Well Felix, the idea of fostering greater middle management is not the outcome they are planning, however I thought you would be a great fan of more adminstration.

                  What I like is the idea of experienced and capable teachers formally mentoring new and developing teachers, especially in the areas of maths & science, which is where we are really struggling to hold on to good teachers and produce good results.

                  Speaking to my brother who is DP at a large decile 5 secondary school in Auckland, and certainly not a fan of this Govt, he felt that this is a good initiative, obviously devil is in the detail, but it is a fresh approach to a some long standing pain points.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    the system is designed to protect the lowest performing teacher.

                    throwing money at issues doesn’t change anything, people are starting to understand this.

                    Neither of these statements has any basis in reality.

                    Further reading for ignorant wingnuts: the “overall framework for teacher performance management”, and the article “Some Evidence About Welfare” at Polity.

                    Google is your friend.

                  • felix

                    “I thought you would be a great fan of more adminstration.”

                    That’s because you’re a lazy reader.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                @ Rob 3.41pm

                How is throwing money toward creating super teachers and a whole new level of ‘middle management’ going to achieve ‘keeping good teachers in the classroom’?

                – Sounds more like good teachers are going to be being told how to teach by a small group of highly paid middlemen – orconversely good teachers may end up leaving the classroom to indulge in this fantasy that a ‘super teachers bureaucracy’ is somehow going to be a fix-all to problems that have very little to do with there being a lack of middlemen.

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 18.1.1.2.2.2

              No, their spending power increases. So what do they spend it on? The middle class tend to spend it on the mortgage. To spell that out for you, it means they can afford a bigger one.

              The proposed capital gains tax doesn’t apply to the family home.

              Taking money off “the rich” and then giving it back to them, after churn, as a baby bonus, is stupid.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                @ Just Like Tiger Woods,

                Someone ‘upgrading’ their family home is not what is causing house price rises – speculating on houses is. Capital gains tax is an attempt to discourage people from speculating on houses – not upgrading their accommodation.

                “Taking money off “the rich” and then giving it back to them, after churn, as a baby bonus, is stupid.

                This all depends on what your definition of rich is. It is not the people on household incomes of $150 000 a year who are creating the problems as outlined by movements such as Occupy Wall street – perhaps this is what you most dislike about this idea; that this policy lumps a lot of people ‘in the same basket’ – which is a pretty dodgy thing for those of you who want to keep dividing good New Zealanders against themselves in order to make way for the interests that solely benefit those holding mass wealth.

                No more ‘we are all in it together’ for the type of ideology you are arguing for, is there?

  19. Skinny 19

    This policy package is smart by Labour in my opinion, it certainly will maintain & increase the female vote. They trumped National on paid parental leave by increasing the number of weeks in the process. The call to implement by July 1 takes ownership of the increase, and has stopped National from taking the credit.

     I was pleasantly surprised that the meeting yesterday was short and sharp and we didn’t have to sit around half the day listening and then trying to digest too much information. 

    The more that National howl the better, 
    Kiwi’s don’t like sore losers and that is what it looks like. The message from this policy release was one of being ‘fair’ to all, 150k maybe a high threshold, however once labour release their amended tax policy you can expect those above a reasonably high income to be paying more taxes. Fair is the key word something that is foreign to Nact.  

  20. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 20

    This ‘Taxpayers Union’ Jordan William’s thing needs to be addressed – it seems to be a deception – Williams was highly active in the media opposing MMP when the MMP referendum was conducted at the last General election- [yet framed it that he "may" support another version of MMP style voting].

    People out there in the real world just get to hear that ‘The Taxpayers Union’ are condemning a Labour policy and that could well hold some sway in their minds – to me this is out-and-out deception – propaganda -and the whole point of this group.

    A highly related approach is that of introducing Prebble as an ‘ex-Labour MP’ – this is deceptive if his ‘ex-Act’ status wasn’t mentioned. Same goes for Hooton as a ‘political commentator’ – this is deceptively neutral with his credentials as an active spin doctor for National

    And ‘The NZ Institute’ – the old business round table??

    This is bullshit and how people get swayed into believing the nonsense they spout – not everyone is told what these people and groups agenda is likely to be – and therefore are more likely to absorb their misinformation more uncritically – I am really very concerned about this – its a shocker – out-and-out deception and needs to be addressed.

    I’m thinking some type of formal complaint – any suggestions [and information on that ‘Taxpayers Union’ would be most welcome

    • geoff 20.1

      “the tax payers union” sounds like astroturfing rightwing populism paid for no doubt through the National party network of wealthy donors.

      It’s going to be a cut-throat battle this year.

    • North 20.2

      “Puppy” Jordan Williams was just a little stooge for mad old Shirtcliffe in the anti-MMP campaign days. Now a stooge for the not so old but very mad Stephen Franks. He of lift in Moscow fame. Wee Jordan’s got nothing going for him except of course a seat in parliament at some point and the promise of a lifetime of trough guzzling. He and his like are the scum of the earth in the real picture.

  21. Tracey 21

    I love how all the “throwing money at poverty wont relieve poverty” brigade dont say what will.

    • Rob 21.1

      Well often throwing money at issues doesn’t change anything, people are starting to understand this.
      Here are some examples of when it doesnt work.

      Lotto winners often end up with very little.
      Expensive private school education does not gaurantee great results.
      large companies spending huge budgets on innovation often miss key trends , ie Kodak invented the digital camera, but could not deal with it in a value adding programme.
      Big shopping budgets can be spent on healthy meals or wasted on repetitive fast food meals.

      The list goes on and on. Just throwing money at it is often wasteful and lazy but gives people a sense that at least they have tried something , which is what is going on with this plan, isnt it.

      • JustLikeTigerWoods 21.1.1

        Yep

        The problem is some kids are going hungry sometimes because their parents are incapable of budgeting correctly. Those kids should be identified, and intervention should be direct.

        The answer is not to give some rich person $60 of their own money via government churn.

        • McFlock 21.1.1.1

          Actually, it’s probably just cheaper to give $3k over the course of a year to almost everyone. Takes the edge of the extreme poverty, makes life easier for those who are struggling, and you don’t need to pay huge amounts for assessors to go round to every household (half of whom might not need it).

        • geoff 21.1.1.2

          Nah the problem has always been ignorant right wing arseholes like yourself

          • JustLikeTigerWoods 21.1.1.2.1

            That’s nice.

            When you grow up, you may come to realise that most people want pretty much the same thing, but have slightly different views on how to get there.

            We’re much closer than we are apart.

      • McFlock 21.1.2

        But we’re talking about poverty – which, as a shortage of money, is indeed solved by the regular disbursal of even modest amounts of money. By definition.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 21.1.2.1

          What happened to no tax on the first x dollars? That was actually a good, workable idea.

          • McFlock 21.1.2.1.1

            I agree with you on that one. but it only helps people who get x dollars in the first place.
            we’re talking about “alleviating poverty”, not simply “not kicking the poor”. Givning them “x plus tax difference” ensures everyone has at least x dollars.

        • JustLikeTigerWoods 21.1.2.2

          Yes, but that doesn’t explain why he wants to give rich parents $60 p/w? Wasn’t he able to do this policy because he scrapped the no tax on the first x policy?

          Why would he replace a good policy idea with a stupid one?

          • McFlock 21.1.2.2.1

            He wants to give the poor parents the $60. Maybe he’s just erring on the side of caution – unlike tories, who prefer many people suffer rather than one person live comfortably on the dole

            • JustLikeTigerWoods 21.1.2.2.1.1

              I don’t know who “Tories” in NZ are, but I don’t want many people to suffer. I certainly don’t want rich people being given $60 to keep their baby in designer nappies.

              I’m surprised anyone does.

              If Key had come up with this clanger, posters on here would surely be screaming blue murder. Is it some rule that if the Labour leader hands money to rich people by proposing some daft scheme, then you don’t get full socialist points unless you slavishly keep your tounge up a place even the Mayor of Auckland fears to go?

              • McFlock

                Hmmm.
                maybe you should look it up.

                Basically, your idea of a “clanger” of a policy is that some people at one end of the scale might not need the modest amount of money they will be given. A tory clanger is when people at the other end of the scale are refused assistance that they desperately need – that’s why commenters here “scream blue murder”.

      • KJT 21.1.3

        “Having more money doesn’t stop people from being poor”.

        Really?

        It worked for me…………..

  22. Penny Bright 22

    NZ Initiative (not NZ Institute) is what the NZ Business Roundtable has morphed into …..

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/roundtable-and-nz-institute-morph-nz-initiative-ck-115751

    Penny Bright

  23. Enough is Enough 23

    Although laudible, my issue is this is policy is a wee bit intellectually bankrupt and creates resentment rather than reconcilliation in this class war being raged by the right.

    It is a blunt tool to provide financial support to any member of society. The real issue in relation to the inequitable distibution of resources in our society is not dealt with under this policy.

    In a fair and just society there would be no need for this policy because every worker would receive fair pay for a fair day’s work.

    The key is how do we get to that position.

  24. tricledrown 24

    Knowledge is power these high finance weasels have to be kept an eye on.
    Their propaganda machine will working overtime this year.
    The new spokesman for nz initiative advocates for the porn industry because of inovation such as 3D.
    Wow what a nutjob they have to import this tosser via germany, UK right wing think tanks,Australian Rightwing think tank propaganda machine.Now he has been demoted to NZ.

  25. Steve James 25

    I am ok with this policy and would in fact make the payments more based on the amount of PAYE the parents have paid over say the previous two years, with a ceiling of course.

    What I will not be voting for is further payments that may encourage voluntary beneficiaries. Benefits should be short term help encouraging recipients back into paid employment, with or without children.

    Rob, I hope you read this, you make a lot of sense but I suspect one or two on this site are not understanding your meaning or are too set in their ways to accept reason.
    Keep it up.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 25.1

      @ Steve James

      Do you have any concern over ‘involuntary beneficiaries’?

      I hope so – because then you will vote for a party that intends to create an high-value economy that is focussed on job creation and is aiming at removing the incentives to use capital in ways that destroy jobs and rise prices unreasonably and adding policies that makes the jobs that do still exist no longer require welfare supplements to cover living costs.

      And that party is not National.

      • Steve James 25.1.1

        blue leopard

        I have been a beneficiary; not voluntary, my wife died. I am eternally grateful to those who did the work and helped my young family out during a difficult time. Within a year I got organised and back to work. My remaining children will all graduate tertiary education paid for by them and me.

        The people who use the benefit system ‘voluntarily’ I have zero tolerance for. Those who genuinely need it; well I am happy to help for say up to five years, plenty of time to sort yourself out. I also believe benefits are somewhat low by todays standards.

        Bye the way, my daughter and friend were targeted by a paedophile couple on line; much publicised almost three years ago. It was with the help of the GCSB that these animals along with their overseas associates were caught. So when you go on about so called government spying remember my little girl and her friend could have had their lives ruined if not for the police and GCSB.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 25.1.1.1

          I am sad for you that your wife died and happy for you that you and your children got through it and sound like are in good circumstances financially and otherwise now.

          Your comment does not, however, prove that people in different circumstances from your own, yet find themselves on an unemployment benefit, might struggle more than you did to find a way out of those circumstances.

          You supplied no information on your background, to your level of education or type of work you do – I consider these strong factors in how easily a person can lift themselves out of poor circumstances – it is clear that jobs are thin on the ground at present, it is clear that wages for some are extremely poor and according to Bill English 43% of the poorest households receive some form of income supplement [i.e. this includes people who are working as well as those without jobs and is a HUGE amount of households requiring assistance], it is clear that the level of debt that one has to agree to for education would deter those who haven’t earned a lot or come from poor backgrounds. It is also clear that opportunities for those in poor circumstances to lift themselves out of such are being taken away by people who don’t appear to realise that not everyone is as fortunate as themselves. This attitude serves noone apart from those who are extremely wealthy already [and I feel sure that neither you nor myself are in that category] and I really do not like the way that New Zealand is moving in this regard.

          I believe the type of policies that Mr Cunliffe indicated in his State of the Nation speech will provide far more likelihood that those in difficult circumstances will get out of those circumstances easier than anything that National have done in the last 6 years or have indicated that they intend to do if they get voted in again. These [Labour] policies include that of developing a ‘high value economy': encouraging research and development and manufacturing here in this country – I.e. JOBS – instead of sending such off wholesale to other countries – along with the profits.

          As for the GCSB, it is great that they helped you and your family! – I feel confident that the reversal of anything I object to with regard to the GCSB bill would not hinder families such as your own from being helped in similar ways in the future.

          • Steve James 25.1.1.1.1

            Hey blue leopard

            Thank you for your kind thoughts, much appreciated.

            I will certainly take your comments on board as you rightfully pointed out my education did help when looking for work; having said that I work in an unrelated field. I understand it would be more difficult for the under educated; perhaps some form of teaching basic family planning might help them move up in the world. No easy answer I am sure.

            I get little time to visit The Standard but will check your posts when I can. As for some of the haters on this and other sites, I don’t know why they bother they are contributing nothing.

            Enjoy your weekend

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 25.1.1.1.1.1

              Cheers Steve James – Hope you have a good weekend too

        • Anne 25.1.1.2

          You’re a first class idiot Steve James.

          There’s one hell of a difference between the GCSB helping the police (not you) to solve a potential crime scene with an off-shore content… and government electronic spying on ordinary defenceless citizens.

          Glad you had a good experience with the police because I didn’t. Yes, I was targeted on and off for years by a group of people with off-shore ‘associations’ – albeit for different reasons and in a different way to your daughter – and the police never lifted a finger to catch the culprits. That was because there was a political element to the case so they swept it under the carpet and ran for cover. I have a word for a large section of the police force and it begins with w……s. I also have a policy: if the police ever required my assistance for some reason that I would not bother to give it to them.

          • Steve James 25.1.1.2.1

            Anne – Ignoring that first class idiot comment I have an acquaintance at Advanced Investigations (www.advancedinvestigations.co.nz) who may be able to assist you if that problem hasn’t gone away. Give them a call, they wont charge you for your first meeting. Even if they cannot proceed with your case their advice is priceless. Good luck

            • Anne 25.1.1.2.1.1

              @ Steve James

              My comment was a reference to the link you tried to make between the investigation into paedophile activity conducted by the police with the assistance of the GCSB – a legitimate and desirable combination in the battle against certain national and international crimes – and the wholesale spying on ordinary citizens for highly spurious purposes. I was not inferring you are a first class idiot in general terms.

              Thanks for the offer of assistance but the ‘problem’ was historical – 20 or so years ago. In the end I solved the mystery without the help of the police. It took several years and involved a great deal of ‘raking over old coals’ in my mind… a few valuable contacts… and some hitherto unknown historical revelations supplied by an unwitting news media – mainly the NZ Herald. The pieces of the jigsaw slowly came together and started to make sense. I never returned to the police with my discoveries despite the fact it unlocked, at least in part, a few well known historical and politically motivated mysteries (probably including the Colin Moyle saga of the mid to late 1970s) because of their earlier attitude towards me. A bit sad really but there you go…

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