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Written By: - Date published: 10:33 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 81 comments
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So John Key goes out into the world to represent our interests and what does he get?

His good mate David Cameron tells him to get stuffed when he asks for better access to the UK for Kiwis.

A meeting with the Queen that made us look like a bunch of hicks.

A “hard hitting” (though weirdly squeaky) speech to the UN urging them to do something they had already done (and don’t think his sucking up to the US will get us anywhere).

And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch.

After all that rolling on his back and showing his belly he couldn’t even get a little tickle. Not even a small symbolic concession from his overseas mates (although you know he’s quietly offered plenty of concessions on our behalf). What an embarrassing little prick.

81 comments on “Useless”

  1. Alanz 1

    “David Cameron tells him to get stuffed”

    “Tony Abbott is [sic] has told him to get stuffed”

    And more NZ voters are telling him to get stuffed!

    • Tracey 1.1

      This must be wrong because Wayne Mapp is saying we have status in the TPPA to negotiate terms and stuff for our benefit… and we arent just sitting there nodding for any scraps off the table.

  2. vto 2

    Get stuffed Captain Useless

  3. Clement Pinto 3

    Ha, but Key, not to be outdone, tells us to get stuffed too by ignoring the GCSB concerns, the asset sale opposition etc, etc!

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Sigh.

  5. Not another Sheep 5

    “Key said he did not expect any “deliverables” from his meeting, but it was a chance to build up “chemistry and rapport”, which was already high because he knew Abbott well. ” Stuff.co

    “deliverables” used as a Noun…………….. is there such a word????????? Moron:- Or is a ‘deliverable’ a brand new word meaning another ‘big, hard, brown, job’ to drop on New Zillend people?

    “chemistry” eewww creepy. Did Key really need to go for a ‘quickie’ with Abbott?

    “rapport”, some sleazy deal in secret face to face because Key couldn’t use electronic digital media or the GCSB would find out.

    ” because he knew Abbott well.” So ….the moron didn’t really need to go to the exorbitant expense of an Airforce 757 for a quickie few hours to build “rapport” in the first place. Something stinks about this trip !

    Perhaps the cheaper option to New Zillend taxpayers would have had Key use the Copper cable that his Brighter Future is invested in ??

    RING,RING… ” Hey Tony, John here. How are yah? Got any deliverables for New Zillenders? No?? yep, yep…. appreciate your busy running a nation of 23million and it’s your first week on the job… okay I’ll catch up with you bouta sweet deal I’ve got for you. ” CLICK.

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    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      “deliverables” used as a Noun…………….. is there such a word????????? Moron:- Or is a ‘deliverable’ a brand new word meaning another ‘big, hard, brown, job’ to drop on New Zillend people?

      Yeah, it’s standard corporate/consulting lingo.

      • GregJ 5.1.1

        Yeah, it’s standard corporate/consulting lingo.

        My personal most hated consulting lingo – “learnings”.

        FFS! :mad:

        • Paul 5.1.1.1

          Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

        • Paul 5.1.1.2

          Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

          • McFlock 5.1.1.2.1

            Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

            Actually, yeah, indirectly. Invent a new buzzword as part of a “dynamic and innovative new training package”, glossy packaged presentation, and Robert’s your father’s brother.

            And if your bullshit presentation makes millions, your invented jargon percolates into the wider community as a variation of Cockney rhyming slang – it serves to differentiate clique members from outsiders (who either patently don’t understand it, or merely fail to maintain a straight face at the elevated bullshit levels).

            Of course, if our new learnings include a pre-engagement indication that an anthro-economic unit is verbally non-adaptive, then we can de-escalate the prioritisation of face-time interaction and divert them into an eDynamic relationship which hyper-streams the agreement of deliverables…

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.2.2

            Yes. The usual approach is for someone to publish a new business bestseller which harps on about some new (i.e. old but renamed) concepts, and for the consultants to then make a mint selling projects based on this “new” jargon.

            TQM, TPM, Just in time, Business process re-engineering, world class best practice, core competencies, centres of excellence, mission/vision/values statement, blah blah blah

    • the pigman 5.2

      “RING,RING… ” Hey Tony, John here. How are yah? Got any deliverables for New Zillenders? No?? yep, yep…. appreciate your busy running a nation of 23million and it’s your first week on the job… okay I’ll catch up with you bouta sweet deal I’ve got for you. ” CLICK.

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      But who would have laid the wreath (to tap into some all-important trans-tasman-fraternity political capital)? Who would have laid the wreath?!

      Pretty good summary otherwise.

  6. Not another Sheep 6

    So it’s just as well Key and cronies didn’t sell the RNZAF 757 then? Or there would have been no cargo hold for the “deliverables” he might have brought back at $111,521.26 per flight hour (2011)

    • the pigman 6.1

      Hopefully he had a glance out the window for that missing yacht while he was at it…

      • Not another Sheep 6.1.1

        The Wreath could have been laid by the “boat people” (who’ve already landed) in memory of the other “boat people”. You know the ones whose children/ families, human beings are in the missing yachts that can’t come to OZ now.

        Maybe Key went to Oz to launch his new book and sell it to his “brother prime minister” for ideas. It’s called
        “The John’s Way :How Politics Explains Poverty”
        Tony’s been reading it, he comments
        “I am impressed with the way the New Zealand Government has created economic growth, pursued very sensible economic policies without in any way engaging in what’s become known as austerity. ” Abbott

    • North 6.2

      Bloody outrageous. That’s close to $700K just to get to dinner. To schmooz with the whangae son of that racist old bastard Howard.

      So tell me, what was all that shit about Winston’s baubles as Labour’s Foreign Minister ? And what was all that SlaterPorn shit about Cunliffe, Robertson and Jones flying to various primaries meetings around the country ?

      This preening “yay everybody loves me” narcissistic schoolboy in the Beehive is acting like some addled rock star zipping down to St Tropez for a piss-up. Wonder if he took a bottle or two from the vineyard he knows nothing about ?

      Any links on that $111K per flight hour for the 757 ?

  7. ak 7

    (edit – handle typo in earlier note)

    chemistry…rapport…high….deliverables….

    Let’s hope that the line was fine, and it wasn’t just another case of editorial mending of Slippery diction: mild-mannered Lib-Natsy leaders talking about using chemistry on the poor and miserable while high has a worryingly familiar ring to it…..

  8. I don’t get this idea that NZers have some kind of citizenship “rights” in Australia. We already have way more rights in Australia than any other foreigners, in that we don’t need visas or work permits to live and work there. Is there some reason they should be offering citizenship as well, other than that many of us apparently would like it?

    • IrishBill 8.1

      Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand. And New Zealanders used to have those rights in Australia until the Howard government shut them down in 2001.

      • risildowgtn 8.1.1

        It is high time we cancelled access for Australians having access to Social welfare etc etc etc……

        Tit for tat

        but agree this PM is a international embarrassment and a failure……

        • srylands 8.1.1.1

          “Tit for tat”

          Do you know how many Australians in NZ are on welfare? Stuff all. And if we did that the Australian government would simply say “fine with us”. Who are you are trying to punish?

          To reiterate – stopping access to benefits in Australia was a New Zealand Governnment proposal. That is why Australians here still have access to welfare.

          • Tracey 8.1.1.1.1

            “Do you know how many Australians in NZ are on welfare? Stuff all.”

            source please.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1.1.1.2

            There are things like access to student loans, disability payments. Then there is things like natural disasters, your Aussie neighbour will get federal assistance you will get diddly squat.

      • Tracey 8.1.2

        yes, but other than that, WHAT have we done for the Australians (h/t to Life of Brian – Python)

      • srylands 8.1.3

        “Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand. And New Zealanders used to have those rights in Australia until the Howard government shut them down in 2001.”

        Whooaaa. You are doing a revisionist thing with history.

        It was the NZ Government of Helen Clark that proposed that the access be shut down. New Zealand had always reimbursed Australia for the cost of welfare payments for New Zealanders living in Australia. That had applied since 1975. But the cost was becoming too high. What New Zealand was willing to pay was not meeting the cost. Helen’s view was that the new Labour Government was interested in the welfare of New Zealanders living in NZ, not in Australia. Her view was that if NZers in Aus were unhappy they could come home.

        It was Helen that put the proposal to stop access to benefits in Australia on the table. The Australian government then said that suits us fine.

        • Tracey 8.1.3.1

          Here is an assessment from an editor on stuff.co.nz

          ” The anomaly arose 10 years ago when Australia took umbrage at an overstayer amnesty in this country which would have allowed people previously unwanted by New Zealand to enter Australia and gain access to Australia’s welfare system.

          The Labour government of the day misread the strength of feeling across the Tasman and pressed ahead with the amnesty. Australia responded by tearing up the agreement that had previously entitled New Zealanders residing in Australia to the same social assistance as Australians.

          Then prime minister Helen Clark described the ending of the reciprocal welfare arrangements as a win for both countries. Australia would not have to pay any more “Kiwi dole bludgers” to surf at Bondi; New Zealand would no longer have to contribute to Australia’s welfare bill as it then did.

          However, it was never a win for this country. New Zealanders testing their opportunities in Australia lost out and New Zealand itself loses out when Australian-based Kiwis who have fallen on hard times return home to claim assistance from a welfare system to which they have not contributed.

          Australia, on the other hand, benefits from what a former Australian MP, Bob Catley, once described as New Zealand’s “foreign aid programme”.

          It gets to use the skills of educated workers whose education it has not had to pay for, but reserves the right to effectively send them home when the work dries up or they suffer other misfortune.
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          A fairer apportionment of responsibilities and rewards between the two countries makes sense. In the meantime, however, Kiwis contemplating a move across the Tasman should bear in mind the downside as well as the upside.

          If they do not qualify as permanent residents they are likely, if disaster strikes, to find themselves denied the assistance that is taken for granted here. ”

          and from wikipedia

          “New Zealanders in Australia previously had immediate access to Australian welfare benefits and were sometimes characterised as bludgers. In 2001 this was described by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark as a “modern myth”. Regulations changed in 2001 whereby New Zealanders must wait two years before being eligible for such payments.[46] All New Zealanders who have moved to Australia after February 2001 are placed on a Special Category Visa, classing them as temporary residents, regardless of how long they reside in Australia. This visa is also passed on to their children. As temporary residents, they are ineligible for government support, aid, emergency programmes, welfare, public housing and disability support in Australia; something that is not denied to Australians in New Zealand. Attempts by the Queensland Government to pass a law that would allow government agencies to deny support based on residency status without it being considered discriminatory were condemned by Queensland’s anti-discrimination commission as an attempt to legalise state discrimination against New Zealanders, claiming it would create a “permanent second class of people”

          • JonL 8.1.3.1.1

            “If they do not qualify as permanent residents they are likely, if disaster strikes, to find themselves denied the assistance that is taken for granted here. ” I’ve been here (working), for 8 yrs….I’m too old to apply for permanent residency (over 50) without sponsorship etc, etc. Having paid about $180K in Aus taxes, if I hit hard times,I guess I’ll just have to sell up what I’ve got and move back to NZ – and welfare. Seems like a lose situation to NZ from my angle…..

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.4

        Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand.

        Classic NZ sense of fair play. Which the Ozzies don’t buy into, in the slightest.

    • Tracey 8.2

      But, Australia gave us Srylands… or so he writes

      • North 8.2.1

        Not so much as gave, got rid of a big bucket of detritis rather.

        • srylands 8.2.1.1

          “Not so much as gave, got rid of a big bucket of detritis rather”

          More left rudeness.

          [lprent: More right wing nutter condescension. Arrogant fuckwits like yourself who want to define the rules for debate really are rude.

          If I see you attempt to usurp my role in setting the grounds for debate again then I'll demonstrate what sysop rudeness is. ]

      • srylands 8.2.2

        “But, Australia gave us Srylands… or so he writes”

        And the red giant star Betelgeuse gave us Tracey.

    • RedLogix 8.3

      After an hour-long meeting with Key, Abbott said he was “very happy” with the situation as it stood and Kiwis who came to Australia were expected to work and pay taxes like everybody else.

      Abbott used his Wainuiomata-born wife as an example of how the arrangement worked for both sides.

      “I’m very conscious of the great debt I personally owe New Zealand – on the other hand [my wife] says that she owes something to Australia given that Australia has been a good home to her over the last 25-30 years now.”

      New Zealanders had better access to Australia than the citizens of any other country – “and that’s as it should be”, Abbott said.

      “What I admire about kiwis in Australia is their commitment to have a go. They are have a go people. I want everyone who comes to this country to work and pay taxes from day one and in delighted that’s exactly what Kiwis have done.

      “I’m very happy with the situation that exists right now which is that Kiwis coming here know that they are expected to work and pay taxes from day one as so many of them do.”

      After emerging from their meeting, Abbott addressed Key as his “brother Prime Minister” and talked about the strong bonds in the trans-Tasman relationship.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9238539/No-change-to-Kiwi-citizenship-status-Aust-PM

      Abbott is being deeply dishonest by using his wife as an example here. Because she was resident in Australia well before 2001 and is married to an Australian her situation in Australia is fully protected. Access to citizenship and social welfare is a given for her. Using her as an example is utterly irrelevant.

      The problem that some NZ govt will eventually have to address, is that there are currently about 618,000 kiwis living in Aus under the SubClass 444 ‘Special Category Visa’. It is a temporary visa (it has to be renewed every-time you re-enter the country) and while it allows you to live and work, access Medicare or Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (in common with a number of other countries) .. there is no longer any easy path to eventually achieving citizenship for most. If you worked for a sponsoring employer for two years, or in a ‘regional’ area, then you used to be able to apply for a ‘fast-track’ visa … but even that door was shut in July 2012.

      This means that over time there are an increasing number of New Zealanders who will find themselves essentially stranded, eventually they will either retire, fall ill or will be unable to work. NZ Super (if available to them) will not sustain them and they will have zero access to any other support.

      Eventually these people will be forced to return to New Zealand. That’s the population of Wellington and Christchurch combined. It’s one of those slow demographic time-bomb things that no-one will do anything about until too late.

      Of course what is most repellent about Abbott’s line is the implied ‘you can pay your taxes but we won’t ever let you be citizens’ sneering. And then rubs it in with some blatantly insincere schmoozing about being ‘brother’ countries.

      • Tracey 8.3.1

        did she take out citizenship???

      • srylands 8.3.2

        “This means that over time there are an increasing number of New Zealanders who will find themselves essentially stranded, eventually they will either retire, fall ill or will be unable to work. NZ Super (if available to them) will not sustain them and they will have zero access to any other support.

        Many of them will have the benefit of Australia’s generous work based super schemes. If they have been working in Australia for 20-30 years they should be able to retire to NZ with nice retirement savings. Given that New Zealanders in Australia have high employment rates many will be racking up the savings (and at higher wages than NZ).

        I take your point – it is an issue that needs some attention, but more analysis would be required to determine whether it is indeed a time bomb.

        • McFlock 8.3.2.1

          So how big would the problem of people being stranded in Aus without income or healthcare have to get before your care?

    • KJT 8.4

      Happy about being able to live and work in Australia as a NZ citizen.

      I am not happy about paying taxes in Australia, when, myself and my kids, are denied many of the things those taxes pay for.

      In that current case it would be fairer if Kiwi’s working in Australia paid NZ taxes, and were exempt from Aussie ones. As it is the NZ welfare system they have to depend on if anything goes wrong.

    • Sable 8.5

      I took out citizenship just before the law was changed. I don’t blame the Australian government, this country was being used as a back door by new migrants armed with a Kiwi passport who were rejected by the Australian immigration system first time around.

      Want to blame anyone blame the NZ government for its slack immigration policy which reflects its inability to provide sound economic guidance and social policy that provides a quality standard of living to its own people who keep on leaving. Hence the need to prop up the population stats with and I hate to say this but its true, low quality imported labour. How many times has the government said “don’t worry we have more people arriving than leaving”. What they fail to mention is the quality of education and ability of these new arrivals which in many cases is sorely lacking compared to those heading to the airport.

      When I lived in OZ I came across some very talented Kiwis who said they were not getting what they needed back home. Indeed a friend of mine who had his computer science degree could not find work in NZ. Within a month of arriving in OZ he had a good grad job with a top firm and now works as a senior network engineer. He will never come back to NZ he tells me and I can not blame him.

  9. Sanctuary 9

    “…And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch…”

    New Zealanders who move to a deeply racist country shouldn’t be surprised when they are themselves victims of that racism.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1

      New Zealanders who move to a deeply racist country feel at home depending on their ethnicity.

      • Sanctuary 9.1.1

        John Key last night was busy blaming Helen Clark for the current arrangement, but the deal offered by the Howard government was the current one or one restricting access to Australia to only native born New Zealanders – a racist solution from a racist government that would see me (a native born New Zealander) being treated as better than my Chinese Malay work colleague (a New Zealand citizen who moved here twenty five years ago) that was rightly repugnant to the New Zealand government.

  10. srylands 10

    “And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch.”

    This is a ridiculous statement. Nobody on either side expected anything different. What are we going to do? Threaten not to sell them butter?

    I expect you will apply the same test in December 2014 when Missing-T goes to visist the Australian PM. I expect to see the same “Useless” cry when Silent-T changes nothing about the current trans-Tasman arrangements.

    • idlegus 10.1

      fanny!

    • karol 10.2

      Comments that use schoolyard smears, hinting at vaginas as some kind of dirty thing, without really stating as such, are not worth reading. Gutter-tripe. Won’t be reading your comments in future, smearlands.

    • Delia 10.3

      Good lord Cryland grow up and take your foulness back to WhaleOil’s blog where it belongs I do not come to a Labour site to read crap like yours OK. So pack it in.

      [lprent: Read the about. It isn't a Labour (ie NZLP) site, it is a labour movement site. It is a pretty important distinction that governs much of our site policies. ]

      • KJT 10.3.1

        Actually we need the Srylands on here. To remind us of the cognitive dissonance, meanness, greed and callousness, endemic on the right.

        And some other RW commentators, who do have something useful to contribute, who remind us that “they” are not all like that. Some do have the same goals for NZ as us, they just believe, rightly or wrongly, in different ways of getting there.

        • Paul 10.3.1.1

          Disagree.
          Knowing I’ll have to wade through his trolling to get to sensible debate makes me wish for his return to the sewer.

      • srylands 10.3.2

        I don’t like Whaleoil.

        • Sable 10.3.2.1

          Ahhhh shitelands, you and your kind bring out the worst in me. I swore I was going to ignore you but I find you so utterly offensive and lacking in basic human compassion and kindness I really cant help myself.

          You belong on whales slimy site. You are cut from the same poisonous, elitist, backward looking, self serving, callous cloth as the creep Slater and other misfits like Keys and co.

    • thatguynz 10.4

      I’m guessing Shitlands (yes – a deliberate insult) that you don’t see your hypocrisy of crying about people deliberately mangling your name here to cause you offense (what you are calling “rude”) with your ongoing puerile “Silent T / Missing T” jibes? They are precisely the same no?

      Just saying…

    • Tracey 10.5

      why would anyone expect left wing labour to get traction with right wing Abbott? Key on the other hand, the charming right-wing currency trader said Tony was nice and he likes him. Tony waxed ideologically about the surreal version of NZ that Key likes to paint… and still a NO.

  11. Useless little prick eh? Not to the Queen and her “firm” he isn’t. $ 30 million to Rio Tinto with her as a huge share holder comes in right handy. Him selling the TPPA on behalf of his bankster buddies is going quite well too. Total financial deregulation and bankers let loose to rip off Kiwi’s like they do Americans coming our way as I write this.

    John Key is not a useless little prick to them. No Sir! And his $ 50 million putting him in with the richest 202,000 people of the world tells me they really appreciate his endeavors on their behalf.

    And they think that you are the useless one so you might want to ditch that sense of superiority that makes you believe you’re actually smarter than John Key and his bankster mates.

    He was at Balmoral with the MSM making him look like a dip so people like you wouldn’t actually ask yourself why a scheister like him would be visiting arguable one of the most powerful people in the world. he came away from the place full of energy to promote the Queen’s descendents to be the hereditary heads of state of 54 countries including these Islands and if you think they don’t hold any power you are even more deluded.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Good points.

    • Ramsay 11.2

      “Useless little prick…”

      Comments that use schoolyard smears, hinting at male genitals as some kind of dirty thing, without really stating as such, are not worth reading. Gutter-tripe. Won’t be reading your comments in future.

      • travellerev 11.2.1

        Actually the word prick was used in the actual post. I make the point that calling someone who belongs to the richest 202,000 people in the world a useless or embarrassing and little may be a bit of misnomer. A prick he may be. A Rich Prick he most assuredly is but useless, embarrassing?

        And feel free not to read my comments. Wouldn’t want you to feel too uncomfortable. What with the cognitive dissonance and all! :lol:

      • karol 11.2.2

        Thank you for quoting me out of context, Ramsay.

        Actually, the equivalent to the female genital reference I was responding to would have been”useless little P.”

        And the words used for male and female genitals are not equivalent. Both are used in ways intended to put men down by attacking their masculinity – prick is used to attack masculinity by reference to small size. The term for female genitals has far deeper anti-woman associations, merely because it refers to female sexuality.

    • Crunchtime 11.3

      I’ve heard many reports that he’s doubled his worth to 100 mil since taking office. That puts him in an even smaller more exclusive club.

      Not bad performance for a blind trust eh?

  12. i was gonna do one of these..

    ..now i can just link to yrs instead..

    (my rough-draft uses ‘fuck-off!’..

    ..but ‘stuff’ will do..)

    ..phillip ure..

  13. captain hook 13

    Da troof iss we is a gang of hicks!
    I hope the Queen told him off for the crummy little dweebs in the Advertising Agencies mocking the royal family to sell their goods.
    If Doncoyote cant recognise that this sort of behaviour is deleterious to the country’s morale and standing in the world then he is a bigger moron than I thought he was.

  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    ‘Deeply racist’- Just because 43% of us voted for Abbots drive the refugees into the sea policy does not mean everybody over here is ‘deeply racist’. We still take a higher percentage of refugess per head than any other country bar Canada.

    I’m actually confused as to why Key would be opposed to the current arrangements. I thought kiwis wanted more of its own back home. Did not Key campaign on the basis of bringing more home in 2007?

    • GregJ 14.1

      While I don’t disagree with you that not all Aussies are “deeply racist” the anecdotal evidence from my extended family in Australia (some Australian born, others born in NZ) is that Australia has a deeply embedded vein of racism. New Zealand is by no means perfect but their opinion is that NZ is a long way ahead of Australia on race relations as well as gender & LGBT issues (not that we don’t have a long way to go).

      We still take a higher percentage of refugess per head than any other country bar Canada.

      A claim used by many who don’t actually want refugees in Australia that appears to lack some substance. Even if it was true it doesn’t excuse some of the worst aspects of the official Australian response & treatment of those seeking refuge in the country.

  15. Intrinsicvalue 15

    Refusing to accept illegal immigrants is not “driving refugees into the sea”. Australia is a sovereign state and as such can determine it’s own immigration policies in the interests of it’s own people.

  16. Zaphod Beeblebrox 16

    How else would describe the tow back the boats policy? Remember most of these boats barely make it outside Indonesia’s thin jurisdiction anyway.

  17. Sable 17

    Serves the jumped up little twit right. Keys should be looking after his own people rather than selling out to a bunch of Poms and Yanks. Now he can see they couldn’t give two shits about him, he’s a nobody outside NZ. Worse still because of his appalling behaviour back home he’s now increasingly hated here too. Talk about shafting yourself….

    • He is looking after his own people. The richest 202.000 on this planet. You, I ques, are not in that group.

      • Sable 17.1.1

        So I’m not entitled to push for a government that looks after its own people? I’m guessing that’s what you are implying, assuming you have a point…..

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    By Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons Once again the SPCA has shown it has no empathy with conservation in NZ – they just don’t get it. We already know about the environmental vandalism caused by their trap neuter return policy....
    Gareth’s World | 19-10
  • The challenge for NZ’s political youth
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) In my experience as a politically engaged young...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • The Privatisation of Solid Energy
    by Jeanette Fitzsimons When Solid Energy went belly up with huge debts and failed businesses like its briquetting plant in Southland, the Government was forced to drop it off the list for privatisation because it was no longer fit for...
    Coal Action | 19-10
  • Manufacturing Terrorism
    Domestic Terror: Police constables and detectives outside the Wellington Trades Hall, 27 March 1984. After 33 years of vilification directed at trade unionists, at least one of their enemies finally made the leap from words to deeds, and an innocent caretaker,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-10
  • NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores US military warning of “...
    So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to...
    Hot Topic | 19-10
  • Improving AT’s Patronage Reports
    This week we should learn about the patronage results for September and with this post I want to explore whether Auckland Transport are delivering the results to the public in the best way that they can. Currently we get patronage results a...
    Transport Blog | 19-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Press Release – iPredict Andrew Littles 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...
    Its our future | 19-10
  • Secrets, Lies and Revelations
    There is a lot this National Government doesn't want us to know. They have made it clear that we shouldn't measure child poverty, that we don't need independent environmental reporting and any official information requests are delayed indefinitely, especially if...
    Local Bodies | 19-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #42
    SkS Highlights Another "lightening rod" article by Dana, Dinner with global warming contrarians, disaster for dessert, drew the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. If you have not already done so, be...
    Skeptical Science | 19-10
  • Putting people at the centre of policy
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) Leftist politics puts people at the centre of...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Alpaca Metropolitan – Episode 67
    For the rest of Alpaca Metropolitan, check out the tumblr comic....
    On the Left | 19-10
  • Meaningful compassion
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) My mum sometimes tells the story of when...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • If you didn’t vote, please complain!
    This image from youth voter turnout group RockEnrol (who did some great work), while humourous, is an excellent example of the problem. There’s a particular refrain commonly heard around election time – both in the buildup, as an exhortation towards...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • We have lift-off!
    Welcome to On The Left! We’re happy to be here. OTL was born when a couple of lefty comms people got together for coffee and decided that the NZ blogosphere was lacking an accessible, well-written, interesting and above all fun group...
    On the Left | 19-10
  • DEALING WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS
    How can foreign investors in New Zealand be sure that we will treat them fairly? If they are not sure perhaps they will not invest here, even though their investment may be valuable to us. (I do not believe all...
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Robertson’s ‘safety-first’ leadership pitch fraught with ...
    When Grant Robertson tweets that he wants the government to "get alongside communities", I am not at all sure what he means....
    Pundit | 19-10
  • Cunliffe and Labour
    I didn't cover the election, long story short; the country is still being run by a banker and someone who was in charge of the National Party got its lowest percentage in recent history. Although if Cunliffe gets finance we...
    Topical | 19-10
  • When science deniers turn to science
    Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of...
    Open Parachute | 19-10
  • AT’s Get on Board with Jerome Campaign
    Auckland Transport recently launched a new campaign featuring Jerome Kaino encouraging people to use PT and HOP. It seems to be primarily an online campaign focused on the videos below however I’ve also seen a few ads on the backs of buses...
    Transport Blog | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • Letter to the editor – when a Terror Alert really was needed!
    . . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz> date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the editor . The editor Sunday Star Times . Our esteemed Prime Minister announces that our Terror Alert has “risen” from...
    Frankly Speaking | 18-10
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #42B
    As deaths mount in Nepal disasters, questions about climate change raised Churches go Green by shedding fossil fuel holdings Climate change: it’s only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not Cutting global warming pollution just business as usual at some...
    Skeptical Science | 18-10
  • Dunno what to say about this, really
    Donald Trump and Russell Brand are having a spat on twitter.  It puts me in mind of Oscar Wilde's quip about fox hunting - "The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable."  Though in this case, more a matter of the...
    Left hand palm | 18-10
  • We must join the fight against Islamic State
    We are being confronted with an evil of a kind we have not seen before. An evil we can barely even name. Islamic State? ISIS? IS? ISIL? What the hell do we even call these people?...
    Imperator Fish | 18-10
  • The Splits: Epsom / Ohariu Split Vote
    Epsom voteAct 2011 Party-Vote 3% (939 votes),   Candidate-Vote 44% (15,835)       2014 Party-Vote 3% (1,023),         Candidate-Vote 43% (15,966)Nat 2011 Party-Vote 65% (23,725),     Candidate-Vote 38% (13,574)       2014 Party-Vote 64% (23,904),      Candidate-Vote 32% (11,716)Lab 2011 Party-Vote 16% (5,716),      ...
    Sub zero politics | 17-10
  • Blinding Flash of the Obvious re composing encrypted emails – Avoid auto-...
    I recently reviewed Edward Snowden’s instructions for setting up and using PGP/encrypted email available on Vimeo: GPG for Journalists – Windows edition | Encryption for Journalists | Anonymous 2013. It’s a good tutorial. One of the points it makes about...
    The Paepae | 17-10
  • An Auckland Urban Redevelopment Agency?
    Details are starting to emerge from the Council’s review of its Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to see if any changes need to be made to them. The CCOs were set up in 2010 by the government as part of the super city...
    Transport Blog | 17-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    Frankly Speaking | 17-10
  • What A Real Labour Party Member Sounds Like.
     HARRY SMITH, 92 years old, describes the world in which he was raised. A world of poverty in which the ravages of ill health simply could not be resisted by ordinary working-class families. Harry lost his sister to tuberculosis and...
    Bowalley Road | 17-10
  • Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come
    This article was originally published on The Conversation [UK] on Sep 26, 2014. Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come By Eelco Rohling, University of Southampton It may already be too late to stop Antarctic ice sliding into the ocean....
    Skeptical Science | 17-10
  • Stuart’s 100 #45: What if Renters….
    #45: What if Renters had the choice to have Rights and Responsibilities like Commercial Tenants? Home ownership is of course a daily debate in this city of Auckland. In the absence of anything else, the New Zealand Herald will always...
    Transport Blog | 17-10
  • Enjoying the unexpected – Jenny Salesa
    Jenny Salesa is looking forward to bringing her wide-ranging experience, including in education and public healthcare, to her new role as an MP. That’s coupled with her determination to achieve better outcomes for the people of Manukau East....
    Labour campaign | 17-10
  • Walking in the footsteps of the greats
    Introducing Peeni Henare Peeni Henare, new MP for Tāmaki Makaurau, grew up surrounded by inspirational leaders. From his grandfather, soldier and kōhanga reo pioneer Sir James Henare, to David Lange, who was “like a quirky uncle who popped by every...
    Labour campaign | 17-10
  • Treasury cherry-picks its data
    Yesterday we learned that Treasury didn't like food-in-schools. And now we know why: because they cherry-picked their data to support their preferred conclusion of leaving the poor to starve:A report behind Treasury advice that said school breakfast programmes did not...
    No Right Turn | 17-10
  • Read Nicky Hager’s search warrant
    How we want it to be: How it sometimes is (click to read documents): Documents from New Zealand cops raided home of reporter working on Snowden documents by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept). Worth reading to see how...
    The Paepae | 17-10
  • TPPA would criminalise journalism
    Wikileaks leaked the latest version of the TPPA intellectual property chapter last night. There's some nasty surprises from the US, including its efforts to revive the defunct Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement by the backdoor and its efforts to ensure poor countries...
    No Right Turn | 17-10
  • The OIA Abuse
    Yesterday, the Prime Minister admitted that his government withholds Official Information Act (OIA) requests for longer than necessary when it suits his government politically to do so. This is not allowed under the Official Information Act. The OIA is an...
    frogblog | 17-10
  • Bugger
    As everyone already knows, New Zealand has won a term on the UN Security Council. I'm less than overjoyed by this. Why? For the simple reason that I do not trust our government to do the right thing in the...
    No Right Turn | 17-10
  • Precedent: Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco
    Multiway boulevards remain a workable street form that can resolve many of the problems related to movement and access in urban areas, especially the need for balance between the needs of of the city as a whole and those of...
    Transport Blog | 16-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 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
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
    It has now been three weeks since the election, and we on the left are still in the phase of trying to figure out what went wrong.  That can be a useful exercise depending on how it’s done, especially if...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • 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
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for answers after it was revealed on Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report that the Prime Minister’s office routinely flouts its obligations under the Official Information Act. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZDIA forum press release
    NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • BPW NZ calls fashion industry to account
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) joins the call for action on the use of skinny models and mannequins as it is directly affecting the self-esteem and health of many of our young people....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Electoral Commission introduces Extra Touch for Blind NZers
    The Electoral Commission was presented with the Extra Touch Award by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ), in recognition of its successful implementation of Telephone Dictation Voting ahead of its commitment to do so by...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Auckland move for KiwiRail health and safety team questioned
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Redundancies a result of putting profit over good business
    Heinz Watties redundancies a result of putting profit over good business Heinz Watties workers are shocked by the announcement made late last night that up to 100 jobs are being cut from the company’s New Zealand operations. No information was...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Injuries at work show many sectors are too dangerous
    Workers are deeply concerned about the research Statistics New Zealand have released today showing that almost one-quarter of agriculture, forestry, and fishery workers had a work-related injury claim accepted by the Accident Compensation Corporation...
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Chatham Rise seabed hearing: the absence of evidence
    The phosphate on the seabed, 450m down on the Chatham Rise, has a particular quality that other phosphate doesn’t have: uranium....
    Scoop politics | 15-10
  • Office of Ombudsman making sure people treated fairly in NZ
    The Office of Ombudsman has told Parliament that it has made significant progress in effectively managing its work to make sure people are treated fairly in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference Press release
    This year the UN World food day theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, chosen to highlight and raise awareness of the problems worldwide and the solutions to food security and ridding the world of hunger. The...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Support from Production, Recreation and Environment.
    When it comes to water quality not many organisations can claim to have the support of major bodies representing production, recreation and the environment, yet this is exactly what NZ Landcare Trust has achieved. The Trust's upcoming 'Communities...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Law Society supports Malaysian Bar Peace and Freedom Walk
    The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its support for a planned Walk for Peace and Freedom by Malaysian lawyers protesting against continued use of the Sedition Act 1948 by the Malaysian government....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Bunnies Offered Protection With New Technology
    SAFE is announcing the spring launch of its “bunny protector” – a new mobile phone app that will help shoppers on the go avoid animal-tested cosmetics products. Suitable for both iPhone and android, the ‘SAFEshopper Cruelty-free NZ’ app will...
    Scoop politics | 14-10
  • Maori Wellbeing – Defying the Oxymoron
    When Mother Teresa was asked how do you achieve world peace, she said, go home and love your family....
    Scoop politics | 14-10
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