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Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, October 4th, 2013 - 78 comments
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VoteThere is just over a week to go to the end of the current local body elections and turnout is small.  In Auckland as at yesterday the return of votes was running at 14.64% compared to 22.6% in 2010.  Things are not much better in other parts of the country.  In Wellington the proportion is 15.47% compared to 15.87% at the same time last election.  Christchurch is doing relatively well at 20.65% despite it appearing that Lianne Dalziel will romp home in the Mayoral contest.  In Dunedin turnout is so far half what it was last time.

This is concerning, particularly in Auckland.  Elections there tend to zig zag between left and right.  With low turnouts the main motivating factor is grumpiness with the incumbents so apart from long serving representatives who tend to hang around the middle there is often a lurch from left to right and back as grumpiness amongst the electorate punishes those perceived to have gone too far.

Auckland Council is finely balanced with progressives being a minority and a group of independents deciding issues vote by vote.  The right is not far from control and the nature of the next Council will depend on a handful of competitions.  Privatisation of Council assets and the loss of the living wage campaign could only be a couple of votes away.

There are a handful of Council contests that could be vital.  Out west Christine Rose is up against number 74 on National’s list Linda Cooper.  Linda claims to be an independent despite strong links to the National Party and a loss out west will be a net gain for the right.  Christine is a progressive with impeccable credentials and has been endorsed by former Councillor Sandra Coney.

In the Whau ward Labour’s Ross Clow stands a good chance against C&R Nolene Raffles.  In Maungakiekie Labour’s Richard Northey is under a well funded and sustained attack by Denise Krum.  In Albert Eden Cathy Casey is also under threat from C&R’s Nigel Turnbull.  Cathy is not helped by the presence of another progressive candidate Phil Chase.

All of these battles are vital and could be won or lost by a handful of votes.

And why is this important?  Because Local Government provides the best way to change the place you live in.  Whether through ensuring environmental protection or support for community decisions made at a local level can have a huge and lasting effect.

As Julie Fairley has put it local government is vital because of libraries, parks, transport, fairness, housing and democracy.  The right wing approach to these issues is short sighted and damaging, the progressive approach is futuristic and nurturing.

So wherever you live make sure you vote.  And while you are at it get your family and friends to do the same.

Votes have to be posted by October 9 to make sure they count.

78 comments on “Vote!”

  1. Speaking from Hamilton, there is a dearth of vote worthy candidates.
    None of the incumbents are getting my vote as not one of them voted against the development of Stan Heather rugby park in Deanwell.

    Of the multitude of aspirants, including the old dick with his pre pubescent son running under the banner of two generations for one (like daddies boy know fu*k all about fu*k all), and the act weirdos in drag (Someone should ask Steve mclennan his views on domestic violence and then has he ever hit a woman), there are only two prospective councillors likely to get a tick.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Any comment Al1en on the Mayoral race? I understand Hardaker is right but McPherson pulling out and endorsing Wilson seems just weird to me. Is there some local local nuance that is not evident? Wilson’s background hardly fills a progressive with any confidence.

      • The Al1en 1.1.1

        The candidates in this race really leave a lot to be desired, and of course, who knows what they stand for, it’s all election by prominent billboard site. I’ve had one envelope in the mail and zero door knocks. That’s the election for me in a nut shell.

        Wilson got his face on TV over the fluoride issue, that it seems is enough to become mayor, despite the Hamilton airport fail as credentials.
        Mcpherson is a nugget, self serving like most long term councillors. He’ll have a deputy seat (or other perk) in the bag for his ‘effort’, no doubt.

        Hamilton is a weird little place. Like Ozzy said “I love you, but you’re all fu*king mental”

    • richard 1.2

      What is it about The Tron that attracts the remnants of the Act party? I see their ex-president is standing for Hamilton East under a party called “New Council – New Direction”. Surely that should be a rallying call to all residents – to make sure that their old direction doesn’t get in

    • stargazer 1.3

      looks like you’re on the left ward. two very good progressive candidates to support are holly snape & jamie toko (the latter a long-time worker for SFWU). i’d also strongly recommend martin gallagher on the west side. i’m standing on the east, & can strongly recommend peter humphreys as someone with a strong social justice platform.

      re mayoral candidates, in terms of progressive policies, ewan wilson is the best option. the influence of ray stark, who has been throwing a whole lot of money around in this campaign (possibly sourced from a group of big business backers in the city, though i have no concrete proof of this, just something let slip by one of the people supporting gary mallett) is going to be hard to determine. however, I’ve also heard that one of the main aims of this group is to remove the rates differential so that more of the rates burden falls on residential ratepayers. mr stark has endorsed ms hardaker, & that is a concern.

      low voter turnout is definitely a problem. i’m really hoping there will be a late burst.

    • Colonial Viper 1.4

      Hamiltonians. West Ward.

      Holly Snape should be at the top of your list. Solid lefty, politically experienced as an activist, strong grass roots Labour values. Endorsed by CV.

      • The Al1en 1.4.1

        Yes, she runs the community house in sMelville and will certainly be one of my picks.

        I won’t vote Gallagher, even though I voted for him nationally in ’02 and for council last time out, because he did nothing to save the park, he didn’t reply to my email and mainly because he’s a Gallagher.

  2. karol 2

    Was leaving my voting till I had space to concentrate – so many candidates to look at. Was planning to do it this weekend or Monday.

  3. King Kong 3

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  4. risildowgtm 4

    I always vote
    Time for Brendan Duffy in horowhenua to go. Hopefully this time he loses…. People here have had it with him and the rest of his lackeys on the council

    • David H 4.1

      I’m Horowhenua, and I have NO clue as to who is who, and what they stand for. And a business card will not really grab my attention, and thats ALL I have had.

      SO, Vote.
      Ok
      Who for?
      Because they are NOT interested in telling me who they are, So i figure they don’t deserve my vote.

      • risildowgtn 4.1.1

        Anne Hunt is who I voted for Mayor……

        The rest i read that booklet and did some googling on em cos I dunno myself who 3/4 of em are and I lived here all my life and asked people …..

        Councillors who been troughing IMO are out…. and HDC or wotever they call em this week is full of them
        Time for new blood..

        Time to get the god fearing right wing nutters out

        • David H 4.1.1.1

          Well I’ll go down today. Just updated my details so have to take the printout down anyway.

      • Te Reo Putake 4.1.2

        They have this interweb thing now David. Candidate No3 for mayor is the go, if you can stop sulking for the time it takes to fill out the form.

        http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/Council/YourCouncil/Elections/Candidate-Profiles1/

        • David H 4.1.2.1

          Hey TRP I am NOT Stupid. Also I did not ask you to put in your 2 cents worth. I was asking someone else. And making an observation on the appalling way that these so called Professional people, whom would like my Vote ( I am Presuming here) Because they cant even be bothered, or are too lazy, to post me anything bigger than a fucking Business card. Now if someone wants ANYTHING from me, be it A computer repair, or my Vote, then they had better Fucking ASK me first.! Or they will get nothing. Now BUTT OUT!

          • Te Reo Putake 4.1.2.1.1

            Grow up, David. All the candidates are making an effort; their signs are up, they are door knocking, leafleting, attending functions, putting profiles on the net etc. The problem is that you are a sad sack who can’t be arsed opening your eyes or making the slightest effort to find a candidate you might like. It’s not their problem, it’s yours.

            • muzza 4.1.2.1.1.1

              Live in the H, do you Voice?

              Perhaps try being less condescending, then when called on it, insulting, if you can control yourself , at all!

              • Te Reo Putake

                Fuck off, muz. The point I made is relevant wherever David lives. And as for condescending, a) you apparently don’t know what the word means, and b) this confession will mark you down as the most condescending (and illiterate) commenter here forever:

                “Ive been using The Standard as a personal research project (i’ve actually stated that at least twice since posting over the past 18 months or so) for learning how small sectors of NZ’s attuned (supposedly) online communities, descend into various types of mob behavior, which appears as if it is some form of mass (herd mentality) mind control.”

                • muzza

                  Don’t worry Voice, you’re winning!

                  Still get’s you, that!

                  Just keep the insults coming bro, with each and every utterance, you give another piece of yourself over!

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    Your admission doesn’t get me, pal, it gets you. Having fessed up, you’re forever marked as a pompous pseud. Bad luck son, but one bonus point for at least sticking to your handle despite the embarrassment.

                    • muzza

                      Yes, it get’s you, which is why you have had to take the time, go dig it up. Or perhaps you keep it in thatspecial folder, you know the one I mean, Voice!

                      Embarrassment – I’ll leave that to you bro. This is the online world, and if you are capable of projecting that in my virtual direction, again you have gone full frontal!

                      Pause, and have a little think about what embarrassment is!

                      Once you believe you understand, what it is , run it by me, and i’ll QA it for you. If you can begin to live your life around such understandings, it will be more pleasant for you, and others will enjoy your company!

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Yet another stream of unconsciousness. Wibble, wibble.

  5. Craig 5

    Define “progressive” incumbents. I live in Wellington, but if it were Auckland, I’d be voting Minto instead of Brown for the mayoralty, and also urge Akld local body voters to vote against those councillors who back Brown on his myopic jihad against street sex workers in Manukau and against beggars on Auckland city streets. Both policies are short-sighted blame-the-victim populist tactics.

    • tinfoilhat 5.1

      I couldn’t agree more Craig unfortunately there are so many National and Labour supporting councillors with their noses in the trough there will be little change in Auckland apart from the inevitable hike in rates and the salaries of the mayor, the councillors and the assorted bigwigs in the council offices and council controlled organisations. it’s almost unbelievable but the auckland council and their cronies are an even bigger buggers muddle than the government.

      …eh moderation ??

      • Sable 5.1.1

        +1 Yep same snouts in the trough bullshit we see here in Wellington….Bunch of lazy, incompetent no-hopers who expect us to cough up ever increasing rates to pay for their foibles and excesses….

  6. Sable 6

    I took the time to vote here in Wellington as did my wife. I personally loathe Wade Brown but would not be surprised to see the impractical, wasteful, odd ball back in office. Where however are the alternatives? Her opponents, perhaps with the exception of Jack Yan are to say the least, “burnt offerings”.

    Its not surprising that people can’t be bothered voting there are really pretty limited choices in many cases which does indeed allow for small organised groups of voters to push their chosen candidate back into office.

    If different groups left or right want people to take an interest then for f**k’s sake have the common sense to put forward a candidate who one, has policies that make sense and are going to keep rates down and two, has genuine ability. Not a bunch of under achieving “no hopers” and odd balls with their own peculiar political agenda that is out of touch with voter expectations.

    • Chris 6.1

      ditto sable…

      For me it was more a matter of who I wouldn’t vote for. Never heard of most of the candidates.

      • GregJ 6.1.1

        I voted Wade-Brown at 1 as she is the best choice to make sure Morrison doesn’t get in. I’d agree that the Mayoral candidates are pretty uninspiring & Wade-Brown’s term has not lived up to its potential – but we need a good progressive council to give her the support/backbone to take the city in a progressive direction.

        Southern Ward has good Labour & Green Candidates & Will Moore is a good alternative to these two. Even Pepperell isn’t too bad. Sadly there is a distinct lack of female candidates in Southern Ward (only Ginette McDonald).

        Wellington Regional Council has some good progressive options: Ponter (Lab), Kedgley, Bruce (Greens), Paretutanganui-Tamati (Mana) – However Laidlaw & Wilde seem to have long left any progressive thinking behind and are long term incumbents so they (along with Ruth Aiken another perpetual local politician) are down the bottom for me.

        Health Board is always tricky – so many seem to stand – it really needs some sort of Ward system. I selected 11-12 as ranking all 23 was quite difficult. I try to pick an even gender balance, prefer Nurses over Doctors, support Labour & Greens, treat business people warily, and look for at least one person local to my area to support.

  7. bad12 7

    i voted for Celia as Mayor even tho the only thing Green about Her appears from my limited vision to be the fact that She rides a bike,

    i get the feeling that Morrison may just sneak the Mayoralty way from the present incumbent via the preferences, Morrison with a face recognition factor is very likely to be number 2 on peoples list of preference,(i put Him at 5),

    i will console myself with the thought of having Him as Mayor will bring forward a clash of development v Green issues, galvanizing the large radically Green demographic here in Wellington,

    Just in time to wake everyone up to vote Green at the 2014 election, the Tories do have their ‘odd’ use occasionally…

    • miravox 7.1

      I voted in Wellington entirely against the overpass – I haven’t voted single issue for years. But not Celia, it was minor candidates for mayor for me, so probably wasn’t worth the effort. Still it felt good to leave Morrison and Wade Brown off the list.

      The health board had the most interesting candidates, I reckon.

  8. adam 8

    Personally I hate the catch phrase “If you don’t vote you can’t complain” seem just like one more layer of statements for disempower of people. And it can be seen as an out right attack on anarchism. Yes the Libertarian left who see elections as a con, just another way to make people SHUT UP AND DO AS YOUR TOLD! Yeap – SHUT up and do as your told! Moe the verge, don’t complain, don’t ask questions, respect authority and be a good little slave.

    Have the social democrats in this country realized that working people are sick of you do nothing wet liberalism? Have they released you slight deviation of the norm is the same rubbish with window dressing? That working people are smarter than politico types give them?

    Probably no – so lets bash working stiffs some more – make them feel bad – because they don’t want or can’t make the time to vote. Getting food for the kids or having to work that extra shift at work to pay the bills and I’m bloody tired. Typical crap from the left – wet and liberal. Make an offer to make life better – if not for me, at least the kids – or, SHUT UP AND DO AS YOUR TOLD!

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      That’s a pretty stupid and short sighted view you are espousing there.

      Firstly, who gives a fuck about “anarchism”. Are you an anarchist? Are you supporting an anarchist political philosophy? No? Then WTF are you on about.

      Secondly, what is all this “SHUT UP AND DO AS YOUR TOLD” b.s.?

      Voting is an opportunity for people to have THEIR SAY. Did that fact just skip past your head? Who voted you in (lol) as spokesperson for “working people”??? Dickhead.

      Probably no – so lets bash working stiffs some more – make them feel bad – because they don’t want or can’t make the time to vote.

      It might be in your interests to try and depress the working class vote turn out, but you can fuck off.

      • weka 8.1.1

        “Who voted you in (lol) as spokesperson for “working people”??? Dickhead.”

        Not to mention that everyone works (well pretty much everyone).

        Have to say that I do know people who are anarchist, and others who are apolitical libertarians, who don’t vote. I think there should be a special punishment for such people, because they should fucking know better. At the very least they don’t get to complain, and I think I shall be reminding them of this over the next few years.

        • adam 8.1.1.1

          What are you saying Weka? Do you not understand an anarchist perspective? That voting itself keeps the system being the system – that any reform can and will be twisted to suit the interests elites. Anarchist, some, not all – see elections as a distraction and a hindrance to freedom. Personally all the time people waste on them they could spend helping each other and smashing up the instruments of the state that just don’t work. Like housing New Zealand, WINZ, IRD, or the courts. But no, lets waste energy on elections, then lets sit on our hands and complain about it for the next 3 years.What a wonderful way to go sleep walking into totalitarianism.

          • karol 8.1.1.1.1

            I was all for anarchism in my younger days, and the idea that it was all about change on the ground, by people working collaboratively in a network of groups. I was particularly into anarcho-syndicalism – read Kropotkin, Emma Goldman, and more.

            Those with the most power can always smash such grassroots efforts.

            Then along came neoliberalism. I learned that, in the face of such brutal power, it needs both bottom up initiatives and a state that is as democratic as possible.

            The state can be evil, but it also can provide protection from the wealthy and powerful, and destructive militarism. With pressure from below, it can be moved towards an organisation that works for the least powerful. Without the state, it’s just every group and/or individual for themselves in the face of the ruthless, greedy and power-hungry.

            It’s about power. And not voting, just enables the more powerful to keep taking us towards totalitarianism.

          • bad12 8.1.1.1.2

            Adam you are amusing in a child like sort of way, my view of Anarchist’s is that most i have met are either that, child-like or really really lazy,

            So tell us Adam if you would, does your Anarchy extend to refusing to use any of the States services, i mean as a true Anarchist you would of course refuse to support either the State or the Capitalist system in any way shape or form right,

            i am really amused with your little nod to ‘smashing up the instruments of the State’ but tell us all Adam, what actual physical action have you taken this year or any other for that matter to ‘smash up the instruments of the state’,

            HousingNZ seems to work for 67 odd 1000 of us and the kids right now and i would just love to hear why you think that such an organization doesn’t work, along with those other organs of State that you refer to,

            Strangely enough of all the groups of people i have observed, it is those who claim the status of anarchy that do the least to achieve any semblance of that anarchy, mostly it seems anarchists are the idle young too lazy to lift a finger to achieve any goal let alone a political or apolitical one…

            • adam 8.1.1.1.2.1

              Free thought is such a scary thing. Democracy is suppose to be hard work. Not this notional thing you seem to think is democracy.

              One who challenges you authoritarian types always gets abused – joy poppet joy. Funny how your rational arguments, fall to personal attacks and notions of superiority.

              I’m just saying you burn this energy, to vote – and it’s not really getting you anywhere. Small victories and we still march to the beat of conservatism and reactionary politics.

              We have hay many living in poverty, how many homeless, how many people living in substandard temporary accommodation. Yeah voting has really helped.

              And no I’m not a mythical thinking or lazy one for that matter – I don’t believe in mysticism nor the “invisible hand of the marketplace” or “dialectical materialism”

              I didn’t say smash the state, I said smash the instruments of the state. I’ll let you think through what that may mean for you.

              What have I done for the last 30 years – Not lived in FEAR nor as a SLAVE that’s what I’ve done for the last 30 years and so have all my fellow anarchist.

              Peace out

              • bad12

                Having read your answer twice Adam i would say the only thing smashed in your 30 years of Anarchy has been your brain…

              • karol

                Democracy is suppose to be hard work.

                Exactly. And that’s why some people are active party members – they don’t just vote, but actively participate in the section of candidates and policies; in campaigning etc.

                And others, as well as voting participate in campaigns on various issues, enraging engaging with elected representatives and the public in various ways.

                So much easier to sit at home and moan about the undemocratic voting system.

                Edit: h/t CV below: heh :)

                • Colonial Viper

                  “participate in campaigns on various issues, enraging with elected representatives and the public in various ways.

                  Heh karol :twisted:

          • weka 8.1.1.1.3

            “Do you not understand an anarchist perspective?”

            I do understand it, and agree with some of it, just not absolutely, and not when it comes to voting. Probably something to do with long term disability and being dependent on WINZ. Tell me how I should eat while the anarchists are smashing the state? And after they’ve smashed the state for that matter.

            Likewise, as a woman, I’m curious to know how you will see to my safety and wellbeing while the anarchists are getting rid of the police force and the justice system.

            It’s not that I don’t agree that those things need to change, and it’s not like I think our current form of collectively organising is going to effect that change, but as someone mentions below, it’s much easier to make change with a liberal govt than a right wing one.

            I also fail to see how people not voting helps smash the state. By all means make change, but let’s be pragmatic too. Not voting out of ideology (as opposed to not voting when it would make any kind of difference) is not something we can afford, and frankly I think it’s fucking selfish.

            • karol 8.1.1.1.3.1

              Likewise, as a woman, I’m curious to know how you will see to my safety and wellbeing while the anarchists are getting rid of the police force and the justice system.

              Very good point. I think life for women ain’t that great under either an authoritarian government or with no state regulated infrastructure. The organisation that provides benefits the most people, is a very democratically organised state, with on-going democratic processes.

              • weka

                I’d also like to acknowledge that some or even much of my safety and wellbeing comes from priviledge that not all women in NZ experience. Likewise I know women who have degrees of wellbeing and safety that are pretty much permanently denied me. I have no idea where on a scale of democracy we fit. Sometimes I think we are incredibly fortunate, other times I can’t believe how backward we sill are.

          • muzza 8.1.1.1.4

            Adam, I understand the point you’re trying to get across. and agree with you.

            Most of the self styled on this site, believe that the system can be changed by “participation”, which is too naive for words!

            The low turn outs, are a sign that people no longer care to buy into the decayed, filthy sham of so called “democracy”, what NZ has is no such thing!

            People need to stop voting, because if they are making a conscious choice to do so, then perhaps they are thinking just enough, and could be reaching a juncture in their journey, that there is “more” they need to do, be it forget the establishment entirely and just get on with life, or perhaps in some cases, actually get cracking with what will allow them to survive, when the current rotten system finally, nakedly exposes itself!

            This pipe dream that somehow the attacks on humanity can be stymied, or circumvented by voting, are understandable desperation, from those who have got no idea what else to do!

            Forget the abuse etc, the self styled can’t compute anything which it has not been, “taught”,

            • weka 8.1.1.1.4.1

              “Most of the self styled on this site, believe that the system can be changed by “participation”, which is too naive for words!”

              Not really sure what self styled means in that context, but speaking for myself, I don’t believe that participation in govt elections will change the system. I do believe that having as left wing a govt as we can manage will make it much easier to effect real change and to do the real work.

              All not voting does currently is allow NACT to completely fuck our country beyond belief. It’s not like we have anything even close to useful numbers to make not voting useful (in the sense of detatching from the system).

      • adam 8.1.2

        I believe you and state worshipping like you, are the problem. As your aggressive answer shows. What you done lately to help people? Your way or the highway – get over yourself . Unreconstructed Marxist are we?

        Please tell me once, just once in the last 30 years when voting has been worth while. People don’t get a say – they get an illusion of a say. Live in your lala land of votes mean something.

        I’d like working people not to vote – and not support a corrupt system.

        • karol 8.1.2.1

          And your idea of anarchism achieves what? There’s been plenty into it since before I was young. I knew many young people who were into the idea and the practice. And it has achieved what in the last 30 years?

        • bad12 8.1.2.2

          Adam Adam you are so mistaken about not getting ‘a say’, we all get one a say that is, the fact that more people say toward a notion or a system that you do not agree with means that they having the numbers do in the main have the bigger say in how that system will deliver to us the lives we lead,

          Please tell us all what you or any other anarchist has achieved of a worthwhile nature in the past 100 years in New Zealand,

          Working people Adam by the very act of working do support the system whether it is corrupt or not, tell us tho wont you what does this corruption of the system encompass,

          Better still, tell us all of all the actions you have recently taken not to ‘help’ people, but instead, to further your anarchist ideals…

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.3

          “Please tell me once, just once in the last 30 years when voting has been worth while.”

          When we kept a right wing neo-liberal shit called Don Brash out of office.

          You really haven’t thought through fuck all, have you? You’re a breaker, not a builder. You think big ideas about tearing stuff down… And then what?

          Worse than useless, you’re actually full of crappy, badly conceived ideas that for some reason, you think are just great. Wake the fuck up. You don’t speak for the “working people”.

          Who do you speak for?

          • adam 8.1.2.3.1

            Wow so no Don Brash and John Key is different how? – What a great victory.

            I don’t speak for working people I’m not so arrogant viper. I’m not a Marxist. Your the one who twists. And I have never said break or tear stuff down – read what I wrote, I said “smash” look up a dictionary, it’s one of those words that has more than one meaning.

            And please authoritarian state worshipers- keep up the personal abuse – so I’m reminded at least, that you don’t do inclusive and community.

            And Viper like most Anarchist – I’m not going to tell you how to think, or what outcome is best. I will say however, keep an open mind, keep thinking, being critical and to be constructive in your skepticism.

            Karol I don’t just sit at home and complain about unfair voting – I just don’t use a party as a vehicle to do political action. I do engage with the system, with a lot of nose holding- I’d like to see another system in place so I’m very active trying to change it. Some of that I’m afraid is just keeping people afloat, so they get to the next day as this (neo)con economics is quite destructive.

            Peace out

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.2.3.1.1

              I don’t speak for working people I’m not so arrogant viper.

              Really? Except you started off this thread by saying:

              Have the social democrats in this country realized that working people are sick of you do nothing wet liberalism?

              Next, you clearly demonstrate your ignorance of NZ politics by saying:

              Wow so no Don Brash and John Key is different how? – What a great victory.

              Which proves you really are a dickhead. Key is 10x better than Brash would ever be, as a NZ PM.

              And please authoritarian state worshipers- keep up the personal abuse – so I’m reminded at least, that you don’t do inclusive and community.

              Oh, setting the standard for etiquette and politeness in online conversation now? What fucking kind of “anarchist” are you? In fact, you sound like one of those right wingers who can’t think of any other points to make.

              And Viper like most Anarchist – I’m not going to tell you how to think, or what outcome is best. I will say however, keep an open mind, keep thinking, being critical and to be constructive in your skepticism.

              More BS pretence from you.

              You started off this whole thread by encouraging people not to vote and by saying that people should see participating in democracy as a waste of time. Seems to me like you are telling people how to think and what to think.

              So you are dishonest as well as ignorant.

    • Bill 8.2

      Dunno where this will land in the thread. Coupla points. As pointed out by a commentator some time back and that I gave a bit of thought to before agreeing on – whatever the political organisation is that people employ – that is ‘the state’. But there is a big difference between a centralised, bureaucratic state apparatus and a state of democracy.

      Meanwhile, these demands made on anarchists to somehow show what they have done are fairly disingenuous. The political space as well as all resources and their distribution are under the control of ‘less than democratic’ actors and institutions. There is no, to very little space within which to act democratically. (You might want to think about that – that we have economic and political systems claiming the mantle of democracy that so blatantly act against democracy) Any real world examples of democracy in a fundamentally un/anti- democratic environment can only be very limited. But that’s not to say that democracy somehow doesn’t work or would lead to a worse state of affairs than we have under social democratic systems. It’s also stupid to suggest (Bad 12) that an anarchist should refuse to eat food or use whatever it is that is produced and distributed via the undemocratic systems they are critical of.

      Also interesting that there is a penchant to view a process of change as involving full on conflict led by some minority (ie, what about my safety while the anarchists….). That’s indicative of authoritarian leftism and the vanguardists of the Trot/Leninist/Stalinist/Maoist tradition. Since anarchy is first and foremost democratic, there can be no vanguard going off on their own to cause mayhem. If there was, then that would be the death of any anarchist/democratic aspirations right there.

      Anyway….

      • weka 8.2.1

        “Also interesting that there is a penchant to view a process of change as involving full on conflict led by some minority (ie, what about my safety while the anarchists….). That’s indicative of authoritarian leftism and the vanguardists of the Trot/Leninist/Stalinist/Maoist tradition. Since anarchy is first and foremost democratic, there can be no vanguard going off on their own to cause mayhem. If there was, then that would be the death of any anarchist/democratic aspirations right there.”

        I think you are conflating a few things there Bill. My comment about safety and wellbeing was genuine but the bit about what will I eat while the anarchists smash the state was facetious, and a direct response to adam’s approach. So take that one up with him I think.

        My main issue with anarchism is that I’ve not seen a credible theory on how you would get all people to agree to anarchism. So what to do about those that are anti-democratic/anarchist, or just incapable? In that context the safety/wellbeing issues pops into the foreground. At an ideological level anarchism makes sense. At a pragmatic level, I simply don’t see how to get there from here.

        I’m not completely opposed to my giving up wellbeing/safety to varying degrees, but it has to be useful and meaningful. In the absence of anarchist theory and strategy on how to get there, there doesn’t seem to be much point.

        I’m open to being persuaded :-)

        • Bill 8.2.1.1

          I’ve not seen a credible theory on how you would get all people to agree to anarchism. So what to do about those that are anti-democratic/anarchist, or just incapable?

          All that anarchism is, is democracy. That’s it. There’s nothing else to it. So all things being equal if people wanted or demanded control over those things in life that affected them, then they would participate in the decisions around those things. And if they didn’t, they wouldn’t.

          But at the moment we’re not given any option at all as the political and economic spaces where decisions occur are dominated, tightly controlled and defended by fundamentally undemocratic and anti-democratic actors/ institutions etc.

          Best I can suggest is to make a punt at developing parallel and deeply democratic decision making bodies whenever and wherever possible. At the moment, those spaces possibly (definitely most obviously) appear only in activist realms and even then, only occasionally. And when they do, the authoritarian left (not exclusively, but more so than the slightly less authoritarian social democratic left) routinely sets about trashing and closing such spaces down. Now, what to do about those incapable or so stupid as to cleave to undemocratic and anti-democratic ways?

          My tactic has been a simple one – to encourage democracy where possible and disengage from fuckwits. And if anyone has a better tactic…one that might actually present a widespread solution…then I’m all ears and attention.

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    I’m not voting because there is no one I want to vote for, theres no one I feel is worth voting for so I’m abstaining

    • Pasupial 9.1

      PR

      That’s mighty encouraging of you. You seem to be saying to those who read your words:

      Anyone who doesn’t vote is as big a Puck-wit as PR himself!

  10. Anjum only has to work half as hard as she does for the good causes she champions. She will be a first class councilor. Unfortunately we are in Cambridge where with one exception it rank Tory against rank Tory, So just one vote in Waipa. But will have Left votes in the Hospital Board.

  11. Anne 11

    Hi mickysavage
    I need a bit of help re- Waitemata Health Board. I’ve voted for Sandra Coney and Pat Booth but I need a few more names. Any recommendations?

  12. Martin 12

    In Wellington much of what passes as manifesto is so much
    polished PR spin that actually says nothing!

    No wonder turn out is so low!

  13. Martin 13

    In Wellington much of what passes as candidate manifesto is so much
    polished PR spin that actually says nothing!

    No wonder turn out is so low!

  14. Tanz 14

    why bother voting. we know zero about the candidates, and what does progressive really mean?
    Hard left Minto. Greens.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      1) You vote to participate in the democratic process of setting the rules and budgets which affect all of us.

      2) There is plenty of information out there on the candidates, but you have to show some initiative to be engaged and do some research for yourself.

      3) Progressive means – political postures and attitudes which espouse a fundamental equality and respect for all human beings, as well as the communities and environment that they live in, and a willingness to make the societal changes necessary to reflect that respect.

  15. Tanz 15

    So, in other words, break the back on the middle class, make everyone poor, then no longer despise the middle class, as they are now the poor.

    That really makes sense. Equality is a fallacy. Without the middle class, there would be an even bigger gap between haves and have nots.

    • karol 15.1

      What are you talking about? :frown:

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        Tanz is spouting bullshit lines from the US political environment. Fortunately, NZers can see what is happening in the USA and it is not an example to follow.

        ‘Blue collar’ workers were the target of neolib economic “restructuring” in the 80’s and 90’s. For the last 5-10 years however, white collar workers and other professionals who saw themselves as above that (and often didn’t lift a finger to help those who lost factory and labouring jobs), are now finding themselves the targets. Healthcare professionals, public defence lawyers, teachers, junior and middle management, technical professionals.

        In essence, now that the 1% has sucked the bottom 50% dry, they have moved on to targetting those who reside in the 51% to 90% percentiles.

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    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
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