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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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    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
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