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Waitangi Tribunal: Asset sales should stop

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, July 30th, 2012 - 70 comments
Categories: Maori Issues, Privatisation - Tags: , ,

Well now the cat is among the government’s pigeons.

Breaking news, on NZ Herald: “Tribunal: Asset sales should halt”, and Stuff: “Tribunal says halt sale”:

In a report, out today, the Tribunal sums up both sides of the argument following an urgent hearing in Lower Hutt earlier this month.

“We therefore conclude that the Crown ought not to commence the sale of shares in any of the Mixed Ownership Model companies until we have had the opportunity to complete our report on stage one of this inquiry and the Crown has had the opportunity to give this report, and any recommendations it contains, in-depth and considered examination,” it said.

Will update as reaction emerges.

Update: The Herald piece linked above now includes:

State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall said the Government was considering the tribunal’s direction and would seek advice from officials and the Maori Party before making any decisions.

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said the direction was the first step in shutting down the Government’s plan to sell power companies. “Along with most Kiwis, I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

70 comments on “Waitangi Tribunal: Asset sales should stop”

  1. yeshe 1

    The phone lines to Crosby Textor must be running red-lava hot ! Dyspepsia, Mr Key ?

  2. Whoda thunk it; the Treaty of Waitangi rescuing Pakeha from their own stupidity and folly…

    • weka 2.1

      :-D  
       
      It does present Pakeha NZ with an interesting dilemma.

    • mike e 2.2

      Frank the racist bigots over on KB must be foaming at the mouth

    • Murray Olsen 2.3

      Today I’m proud to be Pakeha, because it’s the Treaty that makes it possible to be one. The irony is that those who say nobody owns the water are quite happy for Key to sell the hydro water to his mates. This is an important first step in becoming one nation, but the rednecks won’t see it as anything but further divisiveness. I see it as Maori saving all of us from a sick predatory government sent from Washington.

      • fustercluck 2.3.1

        While I am sure that many things odious have and will continue to emanate from the District of Columbia, I think the present PM was gifted to us by the evil elves within the bowels of the City of London.

      • mike e 2.3.2

        +6 billion to NZ
        -6billion to Goldman Sachs Secret Agent Shonkey
        Priceless

      • Sunny 2.3.3

        Agree. Proud to be Pakeha. We are fortunate indeed to have the Treaty and the Tribunal.

  3. r0b 3

    Key is between a rock and a hard place. He can ignore the Tribunal, or he can see his centerpiece political (and financial) policy delayed. My bet is he goes with the former, and the ball is in the Maori Party’s court.

    • chris73 3.1

      Hopefully he will ignore them

    • bad12 3.2

      Aha, that’s a bet you wouldn’t lose, Slippery will of course ignore the Waitangi Tribunal citing mandates and other such bullshit,

      The Maori Council tho will see Slippery’s bet and raise Him a trip to the High Court for an injunction to halt the sale of Mighty River Power until ‘ownership’ issues are settled by negotiation,

      Should the high Court grant the Maori Council such an injunction,and i have no belief that they won’t, then the options for Slippery’s National Government get a little thinner,

      * Stop the sale of Mighty River Power and negotiate,(while maybe pushing the sale of Solid Energy forward)

      * Legislate over the top of the High Court’s injunction,

      *Call an early election…

      • Clashman 3.2.1

        Or buy them off with a nice big parcel of shares. Then he can put the boot in to Maori when the revenue from the sales falls below expectations. Win-Win for Key and his cronies

        • bad12 3.2.1.1

          Not so sure about a win-win for National anywhere in asset sales, considering that even half the people who will buy the shares don’t really think the Government should be selling them in the first place,

          Should Slippery do a deal with the Maori Council National can expect to lose a slight % of it’s vote probably to NZFirst who are the more vocal opponents of such deals,

          The time taken to ‘do a deal’ with Maori for Slippery simply means that the referendum on asset sales draws ever closer,

          While time ticks in National having to either ‘ do deals’ or Legislate away Court orders that stand in it’s way 2014 draws ever closer,

          Should a referendum be realized befor the 2014 election which is overwhelmingly against asset sales and National continue with the asset sales program,(which it can’t help but do), on the asset sales issue alone they are likely to be given a thumping by the electorate…

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 3.2.2

        Calling an early election would simply postpone the other issues you identify.

        What will their anonymous donors say? Six years, all that policy bought and paid for…ah well, the value of your investment can go up or down.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          …ah well, the value of your investment can go up or down.

          And that’s about the time a tax payer funded bailout for the private sector kicks in…

      • Fortran 3.2.3

        bad12

        Key could call a General Election on this one issue – who owns the water, and after yesterday’s rain I wonder too.
        I believe that only 3 weeks is required to call an Election.

  4. Carol 4

    As I’ve just posted on Open Mike:

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-30072012/comment-page-1/#comment-500219

    And, of course, it’s not surprising that the Herald immediately highlights the IWG position, and ignores the views of other Maori groups.

    The Herald says:

    The hapu and iwi argue they should receive shares in the Mighty River or other state owned power companies slated for partial privatisation under the Government’s “mixed ownership model”.

    And, as it says on Stuff, selling the assets could diminish the rights of Maori to claim water rights in the future, so this needs to be decided before the sales go ahead:

    The question of Maori ownership was “not an implausible one” and if the Crown altered its ownership of freshwater resources it may limit their ability for redress.

    “Putting it another way, they are serious issues to be inquired into.”

    The Crown had said it could buy back shares in the mixed ownership model, but that was only a partial factor, the report said.

    “As the shares, once sold, can only be repurchased from a willing seller and may require a prohibitively expensive outlay.”

    Or the Government would have to pass legislation compulsorily returning the shares to Crown ownership.

    “The sale of shares in Mixed Ownership Model companies could therefore cause a significant disadvantage to the claimants, were their claims to be determined to be well founded by the Tribunal.”

  5. Anne 5

    Wait for every political distraction in the rule book to rear its ugly head. Wait for every accusation ever made against Labour and/or the Greens – every supposed misdemeanour since God made little apples…

    Nothing to do with Asset Sales of course.

    • Carol 5.1

      Hmmmm… and which issue will get the top billing and most attention on TV One & TV3’s news tonight?

      a) The Christchurch Rebuild Announcement – timed to coincide with the 6pm news
      b) The Waitangi Tribunal’s announcement on halting asset sales

      • yeshe 5.1.1

        Carol .. didn’t even make the TV1 news promo at 5.23 … ChCh rebuild first, then Mark Todd meeting people in London, then probs with Kiwirail’s trains. UNBELIEVABLE. rolling eyes.

        • yeshe 5.1.1.1

          and the 5.44 promo … Chch first, then Key changing his mind to support gay marriage, then the possible dangers of smartphones .. ain’t it grand to have an Australian in charge of news at TVNZ ?

          • Akldnut 5.1.1.1.1

            Just watched TV3 news highlights, hell the main issues were ChCh rebuild first, then Mark Todd doing well. Bloody disgraceful and pathetic to miss the tribunals recommendation when it is a lot more important than 1 guy riding a fucking horse.

    • toad 5.2

      What’s the bet Paula Bennett says something outrageous about beneficiaries again within the next few days to get the Tribunal recommendation out of the headlines.

      • mike e 5.2.1

        We should start a sweepstake!
        Crusless
        Tolluene
        Gerryhatrik brown nose lee
        Nick smith has had another affair

        • Anne 5.2.1.1

          Maggie Barry questions whether Jacinda Ardern is really a woman or a man dressed as a woman and that’s why she’s got no kids?

          Melissa Lee spots another hoard of gangsters from Sth. Auckland on their way to West Auckland via Mt Albert? Planning to stop off in Remuera for a spot of burglaring?

        • mike e 5.2.1.2

          Bugger I got it wrong it was Shonkey supporting Gay marriage .
          Bloody smart people those crosby textors maybe Labour should look at Alistair Campbell.

      • Tigger 5.2.2

        I’m thinking Key’s ‘gay marriage won’t make my wife a lesbian’ comment today was designed as one possible source of distraction today…

      • No bet. It’s practically a dunne deal. Ooops, I meant done deal…

        Actually, I was right first time.

      • tracey 5.2.4

        you dont think brownlees outrage at insurance company was the pre empttive for this decision

  6. BernyD 6

    We’ll be contributing to the Global Financial Crises soon …… waaaaah |-)

    • mike e 6.1

      BD we have already put $180 million into the IMF no doubt by the time Europe comes out of its Austerity drive we will have subsidized the delinquent and fraudulent banks many hundreds more

      • BernyD 6.1.1

        What , waaaaaaaaaa , [Need Dummy Spitting Emoticon].
        We’re going broke and need a bailout, aint that what insurance is about.

      • BernyD 6.1.2

        Shinkey should be all over this, He’s the creative accountant from Hell
        About time he used his skills for New Zealanders !

        • bad12 6.1.2.1

          I dunno bout that, Slippery is ‘the man’ when he is playing money trader with the Head gangster of the Banking Corp ringing down from on high to tell the little shyster which little country to shaft this week,

          But,

          Having ‘lost’ a cool 5 million outta His personal fortune in a year, (gee a mill for every % of the vote the Party’s lost), the Slippery one has lost the gloss and as any gambler will tell you once your on a losing streak the only thing you can do is swallow the anti-depressants with your whisky and wait till it bottoms out…

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.3

        mike e

        NZ commits another $1.36B to IMF

        Because Bankster PMs around the world work hard to bail out other Banksters.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10814024

        • BernyD 6.1.3.1

          Can we ask for it back?, we need to build a new school mun

          • Fortran 6.1.3.1.1

            BernyD

            The financial committment to the IMF is an interest bearing loan.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.3.1.1.1

              The financial committment to the IMF is an interest bearing loan.

              So NZ is borrowing money from overseas at interest, and then lending it back overseas to the IMF at interest, who then uses it to lend at interest, to bad credit risk countries at risk of defaulting on their debts.

              I’m happy because I can’t see anywhere where this Bankster game could possibly go wrong for us.

            • BernyD 6.1.3.1.1.2

              What , waaaaaaaaaa , [Need Dummy Spitting Emoticon].
              We’re giving loans to bankrupt countries,
              And we need to build a School mun

        • mike e 6.1.3.2

          Thanks CV
          $4.1 billion committed $320 million paid out to bailing out banksters.

    • BernyD 6.2

      But on a serious note …

      It’s good to see the Judicial system actually works and repects the Individual and It’s representatives

  7. The language the Waitangi Tribunal have used is pretty pointed

    in the conclusion they state in point 59 that

    In the interests of the Maori-Crown relationship, and all New Zealanders, the issues raised in this stage of the inquiry are serious ones that warrant measured consideration.

    And in point 61

    We therefore conclude that the Crown ought not to commence the sale of shares in any of the Mixed Ownership Model companies until we have had the opportunity to complete our report on stage one of this inquiry and the Crown has had the opportunity to give this report, and any recommendations it contains, in-depth and considered examination. (my emphasis)

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1207/Wai_2358_2.7.2.pdf

    http://mars2earth.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/slipping-on-water.html

    The truth about what was really said and agreed to between the Maori Party and Key will be tested now.

  8. Cnut 8

    So it will come down to what it takes to buy Maori objections out.

    Of course every share from the 49% allocated to Maori “as compensation” means the Crown will raise less unless the price for the remaining shares is lifted – so the most likely result is that Maori are fobbed off with shares producing income for the Iwi elite as negotiated by Turiana while KiwiSaver and other funds plus Key’s friends who buy the shares get less for their money and the Crown and tax-payers raise less to spend.

    So apart from Maori bag-holders no-one benefits and the National Party will be rightly hammered by most Maori, and most everyone else. You lot should be delighted.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      If it doesn’t make economic sense to sell them, then they just shouldn’t, silly cnut.

    • Or, Cnut, they could just flag the whole deal and be done with it. After all, aside from the top 1% and National’s sycophantic fellow-travellers, no one else really wants asset sales.

      There. Problem resolved.

      Sorted.

    • tracey 8.3

      cnut, are you saying you think the courts will uphold the tribunals decision.?

    • Colonial Viper 8.4

      So it will come down to what it takes to buy Maori objections out.

      Yes, you’d sell your grandma if the price was right. Classic neoliberal view of the world.

  9. gobsmacked 9

    So there’s Rahui Katene of the Maori Council on One News, saying what the Crown should do.

    If only people like her were in Parliament, standing up to this government … oh, right.

  10. bad12 10

    And so, full circle we go and we are all now back to here,

    Public Finance (Mixed Ownership Model) Amendment Act 2012,

    Section 45Q,

    (1), NOTHING in this part shall permit the Crown to act in a manner that is inconsistant with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi,

    My view would be that in light of the Waitangi Tribunals interim findings and considering Section 45Q of its own MOM Legislation the Government is basically legally bound to halt the sale of (at least), Mighty River Power,

    My view is also that it would seem prudent to do so other than have the High Court order them to do so as if they were mere miscreants needing a Judges wise words to show them the right path…

  11. tracey 11

    Does the pm deliberately mispronounce Waitangi? I saw hekia parata on te karere saying the pm makes an effort with mihi etc…but really can he genuinely believe how he pronounces part of a founding document is correct?

    • Carol 11.1

      He mispronounces a lot of English words, so I don’t expect anything different from him when speaking Maori words, Tracey?

  12. tracey 12

    So…. Nzers property trights are paramount, except for maori nzers. The right place to determine this is the courts if the govt wants to ignore the sensible suggestion, or urgent legislation. The later might require more balls than Key has.

  13. Paul 13

    Have a look at the DimPost blog this morning. Danyl has got it spot on. I think the Herald must be getting worried about the loss of advertising revenue from the brokers to create such an outrageous headline. Shame on them.

  14. tracey 14

    Its ok. The pm says the respectful thing to do is consider the decision and recommendation which will take time and then everything will be ok. Phew, crisis over mr flip flop is on the job. Remember the mr men series.

  15. Carol 15

    Oh dear. Peter Sharples dancing on a pin and trying NOT to answer Nania Mahuta’s questions, re getting assurance given that the asset sales policy doesn’t contravene the Treaty. Sharples is fobbing it off, saying the assurances were given to Iwi leaders in a meeting Sharples arranged but didn’t attend.

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    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog
  • US Politics
      US Politics...
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  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
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  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
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  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
    Scoop politics
  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
    Scoop politics
  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
    Scoop politics
  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
    Scoop politics
  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
    Scoop politics
  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
    Scoop politics
  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
    Scoop politics
  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
    Scoop politics
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
    Scoop politics
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
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