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Waitangi Tribunal could exercise binding powers

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, August 1st, 2012 - 124 comments
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If John Key chooses to ignore the Waitangi Tribunal and continue to foment racial division in a desperate bid to split opposition to asset sales, he may be in for a nasty surprise. The Waitangi Tribunal has noted it has the power to make binding recommendations over memoralised land. Key doesn’t think Mighty River has any memoralised land. Yes, it does.

Just as he didn’t know that that the Government is planning to spend tens of millions of dollars on paying the brokerage fess for looters and he doesn’t have a clue what the illegal looters’ bonus of free shares would cost, once again, Key has shown he’s clueless on the details of his flagship policy.

124 comments on “Waitangi Tribunal could exercise binding powers”

  1. Kotahi Tāne Huna 1

    Not just clueless on the details – completely out of his depth. Asset sales are pretty much a core National party doctrine. I know righties are supposed to be a bit thick, but this is just sloppy.

    1. Someone in National knew but didn’t tell Key, or raise it in policy discussions, not once in twelve years or,
    2. No-one in National knew, after twelve years, not a single one of them had figured this out.

    Hi, I’m with stupid.

  2. I just had a look on the LINZ system.  There are 52 titles where the proprietor is Mighty River Power Limited.  The first title that I had a look at had the section 27B memorial on it.

    Key has this habit of running off at the mouth and saying whatever is helpful for him.  His lack of respect for accuracy and the truth is so obvious.

    To all those who jumped up and down and said that the Tribunal is toothless all that I would like to say is that I await your retractions.

  3. Good post and points eddie.

    This whole process is a mummers farce (just finished the 5th book).

    How many times will this selling asset beast be pierced by arrows and still walk?

    My big worry is the Maori Party, because key will be applying the instruments of displeasure to them soon and they will not like it. They will fold into the narrative key and his minions have constructed, and before you know it they will have justified it all away. I hope my fears are unrealised..

  4. ad 4

    I am so looking forward to Maori and in particular the Treaty of Waitangi doing to Key’s career what it originally did to Muldoon on the shores of Taranaki.

    I have been particularly impressed that (apart from total nut jobs like Bob Jones) there is no massive fissure between the general public who are overwhelmingly anti-asset-sales, and Maori/Waitangi Tribunal who are becoming the main source of hope that the sales will be significantly delayed if not stopped sufficiently for the 2014 election. Might get worse, but one hopes not.

  5. tarkwin 5

    This claim is opportunistic at best, but more likely vexatious. Why did they wait so lomg to make the claim? They say J.K acted in bad faith by saying he did not have to listen to the tribunal findings yet the Maori council say they will go to court if they don’t get the answer they want. Is this not a prime example of bad faith? I call it spoiled child syndrome. Bob Jone article in the Herald yesterday hit the nail on the head. The treaty should be ripped up, it has served it’s purpose and is now just an industry run by lawyers and bludgers who are scared of life in the real world. Only then will we be able to move forward as one people. That is also the best way to stop the exodus to Oz. By the way how do you define a Maori? How much Maori blood do you need to be a Maori?

    • BM 5.1

      Without the treaty/Maori culture industry, I reckon Maori unemployment would be around 50%.

      That’s why they won’t/can’t get rid of it

      • NickS 5.1.1

        lolwut?

        Oh, you’re one of those idiots that can’t or wont understand/accept that the Crown has certain responsibilities under Te Treati O Waitangi vis land rights, and on top of that, you probably think that Maori shouldn’t be able to claim back land etc that was stolen from them, or illegally sold.

        As for the the “50%” claim, reinsert it where you got it from, namely out of your arse.

        • framu 5.1.1.1

          “you probably think that Maori shouldn’t be able to claim back land etc that was stolen from them, or illegally sold”

          aint it strange how those that scream from the hill tops that property rights is the be all and end all dont like the idea of redressing historical injustice in regards to the exact same thing

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.2

      One thing treaty issues always do: bring out all the ugly redneck minority dimwits like Tarkwin and BM.

      We have a racist problem in New Zealand, but far from treating these people with the contempt they so richly deserve, the National Party courts them.

    • Carol 5.3

      Why did they wait so lomg to make the claim?

      Because the sale of assets like Mighty River Power changed the situation – it’s not opportunistic.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10823593

      While the hydro-electric plants had been publicly owned, Maori had not asserted their rights over water, but, said Mr Jones, “the moment the Government moves to privatise access rights, or make those access rights enjoy a character very close to a tradeable property right, you wake up the taniwha of Maori ancestral rights,”

      And there has been a long history of Maori claiming rights over river beds and water access:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820517

      Tribunal presiding officer Chief Judge Wilson Issac asked pointed questions of Crown witnesses about the reliance of the energy SOEs on these water rights. The fact is that energy SOEs, and their Government shareholder, derive significant commercial advantages from the consent regime. Yet the claimants argue that there is little quid pro quo for iwi and hapu that claim rights akin to ownership of these waterways.

      You cannot challenge Parliament’s right to enact laws such as the Resource Management Act in the courts but you can in the Waitangi Tribunal, as a breach of the Treaty.

      The unenviable position for the Crown to navigate is that there have been acknowledgments by the Government, and a legal history that recognises various forms of property rights and interests held by Maori in water. Any recommendations the tribunal makes, even if non-binding, will likely force the Crown to deal with the existing legal precedent.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.4

      You have to love the way the National Party cuddles up to these racists, stumbling around in their low-IQ ignorance and prejudice.

      The embodiment of incompetence and failure finding its place in the natural order.

      PS “Move forward as one people” – who the fuck wants to go anywhere with you, you racist loser?

      • marty mars 5.4.1

        exactly – I suppose they will get a minister to stand up and spew the one people line soon.

      • tarkwin 5.4.2

        I can tell by your stylish retort you are one of those bludgers I mentioned earlier. Abuse tends to be the refuge of cretins who lack the ability to create a rational reply. I suppose you blame the colonials for your lack of ability. Why don’t you try thinking really really hard and see if can answer some of the questions I asked or is that to hard for an early settler like yourself/

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.4.2.1

          I reject the questions you asked, fool – they do nothing but reveal your ignorance of history and law, as your remarks about early settlers reveal your illiteracy.

          We have a problem with racist scum like you in New Zealand, but at least we are starting to understand more about what is wrong with you.

        • framu 5.4.2.2

          “Why did they wait so lomg to make the claim? ”

          – they didnt wait, the sale was announced which changed the nature of the relationship between the crown and iwi in regards to the issue at hand

          “They say J.K acted in bad faith by saying he did not have to listen to the tribunal findings yet the Maori council say they will go to court if they don’t get the answer they want. Is this not a prime example of bad faith?”

          – you have NFI about what bad faith means going by that description. Bad faith essentially is saying one thing than doing another – it IS NOT appealing to a higher authority if your unhappy with a result. By this logic the court of appeal and the high court should be disbanded.

          “The treaty should be ripped up, it has served it’s purpose”

          – Its an agreement between two parties – so both parties would have to agree – and they dont

          “industry run by lawyers and bludgers who are scared of life in the real world.”

          – abuse much?

          “Only then will we be able to move forward as one people.”

          – OK, i’ll forcibly evict you from your house, and prevent you or your family from receiving the proceeds – then in the future my grandkids will say to your grandkids – “whats the matter? dont you know were one people now?”

          “That is also the best way to stop the exodus to Oz.”

          – the best way would be to have a functioning economy that works for all – not an elite

          “By the way how do you define a Maori? How much Maori blood do you need to be a Maori?”

          – how do you define belonging to the family of tarkwin? – at what point do they get struck of the family tree because the blood of tarkwin does not flow strong in their veins?

          really dude – engage brainy before open mouthy – if you want to get treated like an educated adult behave like one

          • tarkwin 5.4.2.2.1

            I didn’t steal any land.

            • framu 5.4.2.2.1.1

              so…. nothing at all about the really idiotic statements you first made? nothing?

              all you got is “i didnt steal any land”?

              not even an abusive or witty retort to the answers politely given to you?

              just how weak are you?

              from the abject lameness of your response can we all assume that youve admitted that youve got many many things wrong – but just cant bring yourself to admit it?

            • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.4.2.2.1.2

              Who cares what you did or didn’t do? I think I’ll have someone come and throw you out of your house, and then I’ll move in, and when you come crying I’ll say “I didn’t steal any land”. Luckily for you, they don’t let low IQ ignorati redefine property law every time their stupidity comes calling.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.4.2.2.1.3

              Chances are you received it though and receiving stolen goods is still illegal in NZ.

        • NickS 5.4.2.3

          I can tell by your stylish retort you are one of those bludgers I mentioned earlier. Abuse tends to be the refuge of cretins who lack the ability to create a rational reply. I suppose you blame the colonials for your lack of ability. Why don’t you try thinking really really hard and see if can answer some of the questions I asked or is that to hard for an early settler like yourself/

          The stupid, it burns.

          Plus you’re a tone troll.

          And on the “One People” thing, that’s pure high grade racist bullshit, because in practice it ignores cultures other than White-Dude culture. In NZ, it was part of the colonial BS that tried to drive Maori as a spoken language to extinction and as a dog whistle to marginalise and ignore Maori Treaty claims.

      • Pete George 5.4.3

        “– who the fuck wants to go anywhere with you, you racist loser?” is as much of a scummy spew as anything.

        Obviously ‘one people’ is a quaintly impossible goal even if it made sense – I don’t think even ‘Maori’ can be regarded as ‘one people’ – but we should at least be able to find a way to live together without resorting to abuse and swearing (that comes from both extremes).

      • OneTrack 5.4.4

        KTH – So what is the plan then? To go backward as two people? The plan is working.

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 5.4.4.1

          What “plan”? Do you think this useless incompetent government has a “plan”? Are you deranged?

  6. Roy 6

    As a Pakeha New Zealander who opposes the asset sales, I applaud the Maori people who are taking action, through the Waitangi Tribunal, to obstruct the planned sales. If they succeed, it will benefit us all (well, except Jonkey and a few of his greedy mates) and I will be lastingly grateful.

    • Good comment Roy

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 6.2

      +1

    • tarkwin 6.3

      They could have tried voting in the election, asset sales were a major plank in Nationals policy. To bleat now is un-democratic. Mind you, we are talking about the Maori council here.

      • Pascal's bookie 6.3.1

        ACT party had a fairly prominent policy on treaty stuff, as did National when Brash was in charge.

        Iwi/kiwi remember all that?

        Yeah, it lost.

        So run along, read some history, and stop stealing arguments from boring herald writers opining outside their areas of expertise.

      • framu 6.3.2

        “To bleat now is un-democratic”

        bullshit – democracy is more than ticking a box every three years

        You putting in a lot of effort to prove to everyone that you really thick – keep up the good work

      • Kotahi Tāne Huna 6.3.3

        On the contrary, only the most myopic and ill-informed view of democracy would confine it to a simple plebiscite every three years. Further, I doubt you live by this new rule you just made up, and that makes you a hypocrite. Again.

      • crashcart 6.3.4

        Aparently excersising your democratic right to protest or seek redress through the proper authorities isn’t democratic. You sir should be hired by websters cause I recon you would write the best dictionary. Laugh a minute.

  7. tarkwin 7

    I had no idea there were so many intolerant highly emotional inarticulate people out there. It must be hard going through life with blinkers on, your only solice being to abuse those who disagree with you. Fortunately I have broad shoulders, a legacy of actually working rather than whinging.

    • framu 7.1

      is you last name “Galt”?

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 7.2

      Congratulations, you have won One Anonymous Bloke’s “Fucking Cry-Baby of the Week” award and it’s only Wednesday. I’ve been looking in vain for a single substantive assertion in your comments, so I can “disagree” – but regretfully none of your positions have any factual basis.

      Further, they reveal profound ignorance and prejudice. While ignorance and prejudice are conditions we all share to one degree or another, yours take a particularly familiar and dreary form, as discussed in the article I linked.

      Your hostility towards fellow citizens is revealed in your first comment on this thread, but we have to be polite to you? Shall we add hypocrite to stupid racist?

      • tarkwin 7.2.1

        Funny bit is I’m part Maori. I’m just more tolerant than you. I want a future you can have the past.

        • NickS 7.2.1.1

          :roll:

          And?

        • framu 7.2.1.2

          how do we know that? prove it! after all didnt you say ” By the way how do you define a Maori?”

          go on define away

          frankly i think your telling fibs

        • Tiger Mountain 7.2.1.3

          “By the way how do you define a Maori? How much Maori blood do you need to be a Maori?”
          (tarkwin 11.02am)

          tarkwin you dickhead, ‘blood quantum’ has been disregarded by anyone other than racists for decades re ethnicity. It is about heritage, history and identity.

        • Kotahi Tāne Huna 7.2.1.4

          I’m channelling Wolfgang Pauli.

        • mike e 7.2.1.5

          so tarkwin if you found out you were related to the royal family and you had a rather large inheritance would you turn that down

    • Draco T Bastard 7.3

      So far, all I’ve seen from you is whinging and most of that has been done after people have pointed out where you proved yourself stupid.

  8. tarkwin 8

    My grandmother was 1/4 caste Ngati Kuri, married my granfather in England in 1932. He was Irish. They came here after WW2.

    • framu 8.1

      So that makes you what? its not 1/8th because were talking your grandparents – maybe 1/16th?

      so – considering that your kids will likely marry and produce offspring with people of similarly diluted (or none at all) maori blood – when is the point where they can no longer call themselves maori?

      Im dying to hear the answer to this one

      and bro – i know some Ngati Kuri – they would “smack you upside the head” for the way your behaving here

      “smack you upside the head” being slang for “give a stern talking to” of course

      • framu 8.1.1

        with aplogies to Tiger Mountain – im not arguing in favour of blood quantum – just following tarkwins previous statement “How much Maori blood do you need to be a Maori?” to its logical dead end

        • Pete George 8.1.1.1

          To be fair you should declare your own if you’re challenging someone else about it.

          • Te Reo Putake 8.1.1.1.1

            :roll:

          • framu 8.1.1.1.2

            where have i challenged tarkwins blood line, maori-ness or whatever you choose to call it pete?

            its not a pissing contest of “my bloods better than yours” – its all based on tarkwins claim re: how much blood does it take to be maori?

            got it?

            • Te Reo Putake 8.1.1.1.2.1

              DNFTT, framu, he’s just trying to wind you up. Try the rolling eyes icon, it’s a more effective response because it indicates solidarity with other posters here who’ve also had enough of Pete’s trolling.

              • framu

                yeah i know – just felt it was neccessary this one time

                whats the code for the rolling eyes again?

                • bad12

                  Shift key the 2 dots next to the letter L, next print roll and shift key the 2 dots next to the letter L again,

                  To use this method more than once means you have to add something else,(i presume to get around the anti-spam),

                  For instance * ,space ,shift key the 2 dots next to the letter L, print the word roll, shift key the 2 dots next to the letter L, space, *

            • Pete George 8.1.1.1.2.2

              <i?where have i challenged tarkwins blood line, maori-ness

              @ 7.2.1.2 you said: “how do we know that? prove it! ”

              I didn’t call it anything.

      • OneTrack 8.1.2

        “smack you upside the head” being Te Reo for “I can’t talk common English because I failed school because I didn’t listen to the honky teacher because I’m staunch and I’m alway told its not my fault anyway because whitey stole “my” (actually the most powerful chief at the times) land over 170 years ago. But instead of working to build a real future we are still relitigating the past. And we wonder why things aren’t getting better. And even some of the whanau have had enough and gone to Australia.”.

        • mike e 8.1.2.1

          the last land grabs were in the 1960’s
          water 2012 under key
          one track Maori were given land rights that were never conferred.
          The Irish took over 400 years to have their land returned .
          the Jews 75 years.
          Maori began legal action against insider trading settlers and land agents in the early 1870’s but were denied justice.The right of British citizenship
          Maori have got this idea from European if you can steal it and get away with it its OK.
          If we want to show leadership to Maori leaving them at the bottom of the heap while we make plenty off their stolen lands is not leadership.

  9. tarkwin 9

    I really can’t answer the percentage question, I asked it earlier myself. By my reckoning I must be 1/16. Grandma never denied who she was she just chose not to embrace it. Much the same as I do. Unfortunately she died relatively young, they say you go back to your past as you get older, hopefully I’ll find out. I just get sick of plastic Maoris who are only ever there for a dollar. Quaintly enough I have brother who is right into the language etc, he spends a lot of effort helping educate young Maori who go off the rails. Other than that he is like me – not a tribalist, a realist with a future. He likes to look back I don’t.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 9.1

      Really? How astonishingly inane.

    • framu 9.2

      even though youve started making an argument worth discussing, stop avoiding the question

      “so – considering that your kids will likely marry and produce offspring with people of similarly diluted (or none at all) maori blood – when is the point where they can no longer call themselves maori?”

      you started all this blood quantum stuff mate – stop side stepping it

      ” I just get sick of plastic Maoris who are only ever there for a dollar”

      really? i thought you were here for a good trolling – why has it taken this long for you to get away from the stupid unintelligent comments? Youve spent alot of the time making foolish comments, avoiding addressing the rebbutals, abusing people and generally throwing your weight around in an effort to do… well i dont know what.

      You might be sick of plastic maoris as you call them – but up till now youve gone about expressing that in a pretty ignorant way, and when this has been pointed out youve avoided the answers.

      “they say you go back to your past as you get older, hopefully I’ll find out”

      well theres no time like the present aye

    • Why don’t you follow the example of your brother?

      There are many like you, deliberately cut off from their Māori heritage, following the inane lines spouted by those who like you just the way you are. The truth is out there – ask your brother.

    • mike e 9.4

      Tribullshitlist racism is racism

  10. tarkwin 10

    My children are New Zealanders. There seem to be an awful lot of pretenders around here. I believe blood is blood it is who you are not who you want to be.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 10.1

      What? You want to change the laws of New Zealand as they relate to Te Tiriti O Waitangi, and all you can offer in support is that inarticulate gobshite? Are you delusional?

      We need better bigots.

    • framu 10.2

      “it is who you are not who you want to be”

      OK – so just were are these pretend maori? – i would be willing to bet that the most vocal maori, especially those taking claims to the waitangi tribunal (think about it – to even stand a chance at the WT they need to know, and be able to prove these things), can usually trace their whakapapa Maori back pretty well

      • OneTrack 10.2.1

        The plastic Maori might be the ones who always seen able to summon a Taniwha which can only be subdued with an appropriate amount of koha. And , somehow, the Taniwha itself never gets the koha but some bros end up with a few flash cars. How convenient.

        • mike e 10.2.1.1

          Racism&politics of envy ot
          You must have some sort of Sunburn on the back of your neck.
          Its either blaming Maori for being poor and whining .
          Now Maori are getting a head your Jealous of their reinstating of their rightful place as successful citizens along side us.
          may be we should send you off to Afghanistan for a week on the front lines with Willie Apiata.
          Your a gutless brainless mentally deficient naive idiot look up racism on a mental health site on the internet.
          Thats you disaffected low education low self esteem etc Mental health not all their.
          Keep spreading your cynical racist garbage up their with the KKK and hitler breivik etc

  11. tarkwin 11

    Dollars make fabricators. Haven’t seen too many people here mentioning their lineage.

    • bad12 11.1

      Excuse my language skills here bro but how do you pronounce your name, is it Farkwit…

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Never seen a dollar do that. Seen plenty of people using real resources to do so though.

    • framu 11.3

      your the only one who started the “how much blood?” business

      what does my lineage have to do with your claims?

  12. tarkwin 12

    How witty Bozo, forgotten who your father was or just never knew?

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      Now that’s just dropping into the ad hominem.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 12.2

      Tarkwin, you had your chance to argue your way out of the paper bag you’ve crawled into, but you failed miserably, and now everything you represent turns out to be bullshit, all you’ve got left is semi-articulate abuse.

      Clearly there are “cognitive limits” to your ability to engage further. My condolences.

    • bad12 12.3

      Well then Farkwit now we have dispensed with the unpleasantness of an introduction, from my part anyway as having to address scum tends to give me a bad case of the heeby jeebies,

      just thought i would disabuse you of one of the particular predilictions you have imported into this particular post in your little effort at wrecking the form of the debate with the usual nut-jobs intent of making it all about you,

      You happening to be akin to that which emanates from Nga kuri tiro i usually scrape from my shoes with disdain, but, as i have a spare five i just thought i would alleviate a small piece of your obviously inbred ignorance,

      No-one here need whakapapa in any way to an obvious sham such as you be they Maori or Pakeha, someone else put the relationship of those here who whakapapa back to European waka more succinctly than i could have gathered together the words for,

      He in effect said as Pakeha the Treaty of Waitangi gives all Pakeha the right to stand on these lands, with Him i wholeheartedly agree and would add, the Treaty of Waitangi gives to all Pakeha the Mana to stand upon these lands and where the Crown refuses to honour previous breaches of that Treaty then the Pakeha among us begin to lose that Mana,

      Your pathetic little demand for the whakapapa of others is simply the retreat of the idiot into some really stupid attempt to claim that Pakeha should not be defending the Maori Council view on water rights or perhaps discussing the Treaty at all…

      • OneTrack 12.3.1

        I (obviously) aren’t any good at Te Reo but can you clarify the meaning of Mana. It has mistakenly been described to me in the past that Mana means the same as the word “respect” in the language of the modern world. But that doesn’t quite cover it, because while it is well accepted that you need to “earn” respect, whereas, apparently, you need to demand “Mana”. Is that a fair summary of the difference?

        • mike e 12.3.1.1

          OT you are off track Mana is more than a Narrow word like respect and is never demanded.
          Mana is earned not by being a narrow minded narcissistic racist bully.
          Perhaps you should go on to a Marae just once in your life to try and understand the other side of the .I have and have been pleasantly surprised by the inclusiveness understanding lack of prejudice patients listening and open mindedness.

          • OneTrack 12.3.1.1.1

            Sounds good mike e, but I think the reality is somewhat different. I have seen many tribal “leaders” over the years who simply sound like “Eric” on Southpark when he does his “you will respect my authooritay” sound bite.

            • Te Reo Putake 12.3.1.1.1.1

              That’s ‘authoritah’, OneTrack. And Eric Cartman is a pisstake of people like you; a pumped up bigot and bully who ultimately gets shown to be a snivelling coward. Somewhere out there is a Wendy or a Kyle or a Token just aching to show you up for the worm you are.

            • Murray Olsen 12.3.1.1.1.2

              Name one tribal leader who sounds like that, WrongTrack. Then please show why he has no mana. In my experience, what you are talking about is either policemen or traffic wardens, but I can see how you would get them confused.

        • bad12 12.3.1.3

          Totally the opposite, ”demanding” Mana, depending within which social circle your demand was made would at least get you laughed at as a fool,

          Or,

          To be blunt, get your ass kicked,

          Mana is your standing among your peers, it can neither be demanded, bought, or bestowed upon oneself,

          Mana is the respect with which others view you, be that through your honesty, your ability to fight for those things you hold dear,

          In the context of my earlier comment, Pakeha who view the actions of the Crown toward Maori as unjust when considered against the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi and are willing to add voice to their concerns in the face of often rabid criticism from fellow Pakeha are viewed as greatly enhancing their Mana…

          • Colonial Viper 12.3.1.3.1

            maybe you could introduce OneTrackIdiot to the ManaXchange. There you can buy as many units of mana as you want at the current market price per unit. That’s an idea that he’d get.

            • bad12 12.3.1.3.1.1

              Yeah, am playing that particular ball(dhead)with a straight bat for now, when it’s obvious that ya can’t learn them like the one we bestow our smiley faces upon or today’s farkwit, then it’s time to offer some remedial aversion therapy…

  13. tarkwin 13

    You play the violin so well for an early settler.

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 13.1

      Are you talking to me, cretin? Remedial te reo Maori comprehension 101?

    • bad12 13.2

      And your rhetoric is as empty as the upoko from which emanates such lies…

    • marty mars 13.3

      I get it now tarkwin – you are pretending to be Māori so that you can start saying shit that reflects badly upon those you’re pretending to be. Nice strategy – except for one problem – you’re a fuckwit.

  14. tarkwin 14

    Darwin was right, they’re coming thick (very thick) and fast now.

  15. McFlock 15

    More to the point, “Tarkwin”, what do you think of Key & cabinet’s planning around asset sales:
         

    Selling assets to pay down debt that costs less than the returns from the assets to be sold;
    not pre-empting Waitangi Tribunal challenges on water rights/ownership;
    the entire “49% of voting shares” vs “49% of all shares” kerfuffle;
    thinking that the WT can be ignored;
    not knowing about memorialised land and the legal implications thereof.

       
    Have I missed any?
    After all, that’s the point of the post. You might very well want to resurrect the “Travesty of Waitangi” debate, but the real issue is whether any halfway competent government would have been caught out so many times on their flagship policy issue. 
            
    So do you think the government has managed the rollout of their keystone policy competently? Should they have done a bit more homework on the issue? Or has it just been a bit of unforseeable bad luck?  

    • mike e 15.1

      Tarwind up Tag team troll of the day.

    • tarkwin 15.2

      Personally I don’t agree with assett sales, but we can’t keep borrowing forever. I would happily support anyone who has a better idea. It’s very easy to sit in opposition and complain but it’s a lot harder to come up with viable alternatives. Both Labour and the Greens seem to be bereft of ideas which is not a good thing. A healthy democracy needs a healthy opposition. And no, I don’t think Key has done a very good job of the roll out. I would have expected better.

      • McFlock 15.2.1

        The last two sentences were all I needed, cheers.
             
        Do you know of any current MPs who would have done it better? Or even anyone likely to be a parliamentary politician in the future? 

      • Colonial Viper 15.2.2

        Personally I don’t agree with assett sales, but we can’t keep borrowing forever. I would happily support anyone who has a better idea.

        1) You lower the value of the NZ dollar significantly. 10%-20% will do it.
        2) You greatly increase local capital reserves by rewarding saving, not spending.
        3) You put in place an asset tax, as well as a CGT and FTT.
        4) You make cheap credit available to new and recently established exporters for export market expansion. Print the funds.
        5) You reverse tax cuts for the rich, and for companies.
        6) You implement a new 49% bracket for anyone earning more than 10x the median wage, as well as a 49% tax on windfall company profits (>$50M pa).

        and the list goes on.

        • Murray Olsen 15.2.2.1

          Anyone who says they’ll support someone who has a better idea than asset sales, but has yet to see one, should just boil their head. They’re obviously not doing anything else with it.

      • OneTrack 15.2.3

        Thats silly tarkwin. Of course we can keep on borrowing. Look at Greece – we need to follow their lead.

        • mike e 15.2.3.1

          Ot pathetic billionaires who don pay tax, Goldman Sachs Conspiring to defraud Greece(NZ SHOnKEYS ASSET SALES AGENTS).Right wing governments buying votes NACTUF.
          Right wing trols wheeling out the same arguments verbatim lies no surprise!
          Try something original One Track dickhead.

          • OneTrack 15.2.3.1.1

            Mike e – you are heading off the reservation now with left-wing buzzwords and soundbites. Greece was spending well beyond its means and it was its left wing governments that were overseeing it. There are simply not enough Greek billionaires to pay the tax that they needed. And now they have run out of other peoples money. I can’t see the Germans bankrolling them for too much longer as they are starting to see that the Greeks have no intention of reining their spending in either. If we aren’t careful, we will end up in the same boat.

            • NickS 15.2.3.1.1.1

              :roll:

              I <3 brainless idiots who can't critically examine their attempts at comparisons.

              Greece – high rate of tax dodging, high government debt, normal-ish private debt

              NZ – Low rate of tax dodging, low government debt, high private debt due to investment in overpriced land capital.

              The only real link between the two is a glut of cheap credit and bankers willing to lead despite rather major longterm problems and warnings from their own modellers about the risks.

              Oh and incidentally, the current hole in the NZ overnment's books is entirely their own fault for cutting taxes and trying to make it (look) neutral via rising GST during a recessionary period, where people generally spend less…

              • Colonial Viper

                we have the additional advantage of being able to cause a economically helpful devaluation of our currency, if we wish to. Not that any of our dumb-ass recent govts have had the sense to do so, but still.

                • NickS

                  Currency vultures, I mean traders, would stuff us over though, plus there’d be whining from our trade partners over how it’s oh so unfair…

            • Murray Olsen 15.2.3.1.1.2

              OK, wrongtrack. Greece has plenty of billionaires. Please name one who paid taxes.

  16. mike e 16

    Murray Deep frying their head in a chip shop vat

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    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
    Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation
    The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate
    “Polling released late in the campaign shows that ACT is a busted flush and that by ACT’s own logic, centre-right Epsom voters should vote for the Conservative candidate”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New online medical system
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
    Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!
    Tomorrow, Friday 19th September, MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will cast her vote at 12 noon at the Zen’s Building, Rotorua. This will follow a march through Rotorua that will assemble at 10am at City Focus, Rotorua. The...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed
    The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014
    Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
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