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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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    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Nats sold 500 rugby fields of land a day offshore
    Under National over one million hectares of land has been approved for overseas sale – 16 times the size of Lake Taupō or the equivalent of five hundred rugby fields a day, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “According to...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Joyce’s dodgy sums fool no-one
    Steven Joyce's attempt to attack Labour's positive plan for affordable healthcare will fool no-one. "We knew that National would try to say that we can't afford free GP visits and prescriptions for the New Zealanders who need it. But, as...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Campaign Launch – Ready to Win
    Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave....
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions
    Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Last year more than half a million New Zealanders...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour promises a fairer ACC for all Kiwis
    Accident compensation for loss of potential earnings will rise under a Labour Government, while people not earning at the time of their accident will also be eligible for compensation, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Releasing Labour’s ACC policy today...
    Labour | 08-08
  • NZ Govt must push for fair play in Fiji elections
    The New Zealand Government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji as it stages its first election since the 2006 coup, the Green Party said today.Amnesty International has released a report which documents...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – You will not believe Key’s defence of hackin...
    He actually used a sporting analogy. Can you believe it? John Key, asked on the fact that his staff had entered into a Labour Party computer and downloaded their database, Key replied, “It’s a bit like the Wallabies positing up their...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A brief word on 100 Top political Tweeters
    The NZ Herald has put together a very useful list of top 100 political twtter accounts, what is most interesting from the lists is that the right wing all work hand in glove with each other where as the Left...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Are Whaleoil’s traffic stats a bloated illusion?
    Dim Post has done a critical analysis of just how real Cameron Slater’s traffic stats are. TDB has only been around for a year with a fragment of the digital footprint of the older blogs, yet we have managed to become...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Is Jordan Williams deceptive enough to blackma...
    There are so many issues raised by Nicky Hager’s book, that any one of them would be worthy of total focus on. Let’s chat about the claim in the book that Jordan Williams bragged to Slater and Lusk that he had...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Why ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evi...
    This sign shows how National’s see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil denial isn’t working. National’s response to the book is that there is NOTHING in there that deserves anything more than the most briefest of eye motions. Key won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
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