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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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    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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