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Weapons of mass distraction

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 pm, April 15th, 2013 - 110 comments
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I knew John Key was getting desperate, but really? Weapons of Mass Destruction? How stupid does he think we are?

Key’s claim that New Zealand websites have been hacked by terrorists looking for the secrets of WMDs is such an obvious beat-up that even Hillary Barry felt compelled to question whether Key was serious in her live cross to Paddy Gower.

Let me be clear, I have no doubt that there has been some incidental computer hacking stuff going on but frankly I think Key is lying about the gravity of the situation to distract from the rolling fiasco that his Prime Ministership has become. And given his form on leaving important stuff out I don’t think he should be given the benefit of the doubt.

I have to say though, I have a sneaking admiration for the shear gall he’s shown in trying to recycle the most notorious lie of the twenty-first century. I guess it’s like they say – if you’re gonna lie. Lie big.

110 comments on “Weapons of mass distraction”

  1. ianmac 1

    For we ordinary folk the threat from Weapons of Mass Destruction sounds real scary so just as well that nice Mr Key is there to protect us. I mean who would want a big mushroom cloud messing up our town. And all that Labour Party can do is ask for an Enquiry and waste time talking and talking. We need action now! Go for it John Key.
    (Warning: sarcasm!)

  2. karol 2

    This intrusions line must have been on Key’s agenda for a while. Fletcher’s speech last month in Hamilton included mentions of cyber-intrusions. The speech was aimed at business.

    The WMD might have been a last minute panic exaggeration, now Key is on the back foot.

    • ghostrider888 2.1

      yep. only had the “politicking” line to roll out on te News, along with “all the measures Labour wanted to introduce” re #

    • Anne 2.2

      This intrusions line must have been on Key’s agenda for a while.

      I say it goes right back to before he officially appointed Fletcher to head the GCSB. Hence the reason for circumventing the proper process with such appointments.

      Note how it’s all about the supposed shambles at the GCSB – and Superman Key has stepped in to sort it out – and not about his despicable lying and cheating.

      Come on Kim Dotcom… if you know something spit it now!

    • outofbed 2.3

      Hold on, if If there is now a terrorist threat why would you put Fletcher a civilian in charge of th GCSB.
      Surely you would want someone with a defense force background.
      I call Bullshit!!!

      • TruthSeeker 2.3.1

        “Come on Kim Dotcom… if you know something spit it now!”

        Absolutely.

        Outofbed, what happened to those “secret meetings” in October 2011 that they couldn’t keep a lid on?

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Very good research on and definition and origin of the terms Weapons of Mass Destruction from National Defense University , US.

    http://www.ndu.edu/press/lib/pdf/CSWMD-OccasionalPapers/CSWMD_OccationalPaper-8.pdf

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Not really sure how foreign terrorists hacking us to look for WMDs means we need to spy on kiwis but.

    • karol 4.1

      Key said:

      “There are people within our country who have links to offshore terrorist groups,” the prime minister said.

      That included cyber attacks and covert attempts to use science and technology for projects involving weapons of mass destruction, Key said.

      “I cannot tell New Zealanders everything our intelligence agencies are doing, or what the details of their operations are,” he said.

      As quoted in the Stuff article.

      I guess we’ve just got to take Key’s word for it.

      • marty mars 4.1.1

        I wonder which ethnic group/s will get the blame for ‘having links’ with terrorists.

        • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.1

          Irish. To be fair, I wouldn’t trust me either.

        • frances louis 4.1.1.2

          The Muslims, they always used by Protestant America, to take the blame.

        • Well Mighty.M/There is an old saying regarding a USA assassinations It’s the one time the Synagogues are full .”Please God don’t let it be a Jew”

          I would presume the same thing now applies to the Muslims .The red necks will be out in force .
          How they will cope if its some Right-Wing group will be interesting..

    • felix 4.2

      Jesus man what’s wrong with you, didn’t you hear what he said? TERRORISTS!!!

    • AmaKiwi 4.3

      The plot was to strap biological weapons to Hector dolphins, who are resident in NZ territorial waters.

  5. prism 5

    Perhaps the Korean Peninsula will provide the distractions from our badly run, empty policy damned country? Sort of like the Falklands did for Thatcher.

  6. Rhinocrates 6

    Great. Now I can expect those defenders of freedom, Labour, to respond thus: Robertson will issue fourteen press releases that no-one will read raising an objection about an umlaut in paragraph fourteen, no a comma in three, ah, maybe a hyphen in number twelve, Trevor Mallard will post a boob joke on his facebook page, Goff will think “Cool…” and then, feeling neglected, Shearer will struggle out of his straitjacket, take a deep breath and intone mightily:

    “As someone said, possibly someone… it might have been me. It probably was, I mean me, friends, Romans, countrymen, I come not to…. um… where’s my bit of paper? Oh… here it is… I mean… Eggs. Cheese. Milk… Two loaves of bread (white, sliced)… I have, I agree, Weapons of Mass Destruction…. Mass has been destroyed in this country, and I… um, well, yes, the destruction of mass might affect gravity. The earth is losing mass and there should be an enquiry, so, um, yes, to be reasonable…. um, I think that I might indeed, and I mean to hold the government to account on this because I’m always holding the government to account. I said that. People are destroying mass and there’s not enough gravity, I mean, Labour, um, I stand for gravity. I mean I have to stand because of gravity. If there wasn’t gravity, I wouldn’t be standing, I’d be floating… um, what I mean is… raspberry jam… peanut butter, toilet paper (triple-ply, scented), I mean Labour, my party – and I’m sure my followers agree, that absolutely, I am a place for weapons of mass destruction, so I must, I mean I might… um, zucchinis, Brut 33, frozen peas, dishwashing liquid… corn flakes… and yes, assertively, I mean, um, Bell tea bags, I think that we should indeed, um, I mean subject to some sort of, um, clover honey, baked beans, allow some sort of expansion of surveillance powers, taking into account the threat of Brasso and this week’s Listener.”

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      Laugh all you want. I can reveal that dirty foreigners have accessed the National Party’s website and right now are seeking to copy the government’s education policy, assett sales and economic management program in an effort to export them and destabilise their own countries the way we have this one.

      • Rhinocrates 6.1.1

        Actually, I think it’s the other way around – Key’s copying Thatcher and her vapid successor, Cameron. I’m lambasting Shearer for cravenly failing to oppose that.

        … sorry, did I miss your irony in thinking that you’d missed my irony?

        :)

        Oh, what a maze of mirrors we have wandered into under this administration!

      • prism 6.1.2

        OneAK
        Did you mean ‘ansett’ sales?

    • prism 6.2

      Rhinocrates
      Something to watch out for – try full gain bread, white is supposed to be like pure calories. Just to help you keep your priorities right.

  7. Bill 7

    So, hang the fuck on a minute…Key is saying that WMD technology is developed in NZ. I’d like to know what that technology is – I mean does it pertain to chemical weapons, biological weapons – what is it? And why?

    • freedom 7.1

      Reality is we have numerous hi-tech companies in NZ who do create specialized componentry for I dare not imagine what or for whom or for how much.

      e.g. These guys sound like they are doing an increasingly private job, good lawyers they have too.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir_Technologies

      and just a couple of months ago another kiwi business was in the media for securing a new contract worth tens of millions supplying some boards or something or other to a US tech company. Then there is the cutting edge Bio-Tech stuff we do at various public and not so public locations. In a world where Finance and IP are the most traded weapons of mass destruction on the planet, these threats are more real than we would care to admit.

      Fact is NZ, when it comes to international reputations for being straight shooting peace loving supporters of freedom, ours is not so shiny and has not been for a long time.

      • ghostrider888 7.1.1

        well dug up freedom

      • Bill 7.1.2

        Reality is we have numerous hi-tech companies in NZ who do create specialized componentry for I dare not imagine what or for whom or for how much

        So shouldn’t somebody be bombing them? (edit – Oh, and us by association.) I mean, that’s what teh WoT be all about, no? Or are these guys all guys with pink skin making shit for other guys with pink skin or mates of guys with pink skin? ‘Cause that’d be totally different and legit like.

      • QoT 7.1.3

        Oh my god, they have a product called Palantir Gotham. Can you literally try any harder?

    • KJT 7.2

      Financial WMD, of course! Like the reserve bank act.

    • Murray Olsen 7.3

      Douglas touted Rogernomics all around Eastern Europe and Fonterra milk powder killed a few Chinese babies. Maybe those are the WMDs he means?

    • David H 7.4

      Yep everytime Key opens his mouth it’s a Whinge of Massive Desperation.

  8. Anne 8

    You’re as mean as hell Rhinocrates but so clever and funny with it. Thanks for the much needed laughs. :D

    • Red Rosa 8.1

      +1

    • Rhinocrates 8.2

      Really, I’ve got to laugh, otherwise I’ll never stop crying. An utterly awful, corrupt government and the so-called major opposition party that won’t even oppose. The Prozac isn’t enough.

      • freedom 8.2.1

        ” The Prozac isn’t enough.” (even if it was said in jest) don’t rely on the pretty candies Rhinocrates. IMHO always talk honestly and directly with any doctor prescribing medication that alters your brain chemistry.

        SSRI’s and the ever growing busloads of pharma friends they have invited do not help you get better, they just help the symptoms to be masked, primarily for the comfort and the benefit of others. Look at it this way, if the meds stopped being dispensed, for whatever reason, would you be able to say it does not matter and you know enough about how to stay well without their help? SSRI’s might be clever pharma, but they are tourists at a carnival. And when the tourists go home, you are left with one hell of a mess to sort out.

        tourists never stay to clean up a carnival, that’s what friends are for

        • Anne 8.2.1.1

          It was said as part of the humorous take on the matter freedom. I’m sure there was no intention to be flippant about a serious problem. Lighten up a little…

        • Rhinocrates 8.2.1.2

          Thanks for your sincere concern, Freedom, I do appreciate it – but don’t worry, that was a bit ironic… All the best.

  9. Tim 9

    Expect Puller to dream up something very soon – but I think she’s probably running low on ideas

  10. gobsmacked 10

    Helen Clark had nine years to deal with the WMDs hidden inside New Zealand websites and what did she do about them? NOTHING!!11!!!

    Thank goodness John Key is here to protect us – I mean, to protect the people who spy on us. If I hadn’t done anything wrong then I wouldn’t be getting spied on, would I? So logically, I must have WMDs. Arrest me now!

    *waves to spies visiting the Standard*

    • karol 10.1

      These terr-ist are bloody clever with their computer stuff. They probably have devised 3-D printers, that automatically download info sent to them. The printers will then create WMDs right at your physical address.

      PS: reply to outofbed below.

  11. outofbed 11

    Hold on, if If there is now a terrorist threat why would you put Fletcher a civilian in charge of th GCSB.
    Surely you would want someone with a defense force background.
    I call Bullshit!!!

  12. One Anonymous Knucklehead 12

    This is ridiculous.

    OK, so the SIS and police need the ability to read some emails. Here’s how you do it. A GCSB staff member is seconded to the appropriate department for the duration of the operation. Paid through their pay-roll, officially their employee.

    Job done, surveillance achieved whilst remaining within the law (which can remain unchanged) and no warrantless surveillance. Separation of powers maintained.

    • Tim 12.1

      well ekshly, it’s easier than that, and doesn’t need that fullsome expertise of the Joy Soy Ess Boy.
      We’re being fed a crcok.
      Never mind – If KdC doesn’t blow their shit out of the water, someone else will before too long.

  13. Steve 13

    I’m not sure Mr Key is remembering this right. And if anyone is really hoodwinked by his constant BS, including today’s howler – predictably lapped up by MSM – then I fear for the future of our brilliant country.

  14. emergency mike 14

    Dear John, using ‘terrorism’ and WMDs to rip up your citizen’s civil rights is so last decade.

    Seriously, did anyone else get a major GW Bush flashback watching Key deliver that statement? This speaks to the blithe arrogance of the man, that he can pull this one out after the way the very same line was used as propaganda in the US.

    It also speaks to his desperation, he must be truly worried about this whole mess to pull this card out.

    • felix 14.1

      Yep, and next he gets Coleman to stand in front of an aerial photo and point with a stick at blurry rectangles.

      • emergency mike 14.1.1

        You have to admit though, they were quite troublingly rectangular.

        I wonder who Key would get to point at blurry rectangles?

        Brownlee: “These are terrorist camps. I’ll punch anyone that says different.”

        Bennett: “Yes and we also believe that some beneficiaries are hiding out in these buildings, we need to drug test them ASAP.”

        Parata: “After we close down what are clearly rectangular chemical weapons labs, we will close all schools in New Zealand and relocate all pupils to this area. Actually we are not closing any schools. But we will merge most of them. I’m just about to email the schools that will close. Most schools will be closed.”

        Banks: “Look, these terrorists are brown skinned people who want to burglarise your house looking for Sudafed. Maybe the Green Party is ok with that but I’m not going to put up with it.”

        John Key: “Ackshully, the reality is, at the end of the day, and I’m being honest and up front here, this is is absolutely evidence of a photo. Labour can’t deny that, as much as they try. Besides, Helen Clarke did it too. David Shearer’s hidden bank accounts.”

    • karol 14.2

      So last decade/

      Well that’s what happens when Key hires an ex-Alexander Turnbull pvte secretary to run the GCSB.

      He probably has the Iraq misinformation dossier saved on a hard drive somewhere.

      • emergency mike 14.2.1

        Yes good one Karol.

        Fletcher: “Hey John, do you care about your credibility or your legacy?”

        Key: “Of course not, once I sell everything off I’m outski. Why?”

        Fletcher: “Terrorists and WMDs. It worked for Bush and Blair.”

        Key: “Those guys are my heros…”

        Fletcher: “Bingo.”

  15. Rodel 15

    Jeesus John! .WMPs… or in the revision of Tony Blair WMD ‘programmes’. Is it something to do with 1080?…and I thought John Banks was, and aims at low intellect…Oh No John No John… No

    John… No .That’s so stooooopid. I’d ask Crosby Textor for my money back.. Sh*t in fact can you ask them for MY money back?
    Isn’t is time for Steven and Paula or watsername Collins to implement a coup…….Even for a lefty New Zealander you are becoming embarrassing.

    Oh dear…No… Now I remember..I had a dream that Paula became prime minister. …woke up sweating… Stay there John !

    But seriously John dubja do you really think NZers are as thick as Americans..maybe 47% are.
    I hope its not Romney’s 53%.Hey anyway I guess its better than channel 15!

    Dear God I wish we had a Jon Stewart… we have enough poltico wingnuts to keep him employed , don’t we?

  16. Kevin Welsh 16

    Surely, finally, even the most dyed-in-the-wool National supporter is going ‘what the fuck?”

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      *laugh* Turn it up.

      You watch. By ten am tomorrow at the latest they’ll be popping up here saying that anyone who doesn’t support rewarding the GCSB for their transgressions hates NZ and loves the terrorists and blah blah freedom isn’t free and you can spy on my shit because nothing to fear nothing to hide but you’ll never take my Freeeeedom because I AM SPARTA and wolverines! and you can take my showerhead from my cold dead hands or some shit I don’t know.

    • Murray Olsen 16.2

      I think you are misoverestimating the intelligence and credulity if the average National supporter, let alone dyed in the wool Tories. As sure as most imports come from overseas, enough of them will swallow it.

      • Colonial Viper 16.2.1

        Nah, a fair number of old school Tories will see through this clumsy distraction easily. They still won’t vote for Labour though.

        • Don't worry be happy 16.2.1.1

          Good Lord CV Labour supporters don’t vote Labour! That’s the problem…..

          • Colonial Viper 16.2.1.1.1

            There’s that, but that’s partially a result of Labour being uninterested in the Labour non-vote. Instead, the real chase and effort is for ‘the middle’ and for ‘soft National’ voters.

      • Colonial Viper 16.2.2

        Also National vs Labour vs Left supporters – it’s not so much a matter of intelligence, it’s a matter of world view, values, and also elements of tribal/clan identity.

  17. ghostrider888 17

    wait, John, i’m picking up a communique, Mars Needs Women, angry red women,
    Hijack what you’re wanting
    Not afraid to use it
    Strip and abuse it
    New Gods a moving
    Miracles are losing…

    *thigh

  18. Pascal's bookie 18

    Here’s this stuff on the SIS page see:

    http://t.co/Z3QQMkYDmA

    link on there, SIS report about WMD.

    notice anything?

    Looks like the Terrorists have stolen it already :0

    aiieee, run fer the hills

  19. Tim 19

    A mate of mine and I once considered doing a risk analysis of Wellington’s “infrastructure” a few years ago.
    You know, like pointing out just how vulnerable Datacom was to loss of communications or severe degradation – let alone gubbamint departments; the Brooklyn substation; Wellington Airport, etc.

    Then we thought …… nah fuck it! Some consultant will come along charge a few hundred grand to point out the bleeding obvious.

    Though there have been one or two improvements since we had that idea (like Datacom shoving its fibre in metal conduit), not a lot has changed (walk 100 metres down the raod, and pretty much the same shit could be achieved).

    Just as well we aren’t terrorists. A roll of number 8, mal-intent, a wintery night and it could STILL all turn to custard.
    Weapons of Mass Distraction ffs!

    It reminds me of that Jeremy Paxman Empire series recently screened. They survive and replicate themselves on the basis of bluff, weaponry and the knowledge there is a compliant public. The latter of course is the Key – pardon the pun.
    When you oppress an increasing number, that compliance can’t last, and I’ve no doubt it won’t

  20. Dan1 20

    I was fascinated the way he read the announcement about the weapons of mass destruction. It was as if he was reading a script at rehearsal for a Monty Python show.

    Maybe it was?!

  21. North 21

    My God – Maxwell Smart returns.

    Chief, check that man’s shoes !

    Agent 99 – Hek Yeh Parasite ?

    Nah. 99 was cool.

    She knew Max was a fuckwit.

  22. outofbed 22

    Are you fed up with the local political machine? Are you tired of going to the same boring job every day? Is school getting you down? If you are suffering from any of these afflictions, this is for you!

    Making a thermonuclear device is quite simple. It can be done on a lazy summer weekend when there isn’t much on television anyway…

  23. BLiP 24

    John Key: What are we going to tell them?

    Ian Fletcher: Ummm . . .

    John Key: C’mon, mate, you gotta have some idea.

    Ian Fletcher: Well, last time I was involved in this sort of thing it was all about WMD.

    John Key: Brilliant. Lets do that then.

    Ian Fletcher: Sounds good to me, mate.

    (EDIT: Emergency Mike beat me to it. Note to self: read all the comments before adding 2 cents)

    • ghostrider888 24.1

      your “2 Cents” appreciated beyond face value. au revoir and moore BLiP

    • David H 24.2

      “Ian Fletcher: Well, last time I was involved in this sort of thing it was all about WMD”

      So in other words, he is one of the ones that knew that the reason for invading Iraq was a fallacy?

      • BLiP 24.2.1

        Yes.

        . . . Documents released in the inquiry into the Iraq war show Mr Fletcher was privy to “extremely sensitive” and secret documents forecasting the march to war.

        Mr Fletcher saw early military planning and advice stating “US military planning is in full swing” in July 2002 – eight months before the invasion began and before Britain had committed to join the attack.

        Sir Andrew’s tenure ended in 2005, as did Mr Fletcher’s role. Sir Andrew later revealed Britain had gone to war on legal advice which was one page long – and substantially different to advice which had been given 10 days earlier . . .

  24. outofbed 25

    You couldn’t make this shit up
    Yet they have
    But it sort of makes sense
    So Key is caught out lying, people are starting to suspect
    Why not come out with the biggest fucking whopper one can
    Safety of NZ wmd blah blah
    I would not possibly lie over this
    And I can’t be proved to be a lie cos its oh so secret

    Fucking ballsy move if you ask me
    It should be his undoing
    It probably won’t though
    God, if only we had a strong opposition

  25. peterlepaysan 26

    Who, or where, is Shearer?

    • Colonial Viper 26.1

      Putting out a sharp retort to Key’s stupidity, maybe something along the lines of

      “the PM does the nation a dis-service by casually politicising WMD and using them as a convenient, unverifiable political excuse”

      or, maybe not.

  26. RedBaronCV 27

    WMD could be arriving on this site soon. The Pundit has been down for about 24 hours.

  27. ianmac 28

    We had better have a closer look at why the WMD angle is put in the front of us. These guys in Cabinet are not stupid, much as we like to mock them. The WMD are unprovable but no doubt there is some electronic componentry used in making say a trigger or guidance item. The WMD is almost certainly a ploy to agitate the naysayers and conspiracy folk, like us because we could never disprove the WMD.

    So what can we do instead? All I can think of so far is demand a full Enquiry before a Bill is posed.
    Or ummm….

    • Colonial Viper 28.1

      Same pattern as the USA. Promote the ever present threat of terrorists and terrorist agents right here amongst us, as well as the ongoing shadow of WMD, to institute political cover for the intelligence and surveillance initiatives you want to run against your own people.

    • rosy 28.2

      “These guys in Cabinet are not stupid, much as we like to mock them”

      Maybe not. But they’re not using their own words either. A politician talking to the masses and using words like ‘exfiltrating’? GCSB wrote that little talk for him.

  28. Adrian 29

    I have waited for this day for 4 1/2 years and this is it, he’s finally jumped the shark. To quote the great David Lange, he’s going to be dogtucker.

    • Colonial Viper 29.1

      His political judgement has gone seriously out the window in the last 6 months. Who knows what the fuck is going on, but there have got to be some in his inner circle who are rolling their eyes right now.

      • muzza 29.1.1

        Come on CV – what political judgement did Key ever have, in reality to anyone with an IQ above 60!

        Edit – Make that to anyone who can hear and/or see!

  29. Gruntie 30

    From NZ Herald , 30 May, 2006

    Guidance systems such as JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) – for which Rakon has supplied a key component for the past 10 years – are made as tail kits which are then attached to a bomb.

    In a statement released yesterday Rakon said: “We have not developed or supplied any products or technology for nuclear defence programmes. We have developed products for high shock applications. None of our product is specific to the munitions industry. They can be used by a range of industries from mining to aerospace.”

    [Leaving aside the fact that the JDAM isn't a WMD, I seriously doubt that terrorists are looking for instructions on how to make the tail kits of smart-dumb bombs. Wouldn't they need, you know, military aircraft to drop them from first? The more conventional weapons delivery system for these groups is the beat-up old Toyota. Eddie]

  30. Paul Campbell 31

    I suspect Key’s going on about this:

    http://www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile/

    don’t follow that link, expect a knock on the door in about an hour …..

    • Bill 31.1

      Pressed the big red button I did. Will report back in an hour – or not. ;-)

      • Paul Campbell 31.1.1

        Bill? Bill?

        • Bill 31.1.1.1

          Maybe they’re having difficulty getting their heads around the non-sequential street numbers in these parts? As a good upstanding citizen I’m thinking I should maybe just phone them with directions.

          edit. Nah, won’t bother. Pretty sure they’ll be keeping loose tabs from the two previous occasions…

  31. Pascal's bookie 32

    Remember when Key pulled the SAS home for the Rubber Wool Cup?

    The ‘WMD’ the ‘Terrorists’ were trying steal was clearly the ABs lineout codes.

  32. Descendant Of Sssmith 33

    The national party is a weapon of mass destruction – it’s only logical to protect yourself.

    They have certainly destroyed a lot of this country since they have been in govt and look set to continue.

    Labour is a weapon of self-destruction.

  33. irascible 34

    Perhaps the GCSB is to be allowed to spy on the real weapons of mass destruction – KeY, Brownlee, English & Ryall whose arms are deep into the destruction of the NZ economy and asset base.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 34.1

      If they are to focus more on economic crimes I have been wondering what the potential consequences are for the National Party.

      I would like to see more aggressive oversight of political donations, for example, but the appropriate authorities are the SFO and the police, not the GCSB.

  34. One Anonymous Knucklehead 35

    Key is playing at being President of the USA. He’s already had his “I am not a crook” moment, and his brain fades mimic Reagan. Now he’s George W Bush.

  35. SpaceMonkey 36

    National’s 2014 election campaign slogan: “You’re either with us or against us!”

  36. remo 37

    George ‘WMD’ Key. Monkeysee. Monkeydoo. A Freedom-For-Security program.
    Imagine waking up to a prime minister seriously contending neocon WMD mantra for breakfast serial BS after all we have learned. oops…thats just happened. The Failure of Imagination. WMD/Iraq – over a million dead. Afghanistan hundreds more children and thousands of their parents laid out on alter of WMD imperatives already proven to have been built on the lies of 9 sorry..11 (years), but no jail for those illegalities; infact Bush/Blair etal making GOOD money out of their parts, and advantaging the security superstate.
    GCSB Law change is a tactical imperative. NSA USA – Whaihopi is NSA. Security superstate. Are we REALLY expected to think ‘oversight’ is going to grow any independence of THAT ownership model? Sure, John.
    Instead we get ‘law change’. Likened to ‘regime change’.
    Years of illegal intercepts practiced and proven, and we get ‘law change’ without due process. Where was the ‘oversight’ there, John? Bye bye democracy. Dotcom reported suing for property return rather than further confrontation with deep-state, so no breath holding for truth fatwah.

  37. Chris 38

    I have never thought that john key was funny until now.And not in a good way.

  38. JonL 39

    “How stupid does he think we are?” – he knows how stupid most of us are! That’s why he keeps coming out with this garbage! The 65% who obey and respond to perceived authority will buy it, even if they have misgivings……..
    and that’s all he needs……..

  39. Sonny 40

    This is obviously Leftist green Balderdash. Keep truckin John. Let the Polls decide.

  40. AC 41

    The only weapon off mass destruction is Gerry’s arse letting wind in a confined space.

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    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 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 again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites Rapists To “Call In and Defend Yourselves...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites #Roastbusters Rapists To “Call In and Defe...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Lower Hutt scientists win right to be academics
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 37 Lower Hutt scientists are joining TEU in large numbers after the union successfully argued that they should be classified as academics in Victoria University of Wellington’s new collective agreement. TEU members at Victoria recently...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Ex-TEU member heads Parliament’s education committee
    Former TEU member Dr Jian Yang will chair parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee. Elected to parliament only three years ago directly from his job in the political science department at the University of Auckland, Yang has risen quickly to...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Cabinet focuses tertiary education on economic growth
    The government has signalled again that it views tertiary education primarily as an economic tool rather than a tool for social opportunity and equity as well. The government has shifted tertiary education out of its Cabinet Social Policy Committee to...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Aged care worker wins historic pay equity case
    Aged Care worker and union member Kristine Bartlett won an historic legal case for pay equity this week. Bartlett’s employer, Terranova Homes & Care Ltd had appealed to the Court of Appeal against an Employment Court ruling that the wages...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    frogblog | 29-10
  • Look to international students for funding says Joyce
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce says universities need to expand overseas and recruit more international students to boost their income. Joyce told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that New Zealand universities are not doing enough to generate income from international students. “If...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s “NoahR...
    An Heretical Work: Darren Aronofsky's Noah is an attempt to reconstruct from the ill-fitting fragments of the much older and more finely textured myth of the Great Flood, a religious homily about human power, human guilt, and human redemption. That he...
    Bowalley Road | 29-10
  • World News Brief, Thursday October 30
    Top of the AgendaIraqi Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria...
    Pundit | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    frogblog | 29-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the links between bad labour laws and poor safety practi...
    By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-10
  • How Labour’s ballot paper works
    Some weeks ago, I promised not to post about the Labour leadership election. I am going to break that promise today, but only because some of the people I have talked with appear a bit confused about Labour’s preferential ballot....
    Polity | 29-10
  • UKIP’s apostrophe fail
    The venerable institution that is the United Kingdom Independence Party wanted a hoodie for young patriots, so they can proudly declare how great Britain remains. For UKIP, the sun has never set on the British Empire of Awesomeness. Until this...
    Polity | 29-10
  • Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps
    The latest United Nations report on climate change is about to be finalised, written by thousands of scientists. The report is VERY important, but also a bit dull.What we really want to know is: How bad is climate change? And what can...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-10
  • Random thoughts on the Labour Party leadership contest
    Some thoughts on the leadership contest, and a puzzling mystery at the end....
    Imperator Fish | 29-10
  • Auckland Transport’s 30 Year Project List
    As part of the discussion on Alternative Transport Funding, which was launched yesterday, the Council also released a copy of Auckland Transport’s entire 30 year transport programme which includes the cost of projects and seemingly ranked according to some combination of criteria....
    Transport Blog | 29-10
  • Questions and Answers – October 30
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk EconomyInterest Rates and Inflation 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (NationalWairarapa) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation?QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy
    On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read...
    Real Climate | 29-10
  • Questions For Oral Answer October 30
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    Press Release – GE Free NZ 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.Trade...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • The latest poverty excuses
    Today, the National Government managed to out produce Fonterra in its production of hot air and manure, with their explanations to justify the figures released in the latest (UNICEF) report documenting how little John Key’s administration has done to reduce...
    Closing the Gap | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Press Release – Joint Press Release 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...
    Its our future | 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...
    CTU | 29-10
  • Why my money’s on David Parker. And why Labour’s should be as well!
    OK, eventually you have to put your money where your mouth is. So who, of the four declared contestants – Nanaia Mahuta, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little and David Parker –  should, in my opinion, win the Labour leadership contest? And...
    Brian Edwards | 29-10
  • Arming police: evidence based policy or populist wishlist?
    At a time when people are questioning whether police forces in the United States have become too militarized, the president of New Zealand’s police association (NZPA) is calling for our police to be “fully armed”. He claims that incidents that...
    On the Left | 29-10
  • Flags > Poverty
    Today in parliament we saw both Kelvin Davis and Annette King make important and useful requests, both of which were denied. Annette King drew attention to the UNICEF report that shows that child poverty has not improved in New Zealand,...
    Fundamental | 29-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    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
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • 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
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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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • 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
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
    Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
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