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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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  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi | 22-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science | 22-11
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-11
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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