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Well done Greens!

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 13th, 2013 - 115 comments
Categories: climate change, community democracy, Conservation, greens, local body elections, Metiria Turei, public transport, sustainability - Tags:

I don’t know what it says about the political mood or direction of NZ politics generally, but the results, as on record yesterday, for the local body elections were very good for the Green Party. The low voter turnout makes it hard to make definitive judgements. The results do show that sigificant numbers of Kiwis think the Greens are providing a credible alternative to the previously dominant shades of politics.  It also gives Green representatives the opportunity to show something of what the Greens can do when in office.

Metiria Turei congratulates them:

A “Green sweep” of all Green candidates in Wellington topped off the best local Government result ever for the Green Party today.

“Every single Green candidate for Wellington City and the Regional Council was elected today, with the city’s Green mayor Celia Wade-Brown re-elected alongside new Green councillors Sarah Free and David Lee and sitting Councillor Iona Pannett,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“They’re joined by Green Councillors Paul Bruce and Sue Kedgely who were elected to the Wellington Regional Council.

“The fantastically successful Wellington team is joined by record numbers of new Green Councillors and community board members up and down the country.

“Dunedin gets its first Green Councillor in Aaron Hawkins, five Green people have been elected to community boards in Auckland, other Greens are on boards in Christchurch, and Gisborne Greens will be a force for their community with record representation in that region this year.

“Today’s local body election results are a victory for smart, green, compassionate ideas and a victory for communities who want representatives with brains and with heart.

“This is a brilliant result for the Green Party. The National Government should take it as a sign that the Green tide is coming in.

Well, it’s too early to make strong predictions for next year’s parliamentary elections based on the results of this weekend’s local elections.  But it is gratifying to see that the overall the results of the mayoral elections nation-wide have a slight lean to the left. Given that a low turnout is said to favour the right, either that saying is wrong, or the left is looking strong for NZ’s near future.

There has been some talk of changing the mode of voting in local elections to encourage more democratic participation.  I favour one day of voting at voting booths – make it an event that people become increasingly aware of as voting day approaches.

It’s not just the voting mode that needs changing.  Local councils, esepcially Auckland Council need to be more democratic, not less as is the MO of the NAct government.  there is no place for unelected CCOs in local councils, or for removal of democratic processes.

[Update] Clow (Labour) for Whau:

On the preliminary results now online on the Auckland Council we site, Clow has won the council seat for the Whau Ward.  This is a preliminary result. It is close: Clow by 48 votes. (Yesterday afternoon Raffills was winning by about 89 votes over Clow).  Fingers crossed Clow holds.  This is looking like a significant shift to the left in Whau, which also has 5 Labour wins out of the 7 available places on the Whau Local Board.

We didn’t have the Green candidates on offer in Whau.  I voted for the Labour candidates, plus gave one tick to the Mana candidate (he didn’t make it).

Waitakere Ranges – Auckland Council

2 Greens on the Future West ticket for Waitakere Ranges Local Board (h/t mickysavage) – among a strong Future West winning team.  Congratulations to the Future west winners at Waitakere Ranges:

Sandra Coney

Neil Henderson

Denise Yates

Greg Presland

Saffron Toms

Steve Tollestrup (Future West – Green)

115 comments on “Well done Greens!”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Someone should tell Metiria there are local boards in Auckland :grin:

    But I am very pleased at the election of Saffron Toms and Steve Tollestrup to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Two more decent and dedicated people you will not mee.

    • karol 1.1

      Thanks, micky. Is Tollestrup Green? Only Toms is showing as Green on the preliminary result.

      Congratulations to you and the rest of Future West in the Ranges, micky! Will update my post further.

      Are your correcting Turei for calling them “community” boards in Auckland?

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Hi Karol. Yes he is and yes I am!

        • just saying 1.1.1.1

          Congratulations Mickey :-)

        • karol 1.1.1.2

          Excellent result for Waitakere Ranges! Well done!

        • karol 1.1.1.3

          Thanks, micky. Actually, the labelling of the boards in Auckland is telling. Surely they should be called “community” boards too. I am hoping if we have a Labour led government by the end of next year, that they can do soemthing to restructure Auckland Council so that it is more democratic, less autocratic, and more directly responsible to the community.

          • mickysavage 1.1.1.3.1

            Aye Karol.

            The first thing that needs to be done is to review the Council Controlled Organisations. If I was in charge I would bring Auckland Transport back into the Council fold and I put POAL under direct Council control.

            There is far too much control of the city under the control of non elected entities.

            • RedLogix 1.1.1.3.1.1

              Absolutely mickey. Well done and congratulations.

              It’s been an inspiration to see you make the transition from here to being directly in politics. For what it is worth however, I’d suggest that it can also be a tricky and sometime hazardous transition … what was ok in one environment can catch you out in another.

              Best wishes all the same. You’ve shown that blogging can be more than just talking about politics.

            • karol 1.1.1.3.1.2

              I’m glad you agree with the need for a total rview of the CCOs. Plus I think Local Boards need more say in the running of the wards.

              The lections focus too much on the Mayoral context, and too little on the council candidates and local board members.

              Also, I’m sad to say, some people in the New Lynn area are saying that they never saw any (and/or too few) of the candidates around locally during the election period, even though some are happy with the outcome of the Wahau part of the elections.

              One thing I like about the successful Whau Board candidates is that they appear to be diverse and representative of a fair bit of the diversity in the communtiy – ethnically and gender wise.

              Congratulations on the strong team at Waitakere Ranges. They do include some people that have a strong presence in their community – Sandra Coney, yourself etc.

        • veutoviper 1.1.1.4

          My congratulations also, Micky – the Waitakere Ranges team looks really strong. And that is from a Wellingtonian!

          I am really happy with the Wellington results. Celia W-B was my local councillor for years before running for Mayor and was a wonderful local councillor. Always approachable, on the case immediately and great to deal with. I was not sure she would make it this round, but am thrilled she did – and Morrison is gone! Yippee!

    • miravox 1.2

      ohhh micky – you better keep writing even though you’re now a pollie. Well done!

    • Rogue Trooper 1.3

      congratulations are in order ms :-D

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Raffils in Whau had to rebrand herself as non CR, with no blue insight to remain competitive.

    I see Anae has done much the same in his area

  3. tc 3

    Where can we find full results for all nz councils

  4. bad12 4

    Low voter turnout seems to be the talking point of these elections after the counting has been done, i suppose that if online voting along with the postal ballot and the ability to cast the vote at polling booths on the day could be tried but there’s quite a huge demographic of voters who know full well that the Local Body elections were being held and for various reasons still choose not to vote,

    My view, in a democracy there should be one political interaction that should be compulsory, that being voting,

    Wellington seemed to have slightly bucked the trend as far as numbers voting goes, up just over a % on the numbers last time round,

    As Metiria said, a great result for the Greens here in Wellington and on the present numbers i would suggest the further swing to the left if translated into a General Election would here in Wellington just about be enough to topple Slippery and Co from office, if such a swing also translates across Auckland then we may have the pleasure in 2014 to witness a rout,

    Lolz, naughty me, there is much work yet to be done befor the announcement of that little victory….

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      I chose not to vote, in CHCH, on the basis that Lianne was going to win; I only would have voted “against” someone (eg, Bob) but there was no need. I have 0 knowledge about any of the people standing and whether they’d do a better job than existing counsellors, so decided there was no real value in my voting.

    • Outofbed 4.2

      there is much work yet to be done before the announcement of that little victory….

      Yes and that has already started

    • muzza 4.3

      Compulsory voting – No thanks!

      Better educated, more knowledgeable voters, understanding of the legislative/financial fraud which is being perpetuated against every one of us – YES PLEASE!

      Perhaps then voting would not need to be made compulsory, as an educated, knowledgeable voter base would ensure they are not continually screwed, which is why the dumbing down accelerated !

      • Paul 4.3.1

        +1
        An educated electorate.
        An independent media – free from the corporate agenda.
        George Carlin ‘You have owners’
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsL6mKxtOlQ

        • muzza 4.3.1.1

          Indeed, Paul!

          Carlin understood, and articulated various situations, wonderfully!

          There are owners, because they have lied/tricked the populace into handing jurisdiction over, contractually!

          Sadly there are still too many who can’t wrap their heads around the notion that their ignorance is responsible the state of the world we live, because of fraud, complex fraud, but still easy enough to observe with a little effort!

          Time is running short to fight it, as once the technological grid is fully implemented, there will be few options available, and even less places to hide.

          It’s why TPTB are forcing through as much destruction/theft as they can, because they are aware of the growing consciousness!

        • The Al1en 4.3.1.2

          For the win, add candidates worth voting for.

          First time I’ve not voted in a long while, but good luck to those saying I have no right to complain.
          Being forced to chose between dumb or dumber gets a compulsory get fu*ked response. Always has, always will. :)
          Never encourage mediocrity.

    • Francis 4.4

      My understanding is that there are three main reasons for people not voting.

      Firstly, there’s the lack of knowledge about candidates and where they stand. This is where the media is really lacking in decent coverage. The political parties really need to get their affiliations known as well, especially outside the major centres. Currently, there’s no way of easily knowing where candidates stand on the political spectrum (without undertaking a large amount of research, which most people wouldn’t bother on). Heck, even if the unions could release a sheet similar to the Auckland one this year for all the electorates, that would help.

      Secondly, there’s satisfaction with the incumbent(s). If people are happy with who’s currently running things, they may not feel the need to vote. In contrast, if people are fed up with the incumbent, they’re more likely to want to vote, in order to get rid of them. Not a lot you can do about this one (obviously it’s better if the current people are doing a good job).

      Thirdly, lack of any decent contest. If it’s perceived that there’s no real ‘race’ in the election (e.g. only one credible candidate for mayor, where all the signs point to a very large majority), a lot of people will not bother voting because they have the impression that their vote will make no difference. That’s where elections (for a single position) do need to have at least two credible candidates, especially ones who have different ideas.

      Of course, in places which are still in the bad old days of FPP, having multiple candidates on the same side of the spectrum causes ‘vote splitting’, which is why I hate FPP so much. To fix that, candidates would either need to negotiate between themselves to make sure that only one person stands on their side (very bad democracy), or switch to STV (something which some people seem to hate).

      I don’t think compulsory voting (in local body elections) would solve that. Do we really want 100% voter turnout, with 80% of them just ticking the first names? General elections are easier for most people to understand, so compulsory voting could work, but I believe it’s more important that people are engaged rather than simply forcing them to vote.

      As for online voting, I really doubt it will solve much. If a younger person (who seem to be the main target of this) is truly engaged in the elections, they will almost certainly make the effort to fill in a sheet of paper and pop it in their local post box, or to walk down the street and vote in a polling station. It’s only the ones who aren’t really engaged who may be likely to use the system (that wouldn’t otherwise), and then you run into the same problems as I mentioned in the last paragraph.

      And besides that, I have real doubts as to the integrity of computer-based voting systems, particularly online ones. As someone who works with computers a lot, I know how easy it would be for someone with a vested interest to manipulate them on a reasonably large scale. I personally will still be using the paper voting system at the next election for that very reason, and I encourage others to do so.

  5. bad12 6

    A PS, with pleasure i also have to point out that John, having not secured the Mayoralty here in Wellington is gone,

    He didn’t stand for a seat on the Council this time round,(the ego must have got the better of Him), thus Wellington voters got to give Him ‘the message’ loud and clear, ”see ya later John, enjoy the retirement wont you”…

    • Martin 6.1

      apart from more cars and flyovers and cricket there wasn’t much else there.
      A lesson here:

      sporting prowes and/or celebrity does not alone a good choice make.

      Britney Speares or Justin Beiber anyone? :) anyone or even SBW? [untested]

      • bad12 6.1.1

        Yes as far as dear John goes it was more cars for what benefits cricket at the Basin could get outta the deal, the politics of the used car salesman, riddance…

  6. Dr Terry 7

    Well done Greens – what a happy result! How refreshing to receive such good news.

  7. QoT 8

    I just wish some of them weren’t anti-fluoride (Paul Bruce, GWRC).

    • bad12 8.1

      What’s wrong with being anti-fluoride, many of us are, there’s more than enough of the stuff in toothpaste to satisfy any benefit vis a vis teeth without loading up the water supply with the stuff…

      • infused 8.1.1

        For once I agree on something. Fuck fluoride. Don’t need the shit in the water.

      • QoT 8.1.2

        Well, the fact that most anti-fluoride campaigners are essentially anti-science aside, god forbid that I express an opinion based on my political leanings. I promise that henceforth I will never write any post or comment which expresses a wish that people whose ideas I agree with have power. And thus, I will never blog again.

        • bad12 8.1.2.1

          i wont drag the Post any further off topic, ‘Open Mike’ appears to be the place for this little ‘take’ to have another airing on the Standard…

      • Lanthanide 8.1.3

        “What’s wrong with being anti-fluoride, many of us are, there’s more than enough of the stuff in toothpaste to satisfy any benefit vis a vis teeth without loading up the water supply with the stuff…”

        For the people that use toothpaste, yes. Unfortunately not everyone does, and their costs come back to bite the taxpayer in the form of, at the very least, children’s dental care.

      • RedLogix 8.1.4

        In my former role I was personally and directly involved in the fluoridation of Wellington’s water supply.

        1. The amount added is 0.7 ppm. This is not a lot more than the background level in river or aquifer water which ranges around 0.1-0.3 ppm. All the science I read strongly suggests that there are no confirmed reasons to think that 0.7 ppm is cause for concern.

        Having said that:

        2. Increasingly people don’t drink much tap water directly anymore. It’s a pretty inefficient route of mass medication.

        3. As evidence of this the old ‘borough’ of Petone has never been fluoridated, while the rest of Wellington is. (Otherwise they get the exact same water.) This has been a very long running controlled experiment and as far as I am aware no-one has shown has any apparent health, dental or otherwise, differences between the two populations.

        My opinion is that dosing fluroide via toothpaste is probably more effective and that dosing the water supply is neither here nor there.

        On the other hand if we really cared about dental caries in children, we would make sugar laden fizzy drinks illegal and address the root cause of the disease… which is all about our carbohydrate/sugar intense diets … and much less to do with anything in the water.

        • weka 8.1.4.1

          Fuck, that would have to be one of the most sensible things I’ve seen written about the issue, ever.

          The fluoridation issue is a red herring. We should be looking at real prevantative care, not Claytons preventative care. The flow on health benefits would be enormous (not to mention the effect on the Health budget).

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.4.1.1

            Remember, the pro-fluoridation lobby are just that: pro-fluoridation. They are not a pro-child dental health lobby. They do however use where you stand on the issue of fluoridation as a surrogate social marker for whether or not you care about child dental health.

            I notice Lanth in Open Mike has suggested that Christchurch teeth are OK despite a lack of fluoridation because children consume drinks made in fluoridated parts of the country. Which is of course a completely unscientific statement. If it were true though it suggests that far lower exposure to fluoride does the same protective job. And it would back up what they tend to do in Europe instead of polluting everyone’s drinking water – you can buy fluoridated table salt and fluoridated milk, in addition to fluoridated tooth paste.

            • QoT 8.1.4.1.1.1

              It’s amazing how much you can infer from my preference for pro-fluoridation candidates. Less amazing: how utterly inaccurate it is.

              Of course I want children to have good dental health. But I’m also quite happy to point out that a decent number of anti-fluoride people are completely talking out their asses on the issue, and I refer you to the hilarious antics of bad12 in the same comment thread.

              • Colonial Viper

                I never used to be interested in the issue, but after looking at it I now know that a large majority of developed first world countries don’t fluoridate their community water supplies.

                • Jim Nald

                  Here is what has been submitted on Wikipedia … food for thought with regard to the European list of countries:

                  “Many European countries have rejected water fluoridation in general. This includes: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland,[36] Scotland[37] Iceland, and Italy.[citation needed] A 2003 survey of over 500 Europeans from 16 countries concluded that “the vast majority of people opposed water fluoridation”.[38]”

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoridation_by_country

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Hope your 5 or 6 year old child does not drink more than 3 glasses of water per day.

                    http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/opinions_layman/fluoridation/en/index.htm#4

                    The very youngest are at greatest risk of exceeding fluoride limits. The estimated tolerable limit for children under 1-6 years old is 1.5 mg/day, which should produce less than 5% of moderate dental fluorosis. This is exceeded if they drink more than 1.0 L water containing 0.8 mg F/L and they use a normal amount of regular fluoridated toothpaste. If they drink 1.5 L of water they go over the limit even without the toothpaste.

                    • McFlock

                      If they drink 1.5 L of water they go over the limit even without the toothpaste.

                      1.5L x 0.8mg = >1.5mg?

                      lol

                    • tamati

                      Fluorosis- Whitening of the teeth. Most people are happy to have whiter teeth.

                    • weka

                      Laugh away McFlock.

                      But I’m curious, as an aside, do you think that all children metabolise chemicals in exactly the same way and at exactly the same rate, irrespective of age and other factors?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Fluorosis- Whitening of the teeth. Most people are happy to have whiter teeth.

                      Huh?

                      http://worldental.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/dental-fluorosis-picture.jpg

                      Laugh away McFlock.

                      Notice how McFlock didn’t address any substantial issues. The error in the EU text appears to be from an over simplified editing of the higher levels of detail available on the EU website I linked to.

                    • McFlock

                      Of course not.

                      But until Jenny McArthy claims fluoridation caused her kid’s autism, I don’t think there’s any claims of people being harmed by fluoridation at NZ recommended levels. In fact, in NZ any measure of harm is firmly on the side of those areas that do not fluoridate – either through DMFTT or through probable overcompensation.

                    • weka

                      CV: “Notice how McFlock didn’t address any substantial issues”

                      Yes, it was interesting to see what they pulled out as the thing to comment on.

                      McFlock: “But until Jenny McArthy claims fluoridation caused her kid’s autism, I don’t think there’s any claims of people being harmed by fluoridation at NZ recommended levels. In fact, in NZ any measure of harm is firmly on the side of those areas that do not fluoridate – either through DMFTT or through probable overcompensation.”

                      So? I wasn’t commenting on your views on flouridation, I was commenting on your critical thinking skills and how you present in this debate.

                    • McFlock

                      I see no point in regurgitating an already exhausted argument, so I’m happy pointing out the basic inconsistency in the source document.

                      How I present? What do I care? The math, the detectable effects, and the NZ experience won’t persuade the anti-F crowd. In NZ, non-fluoridation results in thousands of caries and tooth extractions in NZ kids.

                      Show me the case of a single kid who experienced hardship worse than a tooth extraction as a direct result of fluoridation at NZ recommended levels, and I’d maybe acquire a modicum of respect for proponents of the anti-F position.

                    • tamati

                      Agreed, this argument has gone beyond tiresome!

                      I just hope all the major political parties have a clear and ambitious fluoridation policy. Handing this issue over to local government is wrong.

                    • weka

                      Show me the case of a single kid who experienced hardship worse than a tooth extraction as a direct result of fluoridation at NZ recommended levels, and I’d maybe acquire a modicum of respect for proponents of the anti-F position.

                      Way to completely miss the point. Not to mention skew the debate to your own bias.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh no, I was skewing the fluoride debate towards my own biased objective of reducing harm to kids.

                      That is the entire issue of fluoridation: if it fails to reduce harm, it’s pointless.

              • weka

                “But I’m also quite happy to point out that a decent number of anti-fluoride people are completely talking out their asses on the issue”

                Yeah, it drives me crazy. It happens with lots of issues that are polarised around mainstream powerholders and fringe objectors. The really annoying thing is that the fringe objectors are often right in principle, but lack critical thinking skills and end up saying lots of stupid things in public (and often don’t have a good understanding of science or the scientific method). Equally annoying is that many of those siding with the mainstream powerholders have better critical thinking skills but a seeming inability to apply them to their own world views, or god forbid, science.

                “Of course I want children to have good dental health.”

                I don’t think that’s what CV meant. I think he meant that the pro-flouridation lobby isn’t a pro-health lobby in the broader, holistic sense. We don’t see the same degree of effort going into reducing risk from diet for instance. Or poverty etc. I didn’t take CV’s comment to include you, I took it to mean the medical/dental/MoH/industrial chemical people who are pushing the pro-flouridation agenda (but he can correct me if I am wrong). Most people fall somewhere between the pro- and anti- lobbies.

                • Colonial Viper

                  yes that’s pretty much how I meant it weka.

                  Anybody pushing for keeping sugary soft drinks and fruit juices out of schools, in the name of better child dental health? Well, we wouldn’t want to deprive children and their parents of “free choice” in favour of ‘nanny state’ would we? Despite the loads of scientific evidence which details how damaging those beverages are to childrens teeth.

                  Yet people are happy to take away peoples rights to pure unadulterated water.

                  • McFlock

                    Not at all – there are many ways to gather non-fluoridated water or purify the municipal supply to lab-quality levels.

                    Why should other people’s children be at greater danger of fluorosis and cavities just because you’re lazy as well as paranoid?

                    • weka

                      The thing about this argument (and I’ve seen it put out on ts alot) is that it’s the height of hypocricy. Let’s make a political argument for the health of some children, but the people that are excluded from that health policy (and their children) are ‘lazy’, not poor or disabled or overworked. The assumptions in the argument about who doesn’t want fluoridated water are astounding.

                      I suspect what you actually mean is “there is no validity whatsoever in your view on fluoridation”. Why not just be honest instead of making up spurious political arguments?

                    • McFlock

                      Because I was addressing the even more stupid claim that fluoridating water is depriving people of any access to non-fluoridated water, rather than the generally stupid complaint that fluoridation at NZ levels is harmful.

                      As for the argument that a small percentage of fools might not be able to adequately meet the needs of their idiocy, so therefore we should boost dental caries in children by 8% (increasing according to socioeconomic factors) on average just to satisfy their paranoia… I have no sympathy whatsoever.

                    • tamati

                      Where are these libertarian fools demanding their right to drink chlorine free water?

                      Cholera is a human right!

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Everybody benefits from cholera free water. Only some slices of the population benefit from water added fluoride.

                    • weka

                      Tamati, lots of people in NZ drink unchlorinated water, from various sources. Lots do it by choice. And they don’t get cholera. Are you a fucking idiot or what.

                      McFlock: As for the argument that a small percentage of fools might not be able to adequately meet the needs of their idiocy, so therefore we should boost dental caries in children by 8% (increasing according to socioeconomic factors) on average just to satisfy their paranoia… I have no sympathy whatsoever.

                      Ah, the arrogance. See you don’t even accept that people have a right to untreated water or to have choice in the matter. Tamati can cry libertarian, and I’m tempted to cry facism, but really this is just another example of the hubris of people who think that their world view should be inflicted on everyone else. Fucking fundamentalists.

                      If you still haven’t gotten it yet, I’m not, right at the moment, arguing that fluoridation should be taken out of the water supply. I’m saying that people like you who will use any argument to futher their dominating world view are hypocritical in the extreme when it comes to politics.

                      Thanks for calling my disability laziness. Now go fuck yourself.

                    • McFlock

                      CV: but only some people have contaminated water, so why poison everyone with chlorine, a poison used in chemical warfare? It’s madness, I tells ye!

                    • McFlock

                      Ah, the arrogance. See you don’t even accept that people have a right to untreated water or to have choice in the matter.

                      They have a right to safe water. They don’t have a right to impossibly pure water, or to lime flavouring in the mains, or whatever.

                      Tamati can cry libertarian, and I’m tempted to cry facism, but really this is just another example of the hubris of people who think that their world view should be inflicted on everyone else. Fucking fundamentalists.

                      No. It’s not “world view”. It’s actual, detectable harm that should be minimised.

                      If you still haven’t gotten it yet, I’m not, right at the moment, arguing that fluoridation should be taken out of the water supply. I’m saying that people like you who will use any argument to futher their dominating world view are hypocritical in the extreme when it comes to politics.

                      In the same way that being intolerant of intolerance is hypocritical.
                      I’m intolerant of people inflicting harm on others. In this situation I need to choose between definite lifelong harm to children, and making idiots scared of their kitchen tap.

                      No contest. Idiots can get stuffed.

            • Lanthanide 8.1.4.1.1.2

              CV, I did *not* suggest that the halo effect is the reason that Christchurch may have dental outcomes similar to other parts of the country. I don’t even know if that’s a true statement or not.

              I used the halo effect as a possible explanation to counter bad12’s point, to highlight the fact that his simplistic, shallow and “obvious” strawman that he set up to discredit “science” was stupid.

    • tamati 8.2

      Don’t worry too much. The most important Green, when it comes to fluoridation, is very strongly in favour.

      Kevin Hague, easily one of the most capable MP’s in parliament, is a shoo-in as next health minister. I sincerely hopes he ends this anti-science nonsense.

      • weka 8.2.1

        Are you saying that Kevin Hague should set GP policy on his own?

        • tamati 8.2.1.1

          I would be happy for him to do so as he’s an immensely talented M.P. As Minister of Health next year I imagine he’ll have significant sway at the cabinet table.

  8. Issue: Mayor (1) Date: 13/10/2013
    Auckland Council Time: 00:43:00
    LATEST RESULT ON AUCKLAND COUNCIL WEBSITE

    Candidate Affiliation Candidate No Votes Received Rank
    BERRY, Stephen Affordable Auckland 101 13539
    BRIGHT, Penny Independent 102 11619
    BROWN, Len Independent 103 162675
    BUTLER, Jesse 104 1455
    CHEEL, Tricia 105 1202
    DUFFY, Paul 106 3067
    GOODE, Matthew 107 2090
    HUSSEY, Emmett Independent 108 2933
    KRUGER, Susanna Susara Independent 109 2162
    MINTO, John Mana Movement 110 11436
    O’CONNOR, Phil Christians Against Abortion 111 3006
    PALINO, John Independent 112 107672
    SHADBOLT, Reuben Independent 113 3120
    UNASA, Uesifili Independent 114 7964
    VERMUNT, Annalucia Communist League 115 849
    WILLMOTT, David Roads First 116 1637
    YOUNG, Wayne Working for the Homeless 117 3913
    INFORMAL 118 1576
    BLANK 119 7074
    Preliminary Result

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Kind regards,

    Her Warship ;)

    • veutoviper 9.1

      Penny – a big congratulations to you for the number of votes you received. Well done!

      • Penny Bright 9.1.1

        Thank you :)

        Imagine if I had $150,000 instead of $1500 to spend on an election campaign!

        ;)

        Penny Bright

        • RedLogix 9.1.1.1

          Penny,

          Well done Penny. Yes the end-result influence of big money in elections can be seen in the dysfunctional mess that is now Washington. People instinctively know this and it’s a very large part of why there are such low-turnouts. Turning this situation around has to be a major challenge for the left.

          These days it takes a great deal of bravery and a certain kind of obsessiveness to make it into politics and for that you have my respect.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1.1

            Looks to me like Hilary Calvert outspent by a country mile every other candidate down in Dunedin. And the result: she bolted on to Dunedin City Council with the most votes out of all the candidates.

    • Rogue Trooper 9.2

      congratulations Penny, steam on!

    • Jum 9.3

      Congratulations to Penny Bright and John Minto

    • Tigger 9.4

      Well done, Penny. That’s a terrific vote for you.

  9. infused 10

    I didn’t vote mainly because I know all of the candidates quite well. They are all useless. So who do you vote for?

    I’m really surprised Len got back in, and even more surprised Celia did.

    • muzza 10.1

      Why are you surprised Brown was re-elected, and do you believe it makes a difference?

      Who might have achieved what you feel is necessary, that was on the ballot, if any ?

      • infused 10.1.1

        I have no idea about Auckland, but I thought he just wanted to spend, spend, spend and people were sick of him.

        Obviously not.

        • Paul 10.1.1.1

          Maybe people an’t abide Morrison.

        • muzza 10.1.1.2

          Infused – So you have made a comment about the re-elected mayor of AKL, but then you claim

          I have no idea about Auckland, but I thought he just wanted to spend, spend, spend and people were sick of him

          Ignorance is not a positive trait to have, but one which is readily and easily perpetuated!

          Note – I’m not commenting on the mayor, or if one is any different from another, I only wanted to explore your level of consideration, which you have confirmed as being low!

  10. finbar 11

    Well done the Greens.And after seeing Cunliffe on the Nation yesterday, looking and speaking very much like our next Prime Minister Labour may also have a few new seats come the General Election.

    In truth, i have been dismayed for quite some time about the state of the Labour Partys leaders and the direction their caucus!s.However,it would seem after yesterdays performance we now have a leader who can articulate policies and direction under pressure, and Prime Minister in waiting.Great stuff indeed,bring on the election.

    • bad12 11.1

      Yes, i marked David Cunliffe’s appearance on TV3 yesterday with an Excellent, a well measured well mannered performance in spite of whats-her-face trying to butt in while He was speaking…

      • tc 11.1.1

        The more smalley brain and her colleagues do this, the better DC looks as they show their bias.

        You wouldnt see them interrupt shonkey and risk a visit from joycee and his boot crew.

        • finbar 11.1.1.1

          In fairness Smalley, is one of the better interviewers on the telly.She lets her guests, have there say.I would say though,that she interjected more than usual interviewing Cunliffe,and Dave handled it supremely.Lets hope he keeps it together and the wheels don!t fall off,and his caucus don!t fuck up and keep the eyes, and minds, on the prize.

          • poem 11.1.1.1.1

            Finbar, what you see of David Cunliffe now is what you will see all the way through in the future, his wheels wont be dropping off and he certainly has caucus under control. No doubts about that at all.

            • finbar 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Lets hope so,there is much to be done.I was picking the Nat!s to go for a early election,but heh! their sell off of our assets is not profiting what their promise predicted.But Labour, has to instill its direction, and a early election would hinder that.Looking good though.

        • poem 11.1.1.2

          +1 tc

      • poem 11.1.2

        +1 Bad12 David Cunliffe left Rachel Smalley floundering like a fish out of water.

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          Smalley had entire lines of questioning prepared for the interview and seemed unwilling to alter course. Even though Cunliffe was clearly pointing out flaws in the premise of many of her questions.

          • Jim Nald 11.1.2.1.1

            Yes, I was LOLing.
            It was like ‘there is no alternative’ line of questioning for Smalley.
            And Smalley is one of the sharper ones in the business in NZ.

    • poem 11.2

      +1 Finbar

  11. FYI

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/10/13/35-turnout-in-auckland-apathy-the-winner-on-the-day-how-to-change-it/

    Firstly, congrats to The Daily Blog bloggers, Efeso Collins, Julie Fairey, Penny Hulse and Aaron Hawkins for winning, and congrats to John Minto for managing to run a Mayoral campaign on a fraction of the budget of the big guys. – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/10/13/35-turnout-in-auckland-apathy-the-winner-on-the-day-how-to-change-it/#sthash.eivL7aGV.dpuf

    ________________________________________________________________________________

    Penny Bright

  12. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/10/13/minto-for-mayor-and-the-mana-local-body-election-campaign/

    “The only media to give any serious coverage of the issues and contenders were the New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand. Unfortunately the great mass of voters in West and South Auckland in particular – those most likely to support our Mana campaign policies – do not read the Herald and prefer commercial radio to Radio New Zealand. To get these people seriously engaged would take a large budget well outside the modest means of our campaign. – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/10/13/minto-for-mayor-and-the-mana-local-body-election-campaign/#sthash.FYIl352G.dpuf
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    I was neither interviewed or reported by Radio NZ – thus effectively censored – in my considered opinion.

    (As I was on Martyn Bradbury’s ‘Daily Blog’).

    However – it seems that thousands of Aucklanders ARE getting the message about the need to ‘open the books’ and ‘cut out the contractors’, and this Auckland Mayoral election result gives a VERY strong base for some real progress to be made on progressing this ACTION PLAN against ‘white collar crime’ corruption and ‘corporate welfare':

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ANTI-CORRUPTION-WHITE-COLLAR-CRIME-CORPORATE-WELFARE-ACTION-PLAN-Ak-Mayoral-campaign-19-July-2013-2.pdf

    I look forward to as many political parties as possible – picking up as many of these policies / proposed legislative changes before the 2014 General Election.

    ‘Where the people lead – the politicians will follow ….. ?’

    Penny Bright

  13. George D 14

    As a Green, a huge congratulations to Labour. A very strong showing where there were clear Labour tickets.

    • Akldnut 14.1

      A possible indicator “the winds of change they are a’comin”, and that the public are really starting to wake up, especially in West Auckland. Real shame that Christine Rose didn’t make in though.

      • AmaKiwi 14.1.1

        No. The Left candidates (Labour and Green) united as a single ticket and worked very hard to win.

        It’s not going to fall into our laps next year. We’re going to have to work for it.

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1

          Correct. Its going to be tough tough work. And the Tories are going to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at us.

  14. poem 15

    Huge congratulations to the Greens and to Labour !!!

  15. It was all looking pretty good, until I got to “Sue Kedgely … elected to the Wellington Regional Council.” My sympathies to those residents of the Wellington region who aren’t deranged hippies.

    • bad12 16.1

      Ha ha Sicko Milt,for deranged hippies we sure as hell know how to get people elected, and, all the better if they seriously twist the pea that rattles around in the empty cavern that is your head…

    • Tracey 16.2

      Better to type nothing and be thought a fool than to post and remove all doubt

  16. McFlock 17

    In dunedin, Hawkins ran an excellent campaign, and good on him.

    • karol 17.1

      What was good about Hawkins’ campaign, and what can other left council candidates learn from it?

      • McFlock 17.1.1

        lots of posters all around town.
        I basically all but ignored the election, but knew he was running before I opened the papers.

        And I think a blurb that trod the line between the banal nothings (that most candidates regurgitated) and being so different as to be kooky (seriously, one candidate just seemed to list random words).

        • karol 17.1.1.1

          So it’s the print communications that you think did it? Did he get out and about in the community and talk to people? How did he express left/green polciies? By appearing to be likeably “kooky”?

          It seems to me too many council andidates have got in the habit of trying to sound apolitical, and just talk about their families, and very bland examples of community involvement. No wonder no-one is very interested.

          • McFlock 17.1.1.1.1

            Given that I was pretty snowed under with work and so on, for me it was the print around town, more specifically that he did paper posters like gigs around the central city, and I figure most of the other candidates did bollards on car routes, newspaper ads and mailouts (I tend to check the box while leaving the house, so junk mail gets biffed, and read local news online). His posters always seemed quite isolated, so he did something that others didn’t and that happened to work for me.

            My point is that iirc he seemed a bit different while not being kooky. Most of the candidates were just the same old crap, with very few differences between one or two who I knew to be leftish and Calvert the actoid. All “dunedin connections, build opportunities, work hard, responsible government” tosh, and with very quiet signals as to actual policies (e.g. I took the “keep rates down / strong business experience” combo to mean “wants to privatise water supply”, whereas any mention of social services being good signaled the other direction).

  17. karol 18

    NZ Herald – always so on the ball, published the “full results” for Auckland elections just after 4pm today. It has the Whau Councillor as Nolene Raffills with 5546 votes. Yet this morning the Auckland Council preliminary results showed Clow as the winner with 6175 votes over Raffills on 6127 votes.

    And on the basis of that, another NZ Herald on Sunday article is claiming a stalemate between Len Brown and the 10 right leaning councillors, compared with 7 left leaning ones & 3 centre ones.

    • deWithiel 18.1

      Bernard Orsman would appear to be having an attack of hubris. Evidently, his master’s aren’t pleased with the consequences of his voice. On Bernard’s assurances, they expected the right to win outright and it hasn’t come to pass. New strategy required.

  18. finbar 19

    Tuesday 2pm.Smith,cowering as the arrows fly.

  19. Glenn 20

    New Plymouth has given mayor Harry Duynhoven the boot.

    Voters have elected two-term councillor Andrew Judd to become mayor by a huge majority, 16,800 votes to Mr Duynhoven’s 7600 votes.

    Mr Duynhoven, a former Labour MP, becomes the first New Plymouth mayor in more than 50 years to not get re-elected after one term.

  20. risildowgtn 21

    Horowhenua gets stuck (AGAIN) with Brendon Duffy

    9 years of this idiot already.

    Tokomaru is 1 place he has failed bigtime…..

    The guy is a joke

  21. Rich 22

    I favour one day of voting at voting booths

    On the same day as the general election => people turning out to vote nationally would usually also vote for a council candidate, and we’d have a secret ballot.

    • Francis 22.1

      Even better, do it on a weekday (Tuesday or Wednesday) and make it a public holiday. I’m sure that would give a reasonable turnout, and there would be no excuse of forgetting…

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  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 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
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
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  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
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  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
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  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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