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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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    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting polic...
    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
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  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
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  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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