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What are they afraid of?

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, February 9th, 2013 - 68 comments
Categories: accountability, economy, film, overseas investment - Tags: , ,

(I see Karol touched on this topic in an earlier post, but I think it’s worth further examination.)

As widely reported, Big Film is having a bit of a hissy fit right now. Here’s the 3 News account:

Warner, Wingnut warn against releasing Hobbit docs

Warner Bro’s New Line Cinema and Wingnut Films have warned that the release of Government documents on the deal struck over their making of The Hobbit trilogy in New Zealand would be a “major disincentive” to future film-making in the country.

In a recent ruling by the Ombudsman, the Government has been ordered to release the documents following an application for their release by Radio New Zealand in 2010 that was originally refused. …

New Line Cinema says the documents reflect the company’s “negotiations and innermost thinking, including certain strategic decisions, legal and personal opinions, offers from third party governments and other private information.

“If the [New Zealand] government is not willing to adequately protect this sensitive information from disclosure, this will operate as a major disincentive to motion picture studios as well as local and foreign talent – to utilize New Zealand as a location for future productions.”

So having the truth in the open would be a “major disincentive” would it? Having successfully trampled all over our sovereignty in the past, Warners clearly expects us to roll over for this open threat too. Which really only highlights the question doesn’t it. What’s in these documents? What are they afraid of do you think?

68 comments on “What are they afraid of?”

  1. Foreign Waka 1

    I wonder whether the people of NZ count for anything these day’s. Everything is being run and implemented by “interest groups”. It permeates everything and everybody and sets the agenda for the next century that history will explain as a learning time – once more.

  2. RedBaronCV 2

    Wonder if there is anything in those documents that the USA regulatory authorites (SEC?) might take exception to.

    • AmaKiwi 2.1

      Red Baron CV

      Very interesting possibility. The USA has had prosecutions for bribing foreign governments to obtain contracts. Bribery is not necessarily wads of cash. It can be illegal favors.

      Then there is the World Trade Organization. Were deals done that violate free trade?

      The more they try to cover it up the more eager I am to know.

  3. One Tāne Huna 3

    Once again it seems our pesky “laws” are simply too much of a burden for Hollywood to bear.
    \

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Well they’ve made sure that when it is released, a lot more people will looking at it a lot harder.

    I suspect that their won’t be much in there that people out of the loop will see anything too amiss with. There could be some numbers that look crazy to people in the loop though.

  5. Does the TPPA cover this industry – ie if the communication is available and warners can create an argument for some financial loss because of it, could they seek recompense from the govt/us?

  6. felixviper 6

    This is more exciting than waiting for The Hobbit.

    • Tiger Mountain 6.1

      So agree felix,
      while not majorly relevant to the post, the whole debacle undermined my wish to watch a film of a childhood fave book. A slim volume turns into three–count ’em, bum numbing multiplex movies?

      Lord Jackson and the US execs do not want their union busting exposed. Partly perhaps because of a potential homeland kickback.

      Was interesting that the Nats supported Warners but not the likes of Hillside. People like Shonkey used to be called ‘Comprador Capitalists’.

    • Fortran 6.2

      Yawn !!!!!!!!!!!

  7. sam 7

    the hobbit is a shit film btw. peter jackson can suck it. fat blob.

    • David H 7.1

      Dunno never seen any of the ‘hobbit’ movies I gave up on Jackson as a movie maker when he made that abortion King Kong.

      • fatty 7.1.1

        I lost 3 hours of my life to the first LOTR. Never making that mistake again

      • bad12 7.1.2

        Lolz, haven’t watched any of the (expletive deleted),ones movies, not even when they are on free to air TV…

        • infused 7.1.2.1

          Good for you. I respect you so much more now for not watching his movies. You really are a champion of the people.

      • Tim 7.1.3

        I gave up on him close to 25 years ago – maybe more! But it was after the more deserving – residents of some little niche off Devon Street didn’t get the recognition they deserved. I think there were Stewart somethingoorothers, and StevenSinclairs (or maybe a cuz or two involved).
        They seem to have become the peons in the whole John Key-change-the-rules scam.
        Never mind though. I wish them the best of British in a little gated, secure, twee community in the rapa.

        • Tim 7.1.3.1

          probably closer to 35 years ago now I think about it.
          Good entertainment though watching them fawn all over each other at Hobbit ‘preemyears’. Never have I seen a Slippery Dik suck so profusely whilst most continued to think he was a decent sort of bloke.
          Oh YES, I’m the great Pretender!.

  8. tc 8

    Jackson doesn’t want the rest of Hollywood to see the deal so he can keep it as his precious with warners.

    The major disincentive is that he’d lose his exclusive deal as the other studios would want the same.

  9. David H 9

    They are afraid that we will see past their expensive suits and see that they are just insecure rich pricks that are just criminals. Here’s hoping that the US hammers their ass, for Kick Backs, and other criminal acts, and they go after Key and co as co conspirators. Wait for the Veto to be used for the first time! Because there is something in there that terrifies them. And I want to see what it is.

  10. Tim 10

    FFS! – What’s happened to NZ?
    Call their fucking bluff! We all know those Holy Wood execs see some quaint little outpost in the Sth Pacific ripe for bullying. Call their fucking bluff. Release every and all.
    What’s the worst that can happen? A Mirimar Penninsular that grows organically, or one whose occupants have a say in their future. It’s not actually too dissimilar from ChCh and a Brownlee idea of the world.
    Call their fucking bluff! Jesus H Christ!
    When’s jAMES cAMERON next due to arrive to stake his rapa (formerly known as Wairarapa) claim?
    Jesus H Christ NZ – what happened!

    • fatty 10.1

      Is there even a bluff to be called? This seems like an empty threat.
      Trashy movies are no different from any other product. China is taking over by offering cheaper labour and a bigger market. If we continue in this race to the bottom then we will lose. The plot of the film Looper was changed for the Chinese market and the film’s producers also used China’s superior resources and lower wages.
      We are in a lose lose situation, better to get out of this and tell hollywood where to go. We have nothing to gain and a lot to lose.
      You’re right Tim, release the details of this shady deal. Name and shame

      • Tim 10.1.1

        Oh.. the threat was -from Holy Wood “connected people”, that IF emails an info was released, then it would be unlikely for power players (in their own minds) to invest in the future. It was on stuff a couple of days ago. Sorry cannot link – (and for bad12′s interest – I cannot, rather than I will not)

        • bad12 10.1.1.1

          Hmmm, now what could that mean, Google disappear it for you by chance, Lolz i was digging into Mainzeal and Shiply’s dirty linen yesterday and Google started putting up 3 items on the questions i was asking ‘it’,

          Like being told to go away peasant and stop questioning your betters lolz…

      • Mike 10.1.2

        Yep, there’s fuck all movies gonna be made here in the future especially while the exchange rate is so high. For example, recently we lost ‘Hercules’ to Canada and a high budget TV series involving pirates to South Africa which is a Tapert, Remi, Donan production (Spartacus producers). Apparently, the stunties over there are being paid $200 a day! (They were getting from $500 to $1000 a day on Spartacus) Also, Steven S DeKnight has said he won’t be filming his new sci fi series Incursion in New Zealand, which was the original first choice location, which must be due to cost as we have the perfect landscape for it judging by his location requirements.

  11. Ad 11

    On the money Anthony.

    Watch those new proposed OIA and LGOIMA exceptions that Collins has creep in; less like Sauron’s eye, more like the Shadows creeping over the shire.

    The main large thing our film industry is missing is global distribution companies. We now have pretty much everything else.

    We are not yet at the point where we can tell Hollywood to go fuck itself, but all its’ going to take is some good partnerships with Indian, Korean and Japanese firms with solid New Zealand shareholdings, and then that whole Corporate Babylon can take a flaming leap from the Third Circle, straight into Hell. At which point we will tell them to go fuck themselves.

    • anon 11.1

      I don’t know about the Indian or Japanese film companies, but the Korean companies that have filmed in NZ in the past have brought over their own crews, in fact they have employed NO NZers, not even to make their coffee. So essentially by cosying up to the Korean film companies, you would be doing hundreds of NZers out of a job, but hey, at least they aren’t Hollywood movie studios right?

  12. Blue 12

    I think it’s obvious what they’re afraid of. The documents will show that they never seriously intended to leave NZ but saw a great opportunity to blackmail our country into giving them tons of free money.

    It would be great if our country still had the balls to tell them to fuck off, nuclear-free style.

    • Foreign Waka 12.1

      Absolutely agree. If Mr Lange would still be amongst us this would not have gone off the ground in the first place. They wanted that “precious” and got it.

  13. cin77 13

    What are the chances that they will be released? I for one am very interested in what they might say; I’m thinking they might be a bit more substantial than the ‘accidental’ recording of a cup of tea between two politicians and look how hard it was to find out what that tape said.

    Can they be forced release the documents? Its a genuine question, I have no idea what the rules on this might be.

  14. TheContrarian 14

    I’d tell them to get fucked.

    • Green machine UpandComer 14.2

      Here’s what all the neoliberals think at Kiwiblog just so you know…..

      “if the Government is not willing to adequately protect this sensitive information from disclosure, this will operate as a major disincentive to motion picture studios as well as local and foreign talent to utilise New Zealand as a location for future productions”.

      Hey New line, GO FUCK YOURSELF!

      However would we cope if we never got to film a new line romantic turd here?

      The hobbit is done.

      Jackson will never have to face leaving NZ again

      new lines track record is average at best. their last 5 movies before the hobbit:

      Rock Of Ages – lost money. Garbage.
      Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – starring the Rock
      New Year’s Eve – Dime would never watch it, but judging by the premise its a big steaming pile of shit
      A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas – cant believe it was snubbed at the oscars
      Final Destination 5

      • blue leopard 14.2.1

        Film Company: “If you don’t let us do exactly what we want in your country, in the undemocratic manner that we have become accustomed to then we will no longer give you our left-overs”

        Suggested Response: O.k yes… and…Um… would you mind also taking your films with you and stop inflicting us them? We can make our own and better ones or buy them from countries with values more aligned with ours, thanks”

        A win/win scenario really.

  15. BM 15

    Bit sad that Kelly can’t let it go.
    All this endless ‘bag the hobbit” bs only harms the left, shame she’s so blinded by her own ego, that she can’t see the damage she’s doing.

    More bad press for the unions and labour coming up.

    • bad12 15.1

      What endless ‘bag the Hobbit’ is this, do you mean the Slippery lead National Government passing special friendly legislation in favor of the movie makers around the interpretation of who is a contractor and who is an employee,

      Hardly ‘bagging the Hobbit’ more like decrying this abysmal Slippery lead National Government for targeting a group of workers in one particular production run to have their rights as workers legislated out from under their feet…

    • fenderviper 15.2

      “…..can’t let it go.”

      Oh the irony BM, funny.

      “More bad press for the unions and labour coming up.”

      Never realised you were one of those bought off jurno’s, oh well you gotta serve the master.

    • Mike 15.3

      What do you mean by “all this ‘bag the hobbit” bs”?

      It should be bagged, as it is a shit movie. (well ok a bit harsh, but it’s not great)

      What damage is she doing? Please tell..

  16. IrishBill 16

    I’ll be interested to see the correspondence around the crown law advice. From what I can gather there may also be some correspondence released that could give Warners some union problems stateside.

  17. Phil 17

    http://boingboing.net/2013/02/07/hobbit-producers-to-new-zealan.html
    Even the American blogs picked it up.
    What does NZ look like from afar eh?
    Maybe Junkie can dance for them as well.

  18. Anne 18

    I was, and still am, suspicious of the reason why John Key saw fit to miss the military farewell to the three soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in August last year. His excuse was that he had promised to watch his son play a baseball game in America. The problem is he had 3 to 4 days after the farewell to get to his son’s big game so why the rush? What did come out in the wash was: he stopped off on the way to have dinner with some Hollywood moguls including Warner Bros. executives. I wonder why it was so much more important that the funerals of three dead NZ soldiers?

    • infused 18.1

      Give it a rest.

      • Anne 18.1.1

        No!
        There’s a good chance it’s linked to the reason Warner Wingnut and co. don’t want the information released. Whatever was going on… it’s been solely in the interest of the Hollywood corporate moguls (fascists) and John Key. Why else did Key obfuscate at the time. I remember him being interviewed on his return. He wore his slit eyed, slight frothing of the mouth and false grin facial persona – always a sign he is lying through his teeth.

        • higherstandard 18.1.1.1

          You remind me of the rabid anti-H Clark people who would accuse Helen of everything from introducing communism by stealth to trying to convert NZ into a lesbian fascist state.

      • bad12 18.1.2

        Why should ‘Ann’ give it a rest, she makes a logical point that Slippery the Prime Minister using a lie of omission chose to visit Hollywood studio executives rather than turn up at the funeral’s of Kiwi soldiers killed in essence doing His bidding,

        Claiming this was so as to spend some much needed time with His son while not telling us all He had other ‘business’ to attend to shows that not only is He willing to disrespect those who would risk their lives and die on His behalf, He will also use His own family as a smoke screen to hide behind while He conducts His secretive little deals with other’s He has just ‘forgotten’ to mention,

        Now that’s what i call Slippery…

  19. Anne 19

    Oh, and something else. If those pesky soldiers hadn’t been killed when they were… we probably would never have known he met the moguls in Hollywood. It was a ‘private trip’ and he didn’t have any media with him apart (I expect) from a couple of DPS types to complete the man of importance image?

    • Last time I checked NZ members of parliament are required to work in a democratic manner. I am suspecting that this filming issue has headed into dodgy territory in this area, where some part of the agreement makes inroads into NZers rights. Perhaps it is the NZ Government who really wants this information to be kept secret and the film industry are merely doing their bit to keep it that way.

      • Mike 19.1.1

        Key seems a bit nonplussed. I understand he’s stated that he doubts there will be any block of releasing the documents.

        (Of course, he has been known to stretch the truth and change his mind from time to time)

        It could be that he just doesn’t give a fuck anymore. from looking at his recent press appearances I think he’s bored shitless and fed up with being PM as it’s not doing enough to satisfy his ego anymore.

  20. vto 20

    They are simply more bludging freeloading business and employers being subsidised by th taxpayer.

    I am sick to death of paying for them. Pay for yourselves you bludging freeloaders – Wingnut, Jackson etc.

    Fuck off.

  21. Bully Bully 21

    It seems totaliterian politics has found a new home in the movie corporate policy
    Buy the govt of any country?
    Rainbow Warrior diplomacy?

  22. vto 22

    Ha ha this thread makes me laugh…

    The “tall poppy syndrome” cry-baby cry can be heard sparking off in various quarters at the uncharitable opinions being lobbed at the leaching film industry that is unable to stand on its own two feet.

    Yet it would appear that people don’t actually give a fuck about that cry-baby cry and that it isn’t about tall poppies at all, it is about bludging big business and their threats to our country and their chaning of our laws for their own selfish money-making purposes.

    … oh poor me, widdle diddums is all upset at being told to FUCK OFF. ha ha ha

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    As we all know, when the price of something goes up, we buy less of it. For some products, we’ll change our behaviour significantly (holidays or books, perhaps). For other products, we just grit our teeth, hand over the credit...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti doesn’t wait for a third strike
    National Party list MP Claudette Hauiti has this morning announced her retirement from politics. It’s safe to say that since she came in to Parliament as Aaron Gilmore’s replacement, back in May last year, her career as a backbench MP...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-07
  • Who Shot Down MH17?
    Killing Fields: The tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 is amplified by the Western news medias' refusal to either contextualise the airliner's destruction, or provide its global audience with any explanation other than Russian guilt and perfidy. As if historical events have...
    Bowalley Road | 22-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chi