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What if Winston…

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, March 14th, 2013 - 86 comments
Categories: labour, national, nz first, Privatisation, winston peters - Tags: ,

With the ACT Party dead and the Maori Party dying, National is running out of coalition partners to get it over the line next year. One of the nightmare scenarios for the Left is NZF topping the 5% threshold and going in to coalition with the Nats. I think that scenario just got a lot less likely.

NZF’s policy is to buy back privatised assets at cost. Shearer is not ruling it out:

Labour leader David Shearer won’t rule out supporting Winston Peters’ policy of buying back Mighty River Power shares at cost if they form the next Government.

Mr Peters said he would be happy for a Government of which he was a part to borrow or to use the superannuation fund to buy back shares at no more than cost.

What if Winston holds the balance of power in 2014?

Mr Peters said his NZ First party was renowned for going into negotiations “knowing what we want and getting what we want”.

Although Key has been happy to leave the possibility of working with the dreaded Peters open, there is no way that he could ever agree to this. If Winston sticks to his guns the door to a coalition with the Nats is closed. But Shearer might agree, enabling a Left wing coalition, and forcing the buy-back of shares. Just a little something for potential investors to consider…

86 comments on “What if Winston…”

  1. Matthew Hooton 1

    If Winston has the balance of power in 2014, he will:
    * break his promise re buy back
    * form a government with John Key
    * become deputy prime minister
    * arise as Sir Winston Peters
    * enjoy a last hurrah as foreign minister
    * agree to the sale of 49% in, say, Transpower.

    • r0b 1.1

      Ho! Yes – very good! Have you thought of doing stand-up?

      • bad12 1.1.1

        i think Hooten would be better doing ‘disappear’, this particular organ grinders monkey has little relevance these days and being ignored by all but the lowliest of National Party MP’s is becoming a tragic comedy figure begging crumbs of information from the table of His masters which they have now deigned to withhold from Him…

      • fender 1.1.2

        I’ve heard his hooting on RNZ and concluded stand-up was his gig!

        • Don't worry be happy 1.1.2.1

          Have stopped listening to Nat Rad (except for Kim Hill, more power to her elbow! ) after daily listening over more than 30 years. Canny stomach the likes of Hooten and the smugness of Mora’s ‘guests’, poor old Uncle Geoff in the mornings with the hapless Simon…dull, predictable and lacking in courage.

      • Matthew Hooton 1.1.3

        which one of my points do you disagree with?

        • bad12 1.1.3.1

          Dunno, i stopped listening to the sounds of you and Williams making what appears to be an impression of a facial protuberance sucking an anatomical orifice months ago, my toilet is more informative…

        • r0b 1.1.3.2

          I think you underestimate Peters. Not his integrity (hah hah!) – but his ambition. What makes you think he is looking to end his career next term (in a big sell out)? If he plans to be round longer, then he can’t take the path that you suggest.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.3.2.1

            I suspect you wouldn’t want to bet your life on Peters not selling out (and neither would I)…but I also suspect that he also knows that he has only a few years left to build a lasting legacy for his political career. That can be quite a motivator for a seasoned statesman like Peters.

            • prism 1.1.3.2.1.1

              Peters has managed to keep the flame going of NZ First and I think would like to be in a position to retire and be an elder statesman in his continuing and successful Party. Because he joined up with NAT years ago doesn’t mean that this is the obvious path to follow now.

        • McFlock 1.1.3.3

          looks like wishful thinking to me.
          Any specific is possible, but all together would be unlikely. But then it is Winston, so the first mistake one can make is making any prediction at all.

      • Rodel 1.1.4

        Nah! To be a stand up he’d need someone who’d listen to him, thinking he might one day say something more relevant than, “F**k we’re good”. (ref:The Hollow Men by Hagar.N.)

    • Enough is Enough 1.2

      As much as I hate to agree with Hooton he is probably right.

      Winston will go with whoever offers him the highest job. With National he will be their only partner and they can afford to offer him No.2 or 3 in the government. With Labour he will be the leader of one of probably four parties in government and will rank behind the Greens. Therefore the best he can hope for is a ranking of probably 5 or 6.

      He will go with the highest bidder which will be National. We have seen it before and we will see it again.

      In saying that he will bring the government down when they try to sell 49% of anything.

      • Colonial Weka 1.2.1

        +1, although I would say that the only thing that is a foregone conclusion is that you can’t predict what Peters will do (so r0b or Hooten could be right).

        When will the left stop relying on Peters for anything?

        • Colonial Weka 1.2.1.1

          Plus there’s that little matter of how NZF and the GP could be in coalition. Am still waiting for someone from the left to explain how that could work.

          • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1.1

            With great difficulty but I do think it could work. It would mean that Winston would have to wear his Great Statesman hat a lot more than he likes.

            One place I think the Greens and Winston could agree on would be with massive investment in renewable energy and investment in rail – Winston was part of Muldoon’s government after all – but the sticking part on that would be financing. The Greens would be looking to print the money and I think NZFirst would be against that. Still, they could be persuaded.

          • McFlock 1.2.1.1.2

            well, both parties would offer labour support on confidence and supply in exchange for policy or bauble compromises. Both would push for as much as they can get, and when they push in the same direction labour will be more likely to follow. Like asset renationalisation.

          • Slartibartfast 1.2.1.1.3

            Just out of interest (not being an avid follower of political relationships), what particular policies do the Green Party and NZ First violently disagree on?

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.2

        I really don’t think he’ll do what he did in 1996. That burned him badly and I really don’t think he wants to repeat the experience.

      • Wayne 1.2.3

        The only point of disagreement is Transpower, but Winston will go for the rest.

        But the baubles will never be enough for Winston. He will want significant things on the policy front as his price – more stuff in the Gold Card, free doctors vists for children up to 12, compulsory KiwiSaver, Auckland CBD rail.

        He will need some big stuff as a Legacy – thing that will have people saying Winston did that. And every National Superannuitant today says Winston did the Gold Card.

    • millsy 1.3

      At last, someone else who remembers 1996.

    • xtasy 1.4

      Matthew Hooter Brain

      Winston hates Key, he hates Key, he hates Key, and he will NEVER work with Key, EVER!

      Stop misleading the public with agendas that have been hairs pulled out of the back of your a*se.

      You are making a fool of yourself.

  2. Dv 2

    If John has the balance of power in 2014, he will:
    * break his promise re buy back
    * form a government with Winston
    * become deputy prime minister
    * arise as Sir John Key
    * enjoy a last hurrah as ??????
    * agree to the sale of 49% in, say, Transpower.

  3. just saying 3

    But Shearer might agree, enabling a Left wing coalition, and forcing the buy-back of shares. Just a little something for potential investors to consider…

    I’m sure they are quaking in their boots now Shearer has mumbled nothing in particular. Again.

    Rob, I’m glad you are able to make lemonade – what with the Labour leadership showering industrial quantities of lemons on us :-).

  4. Sorry but the thought of a Labour-NZFirst-Green coalition government fills me with a certain amount of dread …

    • r0b 4.1

      Yeah me too. I just think that it is a possible outcome.

      • Enough is Enough 4.1.1

        It is the only possible outcome with the current leadership.

        And that is why I dread it but actually struggle to see it working. I cannot see how a cabinet with three quite different parties in it can work. Two yes but three will be a shit fight, especially if Peters is in the middle of it.

        Labour must improve (changing the leadership would do that). We have to get into a position where Peters is not needed, and that means 36% at least.

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          It is the only possible outcome with the current leadership.

          Indeed. Imagine an E-day result with Labour on 33% and the Greens on 13%. To get to the 49% to 50% required NZF will almost certainly be needed.

          Also there is a question I’ve never seen anyone address – will Labour bring Mana onboard. Or is Mana (ie Hone) too radical and Left for Labour?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1.1

            I believe Goff said that he wouldn’t work with Hone. Dunno about this new bureaucrat.

            • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1.1.1

              I think Mana and Greens need to negotiate as a block when it comes down to coalition talks.

              • xtasy

                No Cv this is NOT going to work. We NEED ONE united party on the left that is UNITED. This bit of here and there, fringe group crowd business is going to get us NOWHERE. We must UNITE for heaven’s sake. A Block is too weak, we need a united LEFT PARTY!

        • prism 4.1.1.2

          Peters would get lots of photo ops in a troika power set-up I’m sure, in disagreeing with this point or that.

          In a three-pin plug – Greens for Earth, and which of the other two pins matches Labour and NZFirst?
          From ehow – The top two pins of the male power plug are the live and neutral pins. The live pin feeds power into an appliance while the neutral pin draws unused power back to the power source, creating a closed circuit for power to flow through.

          A heavy fuse wire might be needed, nothing too thin or there would be too many outs in the system.

        • James N 4.1.1.3

          Haven’t we already got a cabinet with three – oh, four – quite different parties in it and it – No, wait. You’re quite right.

    • Colonial Weka 4.2

      Micky, I think you mean a Labour-Green-NZfirst coalition ;-)

  5. Green Viper 5

    Much as I hate to admit it Hooten’s analysis is probably on the money.

  6. Saccharomyces 6

    I think that Mr Hooten’s analysis is a fairly likely outcome, but even if that weren’t the case, I don’t think that it’s all that big a deal, so what if Winnie bought back the shares? Wouldn’t be the end of the world, investing is about risk, and it’s a fairly low risk really (A, in thems of likelyhood and B, in terms of total possible loss).

  7. gobsmacked 7

    This isn’t “fool me twice” … it’s “fool me thrice”.

    What on earth has Winston’s posturing in opposition ever had to do with his subsequent actions in government?

  8. Ed 8

    Initial shareholders will be hoping to re-sell at a profit in the short term – given that National have to make the sale a “success” they will be setting the price at a level that encourages that result. A promise to buy-back at purchase price will not worry those that have sold, and there would be enormous pressure to pay the price paid by more recent purchasers, if not to pay everyone at the last sale price. The chances of quick gains will still be judged to be fairly good for the merchant banker types – nobody else really matters do they?

    There must be other “regulatory risks” that shareholders face however, and these should be highlighted, so that Directors can be put under pressure to include them in the prospectus. I think there has to be a risk of the company being required to meet the cost of Treaty settlements – either directly or through additional government charges to recover that cost. Is this a valid concern? What are other risks that apply to Mighty River than may not normally apply to a share float for other companies?

    No wonder the Directors wanted large fees – would it be worthwhile someone asking whether the government has provided any indemnities to the Directors regarding signing off the prospectus the government wants?

  9. Raymond a Francis 9

    And let us not forget what Winston did last time Labour thought they had him in the bag

    Personally I have no idea what he might do but doubt that it will be to nobodies advantage except “Sir” Winston

  10. Macro 10

    A sorry analysis by a sorry lot. Here are Labourites stumping up and down the country bellowing “NZ is not for Sale” etc and when the erstwhile leader has the chance to actually slow down and stop the sales – he mumblef*cks again!
    Surely to god he is not that stupid? Fence sitting will get Labour no where. Yes! or No! is what is required now. Nothing less. Winston knows that, and that is why he is such an astute politician. And Rob you are as much a fool as Shearer if you think that fence sitting is going to win votes.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      +1

    • r0b 10.2

      I’d like to see stronger statements out of Labour too, of course. And yet in the real world, it is the centrist parties that win elections, whereas the strongly left and right-wing parties are marginal.

      • Macro 10.2.1

        rOb our country is being literally sold down the river at this very point in time to a few greedy individuals. Day after day there is more news that saddens my soul and I hear my father turning in his grave – he fought all his life for Social Justice. We now have a society that is almost as unequal as it is it is possible to be, and labour laws that are the equivalent of those of the early 1900′s. All the result of a so called Party for workers chasing after the middle ground. I’ve had enough of them.

      • Colonial Viper 10.2.2

        r0b, it’s my view that National is better at playing the centrist game than Labour is.

        Especially when the political centre = the radical right wing of a couple of decades ago.

        If Labour is not willing to make the political argument for a left wing approach to NZ, then it’s already lost every single policy debate in advance.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.2.2.1

          +1

          Standing on principle is radical is this day and age of the Worship of Greed.

        • Populuxe1 10.2.2.2

          National is more centrist than not when on the global spectrum it is well to the left of the US Democrat party.

          • Colonial Viper 10.2.2.2.1

            Ahhh yes that is also accurate.

            In this RT interview Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick describe how Obama simply continued Bush’s policies, and in fact, put many of them (like drone strikes) on steroids.

            • One Tāne Huna 10.2.2.2.1.1

              Pretty sure the National Party would love to have some drones. The only difference would be that they’d close the factory where they were made and buy them from China instead.

      • Anne 10.2.3

        I’m a day late, but don’t necessarily agree with that scenario r0b. It’ s true minor parties have the freedom to present as strongly left or right whilst the major parties need to adopt more centrist positions. But those positions can still be presented in a strong and idealistic way without frightening the horses. That is exactly what National has done over the Asset Sales programme
        and it is working.

        Labour, on the other hand has been trying to have a bob each way without strongly affirming its basis principle of publicly funded core infrastructure and social services. That leaves it looking like it’s aimlessly drifting and, together with Shearer’s ambiguous commentary, is reinforcing the impression of a party that doesn’t know where it’s going. I believe Labour does know where it’s going, but it can’t or won’t specify in terms of its basic political philosophy.

        • Anne 10.2.3.1

          I know you’re an extremely busy person Lynn but there’s some of us who seem incapable of producing mistake-free comments first up.

    • Ed 10.3

      See my previous post. A promise to re-purchase at issue price may be quite different from a promise to purchase at the price people paid. The latter would be being administratively feasible, but if the issue price is set fairly low, it may well increase by say 20% by the next election, and people will have bought at that higher price. Precedent for compulsory purchases suggests that fair value (ie recent share prices) should be paid. Overseas shareholders would be incensed at losing through government action, and you could rely on smart market operators to ramp the price up by some careful sales and purchases at “key” dates . . . – especially if the current government carefully makes sure no warnings of such risks appear in a prospectus . . .

      What sounds simple for a sound-byte may be impractical in practice.

      I too would like more definite statements – the possibility of development charges, or fees to cover Treaty obligations may be possible, but no-one seems to want to discuss those options.

  11. vto 11

    I can’t see it ending in anything other than a shit-heap.

    The only thing Winston Bjeikle-Peters is good for is raising awareness of issues while in opposition, firing audiences of old people up, and making the odd funny quip. That is all he is.

    Nothing more.

    • Rogue Trooper 11.1

      if in power, he (and NZFirst) want the same-sex marriage matter put to a referendum (ironically, in the house he was ranting about the “divide” between the pollies and the people (the million? eligible voters who did not front last batter-up.

  12. Colonial Viper 12

    As for anyone still calling Labour a “centre-left” party I think they need to be realistic. Labour is a centrist political party. They sit squarely on the median barrier. Occasionally they might briefly dangle a leg on to the left side, just for auld lang syne.

  13. geoff 13

    This suggests to me that Cunliffe should form his own party and try to get 5% so he can hold the balance of power.
    People always say on this site that there is no point starting another party because it would take years to build up support but what if you’re just trying to get 5%? Is this like Alliance?

  14. RedBaronCV 14

    Well if Winston wants to buy the assets back why wouldn’t the Greens say “yes” to a decent ranking if that is what Winston wants. How big a rat is that to swallow to get a core flagship policy through?
    BTW the Greens & Winston look a lot closer on many issues than either would like to admit to.

    Then if they agree Labour goes ” you’ve twisted my arm, I’ll have to join in” so they swallow the rat but get to blame Winston & the greens for having to do so. Win, win for them really, they please a bunch of Labour supporters and get to shove the blame onto the other parties as far as the rest of the voters are concerned.

  15. g says 15

    Labour leader David Shearer won’t rule out supporting Winston Peters’ policy of buying back Mighty River Power shares at cost if they form the next Government.

    this appears to be a double whammy for any greedy wannabes who want to buy shares in something they already own. a built in profit oppurtunity in a coupla years time.
    roll up, roll up, get em while they are hot….

    • Greedy Wannabe 15.1

      In the Investment Statement required to accompany the MRP IPO the Government is required to set out all and any risks it sees or is aware of that could affect the future price.

      Clearly the possibility of any future compulsory re-purchase at anything less that the then market price is a major risk which should be mentioned, and if any political party with a chance of being part of a future Government makes a committment to such a repurchase the Government would be in breach of its obligations under the Security Regulations if it failed to mention it – rendering it liable to compensate investors who lose on any future repurchase. If no party has made such a committment at the time the Investment Statement is published the Government would be entitled to assume no such risk exists.

      So what does that mean? If Labour and/or the Greens made a committment now to repurchase the shares at cost upon becoming the Government, National would be required to list that as a risk in the Investment Statement and could be immediately taken to Court – freezing the sale – if it didn’t. That would, of course, be likely to depress the sale price considerably meaning a lower price realised for New Zealand and greater profits for purchasers if, down the line, it becomes obviuos the shares are not going to be repurchased. So yes, the investors are taking a gamble but New Zealand loses.

      If no party makes such a firm commitment the Government need not list it as a risk. However on any subsequent re-purchase of the shares investors would be quite entitled to sue the Government for compensation for failing to disclose the risk of repurchase by the Government – the fact it is a later Government of a different political make-up doing the repurchasing being irrelevant to its continuing legal obligations under the Securities Acts.

      Thus Labour and the Greens making a firm commitment now to repurchase the shares ‘at cost’ would depress the price gained on the sale and mean greater profits to the investors if Labour et al subsequently failed to do so, or were never in a position to do so. So such a commitment can only be made if they really, really meant it – and I don’t think they do.

      If Labour and the Greens don’t make a firm commitment now to compulsorily repuchase the shares ‘at cost’ they will in the future be limited to only repurchasing at the then market price. Given that the Government is retaining a majority shareholding and doesn’t need to buy any more shares in order to control the company I can see no reason why it should do that.

      Hence neither Shearer nor the Greens have done anything like enough to dissuade me from putting up $30,000 for MRP shares.

      And yes, although I have pre-registered for the float I also signed the anti-asset sales petition and would vote against asset sales in any referendum.

  16. gobsmacked 16

    I think it’s high time R0b and the dwindling band who put their faith in Shearer faced up to reality. There is optimism, and then there is wilful self-delusion. And when the self-delusion is foisted on others, it becomes dishonesty.

    This is from the horse’s mouth … David Shearer, on the Farming Show (Newstalk ZB/Radio Sport):

    I don’t see how we can afford to buy them back when we came into office.

    I’m not going to rule it out, but certainly I think it’s very unlikely.

    Got the message yet?

    But this is nothing new. Here’s a simple question: why is there a daily diet of Shearer on right wing blogs? Why aren’t Labour-leaning and/or left blogs rushing to tell us what he has said on Radio Live, Maori TV, Newstalk ZB, etc, etc? Why is he quoted with glee by Labour’s opponents, and ignored by Labour’s supporters?

    Because you can’t find anything to back up your invented hope. All you can find is shambolic, incoherent nonsense. And yet you persist in pretending he stands for something, and the something is worthwhile.

    It’s painful. It’s false. Please stop it.

    • Te Reo Putake 16.1

      I’m not seeing what the problem is in what Shearer is saying, gs. The sad fact is that by the time we get Key out, the country will be broke. He’s going to leave us as knackered as Muldoon did in ’84. The money from the sell off will have been redistributed to the rich, just as the hundreds of millions Key has borrowed since 2008 have been. I think Shearer is simply being honest by saying he doesn’t think we will be able to afford to but them back. Which is why I suggested a few weeks ago that we dont buy them back immediately, instead nationalise them and pay for them over ten years at cost or market rate, whichever is the lowest.

      • gobsmacked 16.1.1

        Yes TRP, those are two understandable positions … 1) won’t buy back 2) long-term plan to deal with SOEs.

        Neither is coming from Shearer. He’s trying (I guess) to keep the left happy by “not ruling out” Winston’s policy, so R0b and Bunji on here – and others, probaby – see this as a postive “left” possibility. But in reality, it ain’t gonna happen. And false hope is political poison. Major repercussions down the track.

        Labour have had months to formulate a policy – or at least, a coherent sentence – on asset sales, and they either haven’t got one (which is ridiculous) or they’ve got one and the leader can’t explain it (which is pathetic).

        Here’s the future timeline:

        - Referendum announced
        - Campaigning for referendum under way
        - Referendum held
        - (probably) positive result for those opposed to asset sales

        When does Shearer say where he stands? When does he announce that Labour will – or will not – buy back? Does he wait for the referendum result and then say “Sorry, too late now”? How is that going to go down with all those who have worked so hard?

        I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I just don’t think he knows what he’s doing. As usual.

        • Te Reo Putake 16.1.1.1

          Labour’s policy is clear. No asset sales. But we need to be equally clear about what the referendum is and what its limits are. It is not a referendum to return assets, only to stop them being flogged off. Hopefully MRP is the only one damaged prior to the election. I have hopes that the wider party will force the caucus to move to a nationalisation stance at the next annual conference in Chch. Certainly, the debate in the party about policy has already started and hopefully will crystalise in November.

          There are a couple of factors unknown at present; is there going to be a referendum and if we did get the numbers, when will the referendum be held? I believe the Labour and Greens strategy for the referendum is not just about winning it, its about making the debate a live issue going into the general election. National could hold the referendum early, and hope the fuss has died down by election time. Or they could have it with the general election and hope the issue doesn’t cost them seats. I’m not 100% sure, but I think they have the ability to have the referendum after the general election, depending on when its called. ie early general election means the referendum can be put off till afterwards.

          As I said earlier, a lot depends on the state of the economy, but a lot more depends on Labour Party members voting in policy that binds Shearer and caucus in the direction we want.

          • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.1.1

            Labour’s policy is clear. No asset sales.

            Actually, what you have put down there is a campaign slogan, not a policy.

            If it were policy, you would be able to explain: objectives, regulatory mechanisms, budgets and funding, measures for different contingencies.

            Campaign slogans and policies are two quite different things. Labour has no policy around the reality of asset sales, and “no asset sales” as a slogan will be increasingly obsolete in the next few months.

  17. r0b 17

    And when the self-delusion is foisted on others, it becomes dishonesty.

    So anyone who doesn’t agree with you is dishonest gs? Mmmm – mind how you go there.

    Love to chat but I’m away from my desk for the rest of the day – may be back here late tonight but not at all sure I’ll make it – stuff happening.

    • gobsmacked 17.1

      No, disagreeing is fine. But anyone who decides on a conclusion regardless of the evidence – in fact, in direct contradiction of the evidence – is being dishonest, or at best, very naive.

      I don’t agree with creationists who put faith before evidence. The same goes for political issues. Yes, Shearer might buy back the shares, and Key might have Hone Harawira in his cabinet, but the evidence strongly suggests that neither will happen.

      Genuine question: do you deliberately avoid Shearer’s interviews? Because that’s the only way I can think of to keep the faith. If you want a bundle of links, I’d be happy to oblige at the weekend. But I can’t help feeling that Shearer’s supporters don’t want to hear what he says.

      • Rogue Trooper 17.1.1

        that is both funny, and sad

      • Rogue Trooper 17.1.2

        however, your analysis is rarely tongue-in-cheek from what is observed

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.3

        A long time Labour member and mate of mine told me that Shearer spoke “quite adequately” to a crowd of Labour supporters down in Dunedin yesterday.

        In the next breath, he said “better than the mumbling mess he made on National Radio this morning”.

        Shit, you just can’t win.

      • r0b 17.1.4

        Yes, Shearer might buy back the shares, and Key might have Hone Harawira in his cabinet, but the evidence strongly suggests that neither will happen.

        I doubt that Labour would buy back the shares. Would you really want them to – or would you want them to put the same amount of money into social programs?

        Genuine question: do you deliberately avoid Shearer’s interviews?

        I don’t have a (working) TV and I don’t listen to the radio, I get all my news off the Web, 99% of it in written form. I think the only Shearer speech I’ve heard is the one he gave to conference last year (though I’ve read many of them). I understand that he’s not a good speaker, but I expect that to improve. And I gave up trying to predict what was “electable” when Don Brash (whom I swore was an electoral impossibility) came within a whisker of winning an election. Labour believes that Shearer, warts and all, will appeal to the electorate, and they may be right.

        Perhaps your objection isn’t to his delivery, but to his policy, which you think isn’t left enough? Well, (1) Shearer / Labour will only govern in a coalition that includes the Greens, and (2) the membership have taken control of policy (and leadership decisions) to a much greater extent than previously. We can’t have a repeat of the 1984 ambush.

        And finally, I don’t buy in to the whole “presidential” focus on the leader anyway. Leaders are just one person, it is the team and the party that are important. My party has chosen its leader, I support that decision and that leader until the facts clearly prove it to be a mistake. You might have some rude words to say about that attitude, but then I might have some to say about yours too, and where would that get us?

        ‘night.

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.4.1

          My party has chosen its leader

          Hi r0b. At my last count, only 23 party members voted for the Leader of the Labour Party, out of roughlt 6000 financial members and several tens of thousands of affiliate members. As always, I’m more than happy to be corrected.

          I doubt that Labour would buy back the shares. Would you really want them to – or would you want them to put the same amount of money into social programs?

          What is this “money” stuff again? Last I heard, “money” was something created by a simple electronic keystroke and ledger entry.

          Real resources are important. People are important. “Money” however is not more than a civilised contrivance and convention that we use to help make society work to those priorities. When the system begins to fail to do that, it needs intervention and reform.

          • xtasy 17.1.4.1.1

            CV – just declare the partial asset sale ILLEGAL, and it is done!

            It is illegal to sell something that someone does not own, and the burden of proof needs to be asked, right?! Who owns the assets in question, where is the legal and commercial consent then? And how can the government pervert the course of the law by simply saying, all we need is to win an election to sell what has been in the public’s hands for generations?

            Hey, this is illegal, the consent is needed, that is express consent, and an election result is by no means offering a mandate to own and sell. I feel the law is being bent and twisted, ignored, really. Well there is supremacy of Parliament, but hey, can Parliament overrule previous rulings by Parliament just like that. Even given that, there must be a legal challenge, as participatory interests demand that everybody who has any interest in the SOEs has a right to be heard. So where is natural justice then? Have all the parties understood the legal implications? I doubt it and challenge you, take it one step further.

            • Wayne 17.1.4.1.1.1

              Mostly because we have a democracy where the elected government has a majority in Parliament to make law

        • xtasy 17.1.4.2

          Rb; To sell anything you need the full consent of all parties that have any real interest in it. If that is tried to be overruled, this is reaching a stage where a breach of natural justice is happening. That leaves it for parties (i.e. the people of NZ) to take legal action and enforce their rights. Maybe it is due to lack of funds that this has not happened? It is not acceptable what is going on, and people should wake up and talk t o lawyers and take a bloody stand.

        • Enough is Enough 17.1.4.3

          r0b

          I take it your comment that your support for the Labour leader is fairly close to unconditional or as you have said until the facts clearly prove it to be a mistake?

          Well fact…we have the worst performing government in history. Not one measurable aspect of their government is positive. Everything they touch turns to shit. Yet they have unprecedented popularity. Why…..because people will never vote for captain Mumblefuck. That is fact and it proves he is a mistake.

          I encourage you to buy a new TV so can you see for yourself what a train wreck he is.

          We desperatley need a strong Labour party and to get there we need a leader who will inspire a generation. Think Helen, David, Norm. We can’t do it without a strong leader.

          And simply accepting that the party elected this guy so he must be right is a cop out. We must demand better, or move to a party that does listen to its core voters. Think how National and the Greens introduce policies custom made for their grass roots supporters. Why cant Labour do that?

        • Scintilla 17.1.4.4

          @ rOb: “I don’t have a (working) TV and I don’t listen to the radio, I get all my news off the Web, 99% of it in written form. I think the only Shearer speech I’ve heard is the one he gave to conference last year (though I’ve read many of them).”

          Well, 3 monkeys come to mind – if you can’t see him or hear him, you don’t have to face up to the persona he is projecting to the nation. You might read all yr news online but I suggest most time-poor kiwis get theirs via TV and radio. And make their judgements based on those experiences.

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    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
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • 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
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 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
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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