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