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What to do with Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, December 14th, 2011 - 61 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david parker, david shearer, labour, Shane Jones - Tags:

There’s talk Shearer might hand Cunliffe the poisoned chalice of foreign affairs. As Clark did her main rival, Goff. That’s no job for a man with a young family. Anyway, Goff’ll want it back ahead of taking the Chinese ambassadorship. Instead, let Cunliffe swap with Parker, who was invisible in economic development and energy, and take on Joyce.

Cunliffe did an excellent job in finance. His policies are Labour’s big ones – tax-free zone, capital gains, compulsory Kiwisaver, lifting the super age. But Labour’s lacking any real vision on using the government as an economic actor, rather than just a rule setter. Parker didn’t deliver any – maybe he was planning on keeping his powder dry.

But Parker will clearly get finance to reward him. So, Cunliffe should take his economic development and energy portfolios.

Vernon Small’s thinking the same way: “Cunliffe could be given an economic development role, perhaps marking Steven Joyce.” That suggests giving Cunliffe Shearer’s old science portfolio as well (can’t see Labour rolling tertiary ed and employment into a single portfolio like the Nats have).

That might leave Jones out in the cold a bit. Let him keep transport and give him housing – a big issue for Maori and one that needs to be looked at from an economic point of view more than a welfare one in these days when the public’s all a fiscal Scrooges and looking after people in need is so unpopular.

The worst thing that could happen would be to waste Cunliffe’s talent or punish him for being part of a highly successful and invigorating leadership selection.

61 comments on “What to do with Cunliffe”

  1. Rog Chapman 1

    Cunliffe must be used in a high profile role. He has great debating skills, does his homework and can cut down English and Joyce in the Chamber in a wide range of areas.

    Cunliffe should get Finance. Parker could go to Economic Development and give Jones Education to take on a real challenge.

    But there are lots of strong possibilities. The important element is that there must be a common purpose and total loyalty to agreed decisions.

    As has been said elsewhere, don’t waste time with petty sniping. Pick targets, research and then cut down the Nats.

  2. queenstfarmer 2

    That’s no job for a man with a young family.

    Indeed, and according to Cunliffe himself, nor is the job of Prime Minister. Was he serious about the leadership at all?

  3. vto 3

    I thought he was going to stand for our Vote Them Out party

  4. Peter Martin 4

    *laff* Really who cares?

    The Greens and old Winnie are the Opposition these days.

  5. Lanthanide 5

    With Cunliffe being the closest any mainstream politician has come to acknowledging Peak Oil (yes, yes, it’s a far cry from what we need) he’s who we really need as Energy I would think.

  6. randal 6

    give him a rise and sic him on the tories.

  7. Anthony 7

    This is all skirting the main problem that he should have been deputy.

    • bbfloyd 7.1

      and give the tories the perfect weapon to throw at him every time he makes a hit on them? i can hear the herald trumpeting his “leadership ambitions” every time he makes inroads into the fantasy national has been allowed to foist on us…… not to mention the teasing of shearer by the govt over his “having to look over his shoulder” instead of manning up and answering for their incompetence…

      only a blind fool would assume the national party would have the maturity to forego what has been their m,o for their entire existence……

      one only has to listen to their supporters for a few minutes to know that ain’t gonna happen..

  8. Craig Glen Eden 8

    If Cunliffe is not made responsible for finance Shearer is gone in 12 months, Parker cant and wont cut the mustard. If Shearer is smart he will cut Cunliffe loose on English if he is insecure like Goff and Mallard he will get blocked and Labour is in even deeper shit.Mahuta has to be up their to if not you can kiss goodbye to the Maori vote and if we don’t win in the Maori seats and Party vote we wont Govern.

    • Tom Gould 8.1

      This is just the silly identity politics nonsense that got Cunliffe 10 or 12 votes. Fortunately, after 20-odd years, Labour might now be moving on from the quota system. Fingers crossed.

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Identity politics won’t win elections, I agree. But Labour takes representing every NZer very seriously, serious enough to actually take action and set expectations around making sure that Maori, Pasifika, women, etc are well represented.

  9. gingercrush 9

    Why does Shane Jones need to be given anything. Am I missing something because in what world is Shane Jones credible?

  10. Pundit X 10

    Cunliffe won’t be offered anything commensurate with his stature or his ability. He should turn down anything other than finance and take the opportunity spend time on the back benches and think outside the box on Labour’s future. He can then come back untainted and pull the party out the mess Forest Gump creates in time to win in 2014.

  11. insider 11

    Who is suggesting Cunliffe for Foreign Affairs? (apart from me, which was a political joke)

    “Cunliffe did an excellent job in finance. His policies are Labour’s big ones – tax-free zone, capital gains, compulsory Kiwisaver, lifting the super age. ” Yes but they led to the biggest loss in votes in 70 years. That misreading of the electorate has to count against him somewhat.

    Parker has to get finance in return for stepping aside as leader and deputy contender. Not sure you can have Cunliffe as part of the finance team by giving him economic development – it’s a bit of a second rate role IMO, better to put him somewhere new. He’s done health so why not welfare or education – big policies, big budgets and lots of potential vulnerabilities for the govt that he could nitpick through.

    Goff and King have to go to the backbenches and maybe have mentoring roles within Labour. They can’t have shadow cabinet positions.

    • lprent 11.1

      Who is suggesting Cunliffe for Foreign Affairs? (apart from me, which was a political joke)

      Zet, who described it as a rumor. Several known astroturfers out of the political ghettos who were caught in the spam trap and flushed.

      In fact it has all of the hallmarks of a someones “lets push a meme into the blogosphere” and then tell the lazy journo’s where to look for confirmation of political support. The emergence of “Albie Chase” under yet another name is always a good indicator.

      Whats the betting that I’d find the meme has been pushed across the right blogs today in a burst of concern trolling…

      Call me cynical, but I always find this somewhat suspicious…

      • insider 11.1.1

        The point is, I’ve not seen it mentioned anywhere else not in the political columns in the media nor on rightist blogs. Not much of a rumour it seems. I mentioned it because I seem to recall it was a joke used about Goff.

    • Craig Glen Eden 11.2

      We lost because the leader took 2 years and 11 months to have any effect.

      • insider 11.2.1

        Seriously, you have have to tone down the disappointment and back the new guy. Be sceptical by all means but give the new look a chance.

        • Craig Glen Eden 11.2.1.1

          I dont have to do any such thing insider, you see you nor anyone else is my boss nor do I aspire to have any position in the Party. I pay my fees have made many donations and sacrifices for the Labour Party and I will say what I like ! You dont like it tough.

        • bbfloyd 11.2.1.2

          bitchy bitchy bitchy insider…….. lacking any kind of relevance to the original comment as well…show me the “disappointment”……without the gloating, if possible.

  12. dancerwaitakere 12

    Cunliffe should be put in finance although it is unlikely because of shearers vote buying to get parker on side. If he gets anything else it shows how insecure the leadership is.

    • bbfloyd 12.1

      that doesn’t even qualify as a “nice try”. displaying you utter ignorance of the relationship between shearer and parker simply identifies you as another reactionary tory…. boring to say the least.

  13. Georgecom 13

    Totally agree keeping Cunliffe engaged in the economy. Unless Cunliffe has nothing to do with all the future focused thinking Labour has engaged in over the past 12 months, he needs to stay where he is.

  14. Rog Chapman 14

    Shearer said he had cut no future deals to get the leadership. If so he can put anyone anywhere. If Cunliffe is the best for Finance then he should get it.

  15. Anne 15

    Shearer said he had cut no future deals to get the leadership.

    He didn’t cut the deals. A few members of the so-called old guard headed by TM(?) would have been doing the deal cutting, and not necessarily with Shearer’s knowledge. You know the sort of thing:

    “If you vote for Shearer, we’ll make sure you’re given….

    • lprent 15.1

      :twisted: cynical. Almost certainly truth…

    • The Voice of Reason 15.2

      And yet he’s forged a long and impressive career in leaderships roles, and, so far, without showing an inclination to be someone else’s puppet. Give the bloke a chance, FFS. There is every possibility that he will turn out to be as successful at this job as he has been at the others.
       
      Past performance is a reliable indicator of future performance, as they say in the HR hiring manuals.

      • Anne 15.2.1

        TVoR:
        I said not necessarily with Shearer’s knowledge. I’ll go further and say it would almost certainly have been without his knowledge.

        I’ve been around the LP one hell of a long time and so has lprent.

        • The Voice of Reason 15.2.1.1

          Nah, I don’t see it, Anne. Its his call. He’ll consult, talk with senior MP’s and then make his judgements. Some may decline the jobs they’ve been offered, some may be surprised to be offered jobs at all, but it will be Shearer’s call. As I said earlier, he’s made a career our of leadership. And part of leadership is picking the right team.
           

          • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.1.1

            As I said earlier, he’s made a career our of leadership. And part of leadership is picking the right team.

            I’d be reassured if he’d already seen his caucus colleagues in action handling tough situations in Government. But sadly he hasn’t been around long enough to observe anything like that first hand, and there is no easy substitute. Let’s see what he comes up with.

          • G Dub 15.2.1.1.2

            [Deleted....That is the kind of specific assertion that needs backing with evidence. Hearsay doesn't run...RL]

          • Anne 15.2.1.1.3

            Don’t disagree TVoR, but I was talking about the lead-up period to the leadership vote. I know there were phone calls to local electorate luminaries by Shearer supporters who could be described as leading Labour lights. Nothing wrong with that, and there may well have been a similar process on behalf of Cunliffe. But I have my doubts the Cunliffe supporters would have recieved the same level of party assistance. If I’m wrong, someone can correct me.

            It needs to be borne in mind that for all his impressive overseas credentials, Shearer is still a novice as far as NZ politics go. Until he returned to NZ permanently, he would have had limited knowledge of the political scene over the previous decade or two. He has to rely on some of his colleagues for advice and guidance at least in the short term. It depends on who’s advice he is following, but I have big concerns that some of it is very partisan in nature. I’ve seen the process in similar circumstances in the past, and I’m well aware of the jiggery-pokery that goes on behind the scenes – and the deals that are cut between individual players in order to gain their support.

      • lprent 15.2.2

        And his supporters? Sorry, it doesn’t matter where politicians are, you tend to find non-attributable flappers everywhere. Read stevenson.

        Past performance is past.. Athletes past performance is well past. I didn’t see it, so I treat it as I feel like I am being snowed with PR – which I ignore. Rocky thinks he is ok. That gives him the few mana points he has with me so far. Some of the nasty crap I have seen out of my ex-electorate on this site puts him in shit street. He needs to rein his arseholes in – they reflect on him.

        • seeker 15.2.2.1

          He gained a slight mana moment from me today too from a comment of his in the Herald: .

          .”.. I want to start by looking at New Zealand through a new lens, of creating a clean, green, clever New Zealand. I’m open to new ideas wherever they come from.”

          I felt a flicker of hope and tentative connection from the words,”creating” and “clean, green,clever New Zealand.” I would so love for that to happen.

          And he said he was “open to to new ideas wherever they came from.”. This was a good inclusive statement, because it could include me again as I may have some where to put my ideas and they may help and be listened to. (And just when I was thinking I could take a step back for a long while after yesterday’s decision.)

          I love the word “creative”. It’s something that went missing from our thinking as the neoliberal ideology took over. Creativity, a special human attribute ,went AWOL, as the humanity free freemarket took control. Today, it made a tiny,quiet,comeback and it gave me a small touch of warmth. Perhaps the winter of the white witch of neoloberalism had seen the tiny,tiny tendril of the first shoot of spring.

          And with that probably wishful thinking, whimsical fairy tale I must awa’ tay bed.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10773069

  16. Reality Bytes 16

    Finance definitely, Cunliffe knows what he’s doing there and he sells it well, which is an important part of being effective at the job. It’s not about being ‘fair to the runner-up’ or any of that, it’s about Shearer giving Labor it’s best shot at winning in 2014. And Cunliffe as shadow Finance minister is vital in that effort. Cunliffe would be excellent at effectively selling economic alternatives to Nat policy. This is vital to defeat National who tend to win votes for being perceived as the party that looks after the economy. I mean National doesn’t really have a lot else to offer, it’s what they focus on, and what they are type-cast as. It’ll take some grit and passion to challenge the Nat’s perceived forte head on, grit and determination that Cunliffe has imo. Goff should naturally get the foreign affairs role, especially considering his excellent experience level in it.

    How practical and realistic Shearer is in allocating these roles will determine his likelihood of being PM come 2014.

    • seeker 16.1

      Well put. Think you are definitely correct here Reality.

      • Anne 16.1.1

        Yes. Reality Bytes is correct but I predict Cunliffe will not get the shadow Finance role. It will go to Parker for being a good boy and stepping down. It’s less about who is best for the job, and more about partisan cronyism. That is why Labour spend more time in opposition than they do in government.

        I will be the first to concede if I am wrong but suspect I’m not.

        • Reality Bytes 16.1.1.1

          Then that could be the cause for the Nat’s getting a third term.

          One thing I like about Shearer (so far) is that he really does come across as a pragmatic and down to earth kiwi. The next few weeks will be interesting to see whether my gut initial feeling about the fella is actually relevant.

        • seeker 16.1.1.2

          Anne @8.39am

          ‘I will be the first to concede if I am wrong but suspect I’m not.”

          This could explain why David C . is taking his time to consider his options. How long can someone of real talent be expected to keep gritting their teeth in the face of certain personal agendas.

          • Anne 16.1.1.2.1

            Precisely seeker. I’m still gutted that the best person for the job was the victim of a vindictive campaign of deceit by a few individuals purely out of jealousy and self interest.

            I’m hoping the truth about some of the things that went on behind the scenes will eventually come out into the open.

  17. Rog Chapman 17

    If Shearer is as good as I think he is the Old Guard are just that: OLD. He will go round, over and past them and forge a new and vibrant Labour. That is what needs to happen.

    That’s what he has said he will do.

    The caucus will conform if they want the shadow portfolios.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      I would be more than happy to be pleasantly surprised. Finance for Cunliffe, and a top 10 position for Nanaia would be my ideal. That would give me hope that caucus will pull together hard for the next 3 years and throw these undeserving Tories out for another 3 terms.

  18. jaymam 18

    David Cunliffe should certainly not resign or take a minor job. In my opinion he should have been Leader instead of Goff. But it’s too late now. Can’t he be Labour’s “attack dog”, together with Trevor Mallard?

  19. Eanna 19

    To achieve a quantum step forward for the party we need to be sure we have cast aside self and mutual deception.

    Shearer did commit that he had not made deals: that also had to mean that he is not bound by promises made by any of his supporters.

    I’m therefore very confident that he will make Cunliffe the Finance Spokeperson.

  20. Eanna there is also another possibility – that Shearer cut a deal with Parker two weeks ago and promised him Finance to get him to swing his votes in behind, and then he just simply lied on TV and in the membership meetings about not being prepared to discuss portfolios and roles with anyone.

    There seem to be a lot of rose tinted glasses on at present – the ‘fresh face’ isn’t necessarily an honest face.

    I’d say there is zip chance Cunliffe will be offered Finance. If Shearer was smart that is exactly what he’d do, but I haven’t seen evidence that Shearer has that level of political astuteness yet.

    If one does the research one will discover that in his time in Parliament he has asked a grand total of 11 parliamentary questions. Go figure!

  21. Anne 21

    that Shearer cut a deal with Parker two weeks ago and promised him Finance to get him to swing his votes in behind, and then he just simply lied on TV and in the membership meetings about not being prepared to discuss portfolios and roles with anyone.

    Got it in one.

  22. Pete 22

    Cunniliffe for Finance? He completely misread the electorate. This was an election on economic issues, and his schemes resulted in 27%.

    It’s time he moved on. And out.

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    So, not only do our police juke the stats; they also deliberately flout the OIA to cover up evidence of their crime:A damning internal police document has emerged that appears to show senior officers discussed not releasing embarrassing details about...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic
    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
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  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
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  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
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  • Prime Time on Labour
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
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  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
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  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
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  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
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  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
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    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
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  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
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  • Police Remembrance Day
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  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
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  • Dairy Strategy Proving to be a Disaster
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  • Where Next for the Left?
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