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Whatever happened to “we’re all in this together”?

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, April 5th, 2011 - 61 comments
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Stuff is reporting that Christchurch residents who have been displaced from their homes will have to pay a minimum of $190 a week, two weeks bond, insurance and power if they want to get into one of the campervans set up as emergency housing.

Never mind many of these people will still be paying mortgages for wrecked homes or that many of them will have no job (and that’s only going to get worse as the government rapidly phases out the wage support scheme) – the message is clear: pay your own way.

Unless you’re a South Canterbury Finance investor of course.

61 comments on “Whatever happened to “we’re all in this together”?”

  1. Or a Nat MP. They’re getting half a million a year between them in tax cuts on their MP salaries alone. $10,000 a week – that could fund a few campervans, eh?

  2. $190 per week is $5 over the price that McCully spent on a bottle of Pinot Noir using our credit card.
    Expensive pinot for the Ministah, cat food for the elderly and unemployment and bankruptcy for Christchurch.
    New Zealand have you lost that lovin feeling yet?
     
     
     
     

    • sean 2.1

      Ok, say hypothetically Labour was in, and spending like theres no tomorrow as they always do (social welfare, creating public sector jobs etc) – where would the money be coming from to pay for this on top of that?

      Its all very well making hilarious little jokes about bottles of wine, but if this was a Labour/Greens government, there wouldn’t be money to subsidise these caravans either.

      And just to pre-empt you – increasing the top bracket taxes would not bring that money in – it would just increase tax avoidance, which National are trying to get rid of.

      • chris 2.1.1

        To pre-empt eh? Got ANY proof of that.  Like really, any proof of that?

        But really, what i’d love to see is a scandanavian style system where every citizen’s income and tax gets made public.  that would sort out govt. revenue problems nice and quickly.

        • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.1

          Well I dunno about proof, but when the government just slashed the top rate they made a big song and dance about how ,along side raising GST, it would be revenue neutral.

          Turns out they were wrong, but not in the way sean’s theory would predict.

      • Deborah Kean 2.1.2

        “Ok, say hypothetically Labour was in, and spending like theres no tomorrow as they always do (social welfare, creating public sector jobs etc) – where would the money be coming from to pay for this on top of that?”

        So, don’t you get that these things are the functions of government? Or are people who need social welfare, or who work for government not citizens in your opinion?

         

  3. Hilary 3

    It’s almost as if the Government wants poor people to leave Christchurch, as they are just too inconvenient if they stay there.

    • Kevin Welsh 3.1

      I suspect you are right Hilary.

      Get rid of those pesky Labour voting suburbs of Bexley and Avonside.

      • grumpy 3.1.1

        Meanwhile, in Rangiora (now named Ranganui) I am reliably informed, crime has skyrocketed with The Farmers department store closing on Saturdays due to escalating shoplifting.

  4. Tigger 4

    And again, where are the media here.  Why is Duncan Garner not chasing Gerry Brownlee through the airport to grill him on this?  That sort of treatment was good enough for Chris Carter after all…

  5. Steve Withers 5

    If you think it though, encouraging people to leave Christchurch is the government’s best, cheapest option. In another city they become just regular Kiwis subject to no special circumstances, bounded by the same WINZ policies and competing for jobs with whoever already lives there. It’s an incredible opportunity to offload earthquake support costs while driving down wages and conditions in the rest of New Zealand….but hiking rents due to increased demand. 

    Of course they won’t SAY that….They will make all the supportive noises anyone could ask for. But what they DO (as usual) will give their game away.

  6. Steve Withers 6

    Duncan Garner *LOVES* National. Watch him over time. You’ll agree.

    • ianmac 6.1

      Duncan Garner HATES Winston Peters. His hounding of him prior to the last election was of Paul Holmes proportions. Even his co interviewers were stunned by his outbursts. (Imagine Garner V Holmes in a showdown.)

  7. tc 7

    Duncan Garner is a good example of the bias alot of these journo’s display (Espiner/Armstrong/Holmes also being blatant Nat sycophants) and this is a senior political reporter at the top of the ‘game’……sums up the MSM bias in a nutshell.

    Q&A has become an extension of the govt PR machine as you’d expect under recycling Rick Ellis….so called ‘hard’ interviews about as tough as a sponge.

  8. Lanthanide 8

    Many people will be getting insurance payments for alternative accommodation. Most policies only pay for 6 months though. They were all starting to run out from the September quake and there was starting to be a bit of noise about ‘we need to handle this’, and then the latest quake struck and took all that away. But the situation will be much much worse and bigger now, so we’ll have to see if the government comes to the party with anything – not sure what they can do though.

    That’ll start rearing it’s head in August-September, just in time to put everyone in a good mood for the election, after everyone’s suffered through the interminable Rugby World Cup insanity.

  9. Armchair Critic 9

    Shouldn’t the rent be set at 25% of the income?

  10. chris73 10

    Thats pretty cheap for a roof over your head

    • HDS 10.1

      Going into the southern winter.  Good to know you can save money on not having a fridge.

    • Daveo 10.2

      It’s a fucking campervan you dick. You wanna pay $190 for a 2mX3m room with a chemical toilet in it then go ahead. I’ve got some magic beans you might be interested in too.

      • chris73 10.2.1

        Grow up you penis, its not perfect but its a shit load better then nothing. Theres a finite amount of resources out there so the govts doing the best they can to help as many people as they can as quickly as they can
        No doubt Labour could do sooooo much better but they ain’t in power and won’t have a reasonable chance of getting back into power until at least 2014 so suck it up and stop acting like a little cry baby
         
         

        • lprent 10.2.1.1

          …so the govts doing the best they can to help as many people as they can as quickly as they can

          Oh I’d agree – just shows how inadequate they are. Doesn’t it?

          • chris73 10.2.1.1.1

            Yeah and as I said before Labour would do better wouldn’t they. Phil Goff couldn’t make a decision to save his (political) life yet you suppose he could handle a mining disaster, a global meltdown and two major earthquakes.
             
            Still his hair looks nice, hes got a mid-life crisis bike and a butch walk

            • Colonial Viper 10.2.1.1.1.1

              Hey chris73, how many campervans does English’s $300M blowout on SCF buy again?
               
              Or for that matter, how many 7-series limos?
               

              its not perfect but its a shit load better then nothing. Theres a finite amount of resources out there so the govts doing the best they can to help as many people as they can as quickly as they can

              The big time money is going to big time SCF investors. Hundreds of millions worth. Christchurch homeless and unemployed – peanuts for you. In fact, we’re going to charge you, and private companies can take the profit.
               
              Good to know your priorities Chris73.

              • Daveo

                <i>better then nothing</i>
                Lucky old Christchurch.
                 

              • crude

                Treasury says that the loss was the smallest available to the government given the alternatives, although Bill English admits this loss is still larger then what could be predicted at the time of projections. The government was obligated under the retail deposit guarantee scheme which was an inherited obligation from Labour. What they say is fairly obvious, just that buyers unable to quantify liabilities in the company demanded all of it’s possible losses be offset by the government. That would have meant ongoing payouts by the government over a long period of time as all of the liabilities were unwound, so this is the least bitter of what were a number of pretty bitter pills. I can only imagine how Bill English feels about this, given he has had to find massive funds due to the mendacity of others around Kiwirail, ACC, and now SCF that are in the regions of $2billion. 

                I can’t find out who said SCF specifically should be included in the scheme, but I found an article from March 2010 from National Business Review with Alan Hubbard talking about a pending inclusion. At that time Finance Companies were failing so swiftly and in such numbers the government reluctantly stepped in. Personally, I believe those companies should all have been allowed to fail, but there were pros and substantial cons either way. So many people were getting wiped out the government decided to take the hit instead. I remember one man appearing on close up who had invested $450000 saved over 25 years in a single company and lost everything. It was a pretty terrible decision he made but a pretty tough outcome nonetheless

                $190 does seem like a lot for people homeless and jobless, I imagine there were reasons for not going for cheaper semi-permanent alternatives, but I would like to know what they are, probably there simply aren’t enough of those prefabs, or they are just the structure without self contained facilities, but I don’t know. I don’t think Gerry Brownlee is the right man for this job, given he cannot handle contradiction and is impatient about due process, however he is the Minister and can’t be accused of inaction or a lack of will… whether he does the right things for all that, time will tell.

            • lprent 10.2.1.1.1.2

              Yeah and as I said before Labour would do better wouldn’t they.

              Glad you agree with me… So you’ll be voting Labour this year?

              (I suspect that you should read your comments before pressing submit..)

              • chris73

                Naah the problem with typing is you can’t get that non-verbal communication thing happening but if you try re-reading it out loud with a sarcastic tone I’m sure you’ll get my drift (I suppose I could have added yeah right at the end…)
                 
                (submitting before reading makes it more interesting)

      • sean 10.2.2

        What a pratt.  Where else do you suggest they stay?  Unless you hadn’t realised, everything down there is flattened or uninhabitable.

        Do your magic beans grow houses?

        • Kaplan 10.2.2.1

          These would be a great start and much cheaper for both the people that will inhabit them and the taxpayer to boot.
          http://www.portacabin.co.nz/
          I don’t think national know how to use google. It’s a bit sad.

          • grumpy 10.2.2.1.1

            They are complete shit to live in – condensation is unbelievable!  Anyway, do you think they might have a few hundred lying around?????

    • Steve Withers 10.3

      A Skyline 2-car garage without the car doors and lined with pink bats and plywood walls & ceiling would be plenty warm and fast to build if the need was urgent. More space and cheaper than a motor home. All vehicles are ultimately imported. Also such a building can be made of 100% local (NZ) materials. I lined my garage out on the farm a few years ago..and it made a HUGE difference. I did the lining in a day – thermal paper, batts and nailed up the the ply over the top.

  11. tsmithfield 11

    Sounds like cheap rental for a motor-home. Try renting one from Maui or the likes and see what you’ll pay.

    Anyone seen whats happening to house rentals in ChCh at the moment? $190 for a campervan is quite good compared house prices. Compared to the price for rental houses at the moment, $190 per week is very cheap accommodation. Then again, I guess lefties expect the government to pay for everything.

    • outofbed 11.1

      wtf? is he serious?

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        I think TS is saying that people in Christchurch left homeless after this disaster should count themselves lucky that we aren’t charging them the same rates as rich German or Japanese tourists on tour holidays around the South Island.
         
        That’s what you are saying, right?

        “Then again, I guess lefties expect the government to pay for everything.”

        A decent society does not abandon it’s citizens. A decent society helps those who are struggling. A decent society does not disenfranchise those who have been struck a cruel blow.

        I guess Righties aren’t interested in any of that stuff.

    • vto 11.2

      tsmith, $190 per week is, roughly, about half of what would normally be paid in Chch to rent a full blown working house with some bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, laundry, mayb even a garage, together with a backyard and fenced etc security.

      That makes the campervan-for-housing rent excessive you silly egg.

      • tsmithfield 11.2.1

        “tsmith, $190 per week is, roughly, about half of what would normally be paid in Chch to rent a full blown working house with some bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, laundry, mayb even a garage, together with a backyard and fenced etc security.
        That makes the campervan-for-housing rent excessive you silly egg.”

        Are you seriously suggesting a house can be rented for $85 per week. What have you been smoking? We have just shifted my parents from their written-off home into an old house in Spreydon (a fairly ordinary suburb), which was all that was available. The rental is $420 per week.

        The other thing is that a lot of the tenants in the campervan will be getting accomodation subsidized through WINZ, so it won’t be costing them $190 per week anyway. Also, the government will be renting the campervans from the providers, and I bet the government is paying a lot more than $190 per week, so the accomodation is probably subsidized from the outset.

        • Pascal's bookie 11.2.1.1

          A lot of would bees could bees and you reckons in there t, along with a near perfect confirmation of vto’s point re rental prices.

        • The Voice of Reason 11.2.1.2

          Oh dear, Tim. Read the extract again and then do the maths. Hint: 2 x 190 is not 85.

        • ianmac 11.2.1.3

          It would be very unlikely that the campervans could be allowed to travel anywhere. They would be a very small  one-room spot anchored alongside many one-roomed spots. Hardly a holiday home.

        • Kaplan 11.2.1.4

          tsmithfield.  I can’t believe I am saying this but I suggest you go and read kiwiblog’s post on this.  It’s been demonstrated on there that port a cabins can be source for less than $85 a week.  That is a far better comparison for emergency accommodation that a campervan or a regular house.
          Sometimes you have to exercise your brain muscles a bit to see outside the square you exist in.
          This means that if the government are subsidising them they are wasting a whole shedload of money on something that’s just not suited for purpose.

    • Lanthanide 11.3
      My rent is going up $5/week from the middle of April, on a fixed contract for a year.
      So to answer your question – not much.
  12. Bright Red 12

    I see the righties are taking their line from Farrar.
     
    “Havign some experience with motorhomes, I have to say $190/week for a couple ($85 each) is a massive reduction from their normal cost.
    Going to a rental website, the prices for a week vary from $690 to $1,380. I presume the Government has got some bulk discount for them, but I’d say they are still highly subsidised”
     
    Honestly, what an arsehole. I would assume the government has doen the logical thing and either bought the campervans outright or leased them through the winter months when they would just be sitting idle anyway (aggreviated by the tourism downturn) – so the weekly unit cost should be pretty low and ought to be financed by the government.
     

    • felix 12.1

      A competent govt that gave a shit about governing would’ve done just that.
       
      These assclowns would consider that “interfering in the campervan market” no doubt.

  13. aj 13

    I thought that story was a joke. I had to double check the date to find it wasn’t still 1st April

  14. Peter Martin 14

    So everyone will be housed in more appropriate accommodation by the time the rugby world cup begins…I’m sure I have read where every camper van in the country has been booked…

    • M 14.1

      So everyone will be housed in more appropriate accommodation by the time the rugby world cup begins…

      Not a chance – heard that they would be booted out come August ’cause of the RWC.

  15. marsman 15

    Slimey Key is trying to blame Labour for the SCF cock-up. It was English who demanded, the day he was sworn in as Finance Minister, that SCF be brought in under the scheme set up by Labour. Liars,scammers the lot of them. NZ taxpayers have a right to know the full story on SCF, they are after all paying for it. Corruption?

  16. randal 16

    hey a new generation of trailer trash is on the way while all the pals of HUbbard and the jesus crew get away with it scot free.
    Jesus saves and the best rate of interest too.

  17. Steve Withers 17

    tsmithfield: I’m sure Japan is charging the 400,000 homeless a fair market rate….

    Setting aside the you appear to be a troll, did you intend to come across is a smug prick, verging on the sociopathic?

    Was that the tone you were looking for? Or was it just you being you.

  18. tsmithfield 18

    Just another beat up.

    According to Brownlee, on the radio today, the accommodation in campervans is covered either by insurance, or the $300 pw accommodation subsidy for quake victims that the government is paying. So, the camper-vans will be costing quake victims nothing.

    • RobC 18.1

      A serious question. Is that $300pw accom subsidy one of those subsidies that will be stopped in 8 weeks time?

      • tsmithfield 18.1.1

        I understand there isn’t an end to it. It recognises the fact that accommodation supplements from insurance companies won’t last long enough for people to get rebuilt homes etc. So the government is tiding them over.

    • felix 18.2

      So, the camper-vans will be costing quake victims nothing.
       

      Unless of course they happened to be living in a house before the earthquake, in which case they’re still paying for that.
       
      And if they’ve lost their job/business in the quake…
       
      Oops Timmeh, you quoted the only man in Chch more ignorant and offensive than you.

      • tsmithfield 18.2.1

        Some might be paying mortgages, and still have the obligation to pay. On the otherhand, banks are being very flexible in terms of mortgage holidays etc. Then again some displaced people might have been renting damaged properties. If the properties are uninhabitable, they have no obligation to continue paying rent, so they would be benefiting more from the free accommodation provided by the government than mortgage holders. 

        Don’t know what you expect. However, the government can’t wave a magic wand to make everything better and ensure no-one loses anything.

        I suggest you check the facts yourself before you start accusing others of being ignorant.

    • MrSmith 18.3

      Ts: Only if they have insurance and the $300 pw subsidy is almost over as I understand it?

  19. Deadly_NZ 19

    And also…  maybe the banks have realised that foreclosing on a property that they lenk oh say about 200k on is now a sunken POS worth about 5 bucks.  Yep you can bet your ass they are being flexible, because they cannot afford to be anything but!

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    Today, the Green party's Kennedy Graham made a heartfelt speech concerning the immediate cease fire in Gaza and called on Israel to withdraw it's military forces. The Green party MP also read out the names of children already killed in...
    The Jackal | 22-07
  • Seal of approval – How marine mammals provide important climate data
    Understanding what is happening in the oceans is crucial since 90% of global warming is going there and attempts to measure temperatures at various depths go back to the 1960s. But, what does this Weddell seal have to do with this...
    Skeptical Science | 22-07
  • Taskforce to Tackle Loopy Rules
    The National Party have announced that if they’re re-elected they’ll form a taskforce to tackle loopy rules and regulations. Local Government Minister Paula Bennett today announced the establishment of a new Taskforce to rid New Zealand of loopy rules and...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • Manufacturing dissent
    So, it turns out that almost all US "domestic terrorists" are created and directly incited by the US government:Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Minimum wage rises don’t lift unemployment, analysts agree
    More than 600 US Economists, including 7 nobel laureates, assert that increases in the minimum wage have little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum wage workers ...
    Closing the Gap | 22-07
  • The NZ First conference: policy highlights
    What were some of the policy announcements that came from the New Zealand First conference?...
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Saved
    The Basin Reserve has been saved: Controversial plans to build a flyover next to the Basin Reserve in Wellington have been killed off by a board of inquiry. In a stunning move today, four commissioners declined resource consent for the...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Not serious
    That's John Key's assessment of his government's failure in the Tania Billingsley case:"I don't make apologies unless there's a serious reason for me to do that." Except apparently it is serious enough to justify an independent inquiry (though one which...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • Vote Choice: John Key – the Fence Sitter
    Welcome to ALRANZ’s Vote Choice series, where we offer you our views on candidate’s opinions on abortion and reproductive justice, so that you can make an informed decision on 20 September. We encourage members to go along to candidate forums...
    ALRANZ | 22-07
  • Barry Brill and Anonymous: U R A Fraud
    People send me things. Brightening my email inbox last week was a pithy little email, headed U r a fraud. It didn’t have much to say. Here it is, in its entirety, exactly as it appeared: Please take down your...
    Hot Topic | 22-07
  • Access: Power to (all) the people!
    The society we live in today has been shaped by many struggles, social movements, and revolutionary forces, most aiming to create a more egalitarian existence.  Women, indigenous peoples, LGBT communities, and even animals have secured hard won recognition of their...
    Public Address | 22-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – National Party thugs destroying Internet MANA b...
    Last Saturday morning the volunteer brigade of Internet Mana  went out in the freezing cold to deploy Internet Mana billboards. They braved the cold weather of that icy cold morning only to have National party thugs destroy the billboards and...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Amnesty International: War crimes against innocent civilians – Why is his...
    27 December 2008, 11:30. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) commence military airstrikes on a list of 603 targets believed to house suspected Hamas operatives in the Gaza Strip. In just three weeks, the devastating Operation ‘Cast Lead’ claimed approximately nine Israeli...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Rape Culture is not blah blah blah
    To some of our politicians and commentators, ‘rape culture’ has already become blah blah blah. A meaningless and overstated slogan to roll their eyes at and derisively joke about and deny. It’s something the ‘left’ takes seriously, and something the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s ...
    IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air. This chilling exposé of the strategy and tactics adopted by New Zealand’s largest industries to ensure that no effective action to combat...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • CTU resolution on Palestine
    Further to Unite’s position on Pal