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What’s the holdup?

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, July 1st, 2013 - 82 comments
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Generation Zero are a youth-led organisation who see climate change as their problem. They see zero fossil fuel use as 100% Possible in a sustainable Aotearoa. So they’re holding a nationwide speaking tour about it – asking “What’s the holdup?” on climate change action.

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Their blurb:

What story will we be telling the next generation?

Join our nationwide speaking tour getting NZ moving on climate change.
13 events Dunedin to Auckland, July 15th to August 6th
Free entry and free food. [...]

Right now, we have the opportunity to lead the way to a safe climate future. The evidence shows it’s 100% possible to create a thriving New Zealand beyond fossil fuels. So what’s the holdup?

We need leadership at every level, from our communities to the politicians we choose to elect. That’s why Generation Zero brings you ‘What’s the Holdup?’, a nationwide speaking tour connecting climate solutions with the people to make them happen.

We’ll be presenting smart energy and transport solutions, discussing obstacles, and showcasing New Zealand’s opportunities to move beyond fossil fuels. Our speakers include high profile experts and young Kiwis who are working on solutions. Join us to find out how we can get moving on climate change, and create a smart, healthy and prosperous Aotearoa beyond fossil fuels.

We believe that we’re at a crossroads, and that we can choose to make a story that’s worth telling. We’ll make it happen, but only if we all work together!

All events start at 7pm

Looks great, we desperately need action on climate change, so RSVP and get involved!

82 comments on “What’s the holdup?”

  1. BM 1

    Is this the youth wing of the green party?
    Just to add 100% no fossil fuels is a silly and unobtainable goal.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Just to add 100% no fossil fuels is a silly and unobtainable goal.

      Actually, it’s a necessary goal especially for NZ as we won’t have access to fossil fuels in a few years time.

    • insider 1.2

      Irony zero for the guy who turned up on. Natrad recently and proclaimed the evils of fossil fuels before blithely telling about his soon trip to Asia just for a look around, before he jets off to Oxford.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1

        So buying a plane ticket on a scheduled flight increases carbon emissions? Or are you just running your mouth again?

        • insider 1.2.1.1

          Schedules reflect demand. Buying a ticket adds to that. Or is he going on one of those magic planes that shuttle about for no reason…

          • andyS 1.2.1.1.1

            I thought One Anon might be on drugs when she started making random threats against me, but this last comment nails it for me.

            • weka 1.2.1.1.1.1

              What?

              • andyS

                Oh you use have missed the discussion last week when One anon started posting my personal details on this blog, making claims that I was a liar, etc, and that she or he was going to smear my name far and wide, and bring my family into it.

                It is the kind of behavior I have come to expect, ,but when I hear comments like getting on a scheduled flight is cool because it was going to fly anyway, I realise that I am dealing with a weapons grade tosser, so I am probably better off having a quiet laugh and getting on with my life

                • weka

                  Except you had to come here and use this space for your personal agenda to get back at OAK. Which makes you not much better than them.

                  • andyS

                    How else do you suggest I get back at OAK?

                    How do I respond to an anonymous bully? Of course, OAK can contact me directly, using the contact details he/she has published here and elsewhere against my wishes and against comment policy.

                    I did offer this option but OAK decided that this platform was the best place to “out” me, for some unspecified crimes against humanity

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Nope. In fact, all I did was use information that you yourself had publicised.

                      If it was against comment policy my comments would have been moderated – as indeed they were until I pointed out that you had previously revealed your identity.

                      As for “unspecified crimes”, I’ve made it crystal clear what I object to about your behaviour.

                      Still, it’s nice to see you all querulous and bleating. Cry, baby.

                    • Bob

                      And this has come from a person (OAK) that just stated on another thread “Spying is a military operation. Conducting military operations against civilians is a war crime.” yet when it comes to tracking down personal information on an anonymous poster here they class you as a ‘cry baby’.
                      The hypocrasy is unbelievable (yet not unexpected).

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      “Tracking down”?

                      :lol: Nothing so complex: I simply remembered his name, because he’d told us what it is.

                      PS: learn to spell hypocrisy.

                    • andyS

                      I didn’t tell you OAK.

                      However, you seem to get some kind of perverse pleasure at making veiled threats against me and my family.

                      [lprent: I just wasted a a number of minutes searching for some "veiled threats against me and my family". There aren't any as far as I can see (put a link in to a comment on this site if you disagree and explain why in terms of the policy).

                      What I have seen is that he has been been describing you in an unveiled fashion as being quite thick in his opinion (an opinion that I personally share). However regardless of anyone's personal opinions on that, it is covered by "robust debate" part of policy.

                      Don't waste my time making bullshit claims about other peoples behaviour that I have to check under the policy. Eventually I get pissed off wasting time and get rid of the problem - the person making the demands on the moderator's time. This is also part of the policy.

                      I have pointed out previously that you need to read the policy. I'll reiterate that for the last time. ]

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Well then call me and we’ll have a little chat. – oh I see you’ve deleted your claim to know me. Come on sweety what are you afraid of?

                      And yes, Andy, you told everyone who you are. I’m not going to link to the comment (again) because you’re obviously having problems with it, but you let the genie out of the bottle.

                      I have not threatened you with anything other than publicity for your relentless mendacity. I have not threatened your family at all. I have merely noted that your relentless mendacity drags their name through the mud as it does yours.

                    • andyS

                      I have not threatened you with anything other than publicity for your relentless mendacity. I have not threatened your family at all. I have merely noted that your relentless mendacity drags their name through the mud as it does yours

                      You haven’t actually specified any “mendacity” at all. All you have done is make vague comments about me and then stated that you will smear my name “far and wide”

                      Not much so far is there?

                      You seem to spend a lot of time on this blog. Do you have a job? Or are you some waster you sits in some bedsit randomly attacking people on the internet?

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Are you stupid or something? The list of your lies is just a few comments further down the page.

                    • andyS

                      @lprent, the commenter known as “One Anonymous Knucklehead” has used my full name here, against my wishes and against moderation policy

                      OAK has also claimed that he/she will smear my name “far and wide”.

                      OAK has provided no evidence whatsoever for any of these accusations against me. He/she has provides a list of my comments and a list of “Skeptical Science” arguments, yet provided no basis for the accusations of linkage

                      I am sorry if this is wasting moderators time, but as a self-employed person I feel that I need to defend my reputation against anonymous thugs like OAK

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Are you such an idiot you think people can’t read your lies for themselves? Do I have to rub your face in them? Okay:

                      Lies about rare earth minerals ring a bell? How about lies about Trenberth? Lies about Marcott and Mann? Lies about “how climate science works”. Those are just for starters.

                      It adds up to a pattern of behaviour, much like your claims of “associates” on your website. You’re an unethical piece of trash.

                    • andyS

                      It adds up to a pattern of behaviour, much like your claims of “associates” on your website. You’re an unethical piece of trash.

                      You really are quite a nasty piece of work OAK. Sure I have “associates” I work with other people. Actually I do some real work, unlike anonymous skinheads like you who hover around blogs like this all day. I am very reluctant to post any further details on my personal website when thugs like you are prepared to contact them with the presumed aim of putting me out of business.

                      My comment about “rare earths” was quite accurate. I was asked about neodymium. I incorrectly stated that all the world’s neodymium was produced in China, when the correct answer is 97%

                      If you have issues around Marcott et al, I am sure I can discuss them too.

                      However, I don’t intend to waste anymore of my time engaging with anonymous skinheads on blogs whose only interest is in thuggish intolerance

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Real work? Obviously this invoice is for “unreal” work or something :D

                      Notwithstanding your trash weasel words about Marcott, there are no “issues” that you are qualified to judge, are there?

                      As for me publicising your behaviour, if you’ve been honest you’ve got nothing to fear. What are you so afraid of?

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  You brought your own family into it when you chose to put your full name to your habitual lies.

                  • andyS

                    I never “chose” to put my full name to anything. Furthermore, you have failed to mention any “lies”

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Andy, you are on the “Internet”. When you see a word in a different colour on the “Internet”, you can “click” (press your left mouse button while “hovering” over it) on it and be taken to another “Internet” web site. Like this:

                      The list. Compare and contrast the list with a simple search for comments by AndyS.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.2.1.1.1.2

              “random threats”? :lol:

              Using someone’s full name is a threat. Yes sirree.

              • andyS

                Perhaps you would like to provide me with your full name, and list all these so-called “lies”

                Then we can have a nice civilised “chat” in private somewhere

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Oh, the list.

                  I note that your desire to meet could be regarded as a threat. Are you having violent fantasies?

      • Bill 1.2.2

        Yup. Think I’ve heard that same guy proclaim the same thing at a public meeting – about how he’d sacrificed his life choices but was off to Oxford in pursuit his life choices. Makes me suspect Gen Zero is comprised of more than a few well meaning privileged types who want ‘everyone’ and ‘everything’ to change but to leave them and their lifestyles intact

        • weka 1.2.2.1

          Possibly, but their website is impressive, in the sense of presenting the right things to middle NZ to motivate them.

      • weka 1.2.3

        “Irony zero for the guy who turned up on. Natrad recently”

        Was he from the Generation Zero team?

        • insider 1.2.3.1

          It was a guy called Louis chambers who apparently was a founder. Kim hill did the interview

  2. So do these people have phd’s in engineering and the such? or is it just the youth wing of the green party, telling people what they should and shouldnt do, without any data or research?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1

      “…without any data or research”.

      Oh really, is that what it’s based on? Or is that just your idiocy and bias talking? I’m picking idiocy and bias.

    • fender 2.2

      Well since you are using it, do you have an English doctorate?

    • Ben Clark 2.3

      You could always look for yourself.

      They appear largely university educated with a few Science & Engineering and Law degrees .
      Does that satisfy?

    • karol 2.4

      If you follow the link to the Generation Zero website you can see they are a sizeable young team with diverse qualifications and experiences. Including, in the strategy team, who conduct research, analysis and consultation necessary to inform our organisation’s strategic direction.:

      Jimmy Green
      Jimmy studied engineering at the University of Canterbury with ambitions to change our world’s technology. Now he uses technology to help bring people ambition to tackle the world’s biggest problem. In between engineering at Wellington City Council, Jimmy has been working with Generation Zero since the early days.

      On the Direction setting team:

      Paul Young: Solutions and Strategy Researcher [...]
      finishing his MSc in physics, studying ocean wave power.
      [...]

      Kirk Serpes
      Kirk is a mechanical engineer and has worked in the electricity industry for over three years, mostly on geothermal energy.

      Young, still gaining qualifications and experience, innovative ideas, fresh thinking, and focused on the very important issue.

      • weka 2.4.1

        Not just a bunch of hippies then :-)

        Good on them. The oldies couldn’t get it together, maybe this crew can.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “Right now, we have the opportunity to lead the way to a safe climate future. The evidence shows it’s 100% possible to create a thriving New Zealand beyond fossil fuels. So what’s the holdup?”

    Yes, that’s true. Just depends what quality of life you’re willing to put up with. Not many would actually want to live in such a future.

    • BM 3.1

      Yeah, good luck trying to get everyone especially young people to give up their cars and take the bus.
      You’ve got to be a bit more realistic.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1.1

        :lol: Realism :lol:

        Like when Petrol goes over $3 per litre? How about $6/l?

        • weka 3.1.1.1

          Realism.

          Like when you have to cue up to buy food. And you still have to carry it on the walk home.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1

            Why would we be queuing? And why would we be carrying it home when it will be delivered?

            • weka 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Draco, my response was predicated* on us carrying on BAU until we have no choice, not on making a sensible transition. If we carry on BAU we will likely have food and fuel shortages.

              *And the reason I was doing this was because people like BM think there is a choice of futures. Apparently the logic goes, people don’t want to change therefore AGW doesn’t exist. We can carry on with BAU, so why would we want to try and mitigate AGW?

        • BM 3.1.1.2

          If it happens, it happens.
          People will deal with it then, I remember reading peakoil.com and every one shrieking the end is nigh and we’re all doomed when oil went past $45.00 a barrel.
          Makes me laugh when you think back to what was said, the thing I have learnt though, is that humans are incredibly adaptive and resilient which is why we’re still top dogs.

          Even if everything does turn to shit, I’ll just morph into Humongous “Warrior of the waste land”, so no worries here.

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1.1.2.1

            If that’s the only future you can imagine, you have a shit imagination.

          • Bill 3.1.1.2.2

            ‘Adapt’, my arse, BM!

            How do we ‘adapt’ to (for example) heatwaves that will deliver temps in the high 40’s over quite long periods of time and knock out infrastructure that wee conveniences like air conditioning run on? Or what about ‘adapting’ to massively reduced crop yields due to drought….or flooding…or a combination of both?

            There is a world of difference between adapting to conditions that are within the confines of present climatic parameters (with the aid of our technological ‘prowess’) and adapting to conditions that human biology has never experienced and so isn’t evolved to deal with and that is also beyond the engineering tolerances of much of our technology/infrastructure.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.2.3

            If it happens, it happens.

            Oh, it will happen, no doubt about that.

            People will deal with it then

            Easier and cheaper to deal with it now.

          • Macro_adder 3.1.1.2.4

            “people will deal with it then”

            You have NO IDEA!!

            Far too late to be dealing with AGW in 10 or 20 or 30 years time mate! The Earth will continue to heat for years after we cease burning fossil fuels. In fact the time to deal with the problem was 20+ years ago in 1991 (you remember the Kyoto Protocol to which NZ was one of the first signatories via a NATIONAL MP Simon Upton?) That was the first chance and perhaps our only real chance to actually come to grips with weaning the Western World off fossil fuels and combating dangerous Global Warning. The prognosis for the future is a world at least 2 degrees C warmer and there ain’t nothing going to stop it. The consequences of that will impinge on the young people of today – they are the ones who will bear the brunt of your (and the people like you) greed. Unfortunately, the States and Australia, who have only now come to the party, turned there backs and stuffed it up. In the meantime under the idiocy of our present twits NZ has left the party and we are now at the back of the pack.

            • weka 3.1.1.2.4.1

              Don’t worry, BM is just going to go all Mad Max when tshtf. Makes sense, he’ll probably prefer the world that way.

          • Shenaz 3.1.1.2.5

            RAHHHH Fuck wit!!! adapting is what you’re supposed to do NOW!!!! like here comes a catastrophe let’s adapt the fuck out of the way

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2

        I suspect you’ll find that more and more young people are taking the bus and just not getting cars.

  4. If they are, they hide it very well.

    When I was standing in the North Shore in 2011, they were trying to interview every major party candidate to ge their stance on climate change. Having trouble getting a lot of National Party ones to give them time, but a very worthy effort.

    They’re non-party political.

    (edit: reply to BM@1, but somehow didn’t…)

    • weka 4.1

      I wouldn’t worry, it suits BM’s agenda to make out that the only people who care about climate change are the GP.

  5. If your going around the country speaking to people, please be factually correct.

    Zero emissions? Tha anit happening.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1

      That’s a nice strawman sweety. Did you make it yourself?

      • Brett Dale 5.1.1

        sweety, Im flattered.

        If they want zero emissions, they’re aren’t cemented in reality.

        Its not going to happen, people need to be real.

        • Bill 5.1.1.1

          Zero emissions can never happen. But zero emissions from fuel use can. And since most of the ‘extra’ carbon is coming from fossil fuels being burned as fuel….

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.1.2

          @Brett: then it’s a good thing only fuckwits claim that’s the goal.

          • Brett Dale 5.1.1.2.1

            Well the greens have their fair share of those.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.1.2.1.1

              Not just the Greens, Brett: in fact you were claiming it yourself only two comments ago.

              • I didnt claim that was their only goal, but it thats one of them, they’re not cemented in reality.

                • Bill

                  I didnt claim that was their only goal,..

                  It isn’t a goal of theirs. You get that? Not one of their goals. Not their only goal. Not one of their goals.

                  Now please shut the fuck up and go away until you have something relevant to say.

                  Cheers.

                  • zero fossil fuels then,

                    shut the fuck up????

                    how old are you billy? 12?

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      So, your wizened little notion is that “zero fossil fuels” “isn’t an option”?

                      Do you understand the concept of a finite resource? Stupid question: we already established that you’re a fuckwit.

  6. Peter 6

    No civilisation has ever transitioned from being R-selected to K-selected in one giant leap, we simply don’t know what combination of technologies and cultures are needed to do it. And by doing “it”, I mean powering all our systems on about 20% of the energy we have available today. I don’t think we can ever know, all we can do is keep knowledge alive for future generations.

    • weka 6.1

      R-selected? K-selected?

      • Peter 6.1.1

        Sorry, I’m running on John Michael Greer’s theory here of ecological seres (“stages”) in human societies. Our current society could be described as R-selected, which maximises production, reproduction and expansion over long term stability. A K-selected society could conceivably maintain relatively high technology on a renewable resource base, but it would have to limit access to and accumulation of wealth.

        Think of the difference between weeds (R-selected) and a climax community/mature forest (K-selected), and you’ll see the difference.

        Given the right circumstances, a K-selected society could evolve.

        However, the transition is long, bumpy, and painful, and we’ll probably never live to see it. It might be technically feasible to implement it tomorrow (and it is), the issues are political, cultural and economic, because after all, if we don’t have that understanding, then there is no possible way that we can manage such a society.

        Hence, it has to evolve over generations, and we have to supply it with knowledge.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      I mean powering all our systems on about 20% of the energy we have available today.

      I believe that if NZ stopped all use of fossil fuels today we’d drop to a little under 50% of the energy we use. Most of the drop would be the cars off the road.

      …we simply don’t know what combination of technologies and cultures are needed to do it.

      We can take an educated guess – electric rail, trolley buses, trucks and tractors, powered through hydro/wind/solar generation and sailing ships would probably do it. Throw in recycling to minimize excess use of resources and sourcing of fertilizers from waste treatment plants and we shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

      The needed cultural change would be to a no growth economy (i.e, an economy that’s not getting any bigger, development would still be a go).

      • weka 6.2.1

        One of the Gen Zero links is to research on biofuel from pine forestry on what is otherwise marginal, sloping farmland. I haven’t had a good look yet, and I’m sure there are better species than pine that could be used, but interesting.

        • insider 6.2.1.1

          Scion have actually been looking at this.it’s not a new idea. Big problem is waste is scattered and low in energy. The economics get unsupportable pretty quickly.

          • weka 6.2.1.1.1

            I think their link is to Scion’s research. What do you mean by waste is scattered?

            “The economics get unsupportable pretty quickly.”

            That will change once all the cheap oil is gone. Might change sooner too, when people start thinking outside the box…

            Using the wilding pine trees which infest the Central Lakes district as an energy source to heat commercial buildings is being studied by both councils in partnership with two government agencies.

            http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/239876/study-bio-fuel-use

            • insider 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Sorry I hadn’t followed the link. If you are using tree trimmings as a fuel source it is not worth transporting them any distance so on site refining is the best option in support of the logging operation. That’s slow and expensive and problematic because most major fuel use on site will be for diesel not ethanol. I’m not sure logging for ethanol is really viable either compared to other potential ethanol source crops.

      • Peter 6.2.2

        That’s technologies, not cultures. The tech is the easy bit, it’s the long term culture to sustain and maintain the tech that’s the hard bit, plus the massive reality shift to realising that we cannot keep growing. Hence why I don’t think we’ll ever see that society in our lifetime.

    • Bill 6.3

      …all we can do is keep knowledge alive for future generations.

      I sometimes wonder about this. I’m fairly confident that most of our grandparents had a better and more rounded knowledge base than most of us have today. I guess there are a few reasons for that, not least of which is the evolution of highly specialised technologies and, with that, specialised knowledge.

      There’s also the unservicability of too much of the stuff we produce, meaning there is no incentive or opportunity to learn scalable or cross referencing shit from doing shit. And then of the stuff that’s still open to exploration and learning, we throw in the hurdle of forbidding people having anything to do with it – ie, work done without the required certificated who-ever risks the loss of insurance cover or what not.

      I dunno – when I think of the contemporary western situation, my mind conjures up koala bears who have more or less evolved perfectly with regards their niche environment. But who are about to lose their eucalypts and so…about to experience what it’s like to be looking back from the dead end of over specialisation.

      • Peter 6.3.1

        That’s precisely the problem, we believe that we have huge stores of knowledge, but most of it is highly specialised and non-applicable to the future we are facing. Our grandparents did indeed know far more.

        Knowledge of this type tends to be more useful as living practical skills too, rather than a book on the shelf, or a degrading CD in a vault…

        So yes, it’s a huge and largely unrecognised problem. Can’t I just look up Google :)

  7. Knucklehead:

    Lovely, name calling, your the coolest kid in the 6th grade.

  8. Tom Barker 8

    Where the hell is “Hamiltron”?

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    The first of my special election day posts, in which I honour our freedom to dare not say anything remotely political until 7pm...
    Imperator Fish | 19-09
  • NZ General Election 2014
    Midnight very soon and the election blackout begins. Please observe.  Good luck to our peeps.  Get out and vote!...
    Tumeke | 19-09
  • A Song For Election Day.
     THINGS HAVE CHANGED: One of Bob Dylan's more enigmatic expeditions, it captures to perfection the wayward impulses and bland excuses of twenty-first century life.People are crazy and times are strangeI'm locked in tight, I'm out of rangeI used to care,...
    Bowalley Road | 19-09
  • Remember ladies a woman’s place is in the revolution
    ...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Thank you to all the suffragettes who made tomorrow possible 121 years ago ...
    ...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Hey Civilians! You can take our H-ches but you’ll never take our Hamilton
    ...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Captain Hamilton says “Yo there citizens vote positive tomorrow, two tick...
    Sue Moroney – Hamilton West Clive Allen – Hamilton East Nanaia Mahuta – Hauraki Waikato Christine Greer – Waikato...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Even the election signs are starting to pack up, getting ready to go home
    ...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • None so blind as Key
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    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Hamilton’s going to the dogs under National
    Hamilton’s going to the dogs under National * Vote Positive, Two Ticks Labour * no dogs were harmed in the making of this post...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Labour’s 2014 Closing Address
    The election campaign is now drawing to a close - in a few hours, campaigning will end and the final voting begins! Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers for their hard work over the course of the campaign.If you...
    The Jackal | 19-09
  • Internet MANA closing address
    Why party vote Internet MANA?• If you want NZ to lead the world in green technologies• If you want the Internet to remain open and free• If you object to mass surveillance by the government• If you want to see...
    The Jackal | 19-09
  • Party Vote Green: our closing broadcast
    For a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand - Party Vote Green.http://greens.org.nz...
    The Jackal | 19-09
  • The Civilian Party Closing Address
    Tomorrow, we need your vote, New Zealand. Not just for us. Not just so that we can be in government. But also for you; so that you may have ice cream, a llama for your child, freedom from Hamilton, and...
    The Jackal | 19-09
  • Always look on the bright side of life
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    Arch Rival | 19-09
  • Moments of Political Truthiness in New Zealand’s mainstream media
    This very well prepared graphic from Paul Le Comte is an excellent representation of how mainstream media has spun poll results to their audiences.  In Paul’s graphic you will see the following: A headline: Moment of Truth gifts Team Key...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • One of these cats wants you to rate them tomorrow
    The other is a National party politician Vote Positive, Vote two ticks Labour...
    Politically Corrected | 19-09
  • Vote Positive, Vote Labour
    Its the end of the weirdest campaign ever in our little corner of the Pacific. There will be time, regardless of the result tomorrow, to sift through the detritus of Dirty Politics, spying, copyright infringement, the political corpse of Mrs...
    Polity | 19-09
  • The Perplexing PETM
    The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) around 56 million years ago is perhaps the most studied of the many episodes of global warming in the geological record, but it still has plenty of puzzles. Professor Daniela Schmidt has written an article in "Geology"...
    Skeptical Science | 19-09
  • Prediction
    Following my discovery that other people are allowed to vote in this election thing that is going on - and here I was thinking all the fuss was about me and my vote and nothing else - I have decided...
    Left hand palm | 19-09
  • Decision
    I am pleased to announce that, after much consideration, I will be casting my electorate vote in Palmerston North for Mr Iain Lees-Galloway.Deciding on my party vote proved much harder.In 2002 and 2005, I voted for the Alliance - the...
    Left hand palm | 19-09
  • Web hosts’ defamation liability restricted
    In a significant Court of Appeal decision (see Murray v Wishart), hot off the press, the judges have unanimously ruled that a third party publisher (the owner of a Facebook page that contained comments by others) was not liable for...
    Media Law Journal | 19-09
  • Noo!
    Scotland went to the polls in a referendum on independence yesterday, and while the last results are still coming in, appear to have voted "no". Its not the result I wanted, but the people have spoken. In the leadup to...
    No Right Turn | 19-09
  • So, predictions…
    I’ve been keeping track of the polls with my Poll of Polls (final update here), but of course polls technically aren’t prediction devices. They ask the question, “If an election were held today/tomorrow”, and are therefore only so useful when...
    Occasionally erudite | 19-09
  • IED Bradbury
    Poor Marytn. Not a good week for Mana, and not a good day for him. Let's review the tape: First, here's Martyn's initial post: With so many political forces lining up to take Te Tai Tokerau’s mana from the voters...
    Polity | 19-09
  • My election predictions
    Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I have a go? Here are my predictions for what is going to happen....
    Imperator Fish | 19-09
  • Busytown: Good as gold
    Everyone should have read the book by now. No, not Dirty Politics (although you should have read that too). The other one that came out quietly at the end of last year and has become the silent witness to this entire election...
    Public Address | 19-09
  • What Is This Election About?
    Vox Populi, Vox Dei: The Voice of the people, is the voice of God - or the Devil. It depends in the end on what sort of people we are, or have become. THIS ELECTION is about us – the people...
    Bowalley Road | 19-09
  • Zoning out – is it time for a review?
    18 September 2014     The last few years have seen rising inequality between schools and the erosion of students’ right to attend their local school. These are just some of the impacts of the current school zoning policy that PPTA...
    PPTA | 19-09
  • 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
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    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
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
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    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
    Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation
    The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate
    “Polling released late in the campaign shows that ACT is a busted flush and that by ACT’s own logic, centre-right Epsom voters should vote for the Conservative candidate”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New online medical system
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
    Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!
    Tomorrow, Friday 19th September, MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will cast her vote at 12 noon at the Zen’s Building, Rotorua. This will follow a march through Rotorua that will assemble at 10am at City Focus, Rotorua. The...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed
    The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014
    Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
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