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Where the bloody hell are you?

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, January 9th, 2013 - 70 comments
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Like here, Queensland’s tourism industry is hurting. Like ours, Queensland’s Tourism Minister thought it would be a good idea to holiday in a foreign tropical resort instead of supporting her local industry. But, there, the main newspaper responded with a devastating “where the bloody hell are you” attack that could sink her career. Here, not so much.

Mention Key’s failing to back Kiwi tourism as he spends his 115th day overseas on holiday since he became PM, and you’re a pleb who’s jealous of rich people with foreign holiday homes.

Because that’s what the 7,000 tourism industry workers who have lost their jobs are and an industry that’s shed a billion dollars a year in income under Key is – jealous.

70 comments on “Where the bloody hell are you?”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    I imagine he will find it a real chore having to return to the country for which he is responsible. On the other hand, some of us are in no hurry to see him back!! In a sense, Key in taking his holiday has actually granted us a holiday from himself!

    • Rupert 1.1

      “Acting Prime Minister Steven Joyce”, “Acting Prime Minister Tony Ryall”, “Acting Prime Minister Gerry Brownlee”…

      • David H 1.1.1

        Acting PM Micky Mouse. Acting PM Donald Duck. Both of who could do a better job than the morons in power now.

    • Fortran 1.2

      The weather in Maui has been disasterous, where Key has his holiday home.
      Look at the Golf washout in Maui – down to one day two days ago.

  2. tc 2

    You can’t compare Oz to NZ, they hold politicians to account and demand answers.Also at the slightest whiff of ill doings or weakness they go straight for the jugular no matter who is in the frame.

    Contrast to our MSM who have the soggiest of bus tickets administered by kids and gov’t fan clubbers.

  3. Northshoreguynz 3

    Doesn’t their media own our media? And if so, why are our papers especially so weak?

    • tc 3.1

      Our papers are weak because of:
      1. the massive differential in power our govt wields V what a state gov’t can in OZ against a national media.
      2. Oz has 2 public Broadcasters, each with radio and TV who set the benchmark in fearless reporting under statutory protection that Pollys know to leave well alone or suffer political homicide.
      3. Crikey.com.au has also weighed in as an independant and worthy addition to the landscape.

      When there’s quality freely available you have to lift your game or go low brow.

      The NACT have been very skillful in killing off Stratos, Triangle soon, TVNZ7 and neutering freeview and handing Sky a taxpayer paid for content channel in Heartland and leaving them a clear run to make themselves more money.

      Sky also saw off SBS from broadcasting there freely available service on Freeview with the right box, all too easy really with mates in the right pockets.

      • Rogue Trooper 3.1.1

        I am certain that the informative critical content of Sky documentary channels deteriorated over the three or so years I watched it, docos like how they make clothes in sweat shops, produce cotton and manufacture food and such-like, just picking up frequencies like.

  4. As the runner-up to Key in Helensville, I’m pleased to report that my family and I spent a few days relaxing in Waimauku, which is in the Helensville electorate. Just in case any media wanted to know. Which I suspect they don’t.

  5. tracey 5

    The airforce prolly had to fly key to the cyclone damage cos he wondered which pacific island it was in

  6. Populuxe1 6

    I don’t care where he has his holidays so long as he does his job… Oh wait, he’s not doing his job, so why so fucking much boring whinging about his holidays when there are genuine issues surrounding health and education to be addressed?

    • TheContrarian 6.1

      These guys don’t give a fuck. Hell, John Key could spend his holiday on the West Coast and have a promotional shot of him taking a helicopter ride over a glacier and The Standard would moan about the helicopter.

      Shit, I referred to The Standard as a single entity and inferred a computer program could moan. Lyn will be furious.

      • fenderviper 6.1.1

        You are such a boring drip.
        You seem to hate this place and the talented Lynn but you can’t keep your banned mouth shut for the duration of your ban.
        No wonder your “blog” is of little interest to anyone, but it’s not worth getting so bitter and twisted for being an irrelevant drip.
        Why don’t you crack open another bottle of helicopter and drown your sorrows again.

        • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1

          Na, I gave up on blogging ages ago. Didn’t have the desire nor inclination – particularly when my job consists of writing anyway. I couldn’t be bothered doing it in my spare time too.

          Anyway – I don’t hate this place. it is such an amusing echo chamber. And I don’t hate Lynn either – but he comes across as such an arrogant blowhard it’s hard not to taunt him.

          [lprent: Reducing you to a whimpering wreck when you get too damn full of yourself really doesn't take too much effort. Doing in a way that looks exactly like you do to others is quite simple. I'm surprised you haven't caught on to the technique yet? ]

          • mike e vipe e 6.1.1.1.1

            your in Denial contrarian but i suppose you have to live up to your name!

          • higherstandard 6.1.1.1.2

            Gosh such godlike powers Lynn I’m sure everyone is in awe of you total all round amazingness I’m surprised with your seeming omnipotence that you didn’t perform surgery on yourself during your recent cardiac issues.

          • David H 6.1.1.1.3

            Oh so you write scary books for 3 year old huh?

            • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1.3.1

              No, but are you implying that writing books for children is somehow a bad thing or not a noble undertaking? What exactly is the point you are making with this comment?

          • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1.4

            “Reducing you to a whimpering wreck ”

            Gosh, when was this? Was it that time you tried to convince me you could diagnose Cam Slater’s depression (or lack thereof) over the internet based purely on his blog postings?

            • felixviper 6.1.1.1.4.1

              I think I can help.

              When you do your ‘Goodness is that the time? Really must be going, btw this is all silly and beneath me anyway despite having spent all day here’ routine, which mysteriously always seems to coincide with you having tied yourself in contradictions you can neither escape or admit to, some people may be imagining that you’re quietly whimpering inside.

              Not me though. I don’t think you possess the required self-awareness.

  7. Populuxe1 7

    Because seriously, the rest of the world doesn’t give a flying fuck where John Key takes his holidays – I seriously doubt him being in Hawai’i will prevent them wanting to come here.

  8. Populuxe1 8

    Oh no! The New Zealand PM is in Hawai’i – no point in going to Fiordland now! Said no tourist ever.

  9. Steve Wrathall 9

    Why the hell shouldn’t he have a holiday in Hawaii, where he can walk along a beach with no-one knowing him from a bar of soap?

    • One Tāne Huna 9.1

      I sort of agree with you, Steve, but it’s a perception thing. Like Steve Jobs working on a PC running Windows. Or Ayn Rand collecting a total of $11,002 in monthly Social Security payments.

      • TheContrarian 9.1.1

        Or Helen Clarke hiking Kilimanjaro?

        • QoT 9.1.1.1

          Helen Clark was Minister of Tourism?

          • higherstandard 9.1.1.1.1

            So in a similar vein a Minister of Health should only use public providers ?

            • felixviper 9.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s a very clever rebuttal to all those people who’ve been saying Key should only use publicly owned services on his holidays.

            • QoT 9.1.1.1.1.2

              That’s not the point I was making, higherstandard, and I credit you with at least sufficient brains to conclude you’re trying to derail the conversation.

              • higherstandard

                What’s the point you are trying to make ?

                Personally I don’t give a damn where the Minister of Tourism takes their holiday as long as they are doing a good job of their tourism portfolio surely that’s where criticism should be leveled ?

                The carping about holidaying in Hawaii can be put down to sour grapes and the like while poor tourism figures is far more difficult to deflect.

                • felixviper

                  “What’s the point you are trying to make ?”

                  The fact that Helen Clark, PM and Minister of Arts climbing a mountain is not analogous to John Key, PM and Minister of Tourism never holidaying in NZ.

                  A relevant analogy would be that Helen Clark never showed an interest in the arts, despite being Minister.

                  It wouldn’t be true of course, but it would be a relevant analogy.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2

        Steve Jobs working on a PC running Windows? Shyeah, right :)

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.1

          Doesn’t seem likely does it? I once heard that some consultants came in to do a presentation to him and the Apple board. One of the consultants hooked up a Windows laptop to the projector.

          That was the end of the consulting contract.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.1.1

            I do recall reading that when Jobs returned to Apple his main puter was an IBM ThinkPad running NeXTSTEP.

      • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 9.1.3

        One Tane Huna
        Go on Ayn Rand never did – did she?

    • Colonial Viper 9.2

      where he can walk along a beach with no-one knowing him from a bar of soap?

      You mean incognito on the beach with his four armed DPS agents beside him?

      • David H 9.2.1

        All in suits Ties and Sunglasses, with ear pieces trying for all the world to look like the Secret Service Just to make Shonky look important. What a waste of Taxpayers money!

      • tracey 9.2.2

        If EVER a man has worked hard to be the antithesis of ingognito it is our celeberity/sports man salivating PM.

    • fenderviper 9.3

      Why the hell doesn’t he have a holiday in NZ, where he can walk along the beach and give slippery as soap answers to any concerned questions raised, posing for photos in his quest to be included in everyones albums.

      fify

    • mike e vipe e 9.4

      SW what were you saying about Australia not that long Ago !
      Muldoon Kirk etc were liked because they mucked in with everybody Key is an elitist who detests the poor plebs

    • joe90 9.5

      where he can walk along a beach with no-one knowing him from a bar of soap?

      He’s there hoping that the right people know who he is.

      • Rogue Trooper 9.5.1

        wotta dump. I spent a lot of time around “people with money” over the years (yes I am broadly informed socio-economically speaking) and as a generalization I could not understand their interests and motivations at all; I’ve stayed in flash Hotels, went out for breakfast and “brunch”, drank expensive ethanol (Coleraine when it was in fashion,fine ports, heaps of single malts,Glenlivet, McClellands-Speyside, hmmm, smoked cigars, paid for some “fun”, went jet-boating, flying, hunted all times of game, shot guns, wore labels, rode and drove big-blocks, lived in town, lived in rural paradises, flew my daughter hither and thither, skied, snow-boarded, purchased state-of-the-art audio, saw most of this beautiful country, socialised with all sorts of professionals,( don’t get me started on “professional capture” in the health system) and even as I write I shake my head with an absence of understanding. Today I gave thought to “how” wealthy people think / believe that their money is gonna protect them from anything at all other than potentially prolonging their lives a little longer…these threads about living on ‘x’ small amount of income, well, if expectations are revised, it can be done, yet it is the commitments we make to having children (and who do we do that for?) and property that trap us as the seasons change. I have a small booklet of postcards (cannot find it at mo’ tho’) that displays the possessions of families from around the world laid out before their dwellings; very revealing and another set of images that informed my politics. Think Globally, act Locally.

        ps.a good friend hesitates to complete a review report of her annual practice with people at the bottom of the health-socio-economic ladder, because she has seen the withdrawal of health funding prioritization for them (particularly if they are brown) , so she’s looking to move on and focus on our future-young people.

  10. Lightly 10

    When was Clark the minister of tourism?

    As it happens, she regularly holidayed in NZ – eg http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10527128

  11. newsense@gmail.com 11

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10838203

    “Hawaiian Airlines said strong demand from New Zealand travellers had convinced it to launch new Auckland-Honolulu flights with its flagship Airbus A330-200 aircraft, instead of the smaller Boeing 767-300ERs it was planning to use.”

    Look some say he hasn’t achieved anything!

    Here you go: extra flights for New Zealand tourists to Hawaii!

    But then again the Aussies were never stupid enough to sell their country wholesale or gut their unions.

    Surely the opposition should have been all over this?

    • Populuxe1 11.1

      Of course that also means more flights from a US state to New Zealand, but how thoughtless of me to mention it while you’re wallowing in smugness.

      • tracey 11.1.1

        I guess one issue is we have a flagging economy. One thing that boosts an economy is local money circulating locally. All of us, inlcuding the PM, who holiday overseas remove money from that circulation pot.

  12. millsy 12

    Back in the good old days, Rob Muldoon and family had a bach up by Hatfields beach. This was before it became the yuppie retreat it was now. In the ’70′s, kiwi mums and dads stayed there, no not the mum and dads who have a share portfolio and a swag of rental properties in South Auckland, and moan about not being able to afford a property in the Epsom Girls’ Grammar school zone, but *REAL* mums and dads, who drew family benefits and earned award wages, who sent their kid to the local state school, and didnt see themselves as better than the rest. They would come and have a yarn and a beer with the PM, and their kids would play with Rob’s kids. You didnt see RDM fly off to Hawaii. Love him or hate him, he was probably the last PM who idenfitied with the average kiwi, I guess growing up in the Great Depression with your father in an asylum with syphilis of the brain does that to you.

    • Populuxe1 12.1

      Slightly different times though – what with the ’73 oil crisis, a protectionist economy, and flying anywhere being horrendously expensive.

    • xtasy 12.2

      WOW millsy, are you a Rob fan now?

      I hated Muldoon for some pretty ignorant things he pushed through. But when he aged, and when he was hosting Radio Pacific talk shows on the week-end (after his opponents like Prebble doing the same), he became somewhat more “humane” a person, even showing sympathy to poor and disadvantaged. I heard that and learned, that people, no matter what their back ground may be, can change, learn and mature.

      He was such a man, still lacking in some, but he was becoming rather mellow and in a moderate way even compassionate, why I was very impressed with. So let us see what will come out of English, Key and especially that rascal Rodney Hide one day?!

      • millsy 12.2.1

        I think actions spoke louder than words.

        Muldoon bashed the unions but never took any (serious) measures to limit their power, nor did he seek to destroy the welfare state like Shipley and Richardson did.In 1991, he abstained from Rith’s benefit cuts, while Think Big was a genuine effort to wean us off a dependence on the international oil markets, the problem being that oil prices collapsed in the mid-to-late 80′s.

        He was a nasty prick sometimes, but as I said before, that was tempered by the fact that he knew the effects of unrestrained capitalism.

        • Rogue Trooper 12.2.1.1

          ae (I own his autobiographies, he was the man for the times (after all, it was Noo Zillind in the 70′s; consider Car -less Days now? ), or subsidized electric / hybrids, or a freakin functioning suburban retail centre. Most visionary thing I see in HB-the I-Way Cycle Way (the dam is fraught with whose gonna pay, whose gonna benefit controversy, same ol’ same ol’…

        • Fortran 12.2.1.2

          Muldoon said on more than one occasion that he was a socialist, and that he believed he was trying to protect the the ordinary New Zealand man after the 2nd oil shock, and Britain joining the EC.

  13. xtasy 13

    Key even tried to entice Sakhur from the BBC to come here.

    Did he? Would he bother? How well does it work, inviting visitors, when the exchange rate is at the highest it has been for so many years, making it prohibitive for many to even think of coming to NZ?!

    Propaganda and advertising work, that is if there is the money and incomes there, for those attracted to come. With global economic slow down, and Chinese visitors bringing their own lunch boxes and only hiring under cutting local Chinese “tour operators”, shopping in Chinese owned and staffed souvenir shops, selling Mainland Chinese made “NZ” souvenirs, how can that enhance economic growth in idiot NZ???

    • xtasy 13.1

      NZ economics = Neanderthal economics (at best), going by recent history at least!!!

    • Populuxe1 13.2

      Yes, dubious foreigners are ruining this country’s economy – but mainly just the ones who turn up and complain about everything while leaching off its welfare system.

      • Colonial Viper 13.2.1

        Actually it’s traitorous NZ nationals like Fay and Richwhite, Douglas and Richardson who have been ruining this country’s economy and selling us out.

  14. Kleefer 14

    There are plenty of things to criticise John Key about, but attacking his choice of holiday destination reinforces the view of the left as being driven by envy and hatred of wealth.

    • One Tāne Huna 14.1

      That’s ok, the fact that the economy does better when the left runs the country undermines that stupid prejudice so completely that only a moron could sustain it.

      • Populuxe1 14.1.1

        Calling swing voters “morons” isn’t very helpful either. I’d quite like to see the back of National if you don’t mind.

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    Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal...
    Gordon Campbell | 14-04
  • World News Brief, Tuesday April 15
    Top of the AgendaWorst Climate Change Scenarios Can Be Averted, Panel Says...
    Pundit | 14-04
  • Images of women and mother blaming
    There have been a few stories in the media about New Zealand women and obesity and body image, some referenced in this editorial from the Herald on Sunday. This article blames mothers for teaching girls to put on lip gloss....
    frogblog | 14-04
  • A Matter of Time: Reflections Of A Waning Republican
    Time Lords: The historical transition of the Monarchy: from that which rules, to those who reign, was a remarkable constitutional innovation. Neither a true monarchy, nor yet a full republic, Britain’s constitutional monarchy offered its subjects something unique. "[A] constitution...
    Bowalley Road | 14-04
  • IPCC 5th Assessment Report – exposing NZ on climate policy
    The IPCC’s 3rd Working Group has just released the final section of its 5th Assessment Report.  Following WGI report on the science and WGII on impact, this one focuses on a response strategy. The Report recalls that annual global emissions...
    frogblog | 14-04
  • Maori Party / Key fundraiser
    The Political Anorak News is full of the $5,000-a-plate fundraiser for the Maori Party hosted by John Key at the Northern Club in Auckland. A few thoughts: Nothing illegal about this at all, or really anything immoral either. Key wants...
    Polity | 14-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Neglected rural and regional roads will cost more lives
    The government must take urgent action to prevent more accidents to truck drivers and other road users of increased logging trucks on neglected roads, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Transport spokesperson. “The dangers to drivers and other road users in the...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Judith Collins’ refusal to answer a disgrace
    If John Key is holding his Ministers to any standards at all, he must make Judith Collins answer questions about the senior Chinese official she met during her taxpayer-funded visit to China last October, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Judith...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Ryall needs to heed hospital workforce issues
    The public health workforce, the same one Tony Ryall argues is making a lot of progress is facing increased pressure and staff burnout through his continued shuffling of the deckchairs, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Mr Ryall uses all...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Key ducks but can’t avoid High Court slap
    The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
    Labour | 09-04
  • First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
    The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
    Labour | 09-04
  • MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
    Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
    Mana | 09-04
  • Wise heads want wise response
    Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
    Labour | 09-04
  • Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
    The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
    Greens | 09-04
  • Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
    Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
    Labour | 08-04
  • National discovers public servants needed after all
    New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
    Labour | 08-04
  • School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
    The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
    Greens | 08-04
  • Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
    Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school. “It is disgraceful...
    Labour | 08-04
  • State Housing waiting lists go through the roof
    The waiting list for State Houses has risen by over a thousand in the past three months, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Low income people are feeling the sharp end of National’s housing crisis. A shortage of affordable houses...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions
    Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools are already concerned...
    Labour | 08-04
  • Guy gets it wrong by any measure
    The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI is having to spend another $8000...
    Labour | 08-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The Oceans Issue
    The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fear of South Auckland
    Fear of South Auckland...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • TV News Geography
    TV News Geography...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The best bit about gay sex
    The best bit about gay sex...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 1
    On not voting 1...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • On not voting 2
    On not voting 2...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour on trucks
    Labour on trucks...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
    Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
    Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
    Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
    Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
    Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Maori Party $5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northe...
    So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy. Shock. Horror. So what is one to make of the Maori Party holding a $5000 per ticket closed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • David vs Goliath – Key’s housing affordability TV debate challenge
    John Key allowed his frustration to get the better of him at yesterdays press conference when he responded to a question on housing affordability by shooting back that he would debate David Cunliffe on the issue. Cunliffe has accepted. The...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Deborah Manning joins Team Cunliffe
    Deborah Manning is a very good friend of mine and seeing her join Team Cunliffe in Wellington is just another example on top of Matt Mcarten and Clint Smith’s appointments that Cunliffe is serious about putting together the best strategic...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?
    If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000
    A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Comparing Key to Snowden
    Comparing Key to Snowden...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Latest Banksy
    Latest Banksy...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Valuing Teachers
    Valuing Teachers...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth
    Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • TPPA is corporate thuggery
    TPPA is corporate thuggery...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Why we need feminism
    Why we need feminism...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Method In His Madness: Why did Russel Norman make Labour an offer it couldn...
    THE LINE FROM LABOUR is that the Greens made them an offer they couldn’t accept. Delivered in the condescending, world-weary tone one usually associates with a headmaster reprimanding one of the dimmer boys from the Lower-Fifth, the suggestion, clearly, is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • iPredict has possible MANA-Internet Party alliance at 3 seats
    Latest iPredict scores has MANA at 1.1% and the Internet Party at 1.5% – combined that’s 2.6%, the party list percentages would roughly be… 2 seats (i.e. electorate and one list): (1.2%) 3 seats: (2%) 4 seats: (2.8%) 5 seats:...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Adam Bennett and his wonky Tai Tokerau logic
    Adam Bennett, the NZ Herald’s political reporter, has published a column with some wonky Tai Tokerau logic… Unless the Mana Internet alliance pulls off the unlikely feat of reaching the 5 per cent mark on election night, all of this...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Boots Riley performing for MANA fundraiser
    Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed by an...
    The Daily Blog | 14-04
  • Businessman who is taking Blogger to court for defamation attacked
    The NBR are reporting (paywalled) that Matt Blomfield, the businessman taking Cameron Slater to court for defamation, has had been attacked last night with shots fired at his home. How vicious and nasty. Thoughts are with Matt and his family....
    The Daily Blog | 14-04