web analytics
The Standard

Whistleblowers and services to journalism

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, June 10th, 2013 - 56 comments
Categories: internet, john key, news, same old national, slippery, spin, Spying, telecommunications, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, us politics - Tags: , , , ,

Two whistleblowers leakers are in the news right now, both focused on the US-led surveillance society, operating in the interests of corporate power.  One is a true whistleblower, the other has created as much confusion as enlightenment. And today they are brought into focus by some journalists who have done a major service over time.

Kim Hill took it to John Key this morning on RNZ’s Morning Report,

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

She didn’t let him get away with his vague prevarications.  For instance, following through the logic of him claiming he couldn’t pursue the revealing of the Dunne emails because they weren’t in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

But who set the terms of reference, Mr Key?  Well I did.  So wasn’t that a bit stupid, Mr Key?

And, towards the end of the interview, Hill persists with questioning Key over his use of “Dunne’s lapse in judgement”, non-explanation for him losing Key’s trust.

This issue is related to the role of the Kitteridge Report on the role of the GCSB, launched in the wake of the Kim Dotcom saga.  While Dunne can be classed as a whistleblower, he hardly has performed a service for the 98% in leaking something that was due to become public anyway.  And Dunne also supported the extension of GCSB powers to legally spy on Kiwis.

So Dunne is as much diversionary foot-soldier for the expansion of authoritarian powers as helping to expose the machinations of the plutocracy, and political maneuverings of politicians, as outlined by today’s Standard guest post, and micky savage on his blog.

Kim Hill, on the other hand, exposes the fog of spin that John Key uses to mask his government’s increasing anti-democratic procedures.

Today in the Guardian the whistle-blower, who exposed the US NSA Prism surveillance system, is revealed as Edward Snowden.  As recounted by Tyler Durden (h/t Colonial Viper),

he is Edward Snowden, 29 years old. Originally from Elizabeth City, NC, a Maryland community college dropout and former Special Forces trainee, the 10 year “veteran” with the NSA, most recently in its Hawaii office under the employ of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, has just made history and joined the pantheon of such legendary whistleblowers of the US government’ secret activities as the Pentagon Papers’ Daniel Ellsberg and Wikileaks’ Bradley Manning. Last but not least, Edward is currently residing in Hong Kong, out of harm’s (read America’s) way.

In the Guardian article by Glenn Greenwald, it is revealed that Snowden always intended to make is identity known, but also did not want his identity to get more attention than the information he revealed. Snowden takes extraordinary (almost tinfoil hat) measures to avoid surveillance, knowing the powers that the US systems wield:

He is deeply worried about being spied on. He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.

Though that may sound like paranoia to some, Snowden has good reason for such fears. He worked in the US intelligence world for almost a decade. He knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him….

And he knows only too well the sophisticated technology available to them and how easy it will be for them to find him. The NSA police and other law enforcement officers have twice visited his home in Hawaii and already contacted his girlfriend, though he believes that may have been prompted by his absence from work, and not because of suspicions of any connection to the leaks.

“All my options are bad,” he said. The US could begin extradition proceedings against him, a potentially problematic, lengthy and unpredictable course for Washington. Or the Chinese government might whisk him away for questioning, viewing him as a useful source of information. Or he might end up being grabbed and bundled into a plane bound for US territory.

“Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets,” he said.

This article by Glenn Greenwald is the latest in a series resulting from the journalist spending a lot of investigative time with and around Snowden in order to bring the NSA whistle-blown story to the public.  Snowden began working for the US government’s NSA believing he was doing something good, but then found otherwise:

He described as formative an incident in which he claimed CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment.

“Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,” he says. “I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good.”

Once a believer in the liberating potential of the Internet, Snowden increasingly came to see the surveillance systems used by the US government as too powerful, all-encompassing and threatening to the existence of democracy..

Glenn Greenwald and Kim hill, take a bow for services to the fourth estate.

In contrast to the Dunne-Key-GCSB fog of spin, Snowden shows the true meaning of whistle-blower.  And lets not forget that the GCSB is plugged in to the same surveillance systems as those used by the US government agencies.

 

 

56 comments on “Whistleblowers and services to journalism”

  1. Lightly 1

    Dunne is no whistleblower – he himself hasn’t claimed that title and, as you point out, he supports the broader powers to the GCSB.

    Snowdon is a true whistleblower – revealing an abuse of state power that otherwise would never have come to light and owning it

    • karol 1.1

      Yes, you are right, Lightly. Dunne is merely a leaker, while Snowden is the true whistleblower. I have amended the post accordingly.

  2. Poission 2

    Now that the NSA is the worlds biggest owner of porn,can we prosecute them?

  3. Andre 3

    Now justice needs to prevail. Dunne has breached the trust of the people that he represents .GCSB is our state intelligence dept . He is on the committee as a cross party control for a democratic oversight.He has breached our trust . Treason is a big word but …………

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      It’s not treason, ffs.

      • Andre 3.1.1

        Leaking information And the possible effect of a snap election on the country has not a detrimental effect on NZ ?

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1

          he leaked informatioj it seems. but that’s not Treason. And even if it did lead to a snap election (which it won’t), it still would not be treason.

          New Zealand has treason laws that are stipulated under the Crimes Act 1961. Section 73 of the Crimes Act reads as follows:

          “Every one owing allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen in right of New Zealand commits treason who, within or outside New Zealand,—
          (a) Kills or wounds or does grievous bodily harm to Her Majesty the Queen, or imprisons or restrains her; or
          (b) Levies war against New Zealand; or
          (c) Assists an enemy at war with New Zealand, or any armed forces against which New Zealand forces are engaged in hostilities, whether or not a state of war exists between New Zealand and any other country; or
          (d) Incites or assists any person with force to invade New Zealand; or
          (e) Uses force for the purpose of overthrowing the Government of New Zealand; or
          (f) Conspires with any person to do anything mentioned in this section.”[19]
          The penalty is life imprisonment, except for conspiracy, for which the maximum sentence is 14 years imprisonment. Treason was the last capital crime in New Zealand law, with the death penalty not being revoked until 1989, years after it was abolished for murder.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treason#New_Zealand

          It’s not a word that should be lightly thrown around. Why not just say ‘OMG IT’S MURDER!’. Makes about as much sense.

        • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2

          Still not treason – the bar is far higher for treason.

          Selling out our nation’s strategic economic infrastructure to foreigners, now that’s treason.

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.2.1

            No it isn’t.

            • Colonial Viper 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Well, in a wider sense than the statute, yes it is :)

              A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within

  4. Martin Legge 4

    When I blew the whistle on the pokie industry in 2010 it was Peter Dunne’s contact with the DIA that sufficiently influenced Nathan Guy and DIA to ignore, suppress and even lose doumentary evidence that I provided should have stopped the pokie trust (TTCF) in its tracks. The suggestion that Dunne is some sort of whistleblower is obscene !!!

    • karol 4.1

      Interesting, Martin. You are providing support to the idea that Dunne is a serial offender in leaking and diverting, according to what suits Dunne’s agenda, rather than the interests of the public.

      And I have amended my post to highlight the fact that Dunne is merely a leaker, while Snowden is a whistleblower-actual.

    • ghostrider888 4.2

      ahhh, followed your course in the press; you give the police a good name.

    • First Time Caller 4.3

      Yeah, back the others on this – you certainly are a legend around that. Just a pity what the DIA didn’t do – the whole thing stank to high heaven.

  5. I am perplexed by references to Peter Dunne as a whistle-blower. A whistle-blower by definition is a person with inside information who reveals it because not to do so would allow something the whistle-blower finds unconscionable or morally repugnant to continue. In other words a whistle-blower is a self-appointed referee applying the “rules of the game” where he or she finds the rules being infringed.

    There is not the slightest suggestion that PD finds the government’s legislative programme repugnant or that he does not/did not wholeheartedly support the retrospective legislation validating the illegal activities of GCSB. Had his motivation been moral repugnance I would have applauded the man as one standing up and proclaiming enough of this ordure!

    But, no. Far from being some sort of Saul on the Road to Damascus, Peter Dunne is genuinely puzzled about his own motivation, he has seen no light; he has not acted out of a sense moral or ethical urgency. He has no idea. He has blown no whistle, he has merely farted at the dinner table

    • ghostrider888 5.1

      while playing footsies (or maybe, a little up-skirt peek).

    • xtasy 5.2

      James N: I must agree, Dunne is rather only a technical, reluctant “whistle-blower, if that.

      He appears to rather have been driven by remaining hormonal rushes affecting his thinking and judgment, perhaps trying to “impress” somebody who led to some visual or other arousal, setting off the hormones. He will know more about it, so it is a bit of speculation, but possibly a better explanation for his actions.

      Dunne was certainly not acting for the cause of exposing some evil or wrong, as it would otherwise have been exposed in the relevant report anyway.

      But the US American chap who worked for the NSA, he surely is a whistle-blower and has taken a big risk for himself to reveal what he did.

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        The US seems to be having trouble with all these young idealistic Americans who believed in the stuff they were told about doing good in the world, enhancing freedom and protecting the constitution.

  6. ianmac 6

    What odds are there that Mr Key will ever risk being interviewed by Kim Hill again, ever?
    Remember Kim is there for only two weeks and this is the 2nd week.

    • Shona 6.1

      Bummer eh? Morning Report has been radio wallpaper for soooo long .

    • Macro 6.2

      “Remember Kim is there for only two weeks and this is the 2nd week.”

      I’m really sorry to hear that. Its popcorn normally.

    • SpaceMonkey 6.3

      It was radio gold listening to Kim Hill interview John Key, knowing that it is unlikely ever to happen again. She didn’t accept his patsy answers, going deeper into detail, and ignored his attempt to fall back with a “Labour did it too”-type answer. Loved the “well that was a bit stupid”!!!

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    He is deeply worried about being spied on. He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.

    Though that may sound like paranoia to some, Snowden has good reason for such fears.

    “Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets,” he said.

    The line between “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy fact” is much more blurry than some might choose to believe.

    With regard to all pervasive intelligence and spying powers, I do believe that “smaller government” is probably better for the proper function of democracy and an appripriate balance of power between the citizens and the state. Rather than the all invasive, no holds barred (and basically totalitarian) direction things seem to be heading.

    • ghostrider888 7.1

      what democracy? stay focused man. 😀

    • prism 7.2

      Could be that smaller countries could be better. The United States of America and Russia also, are unwieldy and the USA appears to be having a political civil war making it ungovernable.

      Did anyone used to play statues at school? Everyone freezes and the game controller walks around looking for movement and if spotted, the mover has to leave the game. Don’t know if it could work quite like that in the USA. Politicians there would rather turn to stone than move and be like normal people.

  8. vto 8

    How can we know Snowden can be believed?

    Surely the chances of him being put up for this are as equal as the chances he is a true whistleblower…..

    or not? and why?

    best not believe anything and go fishing …… only to return and find the jackboots have overrun the place.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      How can we know Snowden can be believed?

      Because Obama and co. have implicitly or explicitly agreed that the leaked info is accurate, that the Prism system is operational and does what has been described, and have started a criminal investigation into the unauthorised release of classified information.

      BTW it looks like major consulting firm Booz Allen who was Snowden’s employer (looks like he and they were a contractor to the NSA) has already declared that Snowden has committed a “grave ethical violation” in whistleblowing.

  9. Winston Smith 9

    Will you still being saying the same thing when Kim Hill subjects Shearer or Norman to the same…

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Although Key is, Shearer and Norman aren’t party to the Dunne/SIS mess.

    • weka 9.2

      “Will you still being saying the same thing when Kim Hill subjects Shearer or Norman to the same…”

      If Norman ever becomes a sleazy, lying, arrogant, sell the country for whatever I can get for my pay masters, politician, then I hope KH savages him. As it is, I expect Norman to be able to hold his own quite well with her, given that (a) he still has his integrity reasonably intact and (b) he’s not trying to shaft anyone and is more inclined to be open and honest (to the extent a politician can) and is thus unlikely to get mired in his own lies, and (c) is intelligent and well informed.

      • grumpy 9.2.1

        ….or Shearer cant explain his over $1mill in offshore bank accounts……or Norman wont come clean about his commie past – what then?

        • gobsmacked 9.2.1.1

          Winston S and Grumpy are sadly lost. They must have bought their moral compass at the two dollar shop.

          It says everything about your mindset that you can only say “Wah wah – the other side!”. Well, I hope Kim Hill – and every other interviewer – holds all our elected representatives to account, including Norman, Shearer and the rest. Why would you want anything less?

          Do you think the public are better served by vacuous puff-pieces? Do you want to be “informed” by cuddles on a Breakfast TV couch? Do you want a democracy or a royal court?

  10. xtasy 10

    ““Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,” he says.”

    As quoted from Karol’s interesting story above, this may well be what not only Edward Snowden as an experienced insider in state intelligence services of the US would say, but many New Zealanders who are likely to have been spied on.

    Of course most of us would not think GCSB or SIS would be too bothered with critical posters on social media, but is it not so, that some long serving MPs of accepted, mainstream and left of centre parties had been spied on by the SIS?

    I think the truth of what has been, and still is going on, over many years, would shock many. But of course we are very unlikely to ever learn much about this.

    What got me very concerned and seriously questioning what state agencies are up to was the fact, that on a day of action against welfare cuts and draconian benefit reforms in early October last year, one such protest was filmed very attentively and intensely by a female police officer in Henderson from before the start to the very end!

    And they appeared to have no reason for this. Such things are stuff one would suspect to happen in Mainland China, in some other dictatorships and in former East European countries. Yet it happened right here in New Zealand, at a totally peaceful, non violent protest, openly in broad daylight.

    I have also heard of infiltration of leftist and activist groups, that is supposed to have happened. What next?

    As for Snowden, I would not necessarily feel any better off in a place like Hong Kong, as Mainland China has an easy reach there, and they are certainly no better than US secret agencies.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      I have also heard of infiltration of leftist and activist groups, that is supposed to have happened. What next?

      IIRC in both the UK and in NZ undercover police infiltrated environmental activist groups. Including under taking activism and protest themselves – and sleeping with women in the groups to get “intelligence”.

  11. ghostrider888 11

    YOUR smart-phone is watching YOU
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/douthat-your-smartphone-is-watching-you.html?_r=0 “soft despotism”; not so smart.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      If you ever wanted to bug your ex-spouse’s car or bedroom, you would need to buy a device which had both a microphone and a transmitter built into it i.e. a “bug”. If the bug was going to be in their car, it would be more useful if it could also report it’s location i.e. a “tracking device”.

      The beautiful thing about a GPS enabled smart phone is that people voluntarily carry the device with them at all times, you can tell their exact location within 10m (if they are outdoors), and by turning the microphone on, their smartphone instantly becomes a transmitting microphone too: a “bug”.

      There’s no particular reason why the smartphone’s microphone could not be turned on even when you have turned the smart phone “off” as long as the battery had not been removed.

  12. Bill 12

    I’m looking forward with interest to how, both the msm and some of the left react to Snowdon in the coming weeks – bearing in mind the enthusiam they exhibited and continue to exhibit over the metaphorical burying of Assange.

    I guess the msm will be fairly predictable as they always, in the end, side with power. (Consider the coverage they gave to the allegations of rape levelled at Assange in comparison to the coverage they generated over the ex-head of the IMF Struass-Kahn – the former villified and the latter exonerated…the accusers in the former case taken at their word and the accuser in the latter ‘crucified’.

    Of the baying pack that sits on the left…? We’ll see.

    Mind you, the whole thing could just be buried ‘quicksmart’, thereby denying anybody interested in levels of consistency any ‘entertainment’.

  13. ghostrider888 13

    Gower, the Tory Shill, on 3; “Labour’s motive not holier-than-thou (interest in security), but to ruin Peter Dunne for good and embarrass John Key further.” (if that were possible).

    Paul Brislen; “likely there has been reciprocal spying (between Echelon partners)” to get around not spying on own citizens.
    Key; “no reciprocal spying has occurred”.

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Key; “no reciprocal spying has occurred”.

      If that were true it means we are in a pretty lame do-nothing bunch of spooks…which I doubt is the case.

    • karol 13.2

      Actually, I thought Key just side-stepped the question

      Prime Minister John Key won’t rule out whether New Zealanders are being spied on by the agency or whether any of that information was passed on to our spies.
      Videos, emails, photos, audio, stored data, social networking details – PRISM collects it all.
      But Mr Key won’t let on whether New Zealanders’ information is being collected.

      “I’m not going [into that] or what techniques are used for that,” he says.

      He said there were “isolated” examples of working with other countries’ agencies, “but there’s no wholesale reciprocal work going on.”

  14. karol 14

    Talking about Andrea Vance’s role in the emails, the chief executive editor of Fairfax, claims to be part of the “fourth estate”, albeit in a skewed way, referring to himself/his organisation in the 3rd person:

    Fairfax Group executive editor Paul Thompson said Fairfax was “absolutely” backing Vance.

    ‘‘Realistically you as members of the fourth estate will need to think about whether you want that committee to sub poena that information and therefore be delving into your communications both by phone, by text and by email with members of Parliament.’’

    Is this false advertising? Although some journalists may be trying to fulfill a fourth estate role, I don’t hold out the same optimism for the chief editor of Fairfax.

  15. fabregas4 15

    I heard Hill and Key and moved to the bathroom where my radio is on Radio Live. Key, late for his normal Monday morning chat with Lush because he had been being mauled by Hill had this to answer first up “Well Prime Minister what did you like the best, the Rugby or the League?” Normal Service resumed.

  16. RedLogix 16

    Maybe we’ll have to stop using the internet and go back to actually talking to each other….

  17. tracey 17

    Geoff robinson should hang his head in shame.

    the pm wld not breach security if he gave an assurance that no nzers were under secret survellience.

    his dalziel and field comments were interesting in light of his non treatment of banks and worth. Someone needs to go back over keys righteous indignation over the own glen affair and his promise to have higher standards than labour. To be utterly transparent… and… I recall him telling paul henry he would even answer questions he wasnt asked. Start quoting that back at him.

  18. tracey 18

    Didnt dunne tell peters to put up or shut up last week? The pm might want to ruminate on his use of the same words.

    notice how he played on self interest to get the media on side to suppress the emails. Speaks volumes about his ethics that he assumes others will put themselves ahead of public interest.

    finally, dunne gets a week paid leave to sort a mess entirely of his own making?

    I feel sorry for his wife.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    43 mins ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    50 mins ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    5 hours ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    22 hours ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    24 hours ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    1 day ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    1 day ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    3 days ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    4 days ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    4 days ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    4 days ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    4 days ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    4 days ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    4 days ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    4 days ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    4 days ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    4 days ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    5 days ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    5 days ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    5 days ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    5 days ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    5 days ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    5 days ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    5 days ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    6 days ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    6 days ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    6 days ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    6 days ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    6 days ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    6 days ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    6 days ago
  • Charter school experiment turns into shambles
    The National Government’s charter school experiment has descended into chaos and it’s time for Hekia Parata to stop trying to cover up the full extent of the problems, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The Education Minister must release all… ...
    6 days ago
  • Disconnect between rates and income must be fixed
    Local Government New Zealand’s 10 Point Plan is a chance to stop the widening chasm between the rates some households are charged and their ability to pay, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “There is a huge disconnect… ...
    7 days ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • Parole and ‘surviving the first year’
    “Intensive psychological treatment and early release to parole is far more effective at reducing reoffending among high risk prisoners than serving out the full prison sentence.” That’s reportedly the finding of Surviving the First Year, a recently-released study into Corrections’… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    1 week ago
  • If it’s good enough for Lake Taupō…
    Nick Smith supports helping farmers transition away from dairying and agrees we must set nitrogen caps that limit the number of animals on farms. He says this strategy is “world leading”. However we need action and pressure from him, on to… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    1 week ago
  • The importance of swamp kauri for climate research
    As early as 2010, international climate scientists were expressing concern at the rate of ancient swamp kauri extraction in Northland. Swamp kauri provides one of the best sources in the world for measuring climate fluctuations over the last 30,000 years.… ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage MP
    1 week ago
  • Govt needs to heed warnings on med students
    The Government is being urged to act on advice it has received about the negative impact its seven year study cap will have on hundreds of medical students, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “The 7EFTS lifetime limit unfairly disadvantages… ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers at sea over overseas buyers register
    The Prime Minister and three of his ministers are at odds over the collection of information about offshore speculators buying our houses and seem to be making things up as they go, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “John Key… ...
    1 week ago
  • Time for Key to ditch the King Canute routine
    With the economic mood in New Zealand souring, it is time for John Key to admit reality and drop the King Canute approach, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “John Key is claiming that 95 per cent of the economy… ...
    1 week ago
  • Botched contract leads to charter school rort
    A botched Government contract has allowed an Auckland charter school to double dip by getting funding for students it has accommodated for free, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Information received by Labour through written Parliamentary questions show the Ministry… ...
    1 week ago
  • Flawed system costs $3 million and counting
    New figures obtained* by Labour show the Government’s shambolic ACC car registration levy system has cost more than $3 million to implement and the costs are set to escalate, Labour's ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “That’s $3 million that could… ...
    1 week ago
  • Radio NZ facing death by 1000 cuts
    The National Government’s seven year funding freeze on Radio New Zealand has put its vital public broadcasting services in serious jeopardy, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says. "The axing of 20 jobs at our only publicly funded broadcaster shows the… ...
    1 week ago
  • Trades funding cut short-sighted
      Short-sighted funding cuts could lead to fewer school students learning trades, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. "Schools are now being financially penalised for enrolling students in trades academies. They could lose teachers and school management positions as a… ...
    1 week ago
  • The rock star economy is well out of tune
    The bad news is mounting for the economy with job ads falling in June, suggesting employment is taking a hit, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “ANZs Job Ads data shows job advertising fell 0.6 per cent in June and is… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treasury latest to withhold Saudi sheep scandal information
    The Labour Party will today lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman after the Treasury became the latest government department to withhold information on the Saudi sheep scandal. Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Parker says the Government has been… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Calls to extend life-saving training
    The Government must ensure all health sector workers are not only be trained to routinely check for medical identification bracelets but have access to critical online patient information, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “The tragic death of an 80-year-old… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Making business tax more flexible
    Labour is launching a new proposal to give businesses more flexibility and control over when they pay their tax, Opposition Leader Andrew Little announced today. “Today I am launching a discussion document to give businesses the option of paying their… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • ICT graduates a drop in the sector’s empty bucket
    The Government’s ICT graduate schools announced today will only train a tiny fraction of the workers the sector is crying out for, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “The industry estimates it has a shortage of 10,000 skilled workers,… ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere