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Whither The Standard?

Written By: - Date published: 5:44 pm, September 1st, 2010 - 82 comments
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The Standard has been running for three years. It’s carved out a solid niche for itself in the NZ blog space. We’ve had a recent theme upgrade and established a trust for the advertising income. Our hard working Sysadmin just introduced multi-site capability to enable offshoot blogs such as (for example) scitech.thestandard.org.nz.

Now what?

What next for The Standard? You’re our readers, so you must like something that we do. And you probably have some ideas on what we can do better. So tell us! What do we do well? What do we do badly? How can we do better? In the end — how best to use this base — how best to build a community and a voice for the left wing of NZ politics?

[Update: This was originally posted August 30 at 7:44pm. Inspired by Bill in comments (12) I have boosted it back up near the top again tonight (for the last time ) -- r0b]

82 comments on “Whither The Standard?”

  1. More drinking liberally type events. The standard could organise some events or a film screening?

    Surely there is more to life that blogging… and online organising.

    Be good to have some film and book reviews? and NZ leftist History?

    The fabian society event links are good. What next???

  2. Rex Widerstrom 2

    A NZ version of Open Salon? (in addition to, not instead of). There’s many a commenter not quite prolific enough to think they deserve their own blog but whom I’d like to read more from, and not just restricted to the topics chosen by the main posters. (Bob’s exposition on movements vs coalitions, arising out of demand from other commenters to know more, is a perfect example of that this might encourage).

    And yes, the “submit a post” feature works for some, but in others it no doubt just encourages procrastination :-D

    And an “all posts by [name of author]” feature.

    • lprent 2.1

      There’s many a commenter not quite prolific enough to think they deserve their own blog but whom I’d like to read more from, and not just restricted to the topics chosen by the main posters.

      That is actually an option in the multi-site system that could be setup in a sub site. It could be set so any subscriber can write a post, and it wouldn’t be hard to set up something to restrict the number of posts that they could make within a given time period and/or that they require someone to press a button before they’re unleashed on the public. I seem to remember there is even options to restrict some people from writing anything.

      And an “all posts by [name of author]” feature.

      That is already there – just press on author ROB at the top of this post and you’ll see everything that he has ever written. It goes to http://thestandard.org.nz/author/r0b. I’m the only funny one for that – mine is http://thestandard.org.nz/author/admin but I seem to remember making .htaccess also do it as http://thestandard.org.nz/author/lprent

      • Rex Widerstrom 2.1.1

        Doh! I’ve never clicked on a poster’s name :oops:

        Oh yeah, that reminds me… a text editor for comments that has icons and formatting and such so I don’t have to look up the “embarrassed face” code :-P

        Might help those struggling to format links too?

        Just make sure it doesn’t have the BLINK tag… I’m not sure I could stand not only reading “socialists!!” six times in one Redbaiter comment, but also having them blinking at me :-D

        The “Open Salon” section as a sub site is a good idea. Build it and they will come.

  3. Descendant Of Smith 3

    One of the things I’ve enjoyed about this site is the source documents that are often linked to that explain the position someone takes.

    A source documents page, categorised in some way, would be quite useful. While the search function, or googling, allows finding many of these it doesn’t always find them, particularly as memory often forgets what the original thread was, but I often wonder what interesting stuff came out before I discovered the site.

    In some ways an educational overview possibly would be the result.

    Some guest posts by old school activists, trade unionists, etc would be quite useful that gives some background into the issues of their day and the history of particular issues.
    One would hope that neither of these things would however detract from the sites main purpose.

    • Rex Widerstrom 3.1

      A source documents page, categorised in some way, would be quite useful.

      Seconded. A website with it’s own bibliography!!

    • Armchair Critic 3.2

      Something similar to this would be a page of myths that have been exploded.
      Examples “we are borrowing $250 million a week” or “all beneficiaries are “bludgers”. There have been some excellent posts debunking these myths.
      Compiling the posts into a single useful reference would mean that every time some nut gets their newest lines from C/T the response could be a nicely hyperlinked “no, have a look here”.

      • felix 3.2.1

        I like the sound of that. Also I seem to remember someone (BLiP?) was keeping a comprehensive list of the govts’ broken promises which could be another useful reference.

        • just saying 3.2.1.1

          Seconded.

          A catalogue of lies (with relevant evidential links) that we could all add to would be great. Eventually the media would have to take notice. Wouldn’t they…?

          • lprent 3.2.1.1.1

            Ummm that could be feasible either a subsite or a updateable page or for that matter a wiki sub system.

            I don’t think I’d like the whole thing to be open slather. More letting people (singular or plural) who put up their hand being able to have page(s) that they can edit on a site.

            One of the things that comes with recent versions is the ability to set different attributes for different logged in users. One of the plugins I was playing with on the weekend allowed for pages to only to be edited from users with particular attributes.

        • Armchair Critic 3.2.1.2

          Absolutely. BLiP’s list would be an excellent reference. Wasn’t it the subject of a guest post?

        • BLiP 3.2.1.3

          I’m keeping a list of National Ltd™’s actions against the environment and sorta got started on a list of reasons which have contributed to the Police losing the confidence of the public. An on-line page with other people updating as well would certainly keep me more committed.

      • B 3.2.2

        Great idea!!

    • lprent 3.3

      It is possible although it would be a bit fraught. Most of the documents are links and quite a lot of those links disappear over time as sites are changed.

      We could probably build one for documents stored on our site. They’d just increase the size of my backups..

      I’ll have a think about that one.

      • Rex Widerstrom 3.3.1

        I seem to recall seeing various tools (all PC based alas, but that’s coz they’re all I look at) which can be set to spider your own site and report broken links. That’d at least automate the checking. Whether you then wanted to spend your time Googling for the new URL is another matter… but someone might volunteer?

      • felix 3.3.2

        Googledocs?

  4. ropata 4

    The Standard has a lot of content these days. Look at sites like dailykos, slashdot, readwriteweb … their homepages always look fresh. They feature the current stuff well. slashdot has an excellent karma system for rating comments. Kos has a lot of cool diaries, something you could look at with the new multi site thingy. I like the way RWW use the top banner space. Sorry but your giant werewolf ad is really obnoxious and went straight to adblock.

    Make top quality/ highly active posts more “sticky” somehow. Look at your RSS content. Consider recycling some of your best material from the past. Why don’t my comments show up on Backtype?

    • lprent 4.1

      What is backtype?

    • just saying 4.2

      Would be disappointed to see a “karma” or popularity function on the standard. Apart from being a bit juvenile, I feel it has the potential to stilt the content of blogs and comments (a bit like politicians’ integrity can be compromised by constantly seeking feedback from focus groups).

      The desire to be liked is a powerful drive, I’d rather be blissfully ignorant, so if it is introduced, I’d prefer it to be optional.

      Btw Rex it was Bill not Bob re your earlier comment.

      • lprent 4.2.1

        I’m not interested in a karma system. Have a look at this post looking at it on Kiwiblog last year.

        As it stands it simply entrenches bullying as the dominant social behaviour in the sewer by the majority in-group in a way that I have only seen in Hollywood high school dramas.

        It is pretty much the same in other blogs I’ve looked at from most sides (have to admit though that r2d2 at hot-topic has some really convoluted arguments – frequently winding up arguing against his own arguments that he’d used earlier).. I’d prefer to just do the moderating work, warn and ban for behaviour.

      • Rex Widerstrom 4.2.2

        Ah yes, sorry Bill. Approaching age means I file fewer bits of information per topic. In that case it was something like this blog plus “B”. Wrong “B” :???:

  5. Start conducting interviews, with politicians, mainstream media political journos and associated pundits, asking the questions regularly asked and generated from here….the tuff, non compromising questions other outlets/persons wouldn’t have the balls to ask and start a youtube channel to promote them to the wider public…

    …make some choice t-shirts for people to wear out and about, at rallies, strikes, rugby games etc.
    also use them as prizes for best post, best caption, that sort of thing.

    Use advertising funds generated by blog hits and any other revenue generated to buy primetime telly ad’s advertising the site and or sponsor billboards or leaflet drops/mailouts.

  6. Jan 6

    Book reviews and I’d be really keen to participate in a popular policy development process that could go beyond the possibilities within a party – perhaps in relation to the select committees process. it would depend on a volunteer to solicit, marshall and organise ideas.

    Well Done

    • Rex Widerstrom 6.1

      I’d be really keen to participate in a popular policy development process that could go beyond the possibilities within a party

      So would I. But with due respect to the Standard, I think having that process take place under its banner would limit inclusiveness. There’s a lot of good ideas out there, even amongst some on the right. With one or two exceptions (I’m sure I don’t have to name names) I’ve picked up at least one “Eureka!” idea from even the far eight / fundie commenters I engage with on Kiwiblog, often more. The genuine ones I find are often trying to get to the same place I am on issues like penal reform, but are convinced a different route is better. But that’s enough to sustain a worthwhile policy debate.

      Those people I doubt would come here. Even moderates probably wouldn’t. That may not bother you, I don’t know, but it would me – I want to be exposed to the widest possible range of opinion and ideas provided the author isn’t a raving fruit loop with only one note in his or her repertoire.

      It just so happens that coincidentally I had cause to post one of my periodic “we must all get along” rants both here and there, on totally different topics, but trying to emphasise that some things (indeed many things) are more important than tribal political allegiances.

      And as with any blog, the big ideas that arise are lost in the next day’s topical discussion. A place to tease them out over time and maybe do something with them would be great. But I’d like it to start as what the Aussies would call a cleanskin… no association with a known partisan political blog.

      [Sorry, I seem to be monopolising this thread. I'll shut up now. For a while ;-) ]

    • lprent 6.3

      books.thestandard.org.nz ?

      • r0b 6.3.1

        Broader than that? arts.thestandard ?

        • Rex Widerstrom 6.3.1.1

          Yikes. Beware dilution of purpose, I’d say. A tag for books (and encouraging more posts reviewing them) would surely achieve the same thing. But let’s leave it at books. There’s this thing called the Internet – I’m told it’s packed with good arts stuff already :-P

          Or where does it end? cookery.thestandard.org.nz?

          Though personally, I can’t wait for r0b’s exposition on interpretive dance (complete with embedded video) :twisted:

          • lprent 6.3.1.1.1

            Umm you’d have to look at the books tag. Since before I got the iPad (those dark days when I was restricted to the iPhone screen), I’ve used at least half of my reading time on verbiage prior to about 1965. Most of it is long out of print, free, pretty uneven, and a lot of fun to read for the sheer audacity of the writing.

            It is short stories from the pulp SF since it started early last century to about the 50 year copyright rules. Put out by Gutenberg. It is more fun to read than most of the stuff I’ve read for years. According to stanza I’ve read at least 600 in the last 18 months.

            Now that is a reading experience I’d like to write about. The era of writing that redbaiter still lives in

  7. marco 7

    I enjoy reading the site and find the discourse informative and interesting. I sit more in the centre of the political spectrum and would enjoy a weekly debate style post, where one of your contributors could debate a right winger on the issue of the week live, post for post, over over an hours time frame (this would negate the need for me to ever step foot on kiwiblog again).
    But anyway keep up the good work.

    • lprent 7.1

      The hassle with that is usually the time. People pretty well argue when they have the time. Those usually don’t coincide that often.

      • Bill 7.1.1

        Aye, but you could have a deliberate 2 person debate scenario set up centred on a specific topic.

        And the 2 advocates for differing positions could easily come from within the broad spectrum of the left. Problem with involving a ‘right’ discourse is that there is usually a serious lack of substance or intelligence in ‘right’ positions. So sod the straw man that would eventuate from trying that one…get the robust debate from the various positions occupied by the left.

        And have ‘open’ time allowed for measured responses.

        Simple.

        And educational for observers.

  8. QoT 8

    LOVE the bibliography idea, and how about a 101-style area for things like Marty G’s excellent “economics arguments for economically-illiterate people” posts? (Speaking as one of the likely audience).

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Economics for Everyone
      Tells you about the theory that most economists use today and why it doesn’t work. Which generally comes down to relies on a bunch of unrealistic assumptions about people and the economy none of which apply in reality and one of which is that people know what’s best for themselves. Look for it in your library although I haven’t found a public library that has it yet.

  9. ZB 9

    The Standard is about politics and society. We are a society of laws, issues
    revolve around certain laws. The Standard should engage a lawyer, law
    students, to provide the snipped of the legislated laws that are
    relevent to the debate. Initial links to the current law, regulation.
    A lot of time and expense goes into correctly laying down the law
    in the parliamentary ledger.
    This could be expanded to aid small business, who need to know
    general issues that are effected by current public issues, like work
    place safety just off the top of my head.

    A story page, a narrative flows down the page, from say what
    law incorporates a company, down to work place hazards,
    examples of public issues, like drunk off duty pilots. And
    stats to work place accidents. SO when a story of a collapsing
    crane occurs, a link to a discussion page can go up on the
    story page.

  10. luva 10

    An Us and Them Section.

    Identify a problem. Let’s say unemployment. Then critically compare what they(the right) are doing to address the problem and compare that with what us (the left) would do and how that would fx the problem.

    There is a hell of a lot of criticsm of the government. That is fine but I struggle to see the counter side of that criticism on here at times.

  11. rich 11

    I \’ d like to come to a site where there\’ s
    discussion from a left perspective .
    If I wanted to know what Tories think, I \’ d read
    a newspaper. Or Kiwibleurgh
    Howabout either a personal killfile (like xrn used
    to have ) or an opt – in comment system that
    requires commenters to be vaguely left wing .

    • lprent 11.1

      I like having argumentative centrists and tories around. Stops the place becoming an incestuous pit like sewer usually is. It also means that assumptions and presumptions get challenged and that is as important for left thinking as it is for every other part of knowledge.

      That is why we tend to moderate on behavior rather than content even if it does have the usual vagaries of individual moderators

  12. Bill 12

    Something that this post is a good example of is that there are times when posts ought not to drop away to obscurity just because time has passed. I know that posts can be made ‘sticky’, but that still leaves perceived relevance and overall visibility to be determined by time.

    Is there a way to hive off certain types of post for ‘slow’ contemplative blogging as opposed to the high speed ‘fast food’ snort it and gone blogging that seems to be the norm?

    Put anther way, is there a way to have post demotion set by factors other than time passing? The occurrence of definite event might determine relevance and visibility instead, or contributors to a thread agreeing that they have exhausted whatever the topic was.

    I know there are probably ways that I can somehow get notification of responses on threads where I’ve commented, but like Lex ( Hi Lex, Bob here) and probably many other readers or contributors I, due to ignorance, only utilise a tiny percentage of the available functionality of the site. Which brings me to my next suggestion. A comprehensive instructional please.

    And on that point, to my last point. Zcommunications have attempted or are attempting to become a left hub in the states. They appear to have a number of novel features on their site that I couldn’t even begin to describe. But they have an instuctional video that would probably be worth checking out for the sake of ideas and/or inspiration.

    • just saying 12.1

      I know what you mean about the “slow, contemplative posts”. Many’s the time I’ve reflected on a blog of interest to me for a couple of days, only to find it ‘dead’ on my return. I then tend to be loathe to breathe new life into it because I assume (rightly or wrongly) that no-one else is still interested.

      The bugger of it is, that it’s often the slow burners that I find most valuable. They often require more thought because they are complex and cover a number of ideas, or novel angles and information. Having said that I’m damned if I can see how the slow posts could be accommodated without the front page getting overcrowded.

      Maybe we should post something like “anyone else still thinking about this one?” to see if others are interested in keeping a particular post alive in the comments section. Unfortunately, if you don’t catch the comments section in time….

      Dunno

      • Bill 12.1.1

        So would such posts tend to come under a ‘theory’ tag or a more inclusive ‘slow burn’ tag? I mean, I don’t know, but I experience the same as you on coming back to a, presumably dead thread.

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          What about something like giving a limited vote to logged in users (to reduce the inevitable gaming) of a few votes per week for posts to put them on a separate page where the categories currently live (and which get very little click through).

          Highest vote stays on top, diminishing by the recent frequency (say a week or two) of comment. There are usually 30 posts per page. Drop the post off when they hit the bottom of the page.

          It’d be interesting to try to see how it works.

          • Rex Widerstrom 12.1.1.1.1

            Just wildly brainstorming, probably pointlessly as I know the site is constrained by WordPress’s capabilities…

            What about a sort of on-site bookmark store? Probably registered users only so as to easily identify the ‘owner’ and minimise the load. Kind of the digital equivalent of tearing out a newspaper article you want to keep temporarily but will eventually disposed of?

            (Yes I know you could do it with bookmarks/favorites but people tend not to, and I’m talking about something that pops up as soon as you return, reminding you that you wanted to revisit a particular post, rather than being hidden away and forgotten in your favorites folder).

            Then posts could also be ranked by the number of “on site bookmarks” they received, indicating ongoing interest. Perhaps make them expire automatically after 30 days so the database didn’t get too huge as lazy sods like me didn’t delete them. If we want a permanent record, that’s what favorites are for.

            I’ve seen something similar written in AJAX (on a secure corporate site so I can’t give you a URL alas), but I’m not sure if it could co-exist on the server alongside WordPress…

    • lprent 12.2

      What is quite feasible to do is to have a page of posts by category or tag. For instance at the top of the page under the banners there are the category listings like http://thestandard.org.nz/category/environment/

      I’ll have a think about sharing posts between different sub sites. I have this feeling that it shouldn’t be too difficult to do.

  13. Eddie 13

    I can answer this one. One of the major issues we have is that while the website is designed to look like a news and current affairs site rather than a stock standard WordPress blog, it’s still running off the back of the WordPress engine.

    Given a budget of zero Francis had little option but to try to shoehorn the new design over the existing engine. He’s done an amazing job but the site in its current format will always be limited by the restrictions of WordPress, which includes only being able to make one post ‘sticky’ at a time.

    It’s definitely something we’ve thought about though. Eventually (if we got enough advertising revenue or donations) we could look at upgrading to a whole new format, but that takes money we just don’t have at the moment.

    • Bill 13.1

      On the money front, why not explore the idea of having ‘sustainers’ rather than, or as well as the presumably somewhat haphazard flow of donations?

  14. SHG 14

    Editorially I’d like to see fewer attack pieces on people the Standard authors don’t agree with. Entire articles devoted to bashing Cameron Slater, or ranting about David Farrar, for example. It’s a turnoff.

    • B 14.1

      Yes do we really want to read about these ignorant fools? Their own blogs are sufficient to completely discredit themselves.

    • r0b 14.2

      I happen to agree in the case of Slater, who is both irrelevant and unwell.

      DPF however is relevant and needs to be squarely confronted on some of the garbage he posts. I for one will not be stopping that!

      • SHG 14.2.1

        My beef isn’t with posts that critique third parties’ political positions. My complaint is about articles that are nothing but personal attacks on people that the authors don’t like.

        Articles like this

        http://thestandard.org.nz/oh-cameron-oh-dear/

        and this

        http://thestandard.org.nz/david-farrar-a-known-hypocrite-and-a-bit-of-an-idiot/

        are rubbish. It’s even worse when the articles are written in the second person “You are an idiot and you are dumb and you smell bad”, as if the person being talked about is actually reading the article. Jesus, grow up and take it to email.

        And using the front page of the Standard to poke fun at a mentally ill person for being unemployed, boy that took some guts. Good to see such progressive spirit.

        • lprent 14.2.1.1

          http://thestandard.org.nz/david-farrar-a-known-hypocrite-and-a-bit-of-an-idiot/

          The DPF piece was a direct response to DPF saying on his front page that in effect pseudonymous attacks on his favorite politicians were cowardly and would never be done if the person were using their real name. Totally incorrect and a clear case of dissembling.

          That was a pile of bullshit by someone who did know better. DPF hasn’t been around the nets as long as I have, but he has been around for a while. It was said purely for straight political reasons to divert attention away from whatever politician that DPF was brown nosing at the time, and was being lapped up by the gits in the sewer and repeated.

          It was worthy of responding to in person and in kind (except somewhat stronger) by someone who did have their identity visible on the net. My post displayed exactly how far you can go, well within the legal limits, in expressing an opinion (however damaging) of someone else. – in this case DPF himself That graphically displayed that the line he was spinning was fraudulent. It would have been damn near impossible for him as a nearly private citizen to take any legal action on what I said. There are far wider latitudes in having a go at politicians – which is what he was saying wouldn’t happen if everyone used their real names..

          Basically if DPF hadn’t acted like a complete pratt in his bullshit pontificating I wouldn’t have bothered to write that post. However if his thesis was not responded to then he would have carried on developing that bullshit meme across the right blogs. I notice that DPF hasn’t been repeated that behavior (or at least haven’t had it brought to my attention).

          I guess that you never bothered to actually read or figure out why the post was written… Makes it a poor example for your thesis. Most of the posts of this type (and there are a lot more that you haven’t referred to) are direct responses to such idiotic attacks. Personally I prefer to dispense with the niceties of of the hypocritical shrouds of politeness that DPF uses and just go for a through verbal ball kicking approach. It is a damn sight more honest and I usually get the desired result faster.

          As for Cameron – the post you referred to is pretty much in the same order as one of his posts attacking others. He is self-aware of his own problems and should probably spend more time trying to correct those issues than he does in attacking others. I don’t see any reason to stop a guest post from responding in the same way especially since one of the people he frequently likes to attack is me. I really don’t have a lot of time or respect for the layabout.

          Anyway, I don’t like getting attacked (or the site being attacked) for any reason without taking retribution. It just means that small minded bullies will keep doing it. Personally I rather enjoy tearing someone apart who has given me due cause.

          Of course if the idiots didn’t take stupid positions, bullshit, or attempt to attack us then there wouldn’t be a reason to have a go at them. But I suspect that is a bit hard for them (and apparently you) to understand.

          • SHG 14.2.1.1.1

            Oh, I can see that you “enjoy tearing someone apart”, so in that sense I understand it. But R0B asked for feedback and I’m giving it. The personal attacks serve no purpose and just bring the tone of the site down IMO. By addressing these rants personally at some target yet posting them here where only Standard visitors will see them, they just come across as “Here’s what I would have said if I had the courage to actually contact the person with whom I’m pissed off. But I don’t. So I’ll post it here and we can all laugh and slap each other on the back about what a burn $victim would be feeling in the hypothetical world where we actually sent this critique to him.” It just looks petty.

            • lprent 14.2.1.1.1.1

              By addressing these rants personally at some target yet posting them here where only Standard visitors will see them…

              Wrong. Usually the target does see them. Someone who reads both sites tells them in comments or e-mail – happens to me almost every time. Moreover, there is almost invariably a page view spike on posts like that as the partisan camps jump over to have a look. So the audience is wider than the frequent readers of our site. Frequently you’ll find discussion on other blogs with links over (which shows up on the link-through).

              I think that you’ve missed the point of why we post them – they are there to affect the behavior of the target. They also provide a reference point for people who are trying to find out information about a site that has just attacked them. We get an awful lot of search traffic here for whaleoil, gotcha, kiwiblog, farrar, etc.

              I think that Whaleoil is consistently in our top 20 or 30 search terms because we’ve kept documenting his absurdities. In the past few years I’ve had a number of e-mails from people telling me that they were glad to find out how much of clown he is (and that they could safely ignore him).

              Incidentally this latter point what tends to amuse me with some of the right blogs consistently mis-spelling our site name – you get the impression that they don’t fully understand search engines and their uses.

              • Bill

                Know how the boring and decidedly fucked up authoritarian left is rife with character assassination….?

                • lprent

                  Yep… Been subject to it a few times. I barely notice it because it is largely people squabbling and not doing much. I only really respect people doing something constructive – even when I disagree with them (which is usually the case). I pretty much ignore the left organizations – their processes just waste my time.

                  My involvement around the left has consistently been about one thing, I just build systems that work. I build them to help people I think are worth supporting. And I build them to push the largely technophobic in the political left into using the systems because otherwise they’ll die in the dust of history.

                  But I’d also have to say that I have far more investment in the net than I have in the left. Most of my targeting has been based around violating that rather than the direct politics.

                  • Bill

                    The comment wasn’t directed at you Lynn.

                    The authoritarian factions of the left spend their time and energies scratching one another’s eyes out…the Trots and the Leninists and all the other various ‘reformed’ Stalinist’s claim that their dead icon represents the true path while the others and their dead icons are veritable devils blinding everyone to the ‘true way’ and so ought to be choppethed up and stompethed down in no uncertain fashion.

                    That is, until they all come together to pour scorn and opprobrium on the unifying object of their fear and hatred; any person who is not on their knees before their extended and dysfunctional pantheon of dead dictators and almost dictators and who is critical or dismissive of the legacy they represent.

                    Any banging on a person because of who they are rather than because of their ideas, if that is what is happening, would fall into the same energy sapping and dull category.

                    That’s all.

                    • lprent

                      Agreed. I just get irritated by ideological stupidity. Generally I ignore it in much the same way that I ignore the god-botherers (and I suspect both come from exactly the same human behavioral source). I tend to have a go at people based on what they do or have done.

                      I know rather a lot of people with pretty strong ideas on various things from the right to left, technophile to technophobe, faithful to cynic, etc etc. What I always look at is how the person acts. What they say is sometimes interesting – but a hell of a lot less interesting than how they act.

  15. The Standard by it’s very nature is a very Kiwi blog and the subjects are all more or less limited to New Zealand. There is nothing wrong with that it’s just that a lot can be learned from seeing the bigger picture.

    For example why is it that a a company like South Canterbury Finance is collapsing and why is it that the NZ populace is being held to ransom for a cool $ 1.5 billion. Although this is perceived to be a local matter this is happening around the world and the investors are always the same.

    If New Zealanders had known this bigger picture about banking and financial irresponsibility would they have voted for a man who made his money in the same business? Would they have allowed these companies to flourish?

    What I’m saying is we are not an Island even if we are physically.

    So my suggestion would be why not take a local subject (Privatisation of prisons, finance companies collapsing, the erosion of rights) for say a week or so and investigate how many events mirror these events abroad?

    It would be a great way to involve commentators, bring in links to other blogs and who knows we all might learns something.

    • lprent 15.1

      The Standard by it’s very nature is a very Kiwi blog

      It sure is. From memory over 98% of its readership is from NZ IP’s and the majority of the overseas readers are members of the kiwi overseas mafia.

  16. BLiP 16

    Can the new super-duper server handle some message/image board type functions like the direct embedding of pics/vids by users?

    • SHG 16.1

      Given the potential for abuse, I’m not sure that’s a particularly good idea.

    • lprent 16.2

      It could (and the old system could as well). However there are an awful lot of gotchas in allowing image uploads.

      Ignoring all of the code nasties that can be done with image formats (like jpeg), it’d really complicate an already expensive backup of the code and uploads. The backup of images (which are already largely compressed) is many times larger than the compressed database of all of the text in the system.

      Adding links to other ‘safe’ sites like youtube would be feasible, but we’d have to be cautious of displaying prelim screens. They cost a lot for people on slow bandwidth and were one of the main reasons I was really happy to shift to the new front page. Video place holder images were very expensive.

      • BLiP 16.2.1

        Fair nuff – just brain storming really.

        What about setting up a Wiki where the various lists, references, etc could be loaded up? More work for the mods and admin, I suppose? Still, would make for a great index. There is just so much information and material available at The Standard, be a shame to see it dwindle away and the repetitive re-creation of the wheel as happens from time to time.

  17. prosaic 17

    I agree with someone above–I’m never impressed by or interested in posts making idiots look even more idiotic (except when it’s our politicians–that stuff IS funny). I see you have your own good reasons for these kind of attacking posts and maybe they are good for the site overall but they turn me off, too–as does swearing and abuse. Sometimes I feel disappointed in the Standard (with all due respect) for not rising above that petty childish stuff (that’s just me though). I come here for the side of the story the Herald doesn’t run (or isn’t aware of), not for point-scoring against righty bloggers.

    Also, while authors like marty and eddie are very knowledgable about stuff (like economics and so on) and their posts very informative, sometimes some of the posts are so clearly one-sided/biased that I feel like I’m reading the Herald (but the other side of the spectrum). I like to read stuff that offers an argument, considers objections or other points of view, takes into account pros and cons and is just more balanced–that takes a genuine questioning tone, rather than a lecturing, dogmatic tone. Such articles are actually much more informative and persuasive than a one-sided rant. It’s just too easy to dismiss (for the people you might hope to persuade–those, say, on the right) points of view that don’t take into consideration the other side of the story.

    I also would like room/time for ongoing and deeper debates, rather than comment threads petering out after a day or two.

    Thanks

  18. Sanctuary 18

    How about using the TheStandard community to build something like http://www.theyrule.net/?

  19. swimmer 19

    I think you guys are great and all I can say is keep up the good work :-)

  20. WOOF 20

    I like it when you dig up the dirt and find some juicy morsels to share with the pack :-)

  21. ak 21

    Might be just me, but the volume and quantity has improved so much it’s hard to keep up at times! The “sticky post” bizzo is a good idea for busy bods – maybe keep ‘em up while the comments keep coming and/or the story develops……hard to say, case-by-case judgement call I spose.

    Leaven the load a wee bit perhaps – don’t forget that humour’s a very potent tool -eg that priceless clip of Bushisms, one gem is worth a thousand votes. Cartoons – maybe a comp aimed at design and art schools – prizes even? Lamest political joke? Bring back the caption competition!

    That said, you’re going great guns, keep up the good work.
    -

  22. Draco T Bastard 22

    Don’t suppose you’ve got a template for exporting from an Open Office Document have you? The contribute post page is absolutely horrible for formatting a post and I’m sure that the default format used for exporting to HTML from Open Office will conflict with the format used on the blog.

    • lprent 22.1

      I haven’t looked, but there should be something we can do.

      As you say, the problem with HTML from the office systems is that they produce useless HTML. I suspect that the converters will have the same issues.

      However, there is a version of tinymce that is used in the editor that the authors use. It is a pain to carry through because it is embedded deeply inside of the admin code. I’ll find a weekend and have another crack at it.

  23. Draco T Bastard 23

    A comment from NZFP made me wonder: Would it be possible to have an area for political party press releases on this site?

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    Mana | 23-07
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    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga  Posted on July 27, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?Amnesty International welcomes resolution S-21/1...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Press Release Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
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