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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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    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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