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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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  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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