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Written By: - Date published: 9:38 pm, July 5th, 2013 - 57 comments
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The Herald is reporting that the SkyCity deal to increase human misery pokie machines in exchange for a white elephant convention center was done at 8pm this evening (which must be a record for burying a story on a Friday).

As Matt McCarten (who heads the union that deals with SkyCity) recently commented:

I was in an elevator with a senior gambling executive five years ago. It was a few days before John Key ousted Helen Clark’s government.

We chatted about what might happen in the gambling industry if National became government. He surprised me by claiming Key would be Tourism Minister.

My lift companion smiled when I responded that a prime minister doesn’t take on a portfolio traditionally delegated to a junior cabinet minister.

He winked that Key was committed to the “leisure” sector in its broadest sense. A few weeks earlier, a SkyCity senior manager had said something similar about tourism, that it and gambling were bedfellows.

And thus it came to pass.

So while everyone was getting angsty about Labour trying to find a better way to represent women in parliament, National was making sure they represented their mates just fine.

57 comments on “Who represents who”

  1. Yes 1

    Oh get over it…labour built sky city. It’s a brilliant deal. The new labour ” in labour” party can run a referendum. Only that the old labmanour might have a point.

    Vote sky city because the man lab is now our voted

    • IrishBill 1.1

      You’re incoherent. Try again.

      • Yes 1.1.1

        Spell check..still getting over crusaders big won..yeah…plus won a 1000 at the tab on the margin of victory…love gambling and betting..

        Sky city bring it on

        • Te Reo Putake 1.1.1.1

          Investment and odds, Yes?

          • Yes 1.1.1.1.1

            Yep invested my odds on voting national..they have come up trumps. Would of liked to have voted labour at the next election but now my favorite MP shane jones is to be replaced by Mrs. Jones.

            • chrissy 1.1.1.1.1.1

              2yes How droll…Yawn.zzzzz

            • Te Reo Putake 1.1.1.1.1.2

              So you don’t remember how much you invested and what the odds were. Interesting.

              • Yes

                Yep I invested my intelligence in voting national and in 5 years my house in Auckland is worth a million

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Ah well, an idiot (see figure 6) and his vote are easily parted.

                • ghostwhowalksnz

                  Your house isnt worth a million. You have a sunk cost of a million you cant take out. Expensive accomodation as you are unlikely to downgrade to a mere half million dollar shack

                  • vto

                    But ghost this is what Key and his creepy lot of evil-doers do – they con the people into thinking they are wealthy when the truth is so much more. Or rather, less.

                    Bleeeaargh – the picture conjured in my mind of the modus operandi and the life-aims of people such as Yes is shiveringly shallow. Why do people live like this?

                    – and as a tangent, imagine if all housing in New Zealand was worth, say, two years average wage. Now that would be grand. Imagine how little of our hard-earned earnings would have to get paid to the big dirty banks then. Imagine how we would be freed from the shackles of debt (well, people like Yes anyway). Imagine how much more money everyone would have for spending on other things, like our children, our free time, our chickens, compared to how much people spend on their banks. How much on their banks? How much on their banks? How much on their banks? Methinks people don’t think.

                  • Yes

                    Who said I was going to stay in Auckland?

                    • felix

                      Please do.

                      ps how funny that you racked your brains for something National have done to deserve your vote and you came up with ‘houses are more expensive’.

                  • ali

                    it is a good idea.

                • Rogue Trooper

                  and then there are those encouraged by the satire of the likes of Gareth Morgan and have multiple houses worth a million, or more.

            • yeshe 1.1.1.1.1.3

              Yes ? Nah.

    • Follow-the-money 1.2

      I wouldn’t have seen Key as a “man lab”. Don’t know why, but an Afghan Hound comes first to mind, in a dog-comparison game.

    • the pigman 1.3

      “labour built sky city”

      Citation needed. How old are you, again?

  2. Alanz 2

    “Who represents who”

    - or the title for this post can be “Minister for SkyCity”

  3. karol 3

    “Democracy” – not in John Key’$ vocabulary

    • Alanz 3.1

      In Con Key’s vocabulary, it is Money-cracy.

      The force or power of money. Money rules!

  4. Nick 4

    “Business tourism is essential to NZ but we lack facilities to cater for large conferences. If we want to be a true business tourism destination we need to have a world class conference centre and Auckland is the most practical place for it.”

    Labour supports the concept of a world class Conference Centre and will work with Auckland Council in progressing such a project.”

    http://www.labour.org.nz/sites/labour.org.nz/files/2011%20Labour%20Party%20Manifesto.pdf

    “Labour Mayor right to support Convention Centre”

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1305/S00263/labour-mayor-right-to-support-convention-centre.htm

    Seems like there is wide support for this particular white elephant

    • tracey 4.1

      Well labour party is reflective of say 30% of tge popukation and len brown is up for re election. Wanting it and needing it are different. I remember when we needed aotea centre as an international conference centre… a costly white elephant.

  5. Nick 5

    What a shame IrishBill keeps repeating debunked nonsense.

    It was public knowledge that Key would take the Tourism portfolio if he won the 2008 election, not some sort of secret Sky City deal. See:

    https://twitter.com/GuyonEspiner/status/348571400388370433

      • IrishBill 5.1.1

        So Matt bullshitted a bit, eh? I guess that means it’s okay to cut a sweetheart deal with an multinational gambling company at the expense of your own citizens.

        Good stuff mate.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.1.1.1

          Nope. It means Matt’s a liability.

        • Nick 5.1.1.2

          So… we aren’t going to get a correction in the post…?

          • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.2.1

            What’s in the post that needs correcting?

            Matt said he was surprised. Maybe he doesn’t hang off every word from Espiner and so didn’t know, which would account for his surprise.

            In any case, doesn’t effect the claim that SkyCity peeps were quite keen on Key being tourism minister, and have got sweet deals.

          • IrishBill 5.1.1.2.2

            I must be having a slow day as I’m not sure what needs to be corrected. How about you explain it?

    • felix 5.2

      Yeah I remember that.

      I knew he was going to be tourism minister and I remember thinking it was a weird choice for someone who’s entire life has been spent in the world of banking and money trading. Why wouldn’t he take a portfolio in which he had some relevant experience or had previously demonstrated some interest?

      But the Sky City guy knew. He knew what it meant for his business.

      He knew Key was going to look after him.

  6. Phil 6

    Support for the convention centre?
    May I ask a few of the more “obvious” questions?
    When is the ground breaking for the build?
    Where is the skilled labour to build this gin palace coming from, Christchurch?
    Just how many (and by when) jobs are being “created”?
    Seems much more likely that having obtained the signatures on the deal Sky City may begin to put up the recession argument and very little progress will be seen in an actual build. Won’t matter to them as they will already have the revenue stream from the new pokie machines in some bank in Australia.
    Anyone know if any penalty clauses exist if the build is delayed, and delayed, or put off until better financial times?

    • tracey 6.1

      And will sky pay the cost overun?

    • fender 6.2

      If SkyCity are able to have these extra machines installed before the convention centre is complete, then we have been conned to an even greater extent than I initially thought.

      When “build a convention centre for extra pokies deal” gets touted I’d imagine that many people believe the deed of title will have ‘NZ crown’ written on it, but I suspect it will actually be the property of SkyCity (?)

      • Phil 6.2.1

        Sky City will have the extra 260 machines operating as soon as they can be installed, before next week end.
        I believe the convention centre is wholly owned by Sky City, as such can be re designated as casino space at any time in the future (should it be built that is).
        In the words of a great man, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”.

  7. One Anonymous Knucklehead 7

    What exactly did the great negotiator say to the Chinese?

    • Rogue Trooper 7.1

      oooh, prices on Infant Formula being lowered.
      and, and, meat exports are being held up in China again due to form documentation.(oh, that was clever) ;)

    • Rogue Trooper 7.2

      OAK, indulge a fellow with the code for italicizing please, if you have the inclination, there’s a good chap. :-D

  8. Rogue Trooper 8

    muchas gracias

  9. Phil 9

    WHO is paying for this convention centre?
    Here’s some off the cuff numbers (extrapolated from the DIA site) just for the additional 230 machines (that’s not counting the already operational 1647 machines).
    If;
    1 cent x 1 line x 24 hours x 230 machines = $6624.00 = take per year at $2, 417, 760.00
    $5 per spin x 24 hours x 230 machines = $3, 312, 000.00 = take per year $1,208, 880,000.00
    $10 per spin x 24 hours x 230 machines= $6,624,000.00 = take per year $2, 417, 760, 000.00

    Aspirational for any company to run at 100%, so let’s say they operate at 50%, not a chance in hell but let’s suppose they are allowed to. That drops the vig to;
    $1, 208, 880.00
    $604, 440, 000.00
    $1, 208, 880, 000.00

    If, and I mean if, the pokies return 85% of all monies taken (and who can police this remembering that the return is “over the lifetime of each machine”), the vig in NZ for the additional 230 machines alone is;
    Minimum = $1, 027, 548.00
    Medium = $51, 377, 400.00
    Max = $1, 027, 548, 000.00

    PER YEAR.

    So, again, who is paying for this convention centre? Certainly not Sky City.
    Anyone fancy calculating the vig for all 1877 machines, and do not forget the real gambling activities that are available at the casino. Very probable that the “pokie” con cross funds the losses of Sky City on Blackjack, Roulette and Poker. This without the concessions for food and booze.
    Oh, what a racket Mr Key, you should be proud of yourself today.

  10. big brother and the screw u co 10

    we finally have the proof we need to judge Key as the most arrogant selfserving
    elitist tory who has ever lead a NZ govt
    How this country can have such a small minded ignorant capitalist running us is really unbelievable
    To deny power to the majority who are now probably like me wondering when the vote will be the final straw that will bring this country to its senses about the lack of democracy in the decisions that this bozo Key is getting away with and which are doing possibly irreparable damage to the future of this country’s sovereignty and national identity
    Get the prick out of govt pronto

  11. BLiP 11

    Another hidden cost is the likely “slow down in dividends” from TVNZ, according to Joyce.

  12. Phil 12

    “Great news
    The final agreement on the centre, which will be able to cater for 3500 international conference delegates at any one time, is great news for New Zealand, Mr Joyce said today”.
    The above from One News web site…Erm…can anyone tell me the last time 3500 “international conference delegates” turned up in Auckland, and for what? Death of the last Moa maybe?

    • cnrjoe 12.1

      Tolkien lotr hobbit conference – an estimated 12 000 virgins -I mean fans expected to coincide with the premier of the 8th installment of the hobbit movie franchise – the 6 hr epic where smaug talks w invisible bilbo and then flies around a bit then burns up all the dwarves leading to bilbo falling in love with jennifer annistons character of the hobbit girl slave who was sent to smaug as tribute to keep his nails clean – it’ll b awesum

  13. Wayne 13

    Except it is pretty much the same sort of deal that was done in South Australia, by a Labour Govt. These kinds of deals are not extraordinary or a demonstration that NZ is a dictatorship.

    And will 260 extra machines really herald a descent into evil. We have had the casino for nearly 20 years and you would be hard pressed to show a real deterioration in public morality as a result.

    It is frankly ridiculous to see some of the posturing that goes on here. For instance trying to seriously suggest John Key is a dictator, is corrupt and is the worst ever PM that NZ has ever had is simply not believable.

    How can you possibly ever convince people to vote Left, when so many of you indulge in such hyperbole.

    If the Left just had a decent plan and kept talking about it instead of chasing phantoms, you might actually have a chance.

    Well to be fair you do have a chance if Labour gets 33 and the Greens 15 (or some similar combination). But the way you are going, you are not on track to get that.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1

      “Similar” – so Sky City will be paying more tax will it? Which laws did Snelling sell?

    • IrishBill 13.2

      So Wayne, your argument is it’s fine because Labour (in Australia – which is even more of a stretch) did it too?

      How does that work in a court of law, Wayne? “I may have stolen their savings your honour but so did that other investment firm”?

      You can do better than that wingnut staple.

  14. Wayne 14

    By the way, just seen Q &A.

    Labour really needs to get Nick Legget into Parliament. One of the best commentators that Q & A has had. Personable, articulate, sensible.

    Centre voters would respond to him, and a few more like him – maybe Helen Kelly. I don’t like her politics, but she does present well.

    Labour would then look like they were refreshing the team. And parties in Opposition have to make big steps to do that.

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