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Who wants some Genesis shares?

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 21st, 2013 - 120 comments
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So, Mum and Dad Kiwi, you listened to the multi-million dollar ad campaigns and the years of propaganda from National, and you bought shares in one of their asset sales. How are you doing so far?

Don’t listen to English, who claims you haven’t lost anything unless you’ve cashed up – that’s the same as saying your house or your Kiwisaver isn’t worth anything until you sell or draw down, and it’s not how English accounts for the value of shares on the government’s books.

Let’s look at your losses.

Mighty River:

You bought at: $2.50 per share
Average retail purchase: $8,220 (3,288 shares)
Dividends received: 7.2 cents per share, $236 for average retail shareholder
Change in share value: -40 cents per share, $1,315 for average retail shareholder
Net loss: $1,084 for average retail shareholder, $5 each day since listing

Meridian:

You bought at: $1 per installment receipt
Average retail purchase: $16,000 (can’t find exact)
Dividends received: $0
Change in share value: 0 cents
Net loss: $0, $0 each day since listing

Air New Zealand:

You bought at: $1.65
Average retail purchase: Nobody knows
Dividends received: $0
Change in share value: -8.5 cents per share, $510 per $10,000 of shares
Net loss: -$510 per $10,000 of shares, -$510 each day since listing

So, who wants to buy some shares in Genesis?

120 comments on “Who wants some Genesis shares?”

  1. amirite 1

    Mum and Dad Richwhite can’t get enough of them. They want moar! Because they know who’ll pay for the losses.
    Mum and Dad True Kiwi are just struggling to survive till the next paycheck and watching helplessly as the country is being sold cheaply to the 1%.

  2. chris73 2

    I’m quite pleased so far, because the dividends I’ve received thus far is more then what I’d receive from the bank in interest so I’m better off

    and I follow Warren Buffets rules on investing which include running from air lines as fast as you can not that you can compare Air NZ to power companies of course (but then you already knew that)

    [chris73… ummm, so you’re saying that you’ve bought Mighty River shares and you feel it’s gone well?

    You say you got more in dividends than you would have from interest in the bank… would you have lost some of your principal investment if you had put the money in the bank? No. You have with MRP.

    Honestly, you cannot just ignore the change in the value of your shares. That’s insane. It’s not how the government or any company or any sane household accounts for their non-cash financial assets. What do you do? Just write off the cash you put into buying the shares and count any money you get when you sell them as a windfall? JH]

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      “You say you got more in dividends than you would have from interest in the bank… would you have lost some of your principal investment if you had put the money in the bank? No. You have with MRP.”

      Not really. You only lose your principal investment if you sell the shares.

      • Lightly 2.1.1

        No, that’s moronic. Cash isn’t the only store of money, it’s just the most liquid.

        How much is your house worth? Nothing? That’s what you must believe its worth if you don’t account for the value of your non-cash assets and changes in those values.

        • Lanthanide 2.1.1.1

          My house might be worth nothing but I still own it.

          You only lose the investment in your house if you sell it (or it’s destroyed in some manner, I guess).

        • Francis 2.1.1.2

          My house provides a roof over my head. Why should I give a crap what some real estate agent promises to give me for it?

          I value having a roof over my head far more than a couple of ones and zeros on some massive server in Australia.

          The sooner people start viewing their homes as places to live in rather than a dollar value, the better…

      • toad 2.1.2

        I’m sure the people with properties in red-zoned Christchurch areas really appreciate that argument [/sarcasm]

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      chris73 is correct, he gets the benefit of being a parasite on the rest of us for the rest of his life. A pretty good deal for him as he now gets an income from not having to work.

    • chris73 2.3

      Well yes I can because I havent sold any shares and I won’t be selling any shares in the future so the price of shares is of little interest to me

      Would I like them to go up, sure, but I ain’t bovvered that they’re not

      I know you want to push the line that this is bad for investors and I commend you for that but that truth of the matter is I’m getting more in dividends then I would be with the money in the bank

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.3.1

        The “investors” were those who paid to build these utilities. You people are parasites. How does your “investment” add value to the company? Will it increase the number of customers? Or the water in the dams?

        Pfft.

        • BM 2.3.1.1

          It frees up money which then can be used in other important projects such as highway construction.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.3.1.1.1

            Actually, no it doesn’t. It actually removes money from the government to do those things because it no longer has the ongoing income to do them.

      • rhinocrates 2.3.2

        So chris73, how many elderly women have swooned over your penis lately? You like to tell us how much they admire it.

  3. tricledrown 3

    C73 when the fed slows its printing press you loose even morre.
    Cut off your pinokeynose to spite your face.
    It goes to show how shallow the
    Hollow men are.
    C73 you are a victim of your own ignorance can’t recognise fact from reality get some help before you loose anymore money haven’t you heard the stockmarket is a casino gamblaholics anonamous.
    Next you will be telling us the money you lost at the casino is a good investment because the National party said so.

  4. Peter 4

    OK, so who can rap this all up in and 10 second TV1 sound bite that brings in the swing voters not the converted?

    • Tat Loo (CV) 4.1

      “National’s asset sales: a bad deal for NZ, a bad deal for you, a bad deal from John Key.”

  5. wyndham 5

    On top of all that, didn’t Mum and Dad Kiwi own the assets in the first place ? Before they were ‘sold’ back to themselves ?

    Asset sales will go down in NZ history as one one the biggest political confidence tricks ever perpetrated upon a gullible public. From a snake oil trickster without moral principle.

  6. T 6

    Based on the numbers above, the average investor in MRP made a 2.9% return on their investment from the dividend. That is around the same as the current term deposit rate. Those investors would make the $1000 loss only if they chose to exit.

    MRP has declared an increased dividend for the past three years, and there is no reason to expect that this will change, so those investors are likely to keep getting a return on their invested funds at a rate higher than in the bank.

    If they were in it for a capital gain, then , I agree they will get stung. But I have been led to believe that capital gains are evil, right?

    • Tat Loo (CV) 6.1

      “MRP has declared an increased dividend for the past three years, and there is no reason to expect that this will change”

      Never heard of NZ Power, silly billy.

      Anyhow, why do you think that returns similar to a “term deposit rate” are satisfactory, when term deposits have a much lower risk profile than share investing? Same return for more risk…is that your investment philosophy?

      • T 6.1.1

        In regards to term deposits, that 3% figure based on a TD is a proxy to represent opportunity cost – the minimum forgone opportunity by having funds tied up in one particular use. I make no comment on the risk/return equation, what I am saying is that currently the investment is not losing money compared to a given alternative use.

        In in regard to the dividends I guess you are right. If that the case and NZ Power stops dividends, the majority shareholder is really going to lose some income when the dividends stop coming…. oh wait…

        • Tat Loo (CV) 6.1.1.1

          So you refuse to comment on the increased risk profile. I presume your politics prefers the Govt extracting lower taxes…so why do you have a problem with the government extracting less profit from the private sector?

        • you_fool 6.1.1.2

          “In in regard to the dividends I guess you are right. If that the case and NZ Power stops dividends, the majority shareholder is really going to lose some income when the dividends stop coming…. oh wait…”

          Of course that majority shareholder will supplement that lost income from another source, and kiwi mum and dads will have lower costs, which will supplement their loss in income, assuming of course the minority shareholders are all kiwi mum and dad’s, like John Key said they would be….

          Sounds cost neutral to me!

    • Naturesong 6.2

      You know they are borrowing to pay those dividends right?

    • Lightly 6.3

      you’re ignoring the loss in the value of the shares.

      Let’s put it in terms you can understand:

      Joe Stoner spends a $1000 buying some plants from his mate. He sells some weed for $29 – a 2.9% return on his investment. Unfortunately, a blight destroys 16% of his plants, so he could only onsell the plants he has left for $840.

      Joe started with $1,000. He now has $840 of plants and $29 cash left. He is down $131.

      At least, that’s the logcal way to look at it.

      The way you want to look at it is: Joe’s $1,000 of wealth disappears into thin air when he buys the plants, the plants have no value (until you sell them) and any cash he makes from selling weed is the only thing he needs to worry about – not the fact that he’s lost 16% of his investment.

      • T 6.3.1

        Correct, I am ignoring the loss in value of the shares.

        Your analogy is a bit wrong here because the $1000 investment is going into a commodity, where the value is the commodity itself, and can only generate a return if sold. The dak istelf cannot generate a return any other way.

        But if Joe brought a tractor to help him tend to his dak, then the tractor can generate an income on its own (he lends it to his neighbour for a fee). He could sell the tractor (to make a capital gain), but his stoner mate crashed it into a tree and its now a bit bent and only worth half of what he paid. But that doesn’t affect its utility – he can still generate a return off it even though it has a greatly reduced market vale.

        • Naturesong 6.3.1.1

          In your analagy the stoner mate crashing it into the tree would represent the company value being harvested by reducing maintenance, or stripping assets whicle still demanding the same rental on a reduced service?

          The reduced value of the tractor when you tried to sell it would be the your local farmers (the “market”) knowing that you skimped on maintenance / drove your tractor into ditches occasionally etc …?

          Also, it’s now second hand, and they’re not going to want to pay sticker price.

          Neither of these are good analogies

          • infused 6.3.1.1.1

            Love how you guys twit everything. Bit like CV. Wonders why no one bothers replying to him.

            This post is stupid and shows how retarded some people are on this site.

        • Lightly 6.3.1.2

          when you sit down to work out your household accounts (even if you don’t do that, let’s pretend you do), what do you book the value of your shares at?

          The issue price? Maybe just ‘?’?

          Does the same rule of not accounting for changes in share value apply if they go up?

          How can you make rational decisions on the allocation of your investments if you don’t accurately account for the value of those investments?

          • you_fool 6.3.1.2.1

            Don’t worry, you only not count the value of shares if they went down, if the value had risen then we would be being told how much everyone had made from the purchase of the shares.

            The biggest swindle is the lie that buying the shares at the opening price was a good deal, it is shown to be the worst deal (except for Meridian, since you got a discount and the share price hasn’t changed). Basically anyone who brought MRP or Air NZ shares at opening price is a sucker.

            Basic market play 101 – buy low sell high.

  7. Tat Loo (CV) 7

    Commission. You lose another $40 or so buying/selling to the ticket clipping broker. Someone add that in to the losses please…

  8. rich the other 8

    Proof the NAT’S weren’t looking after their mates after all.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 8.1

      Well actually, who made hundreds of millions from the deals.

      Yes that’s right, the parasitic investment banking and financial markets fraternity.

      • rich the other 8.1.1

        More likely NZ citizens are the biggest winners, it seems they have been well paid for the minority stake that they have sold in these assets.

        • framu 8.1.1.1

          We have shares that have rapidly devalued, cost blowouts (which have mostly gone offshore), windfall contracts for finance industry players, patheticly low up take by the mythical “mum and dad investor”, ongoing and deepening negative impacts from the reduced dividend stream, an abandonment of public oversight on the remaining 51% and a financial result way down on the hype

          its not a success for the govt and its not a success (yet) for those who bought shares

          if thats your idea of success then theres really not much more hope for you

        • Naturesong 8.1.1.2

          And all they’ve given up is the ability to plan and build infrastructure to meet the country’s power needs over the long term.

          They are utilities which are critical to the economic wellbeing of New Zealand.
          The national government has lost every single argument they have put forward in support their position.

          All that’s left now is to make sure they pay for their hubris at the ballot box, and then try to minimise the damage.

      • fappity 8.1.2

        A bit like Westpac who the Nats and Labour have used as the governments bank of choice for IRD payments etc ?

        Who will labour choose when they get in to do this work for them ?

        • framu 8.1.2.1

          thats some PR gold for labour – i doubt many people would be that upset if the govt stopped using an aussie bank to do their business

          it has “proud NZ” stamped all over it and the govt contract would likely produce the extra capital kiwibank needs

          its cost neutral and achieves two good aims

          note: i may have the capital raising thing wrong – happy to be corrected there

          • King Kong 8.1.2.1.1

            Kiwibank can’t handle the business.

            I am pretty sure this has been looked at before and Kiwibank weren’t up to it.

            • framu 8.1.2.1.1.1

              to be honest – i dont know.

              so happy to be corrected. Anyone out there know for sure?

              • Naturesong

                As far as I can tell from the reporting, as they started to define the scope for the tender they realised it was going to turn into an absolute monster. It’s still stuck with MBIE
                No tender document has yet been released

                And yes, in it’s current state, kiwibank is unlikely to have the capacity to handle the volume and complexity. But, thats just a guess. I’m not in the industry.

                edit I see alwyn has the article

        • alwyn 8.1.2.2

          It won’t be Kiwibank, that’s for sure. They are on record that they could not handle the scale of the operation and that the only banks who could are the four big Aussie owned banks.
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8825146/Kiwibank-not-after-Govt-business
          Oh well

    • Lightly 8.2

      the lawyers and brokers and ad men and Rio Tinto have made $250m off this so far.

  9. ianmac 9

    To me it is like losing equity on my house. Losing equity on shares seems similar.

    • Naturesong 9.1

      Except you no longer have control over whether or not you can repair your house should it sustain damage.

      Want to build an addition?
      Sorry, can’t do that anymore, rent return is now the most important thing, not whether it is a secure, safe and warm house.

      • you_fool 9.1.1

        The do have a say in it, it is just a say that is proportional to the amount they own, and they need to take everybody’s opinion into account if they do want to make changes, and can’t unduly upset anyone by making the changes, and even if they want it is possible the people that are in charge of making the changes will not want to and will do something else anyway

    • you_fool 9.2

      Actually it is a good analogy, but it is a rental investment not your primary residence. Go ask an accountant how they would value it, though any good financial advice would be to not sell because it would make you worse off, so the people arguing for ignoring the value of the shares are right to an extent, they have made a loss, but for the moment they can live with that if the income stays at least as much as it currently is, if it drops for any reason then it may be time to cut losses.

  10. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10

    But I thought they were flogging off valuable assets to their rich mates.

    This makes it sound like they were hoodwinking mum and dads by selling them shit at an undervalue.

    Good assets or bad?

    Wealthy foreigners or poor duped mums and dads?

    • framu 10.1

      1) this has already been answered
      2) mums and dads werent the main purchasers
      3) the people who worked on the process made a killing
      4) energy producing assets are widely recognised as things that will become of increasing strategic importance

      yes the shares decreased in value – but if you have enough resources to buy a lot both on the initial sale and into the future and hold on to them your probably going to do rather well from the deal

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10.1.1

        You better tell James. He thinks people have been ripped off.

        • framu 10.1.1.1

          you should actually read

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 10.1.1.1.1

            I am just trying to get your story straight for you.

            Is this what it is now: National sold the shares so that investment bankers would get rich through the sales process and ripped off New Zealand mum and dad investors in order to do so. As a consequence, the government got more for the assets than they were worth.

            • framu 10.1.1.1.1.1

              why? theres no need for you to get my story straight for me as ive already made my position pretty damn clear across a number of comments.

              So stop putting words in my mouth and do some bloody reading

              ——————-
              We have shares that have rapidly devalued, cost blowouts (which have mostly gone offshore), windfall contracts for finance industry players, patheticly low up take by the mythical “mum and dad investor”, ongoing and deepening negative impacts from the reduced dividend stream, an abandonment of public oversight on the remaining 51% and a financial result way down on the hype

              its not a success for the govt and its not a success (yet) for those who bought shares
              ———————

              Like i said – you should acutally read

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                I will read your comments carefully when you learn to punctuate properly.

                We have shares that have rapidly devalued

                So the government sold its shares just in time. Mint.

                patheticly [sic] low up take by the mythical “mum and dad investor”

                The point of James’ post is that mums and dads have been ripped off. Not a problem, you reckon? Or is James concerned that institutional investors have been ripped off? Good luck with that meme.

                ongoing and deepening negative impacts from the reduced dividend stream

                But, the opposition’s plan for these assets is that they generate no return at all. Did I miss your criticism of that? Or are the deep negative impacts of the reduced dividend stream somehow not a problem in that scenario?

                an abandonment of public oversight on the remaining 51%

                What on earth are you on about?

                a financial result way down on the hype

                And what, exactly, would you have been saying if they shares had risen in value after sale? That the crown had been ripped off? The assets sold cheap to the government’s rich mates at an undervalue? Unfortunately for you that’s a better story than the one you’re trying to sell now.

                • framu

                  “I am just trying to get your story straight for you.”

                  “The point of James’ post”

                  exactly which story are you on about?

                  your going on and on about MY story in one comment then going on and on about JAMES’ story in the next

                  which is it?!

                  Your point by point bit only shows that you have comprehension issues – vast comprehension issues. You cant seem to remember whos saying what, what something refers to or even if two things are related.

                  EG – “a financial result way down on the hype” – i would have thought that seeing as ive already mentioned share value that im talking about the amounts generated by the sale are nowhere close to what the govt claimed they would raise.

                  so the shares were sold at too high a price and even then they still didnt live up to the hype. What a spectacular friken success!
                  From that aspect alone its a tragic failure. And yes, if the share price had gone up that would also be an indication of failure because the whole thing is driven by ideology and not sound economic rationale. Two opposite things can still both be shit

                  my whole point is that when you add ALL the items i mentioned together its not a success, not even a tiny little bit
                  And frankly i will punctuate badly all i damn well please. Your not my mum and last time i checked no one has to listen to the grammar pedants

                  • BM

                    Face it, you got destroyed.

                    • framu

                      considering ol barrel has failed to answer a single point ive made i dont quite see that

                      could you explain just how i got destroyed?

                      go on, im waiting

                  • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                    You mean: “you’re not my mum.”

                    • framu

                      you mean “i dont have anything else to nit pick over”

                      its telling that your failing to address anything ive put to you and your focusing on an apostrophe instead

                      well done! qaulity effort!

                      OOhh lOOk – pooR puncTuationz! -

    • Tat Loo (CV) 10.2

      Key’s investment banking mates already made a shit load. And when you go to sell your money losing shares they’ll make off the commission too. See how the parasitic financial sector works?

      • King Kong 10.2.1

        Just like those guys who peddle alternative healing techniques that don’t work to vulnerable people in real pain.

        Actually your choice of political ideology fits perfectly with your job.

        [lprent: Ok that is pure diversion that has nothing to do with the topic or the comment you are responding to. Looking through your comments today I can see just one that is vaguely on topic. All of the others seem to have been put in purely as a derail.

        Enough with the warnings. Banned permanently. ]

        • framu 10.2.1.1

          i would say that those peddlers are roundly despised across the board. Its not a left right thing

          so not that good an analogy perhaps?

          • King Kong 10.2.1.1.1

            I think you may have missed the fact that this is what Tat does as a profession and still has the lack of self awareness to call bankers parasites.

            • framu 10.2.1.1.1.1

              quite possibly – i have no idea what tat does

              • Naturesong

                Chiropractor, hardly “alternative” healing. It’s not homeopathy – apologies to those that believe homeopathy actually works (placebo effect as far as I can see)

                Chiropractors have helped me in the past, and one I used to see in Sydney was a particularly gifted healer.

                These days I see an osteopath, as I’ve met a few chiropractors who really weren’t up to scratch.

                • framu

                  thanks nature – i suspected a case of definition shift might have been in play

                  see – i was thinking of homeopathy when the term alternative healing was used

                • Colonial Viper

                  Naturesong :)

                  Rack, stack, crack, I’m a beef stamper extraordinaire :D

  11. King Kong 11

    Did you know that if you had bought Microsoft shares when they listed in May 1986 and looked at their value on October 1, 5 months later, you would have been horrified to find that the stock price was down 18% and of course would have written the float off as an abject failure.

    In comparison to Mighty River, if you had bought $8220 of stock you would have lost about $1480 with Microsoft.

    What I am trying to establish is the absolute dick headishness of picking an arbitrary date on which to announce the float of a company as a success or failure.

    The only people affected by the dip in price is those who entered with an investment strategy of short term speculation and I thought you chaps hated those guys.

    These companies have pretty sound fundamentals and barring the Greens fucking up the market with their school boy plans, they will do pretty well.

    I personally have just scooped up a load of MRP at the low. Cracking buy with 7-9% dividend.

    Lets talk about share prices after the election next year when the chance of Green fuckwits at the helm has been put to bed for another 3 years.

    • framu 11.1

      the measure of success or failure isnt about the share price in isolation though is it. So while your point about arbitrary dates is correct in and of itself, its woefully simplistic and narrow when looking at the entire scheme and its good or bad effects

      We have shares that have rapidly devalued, cost blowouts (which have mostly gone offshore), windfall contracts for finance industry players, patheticly low up take by the mythical “mum and dad investor”, ongoing and deepening negative impacts from the reduced dividend stream, an abandonment of public oversight on the remaining 51% and a financial result way down on the hype

      do you call that success? – for anyone?

    • Naturesong 11.2

      Because a volitile tech company trying to create a new market for itself is the same as a utility which gets monopoly rents?

      I don’t think you should give advice on the share market. You clearly have no idea what your talking about.

      Your rise in share value is predicated on power companies being able to fleece the NZ public.

      It’s not a winner politically. Unless you truly belive that the only way to succeed is on the backs of other peoples misery

      The true cost of selling infrastructure that is essential to the economic wellbeing of NZ is not the revenue stream, but the destruction of the ability to plan long term domestic energy policy.

      • King Kong 11.2.1

        Do you know how I know you are a financial illiterate?

        What about if there is an increase in demand? You know, from things like population and economic growth.

        Now that is a scenario that doesn’t fit your left wing fatalism.

        • Naturesong 11.2.1.1

          Do you know how I know you are a financial illiterate?

          From someone that thinks a startup tech company is the same as power company?

          Pivate companies, in seeking to make the most efficient use of supply will delay the construction of power generation, and when they do, will seek to create the cheapest power generation.

          So look for brownouts when demand increases to maximum capacity.

          And when they wish to build new generation, watch them lobby for coal fired plants.

          You really have no idea.

          Left or Right wing.
          I’d settle for a government that wasn’t corrupt and incompetent.
          That used science and evidence in creating policy.
          That governed for the betterment of New Zealand people as a whole, not just a small section.

          Btw, I think the shares were sold under value. But some of the companies worth was destroyed when they were placed on the share market; namely, they used to be accountable to a democratically elected body, so good governance should be of prime concern (though you wouldn’t know it having watched English, Ryall and Key run Solid Energy into the ground)

  12. infused 12

    Maybe, if retards were after short term gains.

    • framu 12.1

      how much do you want to bet that thats exactly what a lot of the new to the share market mum and dad investors (of which there werent that many) thought exactly that?

      considering that getting these new to the share market types to buy was the big sell and one of the main reasons used to justify the sale the share price argument does carry some weight (even though its a dumb position to take when buying shares)

      • infused 12.1.1

        Oh bullshit. Don’t be so nieve.

        • framu 12.1.1.1

          whats bullshit

          1) would you agree that there are some people out there who are staggeringly underinformed on not just financial matters, but the share market specifically?

          2) are you saying that attracting people who had never invested in the share market wasnt one the arguments put forward by national to argue for the sale?

          both of my statements are pretty benign, so quit being being all bitchy about it. Maybe explain yourself instead of chucking one line insults out there

    • Lightly 12.2

      looks like they’re getting short and long term losses.

    • Tracey 12.3

      The people who can get in pre-opening sale orders do make good short term gains if the price spikes immediately after opening. Of course these customers have tens of thousands of shares and much lower brokerage to pay. But average shareholders such as “mum and dad” dont have the opportunity or the lower fees.

  13. Tracey 13

    In my experience people who can only afford a few thousand dollars worth of shares tend to hang onto them for a few years. The brokerage fee means it takes a while for any gain to surpass outlay.

    The people who would already have made money might have bought HUGE lots in the first one and had sells in at opening (which most mums and dads cant achieve) and when the price MRP spiked briefly on day one, they sell them down and take the quick profit.

    I agree that by buying shares you have already lost the use of the money, so provided the shares do actually rise above our original purchase price in due course you have lost nothing but time and the further use of your money.

    As an aside has the government stated where the proceeds for each sale went, to cover their mandate for paying down debt and increasing school and hospital funding?

  14. dv 14

    Contact has returned about 5-6% pa over 13 years

    About bank rate average.

  15. wtl 15

    Of course the change in the Government’s books following the MRP and Meridian sales is also pretty dire:

    MRP was independently valued by Macquarie at $3.74B in 2011. The estimated valuation in the year ending June 2012 was $3.91B. The shares were sold at a $2.50, at the mid-low end of indicative range of $2.35-$2.80. The sale of 49% raised $1.72 billion, which is $200M less than the $1.9B they should have sold for given the valuation.

    Meridian was valued at Macquarie at $6.53B in 2011, with the estimate valuation in June 2012 being $6.58B. The shares were sold at $1.50, at the very bottom of the indicative price of $1.50 to $1.80, raising only $1.88B which is a $1.34B less than the $3.22B expected given the valuation. This was even after the government provided investors with interest-free loans to purchase the shares.

    Note that the amounts are BEFORE sale costs are subtracted, and when these are accounted for it looks even worse.

    • Balanced View 15.1

      …and the valuations were BEFORE the oppositions NZ Power policy was announced. So very difficult to say what impact the share offer had.
      Of course all of this is arbitrary, any reduction in value is not really relevant in any argument the opposition are making.

  16. Rich 16

    Also, 1.5% brokerage commission. And dividends are taxable, with capital losses not available for offset (because capital gains aren’t taxable, if you make any).

    • dv 16.1

      Rich
      (because capital gains aren’t taxable, if you make any).

      Partly wrong.
      Gains and losses are taxable if you trade.

  17. TightyRighty 17

    Can’t wait for the inevitable post combining john keys mates got rich when the share price goes up. This post just demonstrates the economic illiteracy of commentators on the left.

    • Arfamo 17.1

      Can’t wait for the inevitable post combining john keys mates got rich when the share price goes up.

      Speaking of illiteracy, what does that actually mean?

    • framu 17.2

      cant wait for you to actually make an argument

      go on – prove just how economically literate you actually are for a change, instead of slinging poo from the cheap seats

      • TightyRighty 17.2.1

        I make plenty of arguments. see below. the mobile version of this site truly sucks however. old version was way better.

        Still waiting for you to talk some sense rather than regurgitating the poo thrown at you by more intelligent people.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.2.1.1

          Your assertions of the Left’s economic “illiteracy” (sic), aside from the obvious, make me wonder if you live in New Zealand.

          I can recall how the fifth Labour government was the sky falling on your head and everything, but not everyone lives on Planet TightyRighty.

        • framu 17.2.1.2

          “Still waiting for you to talk some sense”

          seems like im repeating myself

          ———————

          the measure of success or failure isnt about the share price in isolation though is it. So its woefully simplistic and narrow when looking at the entire scheme and its good or bad effects

          We have shares that have rapidly devalued, cost blowouts (which have mostly gone offshore), windfall contracts for finance industry players, patheticly low up take by the mythical “mum and dad investor”, ongoing and deepening negative impacts from the reduced dividend stream, an abandonment of public oversight on the remaining 51% and a financial result way down on the hype

          do you call that success? – for anyone?

          ———————

          does that make enough sense for you? Is it in a format you can understand?

          ooh – your trying to discredit my intelligence. Sure i dont know everything, and im happy to point out the topics where im aware im not fully up to speed. But you mate, make some real clangers so i wouldnt be going around trying to assume some smarter than thou pedastool (yes the misspelling is deliberate)

  18. Tim 18

    As soon as I saw this post, I thought if I delve into it – I could expect the presence of the trolls – sure enough ……
    Actually, I want my 4 – point something or other millionth part of my existing ownership back because I didn’t give my duly elected representative to sell them on my behalf.
    They simply made assumptions, and took them.
    I expect them to be moaning like hell (squealing like pigs being stuffed) either in 2014, but if not 2017. OR maybe as soon as an opposition (you know, that thing that supposedly protects any democracy) sorts its shit out.
    Really what it boils down to though is just how hard a ruling junta wants fall.
    Right now I’m thinking they have the brashness and ego of a Mussolini. Worked out just fine and dandy for him and the missus aye!
    But yea but nah

  19. TightyRighty 19

    Framu, the lowing sound emanating from you reminds of a cow. Hence I get your nickname.

    If ma and pa decided to invest in the stock exchange, and their shares go down, their book value is lower. But that is how the market perceives the value of the shares. Likewise if the market perceives them to be undervalued and starts purchasing them, the value value of the shares increases. The government beat the market in the share valuation at that point in time. Clever government.

    Basically, if you can’t afford to lose, you don’t invest. I don’t like fixed assett companies, so I didn’t invest. But I did just throw $30k into another company that yesterday dropped .81% in value. I’m not crying about it, I bought the shares as I expect them to appreciate in value. Small losses on a day don’t matter. Anyone who bought shares expecting a guaranteed return is an idiot.

    Though I suspect the book value of the mighty river shares when you factor in the present value of the bonus shares is quite different to what James managed to calculate. Intentional or illiterate. Probably a bit of both

    • TightyRighty 19.1

      the end of the second paragraph should read

      “small losses on a day don’t matter, it’s the long term that counts if you aren’t actively trading on a day to day basis. It’s a gamble however, anyone who bought shares expecting a guaranteed return is an idiot, it’s always a gamble.”

      • framu 19.1.1

        but did you notice that im talking about the whole picture and not just the share value in isolation?

        So yeah – try again

  20. Treetop 20

    Who’d want some Genesis shares?

  21. Ad 21

    My wife and I spent a while humming and harrrring about whether to buy and what to buy of the floats, with amongst others a nationalist filter.

    In the end we didn’t . What we did was change banks to Kiwibank, and got an offset mortgage in which the savings keep building but they are offset against the mortgage. The deal is we pay no mortgage interest, and we don’t get much interest either.

    We worked out in short that even with spare savings, our savings money worked hardest when it paid off our mortgage faster.

    Won’t work for all circumstances, but it worked for ours, and we get to enjoy the schednfreude.

  22. Old Tony 22

    You people are sooooo confused. How can it be a fire sale to the 1% when the shares are now worth less than floated? The Government has done fine by the 99% by getting more for the shares than they are worth.

    Are you not impressed by this given you despise the 1% so much? Should you not be celebrating?

    • McFlock 22.1

      Pyrrhic victory, at best.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 22.2

      The Left hates the 1% so much they always get wealthier under Labour governments. Yes they do, which just goes to show that Old Tony may be long in the tooth but, in keeping with the ongoing intellectual degradation of the Right, he’s short on the facts.

      The Left’s goal of a lower GINI benefits everyone, even those who are so poor they can only measure their wealth in money.

  23. National Party MP 23

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    What you want me to do for your company.

    Yeah sure I can do that.

    Wank on your face

    Sweet.

    Kick you in the head?

    No problem

    Drink your Piss?

    Sweet?

    Punch you until you give me your money then lock you at your work and leave?

    COOL

    Can do?

    Your a cock sucker for even reading this CV so suck my cock.

    Best skill sets,

    wanking.

    5 years of wank study under a wanker

    2 years waking behind a door.

    INterests listning to cock suckin Politicans suck my cock and wwacking on their head.

    Music.

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    Wages wanted shit loads. I will just write a number down each week and you pay it and say sorry for not een paying it yet.

    [lprent: Don’t know who this is or how it got through first time moderation. But there are quite a number of reply comments on it. As karol says leave it as an example of what usually doesn’t make it through first time moderation. In the meantime I’ll auto-spam the author (whoever you are). ]

  24. Ian 24

    I like a good bet and am now the proud owner of a very small part of Mighty River Power and Meridian energy. I am totally unconcerned about the current share price of both companies as I’m a long term investor and I am fully aware of the negative influence of the Labour /Green movement and how their scaremongering is pushing down the share price. When John Key Gets elected for his 3 rd term as the prime minister of NZ,those shares will jump by at least 20 % . But seriously ,I like the fact that both companies produce sustainable,renewable energy and actually owning part of a hydro and geothermal electricity company makes me feel so green.

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    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
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  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
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  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
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    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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