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Why I electorate vote Cunliffe: op ed

Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, August 23rd, 2013 - 137 comments
Categories: capitalism, climate change, david cunliffe, democratic participation, Economy, employment, grant robertson, jobs, labour, monetary policy, sustainability, telecommunications, welfare - Tags:

I wasn’t going to express my opinion on the upcoming Labour leadership selection process. However, the usual right leaning MSM hacks seem to have been following the current Labour caucus leadership in naming Robertson as the frontrunner.  This, even though Vernon Small’s piece on it, has a Stuff opinion poll on the same page, in which Cunliffe is ahead of Robertson.  So far, Cunliffe is not getting a fair showing in the MSM.

I have voted for the Labour Party in the past, but in recent years they have fulfilled by left wing values enough.  Instead I have party voted Green plus given my electorate vote to Cunliffe.  He has been an excellent electorate MP for New Lynn.   Cunliffe, as a minister in Clark’s government, ensured the New Lynn rail trench was developed – the beginning of the revitalisation of the New Lynn town centre.  This, reported in the NZ Herald in December 2006.

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey says a Government decision to spend $120 million sinking a double-tracked railway line through the heart of New Lynn has saved the town from destruction.

Added to that will be an investment of up to $55 million in “cash and kind” by Waitakere City Council, and possible private-sector contributions in exchange for air-rights above reinforced trench walls.

“New Lynn was about to be devastated,” Mr Harvey said yesterday, after local MP David Cunliffe, who is also Associate Minister of Economic Development, confirmed the Government’s agreement to lay a 1km railway trench between Portage Rd on the west bank of the Whau River and a possible extension of Clark St before tracks climb back over Titirangi Rd.

“It would have been chaos with double tracking here and the [level-crossing] barrier arms down,” the mayor said.

“New Lynn had no future. It would have had traffic banked up 5km each way. It would have been the centre of frustration. Now it’s going to be the centre of celebration.”

Of course, the trench was completed under John Key’s watch, and his government has been taking the credit.

Cunliffe has also stood up for the preservation of west Auckland heritage areas. Western Leader, June 2013:

Changes to the Resource Management Act aimed at giving landowners more pruning freedom will threaten Titirangi’s iconic bush, politician Greg Presland says.

[...]

New Lynn MP David Cunliffe says this bill is a “chainsaw massacre” to the Waitakere Ranges.

“There is a conflict between the RMA and the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act. There needs to be clarification to make sure the ranges are protected.”

Mr Cunliffe says the changes are totally unworkable because having to lodge and categorise every tree will create an enormous amount of work for the Auckland Council.

Cunliffe has shown he can work well with his electorate team and maintains their support.  He also is Labour’s best performer in the House and on television: just the tough, well-prepared and clear speaker that is needed to front against John Key in the next election.

Cunliffe has also been particularly successful in developing policies and positions in relation to some of the most crucial issues for all New Zealanders: the internet, communications and digital surveillance.  He has an excellent background in business and communications, and has been Minister of Health, and of Communications and Information Technology, as well as having been Chair of the Commerce Select Committee, and sat on the Finance and Expenditure and Regulations Review select committees.

Cunliffe spoke particularly well last week in the final stages of the damaging GCSB Bill.  He explained how the Bill does not include adequate protections of the privacy of New Zealanders:

Mr Speaker, there are no protections against the mass surveillance of metadata, because they are not included within the definition of quote personal communications set out in the Bill.  Rather, they fall within the definition of information infrastructure in the cybersecurity provisions that include, and I quote all transmissions close quote, including anything which goes across any electronic or wireless network.  That means every email, every text message, every phone call, every website visit of every New Zealander is able to be surveilled firstly in terms of its metadata, without a warrant.  And secondly to establish a basis, and it may already be the case, for full interception without those warranting provisions, at least through the cybersecurity clause.

I don’t agree with all of Cunliffe’s views: he is more to the centre of politics than me.  However, his views are moderate and will be accessible to the majority of New Zealanders.  He has a carefully worked out, and well articulated raft of policy positions, as indicated in his speeches over the last few years.

On the economy [Speech to Laingholm District Citizens Association, Laingholm, 30 September 2012]:

However, the 1980s and ’90s saw the rise of a philosophy developed by the rich, for the rich. It was called Neo-Liberalism.

Neo-Liberalism is based on the idea that it’s a dog-eat-dog world. Neo-Liberalism is based on the idea that greed is good, that we’re all locked in an economic life-and-death-struggle with each other. Neo-Liberalism says that compassion is for suckers. Neo-Liberalism says that if the world is going to the dogs, it might as well be the top dogs. Indeed, to borrow from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, not only is greed good, “it’s legal.”

[...]

The amazing thing about the Neo-Liberals is their wilful blindness to how badly their ideas have failed. Not just once, but repeatedly. Neo-Liberal policies directly caused two of the largest financial crashes in history. Did they apologise? No way. Like some mad doctor, when the first dose of medicine didn’t work, they wanted to double the dose.

[...]

Let’s take a quick look at the ‘Scandinavian model.’

And the Scandanavian model is more like the NZ social security state was before the neoliberals began to demolish it, as John Key is continuing to do. Cunliffe takes an economic “growth” approach, when I prefer a steady state economy.  He does focus on environmental sustainability, and the development of NZ’s ICT industries.  He focuses a lot on creating jobs and a fair deal for workers.  I’d also like to see more from him on reconstructing the social security system that Paula Bennett is busy destroying.

However, while I am critical of Cunliffe in some ways, I do think he has the skills, the experience, the ability to enthuse and excite voters, and the policy platforms to play a leading role in the next New Zealand government.

For me Cunliffe is the frontrunner for the Labour leadership at this time.  The MSM Jonolists have their heads in the political bubble in Wellington, and are not looking more carefully, and in depth at what is best for the future of New Zealand and New Zealanders.

 

 

137 comments on “Why I electorate vote Cunliffe: op ed”

  1. James Thrace 1

    Hear hear. Cunliffe is the only one with the chutzpah and gumption to rip John a new Key-Hole.

    Robertson carries the baggage of being gay and muddle new zealand is nowhere near ready for our PM to be gay.

    Perhaps in the next coterie of up and comers in the 20′s will gay PM be an accepted talking point.

    Coming on the back of the gay marriage bill is a step too far.

    And I say that as a homo myself.

    • Tigger 1.1

      +1 as another homo. Also, Grant has zero X factor on camera.

      • Sanctuary 1.1.1

        People keep saying this, but I think being gay would not be a factor if Robertson was a brushed cotton shirt wearing farmer from Pahiatua. It is the symbolism of the total package – the tubby beltway identity politics gay guy – that would do voters heads in. I mean, he might be able to overcome that – but Labour is out of the luxury of time and out of the luxury of having the option to gamble if it is serious about winning next year.

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 1.1.1.1

          A fat bespectacled childless gay Wellington insider with a high mumbly voice who has never held a private-sector job in his life.

          Yep, that’s “middle New Zealand” appeal right there.

      • Kevin Welsh 1.1.2

        “Also, Grant has zero X factor on camera.”

        And that is probably the only attribute that he does not have going for him. No matter how intelligent, how well they speak etc, if you do not have the X-Factor in front of Joe Public, then forget about it.

        This is one area where Cunliffe stands head-and-shoulders above Robertson.

        • Mary 1.1.2.1

          “Also, Grant has zero X factor on camera.”

          A bit like what Brian Edwards said about Andrew Little having had a charisma bypass?

      • Murray Olsen 1.1.3

        Interesting that you guys say that. None of the lefty “homos” that I know like Robertson at all. Loathe would be a closer description.

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      Being homo or not has nothing to do with. Grant Robertson has been pretty much invisible as deputy, compared to Annette King (and I didn’t think so did a great job either) under Goff.

  2. Hannah 2

    And if you speak with people who work in the health sector, like me, Cunliffe was universally loathed when he was Minister- because of his arrogance, which is a feature of his personality which is often cited.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      Do you have any illustrations of how he acted arrogantly while minister?

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Cunliffe had a relatively short spell as Minister of Health. He got handed several very difficult and intractable problems that he was asked to sort out very quickly, on the clock. Some people on some sides of those issues were always going to get pissed off about how it was handled.

        He was never going to please everyone and that’s just the way it was at the time.

        • Tracey 2.1.1.1

          People who survive the education or Health portfolios have a tendency to go on to lead.

          I wish people would give examples not only of what they say is Cunliffe’s arrogance but also Robertson’s. Assassination by insinuation.

    • saarbo 2.2

      Ive worked with him…never witnessed any “arrogance”. I have worked with plenty of arrogant people over the years but never saw any of this in Cunliffe.

      Great post KAROL.

    • blue beGoneCravenSpyBull leopard 2.3

      @ Hannah,

      I am interested to know whether Mr Key is ‘universally loathed’ in the health sector now? It seems to me that the current prime minister couldn’t be more arrogant.

      Mr Key appears to do well in the popularity stakes despite such a ‘quality’ or is it because of such a quality?

      Mr Key’s popularity surely isn’t based on the blatant and craven disregard he consistently shows toward democratic principles and processes.

      Times change and with them the demands; the ‘universal loathing’ you refer to was at a time when we had a decent government that adhered a great deal more to basic democratic principles than we have now. It was at a time where our democratic rights weren’t being consistently compromised and outrightly ignored. I would hope that the change in context would have an impact on how Mr Cunliffe’s skills are now viewed.

      From observing Mr Cunliffe on the Parliament channel, it appears he has a good understanding and respect for democratic processes. He also has shown himself to be skilled in cutting opponents’ misinformation and spin out of a given dialogue. So perhaps the combination of this intelligent respect for the area of work that he works in (democratic processes of government), debating skills and ‘arrogance’ [if this is what he has, some may call it 'confidence'] is just what is needed now to rid NZ of the disrespectful, incompetent scourge of a government we currently have.

    • Richard29 2.4

      @Hannah – I also worked in the public service for a while in a department under Cunliffe as minister and heard similar stories. He’s no Kevin Rudd but he certainly can be abrasive and appear arrogant if you disagree with his approach. I don’t think this will necessarily count against him. Cunliffe doesn’t suffer fools and has never let upsetting a few people get in the way of achieving his objectives.
      As Health Minister he sacked an entire democratically elected (but dysfunctional) District Health Board and described them as a “nasty little nest of self-perpetuating provincial elites”. As Telecoms Minister he wiped 20% of the value of the country’s largest listed company when he unbundled the local loop. Both of these actions made him enemies, but they were popular and necessary moves. He is clearly of the ‘break a few eggs to make an omelette’ persuasion.
      The reality is that most kiwi’s – especially in that sought after middle ground – like a bit of mongrel in their politicians. One of the main reasons that Shearer failed was that he was perceived as too equivocal, consultative, inclusive and “nice”. Cunliffe is perceived as bold, decisive, ambitious and perhaps a bit mean – but damn he can give a good speech!
      The reality is that NZers expect their leaders to lead – they don’t expect them to never make mistakes or to always be nice. Helen Clark was not well loved in many quarters and also gained a reputation for arrogance – but she was strong and decisive which made her respected by friend and foe alike. John Key may smile a lot but not because he is “nice”. He’s known to be a gambler and risk taker who likes to call the shots and he’s got a mean streak a mile wide, he is also one of our most popular prime ministers ever whether everybody on the left is willing to admit it or not.
      The nature of Cunliffe and Shearer’s previous leadership bids is instructive. Cunliffe picked Nanaia, not because she had a high public profile, was highly ranked in caucus or was considered a top performer by cabinet or the press gallery, but because she was somebody he has an enormous professional respect for and knew he could work well with her – plus she fit his strategic vision for Labour in terms of political partnership with Maori and with women. By comparison Shearer negotiated his way to the top picking his Finance and Deputy leaders (both white males) based on votes and caucus support – he got the votes to win but he was compromised from day one. Cunliffe as leader is likely to try and shape caucus and his cabinet to meet his goals Labour – it always seemed to me that Shearer was shaped by his caucus and cabinet to meet their goals for Labour.
      So yeah – Cunliffe may not be as ‘likeable’ as Robertson – but given the Machiavellian nature of the Labour party caucus – plus the unenviable task of potentially having to pull together The Greens, Labour and (heaven forbid) Winston Peters into a coalition in 2014 – I think I’d prefer a leader who is feared.

      “This gives rise to an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the opposite. The answer is that one would like to be both, but since it is difficult to combine the two it is much safer to be feared than loved, if one of the two has to make way. For generally speaking, one can say the following about men: they are ungrateful, inconsistent, feigners and dissimulators, avoiders of danger, eager for gain, and whilst it profits them they are all yours. They will offer you their blood, their property, their life and their offspring when your need for them is remote. But when your needs are pressing, they turn away. The prince who depends entirely on their words perishes when he finds he has not taken any other precautions. This is because friendships purchased with money and not by greatness and nobility of spirit are paid for, but not collected, and when you need them they cannot be used. Men are less worried about harming somebody who makes himself loved than someone who makes himself feared, for love is held by a chain of obligation which, since men are bad, is broken at every opportunity for personal gain. Fear, on the other hand, is maintained by a dread of punishment which will never desert you.”

      — The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli

      ***This message is endorsed by Cunliffe for Prince 2013!*** :P

      • Kevin Welsh 2.4.1

        Great comment Richard29.

      • Tracey 2.4.2

        I have been sorry to see one result of Shearer’s leadership being the apparent demise of Nanaia. I hope this can change and is not too late. She made a post here prior to that contest which was very impressive. To me at least.

        • Colonial Viper 2.4.2.1

          Off the scene having a baby right?

          • Tracey 2.4.2.1.1

            yet had she been made deputy leader, would the baby have silenced her?

            • Sanctuary 2.4.2.1.1.1

              I know the Greens have co-leaders, but I think that is a bit naff. You are either the leader or you are not IMHO. But I can’t see any logical reason why Labour can’t insist on having two deputies, one male and one female. It would also allow any future Labour coalition government with the Greens to appoint both the Green co-leaders deputy PM!

        • Richard29 2.4.2.2

          Given the way the coalition maths is looking I would think there is an obvious candidate for Cunliffe’s objective of sharing his leadership with a strong, credible, Maori, female.

          But, the mainstream media seem to make the rather sexist assumption that that Norman is the ‘main’ leader of the Green party and will be given Deputy PM in post election negotiations…

          To my mind the rampant speculation about who gets deputy on a Cunliffe ticket misses the whole point – the Deputy PM in a future Labour Govt will likely be either Metiria or Russel.

          To keep in the Machiavellian theme – I’d quite like to see Cunliffe play the healer/conciliator by giving Deputy to Grant Robertson, Economic Development portfolio to Andrew Little and Health portfolio to Shane Jones and then come post election negotiations in 2014 pull a Game of Thrones Red Wedding axe all three of them in the first cabinet and replace them with Turei, Norman and Hague…

          NB: Keep Parker on in Finance because he is very smart and credible and give Jacinda a challenging ministerial portfolio to test her out as a potential future leadership successor…

      • emergency mike 2.4.3

        Well said Richard.

      • Tracey 2.4.4

        Niccolo makes a good argument for female leaders ;)

    • geoff 2.5

      You should hear what the health sector has to say about Tony ‘Gestapo’ Ryall. Hint, it aint complimentary!

  3. Tigger 3

    Nice, Karol.

    I see Stuff already calling Grant the ‘front runner’. Sigh.

  4. Adrian 4

    For Labour to win elections over National is all about the perceptions of the middle 10% and as competent as Grant Robertson is there are a few things against him and being gay is the least of them. He is overweight ( so am I, so it’s not personal ) he doesn’t look lean and hungry, he’s a bureaucrat and he’s childless so that when David Cuniliffe says ” Look, it’s hard to make ends meet” he’s believeable.
    And he’s an Aucklander, and that’s hard to say for a Mainlander.

    • Tracey 4.1

      However did we get Lange… Charisma trumps looks, particularly weight.

      • NZFemme 4.1.1

        Indeed. In fact, in David Lange’s case, I always felt his size somehow added to his gravatis. His frame seemed to act as the perfect amphitheatre for his oratory skills.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 4.1.2

        He was up against Muldoon coming off a wage freeze. People would have voted for fucking Heinrich Himmler.

    • Hami Shearlie 4.2

      I heard that Robertson does have children. Wrong man for he job though!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.3

      Its more that National has been working the last two years to run its own message about who ever is the ‘new ‘ labour leader.

      Forget about the luxury of crafting your own storys . National and its media puppets will have a whole book allready written on how to undermine who ever wins.

      I notice Key is in first saying ‘Robertson was undermining’ Shearer

    • peterlepaysan 4.4

      You mean that “middle ten percent” was all that was missing at the last two general elections?

      What about the non voters? Labour does not talk to them or care very much about them.

      Neither do the Nats but they have the money from the business sector.

  5. James Thrace 5

    Troll-op Hannah.

    Probably because moh are full of incompetents that dont like getting told how to be more competent.

    Doubtful that hospital staff would care one way or the other. Its the mandarins that would care more about being called out on their abilities than anything.

    • Hannah 5.1

      Just saying James – that’s the perception, not only in the health sector, and he has to try to change it especially amongst his own colleagues I would think.

      • karol 5.1.1

        Not so in his electorate, Hannah. And, IMO, John Key behaves in a very arrogant manner, yet he still does well in the opinion polls.

      • mickysavage 5.1.2

        So Hannah you are quoting something someone said to someone as if it is gospel truth and sticking to it.

        I have had a lot to do with him since he was an unelected candidate out west. He is determined and decisive. If he is convinced about the correctness of his position he will stick to his view.

        But he can listen and adjust way better than most politicians that I know and he has a sense of humor.

        Rather than repeating stuff other people have said you should find out for yourself and then you will be in a position to say something closer to reality.

  6. Calvin 6

    The perfect team would be Cunliffe as Leader and Robertson as Deputy. (That gets my homo vote too!)

  7. Takere 7

    And so the Labour party self appointed intelligentsia have a myopic view of the NZ voting public … thinking Cunliffe’s the answer? He has no appeal to any of the 880,000 voters that didn’t vote last time. He doesn’t like poor people or beneficiaries, he doesn’t connect with brown people and the union membership is tanking. So all that’s left is to scrap over swing voters between the Nat’s & the Greens & NZF? That’s the stratagem?? You don’t have to be much of an Einstein to figure out that that’s going to fail. Why? Because you’ll have to put up sell-out policy(s) to tease the swingers over and the “books” don’t look like that there is any putea left and it’ll be at the expense of Labours ready to jump? You’ll bleed 1 in 4 I reckon and in a ruined economy like this, Labour/Cunliffe hasn’t anything to offer other than following the same path as the Nat’s minus Act & the Maori party that are on course to self-destruction. The Greens are smiling at this because they can put the boot into Labour for the next 14 months to take advantage of this situation just by being consistent and stable. So it looks like Labours lost the 2014 election already?! Nobody’s going to believe Labour after this leader vote that everything is kapai, it’s just not going to convince voters that Labours stable.
    Gutted as I am, I wanted to see these tory pricks run outa dodge, but it ain’t gunna happen in 2014.

    • Sanctuary 7.1

      What is you plan B then buddy? Or just popped by to have bitch?

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.1

        Funny thing is, if all those bad things were going to happen to Labour under Cunliffe, the Right Wing would be cheering Cunliffe on from the tops of their lungs.

        That they are not is very interesting.

      • Takere 7.1.2

        Russell, Hone & Winston. It’s not a choice that you’d make lightly but it’s the only option to get rid of the nat’s, Buddy.

    • karol 7.2

      Takere, I have heard some strong recommendations for Cunliffe by one or two New Lynn Pasifika people who have worked with him.

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        Yes, but Takere has been busy speaking and meeting with the “880,000 voters that didn’t vote last time.”

        • weka 7.2.1.1

          I’m betting that a big chunk of the people that didn’t vote last time don’t even know who Cunliffe is.

          • Colonial Viper 7.2.1.1.1

            Absolutely. And when you ask them about Grant Robertson, will those statistics improve?

      • Takere 7.2.2

        Oh thats great too hear, one or two. I heard Cunliffe try to be funny at a union meeting last year. Diss’d a PI in a “joke’, Didn’t go down very well.

    • bad12 7.3

      That’s a bit dense on a number of levels including the ‘style’ of it’s communication, there’s a 2% swing needed within either the Green or Labour Party and this abysmal Slippery National government is history, even the likes of Hooten one of their spin-meisters is willing to admit that,

      i would suggest that 2014 will deliver the Left the numbers through the Labour/Green/ and Mana Party’s,

      Given the swing against the Maori Party in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti electorate they are unlikely to gain any seats in the next Parliament while Hone’s Mana Party has at times been registering 1.5% of support in polling which suggests that there will be at least 2 Mana MP’s in the next Parliament which should just about make a majority,

      NZFirst in the next Parliament??? that i suggest is going to be touch and go but you can bet that the Slippery little Shyster we have as Prime Minister wishes that He had never impugned upon Winston Peters character as it’s looking more likely that to gain a third term Slippery wont be able to do it without Peters…

    • Tracey 7.4

      Who from the Labour caucus do you see fulfilling what you want to see Takere?

  8. bad12 8

    Yes i too have my reservations about Cunliffe’s attitudes to beneficiaries and the Welfare State, but, those reservations are as much relevant to the Labour Caucus as they are to the individuals,

    Whatever my reservations amount to tho, the fact cannot be escaped that David Cunliffe appears to be the crowd favorite to become the leader of Labour,

    i think most will agree that the ‘contest’ will be a Cunliffe V Robertson one, (although if the Stuff Poll is to be given any credit Jacinda Adhern has a good amount of support in the electorate), Andrew Little might enter this contest but i would suggest that doing so will only act as a spoiler in the main contest,

    F**k the Jonolists of the mainstream media, spitting and laughing at their machinations should for all of us be a compulsory sporting activity, their pathetic denigrating comments simply prove to us all that it is not on behalf of democracy they all speak, it is on behalf of the shareholding minority of the population that they use their positions to try an usurp even the internal democratic processes of political Party’s they have no membership of,

    My best pick for Labour leader lies with the majority, although i would appreciate whoever is the eventual winner of this contest to consider it an act of unification to in turn invite the unsuccessful candidate to be Deputy to His leadership,

    PS, Go Jacinda, if there’s any accuracy in the Stuff poll i would suggest a few more years in the trenches will make you ready to pick up the Labour Party leadership from whoever will be the next incumbent…

    • karol 8.1

      Jacinda is a favourite, and I hear that among some people I know. I think she needs a little more experience thought to take on a leadership role.

      • bad12 8.1.1

        Yeah K we agree on that, what i am laughing at is the sneaking homophobic comments creeping into the debate as far as Grant Robertson is concerned,

        Most of this denigration starts with the ‘i am a homo but’, in much the same vein as the racists used ‘some of my best friends are Maori but’ in previous years,

        How petty in attempting to denigrate someone can it be to discount their abilities based upon their sexuality, can people stoop any lower,

        S**t i am definitely not a homo and none of my friends are either, while i hardly oppose gay marriage the idea hardly fills me with political passion and in fact the debate made me as an old hetero cringe,

        Having said that, and despite the Jaffa’s denigration of Him as some form of machiavelian figure obsessed with Wellington’s politics along with the knuckle-scrapers homo slur i think Grant Robinson would make an able deputy to David Cunliffe should the latter triumph in the coming leadership contest,

        My wish for Labour is that the winner of this contest immediately offer to the unsuccesful candidate the deputy position…

        • Tracey 8.1.1.1

          Sadly Damien O’Connor is not alone amongst Labour voters and some others in belittling gays as decision-makers in the Labour Party. In any event he is young, plenty of time to learn the ropes.

        • Hami Shearlie 8.1.1.2

          Who’s Grant Robinson?

        • weka 8.1.1.3

          “How petty in attempting to denigrate someone can it be to discount their abilities based upon their sexuality, can people stoop any lower,”

          That’s not what is being said. What is being said is that a gay man won’t get as many votes. Nothing to do with abilities or even sexuality, and everything to do with the discomfit that some sections of the NZ population still feel around homosexuality. Apparently.

          Myself, I think it’s not Robertson’s sexuality that will put some voters off, it’s the fact that he doesn’t stand out as a leader.

          • karol 8.1.1.3.1

            Myself, I think it’s not Robertson’s sexuality that will put some voters off, it’s the fact that he doesn’t stand out as a leader

            Yep. Lesbian here – sexuality has nothing to do with my leadership preference. Cunliffe is the better candidate for the reasons I gave in my post.

            • tinfoilhat 8.1.1.3.1.1

              My grandson (12) was watching the news with me last night when the issue of Robertson’s sexuality was raised by the journalist – he was dumbfounded that it would be an issue – I was immensely proud of him.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.1.1.3.2

            This is what someone who doesn’t stand out as a leader looks and sounds like.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=GU4h6aQTbDk#t=26

            • felix 8.1.1.3.2.1

              What a pleasure to see Lockwood in the chair.

              Saw Helen Clark speaking the other day, and it’s impossible not to compare her to the embarrassing drunken illiterate oaf of a PM we have now.

              How far down we have slid.

            • Murray Olsen 8.1.1.3.2.2

              You should put a warning that there is a scene including Roger Douglas in that video. I feel sicker than normal :-(

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                You mean 21-year Labour MP and Cabinet Minister in two Labour Governments Sir Roger Douglas, yeah…?

          • felix 8.1.1.3.3

            “Myself, I think it’s not Robertson’s sexuality that will put some voters off, it’s the fact that he doesn’t stand out as a leader.”

            This.

            He’s a shrewd operator no doubt, and a smart cookie, and by all accounts not a bad bloke. But if there’s something about him that appeals to anyone outside of the Aro Valley I’m yet to witness it.

  9. blue beGoneCravenSpyBull leopard 9

    Thanks Karol, for supplying a counter to the propaganda our sorry media sources continue to deem necessary

    I would hope that the process of choosing a new leader will be based on **skills**, not sexuality, weight, colour nor what the lamestream media propagandists are saying*.

    It appears to me that Mr Cunliffe has the experience and skills required for the job of ousting this appalling government.

    If there is someone with better skills, and they get voted in as leader, well and good.

    I sincerely hope that the Labour caucus, members and unions choose the very best person for the job.

    …once that is done I sincerely hope that all petty infighting is dropped and replaced with a strong, focussed gameplan of prioritising the interests of NZers and NZ democracy. This would be the winning thing to do.

    *The only regard I would place on lamestream opinion would be to note who they are promoting and take that as an indication who not to vote for.

  10. Phaedrus 10

    Ultimately there is only one test for the new leader, whoever it is: he or she must be able to handle and control John Key, or else the election may slip away. Key’s manipulation of Campbell Live, even though he was spinning lies and misdirections as fast as he could go, shows that the new leader must be able to best him in debates, either in parliament or in next year’s election campaign. Anything else is secondary, although in an ideal world the leader will both handle Key, and have true Labour principles and beliefs.

  11. Colonial Viper 11

    Karol, thanks for writing this up. Great to hear from the perspective of a true Leftie on New Lynn.

  12. tc 12

    It has to be Cunliffe if Labour want to be a major player in the next gov’t.

    They may win with a lesser candidate but need to grab back the lost party votes and motivate the non voters toward ticking their box and DC provides that inspiration.

    DC spearheading a focused caucus is a NACT nightmare watch them and their MSM mates undermine that possibility, it will get nasty especially from granny and mediawonks.

    Robertson/King/Goff/Hipkins/Jones/Fafoi all a collective fail and represent what most people think about pollys…welly centric troughers in it for themselves.

  13. Pete 13

    This speech is also worthwhile

    • BLiP 13.1

      Here’s another good speech and, I suggest, further reason why Cunliffe is best suited for the job ahead. In that speech, Cunliffe meticulously dismantles and exposes National Ltd™’s deliberate financial malfeasance carried out to obscure the top-down mendacity employed to deliver a buget “surplus”. As Cunliffe points out, National Ltd™ is relying on the presentation of this chimeric “surplus” to hoist it into power for another three years. Cunliffe is armed with the oratory skills, streak of mongrel, and credibility in financial matters to strip bare much of that spread-sheet “funny money rubber numbers” fantasy upon which National Ltd™’s ashpurashuns are based.

      (Hat Tip: Karol – http://thestandard.org.nz/your-country-needs-you/)

  14. Reactionnaire 14

    Cunliffe seems like the only option.

    He has an “X-factor” and that is being the consummate political communicator.

    His biggest problem is his transparent egotism and his lack of sincerity at times. He is a policy expert with great command of the arguments involved, but when he “turns it on” to be chummy with the TV interviewers or to appeal to working class voters… he just comes across as false.

    The public can sniff this “professional politician mask” a mile away. They hate it, hence the novice and supposed “non-politicians” like Key and Shearer getting the nod. It is sort of the reverse Phil Goff problem: when Phil went on camera, he unwittingly became robotic-sounding and sort of angry. Cunliffe goes on camera and wittingly attempts to become all things to all people, tries to project a persona for his target audience of the day, rather than just being himself. This ambitious “man with a 1000 masks” syndrome can be an instant turnoff for voters. Hopefully he will drop it, it shouldn’t be that hard, and speak from the heart.

    Everything else, he has in spades. A dose of Shearer-type humility and sincerity would give him a teflon-coated persona. Oh, and that beard… ;-)

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      “Transparent egotism”???

      You’re confusing Cunliffe with John Key.

      • Reactionnaire 14.1.1

        Unfortunately not. You’re right though, they have a bit of that in common. An obviously large ego isn’t that uncommon for a political leader.

        When i was working in the beehive before the 05 election, Cunliffe had already earned a reputation for this as well as his naked personal ambition… perhaps if he does finally fulfil this long-held dream by becoming the leader, he will tone it down?

        It would help him with his colleagues and his public image. And avoid the K Rudd type problems that accompany the more extreme cases of this ego-syndrome.

        • blue BeGone Craven Spy Bull leopard 14.1.1.1

          @ Reactionnaire,

          It is interesting reading your (and the other) personal experiences of these personalities, thanks.

          I don’t understand, however, what you say here: “His biggest problem is his transparent egotism and his lack of sincerity at times.”

          It appears to me that we have a PM currently with the same quality only he lacks sincerity at all times, and this doesn’t appear to been detrimental for him; being a leader for 2 terms.

          Have you read Richard29′s comment? (at 2.4 above). How would you respond to his views?

        • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.2

          Sorry mate despite your wording, ambition is actually a positive and a must have in a senior politician. The thing with Cunliffe is that he matches it with capability, experience, and the ability to get along with ordinary New Zealanders.

          “Ego syndrome”? You’re nuts. Whoever you are talking about its your biased perception of a younger gung-ho politician from 10 years ago.

          • Reactionnaire 14.1.1.2.1

            No need to get defensive there buddy.

            If you read carefully you’ll see that i’m speaking of it as a problem in the context of his live TV image. And if you’re worried about the leadership thing, as i’ve said, imho he is the only option. I’m offering constructive criticism here: everyone has weaknesses and this is his.

            Even in recent televised interviews (well, the ones he got before he got silenced by the party after the failed leadership bid), at times, he is clearly trying to charm and forcing it, comes across as insincere (and patronising when he tries to sound more “working class man” than he is). Can be a big voter turnoff. Must be dealt with. Simple sincerity the winning remedy.

            I could go into all the positives Cunliffe offers – capability, intellect, a reasonably clear vision of a post-neoliberal NZ – but that’s not my point here.

            • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.2.1.1

              Sorry mate your spiel about insincerity and forced charm is all about your one person perception, unless you claim to be a media trained professional offering a full critique. Not that they weren’t once present, but I think Cunliffe has successfully worked those issues out over the last 2-3 years.

              • Reactionnaire

                Your flat denial without argument isn’t exactly convincing! Particularly when just about every journalist who has ever commented on the man makes some reference to his ego, and …

                …when Cunliffe himself admits that it is an ‘ongoing challenge’ for him to make ‘sure that it is clear in my head that it’s not about me’ (2012).

                http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/politics/reinventing-david-cunliffe/

                If I were running a few focus groups right now i could offer an approximate answer, but i’m not. And in the end this is the standard stuff of modern politics: difficultly quantifiable or qualifiable perceptions based on gut-feelings and prejudice. On these factors the next labour party leader will stand or fall (or will stand as National falls!).

                • Colonial Viper

                  Labour under Cunliffe is going to tell the focus groups “thanks, but its time to head home”.

                  Your flat denial without argument isn’t exactly convincing!

                  Not interested in convincing you. Just in nailing your biased out of date personal assertions.

                  • Reactionnaire

                    What a brilliant strategy!

                    I’m sure the Hon. Cunliffe is so concerned about the Colon Viper’s personal prejudices that he will ignore the swing voters and lose the election…

                    Maybe you should be coaching him – “whatever you do don’t explain or justify anything, don’t convince anyone, just tell people they’re wrong and you’re right!”

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 14.2.1

        doublepost for some reason

      • blue beGone Craven Spy Bull leopard 14.2.2

        lolz you sure you got the correct shot there SHG?

        I would have thought it was what all Nat party members look like at the thought of Cunliffe becoming leader of NZLP.

    • Jenny 14.3

      I have met David Cunliffe and strangely, on a personal level have found him to be self effacing modest and likeable. Nowhere near the hard arsed mongrel he needs to be.

      Winston Churchill on once being accused of being an egotist. Said of course I am. I couldn’t have achieved all I that I have if I wasn’t.

      Cunliffe needs to be less like himself and more like Churchill if he is to make the changes necessary for this country to become a world leader in the existential war for human civilisation against climate change.

      [karol: I thought you were on a 6 week ban, as stated here.. Sending the rest of your comments made this morning to moderation]

  15. Sable 15

    Cunliffe’s problem is Cunliffe. He’s clever but his ego like Keys could well be his undoing in a leadership role. I don’t see a bright future for Labour with him at the helm.

    • Tracey 15.1

      Who would you prefer given they must be egoless?

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        And be able to walk on water…

      • Sable 15.1.2

        Since you ask if I had my way Annette King. Polite, down to earth but not a push over either.

        Speaking for myself I’m tired of the bad manners, petty lies, the childishness and conceit we find in politicians today. If you don’t have a big ego and are aggressive they are no good.

        I’m not sure of any other business would want to hire people as described above so why should they run our country? There’s a lot to be said for calm, professional and business-like.

        • Colonial Viper 15.1.2.1

          You think Annette King could beat Key campaigning next year and in the TV debates???

          • lurgee 15.1.2.1.1

            I think Key would look very bad if he tried his usual bully boy tactics against a woman of King’s ‘experience’. In the 70s in Britain, Thatcher wanted to debate Jim Callaghan, but was advised not to as laying into ‘Uncle Jim’ would alienate people. King enjoys some of the same affection as she’s been around forever; and (importantly for the real contenders) she won’t be planning on sticking around much longer.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.2.1.1.1

              I think Key would look very bad if he tried his usual bully boy tactics against a woman of King’s ‘experience’.

              Yet Key had no problem getting rid of Helen Clark, did he.

        • JK 15.1.2.2

          You gotta be joking, Sable. King is one of the old Rogernomes, and what’s more she’s looking old and tired. Time for her to retire …

  16. Tanz 16

    Key’s ego has worked for him, he manages to keep it kind of hidden. Lately though, it has been more apparent, and he does act like a brat when he doesn’t get his way.
    Why can’t Jacinda or Street be leader? They’d both be good, especially the latter. Very much like Clark.
    Cunliffe too, could take shiny Key out.

    • Winston Smith 16.1

      Why can’t Jacinda or Street be leader?

      - Because Labour want to win the next election?

    • karol 16.2

      Jacinda can deliver some very good speeches. But she can misfire at times. She’s not as good on her feet responding to challenges as the likes of Cunliffe – just lacks the experience, and Key will exploit that inexperience in the election contest.

      • Ant 16.2.1

        Yeah maybe in another 2 terms after she has ministerial experience. Defending a welfare/health portfolio in the house against opposition shadow ministers should get her prepped in no time. The suggestion she has the chops for it right now is super naive though, she needs to be able to flip Kaye in a Marginal electorate before even thinking about taking votes from John Key.

    • Murray Olsen 16.3

      I get the impression that Jacinda is a bit green and lets herself be influenced far too much by Mallard. She also seems to have real problems making inroads against Bennett, who is certainly not a small target.

      • Colonial Viper 16.3.1

        Insular, has lived and breathed the Wellington beltway bubble for far too long, no career perspective based in a larger broader NZ. Yet another long term Labour activist/staffer promoted to caucus.

      • xtasy 16.3.2

        Ardern has disappointed me immensely, Murray, and I do not take lightly, to have some “spokesperson” being served HEAPS of proved information on the silver platter, and NOT bother to use it. She is either totally dishonest or totally useless. She is NOT in the right place in the right party, that is my view, sorry to disappoint those who choose to disagree.

  17. Not a PS Staffer 17

    I’ve worked with Cunliffe in a couple of his roles.

    I’ve seen a careful business like approach to leading people to get things done. He is compassionate to a fault.

    Clayton Cosgrave and Grant Robertson have done an excellent job in slandering Cunliffe.

    The Media has done their ussual lazy job in just repearting mush.

  18. Tanz 18

    and Labour would win more easily with a woman leader, it would be a good contrast against JK.

    • karol 18.1

      I would like to see another woman PM – but she needs to be ready for the job – electing her just because she’s a woman is not the way to go. I hope Ardern and Louisa Wall are in the top team come the Labour leadership selection.

      • Tanz 18.1.1

        I agree Karol, it’s got to be the right one, for the right reasons Why not Street? She probably has what it takes.

        • karol 18.1.1.1

          Street is solid, but not anywhere near exceptional as a politician.

          I actually would prefer Wall as deputy over Ardern and Robertson – but if Cunliffe was leader that’d be too Auckland-centric, I guess. I find Wall more down-to-earth and sincere than Ardern. And Wall is in a relatively low income, South Auckland area – traditionally grass roots Labour.

        • JK 18.1.1.2

          Street ? Has what it takes, Tanz ? Does she ….. she’s been fairly ineffectual as an Opposition spokesperson. Not got the necessary charisma – what’s more, she was one of the original Shearer accolates – which doesn’t say much for her political nous.

    • Sanctuary 18.2

      Helen Kelly isn’t yet an MP… YET being the operative word.

      My impression at the moment is she is far more likely to be capable of leading Labour than Jacinda.

      I also saw Deborah Russell was saying she might be interested in politics. She is formidably smart and articulate.

  19. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 19

    Any Leader who accepts Robertson as Deputy is by definition so clueless as to deserve the knife when it comes.

    • Boadicea 19.1

      Fair comment on Grant Robertson. Robertson’s brand is toxic after his gaming of Shearer. No one will trust him..

      There is so much to be done and Cunliffe has the mental grunt to crack into it. We and he does not need a selfish right winger in such a pivotal role.
      The Caucus appoints the deputy. They should select on values and leadership capability.

      While the MP for Wellington Central has shown afministrative skills inside the Parliamentary campus they have not extended into his small constituency. Robertson has never shown any leftish values and has not shown any leadership skills.

  20. lurgee 20

    You’d have to be stupid to take Robertson over Cunliffe. But I’m still not sure he’ll go for it this time. He might sit it out, with a canny eye on 2014.

  21. Mike S 21

    I’d say many many people have never even heard of Grant Robertson.

    David Cunliffe, in my opinion, is far and away the most capable Labour politician of defeating Key one on one. The thing that impresses me with Cunliffe is that he always ensures he knows his stuff backwards. Every time I have seen him interviewed on TV, no matter what the (excuse for) MSM journalists have thrown at him, he always has a confident, well thought out and easy to understand reply.

    I think some people might mistake his confidence for arrogance. Let’s face it, John Key is arrogant, Cunliffe is nowhere near Key in this regard, he is just very confident in his data and knowledge of the subject he is talking on.

    If the Caucus chooses Robertson over Cunliffe, and the members and unions votes are not enough to elect Cunliffe as leader, I will never vote Labour again. No offence to Grant Robertson, I think he should stay as Cunliffe’s deputy, he just isn’t the person to take it to Key in my opinion.

    • Foreign Waka 21.1

      I do agree that Mr Cunliffe is actually the last hope for Labour. If he cannot get the leadership he should establish a new labour party. I don’t even think that Robertson should stay as deputy after reading some comments that he has undermined Mr Shearer. A case like Brutus to Nero?

      • Populuxe1 21.1.1

        Christ, I hope you mean the two crocodiles from The Rescuers, because that’s the only time Brutus and Nero were ever in proximity:
        Brutus 85-42 BC
        Nero 37-68 BC

        Perchance you mean Julius Caeser and not Nero?

  22. Russell 22

    Cunliffe was the man that the West Auckland Licensing Trusts turned to when the 2003 Gambling Legislation threatened “The Trusts” liquor monopoly in West Auckland.
    For years those licensing trusts and its entourage of 17 well paid elected members have duped the public into thinking that all those community grants were from the profits of their well managed liquor monopoly when in fact it was the proceeds of pokies and gambling that paid for Lopdell House, Olympic park and anything else that gave the liquor business and those low grade local politicians a profile. Cunliffe sucessfully got the law changed that protected that monopoly while Westies have no price and convenience of purchasing liquor in his electorate.

    • Colonial Viper 22.1

      you want cheaper, more available liquor for West Auckland kids?

      What are you, a supermarket owner?

    • karol 22.2

      Russell, do you have sources for those claims?

      As CV indicates, I’m not interested in cheap liquor, but I would like to know about the gambling and pokie claims.

      • Colonial Viper 22.2.1

        Given that his electorate returned Cunliffe with an even bigger majority, I’d say that people (other than supermarket owners) are just fine with the situation.

        • karol 22.2.1.1

          Well, I don’t drink alcohol, and I am not keen on cheap alcohol being used as a loss-leader by supermarkets, so that I subsidise those who do drink. However, I have not heard complaints about alcohol costs by people I know who do drink booze.

          Lopdell House and Olympic Park provide community goods, so I’m glad gambling profits went there instead of being siphoned off into some private trusts.

  23. Russell 23

    Do an OIA request on the DIA and ask for investigation reports into the Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts and you will read what was going on and how licensing trusts were cashing in from the proceeds of pokies and not the liquor business they are there to run. All that money for semi professional sports sponsorship sure as hell was not coming from their liquor profits. Why should the liquor industry in any shape or form be able to cash in off the back of pokies it doesn’t own or run and why should the elected members of Licensing trusts (most of whom are labour supporters) enhance their own political profiles off the back of gambling.

    • Colonial Viper 23.1

      Sucks having community democracies in control of gambling instead of, say, a corporate like SkyCity eh?

  24. AmaKiwi 24

    During the last election, there was a candidates meeting in Titirangi. All parties were there except National (Labour, Greens, Conservatives, and some other minor parties). Cunliffe was one of the last speakers, meaning the audience was getting bored.

    Cunliffe’s turn to speak. In 3 minutes he ripped National to pieces. The entire audience was on their feet cheering, including the Conservatives.

    I don’t give a damn what reservations people have. If we lose the next election this country is neo-liberal dog tucker. We MUST win.

    Cunliffe can win.

  25. Russell 25

    The west has an organisation loaded with yet another layer of politicians who employ a chief executive and many other staff to run a liquor monopoly that can’t or won’t deliver any of its profits back to the community. Instead they blatantly mislead the West Auckland community as to the source of the grants for commercial advantage. Really no better than Sky City in that regard and we saw how Labour were all over that deal. Or is it because they prefer the so accessible pokie bars pastered around our neighbourhoods and saw sky city as a commercial threat to their own gambling business!!

    • Colonial Viper 25.1

      Seems like a good and politically effective narrative. Get some candidates together and run with it to get some change.

  26. xtasy 26

    While I am NOT, and I state this once again, a Cunliffe fan, I think and feel he is the best bet, the best potential leader for the Labour Party now. He is articulate, educated, smart, can talk to media, is a proven minister who can get things done, he is HATED by National, ALL of that make him the BEST candidate to stand for Labour as leader and challenger of John Hollow Key.

    Only overly sentimental, deluded, misguided and irritated Labourites will not get it, it is totally proved and evident now, that only Cunliffe can deal to Key and will lead to the game changer. As much as Robertson has his qualtities, he now has to step back, take a deep sigh and let Cunliffe take the leadership. We are in for a resolute change, and this is best think that could have happened.

    Good luck David and others, we are right behind you.

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    This guest post is by Oxfam NZ‘s (relatively) new director, Rachael Le Mesurier. She’s off to the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia next week, and here provides an interesting overview of the climate, sea level and...
    Hot Topic | 29-08
  • Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids
    MEDIA RELEASE: 28th AUGUST 2014 “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids” It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too. It’s time to talk about Capital Gains Tax,...
    Closing the Gap | 29-08
  • Government to save $400 million by doing ice bucket challenge on behalf of ...
    Turkmenistan’s challenge to New Zealand comes just one week after Pope Francis apparently died attempting to avoid his own $100 donation. The National Government this afternoon announced plans to save New Zealand in excess of $400 million by performing an...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Green Election Policy Highly Sophisticated.
    As each new election policy is released by the Greens I am impressed by the depth of thinking, costing and multiple benefits that come with them. We have made a convincing impression this election that we are ready to govern...
    Local Bodies | 29-08
  • Stuart’s 100 #17: A Greater Auckland?
    17: A Greater Auckland? What if we felt like we lived in an Auckland that was greater than the sum of its parts? This is perhaps one of the reoccurring themes in my 100 days project. It reflects the public...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Green Party companion leaders’ debate
    The Greens take an inclusive approach to being excluded. So when we were shut out of the TVNZ leaders’ debate (despite being New Zealand’s third largest party, and despite the two-handed Key-Cunliffe format feeling more like a throwback to First...
    frogblog | 29-08
  • Shouldn’t this farmer be prosecuted for bribery?
    The Waikato Regional Council, in reporting on the fine handed down to a polluting farmer, also has some disturbing news:During the course of the Waikato Regional Council inspections that led to the prosecution, Bilkar Singh, a director of B &...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Whatever happened to liberty?
    Yesterday, the Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report finding that police routinely exceeded their powers in shutting down "out of control" parties, invading people's homes, assaulting people, using excessive force (in some cases causing significant injury), and shutting down...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Viewers judge TV3 to be winner in TV One leaders’ debate
    Key says the poll shows that Labour is 4% worse than gouging your eyes out, while National is only 2% worse. A snap political poll taken after last night’s leader’s debate on TV One has revealed that most New Zealanders...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Kiwis care about inequality
    Inequality has emerged as the key issue in the election campaign:The gap between rich and poor is by far the biggest issue facing New Zealand three weeks before election day, a new poll has found. The Roy Morgan Research poll...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Something to do on Saturday
    There will be a series of anti-government marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday:The Auckland rally starts at Aotea Square, Wellington at Te Papa marching to Parliament, Dunedin held at the Octagon and the Christchurch rally at Haley...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Speaker: Rocking in the Public Good: Hager and Shihad
    Seldom has New Zealand seen such super-harmonies in the traditionally separate spheres of music  and investigative journalism. The release of New Zealand prog-rocker Nicky Hager’s latest album Dirty Politics coincided with the well known citizen journalist group Shihad’s book FVEY,...
    Public Address | 29-08
  • The cost of irrigation
    At the moment, the government is pushing irrigation and water storage as a way of increasing milk production and boosting the economy. Critics have argued that the result will be dirty, polluted rivers unfit for recreational use. And we've just...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • An empty void at the heart of the election
    Its election time. The blog should be humming. Its not. Why? Because there's not enough policy to comment on. Note that this is not a complaint about Dirty Politics. How power is exercised and the ethics displayed in doing so...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Making money out of fanatics
    Click on image to enlarge This looks like a Xcd cartoon. I picked it up from a new Facebook page The Girl Against Fluoride Lies. Good to see more and more Facebook pages like this. Speaking of fluoride – the cartoon sort...
    Open Parachute | 29-08
  • Debate 1
    As you know, there was a debate last night, and the consensus appears to be that David Cunliffe won. (The strongest clue that National also thinks Cunliffe won is that Kiwiblog has seven posts up this morning to change the...
    Polity | 29-08
  • Britomart precinct quick wins
    It has now been three months since Janette Sadik-Khan visited Auckland and showed us how easy it was to create a more liveable city by making things better for people to walk and cycle around, and best of all we...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 29 August 2014
    The polls are coming thick and fast. There must be an election on… Yesterday, we had the release of the latest Herald Digipoll, while this morning it’s the Fairfax Ipsos poll. In the Digipoll, National are up 0.7% to 50.7%,...
    Occasionally erudite | 28-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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