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Why I’m still worried

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, November 30th, 2012 - 90 comments
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Labour may still be well below its 2008 election result, when it was chucked out after 3 terms, but, thanks to the doubling of Greens support, Labour+Green is level pegging with National in the latest Roy Morgan. Add New Zealand First, and the opposition is well clear. Except, that’s not an election winning scenario for the Left.

NZF would go with National in that scenario. Why would Peters play third fiddle if he can play second?

And where’s the campaign buffer? Last election, Lab+Green shed 3% during the campaign as the Greens didn’t pick up all that Labour lost. And Goff was a pretty strong debater. You have to allow at least a similar margin for 2014.

Add that together and Lab+Greens needs to be polling at about 52% going into the campaign to be confident of making a coalition after the election. That’s 7% or more above where they’re averaging in recent months.

Either Labour needs to get into the late 30%s and all but destroy National’s lead or the Greens need to go even further into uncharted territory and start polling near 20%.

Can it be done? Sure. With good policy and inspiring leadership. But it would be a fool who looks at the current polling and assumes it’ll happen.

90 comments on “Why I’m still worried”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    You are right to be worried, Zetetic. If people think there’ll be a left coalition after the 2014 election, they need to think again – and a bit more deeply.

    No-one appears to be taking into consideration the fact that there was a massive number of people who did not vote in the last election – and that these people would appear to be mainly Labour supporters – if only the Labour Party had been able to canvass them and persuade them to vote on election day. But this didn’t happen.

    Labour at the time did not seem relevant to these people, and – I regret to say – probably still does not seem relevant. Instead the Party put up a new Leader who could not tell them (or us) what Labour stood for (and still does not appear to know what Labour stands for). He has had to go around the country listening to people to find out. It would have been better if he’d read and understood the policies put up by Labour in the last couple of elections (instead of spending his summer holidays surfing at a northern beach). Labour’s values and what it stands for were very clearly spelt out in those policies.

    At the same time, while the Nats are steadily working on their plan to sell our country to their overseas interests, Labour is not making much of a dent in exposing them. And when the time comes for the next election, Shon Key will put the charm on, his strategists willl up the hype, people will forget they are opposed to sale of soes, or whatever, and the populace will be fooled once more into voting the Nats back into power.

    Its a dismal prospect. And the mainstream media, of course, are helping them. The conference I attended at Ellerslie last weekend was a very different conference to the one the MSM has reported on, as has been highlighted in other posts on this site.

  2. Craig Glen Eden 2

    Labour has big problems unless their is a full Leadership vote in February 2013 in my view. Labour will not get anywhere near National at the next election if Shearer is in charge.

    The main reason for this is many long term Labour activist I know well won’t hang round if Shearer stays. For absolute certainty I can only speak directly for three Labour activists in my family and 6 2 tick voters who all intend to vote Green with their Party vote if the current Labour leadership remain.
    Many of my friends who are long term Labour activists are voicing the same frustration with the current situation.
    This whole Labour old guard MSM media created Cunliffe leadership attempt at conference was a total beat up.As a result the most effective Labour front bencher has been moved to the back bench and is now not allowed to speak to the media in what has to be the most public example of bullying I have seen in a long time.

    I think the Greens will be the winners from this certainly in terms of their Party vote, depending on developments in the future with Labour they could also start to get some very previously committed Labour Party activists.

    • Olwyn 2.1

      I did not go to the LP conference as I was out of Auckland at the time, though I went to the meetings prior to it in which the changing role of the membership was discussed. By my reading, the caucus seems to have acted with the sort of bad faith one associates with something like the POAL/MUNZ dispute. It is as if the ABC’s said to the members, “OK, so you have voted yourselves a real say in the leadership, despite our urging otherwise. Well, we’ll make sure you have no one to vote for apart from us. Take that!” Because of this I have no trust or confidence in them whatsoever. It looks to me as if the party has once again been hijacked. So any policy they announce comes under suspicion of saying one thing but meaning another. I am also irritated by the way in which they speak as if they had authority when they do not. Their bad faith has robbed them of it. While the same configuration continues to rule the Labour Party I cannot vote Labour.

    • David H 2.2

      If they don’t sort this out, I think it will be
      the Nats get back in with Winston. And that will be the end of him, as his constituents will have a conniption fit.
      So 1st National
      2nd Greens
      3rd Labour
      4th NZ First
      5th Mana
      and the rest are all dead.

  3. vto 3

    Is it just me or is there a bit of a concerted effort at female bullying in Parliament.

    Some time ago the gardener Maggie Barry got stuck into Jacinda Adern about not commenting on motherhood until actually a mother. And now Paula Bennett having a crack at jacinda as well … ” zip it, sweetie”. Are they trying to shake Jacinda and see what falls out?

    Or is it just some rough and tumble fun in the mudpit?

    • karol 3.1

      Of course, the MSM picks up on this and not the outrageous stats being revealed  in response to the question.  Ardern just tweeted the whole incident off:

      Bennett telling me to ‘zip it sweetie’ was a first.Kids in the gallery could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a Hairspray revival

       Jacinda Ardern ‏@jacindaardern
      @leighhart70 might have noticed I wasn’t going to bother having the speaker up about it. I get the 50s charm pretty regularly.

      • vto 3.1.1

        Yep, I guess schoolyard behaviour is pretty easy to circumvent.

        What does she mean by 50′s charm? The charm of people from the 50s? Or the charm of people in their 50s? Either way that sort of dig could also be seen in similar light to the sweetie line, just from a different mangled angle.

    • felix 3.2

      Nasty pieces of work, those two.

      Nat men have always been misogynists but now they’re well advised to let the women on their side do the dirty work for them.

    • joe90 3.3

      You’d have to admit that the resemblance is absolutely Divine.

      • Rogue Trooper 3.3.1

        that divine character crossed my mind just yesterday and the comparison I often see; Bennett is very
        very transparent, probably watched a lotta Betty Rizzo lines and Greasepaint

    • Colin 3.4

      Jacinda Ardern is not a true Labour beliver she is just an inept career politician

  4. tarkwin 4

    As Craig unintentionally points out, the Greens are Labours real enemy. The sooner Labour realises this the better.

    • Socialist Paddy 4.1

      The greens are not Labour’s enemy.  The enemy are self serving careerists amongst Labour’s parliamentary ranks.

    • felix 4.2

      Bullshit tarkwin.

      The Greens are Labour’s only chance to ever get near government again, and if they aren’t deliberately working toward that outcome they’re dead already.

      • Sailor Sam 4.2.1

        A Green-Labour government will be more likely, with Russel Norman as PM and David (Shearer/Cunliffe) as the leader of the minority party.
        Labour as we know it is finished it will not regain stature unless it stops hiding behind the “Rainbow Faction”.

    • fatty 4.3

      Not sure about that…MMP means they will be together after the next election, dunno how that makes them enemies. Labour’s enemy is the greed that pulses through the veins of their incompetent and out of touch inner circle. Labour’s enemy is their self-centred MPs who think they can waltz into power in 2014 with a bumbling leader.

    • Jackal 4.4

      Don’t be an idiot tarkwin. The Greens are Labours best chance at winning the next election. If Labour turns on the Greens it will not help them in any way whatsoever. They would have to adopt the same juvenile attack lines of the Nats and then the chorus of Labour lite would start all over again. Besides, there’s very little to attack the Greens on, being that Labour is mostly in agreement with them on policy matters and have shown they can already work together. If Labour was to undermine a coalition deal with the Greens by focusing on the wrong target, they will be doing their chances at becoming the next government no favours at all.

      I disagree with Zetetic’s analysis here. Firstly there’s already a buffer in place that MSM polling doesn’t recognize. Polling for the Greens and Labour is consistently bellow what they actually attain at election time. There’s also more chance that NZ First will side with a left wing coalition, being that both Winston Peters and John Key have said they cannot work together. It’s only been Key who later proclaimed he could work with Winston after it became apparent Act and United Future would be toast after the next election.

      The fact that the left lost some ground during campaigning wasn’t related to how effective Phil Goff was as a debater, it was related to the amount of coverage each side attained from the MSM. A recent study showed that John Key had twice as much coverage as Phil Goff in the countries most read newspapers. The same bias was apparent on TV as well. There is no doubt that coverage equals votes, so ensuring that bias doesn’t occur again is paramount to having a fair fight. Shearer has already demonstrated on numerous occasions that he’s a match for John Key. In fact he’s likely to utterly trounce the deluded investment banker.

      I think Labour will easily get into the mid thirties and the Greens will continue to grow their vote. They should look at a confidence and supply agreement with NZ First and the Maori party. It would be nice to see a Motion of No Confidence bringing about a snap election sometime in the near future, but it might be better for the left to wait until they’re sure to rise and have the numbers to form a strong left government focused on fixing the damage to New Zealand the neo-liberal agenda has caused.

      • weka 4.4.1

        “There’s also more chance that NZ First will side with a left wing coalition, being that both Winston Peters and John Key have said they cannot work together.”
         
        I’d rather not rely on ‘more chance’ esp when Peters’ defining characteristic is self-interest. His other defining characteristic is that he changes his mind (or lies depending on how you see it).
         
        He’s said he won’t work with the Greens, why do you believe his statement about NACT but not his statement about the GP?
         

        • Jackal 4.4.1.1

          Do try to keep up weka… You’re making assumptions on NZ Firsts pre-election statement that they would not work with any other party. Winston Peters has more recently stated:

          GREG In 2005, you went into government with Labour, but only on the condition that Greens were not included. Do you still rule working with the Greens out?

          WINSTON Well, again, you know, if these discussions are important, the facts are important as well. We didn’t go into government with the Labour Party. We had a confidence and supply agreement with the Labour Party. At the time, we could not see how we could reconcile our policies with the Green Party’s policies, and that’s what we said. As for the future, well, we’ll see how things develop.

          [...]

          GREG Whatever you want to call it, though, can you rule out any NZ First-National coalition, supply, whatever you want to call it? Can you rule out any agreement with National come 2014?

          WINSTON We have never ruled agreements in or out before the public has had a chance to vote. And if I could just make this request: please do not ask Winston Peters or NZ First to start answering questions about forming coalitions two and a half years out from an election or one year out or six months out, because we have never fallen for that, and in that respect, we have been the only party who has never done that.

          GREG John Key has said he’s not going to rule out working with you. Is that not just a little bit insulting?

          WINSTON Well, I don’t really respond to what John Key says and does. He has all sorts of pretentious statements about things and values. This is someone who worked for one of the most corrupt business in the world, namely Merrill Lynch.

          Clearly Winston Peters hasn’t lied… He’s merely positioned NZ First so that they can be a part of the next government.

          Being that his comments about John Key are thoroughly negative (and entirely justifiable in my opinion), it would seem an untenable position for him to work with the National party in its current form.

          The right wing are simply desperate that NZ First will help them form a government, because they currently don’t have the numbers, which is why there is all this talk of Winston working alongside Key… A bit like chalk and cheese if you ask me.

          • weka 4.4.1.1.1

            Leaving aside your patronising opener, Peters lied to his constituency in the 1996 election where many people voted for NZF because they thought he would form a coalition with Labour, and instead he went with National and enabled them to form government (he also undermined the credibility of the new MMP system, which we have never really gotten over). Voters left NZF in droves after that. If you believe that what Peters says is reliable, by all means do so, but it’s a risk I don’t think the left should be taking. At best he is an if all else fails option.
             
            As for his recent utterances about NACT and the Greens, he’s just hedging his bets like he always has, and I see no evidence at all that he is willing to work with the Greens. Closer to the election he might start to make noises about being open to that (without of course committing himself to anything, but (a) I still wouldn’t trust anything he says pre-election (see my first point), and (b) it’s not a risk the left should be taking (relying on him). 
             
            btw, the bits you quote support my argument not yours. The guy is not reliable.
             
            There are other reasons to be very wary of Peters, not least that the ABCs’ policies are closer to his. Which just brings us to you being more supportive of a centre left govt than those of us who want a left govt.

            • Jackal 4.4.1.1.1.1

              The opener was slightly patronizing because you’re clearly deluded weka and trying to promote untruths again.

              Winston says:

              As for the future, well, we’ll see how things [Green coalition] develop.

              First weka says:

              He’s said he won’t work with the Greens.

              Then contradicts:

              I see no evidence at all that he is willing to work with the Greens.

              Meanwhile the Greens, Labour and NZ First have been working together on a number of things… Here’s an example that shows you’re ideologically blinded to the possibility of a Greens/Labour/NZ First coalition.

              Which just brings us to you being more supportive of a centre left govt than those of us who want a left govt.

              Get real weka… It’s not about a me supporting a centre left or left government, it’s about the left halting internal bickering and focusing on what the real problem is. Without the left focusing on National’s destructive agenda, there won’t be a centre left or left government to choose from. In other words, you won’t get a left government by undermining the centre left… It’s as simple as that.

              • weka

                Are you denying that Peters has previously said he won’t work with the Greens?
                 
                Saying he will see how things develop is Peters speak for I’ll jump whichever way I damn well please when the time comes. Hardly an expression of good faith to work with a potential coalition partner.
                 
                You are naive in the extreme if you think Peters is reliable.
                 
                As for the work that L/GP/NZF have done together, that’s great. It doesn’t show an intent or ability to form a govt together.
                 
                I’ve asked quite a few times on ts for someone to describe how they see a L/GP/NZF coalition working. No-one has done that yet. So by all means tell us how you see it working in real world terms: who would be doing what, what kinds of policies would be supported, what compromises etc.
                 

                First weka says:

                He’s said he won’t work with the Greens.

                Then contradicts:

                I see no evidence at all that he is willing to work with the Greens.
                 

                That’s not a contradiction. Methinks you are making shit up about my words :roll: He has said in the past that he won’t work with the GP in a govt. And nothing he has said since suggests that that has changed in any meaningful way.

          • Rogue Trooper 4.4.1.1.2

            I remember that interview Greg like it was yesterday; just sniffing around Jackal

          • Rogue Trooper 4.4.1.1.3

            I remember that interview Greg like it was yesterday; just sniffing around Jackal :) may be a duplicate
            rogue comment; freakin technology ;)

          • Fortran 4.4.1.1.4

            Jackal

            Winston is Prostitute – he will sell his body to the highest bidder whatever, and the MSM will continue to give him enormous support as they did at the last election.
            I am sure that without the MSM support he did not expect to be back in Parliament.

            • Jackal 4.4.1.1.4.1

              Winston gained pre-election media attention because he had the guts to let the public know what John Key and Banks said on a somewhat notorious tea pot tape. As far as I can tell, there was no bias in the amount of coverage NZ First attained.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.4.1.1.5

            Being that his comments about John Key are thoroughly negative (and entirely justifiable in my opinion), it would seem an untenable position for him to work with the National party in its current form.

            And everybody thought the same in 1996 as well.

      • gobsmacked 4.4.2

        If Labour turns on the Greens it will not help them in any way whatsoever.

        Agreed. But Shane Jones has been attacking the Greens, openly and unpleasantly. With the tacit approval of the Labour leadership.

        Jones clearly hasn’t been disloyal to his leader, because Shearer is very tough on disloyalty, isn’t he?

        Polling for the Greens and Labour is consistently below what they actually attain at election time.

        Not true for Labour in 2011. It’s true that in 2005, Labour got the vote out. Different leader, different party activists, different times. Gone now.

        The same bias was apparent on TV as well. There is no doubt that coverage equals votes

        For David Shearer, the opposite is true. Labour have gone up in the polls this year when the media focus has been on Key and the government screwing up. When the leader of the opposition is Kim Dotcom or John Campbell or school principals, Labour do OK (by default). When the official leader of the opposition pops up, not so much.

        Shearer has already demonstrated on numerous occasions that he’s a match for John Key. In fact he’s likely to utterly trounce the deluded investment banker.

        And we’re jumping the shark …

        • Colonial Viper 4.4.2.1

          And we’re jumping the shark …

          +1 what the frak is it with the Shearer Bearers?

          How is it that they think a statement like Shearer has “demonstrated on numerous occasions that he’s a match for John Key. In fact he’s likely to utterly trounce the delubded investment banker” is not going to be met with immediate and incredulous derision?

        • Jackal 4.4.2.2

          It’s a bit confusing when you conflate two entirely separate incidents in an attempt to undermine Shearers leadership gobsmacked… Please try not to do that.

          Firstly we don’t know if Shane Jones has the support of his party or Shearer when he has attacked the Greens, it’s likely he doesn’t. Do you honestly expect Shearer to publicly chastise Jones over his statements? Get real FFS! It’s more likely that Jones is simply mouthing off, especially considering many of his statements contradict what Labours actual policy states. The same can be said about Su’a William Sio and his opposition to the same-sex marriage bill. I disagree with both of them btw, but defend their right to have an opinion and make it public if they want to.

          The problem here is that many on the left are arguing for censorship of MPs who have differing beliefs to those that the majority of their party and members support. The MSM has used this in an attempt to undermine Labour by painting it as divided, when it’s by far more cohesive and co-operative than National could ever be. Labour’s division is simply a right wing marketing campaign that should be taken with a pinch of salt.

          In terms of David Cunliffe’s demotion, the MSM and many leftwing bloggers basically gave Shearer little choice but to stamp his authority as leader of the Labour party. Wrongly or rightly the public perception was that Cunliffe was being disloyal. In fact whatever he said was manipulated and used against Labour, even when he emphatically voiced his support for Shearer and voted to retain him as leader. So don’t blame Labour, blame misreporting and deluded commentators.

          Your assertion that the polling has favoured Labour when Shearer is not in the news is blatantly false. Firstly there was a lot of negative coverage during the last round of polling that was designed to undermine Labour. This overshadowed Labours housing policy and other positive aspects of their conference, and while getting yourself in the news is usually a good thing for politicians, the purely negative coverage surrounding the supposed leadership challenge had the opposite effect and meant a reduction in support of 1%. Besides, we’re placing far to much merit in polling, which have a huge margin of error and favour the right wing anyway.

          I’m not jumping the shark either… My observation is that Shearer is a competent orator and experienced debater. He also believes in what Labour wants to achieve. John Key on the other hand still mumbles like an illiterate fool, and obviously has lost much of his drive to remain Prime Minister.

          • Sunny 4.4.2.2.1

            @ Jackal.

            Mate, you’ve GOT to be kidding! Poor old Shearer is cringe making bad. An orator?! He’s ghastly, appalling and, as far as I can make out, tricksy!

            He makes Goff look like JFK ! And Goff was useless with his grin and his motorbike and his weird strut thing he adopted a la Pagini…Goff lost the election despite our loyalty and Shearer will lose the next one…if we let him (or Robertson) hang on to the leadership. Democracy now!

            • Jackal 4.4.2.2.1.1

              So you’re basically saying that Labour will lose the next election no matter who is leader… I think you’re wrong! You do realize that saying Shearer is cringe making bad and also tricksy is a contradiction in terms? Perhaps you might like to work on your insults a bit before commenting further Sunny.

  5. Blue 5

    This theory is at odds with Labour’s idea that they can sleepwalk to victory doing nothing more than waiting for John Key to stuff up and hoping that Shearer will transmogrify into a fantastic political leader overnight if they wish it hard enough.

    • karol 5.1

      Yet Chris Trotter has made this claim:

      Persistent questioning would also have uncovered evidence that it was supporters of Grant Robertson, not Mr Cunliffe, who had been gauging the level of support for a leadership spill in the weeks leading up to the Conference. No hint of these alternative narratives appeared anywhere in the MSM.

      But if Robertson aims to replace Shearer, isn’t he already tainted by the way Cunliffe was taken out?

      • Blue 5.1.1

        Robertson kept his hands clean this time – Shearer’s the one who got dirty over the Cunliffe demotion.

        But if Robertson wants the job, he’s going to have a fight on his hands. Shearer’s not so much a malleable patsy as he is gifted with deluded, born-to-rule arrogance. He’s not giving the job up, so Robertson will have to knife him. And that will leave a stain.

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    The other thing I think we will see is some bleeding of Nat vote to NZF and the Conservatives, this is also going to compound Labours problems, because that would appear to be the vote they are trying to attract with Shearer.
    The so called left might get their but not without Winston making NZF a even stronger factor/influence than before.

  7. Matthew Hooton 7

    You should be worried. The poll at http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4842 gives NZ First the balance of power. He will always prefer to be the number two party in a National-led government than the number three in a Labour/Green-led one. Plus, he is so small-c conservative he will always choose the incumbent (Bolger in 1996 and Clark in 2005). Also, National will give him anything and will agree to knight him. So Labour/Green need to hit 48% of the vote between them to be assured of governing. One proviso though – there is a (small) possibility the National caucus would rebel if the leadership sought to do a deal with Peters. If Peters responded by saying he would abstain on confidence and supply, that might hand power to Labour/Green (as long as it had one more MP than National/UF/etc). Obviously such an outcome would be a fiasco (as any outcome always is that involves Peters having power) and the better outcome for NZ is always a National-led or Labour/Green-led government over one that involves him in any way whatsoever.

    • ianmac 7.1

      Roy Morgan noted: “Ongoing leadership tensions — particularly in the main Opposition Labour Party between Labour Leader David Shearer and leadership contender David Cunliffe — appear to explain why Labour has been unable to present the united front it needs to increase its vote and close the gap with Key’s governing National.”
      And still the wranglers snipe away at Labour Leadership to assist National’s cause.

      • Jackal 7.1.1

        +1 Now they have presented the next contender for the throne in an attempt to rejuvenate a tired old and largely demented debate. Meanwhile commentators are heaping praise on Judith Collins and Jerry Brownlee as possible leaders of the National party, but there’s no talk of any backstabbing on the right wing of course… It’s all fluffy bunnies over their.

        • David H 7.1.1.1

          Collins and Brownlee??? for Leaders of the National Party?? Oh please, as they both have as much charisma, and finesse, as a Bull frog at mating time.

      • Anne 7.1.2

        And still the wranglers snipe away at Labour Leadership to assist National’s cause.

        Bear in mind who the wranglers really are.

        It’s not David Cunliffe or his supporters in caucus and elsewhere.

        Craig Glen Eden is right. It was the worst case of public mischief and bullying (by a relatively small bunch of petulant caucus members who were sorely miffed because a majority of Conference delegates dared to vote for more say in the Party’s internal affairs) that I have witnessed.

        We’ll blame it on David Cunliffe. We’ll claim it was all a set-up by him and his supporters to topple Shearer.

        In the fabled words of Tim Shadbolt… bullshit and jellybeans!

        It will be interesting to see who is ‘demoted’ come the caucus re-shuffle. Will most of Cunliffe’s supporters be vanished to the back benches too? Intelligent and able performers like Charles Chauval and Sue Moroney (to name just two of them) in the interest of spite and vengeance?

        • David H 7.1.2.1

          Those that should go to the back are Mallard, King, & Hipkins, for starters. But if the Media is true to form in about January whispers will start. 99% chance it will be Gower at TV3 that starts them, but they will start. So a couple of things need to happen 1: Shearer needs to step down. 2: A DEMOCRATIC (No Media allowed) vote HAS to be taken and abided by. 3: The Dinosaurs (they know who they are) need to resign, and let some new blood, with new ideas in. And TV3 Need to find out the cost of their bullshit!

        • Crimson Nile 7.1.2.2

          It has already been said by others, but when there are two significant power blocks in caucus, real leadership would find a way of bringing them together. The authoritarian approach of ‘divide and rule’ runs completely counter to the values of a left wing party.

          • Anne 7.1.2.2.1

            So true Crimson Nile.

            It is very sad indeed that David Shearer has allowed himself to be hoodwinked by the ABC gang. I guess it’s an example of his lack of political experience. I’ve used the word before but I use it again… the whole scenario smacks of ‘paranoia’. Just like the good old days when Cold War paranoia was at it’s peak, this caucus gang (and their mates) saw a conspiracy where there wasn’t a conspiracy. They saw disloyalty where there wasn’t disloyalty. They misinterpreted any criticism – no matter how mild – as evidence of a widespread campaign to undermine them and David Shearer.

            They will never publicly admit it of course, but if David Shearer wants to mend the badly broken fences there are three things he must do:

            He must reinstate David Cunliffe to the Front Bench and with his economic portfolio.

            He must brush aside all efforts to get him to punish Cunliffe’s caucus supporters because they have done nothing to deserve it.

            He must reach out to ALL members and supporters and show us he is genuine in his desire for a united caucus and party.

            • Colin 7.1.2.2.1.1

              All true Shearer is being set up by Grant Roberston who hopes to lead after disposing of Shearer

        • Anne 7.1.2.3

          @ 7.1.2
          ooops… the word is vanquished – not vanished.

    • fatty 7.2

      Obviously such an outcome would be a fiasco (as any outcome always is that involves Peters having power) and the better outcome for NZ is always a National-led or Labour/Green-led government over one that involves him in any way whatsoever.

      Except of course the last time Peters was in a coalition with Labour, that was quite stable. You persistent framing of Peters as being unstable within a coalition is only true within a National led coalition. Scaremongering probably works with the simpletons, but you’ll have to do better than that here…its getting a bit tiresome
      Just because Peters walked all over National last time they were in power together does not mean it will happen again. At the moment we have the Maori Party and ACT within a stable coalition, despite their ideological differences.

      • Enough is Enough 7.2.1

        It was stable… but it is also arguable that the Peters/Glenn saga (“beat up”) contributed to the electorate fatigue of the Labour government. If Peters hadn’t been part of that government I think Helen would have got her fourth term and his stench stuck to her.

        History tell us that if Peters is in your government you will prbably be kicked out at the next election

        • fatty 7.2.1.1

          but it is also arguable that the Peters/Glenn saga (“beat up”) contributed to the electorate fatigue of the Labour government.

          Nah, National were way ahead in the polls before that happened. NZ had become sick of the (imagined) nanny-state and Helen Clark had overstayed her welcome. As a country we had experienced a sustained period of economic growth (also imagined – via a housing bubble) which meant that the public began to tire of Clarke’s authoritarian image and an easy going Donkey suited the voters. At that time the NZ public couldn’t see the impending GFC. Clark was never going to get that 4th term against Donkey, not in that economic environment. NZ’s libertarian nature came through.
          Can’t blame Winston for that, the 2008 loss was due to the public discourse that centred on shower heads, school tuck-shop regulations and lightbulbs. The 9 years of perceived economic stability meant that economic protection from the government was no longer desired by voters, instead voters wanted freedom from bureaucracy. My guess is that there were very few voters who had voted Red in 2002/2005 that switched to Blue because of Peters. It was poor PR from Labour, and exceptional PR from National.

          • millsy 7.2.1.1.1

            IMO Labour’s 2008 election loss was probably the best thing to happen to the left. Clark had been Labour leader for too long and her government wasant all that left wing. Especially when she took on United Future as C and S partners. The next Labour government will probably be more left-wing than the last one was. It may not be as left as some on here may want it to be, but I think it will be willing to at least think about taking the knife to neo-liberalism’s sacred cows.

      • Matthew Hooton 7.2.2

        I don’t know where you get the idea Peters walked over National in the 1996-1998 government. He used to read out whatever Bill Birch put in front of him, including asset sales, just as he read out Helen Clark’s talking points on foreign policy (despite opposing her number one foreign policy objective, the China FTA, and supporting the War on Terror, which she was, at best, lukewarm on). Policywise, he delivers stability, it is just that (1) it is inherently absurd having a conman like him in high office and (2) there will always be some sort of temper tantrum or ethics scandal that will prevent the government being re-elected. I agree with Enough is Enough: had Clark won just enough in 2005 to not need Peters then I think she would have got a 4th term.

        • fatty 7.2.2.1

          I don’t know where you get the idea Peters walked over National in the 1996-1998 government.

          Because I never said from 1996-1998, I said National. Peters pulled support in 1998 and the Nat’s coalition fell to pieces. Wiki has all the details

          he read out Helen Clark’s talking points on foreign policy (despite opposing her number one foreign policy objective, the China FTA, and supporting the War on Terror, which she was, at best, lukewarm on). Policywise, he delivers stability,

          Exactly, he was stable for Labour.

          it is just that (1) it is inherently absurd having a conman like him in high office and (2) there will always be some sort of temper tantrum or ethics scandal that will prevent the government being re-elected.

          Yeah, except that never happened when he was part of the last coalition with Labour. Ethically he’s no different from most Labour and National ministers, or Peter Dunne / Act etc.

          I agree with Enough is Enough: had Clark won just enough in 2005 to not need Peters then I think she would have got a 4th term.

          thought you would, see my post above. Labour’s loss in 2008 had nothing to do with Winston.

  8. ak 8

    History tell us that if Peters is in your government you will prbably be kicked out at the next election

    Nup. It tells you that if anyone looks remotely like holding the balance of power, the no-mates gnats will either mercilessly crucify them at the drop of a hat or promise them the earth.

    Crucifixion’s out this time, the promises will have begun already. And the Hooters are paving the way. Hilarious to anyone who can remember what they did to and wrote about Winnie in 08. Sorry, Hooter, but he certainly can.

    • Matthew Hooton 8.1

      I remember exactly what I said and wrote about him in 2008. That’s he’s a liar, a crook, and thief and he should have gone to jail. BTW, anyone know how the so-called Susan Couch Trust is getting on? Did she ever get anything? Be assured, I wrote above what I think WILL happen not what I WANT to happen. And I think what WILL happen, if Labour/Green/Mana don’t have the numbers, is that he will back National and National will accommodate that (absent a backbench revolt).

      • thatguynz 8.1.1

        So given the opportunity what would you write about John Banks or Don Brash?

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          lol
             
          John Banks is a fine upstanding citizen with private sector success being matched by a long history of public service and an unmatched reputation for integrity.
           
          Winston Peters a liar, a crook, and thief and he should have gone to jail.
                 
           
          Hang on, did I get those around the right way? :)
           

        • thatguynz 8.1.1.2

          As expected Matthew, nothing.. Stop trying to position yourself as a political commentator. You are nothing but a spin doctor and when asked to think, you shirk… I expected more but I guess more fool me.

      • ak 8.1.2

        Backbench tory revolt. To stay out of power. Ta Matto, needed that, I DID :)
        Sorry old son, but I can tell you now, he WON’T.

      • vto 8.1.3

        Mr Hooton, you go on about Peters being a coork (I mean a crook) and a thief, as if this figures in your assessments of the use and integrity of people in political power.

        How do you get on with John Key, John Banks, Nick Smith, David Carter, on it goes? Thinking Ecan and the lies around the initial sacking and the extension of the dictatorship. And similarly the rort around South Canterbury Finance. There are countless examples.

        I am just curious. Do you just turn a blind eye to similar acts on your side of the political rainbow?

      • geoff 8.1.4

        Speaking of liars and such, have you read this book, Matthew?
        http://www.thehollowmen.co.nz/

      • RedBaron 8.1.5

        Er Matt how do you figure into your sledging of Winston, the winebox?
        Showed a bunch of right wing dirty dealings from memory and I always figured that the beat up about him around the 2008 election was somebody getting even with him over the winebox disclosures. Massive distraction that all came to zero in terms of wrongdoing.

        Must have been the right’s worst nightmare when he got back in, in 2011.

        • felix 8.1.5.1

          Hmm, there’s probably a pretty good intersection between ACT party funders and winebox actors. The crooks who looted the common wealth in the 80s are the same crooks who set up the party, after all.

  9. At the actual election The Greens never get the percentage that they poll at.

    No one seems to want to admit this on these boards.

    • felix 9.1

      Hey Brett, do you remember what you were predicting for the Greens last time?

      About 7% wasn’t it?

      • Crimson Nile 9.1.1

        There are Labour activists in Wellington who feel that the Greens can’t possibly go higher than 14% or at a push 15% in 2014, even in an extreme circumstance. Not sure if that’s based on some kind of substantial analysis, or simply vain hope.

        • Lanthanide 9.1.1.1

          Assuming the Labour party gets it’s act together, I think that’s a reasonable belief to hold.

          However if Labour doesn’t get their act together, which at the moment they don’t look like they will, then it’s a vain hope.

    • Lanthanide 9.2

      Neither does National. Or NZ First for that matter. What’s your point?

    • lprent 9.3

      Huh? I point that out regularly. What do you read me saying?

      The typical drop is in the order to 1-2%

      I also regularly “admit” that National regularly polls 2-3% above what they receive on the day. NZF will often get a few percent more than they poll on the day. Labour is usually pretty close.

      These are all systematic and long standing biases in the polls.

    • millsy 9.4

      They got a lot more than they got at previous elections.

  10. lefty 10

    No coalition could survive having the enormous egos of both Winston Peters and Russel Norman in it.

    And would a coalition of Shearer, Peters and Norman be left of National?

  11. I would be more concerned about the polls in mid 2013, then will be a pretty telling sign of whether the Key cult has lost its popularity.

  12. Treetop 12

    When I hear Labour in the house speaking passionately about a policy issue in a news item I feel good about the Labour party. King did this, this morning about city councils now being restricted. The Labour party have to get the media behind them, they have to bring Cunliffe back as finance minister and put forward at question time a lot of economic questions.

    Labour get the big guns out, ask the big policy questions and complain loudly if there is media bias.

    Shearer needs to take up a portfolio which is suited to his work at the UN and if he does not shine, dump him in mid 2013 as then I will be convinced that he does not have what it takes to be leader.

    • RedBaron 12.1

      Given the media are in right wing pockets Labour might have more success if they had the blogs behind them!

  13. michael 13

    If a rump Labour caucus, comprised of members in the safest seats and at the top of the list, has to do deals with NZ First and the Greens in order to move into the Beehive, it can continue with “business as usual” and won’t have to implement the policy changes the membership want. I concede that the Greens are likely to drive any changes that do take place, but “Labour” can always point to Winston as its excuse for not introducing them. All Winston wants, apart from the baubles of office of course, is a bit of xenophobia from the ninth floor, to scare foreigners away (and their money, too). The Greens don’t want foreigners raping and pillaging what remains of the environment, so they’ll probably go along with it, leaving Labour to run the ship of state on autopilot, with the helm set somewhere to the right of dead ahead.

    • kiwicommie 13.1

      National wants to turn NZ into the Japan of the 19th to mid 20th century.

      • the pigman 13.1.1

        Fuck knows what you think you are talking about. Meiji Era Japan was a manufacturing paradise that, throughly highly interventionalist government policy, pursued the expansion of trade, the import of raw materials to supply all of Asia with manufactured goods.

        Actually, I’m not sure you know, either…

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1

          The Japanese also ended up supplying all of Asia with advanced tanks, destroyers, aircraft carriers, bombers,…

    • George D 13.2

      Exactly. A Labour-Green government could mean real change, if Labour have a leadership that is actually inspired by change, rather than simply governing, and if NZFirst’s reactionary constituency have no influence over policy.

      Otherwise, we’re back to the last term of the 5th Labour Government, which was certainly better than the alternative, but lacked the ability to inspire anyone. It’s no wonder they lost so spectacularly.

  14. Bit shy about making a comment, but certainly hope Labour get as many votes as possible at the next election. Amen.

    • r0b 14.1

      Welcome princess, please don’t be shy. If you’ve been watching a while you know there’s all sorts of people here. Don’t let the loons upset you, talk to the interesting ones….

    • Treetop 14.2

      I make heaps of spelling mistakes and see them after I comment, so I remind myself it is not a spelling bee.
      I have my ups and downs with content, some days my brain works better than others.
      I have my favourite subjects, some subjects bore me.
      The laughs are free, I like a good laugh even at myself.
      I don’t let anyone upset me with a smart arse reply, the smart arse could be a neighbour or a relative and next time I see them I could be greeted warmly.

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    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Tribute for Maungaharuru- Tangitu settlement
    Labour Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Meka Whaitiri paid tribute to Maungaharuru-Tangitu today as their Treaty of Waitangi settlement became law. “The Bill acknowledges Treaty breaches that left Maungaharuru-Tangitu virtually landless. Today we were reminded of the history, mamae, loss...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
    A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
    The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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