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Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, July 20th, 2014 - 172 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key, workers' rights - Tags: ,

So David Cunliffe is now being criticized for having a short break with his family during the school holidays.

David is somewhat unusual for a politician. He is happily married to Karen who he has been with for decades and has two sons. His family life is important to him and he recently did what many kiwi families did and had a short break away.  He is the leader of the Labour Party, a party that was formed to protect and enhance workers lives, so trying to get a bit of work life balance should not be thought of as a negative thing.

It is not as if he was the only politician to do this. Amongst many others John Key was in Hawaii and Jonathan Coleman was also away. Their absence meant that they were not able to adequately respond to the incredible disclosure this week that political pressure had been put on the SIS to allow Kim Dotcom to stay in New Zealand but I did not see their absence criticised in the main stream media.

And it is not as if David was not working at all. For instance here is an article about him campaigning with Clutha Southland’s candidate Dr Liz Craig and meeting the Queenstown Lakes District Mayor and Councillors.

To be honest I prefer if David takes the odd break. He has this habit of overworking himself and he is much more effective when he is not overtired.

And I must admit that I am getting tired of the media repeating attack lines rather than reporting the news. The repetition of the line that Labour’s chances would improve if Cunliffe was not leader has been shown to be statistical junk yet they still repeat it. Hell, based on the question asked I would be more inclined to vote National if John Key was not leader although the chances of this occurring would be practically rather than absolutely zero.

And to the unnamed Labour MP in the story the less about you I say the better.

So Fairfax how about you play your part and report on the issues that matter and apply the same rules to both parties. Our country’s future is at stake and we need to have balanced cover and proper consideration of the important issues as well as a system that respects politicians being able to spend time with their kids.

172 comments on “Work life balance”

  1. idlegus 1

    the stuff poll is ridiculous too, so far more ppl would not vote labour if cunliffe was not the leader, wtf does that even mean? i was just thinking i hope someone is doing a bit of a tally of negative stories towards cunliffe compared to key, i thnk the numbers will quite telling, considering cunliffe gets a negative story every 2 days. even the morning bozos on the sound radio station, a station that used to pride itself on only playing music, have anti-cunliffe rants every morning. it actually made me go & donate some money to the labour party, & i will do now every week until the election. the right still fear cunliffe, otherwise why the negative stories.

    • big bruv 1.1

      The right fear Cunliffe?

      You’re joking. He is the best thing that ever happened to us.

      • felix 1.1.1

        …and that’s why you spend no time at all attacking him. :roll:

        • big bruv 1.1.1.1

          Felix

          I attack him because he is without doubt the most unlikable person to ever grace the political stage in this nations history, and I must admit, that I really enjoy rubbing Cunliffes nose in it.

          Do I fear him?, hell no. The man is a gift to the right and one that I hope keeps on giving for some time to come.

          Had you not been so ideologically blind you would be able to see that if you had kept Shearer then you would be odds on favourites to win come the 20th of September (thanks to the undemocratic MMP system)

          • swordfish 1.1.1.1.1

            Nah, Little Bruv. Despite a good deal of bullshit to the contrary, Labour was, in fact, trending down with Shearer (everyone from you to our local milk monitor, lurgee, to dear old hockey sticks Jane Clifton have got this entirely wrong. It’s what happens when you prefer to shoot off at the mouth rather than go back and actually check the polling record).

            We’re also beginning to see a number of journos in the MSM suggest that Labour has been falling ever since Cunliffe took over. Reality: Throughout the last 4 months of 2013, Labour did better under Cunliffe than it ever did under Shearer, averaging 4 or 5 points higher than Shearer was managing when he resigned. Even this year, Labour under Cunliffe was doing mildly better than under Shearer until very recently.

            And Shearer, of course, would have been annihilated in the leadership debates. But then, of course, you’re already well aware of this, little fella.

          • felix 1.1.1.1.2

            If anything you said was true, you’d be plumping for Cunliffe and talking down Shearer.

            But it’s not.

            So you don’t.

            You dumb fuck.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1.3

            Big Bruv prefers Capill or Garret.

          • anker 1.1.1.1.4

            What is unlikable about Cunliffe???

            IMO people like Muldoon was one of the most unlikable people. Rude and aggressive.

            What on earth would make you say Cunliffe is the most unlikable. And please give examples, don’t just use labels like Mathew Hooton did on Q and A this morning. I understand he said Cunliffe had a narcissistic disorder. He should be sued for that. He is not in the position to diagnose that.

          • Dialey 1.1.1.1.5

            I see big bruv that you are just indulging in the random character assassination techniques that Nicky Hagar identified in The Hollow Men, empty words from hollow men with no substance or basis in reality.
            For those who haven’t seen or don’t remember, its worth a relook to see what is really happening all over again. Here’s the link to the subsequent documentary clips

            http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/the-hollow-men-2008

          • tinfoilhat 1.1.1.1.6

            “…….because he is without doubt the most unlikable person to ever grace the political stage in this nations history,..”

            What a silly immature comment, all that we can conclude is that you have very little knowledge of NZ politicians over the last century or so.

    • deep throat 1.2

      this is getting creepeier and creepier.
      on the op-ed page of the SST this morning is the supposed inside dope on DC and then on page 11 is an ad for some guy who looks like Norman Bates.
      Did he say he would only take a full page if they did a smear on DC?

  2. Ant 2

    It’s risible how regularly this “unnamed MP” damages his own party, it shows such utter contempt and disregard for its members.

    • David H 2.1

      Unnamed? They had Goff King and Shearer ALL named.

      A lot of MPs are really f….. off about it,” he said. “They are all working hard up and down the country, and f…… Cunliffe is on holiday. Guys like [Phil] Goff and [Annette] King and [David] Shearer, these guys really want it badly and they are working like their lives depend on it. And I think they are a little incredulous about what the guy is doing.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10287781/Skiing-holiday-puts-Cunliffe-on-slippery-slope

      Personally if they are all bent out of shape, then they should fucking resign, and let someone in who WANTS to win the seats.

      • The thing is, by naming all those other MPs it rather neatly narrows down who the MP-doing-the-talking is.

          • Tom Jackson 2.1.1.1.1

            I found the idea of it being Mallard slightly odd judging by his recent behaviour. He seems to love campaigning and to be enthusiastic about Labour’s policies.

        • The Lone Haranguer 2.1.1.2

          Your witch hunt presumes that there is a real live breathing MP out there saying this stuff.

          Who can prove that the “journalists” involved werent just interviewing their laptops and making this crap up?

          I would have thought that any MP making comments like that would be at some risk of being “outed” and given MPs self preservation instincts, they wouldnt turn on Cunliffe unless they knew the knife was already in his back.

          I think its all a bullshit fabrication

          • Stephanie Rodgers 2.1.1.2.1

            Journalists may “interview their keyboards”, but when they do it’s more likely to be phrased as “some within the Left are concerned” or “it’s been said that”. In this case there’s a specific, lengthy quote from a source. I’d be very surprised if it were spun out of whole cloth.

            And it’s not a “witch-hunt” to wonder who the source of a public, petty anonymous quote is.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Well, a “witch-hunt” is not really the point, just part of the process. It’s a political burning at the stake which is required here, and I think the Labour Party need to find and sanction the MP responsible to the full extent that the constitution allows.

              Mercy may be granted if a sufficiently grovelling apology on camera is delivered, saying sorry to Cunliffe, caucus colleagues and the larger membership.

              • Murray Olsen

                Mercy? Nope. Treachery at that level should not be rewarded with mercy. Cunliffe should demote all the ABCs, just to encourage the others.

    • “unnamed MP”?

      The article consistently refers to a “party insider” or “senior party insider” so it’s not 100% clear that it is referencing an MP.

      Having said that, there is this quote:

      “”We will be having a talk to David at caucus about his work ethic on Tuesday. We’ll be letting him know he’s got two months to turn this around, and we’re backing him and right behind him but he’s got to lift his game.”

      That does suggest an MP but it’s not conclusive.

      I don’t really have any clue who would be saying this sort of thing – just reading the tea leaves – but whoever did say it to a journalist and was happy to be quoted to that extent clearly is not interested in there being a Labour-led government after 20 September. He (and it explicitly says ‘he’ in the article for the insider) as good as told people that Cunliffe is not PM material:

      The insider believed Cunliffe’s decision to go on holiday showed he didn’t have the qualities to become prime minister.

      Anyone truly interested in the fortunes of Labour and, in particular, Labour MPs – as the ‘insider’ claims to be – could not possibly think that this little chat with a journalist was a good idea.

      Completely disingenuous or completely stupid.

      The most obvious explanation is that it was a deliberate act of sabotage. After all, it was in response to something that the public were unlikely to think was a ‘gaffe’, or even unusual or, for that matter, anything at all that might jeopardise Labour’s chances in the election. Instead, the outburst was triggered by a 3 day holiday that had barely caused a ripple – until now.

  3. Saarbo 3

    From a political point of view, Cunliffe’s holiday is not nearly as damaging as this “insiders” little rant, this is a continuation of the lack of discipline of some of our caucus members who should just shut the fuck up. Im not sure if it is helpful us going here and adding any fuel to this. Clearly the most damage to Labour comes from the little “insiders” who leak shit to the media and the media then pay back their “insiders” by continuous negative slanted stories against Cunliffe. I suspect that David Cunliffe has too much integrity to play these stupid little games…the irony.

  4. TightyRighty 5

    Criticising the member who would say what every employee would say if there boss went on holiday right before a crucial pitch? You want the business, you have to get it before you rest.

    Trust MS to come out and try and polish a turd for Cunliffe. You honestly expect that government should just be handed to you with no scrutiny?

    • Tom Jackson 5.1

      And if he’d worked solidly the whole time, there would be articles attacking him for neglecting his family.

      Just wait. I’ll bet the media put pressure on Labour to dump him this week. It’s been in the mail for some time.

    • anker 5.2

      TR @5 the more critical pitch is the debates against Key your moron.

    • Foreign Waka 5.3

      You absolutely wrong. Think about it. 50% of voters are women, most would argue that it is preferable to have a man in charge that knows of priorities in ALL situations. One of the most important ones: being there for the kids. This is what counts, not the smear campaign that is being instigated by those wannabees.

    • Murray Olsen 5.4

      So what exactly have you said about Key going on holiday for two weeks, constipated moran?

  5. veutoviper 6

    Thanks MS for this post. I was ropable this morning when the first thing I read was the Stuff article on Cunliffe. I was even more ropable when I then read a certain comment on Open Mike here suggesting that Cunliffe was not out putting up billboards.

    Yesterday, none other than Patrick Gower took a Instagram photo of Cunliffe putting up his first billboard and posted it on his Twitter account.

    http://t.co/zsWoze48z9

  6. Ad 7

    The man actually fell down flat with the flu for most of those three days – anyone could ask him or Karen.

    And OMG if Labour politicians don’t have the courage to come out and front themselves to the criticism, they probably won’t mind if every Labour MP publishes their full days diary, every day if the year, for media scrutiny, just like he does. So we can all see their exact productivity for the taxpayer dollar they are taking.

    I don’t see too many people working as hard as DC. I am heartily sick of the disunity.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      The man actually fell down flat with the flu for most of those three days – anyone could ask him or Karen.

      Which is of course as we all know, a sure sign that he needed the break. The weeks leading up to election day are pretty much a 24/7 workload and I am glad that DC got a spell off with his young family. I think some others in caucus who now have adult kids have forgotten completely what its actually like to be raising young children.

    • ianmac 7.2

      Is it possible that the insider is none other than Cameron Slater? If the insider was really an insider he/she should be excommunicated painfully and instantly with no appeal. He/she says about 20 MPs are going to tell David what they think of him at Caucus on Monday. Really?

  7. big bruv 8

    Cunliffe is being attacked by his own caucus Micky. While I do agree with those who say that Labour is totally out of touch with the people of NZ one would have to say that on the issue of Cunliffe’s unpopularity the caucus are very much in agreement with most Kiwis.

    • KJT 8.1

      Did a poll, did you?

      Cunliffe is very popular in my circles, even amongst the businesspeople.

      The feeling is that the neo-liberal has beens, in Labour and National, have done enough damage and are holding Cunliffe back.

  8. SPC 9

    One of the most telling comments ever made by a politician was by John Key back in 2005, when as National Party Finance spokesperson he said that the purpose of their tax cut alternative to WFF, was that it encouraged people to be at work on Saturday mornings rather than watching their children play sport. As if this was an unproductive use of their labour.

    This more than anything else is the guiding ethos to the policies his government rolls out.

    The human being as an economic unit for maximising profit for invested capital.

    • Andrew 9.1

      link please.

      • SPC 9.1.1

        It’s hard finding links back to 2005.

        But while looking I found this.

        In 2003 he suggested that MPs should look at the United States, “which has a minimum of two weeks holiday a year, and the economic prosperity in the US is so much greater than New Zealand’s”.

        http://www.thehollowmen.co.nz/commentary/key.shtml

        • KJT 9.1.1.1

          As opposed to Key, who has about 6 months off.

        • KJT 9.1.1.2

          Shades of Gina Rienhart enjoying totally unearned millions while claiming Australian workers are paid too much and have too many days off.

          Ignoring the fact that the US economy is collapsing under the weight of too much money in too few hands.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.2.1

            And Key also thought we should have followed Ireland’s example in becoming a low tax global financial hub. Key is a well paid shill for the 0.1% and the bankster community.

            • KJT 9.1.1.2.1.1

              Just as well National were out of Government for that 9 years.

              Their policies worked so well for Ireland, of course!

              Just as well the collapse of Ireland, was enough to slow down the delusional bunch of thieves, that are John Keys National.

              Keating’s regulation of our banks, and Cullen’s refusal to borrow for tax cuts, (Policies which National would have reversed) saved us from the worst of the GFC.

  9. anker 10

    I have commented recently a few times on the comparison of negative stories about Cunliffe versus Key. There also a mountain out of molehill thing going on re coverage of Cunliffe. One small rather insignificant thing gets blown up into a mountain. Key’s “mistakes, lies, brain fades completely minimized.

    As I pointed out in another comment, Peters made two clangers (claiming he had info that could bring Collins down and the Chinese buying Huka Lodge). But that was not given too much air time. Certainly nothing like that disgraceful stuff poll “which of Cunliffe’s clanger’s is the best or worst”.

    I have thought the bias against Cunliffe and pro Key would make an excellent MA thesis topic, but hell that would be academic!

    ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO PEOPLE? e.g. has anybody got some time where we could scan the newspapers and tally up what we already know, find an ethical journalist and publish it (I am struggling to think who this would be of course). I can’t think of one single journalist who has been pro Cunliffe. The thing that really galls me is when “left wing” commentators trash DC as well. Gordon Campbell, who I normally respect needs to take a good look at himself for his article in the Wellingtionian of DC apology.

    • @ anker..

      “..ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO PEOPLE?..”

      one outlet where you cd have effect is in the comment-threads of those stories that so annoy..

      ..sometimes @ whoar i have linked to crappy stories..urging readers to speed-read said crappy-story..

      ..but to linger in the comments-thread..

      ..’cos that is where all/any entertainment is to be found..

    • Rosie 10.2

      Hi anker. The anti Cunliffe / pro Key, minimising our govt’s major f up’s/ maximising the opposition’s little nothings or completely manufacturing them is frustrating beyond belief. It’s getting unbearable and I wonder if complaints made are falling on deaf ears. Is our democracy just a big joke, a game for the editors of our newspapers?

      And, yes I was also really disappointed with Gordon Campbell’s column in The Wellingtonian a few weeks back. It’s particularly frustrating that those who are normally on to it like Campbell throw down the road spikes to create havoc for a campaign that is otherwise charging ahead with positivity and momentum.

      So what to do you ask.

      Personally I simply don’t have the time to document all the anti Cunliffe pro key articles and lay formal complaints. I’ve only managed to lay one informal complaint with Fairfax over a particularly appalling article about Cunliffe’s” top 10 gaffe’s”. It read like it was written by some drunk tr**l who was having a laugh on a Friday afternoon.

      What I AM doing however is getting around to mostly everyone I know and asking them what their thoughts on the election are, are they voting, who for etc? I’m doing this to encourage people to get out and vote but also to gauge people’s reaction to the media and see what messages they are taking on board. I can tell you, they are soaking up the BS like sponges and it takes quite a bit of talk to get the clear and true message across.When they get it though, the attitude does a 180.

      What has been alarming is the number of Labour voters who have said to me “Labour are over”, “We’re gonna lose”, “It’s gonna be another three years of Key”. These are a small sample of actual quotes.It’s not just a Labour perspective though. I’m getting that from Green voters and NZ First voters.

      It seems there are a number of Standard commenters who are making formal complaints, big ups to them! The media can’t go unchallenged on their BS.

      I think as well we need to be having real life conversations with people. It’s time consuming and takes a bit of effort, combatting the spin one person at a time, but it’s essential, and as I’ve seen, works.

      Finally, re a study of the media framing. There’s got to be students doing this. It would be a meaty topic to sinks one’s teeth into.

      Sorry for the long rant.

      • anker 10.2.1

        Thanks Rosie, I am working for the L P. And I will try talking to people more. Its just hard when even Labour people and the likes of Gordon Campbell and Chris Trotter buy into it to.

        This morning I noticed Steve Braunias had a secret diary of David Cunliffe and I normally enjoy him, but I couldn’t bear to read it. Its like everybody is joining in kicking him to the ground and they just keep on kicking. It is undeserved and undemocratic. And NZders will be the losers if we lose him.

        The shit he has had to put up. Whale Oil stalking him having pics of him buying shoes, Hooten, claiming he has Narcissistic PD. The gaffes thing. I was furious when I saw that.

        • Foreign Waka 10.2.1.1

          The labor party might be lucky if they wont get into power as it looks increasingly so that the economy is going into a downward spiral as the situation in the east deteriorates and Europe changes its trade laws. The milk solids are down by around 8% and that is a lot (!) and the farmers have not paid down their debt during the sunshine years. Brace yourself for more sales of large farms to foreigners and consolidation in that sector. Once Christchurch has most of its rebuilding done and Auckland stagnates (maybe not housing, but lets exclude his for a moment) NZ will be were it all was 5 years ago. And it will be National who will have to answer for that.

        • Rosie 10.2.1.2

          Talking with people is the most immediate way of counteracting the spin, even if it does seem like a mammoth task in light of the daily berating David Cunliffe receives.

          You’re so right, it is undeserved, so completely undeserved and undemocratic. For the sake of the country it’s critical we vote a left coalition government in, and the media are pulling out all the stops to prevent that from happening. I keep asking myself why.

          As for David himself he deserves a standing ovation for all the shit he has to put up with.. He doesn’t have the luxury that Key has, who not only gets away with murder but can call the media knuckleheads when it suits him.

          Some of us have waited a long time for such a leader (I remember meeting him and shaking his hand in 2005 when I was working in Blockhouse Bay, up in Akld when I lived there. He was campaigning. It struck me that he was at ease talking with a shop girl like me. I also noted his sincerity and ability to listen and wondered if he would make a leader one day) David Cunliffe is the reason I am voting Labour again. (Lol, there’s others, but the choice of him as leader cemented it for me)

          Now we are here, and that leader has been democratically chosen it is frustrating beyond belief to have our chances threatened by a vicious media agenda.

          • blue leopard 10.2.1.2.1

            +1 Rosie

          • Olwyn 10.2.1.2.2

            +1 Rosie. It seems as if there are people in NZ who cannot abide the slightest obstacle to the rape and pillage of this country, whose wishes the media take very seriously. I take heart from South Australia, where I visited a relative in March. There was a state election on, and all of the polls and papers predicted a Tory landslide. The final result was a narrow Labour victory. I too am door-knocking, talking to people and so on.

            • Rosie 10.2.1.2.2.1

              That it is a heartening outcome, despite the odds for South Australia Olwyn. We can do it too :-)

              If we do, the media machine in NZ, inc APN, Fairfax, Mediaworks etc will fall into a collective gasping and choking fit, crying in a heap on the floor and wailing “oh where did we go wrong!”

          • anker 10.2.1.2.3

            100+ Rosie.

    • Tom Jackson 10.3

      ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO PEOPLE?

      Not a lot. You just have to take it. A healthy dose of stoicism would help immensely in the coming weeks.

      The solution is brutally simple. Those who engage in these attacks do so because there are no consequences. If I were the Labour Party, I would bide my time and when next in government introduce a massive public broadcasting bill. One part of this bill ought to be to bring all state news organisations together in a website that would compete with the Herald and Stuff. Since it’s all moving online anyway, it’s not like there has to be a publicly funded newspaper, but that is what it will be. Even if it only gains a moderate audience, it would go some way to damaging the others’ business, and they won’t like that at all.

    • Dialey 10.4

      I did a very quick little count over a month of the articles that allowed comments or not. The result was twice as many articles on John Key did not allow comments as those on David Cunliffe, it’s as if Stuff were putting a little cocoon around the PM to prevent any negative perceptions being broadcast

    • Rodel 10.5

      anker- To counter the cheap shots of the propagandists we should make some facts known to all New Zealanders.
      David Cunliffe is relentlessly portrayed as a failure by the right wing media propagandists in New Zealand- The venom from propagandists is akin to the “Ditch the Bitch” posters that Helen Clark had to put up with but his list of achievements suggests that he is far more qualified to be Prime Minister than John Key could ever be.

      As a teenager his intellect was recognized by a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate in Wales. He then went on to gain a BA with first class honours at Otago University.

      He worked as a diplomat for some seven years gaining a diploma in Social Sciences with distinction.

      As a Fulbright Scholar he attended Harvard University (John. F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School) gaining a Master of Public Administration.

      In his younger days he played rugby and while in Wales he helped build a sea rescue boat in which he with others patrolled the coast.
      He has worked various jobs: in a chip shop after school to help his family, later as a student planting bushes, and then in a shearing gang, and after graduating from Harvard he worked for 4-5 years as a business consultant with Boston Consulting group in Boston and Auckland.

      In 2008 he was conferred as an Honorary Fellow of New Zealand Computer Society for his significant contribution to the ICT sector

      David Cunliffe has been an Associate minister of Finance, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and Minister of Health.

      I suggest that with Cunliffe’s range of experiences in occupations, qualifications and academic achievements, New Zealand will be far better off with him as Prime Minister than with a Merrill Lynch money trader and as a family person and genuine New Zealander he is a lot more likeable.

  10. SETI 11

    Yeah, I mean it’s not like there’s yet another new poll showing mid 20’s support that would demand every day is maximised to try and win the election, and minimise any long term damage that could eventuate from a such a trouncing. Campaigning is overrated anyway.

  11. TightyRighty 12

    @SPC got a link for that telling comment?

  12. SPC 13

    So tighty righty says that only the bosses/those in power are entitled to holidays.

    And big bruv says that the ABC faction is trying to be popular with Kiwis who do not support Labour by turning on their own leader.

    Do they see their bent to leadership sacrifice in tough times as a way to demonstrate their capability for political opportunism and thus earn the public’s trust/confidence in their talent for government?

    What a totally inept shower.

  13. Ad 14

    Big Bruv I’m not sure if you have staff, but I have plenty of deadlines and projects to meet, yet I still made sure that everyone I could got three or four days off last week.

    I’m not sure why David Cunliffe has to be less of a human being than John Key. See any National Party MPs criticising John Key for not putting up billboards personally?
    Thought not.

    • BM 14.1

      He’s the challenger, Key is the incumbent, he’s proved himself, Cunliffe hasn’t.

      • TeWhareWhero 14.1.1

        Key certainly has proved himself – but not in a good way.

      • anker 14.1.2

        Bm @ 14.1 So people aren’t entitled to take time out from work until “they have proved themselves”……………………..I hope your not an employers

        • BM 14.1.2.1

          Cunliffe is the boss, Labour is his company and it’s floundering on the rocks.

          How would you feel if you worked for a company and you knew it was in the shit and your job was at stake and the boss decided he’d fuck off for a skiing holiday?

          Be honest, you’d be wild

          • Ad 14.1.2.1.1

            If any board begrudged the Chief Executive three days leave for working that hard that long, be honest, the shareholders would see it and sack the board.

            And yes, Labour members are the shareholders.

          • anker 14.1.2.1.2

            BM@ 14.1.2.1 I would feel pleased and re leaved if my boss took a break when he could so he was able to come back rested. The hard yards are ahead. It is a good time to take time off. It seems that at least Cunliffe has been contactable while on leave. Not like Key.

  14. BM 15

    It basically boils down to the fact, David Cunliffe is not leadership material.

    And that’s not an insult to David,you either have it or you don’t and unfortunately for David he doesn’t.

    • anker 15.1

      BM@ 15……………..”David Cunliffe is not leadership material”.

      Really? I guess that’s in your opinion.

      He was head boy at his high school. This position inevitably goes to a young person who has shown leadership potential

      He won a scholarship through merit to the Alantic College in Wales. His peers (who were there on merit i.e. bright kids) voted DC the most likely person in their year to become a world leader.

      I think I would trust these views rather than yours.

      • Naki man 15.1.1

        There is a difference between head boy and PM. 90% of the population don’t want Cunners as leader. Not even his own MP’s like him.

        • anker 15.1.1.1

          Naki Man at 15.1.1 Your colleague BM didn’t say PM, he said Cunliffe’s not leadership material. He gave no evidence to back this up, so its only his opinion. I gave evidence that supports DC leadership potential.

          90% of the population not wanting Cunliffe as a leader means nothing. Norm Kirk who IMO became one of NZ greatest leader’s, at one stage when in opposition only polled 6% as preferred PM. He went on to be truly great as acknowledged by many world leaders both while he was alive and when he died. Even Muldoon acknowledged him as one of the two politicians he respected, the other being Holyoake. So I give no credence to opinion polls re popularity.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 15.2

      Seem to remember his recent write up in the Herald, teachers at his school remember Cunliffe.

      When the same info about Key came out a few years back, NO ONE from his school days remembered Key AT ALL.

      When Key came back to to Nz and started making waves, it was because he was splashing cash around ( this was the cause of a major party row at the time as Slater the party president was caught out by Boag his successor in not passing all the money on.)

  15. anker 16

    I have just read the article about a Labour MP criticizing Cunliffe and as much as I believe the existence of the ABC’s, I am not sure that this rant is really credible.??? I am highly suspicious about it. It sounds made up to me.

  16. Tsubasa 17

    You’re a bit of a massive apologist for Cunliffe’s BS, Micky.

  17. Clean_power 18

    I have to doubt the quality of the advice given to David by McCartten. Is Matt a Mana mole or what?

  18. Ad 19

    The ABCs just further unified the membership against them.

    • David H 19.1

      It’s about time they resigned and let some new blood in. But they won’t, they would rather sabotage the election just so they can stick their snouts into the trough for another 3 years.

  19. anker 20

    TSubasa @17 There is nothing to apologize for about Cunliffe. The apology needs to come from the very biased msm.

  20. TightyRighty 21

    @spc you idiot. Read my comment again. If the boss goes on holiday right before a crucial pitch, the employees would rightly be pissed. That’s not leadership, and Cunliffe should know this.

    • Judge Holden 21.1

      Key’s on holiday. His caucus must be pissed.

      • Mary 21.1.1

        Yeah, but the biggest surprise is that not one National MP has shown disdain publicly about this at all, not even anonymously! Not one! Now there’s loyalty for you, eh?

      • Enough is Enough 21.1.2

        Why would they be pissed with 50% plus support he is pulling?

        • Murray Olsen 21.1.2.1

          Kiwis say “pissed off”. Are you a seppo sent over to help Key give the country away?

          • Enough is Enough 21.1.2.1.1

            Well done! Yes that is exactly what I am here for.

            Please explain more Kiwisms to me. Start with “seppo” you racist fool.

            • Murray Olsen 21.1.2.1.1.1

              Seppos aren’t a race. You’re too bloody thick to try to explain anything to.

          • TightyRighty 21.1.2.1.2

            nice, lead with the anti-immigrant back hander. “kiwis” don’t say pissed off exclusively. they often use the two words independently of each other. isn’t there a NZF conference you should be attending for the free lamingtons and sausage rolls?

            • Murray Olsen 21.1.2.1.2.1

              Anti-immigrant? Nah. More like a foreigner on a fixed term contract for the purposes of helping Key do away with our sovereignty.

              As for you, Constipated Moran, you just pop in with cut and paste garbage from Blubber Boy. What a pitiful existence.

  21. Ad 22

    BM re leadership, the first duty of leadership is to lead yourself and your family.

    That it Key’s standard, and it is Cunliffe’s.

    The only leadership failure here is that of the unnamed MP who chose to break caucus confidentiality and make a deliberate and undermining media story.

    • Weepus beard 22.1

      Can’t see any reference in the Kilgallon article to the insider being an MP. Just says insider, repeatedly. The insider does not even name MPs who are upset. There are no facts in the article at all as far as I can see.

      • ianmac 22.1.1

        But the insider claims that at least 20 MPs are pissed off. How would the insider know that while Parliament is in recess? A ring around perhaps? Or did Cameron just guess?

        • Colonial Viper 22.1.1.1

          these will be the same MPs who have forced Labour into a semi-neoliberal “the market will deliver if we just structure it right” tact and are wondering why it’s not appealing to the voters.

        • kenny 22.1.1.2

          Agreed. The Stuff article says ‘Labour Party insider’ – does not say Labour Party MP!

          More lies and anti-Labour rubbish.

    • Anne 22.2

      Unnamed MP? According to Mike Williams on Q&A there’s nothing to indicate he’s an MP. He could have been a Labour Party activist. Admit I haven’t seen the article yet so am going on Williams’ word.

      I’ve had a gutsful of this undermining of Cunliffe. It’s now got to a very serious stage. Labour must stand up and thunder its disapproval. Cunliffe must stand up and thunder his disapproval. No more turning the other cheek. Matthew Hooton took advantage of it this morning to make the most scurriloius attack thus far on Cunliffe. He described him as having “a narcissistic disorder”. My god, listen to who is talking!

      Even Dr. Raymond Miller stood up for Cunliffe. He pointed out, with some anger in his voice, words to the effect that “the constant attacking of David Cunliffe is getting beyond a joke. No matter what he does or says he’s attacked for it”.

      A couple of days ago, I reported a conversation I overheard in a cafe between two older women. It is precisely this constant attacking of David that is giving these ‘less informed voters’ the wrong perception of the man – a perception planned by Key and his cohorts (Crosby/Textor included) the moment he became the leader of the Labour Party.

      • Chrissy 22.2.1

        un-named mp? well, he did say ‘we’ when referring to caucus meeting on Tuesday, so I guess that’s that.

        What he’s done, of course, is shit on every single Labour person out there working their arse off to get as many into parliament as poss. I dont care if the Leader took a final breather ahead of the intense election campaign. But I do sure as hell care about this bullshit.

        The voters understand a holiday. They dont forgive this kind of self destructive shit so easily.

      • Ad 22.2.2

        David Cunliffe also has a team at his own electorate that have been beavering on quite happily with the campaign while he does the leaders’ job of roaming across the country. So he has had sufficient leadership-growing capacity to enable leaders to emerge underneath him that get the job done.

        Billboards went up, massive campaign headquarters servicing the Auckland western hub, huge phone canvassing effort for months, fundraisers continuing, and after personally putting up a billboard yesterday afternoon, shouted the team drinks at New Lynn’s Black Salt Bat. Like a leader should.

        Sincerely hope the MP that complained has that kind of leadership capacity around him. If they intend to be a challenger in future, they are going to need it. DC has it in spades already.
        And I back him.

        • Anne 22.2.2.1

          All the more reason why Cunliffe and his supporters should blow their own trumpet Ad. Also, all the more reason the Labour Council and Caucus should stand up publicly and say enough is enough. If they do it in the right way there are votes to be won over… many NZers won’t like the kind of underhand game the Nats and their media acolytes are playing. But first they need to come out into the open about it because most voters have yet to recognise what is happening. I know of intelligent people who are believing the rubbish.

          It might be obvious to the likes of us, but the majority of people don’t take the same interest in politics and therefore they’re ripe for manipulation.

          • Colonial Viper 22.2.2.1.1

            Yeah I know smart people around the place, LAB supporters, saying…surely Grant Robertson would’ve been a better choice. The anti-Cunliffe stuff is slow, but it is gradually corrosive. And you are right, not one more iota of it should be tolerated.

          • anker 22.2.2.1.2

            Anne 1000+

        • Colonial Viper 22.2.2.2

          +100

      • lprent 22.2.3

        Unnamed MP? According to Mike Williams on Q&A there’s nothing to indicate he’s an MP. He could have been a Labour Party activist. Admit I haven’t seen the article yet so am going on Williams’ word.

        Wrong. The quote was

        “We will be having a talk to David at caucus about his work ethic on Tuesday. We’ll be letting him know he’s got two months to turn this around, and we’re backing him and right behind him but he’s got to lift his game.”

        The ‘we’ has to be someone at the caucus meeting. The only people apart from MPs at the caucus are the party secretary Tim Barnett, and probably the president Moira Coatsworth. I can’t see either of them making this type of unnamed attack.

        • swordfish 22.2.3.1

          “…a senior party insider…”

          So we’re not just talking some obscure backbench ABC newbie, here.

          • Stephanie Rodgers 22.2.3.1.1

            Mallard has said it’s not him on Twitter (CV gave a link above). And it’s more than likely not Goff, King, Shearer or Cosgrove unless the insider likes speaking about themselves in the third person …

          • David H 22.2.3.1.2

            Take yer pick Goff, king, Chippy or Mallard. My money’s on Chippy.

        • Weepus beard 22.2.3.2

          It sounds like the royal we to me and something that Kilgallon has inflated. Why would Kilgallon not just say MP if it was an MP? It would make the story sound even better.

          Say you are right though, who can you see making this type of unnamed attack?

        • Foreign Waka 22.2.3.3

          “Letting him know that he has 2 months to turn this around”? I think the labor party has some members that need to be reminded that it is them who need to turn around and frogmarch out the door… yes, keep walking and don’t stop. How dare to have such conversation towards the boss and to top it all off, 10 week before election. This looks to me like sabotage.

          • deep throat 22.2.3.3.1

            my money would be on the SST taking norman bates’ money for a full page ad only if they told lies about David Cunliffe.

        • Hami Shearlie 22.2.3.4

          But isn’t David Cunliffe in Nelson on Tuesday? If it was an MP wouldn’t they know when he would or wouldn’t be there if they wanted to haul him over the coals? Something doesn’t smell right about this. Are Fairfax taking a leaf out of Granny Herald’s book and deciding to just “make things up”??

          • lprent 22.2.3.4.1

            Alternatively they just screwed it up.

            The NZ Herald probably didn’t make facts up. They didn’t check what they had. What they had was Nationally fabricated crap.

            • Anne 22.2.3.4.1.1

              When you say Nationally fabricated crap I presume you mean crap fabricated by National. Such as… putting the story out there for some fool reporter to pick up on and run with it? In the event of such a scenario I would agree with Ianmac who suggested Cameron Slater.

              According to our lovable rogue (sarc) Patrick Gower, senior Labour MPs flew to Auckland today for a crisis meeting. A spokeman claimed it was a pre-scheduled campaign strategy meeting. I’m inclined to believe the latter but can’t rule out the former.

              • lprent

                Who knows? Who cares?
                You simply don’t screw around with leadership 63 days from election day. If there are such Morans, then we will deal with them as a party.

                But surely you’d have to be a dickhead in the order Cameron Slater to think that it would be feasible.

          • Weepus beard 22.2.3.4.2

            Here is Steve Kilgallon’s work email address off the Stuff/SST site. Anyone else want to ask him about it?

            steve.kilgallon@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

          • Kiwiri 22.2.3.4.3

            I have just read that Cunliffe will be on the Nelson Mail/Stuff online Q&A ‘live’ @ 4.30pm today, with the chat box open from 3.30pm:

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10290443/David-Cunliffe-live-chat

            And also publicised on his Facebook page:

            https://www.facebook.com/david.cunliffe.labour

    • David H 22.3

      And I would not want to be that ‘insider’ when the Labour Caucus meets, because they will be pissed at the bad press from a self serving little toerag.

  22. Mike 23

    He will have plenty of time to spend with his family from September 21
    9 weeks away from something he has wanted all his life, falling further behind in the polls, with the party and caucus and party fragmenting – he takes a week off?!

    ‘Ready to Win’ indeed

    • swordfish 23.1

      “…Falling further behind in the polls…”

      Well, no. Labour is 2-3 points higher in the latest poll (Herald-Digi) than in the other 2 polls of July. Also higher than their rating in one of the June polls and equal with their rating in another.

  23. deep throat 24

    I see somebody has turned up the heat under the dancing fleas this morning.
    hop hop hop little fleas.
    you just foaming at the mouth because as much as you profess adherence to the principles of democracy you would rather have a right wing fascist dictatorship with Key as the clown prince.

    • Ad 24.1

      I think we can deliver that message to those in the Labour caucus who choose to deliberately undermine Labour during this campaign.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 24.1.1

        You seem to think that political journalists never MAKE IT UP!

        Theres is a history of a good storys thats are mostly untrue.

        Im sure in this one that the party insider is in the national party –

        Thats the reason for the journalists ‘never revealing their sources’ because they make shit up!

      • phillip ure 24.1.2

        those who have ‘undermined labour’ are those who dragged the party back to the right..

        ….and those who allowed labour to be dragged backed to the right..

        ..that is when the polls started tanking..remember..?

        ..and that recent reconfirmation of the raising the pension age..

        ..has probably hastened that process..

        …there being no difference between labour/national on their environmental-policies..(as noted by fitzsimon on a pol-talk-show last wknd..)..still drilling/mining etc..

        ..nothing really to end poverty…

        ..what the fuck are people meant to get excited about..?..

  24. swordfish 25

    Well, I’m confused.

    Could Dominion Post journalists please work out what their position is on their dodgy would you be more likely to vote Labour if Cunliffe stood down poll ?

    On the one hand, both Vernon Small and (in the article Mickey links to) Steve Kilgallon believe Labour’s poll numbers “would climb quickly if its leader quit”

    On t’other, the Dom Post’s Senior Political journalist, Tracey Watkins, argued just yesterday that “voters would punish such as visible display of panic and disarray just two months out from an election.”

    So which is it, Dom Post ? – climb quickly OR sink as a result of voter punishment ?

  25. Ad 26

    Possibly the most infuriating thing about a Labour MP breaking ranks this deep into the campaign is that that it spins off its own braoque fractal of meaningless sequel stories.

    I would never expect most MPs to pause for a second and go “hmmm what does this sound like outside of my head”, but putting the story out deliberately on the day Labour activists are working the second-hardest point in the campaign besides voting day, the wasted media space this is getting is deliberate and stupid.

    The blowback in caucus Tuesday should be on them, not Cunliffe.

    If any MP has a problem with David Cunliffe, Pick Up The Fucking Phone and Call Him.

  26. swordfish 27

    I wonder if I detect a slight contradiction in the words of this “senior party insider” ?

    “We’ll be letting him know he’s got two months to turn this around, and we’re backing him and right behind him…”

    And then immediately below: “The insider believed up to 20 of the 33 Labour MPs were deeply unhappy with Cunliffe’s leadership…”

    Followed by: “The insider believed Cunliffe’s decision to go on holiday showed he didn’t have the qualities to become prime minister.”

    “backing him and right behind him, eh ? Yeah, right behind him ready to stab.

    • Colonial Viper 27.1

      It’s a major problem and the membership will be primed and ready to move to cut any disloyal MPs off at the knees, within their own electorates.

    • left for dead 27.2

      I take it Clare Curren didn’t get a visit from D C when he an is family tock a small break earlier this week?

  27. Belladonna 28

    Would it be worth Labour putting a note in with the leaflet drops called facts and lies or something similar. Stating the lies and the FACTS, all in bold print. Also somehow get it out to the public about what a lot of lying creeps the media is made up of these days. I hope Moira and Tim are working on doing something to deal with this. Haven’t seen much so far to indicate they are. It infuriates me that the media are undermining democracy in this country.

  28. ianmac 29

    Update: from Kilgallon at that. A bit late mate!
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has hit back at criticism of his leadership saying he works as hard as anyone in politics.

    Cunliffe was in Queenstown last week for a skiing holiday with his family, a decision questioned by Labour MPs according to a party source.

    “David Cunliffe works 16-18 non-stop days, pretty much 7 days a week, with a few hours for family on one weekend day. I have been his media director since January; in that time he has had perhaps about 6 days leave from a highly demanding schedule that would have flattened most ordinary people,” media director Simon Cunliffe said.

    The three-day break was a well needed rest as the gruelling election campaign begins in earnest, his camp said.

    “For the record, David Cunliffe spent three days, Monday to Wednesday, with his family skiing. He was back at work on Thursday doing regional visits and meetings with Labour Candidate Liz Craig in Queenstown, and then travelled to Timaru for a day of media… on Friday. So he was working,” Simon Cunliffe said. …

    So a beat up!
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10287781/Skiing-holiday-puts-Cunliffe-on-slippery-slope

    • Weepus beard 29.1

      That is a pathetic backtrack from the SST. Looks like Simon Day has had to come in and clean the mess up as his byline was not on the original article this morning.

      If Kilgallon can’t get simple facts like what Cunliffe’s movements were last week when the whole article was about what Cunliffe’s movements were last week then serious doubt must be cast over the rest of the allegations.

      • Tautoko Viper 29.1.1

        Thanks, Stuff, but the damage has already been done!

        “A previous version of this article mistakenly reported Labour’s most recent polling at 23.5 per cent. It also incorrectly said Cunliffe had taken the week off when he was away for three days.”

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10287781/Cunliffe-I-work-as-hard-as-anyone

        • Weepus beard 29.1.1.1

          Yep, they were forced to change the headline also. This morning it read Downhill: Skiing holiday puts Cunliffe on slippery slope.

          It appears they were taken to task by David Cunliffe’s media director so for them to change the article shows how errant it was in the first place.

          I don’t believe the insider exists.

  29. rhinocrates 30

    Why doesn’t the caucus just rename itself the People’s Front of Judea and be done with it?

  30. Foreign Waka 31

    Firstly, every normal (emphasis) person appreciates that a party leader is not afraid to walk the talk and takes time for his family. God on you, David.
    Secondly, I think labor has itself resigned to loosing already and have started an inside battle and lines are being drawn on who is in whose camp. Like a Kindergarten really and it will not win any votes. Perhaps it is time to establish a new labor party with people that are forward looking without loosing sight of the history of this country. Otherwise, this country will have to accept hat it will be a state of the USA in the next 10 years.

  31. Dialey 32

    Talking about holidays, I note that Don Brash also took a holiday in Hawaii just before the 2008 election campaign, anybody asking who he and Key meet there and why? Journos are you awake?

  32. deep throat 33

    They are awake but they have had their cojones cut and they have turned into a gutless bunch of geeks concerned only with their paychecks.
    they do what they are told like good little apparatchiks.
    this country looks like a democracy on the surface but underneath the BS its just another fascist dictatorship hiding the truth behind the big lie.

  33. infused 34

    Holidays are important. Two months from an election not so much.

    Have one after you win/lose

    • Foreign Waka 34.1

      Disagree, as there are school holidays and everyone is trying to have the job split looking after the kids and if you an give them something of a normal family life. 3 days is not very much for Mr Cunliff’s kids who deserve their father in their lives too. Basically, if you are standing for values about family time and both parents in the kids life – deal with it and get real.

  34. infused 35

    Don’t agree with one of the biggest elections for Labour. Not for the state they are in.

  35. Charlieboy 36

    Labour really cannot win with the MSM. When Helen was leader she was criticised for being childless, now DC gets it in the neck for spending a few days with his young kids. Key took time out to watch his son play softball in the US, no flack from the MSM.
    Look folks, this is b——t.
    An “insider”…..really! When did Key stop hitting his wife! Ya get it?
    But I get it, there’s an election coming and the Natz want the biggest mandate they can get so that in the next three years they can do….well what? They sure as he’ll ain’t telling. The MSM isn’t asking, they are consumed with tearing Labour to shreds. They will be rewarded with mucho troughing in the next three years.
    I’m voting Left. I will not be party to the destruction of the country I love.

  36. gobsmacked 37

    Labour MP says Cunliffe is a tosser.

    So, MSM reports that Labour MP says Cunliffe is a tosser.

    So, Labour supporters blame MSM, for the deliberate, destructive actions of a Labour MP.

    The problem will be solved when Labour people want to face up to it, not try and blame somebody else for it.

    Stop protecting the traitors, and start demanding better.

  37. Charlieboy 38

    Hey gobby, I am demanding better, I’m voting left to stop the Natz carrying out the further destruction of this country.
    By the way when did Key stop beating his wife. Dont ya get it? If the MSM print rumour from “insiders”,they are big enough and ugly enough to take the hit or come up with some “fair and balanced” reporting.
    Oh that’s right, even that’s become a joke now.
    Well I won’t be party to it, I will vote left. Three more years of lies and slick propaganda will destroy this country.

  38. SPC 39

    A real workers party would not have MP’s in it that resent their leader having time with family at weekends or a holiday.

    It’s what the party was for.

    It’s also a sort of glass ceiling where only a woman without children can aspire to leadership. And men are expected to be absent fathers and hand over the parent role to their wife.

    So one hopes that Little was not involved. So who in the party resents others time off to be with family? One hopes Robertson is not involved.

    Given Mallard says it was not him (and assuming he is not lying), and given Goff, King and Shearer and Cosgrove are named in the article – who is left of the senior insiders?

  39. Hami Shearlie 40

    Fairfax said it was a senior party person, they didn’t say WHICH party though did they?? It smells fake!

  40. Jack 41

    Very unbalanced and dangerous country we are living in these days.

    Media is totally unbalanced and involved in chequebook journalism, however the NZ sheep are following MSM s instructions and will do as they are told.

  41. kenny 42

    So let me get this straight – a journalist can get some information from a ‘senior party insider’ and publish whatever this insider says. Does this journalist check this information out or does he get the go-ahead from his editor and publishes regardless, even though this story has the potential to do untold damage to someone? Supposing this story is malicious and untrue – who is accountable? Can this journalist be made to divulge the identity of the ‘insider’? It seems not.

    So damage has been done to someones reputation but nobody is held to account?

    Something wrong there!

  42. Clean_power 43

    Without knowing the source one can only speculate, but the names of Mallard and Hipkins are among the suspects. An inside job, maybe?

  43. Anne 44

    The reference in the article to the caucus source being a ‘he’ might be a form of subterfuge to further disguise the person’s identity. It’s possible ‘he’ might actually be a ‘she’.

  44. rightofleftcentre 45

    Reading this article and particularly the comments one is not left with the feeling that Labour us a united forward looking and progressive force ready to assume the role of governing the country. And this is your own home ground ffs!
    And you wonder why the country at large is rejecting you so solidly?
    But what would they know…. you, of course, know better.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 45.1

      You think these critics vote Labour? Or is your false concern delivered in bad faith?

      National is the Party of false beliefs, the party of people who think they know better than the evidence, whether it’s evidence of child poverty, cost/benefit analyses of roads of political significance, the Greenhouse Effect, fresh water quality, education, you name it, National has a policy that flies in the face of the facts.

      Way to trip over your own benchmark.

  45. What've a next 46

    Great post, saying exactly what so many feel and think.
    +100

  46. Vaughan Little 47

    There is a lot to be upset about.

    BUT

    On the positive side:

    Isn’t it great to support a party, to be part of a movement, that really cares about the country’s future.

    Isn’t it fantastic that we can work for the dignity of the poor and marginalized whether our party is in power or out of it.

    Come election day I will gratefully, and with a tonne of peace of mind, give all my ticks to Labour.

  47. Murray Olsen 48

    I actually think that the more said about the unnamed MP, the better. Scabs should be outed. They should be expelled from the party. They should be sent to Coventry.

  48. Charlieboy 49

    There is something very important in what Vaughn Little writes here. As an ordinary punter there is not a lot we can do to change the way that the media, the PR spinners, the negative letter writers or the destructive policy coming out from the Natz.
    My only power is in my Vote! When I state my support for Labour and what they stand for I know I am doing the right thing. Win or lose, I am doing the right thing. I am doing the right thing for my family, my community, my country.
    Yes, it does give me fantastic peace of mind, I recommend it.

  49. Crunchtime 50

    According to the latest idiot Herald article, the “problem” is Cunliffe is “not sexy”. Neither is John Key, so what the hell does that have to do with anything.

    Cunliffe could project even more confidence and charisma than he already does. But he already does a lot though…

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    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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