Archive for August, 2017

Daily Review 31/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 31st, 2017 - 85 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

The first debate

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, August 31st, 2017 - 203 comments

The first debate between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English is tonight at 7pm (with a poll due at 6).

Update: CB Poll puts Labour ahead of National, and Ardern ahead of English. Crikey!

Regeneration Minister’s Mysterious Non-appearance

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, August 31st, 2017 - 13 comments

Nicky Wagner seems to shy away from the hard stuff. First gazing dreamily out a window wishing she was somewhere else (when being addressed by Disability groups) and now a no-show at a debate about her City and Portfolio.

The Green Party plans to protect marine mammals and ecosystems

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, August 31st, 2017 - 25 comments

In Government the the Greens will create a blue whale sanctuary and a local ecotourism industry – to replace seabed mining and oil and gas.

Tegg Talk – Second Climate Change Report Withheld By Government

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, August 31st, 2017 - 5 comments

Denis Tegg reports that the Government is hiding a second critical report on climate change until after the election.

The making of National’s campaign ad

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, August 31st, 2017 - 55 comments

National’s campaign video was created using actors who were not paid but handled petrol or shopping vouchers and wanted a young boy of “mixed blood” …

Horizon poll shows 10% shift from Nat to Labour

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, August 31st, 2017 - 32 comments

Take it with a bag of salt, but it certainly isn’t bad news for Labour.

Shameful poverty – why we must elect a Labour led government

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, August 31st, 2017 - 48 comments

Two excellent but very disturbing pieces in The Herald yesterday. This crisis in poverty, housing and health is a national disgrace. It is why we desperately need to elect a Labour led government in September.

Rachel Smalley stop telling lies about Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 31st, 2017 - 65 comments

I know I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but this piece by Rachel Smalley is full of lies about Labour. We deserve better journalism than this.

Open Mike 31/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 31st, 2017 - 130 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 30/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 62 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Scottish Labour. On the Cusp?

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 17 comments

Liberals depart and Liberals tank.

Is Justice Binnie vindicated by the Teina Pora decision?

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 53 comments

What we can learn about Collins, Adams and the national Cabinet from Teina Pora’s Judicial review win.

“All I can do … is tell the Truth”

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

“Our integrity and our role as Ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our role”  Bennett 2017

Vote for NZ Labour if…

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 53 comments

  1. You want a TPP Agreement.

Dear Winston.

Written By: - Date published: 11:28 am, August 30th, 2017 - 136 comments

How many of these did you receive over your 7 years of over-payments?

Mike Hosking feels used and wants to take a shower

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, August 30th, 2017 - 48 comments

Mike Hosking is decrying National’s cynical election campaign and release of its paid parental leave policy and claims that it is nothing more than a corrupt retail exchange.

Real video from National’s campaign launch

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, August 30th, 2017 - 8 comments

The Standard has received real video from National’s campaign launch

How to vote from anywhere

Written By: - Date published: 7:14 am, August 30th, 2017 - 3 comments

The Greens have produced a video on what you need to do to vote internationally.

No one can have any confidence in a Nat NZF coalition

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 30th, 2017 - 45 comments

Peters is enraged by the presumed Nat hit on him over super. Earlier he was calling on Bill English to resign over the Barclay scandal. Given these conflicts, no one can have any confidence in a post-election Nat NZF coalition. They hate each other.

English coverup of Barclay scandal gets worse

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, August 30th, 2017 - 32 comments

New documents released under the OIA show that Bill English fought hide his involvement with the Todd Barclay scandal from media and the public. Coverups and lies, English is unfit for office.

Open Mike 30/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2017 - 77 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Public Event in Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Thursday August 31 Cardboard Cathedral at 7pm   Meteria Turei speaks about the importance of addressing poverty, for all of us. See you there.

Daily Review 29/08/2017

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 53 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 47 comments


Photo: Tracy Watkins

National announces free house for everyone!

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

Effective 2020. Terms & Conditions apply.   House may or may not resemble the one pictured. Must prove you voted National in Election 2017    

National does u turn on paid parental leave

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

National has announced a policy of increasing paid parental leave after complaining last year that it was unaffordable.

Labour announce affordable tertiary education

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, August 29th, 2017 - 54 comments

As the Nats stand exposed in another apparent dirty politics hit, Labour gets on with the job of winning the election. Jacinda Ardern today announced new policy: Making tertiary education and training affordable for all.

Tourism and Conservation Fund policy from Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, August 29th, 2017 - 7 comments

Labour has announced a Tourism and Infrastructure fund policy which will raise funds for conservation and infrastructure.

National is telling fibs on housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

During the weekend one of National’s rising stars Amy Adams debates housing with Labour’s Phil Twyford.  Adams was supremely confident but the data she relied on appears to have problems …

National’s political hit job on Winston Peters

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, August 29th, 2017 - 231 comments

The hit job that has just been performed on Winston Peters is a sign of how desperate National is to divert attention from Jacindamania.  But I suspect the attempt will backfire.

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