Andrew Little: TPPA no way …

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, July 24th, 2015 - 180 comments
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The first thing that David Cunliffe did after being elected Labour leader was to announce that Labour would not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless the text was released to the public.  At the time I thought the positioning was deft and principled.  It was clear that National would not release the text of the treaty so Labour could then oppose the TPPA without hesitation.

Andrew Little has, bless his heart, gone a few steps further.  From One news:

Labour says it will not support a trade partnership with the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific nations if new conditions are not met because it worries that it could see New Zealand give up too much power.

ONE News can reveal that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal will stop the right to restrict sales of homes and farm land to non-resident foreigners in fellow TPP countries.

“We will not support an agreement that takes away basic rights for New Zealanders,” Labour leader Andrew Little told ONE News.

“This is a big problem we have at the moment we can not have an agreement that cuts across that right to restrict sales.”

Labour’s five bottom lines are:

  • Pharmac must be protected
  • Corporations cannot successfully sue the Government for regulating in the public interest
  • New Zealand maintains the right to restrict sales of land and housing to non-resident foreign buyers
  • The Treaty of Waitangi must be upheld
  • Meaningful gains are made for our farmers in tariff reductions and market access.

Looks good.  And I am pretty confident that National will not agree to meet them.

Labour is running a petition against the TPPA unless these conditions are met.  If you want to sign Labour’s petition the link is here.

180 comments on “Andrew Little: TPPA no way … ”

  1. les 1

    Await the response of the Natz media acolytes.Hard to counter these bottom lines.

    • Chooky 1.1

      +100…GO Labour!….this party is really humming now

    • Chris 1.2

      “no investor state dispute resolution procedure”

      Does this mean Labour still support overseas investor rights? And without a dispute resolution procedure?

      • leftie 1.2.1


        What about our rights? and the right to make our own laws in the interests of our people without the interference of foreign corporations concerned that our law making may impact negatively on their trade?

        Suggest you make an effort and read the Open Letter. It is the Investor State dispute clause that would cost this country it’s sovereignty.

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    Being that Little Angrys shown a habit of flip flopping already you’ll have to take what he says with a grain of salt

    • You_Fool 2.1

      We are back to the Angry Little thing again? Also there is nothing in those bottom lines that doesn’t make good sense to have as a bottom line at the negotiating table – maybe the only to give leeway on is foreign investors (just put in legislation to restrict investment in property full stop)

      • Puckish Rogue 2.1.1

        Being that Little Andy just magnificently back-tracked over the flag debate, turned around completely over the 90 day contract I’m saying hes got form when it comes to flip flopping

        • You_Fool

          Because JK never does things different to what he had said previously?
          Flag debate = parp anyway
          90 day contract appears to be bad communication or maybe trying to be too many things to too many people or who knows…

          This as I said is quite straight forward negotiation position so i will be surprised (or maybe not, because politician) if there is a back track at some point… Although I would be surprised if this is not the bottom line anyway (or maybe I won’t be because incompetence in politicians goes both ways.)

          • Puckish Rogue

            You’re not wrong regarding incompetency in politicians

            • leftie

              @Puckish Rogue

              Does all of John key’s lies, flip flops, broken promises and brain fades over the last 7 years count?

      • Puckish Rogue 2.2.1–little

        I’m genuinely interested into why the left think anyone, not least John Key, would fear anyone Labour puts up as leader?

        Meaning everytime a leader pops up the narrative becomes John Key/National/the right fear *insert Labour leader de jour here*

        Phil Goffs experience was going to show up Keys inexperience, Shearer was pitched as the Lefts John Key, everyone said the Cunliffe was too intelligent for Key and now we have a dreary little (heh) union rep that can’t even convince an electorate to vote for him supposidly be the man to take down Key


        • te reo putake

          Key has the fear because he knows he’s only just scraped through the last two elections and MMP means even a small swing to the opposition takes his fate out of his own hands. He doesn’t want to go out a loser, but that looks far more likely now. And Little is a hard nut to crack because he’s spent years speaking truth to power and winning against the odds.

          You have the fear because you’re not an idiot and you know the above is true.

          • Puckish Rogue

            Key doesn’t fear Little, he has no reason to fear him but Little Andy is an opponent which means Key will do to Little what he did to:

            Clark, Goff, Shearer and the Cunliffe
            Cullen, Campbell, Norman,Dot Con

            You’re doing a great job of geeing up the troops so well done but the reality is Little is a boy going up against the Man

            • te reo putake

              Ah, the sweet sound of digital knees knocking. It’s been a bad couple of weeks, but don’t worry, PR, maybe next week National won’t look so incompetent. I hear Serco Sam’s already written his resignation letter, so that should brighten the mood under the bridge.

              • Puckish Rogue

                I’ll start to worry when Labour gets to 35% and sustains it for more than a couple of polls and if Little could get a higher rating than the Cunliffe then that’d be great too

            • Enough is Enough

              Key is petrified of Little.

              Key doesn’t want to face the inevitable loss in 2017 and will resign by the end of this year

              He is looking tired and so disinterested in the job.

              You can tell (from overseas “holiday”) that he is already looking for his next opportunity to steal money from the workers.

              • Puckish Rogue

                Ok I’ll bite, tell me what it is that Little Andy has that scares Key over and above what Clark, Goff, Shearer and Cunliffe had

                • McFlock

                  Energy (Clark ’08 didn’t)
                  National’s record of failure and lies (Goff ’11 didn’t – nats had barely started)
                  A caucus that seems to be getting the hang of pulling together for the first time since at least 2012 (Shearer, Cunliffe)

                  Basically, you guys are fucked unless you can sow discord and division within Labour in particular and the left in general. And if you, personally, are the best you guys have, you’re fucked.

                • Stuart Munro

                  I like your coinage of ‘Little Andy’ – the closer Andrew stands to Robin Hood the better I like him – and if he defeats Bad King John so much the better.

              • leftie

                @Enough is Enough

              • keyman

                key is longing for the feel of long hair flowing through his hand oh how he misses a bit of ponytail

          • Lanthanide

            2014 was only close because of the 4.6% wasted vote of the Conservatives. If you add their vote back onto the right (as we should expect for a 2017 election, all else being equal), then National is comfortably ahead for 2017.

            • Puckish Rogue

              Yeah it is shame that National will have to form a government with winstonfirst but thems the breaks i suppose

              • Enough is Enough


                Winston is in parliament for one reason. To bring Key down.

                There is 0% chance of him going into government with a man he despises.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  Winston is in parliament for himself and himself only, hes stated many a time his preference is to go with the largest party, he doesn’t like the Greens at all and National is the only party able to offer him what he wants and covets above all else, a knighthood

                  Remember what happened last time people thought he’d go with Labour?

                  • Enough is Enough

                    2005 you mean?

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      I’m thinking 1996

                      However, to the surprise of the electorate, which had apparently voted for New Zealand First in order to get rid of National, Peters decided to enter a coalition with National, enabling and becoming part of the third term of the fourth National government. The most common explanation for this decision involved National’s willingness to accept New Zealand First’s demands (and/or Labour’s refusal to do so). However, Michael Laws (a former National Party MP who served as a New Zealand First campaign-manager) claims that Peters had secretly decided to go with National significantly before this time, and that he merely used negotiations with Labour to encourage more concessions from National.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Winston said in a documentary on Helen Clark that he went with National in 1996 because Helen and Jim Anderton were literally not on speaking terms. He didn’t see how it was possible to run a government with coalition partners that were so divided.

                    • You_Fool

                      What lanth said, and also Winston learned his lesson in the 96 election about going against the popular understanding of his words and who he will back post election, and he will be aware that the public still haven’t forgotten or forgiven. So unless he is happy for NZfirst and his own political aspirations to implode (which may be the case if he will retire after next term and cares not for the long term survival of NZ First) then he knows he can only go with National if there is no way to make a Labour government work and he is clearly seen to do all that is possible to make a labour government work.

                      One thing Winston is not is stupid

                • Marvellous Bearded Git

                  I agree. Winston hates Key and will go with Little if they can form a stable government. The bonus for Winston (unfortunately) will be to keep the Greens out of government. Greens will support Lab/NZF on confidence and supply.

                • leftie

                  @Enough is Enough
                  Completely agree that there is 0% chance of Winston going into government with John key.

                  What PR and others like him need to remember is that it is not 1996 and Winston Peters apologized for forming a coalition with National at that time, and he has not supported the Nats since.

            • te reo putake

              And yet the polls disagree, lanth. Little has moved Labour and friends to the point where an alternative Government is now possible. And there is still room and time to improve on that. And the Conservatives 3 or 4% vote won’t all go to National anyway. if they vote at all, there are other options on which they can register their protest.

              • Puckish Rogue

                Seriously? One poll jump? Try again after theres been months of positive polling, you know like National

              • Clean_power

                Your optimism is very laudable but completely unfounded TRP. You can claim Labour has improved that only after Mr Little polls high over a few months.

                • Ha ha ha! I love it when the righties quibble over the results. National’s internal polling must be even worse than Roy Morgan and Colmar Brunton are saying.

                  • Lanthanide

                    Why are you assuming Clean_power has access to National’s internal polling? I suspect the data is jealously guarded and that even the National Party caucus is probably only told the general trends (or maybe not even that – can’t leak what you aren’t told).

                    • Clean_power

                      The coming months will tell if Mr Little has made an impression and is liked by the NZ public, in which case he could become PM, or if he is just another one name on the list (Mr Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe) waiting to be rolled by Mr Robertson. Lets reserve opinion until the end of 2015.

              • Lanthanide

                TRP my point is that 2014 was only close because of the wasted Conservative vote.

                You said: “Key has the fear because he knows he’s only just scraped through the last two elections”

                Actually it appears the Conservatives got 3.97%, I had thought it was 4.6% but I guess the special votes were against the Conservatives (the Greens picked up an extra list MP – Shaw).

                Here’s the election results:


                Here’s what it would have looked like if the Conservatives had gotten 5% party vote, with all of the extra vote coming solely from National:


                Key differences: Conservatives 6 seats, National 56.

                Conservatives + National = 62 seats, enough for a majority. Add on Act and UF, 64. Add on MP, 66.

                That compares to the 69 seats their arrangement had in 2008, and the 64 they had in 2011.

                Not, IMO, ‘scraping through’. Just luck that not enough voters went for crazy Colin.

                • I suspect the 4.6% was NZF’s result in the election where they didn’t make it into Parliament. One other factor that you should take into account is the possibility that Cray cray runs again and still siphons off some votes. Despite the shenanigans, the Conservatives still got some support in one of the recent polls (the RM?).

                  But I agree with your analysis in a broad sense, the actual result is the only one that counts. And MMP works in a way that big winning margins are unlikely. In the last two elections, it really did come down to a percentage here or there. That is, 25 thousand voters made the difference.

                  Do you mind if I edit out the links? They look pretty ugly.

                  • Enough is Enough

                    I think if Cray Cray does run again they will give him an Epsom type free seat.

                    I think even though his party has disintegrated, at least 2% of the general population is bat shit crazy and will vote for a ‘party’ that he fronts.

                    The Nats will want his 2-3 seats.

                  • Lanthanide

                    Re: links, I don’t mind, ideally they’d be replaced with a short version using a URL shortener service. I can’t edit the post or I’d do it myself.

                    On my screen however they only take up 3 lines, and then vanish off into the wilderness; but I expect other browsers on other OS’s will render them differently.

                    The electoral seat calculator on that website really is quite poorly implemented; the URLs is only one of the problems.

                    Re: scraping through. I’m just highlighting the point that it is easy to get into a mindset where you think that because of the number of seats National won, that it meant the left bloc performed ‘within striking distance’ of winning the last election. But a closer analysis reveals that that mindset is only superficially true. And I truly believe NZ First would have gone with National over Labour/Greens, if National only needed 1-2 extra seats to form a government.

                    • Cheers, lanth. I’ve put a couple of tiny url’s in. You’re right about the site, I’ve had exactly the same problem when trying to translate poll results into seats. It just doesn’t seem to want to allow you to just copy the outcome.

      • Chooky 2.2.2

        +100 trp…jonkey Nactional will be feeling the fear…these are concrete bottom lines…and I doubt Nactional wants to meet them

        • Puckish Rogue

          EnSame question to you then:

          Ok I’ll bite, tell me what it is that Little Andy has that scares Key over and above what Clark, Goff, Shearer and Cunliffe had

          • Chooky

            diddums back to the cooking sherry for you and the contemplation of a new cylinder…

            Labour has put up concrete bottom lines which New Zealand supports

            ….no TPPA without these bottom lines!

            • Puckish Rogue

              Is that why Key fears Little?

              Little also supported the referendum on the flag right up until Labour showeed their racist roots hadn’t completely died out and Little andy back traccked on the 90 day employment bill so whats to stop him flip flopping on this?

              Oh right because he really, really means it this time

              • maui

                Flag referendum, no Government overseas buyer data and 90 day trial bill, you guessed it… all Labour’s fault.

              • Chooky

                lets face it no one wants a flag change or New Zealand taken over….least of all by John Key

    • BM 2.3

      My guess is that Labour is going to follow the Syriza strategy.

      Promise this, promise that, promise what ever it takes to get into power and then no doubt do a 180 u turn and stick with the status quo.

      Hopefully Kiwis aren’t quite as dense as what Labour thinks they are.

      I do think they will fall flat on the trust thing though, that’s one thing Labour hasn’t regained and that’s the voters trust.

      People just don’t trust Labour.

      • Puckish Rogue 2.3.1

        Little Angry needs to learn he just can’t say whatever he thinks his latest audience wants to here, he really does need to stick to what he says:

        If you don’t stand for something you will have people for you and people against you, if you don’t stand for anything you’ll have nobody for you and nobody against you

        Stick to something Angry Little

        • Mark

          I know all right wingers are natural fuckwits but you take the cake. You want Little to stick to a position while Key does a 180% turn every hour on every subject.
          I have no time for either of them but to run a line as a right wing fuckwit like you are with regards to Little is beyond the pale even for a fuckwit like you. Up your game, you are making Sam look good at the moment.

      • mac1 2.3.2

        “Promise this, promise that, promise what ever it takes to get into power and then no doubt do a 180 u turn.”

        BM, you describe this National Government perfectly. A large case in point is the promise to leave GST alone. Once made, this promise was broken by being raised from 12.5% to 15%.

        We were promised that our accounts would be in the black by now. Who believes English?

        Key told the House that the Budget’s withdrawal of the $1000 incentive payment to join Kiwisaver would not “make a blind bit of difference” to the uptake. When proven wrong on this ‘promise,’ his Minister Bill English then told us that the outcome of a 29% downturn was ‘expected’. Key then lamely tells us that this was because parents weren’t enrolling their babies.

        I don’t trust National. Once that GST promise was broken, and then reinforced by a whole series of dishonest moves, my belief is that nothing is sacred in the National world. I am not alone in this.

        As for Puckish Rogue’s response to you, the ‘angry Andrew’ and mocking of Andrew’s surname, I can but cite Matthew 21:12.

        Beware the righteous anger of people who see wrongdoing and act upon it.

        • Puckish Rogue

          Proverbs 14:30 – A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

          Something for the left to consider don’t you think

          • mac1

            You never actually respond to the points that people make to you, do you PR?

            As for envy, I feel more like pity for the wealthy, for their shallow, earthly, temporal pleasures and life focus than I do envy. I must admit to strong feelings of justice when confronted with greed, aggregation of wealth at the cost of others and the misuse of power which wealth can bring about. Something about camels, eyes of needles and the rich.

            Read the novels of Jamie Lee Burke. A damn good read, anyway, but also a great expose of the corruption of power and wealth in the criminal, political and business fraternities.

            There is another quote I would offer you, PR. That one about the mote or beam in your own eye. Which is it?

            Finally, I like this one, just in case we should prefer more secular authorities.

            “The ‘working poor,’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.”
            ― Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

          • Anno1701

            Mark 10:25…..

    • Anno1701 2.4

      “Little Angrys”

      mate thats just puerile ,

      are you 12 or something ?

      • Puckish Rogue 2.4.1

        You mean puerile like saying cut the crap and miming riding a horse in the house like a certain Andy Angry did?

        • mac1

          No, something ‘mannish’ like making slit throat gestures across the House as did our Prime Minister, John Key, the most senior politician in our system, the leader of the country, the spokesman for the nation.

        • te reo putake

          Andy Angry? You’re getting your talking points muddled, PR. Go and have a cuppa and calm down.

        • Anno1701

          he has an excuse,

          hes a politician & there all idiots aren’t they

          whats your excuse ?

          • Puckish Rogue

            By calling Andrew Little little andy or Angry Andy or similar it reinforces the notion that hes a boy playing a mans game, that hes not up to it and considering the flip flops hes done in recent weeks you’d have to agree that Little Andy isn’t up to it

            [Right. So you’re actively trolling this site. Not a good idea. Take a day off to have a think about what you’ve done. TRP]

            [lprent: Repeated replaying of lines. He used almost exactly that phrasing this morning, and (form memory) last night. TRP: you are generous. ]

            • McFlock

              Heh – when their trooling gets that obvious, they’re getting desperate.

              Good to see 🙂

      • Stuart Munro 2.4.2

        Of course he is – you think the Gnats pay adults to troll for them? Youf rates & zero hours direct to you from Manila or Turkmenistan.

    • John Shears 2.5

      You need more than salt mate

    • North 2.6

      Traitor PR……sucking The Ponce Key.

  3. lprent 3

    Perfect. These are the more threatened cost sides.

    I would have added that there should be some solid evidence that NZ actually obtained some advantageous freer trade from the agreement. But all hope of that disappeared a long time back in the “negotiation” of this restraint of trade agreement.

    • Gosman 3.1

      What solid evidence was there before the China – Nz Free trade agreement that NZ would obtain some advantageous freer trade out of it? The Greens were certainly not convinced to support the agreement so it can’t have been terribly pervassive if it was available.

  4. Save NZ 4

    The reality is that there are ways around those conditions even if they were met. I don’t really want NZ to have to defend whether any government decision was in the ‘public interest’ or not.

    Even being part of an agreement like that would be having consequences for every decision. If you look at the Saudi farm deals for example, the idea that NZ have to bribe someone so that they can’t theoretically sue the government – it is adding complexity to a situation and taking it away from a simple yes animal exports, no to animal exports debate – that NZ has the right to make without political interference.

    My view is a complete ban on TPPA and I would prefer Labour to go with that.

    I have zero confidence in this or any other NZ government being able to successfully defend themselves in court even if these conditions were met.

    If you look at treaty of Waitangi, has this worked for Maori in the long term?

    The TPPA is the Treaty of Waitangi for the whole country sharing our country with corporates to plunder it from around the world, while taxpayers pay lawyers in foreign courts to decide – is this public interest or not?

    Pharmac is only part of the TPPA issue, what about our doctors and health system being privatised. What about the idea of the DHB’s being ‘bought’ by US health providers for example? This is not protected under Labour’s conditions.

    Pharmacy safe, but nothing about the DHB’s for example. This is why voters do not trust Labour – everything they do is so confusing and piece meal. Do they not have the guts to just say NO to TPPA?

    Recently I got an email about how the US government is about to let a giant international mining company dig up a beautiful stretch of national forest held sacred by the Apache tribe in the US.

    It went on to say that Arizona’s Senators — both of whom have financial links to mining companies — only got it through Congress last year by attaching the approval to a totally unrelated national defence bill.

    That is the future under TPPA – our country being plundered while corporate lawyers with financially linked MP’s pass through legislation for financial gain using devious means. Transparency gone.

  5. Eyre 5

    Question. If these bottom lines are agreed to. Would you support the tppa. The seem weak to me

    • mickysavage 5.1

      Can you imagine National agreeing to any of them let alone all of them?

      • Save NZ 5.1.1

        Personally I would like Labour to have policy independent of what National are doing and saying. Not relying on National to disagree so that they don’t have to say what they really think.

        In fact Labour are worse because they just say NO to TPPA and NO to surveillance but then say if (x,y,z) are met they are saying YES to TPPA and YES to surveillance.

        Sorry, too confusing to the average person who don’t have the time or inclination to deconstruct Labour’s discourses on a daily basis.

        In fact it makes them seem very untrustworthy.

      • Mike S 5.1.2

        It’s not a question of National supporting them. The investor state dispute process is an integral part of the agreement, so the condition regarding that will never be met thus Labour won’t support the TTPA. Little knows this but is trying to ensure that the National Party spin doctors can’t turn it around and say Labour is anti business, anti growth, etc.

        He is highlighting 5 easy to understand points to the public which are things various parts of the population will agree with Labour’s position on and which National would find it very hard to attack Labour on. There’s something for Maori, Farmers, and Aucklanders as well as appealing to the rest of the population. In this way, when Labour doesn’t support the TTPA Little can offer a simple explanation, that one or more conditions were not being met which is clear and hard to counter with any spin.

        Some clever politics by Labour at last.

    • Save NZ 5.2

      Labour are falling into the same trap as the surveillance bill. They are trying to go National Lite on TPPA.

      Look back at what Corbyn said about Labour in the UK – they were too confusing. Too like the conservatives.

      This is an example of the problem voters face.

      It is why the left vote is being split and why so many people don’t vote.

      Learn from NZ First – they can at least have a Yes or NO answer to policy.

      If you look at Labour it is always Yes we agree with TPPA, Surveillance or whatever if these (often complicated and easily able to be got around conditions) are met…

      Not really a clear answer…..

      And not what voters are looking for…

      I prefer Angry Andy myself who not only tells John Key to Cut the Crap but actually tells Labour to do the same.

      Cut the Crap on TPPA and say NO Period.

      • Olwyn 5.2.1

        I don’t agree Save NZ. Those pushing the TTPA are very powerful, and are able to hurt us whatever position we take on it. As things stand, Little is more likely to succeed in protecting our sovereignty by outlining a firm negotiating position than by telling them all to go to hell. What we don’t need are leaders who act on behalf of international capital while duping and patronising the people they are meant to be leading. What we do need are leaders that acknowledge the power of international capital, but who are willing to negotiate with it on our behalf. Little, to me, is establishing a position from which to do that, and I for one am grateful that he is.

        • Lara

          I completely disagree.

          If the goal is to protect our sovereignty then we have to say NO to TPPA and TISA. Why on earth would we or should we continue with those negotiations if the problems with the agreement are so deep and entrenched?

          We don’t need to negotiate either of those potential agreements. We need to start over with something completely different that may actually work.

          And I agree with SaveNZ. Labour can’t be trusted. The electorate knows it. It’s why their vote is falling and the party is dying. We know they’re just National Lite.

          The Rogernomes are still entrenched within Labour’s caucus. When the membership wanted Cunniliffe the Rogernomes put the knives in his back. To replace him with someone more controllable.

          I distrust and hate Labour now, after being a Labour voter originally and coming from a Labour family (even with a grandfather as an MP).

          • Olwyn

            I do see your point, and I certainly have no truck with the old rogernomes. But you still need to find a path from the way things are to the way you want them to be, and negotiations in which key points are strictly adhered to may work better in this regard than out-and-out hostility. For people like us, the out-and-out hostility approach might bring emotional satisfaction but prove self-defeating on a practical level. In this article on Greece, Zizek talks about “moving further from Mandela without becoming a Mugabe.” I am trying to say something along similar lines.

            • Lara

              Politely declining and stepping away isn’t the same as outright hostility.

              We’ve done it before, stood up for NZ and our principles, against the rest of the world, and earned respect (eventually from most).

              We can certainly do it again.

              • Olwyn

                I was never confident that our standing our ground on nuclear vessels wasn’t in fact a trade off, or at least judged an affordable risk – the “economic restructuring” going on at the time looked to me like the nonnegotiable part of the bargain. However, I may well be wrong about this, and you, having a Labour MP from the time among your relatives, would know much more about it than I do.

    • Eyre 5.3

      Sorry big thumbs small keys. They seem…..

    • Eyre 5.4

      The headline is misleading. It should read andrew little tppa no way. Well Sort of no way.

  6. Ad 6

    That’s the kind of leader I want.

    Do it again Andrew, and put some wellie into it.

  7. Grey Area 7

    Agree totally with Save NZ. Labour needs to say NO TPPA, not No TPPA unless ….

    • Jenny Kirk 7.1

      That is, in effect, what Labour IS saying, Grey Area.
      By imposing those bottom line conditions, Labour is telling the Nats we don’t support whatever is in the secret TPPA unless it is a straight-out trade agreement which all NZ political parties have had input into – as Labour did with the China agreement.

      • Puckish Rogue 7.1.1

        Little Andy can say whatever he likes since National don’t need Labour, if the shoe was on the other foot you can bet Angry Andy would be leading the TPPA charge

      • Gosman 7.1.2

        Which has an Investor – State disputes process contained in the agreement. So does Labour support them or do they not Jenny?

        • mickysavage

          The NZ China FTA specifically preserves the right for NZ to regulate. The explanatory text for the treaty says “[t]he mechanism is subject to a number of provisions designed to safeguard a government’s right to regulate and avoid exposure to frivolous expropriation claims.”

          • Gosman

            I note you are avoiding the main point I am making MS.

            Does the China – NZ FTA include an Investor – State dispute resolution mechanism – Yes or No?

            If so why does Labour rule out a similar process in the TPPA?

            • mickysavage

              I thought I addressed it directly. Read the undertaking “Corporations cannot successfully sue the Government for regulating in the public interest“. Note the text from the description of the NZ China FTA agreement “[t]he [dispute resolution] mechanism is subject to a number of provisions designed to safeguard a government’s right to regulate and avoid exposure to frivolous expropriation claims.”

              • Gosman

                What you are stating then is Labour IS in favour of Investor – State dispute processes being included in FTA’s if there are sufficient safeguards in place. Good then we are in agreement then. I support that position too.

                The question now becomes will Labour support the TPPA if the Investor – State dispute process contained within it has the same sort of safeguards as that in other FTA’s they have supported in the past?

                • You_Fool

                  Gosman – go read what Labour’s policy actually is and then separate that from what comments on this site are (remembering that comments here are not official Labour statements or policy) then realise that Labour supports the TPPA if it has safeguards in place like previous FTA’s (or at least that is my reading.)

                  Which is in fact what MS is saying… but I guess that stops your ability to make it sound like Labour are flip flopping.

                  • North

                    Gosman traitor……for love of The Ponce Key.

                    • Gosman

                      Traitor?!? You really need to get out more.

                      If we are going to start throwing terms around be prepared for a number of accusations of you being a freedom hating Commie. It won’t make the level of debate any better but it looks like you wish to descend to that.

    • Save NZ 7.2


      • Save NZ 7.2.1

        That was exactly to Grey Area, not Jenny Kirk.

        In my view Labour is NOT against TPPA because they are saying the SUPPORT TPPA with these conditions

        Just like they voted to support mass surveillance with conditions

        Remember David Lange – he did not say Yes to Nukes in NZ with conditions – he said No Nukes

        You need to have clarity and that is what Labour is missing.

        • Macro

          I totally agree Save NZ. This is conditional support for TPPA and it will fail to deliver anything for this country just like every other “free” trade agreement Labour and the Nats have got us into. NZ is a far poorer country for opening our borders to all and sundry. The only time we have developed our economy for the benefit of all has been when the first Labour Govt closed our borders in 1935 set import quotas and restricted foreign exchange, amongst other things and NZ, actually prospered.

          • Chooky

            would you also rescind the agreement with China?

            …sometimes it is better to have some agreement but severely protectionist and in your favour

            …btw i always opposed the agreement with China…as a lawyer once said “Lie down with a giant and you are likely to get crushed”

            ……it is now time to renegotiate this agreement with China or rescind it!

            …Labour where are you on this?!

            • Macro

              would you also rescind the agreement with China?

              Absolutely. Our land fills will soon be overflowing with “bought today thrown out tomorrow” junk brought over by the ship load from China. So many NZers have lost their jobs to China, and those who remain in work have to settle for lower wages because employers argue that if they don’t like it their jobs will be shipped to China as well.
              “Free” trade simply means that we all descend to the lowest common denominator, from working conditions, to labour rates, to quality of product, – almost everything. It’s naive to think we can out compete the largest country in the world, with a managed economy, and labour rates and conditions far below ours. Even the States is waking up to the fact that their economy is suffering because they have opened their borders to China. From a once thriving clothing manufacturing base, the states now employes hardly any – only at the top end of the market can they compete. Considerations such as this was the primary reason for the temporary hold-up of the passage of the legislation allowing Obama the freedom to fast track the TPPA. The democrates were worried about the effect this agreement would have on USA employees! At least they managed to screw some compensation, for workers who will loose their jobs. Nothing like that exists here.

  8. Tim 8

    Shame they haven’t included copyright, patents and other intellectual property ownership issues in their statement.

  9. Jenny Kirk 9

    oh for goodness sake, guys (I’m assuming you’re all guys) – you are just nit-picking.
    Labour supports good trade agreements – we’re a trading nation. But when those so-called trade agreements start going into taking over other areas of our sovereignity – that’s when Labour will pull the plug. You can’t get much clearer than that .

  10. Grey Area 10

    Snap. I was impressed with Andrew Little initially but disappointed hugely by Labour’s actions over mass surveillance (and told them so in one of their feedback emails). I’m a left of centre voter but Labour has a long way to regain my trust.

    • Marvellous Bearded Git 10.1

      @ Grey
      But Little is smart enough to work out you will never vote for Key therefore you can only vote Labour or Green.

      • Naturesong 10.1.1

        With leaders who think like this, people are surprised Labour keeps losing?

        If you take for granted the constituancy that supports and votes you in, they will either leave, or stop voting.

  11. Gosman 11

    No Investor – State Dispute process??? Why did they build one in to the China – NZ FTA then if Labour is so opposed to them?

  12. Save NZ 12

    Were a trading nation, but TPPA is not a good agreement. Trading our jobs, lifestyle and country is a step too far.

    Neoliberalism on steroids, has failed. It is supporting banks and the rich and not supporting the rest of the population. It is not sustainable for the planet.

    Some people want a push away (myself), some people want a total change. But the point is, if Labour wants these voters they need to satisfy that push away from those agreements and also stop the spin.

    Just trying to help Labour get their voters back.

    You can pretend everything Labour is doing is good, but next election they will still be on 25% – 30% because they have split their potential voters, over this type of very important decision.

    All Labour has to say is NO to TPPA they don’t need to constantly justify themselves with why they are saying no and what it will take for them to say yes.

    • Chooky 12.1

      and NO to the agreement with China!

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Helen Clark signed that one.

        • Chooky

          yes and I agreed with the Greens then …against Helen Clark …that it should not have been signed

          ….i now think it should be rescinded by Labour… or significantly changed… because it is no longer in New Zealand’s interests

          • Draco T Bastard

            I don’t know of any FTA that in NZs interest any more and think we should drop out of all of them including dropping from the WTO.

  13. Penny Bright 13

    How can Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Trade Tim Groser be trusted to act in the ‘national interest’ of New Zealand, the majority of New Zealanders and NZ businesses – when John Key is a shareholder in the Bank of America, and Tim Groser is ‘widely tipped’ to become the next NZ Ambassador to the USA?

    Penny Bright

  14. Clean_power 14

    Words are cheap.
    Lets see how long this “NO” lasts, because it will not be long before we see a retreat from the same party which signed the FTA with China.

    • Chooky 14.1

      …i dont see why not….it is not helping our dairy much anymore and this agreement with China is more of a liability now….a withdrawal from the deal with China would be in New Zealand’s interests

  15. Penny Bright 15

    How can Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Trade Tim Groser be trusted to act in the ‘national interest’ of New Zealand, the majority of New Zealanders and NZ businesses – when the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is currently, of her own volition, conducting an inquiry into the use of the GCSB to spy on Tim Groser’s rivals in his bid for the leadership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)?

    How could Minister of Trade Tim Groser arguably NOT have known about the GCSB spying on his WTO leadership rivals?

    What would have been the point of that exercise – without Tim Groser knowing the results of this (unlawful?) GCSB spying?

    And who was the Minister responsible for the GCSB at the time of this (unlawful?) spying?

    NZ Prime Minister John Key.

    How can New Zealanders trust the judgment of Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Trade Tim Groser to act in New Zealand’s ‘national interest’, when, arguably the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence doesn’t – or she wouldn’t be conducting this inquiry?

    How can the actions of the Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Trade Tim Groser, possibly be excluded from this inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security – given both were the ‘responsible’ Ministers?

    Penny Bright

  16. Penny. Bright 16

    Can Fonterra representatives see the text of the TPPA?

    If not – how can Fonterra be sure that Minister of Trade Tim Groser (‘widely tipped’ to become the next NZ Ambassador to the USA) will act in the best interests of the NZ dairy industry?

    I have asked both Fonterra and Minister of Trade Tim Groser if Fonterra representatives can see the TPPA text – have yet to receive a reply.

    In my considered opinion – Minister of Trade Tim Groser is personally ‘conflicted’, and cannot be trusted to put the ‘national interest’ of New Zealand, the majority of New Zealanders or NZ businesses ahead of the future potential ‘baubles’ of the office of NZ Ambassador to the USA, for which he is ‘widely tipped’ to obtain.

    Penny Bright

    VERY concerned New Zealander

    • North 16.1

      Penny, I love your bizo and your “considered opinion”…….much beats the crap-arse crap-arse that comes from the keyboards of the Lovers-Of-The-Ponce-Key. The Ponce Key, the fellow who poncing us all runs a stable of New Zealanders for his own advancement and the profit and pleasure of his cronies. It’s very sick and needs some pitchforks !

  17. Does this mean that he will take John Key who has proven himself to be a compulsive lying banker minion on his word or will he continue to demand the written text so they can verify for themselves? I fear he will do the first.

  18. Penny Bright 18

    The 79th Conference of the NZ National Party is being held this weekend at the Auckland Sky City Convention Centre.

    NZ Prime Minister / Leader of the National Party / shareholder in the Bank of America – John Key – will be giving his ‘KEY note’ address at noon, Sunday 26 July 2015.

    Are there any DECENT members of the National Party – who will stand up to be counted for the ‘national interest’ of New Zealand, the majority of New Zealanders and NZ businesses, and tell Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Trade Tim Groser to WALK AWAY from the TPPA?

    Penny Bright

  19. Paul Campbell 19

    What Little doesn’t seem to say (any what might possibly garner my vote) is whether he will pull out of a treaty that the nats have signed that dosn’t meet those conditions once they gain power – otherwise these are just empty words

  20. Richard@Down South 20

    What about

    * Parallel importing
    * multi region DVD players


  21. adam 21

    Whilst I don’t think it’s enough what labour have done.

    I do think it’s a lot better than doing nothing, and as it stands, is a lot better then the rolling over to corporate interests this national government has done.

    Good on labour for doing something positive to address this issue.

    I won’t hold my breath though, as the corporate class don’t like any dissension.

  22. Save NZ 22

    The idea that we are ‘forced’ to sign the TPPA because otherwise we might be intimidated later makes an important point, in saying NO.

    If we don’t trust the parties in the first place, don’t enter into agreements tying us closer together.

    It seems to have worked for us to say we are Nuclear Free.

    We already have a number of trade agreements.

    We don’t need to keep entering into more especially as they are not trade agreements, they are corporate and government control agreements.

    Do we want the US health system?

    Do we want the Chinese or US political system?

    Nope, If the agreements make us change our country then they are not about trade, they are about colonisation by stealth. A separate country in name only. Right and left wing people all over the world are against these agreements. The agreements are against democracy and have gone too far.

    Companies and profit are more important now than people and social good.

    Neoliberalism is failing 95% of the population. Yes 5% are winning from it and owning more and more of the world’s wealth. I don’t think that is a good thing.

  23. redeye 23

    I have a bit of a problem with the subjectiveness of ‘public interest’ in the point “Corporations cannot successfully sue the Government for regulating in the public interest”

    I mean is capitalism in the public interest? What about socialism? One mans meat…

    Apart from that, and not withstanding gosmans comment above, I am happy with their stand.

    • Save NZ 23.1

      Many people in the US think it is in the public good to allow the public to carry semi automatic weapons ‘to protect themselves’.

      Public good can be argued 2 ways. Best barrister wins.

      National are arguing that selling state houses, power and prison contracts is in the public good.

      One person’s public interest is very subjective.

      Do we want to spend NZ $$ on barristers fighting our public interest?

      The TPPA that labour is advocating is not going to work for NZ.
      The TPPA that National is advocating is not going to work for NZ.

      But at least National are clear about it.

      Come on Labour – cut the crap and just say NO to TPPA.

  24. Rolf 24

    TPP. This is really dangerous. What the USA is doing is going for a totalitarian autocratic control, economically, military and politically of the ASIA region, including New Zealand. I just read that USA is loading for an economic battle in the Far East. (Source use a translator). The USA will move significant military attack resources to ASIA aimed to win economic dominance. We are talking about 60% of the US sea and air resources. USA aim to marginalize China in the region, economically, politically and militarily, and control energy and natural resources. The USA aims to take de facto control over more countries in the region, as New Zealand.

    • Sable 24.1

      Indeed Rolf. There has been good coverage on RT. The little creep Obama calls it the “pivot to Asia” a euphemism for economic imperialism. Of course having willing vassals ready to sell out their own people in key positions in Australia and NZ makes it that much easier.

    • Colonial Viper 24.2

      The USA will move significant military attack resources to ASIA aimed to win economic dominance. We are talking about 60% of the US sea and air resources. USA aim to marginalize China in the region


      This is the backdrop for the USA signing up the nuclear peace deal with Iran. The US wants pressure off the Middle East hotspot and to be able to focus on Asia-Pacific.

      People say Labour was “courageous” to point the finger at Chinese investors last week. Bullshit. Labour is being 100x more courageous now, pointing out the economic imperialism represented by the TPPA.

  25. Sable 25

    Shamed into acting by New Zealand First. As the self styled leaders of the left Labour should have been vocally leading the vanguard on this and long before now. Why nothing of consequence from the Greens too?

    In any case its good to see some action on this problem even if its belated.

    • Chooky 25.1

      +100 Sable

    • Colonial Viper 25.2

      Why nothing of consequence from the Greens too?

      Worth keeping a very close eye on their positioning on this, over the next few months.

      • Macro 25.2.1

        The Greens are totally opposed to the TPPA. make no mistake.
        Green policy on trade is that all trade should be fair. Free trade agreements are invariably not fair, being slanted to the dominant player. Furthermore trade should be sustainable and be advantageous to both parties.

  26. Wayne 26

    TPP will be force before Nov 2017. So if Labour forms a govt would they repeal any TPP legislation. Realistically “no”.
    Labours vote is not essential to get TPP across the line and Lanour knows that.
    So it is all about posturing (and pandering) to the left activists in Labour.

    • thatguynz 26.1

      You’re on the wrong side of history on this one Wayne and you either don’t care or aren’t aware of it yet.

      • Draco T Bastard 26.1.1

        He’s aware – he just doesn’t give a fuck about the people that the TPPA will make worse off.

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      Labours vote is not essential to get TPP across the line and Lanour knows that.
      So it is all about posturing (and pandering) to the left activists in Labour.

      You are familiar with the Westminster system of government, Wayne. Opposition political effectiveness is not about being able to stop a majority government from passing bad legislation and enacting bad policy.

      It is about making it deeply electorally costly for that majority government to do so.

      You already know all this of course, which makes your snide remarks about “posturing” and “pandering” quite clearly venal.

      • lprent 26.2.1

        Besides, what is done through a parliamentary democracy can be undone through it as well. If the executive gets the few legislative bits through on a single vote, then they can hardly complain when they are removed with one as well.

        After all they could have negotiated to get a super majority support. However it appears that National has never bothered to try. Lazy fools.

        • Chooky


        • Gosman

          And this should be the position of anti-TPPA campaigners. Instead we get silly ideas pushed such as the TPPA is going to lead to NZ giving up our sovereignty. I’m not sure how taking such a position can be justified but I know why it is used as a tactic. It is just highly dishonest.

          • Tricledrown

            Gooseman more pathetic bs from you you could never be straight up and honest.
            NAFTA was a 1sided which favoured only powerful corporations.
            If the negotiations were open,honest and fair I doubt anyone would oppose the TPPA.
            But big monopolistic corporations don’t like democratic process.
            Because they don’t like competition or aie Pharmac. Undermineing their monopoly
            Or rural Japanese and Ameriçan farmers who support right wing govts want to maintain their power and monopolistic political power at all costs.
            So no benefit for New Zealand.
            Gooseman socold free market yeah right your a complete fundamentalist f/w

    • crashcart 26.3

      Wayne do you think that the bottom lines that Labour have described are reasonable?

      This is the key question here. You may be correct on the time line for when TPP finally comes together. You may even be correct about Labour not repealing it if they come into government. Taking all that into consideration do you think it would be a good deal if we gave up any of the bottom lines that Labour have said? Would it feel a hollow victory to get through a TPP which doesn’t protect New Zealand?

      I obviously don’t know what the contents of TPP are. For all I know they are perfect. The leaks don’t paint that picture for sure. However the idea that victory at any cost when our sovrenty is at stake is repugnant.

    • Jan Rivers 26.4

      It’s not about Labour’s posturing but about the complete inability of the NZ media to address the important issues. Content to inflame accusations of racism for weeks on end no-one in the NZ media has addressed the most significant issue related to the main stories of the month – free trade agreements and housing.

      The government has bargained away the right for future governments to stop foreign speculator investment in residential property through the Taiwan and South Korea FTAs which have already been signed. Because of the most favoured nation status included in the China NZ FTA Chinese non-resident investors will now have this right as well. The same limits to government’s ability to act are said to be included in the TPPA.

      Despite all the information (bar the TPPA situation) being documented this issue has not been covered by anyone in the media in its entirety. National have lost NZ the democratic right to legislate against foreign investment in perpetuity and yet Bill English is still claiming – as recently as today’s Morning Report that this is not the case.

      • Save NZ 26.4.1

        @Jan Rivers

        If this is true, why the hell have the opposition parties not been campaigning on this? I get emails from all the opposition parties – none have organised any information about this issue that I am aware of.

        The opposition parties can not control the media and now must understand that their messaging must be done off the mainstream, websites, petitions, Facebook, emails and mail outs.

        If this is true and certainly I am getting a lot about “is Labour racist” but no effective fight back from Labour itself about (if true) how National has already signed NZ residential property and farm rights away.

        Do you think voters would be happy to know this – I think not – and from the conservatives in the rural communities to the urban middle classes – most voters would be very alarmed indeed to find we are now more constrained to being tenants in our own country by the Nats.

        And (if true) the opposition parties have been effective in getting this across.

    • Tricledrown 26.5

      So Wayne you putting any money on it being in force before 2017.
      The only way it would be in force before 2017 is if agriculture was left out.
      Pharmac excluded.

  27. infused 27

    I still can’t see this being signed regardless.

  28. Michael 28

    This is a good position to take, glad to see it.

  29. Eralc 29

    Best case scenario, only 8% are listening (if that).

  30. Henry Filth 30

    The first of these “new-style” trade agreements was NAFTA between Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

    It’s instructive to look at the benefits promised by the promoters, and compare them to the actual results.

    On that basis, you wouldn’t want a bar of the TPP.

  31. Peter 31

    If Labour were really against this they would have said if it’s wrong for the people of NZ we will repeal it. just like they said they were against the assets sales all they had to say is when we become the government we will buy them back at 50cents on the dollar end of sales in one swift movement. But no tory light.

  32. Ian 32

    GROAN. The NZ Labour Party is still equivocating, in my humble opinion. They still seem to think the TPPA has some sort of merit. OK, so Labour is effectively opposed to just about everything the TPPA seeks to achieve- so just come out and say NO to the TPPA! Wake up and realise this was never about ‘free trade’ (which carries its own risks). It just shows how embedded neoliberal thinking is, within the NZLP hierarchy.

    Whatever happened to the LABOUR Party? Almost time to write it a requiem.

    • AmaKiwi 32.1

      Labour would be a laughing stock if it opposed a treaty whose contents are presently top secret. Key would slice Labour to shreds for jumping to conclusions about something they know nothing about. Little’s stance is solid.

      • Save NZ 32.1.1


        Not if Labour argue that the government is a laughing stock for signing a treaty nobody knows what is in it. Look at Sky City 90% of the public opposed.

        Labour could be arguing how out of touch national is, etc.

        Nope instead they just longwindedly try to argue and look stupid to the shrinking joe public still watching mainstream news, and untrustworthy to their potential voters who aren’t watching anyway.

        One of the problems with Labour is that they make everything so stupidly complicated and confusing (apparently cos they are frightened the media will shred them, but they are shredded in the media anyway, so at least bothering to have a clear message to the public it could stand them in good stead, Yes, No, rather than a worrying, NO but XYZ scenarios yes, etc.

        The media is shredding them partly because they can’t give any clear answers. Just say Yes or just say NO.

        • AmaKiwi

          @ Save NZ

          I find nothing “stupidly complicated and confusing” about Little’s clearly defined points of opposition.

          As for the MSM, you and I know they are the voice of the wealthy.

  33. Potato 33

    Seems like a good time to post this again…..Sing along Andrew …

  34. Michael 35

    If all of those conditions were met – no ISDS, no insane IP laws, sovereignty is maintained, and *most importantly* we get access to protected markets, then I’d support the agreement. NZ already has very, very low tariffs on imports. So *free trade* is almost entirely beneficial – we get access to new markets while not really having to do much on our end. However, the bad part is when the agreements include things that force us to give up sovereignty – like ISDS for example. This is why I support the China FTA, as it largely just got tariffs reduced and helped our exporters. There wasn’t much ‘bad’ stuff in it. I don’t think being protectionist is the way forward in the global economy, but the key is not to be exploited by MNCs. That’s why I think Little’s stance is perfect.

    • Colonial Viper 35.1

      If you want to develop your own advanced industries you have to be protectionist for a period of time. Why do you think the USA is so keen on its IP protection.

      • AmaKiwi 35.1.1


        That’s how the game is played. Keep out the competition until you are strong enough to take them on globally. In the 1950’s and 1960’s Japan did not allow any imported cars or electronics. Then they conquered the world . . . for a while.

    • Draco T Bastard 35.2

      Trade only exists in two things:

      1. Finished products
      2. Information

      Anything else such as foreigners being able to buy land, businesses and housing isn’t trade but a loss of sovereignty.

  35. Wayne 36

    Andrew little has not said “no” to ISDS. What he did say is that it should be designed so that it will prevent successful suits by corporations against the government regulating in the public interest – think tobacco laws. His position would not stop tobacco companies suing, rather it is the outcome that is the concern.

    I am pretty sure that the ISDS rules will meet Andrew Littles requirements.

    In any event TPP will be in force by the time Labour gets in office, even if it wins the 2017 election. He won’t repeal it. To do so could trigger New Zealand state responsibility, particularly if it was repealed to take specific actions against foreign companies.

    The Left need to accept that this horse has bolted. With congressional authority, President Obama can now go to the other negotiating states saying that any deal the US does will stick, and not be unpicked by Congress. Therefore expect TPP to finalized late this year, and implemented in 2017.

    Of course Jane Kelsey and many commenters here will mount “days of rage”. But it will all be sound and fury signifying nothing. However, I guess it will be more fuel to the fire for your hatred of “neo-liberal” oppression.

    • Lanthanide 36.1

      “The Left need to accept that this horse has bolted.”

      “Of course Jane Kelsey and many commenters here will mount “days of rage”. But it will all be sound and fury signifying nothing”

      Yip, should all just pack up and go home.

      I seem to recall National did a 180 turn on mining in conservation parks, after the public came out and marched against it.

      I also recall National putting up the main benefits by $25/week. They didn’t do it in a vacuum; they did it under pressure from the opposition.

      As of Monday, Mt Eden prison operations are being taken away from Serco. I don’t think that would have happened if it weren’t for Kelvin Davis standing up in Parliament.

      Who *knows* with certainty what will ultimately happen with the TPP? I suggest that you do not, as much as you might like to think that you do.

      I don’t think you quite understand this “opposition” and “democracy” thing we’ve got going on in this country.

    • Stuart Munro 36.2

      I’ve heard this line before and it is rubbish.

      The NZ government cannot afford to contest dozens of cases in US courts against corporations with a hundred thousand times greater earnings than our English-numpty-stunted economy.

      Ceding the right to try such action exclusively in our own courts is the kind of sleazy fuckwittery that makes National universally loathed and execrated by educated people.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 36.3

      Wayne:”The Left need to accept that this horse has bolted.”
      Me: The Left need to accept that the TPPA trojan horse needs to be euthanased.

      Your words ” But it will all be sound and fury signifying nothing.” betrays your rather arrogant disregard for rational argument.
      “signifying nothing?”
      How dare we lefties challenge you. How dare we point out your obvious total lack of respect for the democratic process and transparency!
      If the TPPA is so good for us, then the proposals should have been laid out in a transparent process to convince the public. We on the left are rational thinkers. We like to have all of the information and then make up our minds. We are not the faith-based, accept-without-question types. We like to research for trustworthy information which can be corroborated. The evidence on ISDS so far, together with the unprecedented secrecy of TPPA texts plus what has been made public by WikiLeaks overwhelming indicates that the TPPA is a total crock!

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 36.4

      Wayne:”The Left need to accept that this horse has bolted.”
      Me: The Left need to accept that the TPPA trojan horse needs to be euthanased.

      Your words ” But it will all be sound and fury signifying nothing.” betrays your rather arrogant disregard for rational argument.
      “signifying nothing?”
      How dare we lefties challenge you. How dare we point out your obvious total lack of respect for the democratic process and transparency!
      If the TPPA is so good for us, then the proposals should have been laid out in a transparent process to convince the public. We on the left are rational thinkers. We like to have all of the information and then make up our minds. We are not the faith-based, accept-without-question types. We like to research for trustworthy information which can be corroborated. The evidence on ISDS so far, together with the unprecedented secrecy of TPPA texts plus what has been made public by WikiLeaks overwhelming indicates that the TPPA is a total crock!

    • Draco T Bastard 36.5

      I am pretty sure that the ISDS rules will meet Andrew Littles requirements.

      No they won’t as the actions of the corporations and loss to sovereign nations over the last 20 years proves.

  36. If you don’t mind partaking in an activism act on behalf of New Zealand, I am sure many will be grateful. I have compiled a short generic message to Tim Groser, Minister of Trade regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. In order to make your job as easy as possible – should you decide to participate, I have also supplied the address details.

    If you want to e-mail Mr Groser, his e-mail is

    If you want to send him a short letter then try:

    Tim Groser
    Minister of Trade
    Parliament Buildings
    New Zealand

    The generic text is below. Have fun.

    Dear Mr Groser

    I am writing this out of deep concern that I and my fellow New Zealanders are not being told the truth about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement that I understand final negotiation for are set to happen in Hawaii in the week starting 27 July 2015.

    What is so hard about releasing the text of the agreement to the public if this agreement is as good as you say?

    Prime Minister John Key famously said sometime ago that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

    So why is National hiding the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement? Why do the media stubbornly refuse to carry out their fourth estate duties and do investigative reporting on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement?

    If it was really that good, you would have told us by now. So why have you not?

    Yours Sincerely

  37. AmaKiwi 38

    Don’t bet on TPPA getting through the US Congress. There are some big question marks.

    1. Milk: US dairy production has risen each of the last 5 years and every year dairy prices have fallen more. With the US dollar up, American dairy farmers are in pain. If US farmers block access for our milk, there will be nothing in TPPA for National’s core constituency.

    2. Parmac: Obama (and Bush before him) OPPOSE the pharma 12 year patent protection in TPPA. It would save the US and the state governments billions to have a 7 year limit. In other words, there are NO countries that want these pharma changes, only the pharma business lobby. In the final version Obama might throw them to the wolves to try to make TPPA acceptable globally. The usual campaign “contributions” (bribes) won’t work on Obama. He ain’t running again.

    3. Obama does not want a lengthy pubic discussion about TPPA but the cat is slipping out of the bag. It’s US presidential racing time and TPPA will is an issue. No telling what will happen. (Maybe Trump will promise to nuke any country that doesn’t accept it!)

    4. If the Left wins the next NZ election in 2017, withdrawing from the treaty won’t be such a big deal. It will barely have come into force. The longer it takes to finally unveil TPPA, the greater the chances it will not happen.

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    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
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  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    10 hours ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    11 hours ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    16 hours ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    16 hours ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
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  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    3 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    3 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket. to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
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  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
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  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    2 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
    2 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    3 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    3 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    4 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
    4 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    4 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    5 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    5 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    5 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    6 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    6 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    7 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    1 week ago
  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    1 week ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    1 week ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    1 week ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance

    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones

    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    1 week ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress

    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    1 week ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims

    The coalition Government is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group for the victims of retail crime, as part of its plan to restore law and order, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.  “New Zealand has seen an exponential growth in retail crime over the past five ...
    1 week ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    1 week ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban

    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    1 week ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    1 week ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state

    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    1 week ago

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