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Campaign launch – live stream

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, August 10th, 2014 - 61 comments
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For those of you who aren’t going to be at the campaign launch today. Here is the link to where the live stream will be..

Press the image for the link. It will go live about 2:30pm. Now live.

It is going to be fun to see what happens this afternoon. But I’ll be there so if I have elbow room, I might write something.

14:28 Now live. Updated link.

14:33 David Cunliffe up and doing the speech.

14:41: On to the economy…

A few did live like rock stars: the top 10% now owns 90% of the wealth.

The wealthy got massive tax cuts that they didn’t need, while GST was raised on everyone – even though they said they wouldn’t.

The IRD tells us half the richest 100 Kiwis aren’t even paying the top tax rate.

14:43: On National’s economic policy..

A coherent and future-focused economic upgrade that is built on firmer foundations than milk prices and insurance cheques.

14:46: Minimum wage

We will raise the minimum wage by $2 an hour to $16.25 in our first year of government.

That will put another $4,000 a year into the pockets of hardworking Kiwis. And that means more money in circulation to rebuild local businesses and our economy from the ground up.

14:48: Education.

On the current path Education is being undermined.

Undermined by charter schools. They’re gone.

Undermined by league tables. And they’re gone.

We’ll make sure that every student, no matter where in the country they are from, or how wealthy (or otherwise) their parents are, gets the education they deserve.

That’s how we will get the society where everyone can have opportunities to get ahead.

14:53: Health

But that is being lost on the path the current government is on.

Despite what they will tell you, health funding hasn’t kept up with population growth and inflation.

There’s been a real cut of $200 million per year since 2008.

That’s why I’m proud to announce Labour will make doctors’ visits and prescriptions free for all New Zealanders aged 65 and over.

14:55:

Labour will also make GP visits, prescriptions, and dental care free for all pregnant women.

14:57:

Labour will also make GP visits and prescriptions free for children aged under 13, and increase funding for youth health centres.

14:59:

These policies, like all our policies, have been carefully costed as part of our fiscal plan.

15:01

We’ve seen where politics as usual gets us.

We’ve seen more children in poverty, more people locked out of home ownership, more families finding their incomes cannot keep up with the rising cost of living.

We know that we can do better. We know we can deliver change for a better New Zealand.

 


 

Labour policy: “Healthcare For All”

Claire Trevett: “Labour kicks off campaign with focus on health”

Vernon Small: “Labour announces big health boost” also with Tracy Watkins “Beehive Live

TV1: “Labour launches campaign with free healthcare promise”

TV3: “Labour promises free GP visits”

 

 

61 comments on “Campaign launch – live stream”

  1. what time is cunnliffe speaking..?..

    • Clemgeopin 1.1

      Good question! I can’t find that info either! Not good! Labour definitely needs to manage their website much better regarding info such as and policy publicity.

      All it says on the website is:

      Labour campaign launch
      New Zealand Labour Party
      Sunday, 10 August 2014 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (NZST)
      Auckland, New Zealand

  2. Ad 2

    Excellent crowd size, fantastic vibe to be amongst after another campaigning weekend.
    Just huge energy.

  3. Ad 3

    Definition of Labour caucus: Chippie, King, Cosgrove, Ardern and Robertson nowhere near the supporters, sitting in a little horseshoe by themselves, outside the event, avoiding any launch participation.
    Get in there guys, come on.

    • lurgee 3.1

      Of course, if they DID do anything, they’d immediately be accused of trying to undermine Cunliffe or trying to steal the show or whatever.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        well I don’t think a wee round circle like that helps in that regard either

        • Kiwiri 3.1.1.1

          I have personally participated in a horseshoe seance session. Seriously.
          No contact was established. And the deceased wasn’t equine.

  4. Ad 5

    Band was good. Split Enz song “Time for a change”

  5. Ad 6

    It’s a huge list of policies Cunliffe is listing in speech.
    Just waiting for the emotional coherence.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7

    The RWNJs in the Livestream chat seem upset. Don’t seem to have anything to say though except to complain about his speech and yell communism.

    • lprent 7.1

      Negative wee trolls aren’t they…

      • adam 7.1.1

        I give you a hard time Iprent, but not to be nasty or from a desire to be right. I’ve found you argue well and were working together/for the same thing, even when we butt heads. The trolls today no argument, just put downs and moaning. No thought, just rage, and poor me sentiment. Odd really, when there the ones who keep arguing for self reliance.

  7. Ad 8

    Easily 1200 people here.

    Big focus on eradicating the causes of disease, not just the disease.
    Both on education and on health, focus on a strong public sector.

    Speech is taking a while because every clause gets applause
    Cool!

    • ropata 8.1

      Sound quality on the stream was impaired because of people yelling enthusiastically 🙂

      My only problem with the speech was that it wasn’t long enough… more more more please DC!!

      Some FDR-style “fireside chats” would be cool

    • anker 8.2

      Ad @ 8 Huh tv3 said 800 there. I know who I believe and it begins with A

  8. Ad 9

    “Doctors visits free for everyone over 65”

    Pretty huge elderly tilt there to 750,000 New Zealanders.

    Also free doctors and dental for expectant mothers.
    Epidemiologists rejoice.

    Nice policy pairing.

  9. Ad 10

    “Nearly 40% of New Zealanders now get free healthcare.”

  10. adam 11

    Man the trolls were funny – sad, sad little men still living in the 80’s.

  11. Ad 12

    Good “time for a change” bookends to speech.
    No major liftoff, but good cruising speed and height.

    Great to see speech used as a substantial policy launch vehicle.

  12. Rose 13

    Fantastic speech by David Cunliffe.

  13. Te Reo Putake 14

    Wow, fantastic finish! I thought David was going to ask for an ‘amen, brothers and sistaaahs’ at one point. Should go down well on the news tonight. Nice work, Labour. Nice one, David.

  14. Ad 15

    Slick gig.
    Orchestration on the Helen Clark scale.
    Red meat speech.

    And DC nailed it. No flubs or dumb drop-ins. Less evangelical, and more variety in register.

    Tells me that Talbot, advertising, back room, and speech writing are a mechanised unit getting into top gear. No sleep till we smash their walls down team. Go hard.

  15. Te Reo Putake 16

    You’re daft.

    “Education Minister Hekia Parata has revealed how the Government will publish schools’ national standards results, ERO reports and NCEA data.

    Called ‘Public Achievement Information’, the reports will be accessible through the Government’s ‘Education Counts’ website.”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-will-publish-school-results/tabid/1607/articleID/264601/Default.aspx

    Edit:

    an eedjit called “binders full of women” just swiftly deleted a comment which claimed League tables had nothing to do with the government. At the end, binders had said that if it weren’t so, he’d be daft. Daft it is then.

  16. ropata 17

    Caught most of DC’s speech on the live stream, thanks.
    He did keep it really positive, great job by a true statesman.

    On a more negative note, I find it hard to comprehend that anyone could believe the propaganda from the JK junta and the supine media.

    Surely nobody with an ounce of humanity would vote for more asset sales, rogernomics, ruthanasia, and john key fuckwittery ?!

    Would they… !?

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Plenty of people out there of a certain class quite like our power company shares in their investment portfolio.

      • ropata 17.1.1

        Sad but true; those who keep the poor underfoot, profit from misery, and sell public assets for private gain.

        Wealth and the dark side of human nature explored here: https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_piff_does_money_make_you_mean

        It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.)

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1

          history shows that wealth does not necessarily lead to rationality or self interest properly understood; and in fact extreme wealth inequality tends to lead to people swinging from lamp posts.

      • blue leopard 17.1.2

        Plenty more people can’t afford them.

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.2.1

          Of course, but that’s just the way they like it

          • blue leopard 17.1.2.1.1

            Did you miss my point?

            The sour pusses are out numbered – people really need to start realising that and stop being so simpering about what they want and what they tell us we need.

            • Colonial Viper 17.1.2.1.1.1

              Ahhhh right. Well its an age old problem in this democracy, a whole mass of people think that they too can be part of the 5% by voting for them.

              • blue leopard

                lol that is so true – and the chance to live fulfilling lives in a healthy society slips further away from them every time they do it… idiots

                • Macro

                  Yes we truly live in the “Age of Stupid”
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age_of_Stupid

                • lurgee

                  Yeah, that’s right. Brand the people you need to vote left as idiots. That’ll change their minds. Certainly beats actually having to find out why they might be doing that, and the potentially hurtful self-interrogation that might involve.

                  • blue leopard

                    The subjects of the comment are the people who are voting against their own interests because they want to be in a group that they are not in and never will be because they support policies that disallow them to get there – therefore there is no need to seek out answers as to why this group are doing that – we have already established that. I’m not branding them, they are doing that for themselves.

                    • Descendant Of Sssmith

                      Those that are living from payday to payday but have been sucked into thinking they are middle class.

                      Those who depend on the state to help pay their child-care and their accommodation costs are working class.

                      It’s one of the biggest cons of the right – getting working class people thinking they are middle class.

                      One of the definitions of middle class was four servants or more.

                      Most of the people I know who refer to themselves as middle-class can’t afford a house cleaner despite both of the parents working let alone four servants.

                      Still at least they are aspirational I guess.

              • ropata

                The impartial and always reliable fourth estate wish to turn the election into a reality TV show, who will be voted off the island?

                Will the shonkey brand association with the Adidas™ AIG™ All Blacks™ finally lose its teflon shine?

  17. lurgee 18

    He makes me want to vote for him because of his plans to abolish charter schools and national standards.

    I also like free doctor’s visits and prescriptions for spawn, not just because it would be good for me personally.

    Hmmm. Tempting. Could I be swayed?

    But then he starts on about the Lochinver sale, and “tenants in our own country,” which really makes me uncomfortable. Not because I disagree with the idea but because it stinks of racially aggravated xenophobic tub-thumping.

    • Lanthanide 18.1

      So you agree with what you think is a xenophobic policy, but dislike it because it’s xenophobic? Conflicted much?

      • Herodotus 18.1.1

        http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/cafca06/oct06.html
        Ok for forrests, vineyards sold to Europeans and farms sold to Canadian singers and American high flyers, but when those buying up land that don’t look like us is not ok. And yet I have not heard anything from labour apologising for what happened under their leadership in the past. To some IMO this is all about its ok for us to have done it but not under national. Perhaps their targets and timing are unfortunate and allow for the term of xenophobia to be dished out., and how much, if any foreign ownership is too much?

        • ropata 18.1.1.1

          CAFCA isn’t jumping for joy over James Cameron or Shania Twain either. It’s not about race it’s about the future of NZ. Only asswipes like you (with pecuniary interest, I bet) keep bringing race into it.

          Age old story, endlessly repeated by short sighted fools
          The Golden Goose, the Lorax, Nauru, Easter Island, …

          • Herodotus 18.1.1.1.1

            Piss off, when a valid question is asked the ever increasing response is to attach the individual and not address the question. There are plenty of overseas white folks who have and are buying up large yet not a whimper. Go to an auction over the last 20 years easy to spot and Asian, who could quite easily be a 4th generation kiwi or someone off the boat yesterday. Too many times we see Lab-Nat pointing the finger of what the other side are doing yet no acknowledgement of having done the same previously, And who is cafca ?
            You haven’t an idea of my background, and how are we to know that you are not what you accuse me of.

            • ropata 18.1.1.1.1.1

              CAFCA = Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (you linked them in your previous comment).

              We oppose foreign control, irrespective of which country it involves. We oppose the exploitation of Aotearoa’s people and resources by foreign companies, and any foreign military or intelligence activities in Aotearoa. CAFCA does not support the replacement of foreign exploiters with local ones. New Zealand big business interests are collaborating with foreign companies in the exploitation of its own country – its only loyalty is to improve profits. CAFCA IS NOT RACIST. We do not oppose the people of foreign countries, only the transnational corporations (TNC’s) exploiting the people of New Zealand.

              So please stop making shit up about others who are earnestly standing up for NZ

              • Herodotus

                Standing up for nz is that what linking back to the topic labour are doing? so why is their announcement only referring to farm land, what about other uses of land ? So as I read it labour will not limit these same companies from purchasing industrial land for setting up dairy factories as long as the raw materials are sourced from kiwi farmers and that is palatable and consistent ?
                I would be happier for foreigners to buy up under strict conditions of doing their bit about improving the likes of water quality

        • Draco T Bastard 18.1.1.2

          and how much, if any foreign ownership is too much?

          Any.

          Why do people find that so hard to understand?

        • weka 18.1.1.3

          “Ok for forrests, vineyards sold to Europeans and farms sold to Canadian singers and American high flyers, but when those buying up land that don’t look like us is not ok. And yet I have not heard anything from labour apologising for what happened under their leadership in the past. To some IMO this is all about its ok for us to have done it but not under national. Perhaps their targets and timing are unfortunate and allow for the term of xenophobia to be dished out., and how much, if any foreign ownership is too much?”

          I seem to remember quite a bit of protest of the sale of the Motutapu Station to Shania Twain at the time. ANd quite a bit of protest at Labour’s overseas land ownership policy at the time. So unless you can point to specific people it’s not valid to suggest that people are only objecting now because it’s National doing it.

          Not an apology, but DC was pretty clear when talking to Paul Henry the other day that (a) Labour policy has changed (some years ago) (b) people who were involved in the previous Labour govt and are in Labour now have changed their minds in the issue, and (c) he is not responsible for previous Labour govts.

          It’s true there is an overlap between the foreign ownership issue and NZ’s anti-Asian xenophobia, but it’s not as big you seem to think, and I don’t think it’s very big in these discussions.

          The issues are also different now because so much has changed in the last 6 – 10 years. Dairying for a start is making so many people nervous or outright angry. Lots of complexities going on.

          • Herodotus 18.1.1.3.1

            Did not see dc’s interview. Dependant upon the trusted nz herald and this site as my main source for info as to DC’s performances. as another man commonly uses “I am comfortable with no foreign ownership”, what concerns me is consistency and in this case that there is resistance in owning farms yet as said before it’s ok for foreign ownership regarding everything else in the processing & distribution chain. And look how our local farmers have treated our environment.

      • lurgee 18.1.2

        So you agree with what you think is a xenophobic policy, but dislike it because it’s xenophobic? Conflicted much?

        Read again, and this time try thinking a bit: “Not because I disagree with the idea but because it stinks of racially aggravated xenophobic tub-thumping.”

        I didn’t say the policy was inherently xenophobic, but part of me thinks the way it has been produced now, when the CHINESE are trying to buy NZ land, is a shabby appeal to racism and xenophobia.

        The other part of me accepts it might not be, but if if that’s so, then the policy is poorly thought through and badly presented as that’s the impression it creates.

        If forbidding sales of ‘strategic’ land assets to foreigners had been an established position, rather than something announced as (inevitably) a ill thought through response to events invoking xenophobia, it might be different.

        • lurgee 18.1.2.1

          A bit of a memory jog, aided by Google (other search engines are available) suggests Labour’s policy might be a bit more established than I thought. Can anyone confirm when Labour decided it would restrict land sales to furrniers? And have they spoken out against any other foreign land purchases since?

  18. Ron 19

    Great Launch and DC was in great form. We are starting to sound like a true socialist party that cares for all people. Way to go.
    Also a great MC job by Oscar Kightley

  19. newsense 20

    wtf was that on TV about Cunliffe was ducking for cover on IM?

    They won’t be in a coalition or in cabinet and Labour will do their best to get over the line without them. BS from tvnz. Are National ruling out the Conservatives? Must be ducking for cover then

  20. tricledrown 21

    Lurgee Labour stopped land sales to foreigners in 2007 with sales only going to those sales that directly benefit NewZealand!
    Nationals policy is to sell to friends of the National Party!
    China doesn,t allow us to buy their land!

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