Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, January 17th, 2019 - 318 comments
Five years on how are the benefits from the Mixed Ownership Model privatisation process the last Government engaged in working out?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 13th, 2018 - 84 comments
Remember how early on during his reign as National leader John Key talked about the underclass and how they were a blight on New Zealand society? Well over the past year WINZ has been giving grants to homeless families to live in tents.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 8th, 2018 - 17 comments
Another easy decision. Gerry Brownlee wins for overseeing a $210 million blow out in EWC’s liability for Christchurch earthquake re-repair work and for being upset when Megan Woods called him on it.
Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 4th, 2017 - 401 comments
The briefing to incoming Housing Minister Phil Twyford shows clearly that a crisis in housing developed under National’s watch.
Written By: - Date published: 12:24 pm, October 29th, 2017 - 70 comments
Labour has indicated that as a priority it wishes to repeal the Hobbit law, a clumsy attempt in breach of International Law to prevent workers in the film industry from organising collectively and to divert attention from the fact that the National Government had been played by Warner Brothers.
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, September 25th, 2017 - 45 comments
David Seymour and the ACT Party are back in Parliament but their role this term will be nothing other than nodding lap dog.
Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, September 16th, 2017 - 8 comments
A guest post by @invisiphilia on the recent Mahinarangi Forbes interview on the Hui on the abuse of children in foster care and why the Government is wrong in refusing to have a proper independent inquiry into what went wrong.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, August 25th, 2017 - 27 comments
ACT is attacking the Nats yet again, calling out their record on housing and crime. Anyone for a coalition of chaos?
Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, July 29th, 2017 - 26 comments
The Government is refusing to allow a Tongan family with a very sick child and an American family who ran a very successful cafe from staying in New Zealand but rolled out the red carpet to an uber rich American who did not meet all of the requirements.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, July 24th, 2017 - 25 comments
The announcement that National were granting infrastructure funds to develop housing projects in the far north and south of Auckland caused me some amusement. Wisely Auckland council resisted this boondongle that only benefits land bankers, speculators and their political party (National) for some time. To the point where National used taxpayer funds instead.
Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, July 20th, 2017 - 28 comments
Today thousands of IRD workers face the prospect of losing their jobs while two MOT workers who lost their jobs for whistle blowing are vindicated. Who would be a public servant?
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, July 16th, 2017 - 52 comments
Todd Barclay has not been seen at work lately but has been seen at a Queenstown pub. And is still being paid $3,000 a week to represent the people of Clutha Southland.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 9th, 2017 - 21 comments
The Government has responded to the Supreme Court decision which puts a halt on the Ruataniwha Dam by claiming wrongly that the protected land was of low quality and by stating that a law change, possibly retrospective, will occur.
Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, July 8th, 2017 - 41 comments
A Newshub article where Nick Smith contradicts the Police and Solid Energy about the existence of video showing a body in Pike River has disappeared …
Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, July 4th, 2017 - 25 comments
Nick Smith is attempting to rewrite history by claiming that the Government never thought the special housing area affordable housing provisions would work and that the housing crisis is improving.
Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, June 26th, 2017 - 61 comments
Through his never ending changing of the description of what happened in the Todd Barclay issue Bill English has kept the story prominently placed for six days in a row.
Written By: - Date published: 1:37 pm, June 21st, 2017 - 127 comments
Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, May 31st, 2017 - 46 comments
National’s social media have chosen a picture that sums up its policies well.
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, April 24th, 2017 - 52 comments
Bill English is to announce a cabinet reshuffle today. What should he do?
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, March 24th, 2017 - 52 comments
Environmental activist Michael Tavares request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship has been refused by this Government whereas right wing libertarian Peter Thiel’s request for an exceptional circumstances grant of citizenship was granted. Why the difference?
Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, December 24th, 2016 - 286 comments
Murray McCully has had New Zealand co sponsor a successful Security Council resolution condemning Israel for violating International Law through its resettlement policy.
Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, December 15th, 2016 - 26 comments
Murray McCully has announced that he too is standing down from politics at the next election and his removal as a Minister this week appears almost inevitable.
Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, December 7th, 2016 - 128 comments
In the spirit of bi partisanship the Standard wishes to offer the candidates for leadership of the National caucus guest post slots and the ability to answer readers’ questions.
Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, November 20th, 2016 - 81 comments
Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the Pike River disaster. Here is a statement released by Andrew Little urging that the mine not be sealed and the deaths of the miners be investigated and their bodies brought home.