Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 28th, 2017 - 44 comments
We won’t be able to say that we didn’t have ample warning, with a another detailed and damning report on water quality out yesterday. Does National really want to be remembered for allowing the poisoning of our water?
Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 36 comments
Parata can believe whatever brings her comfort of course, but the fact is that this National government has made, as usual, a mess of education.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 82 comments
Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?
Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, April 18th, 2017 - 18 comments
Though artificially boosted by high immigration and disaster rebuilds, the NZ economy is in the doldrums, and National are a failure even by their own goals and targets. I predict that National will soon abolish all targets, and that this will be “a sign of our success”.
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, April 18th, 2017 - 86 comments
National is selecting some unusual candidates. One of them is Simeon Brown a devout chrisitian with very conservative views who is replacing liberal National MP Maurice Williamson.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, April 13th, 2017 - 55 comments
The Government has granted Alpine Pure the right to construct a pipeline through a breeding area for a critically endangered Kiwi so that it can extract water from a Unesco World Heritage site for free.
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, April 12th, 2017 - 32 comments
That is the Nats’ advice to aspiring Auckland house buyers.
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments
Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership and increasingly out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full. National leaps into action – by asking the Salvation Army for ideas…
Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, April 9th, 2017 - 29 comments
National’s New Lynn candidate Paulo Garcia appears to be receiving campaigning assistance from the Philippine Ambassador for New Zealand. Is this appropriate?
Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 8th, 2017 - 56 comments
Unlike the Australian and United Kingdom Governments’ response to the American attack has been muted and confused. Is this just the nature of anything that Bill English says or is it an attempt to assess public opinion before responding?
Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, April 7th, 2017 - 16 comments
National’s plans for our privacy and access to social services are a perfect cocktail of over-reach and incompetence.
Written By: - Date published: 6:04 pm, April 3rd, 2017 - 60 comments
If you are one of the right wing nut jobs that read this site, then Horizon puts out some truly scary polls. But if you aren’t an idiot and actually take the time to read material before criticizing it (unlike Hooton on ‘Hit and Run’) then this points to a tight election as is usual under MMP. But with all of the swing in the direction of a Labour led coalition. But I am sure the simpleton spinners will have another explanation.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 3rd, 2017 - 22 comments
The lobbying body for fishing industry and Nathan Guy who is the responsible minister think there is no conflict of interest in the lobbying body inheriting huge powers previously held by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, March 30th, 2017 - 48 comments
National is facing increasing public concern about the ability of the police to do its job properly.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments
It’s almost as if deliberately running down state housing stock doesn’t make the need for homes magically go away – who could possibly have predicted that?
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 27th, 2017 - 51 comments
John Key has claimed that the transfer of power from himself to Bill English was flawless and designed to ensure continuation of National’s rule. Based on the last couple of opinion poll results he should reconsider his optimism.
Written By: - Date published: 6:42 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 79 comments
English is down 6% in the latest Colmar Brunton. Jane Clifton sees Nat MPs getting nervous. “For the Nats, having so long taken a fourth term as read, the possibility that their own leader may soon be less secure in his job than Labour’s will be a toughie.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, March 25th, 2017 - 85 comments
It’s too hard! We’ll do it later! Auckland airport rail is just the latest example.
Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, March 22nd, 2017 - 21 comments
Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s book Hit and Run makes a compelling case for the Government to conduct a full inquiry to see if New Zealand forces were complicit in the killing of innocent men and women and if there was a cover up.
Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, March 21st, 2017 - 48 comments
The Government’s timid backdown on water charging is placing it in a very uncomfortable position.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 21st, 2017 - 137 comments
An excellent piece by Simon Collins in the weekend Herald. NZ’s educational scores in international comparisons are locked in a downward spiral. National’s ideology has failed, while we ignore successful models.
Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 20th, 2017 - 53 comments
No Right Turn: “The real barrier to National … acting on this is because that “no-one owns water, first come, first served” policy disproportionately benefits one group and allows them to profiteer from a public resource while destroying its value to others. That group is farmers – and they donate to the National Party.”