Daily Review 15/02/2017

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  1. Think about it – is spicer so thick he can’t get the names right for the heads of other countries – or is he deliberately doing it to belittle them?

    “During his address, which he was reading from prepared notes, Spicer then offered an alternative name for the Canadian leader.

    “Yesterday the President had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with Prime Minister Joe Trudeau of Canada, focusing on our shared commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and the problems throughout the world,” Spicer said.

    It’s an insulting blunder Malcolm Turnbull is only too familiar with.

    Earlier this month, Spicer repeatedly mispronounced the Australian Prime Minister’s name as “Trunbull” at a press briefing as he discussed a refugee deal between the two countries.

    The following day, he repeated the error again, saying: “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the people of Australia, for Prime Minister Trunbull.” Days later, the Office of the Press Secretary then published a statement online referring to “The President of Australia”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/89437214/sean-spicer-refers-to-canadian-pm-joe-trudeau-in-latest-embarrassing-gaffe

    prepared notes – I repeat PREPARED NOTES

    This is one of the dirtier tricks the right uses to ridicule its opponents – it starts with getting their names wrong and ends with ???

    • weka 1.1

      It could also be that they’re hyper-stressed and their cognitive functioning is dropping.

      • marty mars 1.1.1

        Hard to see how he could function with it that low though

        • weka 1.1.1.1

          Maybe he also doesn’t given shit. I haven’t been watching video of them, so I don’t have sense of it, just putting it out there. Forgetting names, not being able to read off a script well, those can be signs of stress. But yes, your idea too makes sense. And their general incompetency. It’s incredibly chaotic.

      • Anne 1.1.2

        Or their cognitive functioning was never there in the first place.

      • Once was and others etc 1.1.3

        “It could also be that they’re hyper-stressed and their cognitive functioning is dropping.”
        Gawd Strewth and Jesus H Christ @ Weka. I admire your willingness to try and see the best in people, but just consider the possibility that it might be clouding your judgement and ability to see the bleeding obvious.
        May you live in comfort

        • weka 1.1.3.1

          One of the alternate US govt twitter accounts said something the other day about the White House possibly needing to start handing out literature about looking for signs of suicide ideation in others. I think the stress levels in that place will be higher than they ever have been. That’s the staff. But I don’t think Team Bannon will be stress free just because they have the power. Things are chaotic and often going badly. Just because someone is an evil bastard doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to stress. And it’s not about seeing the best in them, it’s about understanding what can happen to the human brain when there is this degree of trauma. I actually find the idea that they might be that stressed far more scary than marty’s idea. These are the people with the friggin launch codes.

          • Chris 1.1.3.1.1

            Don’t worry. Work’s well underway on getting Trump black-opped out. He’ll be gone by Christmas. Then everyone can just relax!

          • Tamati Tautuhi 1.1.3.1.2

            This Barron seems an interesting sort of a character, sounds a bit dangerous to be Donald’s chief advisor, like you say people make bad decisions when they are under stress.

      • McFlock 1.1.4

        That’s a really interesting idea, especially for Spicer. Assertions have been made that his job is on the line since SNL lampooned him.

        The “wrong names” thing is pretty thin, imo: they seem to be more tumbled pronunciation. It’s not like he said “David Trudeau” clearly. And if he was initially unfamiliar with how to pronounce “Trudeau” he might have been trying hard to remember “trew-doh”. So he’s crapping himself, aware there’s a pitfall coming up, jumps the gun and stumbles.

        Couldn’t happen to a nicer regime.

        • marty mars 1.1.4.1

          mate he got his name so wrong – come on, Joe? really?

          • McFlock 1.1.4.1.1

            Listen to it. His fumble starts at the end of “Prime Minister”.

            A linguistics person would better explain it, but I reckon it’s plausible that if he was thinking hard about Trudeau (lol let’s face it, several of my female friends sure do), coupled with his lazy pronunciation of “Ministr”, it could well be a fumble not a memory issue. “T”, “d”, “ch”, “zh”, “j” all have really close tongue positions.

            So another way of writing it might be “Prime Ministr(d+tr)eau [shitfuck, restart] Trudeau”

            Either way Melissa McCarthy has more material…

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Rocket law could stop you taking photos if a rocket crashes

    New Zealand is one step closer to entering the space race, but a proposed new law to regulate rocket launches could spell a leap backward for freedom of information, opponents say.

    A clause in the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill would make it an offence to take a photo or make any record of a space craft that crashes. Government approval would be needed to take photos or record what happened.

    Head of Journalism at Massey University James Hollings said: “It’s a completely ludicrous clause because what it means is, if some company screws up and is careless and drops something on a city, we’re not allowed to talk about it. It’s just silly.”

    So, I wonder which major corporation is pushing this censorship and how much they donate to the National Party through which anonymising service.

    EDIT:

    Beck was asked by Labour MP David Cunliffe why a space craft crash was not the same as a car crash.

    “Because with a traffic crash, there’s a lot of cars and a lot of people who know how to make cars. There’s a very select group of people that are able to develop technology for space launch vehicles,” Beck said.

    The majority of people don’t know how cars work either. Those who can work out how cars work from pictures can probably work out how rockets work from pictures – and there’s millions on the internet already.

    Then, of course, there’s actually also quite a lot of information available about how to make rockets as well.

    • bwaghorn 2.1

      this is why people switch off from politics, what a fucking waste of time law, and on a brighter note who would copy a rocket that crashed ffs

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        If it was a software problem, people might be interested in the turbopumbs or gimble system.

        But my impression is that anyone who can say “oh THAT’s how we can sort out the lox cavitation corrosion issue!” from a news report would probably have already found another solution.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2

        Well, when the corporations are pushing for it, and RocketLab is owned by a major US corporation, then they obviously don’t think that it’s a waste of time. The excuse given is a load of bollocks and thus we have to ask just WTF they’re trying to hide?

    • talk about fiddling while rome burns – geeze gerry

    • weka 3.2

      I can’t understand what he is on about there. Is that all waffle, or is he trying to do a power play in the middle of a civil emergency?

      • Chris 3.2.1

        The authorities were completely unprepared for what’s happened and Brownlee as civil defence minister is covering his arse by blaming others, in exactly the same way McCully blamed MFAT staff for failing to adequately convey Trump’s travel ban. Whether it was reasonable to expect to be prepared for either doesn’t matter. It probably wasn’t. But Brownlee being the arrogant fuck that he is thought he’d try to get in first by putting it all on to others. Ironically, the fact that he did that suggests he thinks there should’ve been a greater level of preparedness in Christchurch, in which case the buck in fact stops with him. The guy’s a total piece of work.

        • weka 3.2.1.1

          “The authorities were completely unprepared for what’s happened”

          Can you expand a bit on that?

          • Chris 3.2.1.1.1

            Well, so far eleven houses have been destroyed and the fire’s still not under control. I’d say that suggests there’s at least an element of unpreparedness there. But that’s not really the point. I don’t think anyone could reasonably have been expected to know this could happen. The point is that Brownlee must’ve sensed he was going to get flak over the response so lashed out at officials in a way we’ve come to expect from self-serving right-wing pricks like him and McCully.

            • weka 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Fair points.

              I’m not sure about the unpreparedness. Sometimes you can’t control fire. Unless there were specific things that could have been done but weren’t, I think calling it unpreparedness rather than bad luck is a problem.

              Of course it might be unpreparedness. Still gobsmacking that NZ doesn’t have an integrated system for dealing with tsunamis. Although I see that CD now says on the FP of its website that if a quake goes on for longer than a minute or you can’t stand up, and if you live by water, you should head to high ground immediately and not wait for a warning.

              And that is aimed specifically at people on the coast. They’re not yet talking about what to do if you are by a lake.

  3. The National, Government by the rich, for the rich and bugger everyone else!!
    My sarcastic election year slogan.

  4. I’ll also say I am concerned for everyone in Ōtautahi – these fire and evacuations are scary and serious. Sending best wishes and hopes to everyone down there.

    • mauī 5.1

      I had been taking the she’ll be right attitude, but it has fast turned tragic. 40 houses have gone up on Worsleys Rd so far.

      Thoughts for the cantabs and those worried about their house 🙁

  5. joe90 6

    Tommy reminds the world.

    Relax and enjoy the ride. We have a ringside seat to the ultimate test of the Constitution of the USA.— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) December 16, 2016

    Trump is giving all Americans a lesson in the Constitution. A lesson badly needed. We will survive.— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) January 21, 2017

    Now it begins. Life in the Trump world. A extreme testing of the constitution. We will survive and prosper.— Tommy Chong (@tommychong) January 23, 2017

  6. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster 7

    Now that night has fallen, we can see the fires glowing on the Port Hills of ChCh from where we live near Belfast, in the north of the city!

    Dare I suggest that this is what climate change will/is going to look like! I read somewhere that the east coast of New Zealand will be drier, due to changes in the climate – so maybe we shall have to get used to dramatic events like this! Hawkes Bay likewise.

    Like Marty says, this is scary and serious!

  7. Bloody good

    “Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox is threatening to walk away from the Government over new legislation that doesn’t ensure Maori children are placed with whanau when the state removes them from their home.

    Prime Minister Bill English isn’t budging on the wording in legislation to overhaul Child, Youth and Family (CYF), which would remove the priority to place a child with a member of their family or wider hapu if possible or someone with the same cultural background.

    “Just because we want to provide a safe and loving home doesn’t make it mutually exclusive to a Maori home,” Fox said.

    “We’re not talking about putting a child back into an unsafe home – that’s stupid – but just because it’s a Maori home doesn’t make it an unsafe home and that’s where we want to make it explicit in the law.””

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89450483/marama-fox-threatening-to-walk-away-from-the-government-if-vulnerable-children-legislation-doesnt-change

    A lot of people won’t get this – they will wail against the MP, say they have propped up the gnats and they should have acted sooner and so on – all true and SO WHAT.

    THIS is the issue – not the other issues and Māori aren’t going to accept racist, bigoted policy from anyone – even the tick from dipton.

    This policy is leading in one direction only – http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/02/justice-for-canadas-stolen-generations.html

    • Peter Swift 8.1

      MP trying to distance themselves from the nats they’ve propped up and supported for three terms to no one’s real benefit but themselves.
      Looks like the first example of the Willie Jackson effect swinging in to play.
      I guess once you get a taste of the trough you don’t mind whose scraps you’re existing off.

      • marty mars 8.1.1

        oh peter are you that one dimensional – sad, so sad, almost sad sad

        try looking at what they are moaning about

        what would YOU know about troughing eh – all talk I bet

        • Peter Swift 8.1.1.1

          Nearly nine years of supporting Key :shrug:
          Honestly, keep a straight face and tell me Maori wouldn’t have been better off under a labour government. I dare you. And when you’re done talking one dimensional, then you can do a routine on gullible an naive. 🙄

          • marty mars 8.1.1.1.1

            There was no labour government dim – go back to your crayons ffs

            • Peter Swift 8.1.1.1.1.1

              They could have pulled the pin at any time across three terms, but the MP votes helped keep the nats in power for no real gain at the expense of worsening poverty for all and especially Maori.
              This is their shame. This is how they are to be rightfully judged.

              You can dance on the head of a pin, throw tantrums and insults my way if you like and talk around the facts of the matter all you want, but for all of us who have been let down by the bauble chasers, the clock is ticking on that particular ministerial limo meter.

              Hopefully enough voters in Rotorua will agree that their lives are shit because of TF and vote accordingly and end his gravy train.

              • weka

                Facts? There was no Labour govt for the Mp to choose. So they chose National in order to work with the govt for Māori. It’s not a choice between a left and right govt, it’s a choice between a right govt or getting no gains at all.

                If there was one issue to walk on, it makes sense to me that this would be it. I wonder if you can get past your personal politics and understand why.

                • Peter Swift

                  What gains have they got? Really? SFA and we all know it.
                  My personal politics lol Identity me lol lol

                  Fact is, MP have propped up the nats for nigh on nine years. Shame.
                  But do feel free to support their position and their part in making kiwis lives more miserable.
                  They could have sat on the opposition benches and achieved exactly what they have under the nats, a big fat fuck all (except mucho mana), but of course you don’t get a beemer that way.

                  No, through their complicity, I think the MP, like Dunne, like act, are nothing but shit. That’s the end of it.
                  Accountable for their actions should just the beginning of it.

                • Peter Swift

                  “So they chose National in order to work with the govt”

                  You would accept that from the greens?
                  As a green party member, I know I wouldn’t.

                  • weka

                    Of course not, but the Greens have nothing to gain from supporting a National govt.

                    What do you think L/G should do if they need the Mp to form govt this year?

                    • Peter Swift

                      “Of course not” Exactly my point given the great gains achieved by the MP while poverty has increased exponentially over nine years.

                      “What do you think L/G should do if they need the Mp to form govt this year?”

                      I’d hope they’d be wiped out and thus statistically irrelevant, but if it came down to it, like I’d vote Willie if it ultimately made the difference in getting the nats out, then though they are shit, I’d deal. Plenty of time over the course of a parliament to shaft them to irrelevancy. But last cab of the rank is still a catchy sound bite, except now there’s a shady history behind the rhetoric.

                    • weka

                      There’s no time left to hate.

                    • Peter Swift

                      I’m not a hater, more a realist unbounded by bullcrap.
                      But do I dislike intensely the nat buddy, self serving MP, yeah, no shit, Sherlock.

                    • weka

                      either way, we’re out of time for that degree of castigation.

                    • Peter Swift

                      You might be, but hopefully there’s enough voters out there who know a sack of shit when they see one to make a difference.

              • adam

                Woohoo, another dude, telling Māori what to do. Like that has worked out for Māori up to this point. Like any of it has actually worked for Māori up to this point.

                So the shoulda, woulda, and coulda politics is not really a winner. For anyone, let alone Māori.

                • Peter Swift

                  I’ve told nobody what to do, so stop with the race baiting framing. It’s not needed here.
                  Sometimes you just have to accept that a minority party is full of self serving shit. The majority of Maori electorate voters at the last election agree.
                  Perhaps you should try and shame them into silence, knob. lol

                  • adam

                    Did you know why the Māori Party are in government? Any clues?

                    With your statements, I’m guessing not.

                    I framed it that way because you sound like a know it all, racist git, and yeah, nothing you have said has done anything to disprove that.

                    I like the touch of poor me from you, so touching.

                    • Leftie

                      Disagree and Peter Swift didn’t sound “poor me” at all.

                    • Peter Swift

                      I don’t need to attack this ‘adam’ character to remake a point that’s been hammered home already.

                      He can go ahead and advocate for the nat enabling MP all he likes.

              • yes Peter it is all about YOU isn’t it

                “but for all of us who have been let down by the bauble chasers”

                own your bigotry at least you poor wee let down thingy

                • Peter Swift

                  Do keep up. It’s about how the MP are full of shit for propping up national for three terms and how they are, in reality, no friends to the poor and down trodden in society.

                  But like adam, you can pretend it’s about bigotry and racism and advocate for the MP based on their success in alleviating Maori poverty, for example. Whenever you’re ready. lol

                  • you said you had been let down by The Māori Party because they are bauble chasers didn’t you? Is my quote wrong? nah didn’t think so.

                    good that you are so concerned about the poor and downtrodden (on that we agree) – who are you voting for again – I’ll critique THEIR policies and actions for the poor and downtrodden if you like LOL

                    • Peter Swift

                      I did write that, because it’s true, we have been let down by the limo chasers. All of us, but especially poor (as in not rich) Maori themselves. So at least that’s one thing you’ve got right today. lol

                      I’m a green party voter, so go ahead with your mission. It will be amusing to see you contort yourself in to positions where you spin a left wing, social conscience party as worse than a bunch of bauble collecting government collaborators, but remember to list those MP success stories first and recall for us all the tales of how they led their people from poverty. :jackass:

                    • seems to me you have a lot of unresolved issues there pete – good luck working through them.

                      I’m not going to engage with you anymore

                    • Peter Swift

                      Well you can’t engage in all good conscience, can you?
                      Not until you can demonstrate the real worth of the MP and how they’ve made lives better for the poor in society.

          • Bearded Git 8.1.1.1.2

            Agreed Peter. The MP support for the RMA changes is particularly egregious.

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  • Observations on the 2017 Election campaign thus far… (ono)
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  • The mystery of the Wellsford-Whangarei business case solved
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    2 days ago
  • Which New Zealand are you voting for?
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • Farmers blame absence of Bill English for failure to summon Cow God
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 days ago
  • Trust women to decide: Greens
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    3 days ago
  • Suffrage Day is now about equal pay for many women
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    3 days ago
  • How WINZ got social housing costs so wrong
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Narcissistic men are more likely to troll on Facebook – study
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    3 days ago
  • Climate change: This is going to cost us
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National has failed our health system
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    3 days ago
  • Suffrage Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins and the swamp kauri petrol crisis
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    3 days ago
  • Facts about fluorosis – not a worry in New Zealand
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    3 days ago
  • PT Ridership around New Zealand
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    3 days ago
  • Australia tries to deport Rohingya to persecution
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
  • 5 reasons the car industry needs to change its ways now
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    3 days ago
  • Access Granted: Kat Greenbrook – From insight to action
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    3 days ago
  • When The Country Goes To Town.
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    3 days ago
  • More on Kiwi Rail De-electrification
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    3 days ago
  • Limits to growth?
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    Briefing PapersBy Charles Crothers
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters hijacks National’s protest
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    3 days ago
  • Just when will the fat lady start singing this election?
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    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    3 days ago
  • Prediction
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    4 days ago
  • The evidence says TOP have no hope
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    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    4 days ago
  • If you support Labour, Green, TOP, Māori, or Mana: Party vote Green
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    Cut your hairBy calebmorgan
    4 days ago
  • An Alternative to Neoliberalism?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • 1969: The “Nearly-But-Not-Quite” Election.
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    4 days ago
  • Why is Matthew Hooton SO UPSET at efforts to increase voter turnout? (AUDIO)
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    4 days ago
  • Its going to be a short election night
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • We need more post-publication peer review
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    4 days ago
  • No choice
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    4 days ago
  • Too many cows
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Upgrading Takapuna’s heart
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    4 days ago
  • Cameras on boats will wreck ‘way of life’ – fisherman
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    4 days ago
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  • Housing report earns Nats the red card
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    16 hours ago
  • Sluggish growth reflects nine years of drift from National
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    19 hours ago
  • National’s campaign of deception an affront to democracy
    Voters this week have a clear choice between Labour’s optimism and honesty, or rewarding National’s campaign of relentless lies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Day after day National has been deliberately spreading lies about Labour, our intentions and what ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s economy scorecard: D for drift
    New Zealand’s economy is failing the very people it is supposed to uplift, characterised by stalled productivity, exports going backwards and a Government content to let it drift, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “Voters have a clear choice ...
    2 days ago
  • Another day – another health crisis
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    2 days ago
  • Labour will get tough on loan sharks
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    2 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
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    3 days ago
  • GP letter more evidence of failure in mental health
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    3 days ago
  • Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass
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    3 days ago
  • Freight being shifted off planes as fuel crisis worsens
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    3 days ago
  • Apologise now Jonathan
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    3 days ago
  • National’s health report card shows need for new plan
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    3 days ago
  • Eye clinic wait downright dangerous
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    3 days ago
  • National has serious questions to answer over Auckland fuel crisis
    Thousands of air travellers looking for answers to Auckland Airport’s fuel crisis should be demanding the National Government come clean over its failure to secure fuel supply for the airport, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern.  “There are serious questions the ...
    4 days ago
  • Come clean on trade before the election
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    GreensBy Barry Coates
    6 days ago
  • National unravels on transport
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    6 days ago
  • Saudi cover-up a perversion of democracy
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    7 days ago
  • Labour supporting Te Reo Māori in schools
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    7 days ago
  • Is National planning a secret fuel tax?
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    1 week ago
  • Labour’s plan for West Coast prosperity
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    1 week ago
  • Labour committed to fair and progressive tax system
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    1 week ago
  • A challenge to Bill English
    ...
    1 week ago
  • Flavell’s fake news an insult to Māori voters
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    1 week ago
  • National’s tax cuts reckless and irresponsible
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    1 week ago
  • Calculator shows Labour’s Families Package delivers
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    1 week ago
  • Strengthening New Zealand’s identity through Labour’s media and film policy
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    1 week ago
  • Labour to invest in parents and babies
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to build affordable homes and state houses in Hawke’s Bay
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges more for Whānau Ora
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    2 weeks ago
  • National’s housing band aid
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    2 weeks ago
  • Housing, families, education and environment top priorities in Labour’s first 100 days
    Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour pledges to unlock funding for Te Hiku sports hub project
    The Labour Government will inject nearly $3 million into the Te Hiku Sports Hub project, to help realise a much-needed health and recreational facility for the Far North, says Labour Deputy Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s plan to get job seekers into better work
    Labour will provide real support for people looking for work by increasing the amount of money someone can earn before their benefit begins to reduce, reinstating training incentives, and putting a renewed focus on upskilling and training, says Labour’s Social ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour sets strong target and plan for climate action
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    2 weeks ago
  • Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Joyce must come clean on Health and Education funding
    Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them whether he will fund health and education to meet increasing cost pressures, or risk seeing services cut and costs increase for parents, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Housing crisis is National’s legacy
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour calls for release of report into civil defence flaws
    The National Government must stick by its word given to other political parties and release a technical report before the election addressing critical flaws in New Zealand’s civil defence capability, Labour Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran said today.  “Cross party ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Credibility shot as Government runs out of steam
    New Zealanders are witnessing the desperation of a government clinging to survival, evidenced by policy on-the-hoof, dodgy maths and dirty politics, says Labour MP Phil Twyford. “New Zealand had been hoping we’d seen the end of dirty politics, but what ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Steven Joyce must apologise to New Zealand
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    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English didn’t answer because the Oreti is badly polluted
    Last night Bill English was asked by Paddy Gower in the Leader’s Debate: “Which river did he swim in as a kid, and is it now polluted?” Bill English named the Oreti River, but did not answer whether it is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats put out dodgy numbers – again
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s Award to encourage young people into trades training
    Labour will introduce a $2,000 award for the best pupil in vocational courses in each public secondary school, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. “We know there’s huge demand for trades workers, particularly in the building sector, where construction ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not another Nick Smith wild goose chase
    Only the election on September 23 can save the country and the RMA from Nick Smith, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and Environment spokesperson David Parker. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government supresses Climate Change report
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    3 weeks ago
  • Joyce gets it wrong on Labour’s Fiscal Plan
    Labour’s Fiscal Plan is robust, the numbers are correct and we stand by them despite the desperate and disingenuous digging from an out-the-door Finance Minister, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Steven Joyce has embarrassed himself. This is a desperate, ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Making renting secure and healthy
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    3 weeks ago