Labour’s list of candidates for 2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, May 2nd, 2017 - 67 comments
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After a very slight delay Labour’s 2017 election list has now been released. And the candidates are:

1 Andrew Little

2 Jacinda Ardern

3 Grant Robertson

4 Phil Twyford

5 Megan Woods

6 Chris Hipkins

7 Carmel Sepuloni

8 David Clark

9 David Parker

10 Stuart Nash

11 Priyanca Radhakrishnan

12 Raymond Huo

13 Iain Lees-Galloway

14 Jan Tinetti

15 Aupito William Sio

16 Willow-Jean Prime

17 Damien O’Connor

18 Jenny Salesa

19 Kris Faafoi

20 Kiri Allan

21 Willie Jackson

22 Clare Curran

23 Ruth Dyson

24 Poto Williams

25 Louisa Wall

26 Michael Wood

27 Ginny Andersen

28 Jo Luxton

29 Deborah Russell

30 Liz Craig

31 Marja Lubeck

32 Trevor Mallard

33 Paul Eagle

34 Tamati Coffey

35 Jamie Strange

36 Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki

37 Kieran McAnulty

38 Angie Warren-Clark

39 Helen White

40 Greg O’Connor

41 Steph Lewis

42 Duncan Webb

43 Lemauga Lydia Sosene

44 Janette Walker

45 Anna Lorck

46 Romy Udanga

47 Rachel Boyack

48 Sarb Johal

49 Naisi Chen

50 Shanan Halbert

51 Dan Rosewarne

52 Jin An

53 Jesse Pabla

54 Hilary Humphrey

55 Tony Savage

56 Brooke Loader

57 Ben Sandford

58 Kurt Taogaga

59 Heather Warren

60 Sam McDonald

61 Cherie Chapman

62 Ala’ Al-Bustanji

63 Baljit Kaur

64 Linsey Higgins

65 Barry Kirker

66 Tofik Mamedov

67 Michelle Lomax

68 Nathaniel Blomfield

69 Gaurav Sharma

70 Anthony Rimell

71 Tony Condon

72 Sarah Packer

73 Andy Begg

74 Corie Haddock


lprent updated: Press release (PDF)      hat-tip Pete George

 

67 comments on “Labour’s list of candidates for 2017”

  1. lprent 1

    Looks like a good list. Keeps some crucial ministerial and country wide campaigning cadre in high list positions in case of unexpected.

    It generally keeps MPs or candidates in winnable or safe seats in list positions where the list is unlikely to provide them a safe haven..

    Should bring a few new interesting new regional candidates with relevant experience into the house so that Labour isn’t just a urban party. If they survive the experience they should be useful in another few terms.

    Should disappoint a lot of people like Willie Jackson who seemed to think that he was god’s gift for the party members. But who lacks relevant experience and seems to carry a lot of baggage. 21 is a good position and I can’t see why he was whining about it. Part of the baggage is his bloody noisy and noisome dickhead mates and supporters. They are enough to put anyone off.

    But generally it looks like a good list for the party to go into an election with.

    More importantly from my personal perspective, it does not piss me off enough to vote Green again.

  2. Wonderpup 2

    Great to see David Clark up there too. When people complain that pollies are a bunch of lying self serving trough feeders, he’s my go to example of exactly the opposite. I’ll be proud to support this lot with my party vote.

    • lprent 2.1

      Yeah. He is a prime candidate for a ministerial position. But I suspect he will continue to do a lot of campaigning this year. The sincerity just drips off him 😈 and that is almost a a compliment (I’m not great on complimenting people).

      I suspect that you’re looking at the cabinet core in the first ten.

  3. dukeofurl 3

    Would be nice to see a little potted bio of the ‘new’ names to go with it

    http://www.labour.org.nz/2017candidates

    • lprent 3.1

      I just googled names for ones I didn’t know

    • Jenny Kirk 3.2

      There IS a little bio of the new names, dukeofurl, attached to Labour’s media release about its List. Not Labour’s fault if the media don’t choose to publish it, but RadioNZ have done so.

      • lprent 3.2.1

        Pete George stuck it in an Open Mike… I have linked it into the post.

      • Tarquin 3.2.2

        Hope Willow Jean gets in, the more Northlanders the better and she seems like the kind of person we need.

        • mickysavage 3.2.2.1

          She should be a shoe in. I agree she will shake the place up.

          • Tarquin 3.2.2.1.1

            I’m a bit more on the partisan side, I don’t so much care about the party as the numbers – as long as it’s not Hone!

  4. Pete 4

    I see the Herald has it’s regular Mike’s Minute titled “Labour’s List another bungle.”

    I have to admit I never look at his bits so I’ll have to guess that in the minute he gets all orgasmic.

    • Whispering Kate 4.1

      They have a one man band who does the sport on the AM show on TV3 plugging away every morning about how crap Labour is or disorganised or whatever other negative thing he can think of – even had the nerve to say that the disclosure of the video of the Pike Mine entry was just an election ploy by Labour to disrupt National’s chances this election year. I couldn’t believe how such a disgraceful attitude could be tolerated on air – disgraceful for the lost miners and their families.

      There seriously needs to be some balance put in place, especially being election year on our Free to Air TV – isn’t there some law in our statutes that insists that this be rectified in election year?

    • mickysavage 4.2

      Im getting rather tired of the framing. The labour process is complex and democratically run in that members get a vote and the decision is made by New Zealand Council which is elected. Of course the decision making and publication is complex.

      In National’w world things are so much simpler, get the Board to decree what the list will be and the MPs magically just accept the decision. I would love to know what makes the MPs so accepting. I have heard rumours …

  5. Ray 5

    Definitely an impressive list with tons of talent, apart from the low 20s that is.

  6. Anne 6

    If ever there was an excellent example of the MSM frothing at the mouth over a minuscule Labour hiccup this was it. It’s true Willie Jackson questioned his position and planned to speak to some Wellington heavies, but the “crisis meeting”? Yet another figment of their anti-Labour imagination.

    The Nat boys and girls are getting worried.

    Anyone pick up Madam Claire Robinson’s remark about Gerry Brownlee on Sunday’s Q&A? She thought he might take a bit of time settling in to Foreign Affairs, but by election time he would be ready for the next term. The expression on her face was a dead giveaway. Every opportunity to ram home the message… VOTE NATIONAL.

    Her pretences to come across as impartial are becoming ever more transparent.

    • Bearded Git 6.1

      @ Anne agreed….I thought Vernon Small was very unfair when he called it a “shambles” yesterday. Jackson was offered a “winnable” position not a “high” position, and that is exactly what he got. In this morning’s press conference Jackson indicated he was happy. The Maoris are likely to be a quarter of the Labour caucus after the election-they can hardly complain at that.

      Moroney is part of the renewal Little is looking for and has achieved.

      A storm in a teacup that Hoskin, Gower and Soper have dined out on. And so the election campaign starts as it will go on…….get used to it.

  7. Cinny 7

    Four months out from the election and both Labour and Greens have both presented us with diverse lists of stellar candidates.

    The outgoing governments party list won’t be ready until a month out from the election, I wonder why that is, with so many of them departing one would think their candidates would already be getting their campaigns together. Is there a shortage of candidates wanting to stand for national? Maybe the media should gossip about that, might get them some clicks?

  8. Karen 8

    Seem like a reasonable list. I’m pleased Greg O’Connor hasn’t been given a high list placing and so will have to win his seat. Also pleased Mallard will have to hope Labour get 35% to get in – may make him do a bit more work campaigning. There are always a few I’d like to change e.g. I wouldn’t have Stuart Nash in the top 30 let alone at 10.

    I’ve done a rough calculation based on what looks like winnable electorates to work out who will get in at 35%. I am expecting 6 of the Māori seats to go Labour and maybe for Greg O’Connor and either Duncan Webb or Steph Lewis to win. If this happens then Tamati Coffey at 34 gets in. That would mean 42 MPS – 12 Māori, 5 Pasifika, 1 Chinese, I Indian, 1 Indonesian. 19 or 20 would be women.

    • lprent 8.1

      Yeah. Good list. You can tell – it will disappoint almost everyone is some way or another 🙂

      I really like the emphasis on sitting MPs and candidates with a good chance (ie generally urbanish seats) having to win their seats to get in.

  9. Rosemary McDonald 9

    Is there a candidate from either Labour or the Greens in my electorate….Taranaki-King Country?

    (I have looked, but did not find.)

    • Karen 9.1

      Hilary Humphrey is the Labour candidate.

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1703/S00377/hilary-humphrey-selected-as-labour-candidate-for-taranaki.htm

      Basically has no show of overturning the Nat so it is your party vote that counts.

      • Rosemary McDonald 9.1.1

        Thank you Karen. Our electorate has more than weird boundaries….http://www.elections.org.nz/voters/find-my-electorate

        Inglewood just sneaks in in the south, and we just sneak in 10 km SW of the Hamilton city boundary.

        Huge area, not high population, but very diverse. Candidates would do well to engage with ALL of us.

        Current incumbent is a complete non entity.

        Like her predecessor.

        • Hilary Humphrey 9.1.1.1

          Hi Rosemary,
          Would love to connect and engage with you! Flick me an email with your contact details and I’ll be in touch.
          🙂 Your friendly local Labour candidate in TKC
          Hilary

          • Rosemary McDonald 9.1.1.1.1

            Wow. Just, wow. 🙂

            I just may do that.

            Serious question. Campaigning in such a geographically large electorate must be time consuming and expensive.

            Does the Party offer support to candidates in such electorates…recognising that expenses must be higher?

            • Gosman 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Apending money in TKC rather than in more marginal eectorates would not make a lot if sense.

              • Rosemary McDonald

                Kinda defeatist don’t you think?

                Me….I’d see that as a challenge…at least I’d be looking to reduce the incumbent’s margin, if not root them them out.

                Hilary…take no notice of Gossie, fight to take this seat from his mates, eh?

                • Gosman

                  I would love it if left wing parties wasted more resources in electorates where they have little chance of success or even if they did it would make very little difference to the outcome. As you have pointed out TKC has a small but geographically diverse voter base. If Labour spent 30 thousand reaching say 10,000 voters in that electorate they will likely miss out on reaching 100,000 voters in a large urban electorate. By all means spend your money that way if you want.

                  • Rosemary McDonald

                    Gosh Gosman….do you get paid a bonus for comments with more than one sentence?

                    I’d hate to think that ANY seat is considered ‘safe’ to the point that an Opposition party decides not to bother putting up a fight.

                    Insulting to those of us not represented by our incumbent and becoming quite desperate for change.

                    • Gosman

                      Yes but MMP means you do get to be represented by people you identify with. A list MP can quite easily represent you on local issues. Look at how Chris Bishop of National has basically truned himself in to the local electorate candidate. He is far more visible and active than Trevor Mallard.

  10. Carolyn_nth 10

    Laughed at this tweet from Toby Manhire:

    “Paddy Gower … making up stories in his little head about me being a sooky bubba” – Willie Jackson.

  11. Sacha 12

    A concession: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1705/S00018/willie-jackson-appointed-as-labours-maori-campaign-director.htm

    Will be interesting to hear how the party’s other Maori candidates feel about that. Lot of focus on Willie but he won’t have been the only one noting the paucity of Maori people high up the list, apparently a condition negotiated in exchange for Maori seat candidates agreeing to go list-only.

    • Karen 12.1

      There are 6 Māori in winnable positions on the list and if the 6 current Maori electorate MPs win (as they are likely to do) there will be 12 Māori in the caucus.

      I think Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis will certainly be very happy to have Willie helping them get out the Auckland urban vote. This wouldn’t have happened without the Māori caucus agreeing to it. Also – this is an unpaid position.

    • marty mars 12.2

      Yep seems like a double payment coming up for those MPs – you’d think their sacrifice would have allowed other brothers and sisters to come through on the list – ah well im sure the plan is working.

  12. Bill 13

    I don’t suppose anyone with a bit more knowledge than me would care to remove the known managerialists and liberals from that list and post whatever’s left?

    Looking for names I’d immediately associate with being left or progressive was, yeah…seems most of them have gone.

    • Karen 13.1

      There are a lot of new names there, Bill. How about finding out about them yourself before making your mind up?

      • Bill 13.1.1

        I’ve applied what knowledge I have to the top tranches of familiar names. The tail of the list is essentially irrelevant.

        I didn’t make a demand Karen, I made a request that can be responded to or ignored as people with more knowledge at their fingertips than me see fit.

        • weka 13.1.1.1

          It’s a good idea. Can you please post the ones you recognise as left/progressive? I find in these conversations that it’s hard to know what people mean otherwise.

          • weka 13.1.1.1.1

            Here’s Bradbury’s reckons about the Cunliffe coup factions from 2013, which might give a broad indication of the neoliberals, the careerists and the more progressives,

            Team Shearer (11)
            David Shearer, Phil Goff, Annette King, Trevor Mallard, David Parker, Damien O’Connor, Darien Fenton, Kris Fa’afoi, Ross Robertson, Maryan Street, Ruth Dyson.

            The Young and The Restless (8)
            Grant Robertson, Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins, Phil Twyford, Clare Curran, Megan Woods, Ian Lees-Galloway, David Clark.

            Cunliffe’s People (11)
            David Cunliffe, Lianne Dalziel, Moana Mackey, Nanaia Mahuta, Louisa Wall, Sue Moroney, Rajen Prasad, Rino Tirikatene, Su’a William Sio, Raymond Huo, Carol Beaumont,

            http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/15/labour-party-coup-watch-downgrade/

    • adam 13.2

      Not seeing anyone who is not a liberal of the managerial type in their top 30. If you use Ad’s, evaluation below – then not a win for socialist ideals, indeed a abject failure.

      Good to see labour being honest about their embrace of managerial liberalism with this list though. Sends a nice clear message to the electorate.

  13. Thinkerr 14

    If possible, could you re-post the list to show the ones who are also standing in an electorate, please? Maybe just an asterisk by their name.

    • Carolyn_nth 14.1

      Simon Wilson has listed the Labour electorate candidates he thinks will win their electorates – scroll down the article for that.

      My count of the candidates in “safe” electorate seats, who are likely to win regardless of how well or badly the party does, is 22.

      They are: Jacinda Ardern, David Clark, Clare Curran, Ruth Dyson, Paul Eagle, Kris Fa’afoi, Peeni Henare, Chris Hipkins, Iain Lees-Galloway, Nanaia Mahuta, Damien O’Connor, Grant Robertson, Deborah Russell, Jenny Salesa, Carmel Sepuloni, Rino Tirikatene, Phil Twyford, Aupito William Sio, Louisa Wall, Poto Williams, Michael Wood and Megan Woods.

      Probably going to be MPs

      In addition, if Labour gets 35% support it will win quite a few marginals. That would probably include most of these: Ginny Anderson in Hutt South, Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau, Steph Lewis in Whanganui, Stuart Nash in Napier, Greg O’Connor in Ōhāriu, Priyanca Radhakrishnan in Maungakiekie, Adrian Ruawhe in Te Tai Hauāuru, Duncan Webb in Christchurch Central, Meka Whaitiri in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

      • Karen 14.1.1

        Thanks Carolyn -this is a good assessment from Wilson in my opinion.

        I’d suggest anyone interested in an overview of how the numbers will work read it.

  14. Stephen Doyle 15

    Thrilled to bits Marja Lubeck is at 31. We might have a Labour MP to help out the North of the Bridge cluster.

  15. Cynical jester 16

    Interesting list lots of new faces. I am disappointed with Duncan Webbs placing as I think he will bring such a great set of skills to the party and that chch central needs a labour mp with his experience in fighting the nats on the rebuild and I think Chch centrals new boundaries make it a harder win for labour than they realize. Heres hoping labour can get to mid 30s on party vote so he’ll get in regardless

  16. Ethica 17

    We need to remember that the mainstream media has never been sympathetic to the left. Labour and the Greens always have and will always get a harder time than National, and there will always be numerous influential people who will be given prominent platforms to do anti-left editorialising as if they were neutral commentators. Something that the left does will be blown up into a big disaster but ignored if the right does it. The list is just one example. There is a long and complicated democratic process behind the Labour and Green lists. The National list is a secret process run by the party bosses. Yet Labour gets the negative media attention.

    • Sacha 17.1

      Of course the media are biased. The Gallery are also reactive pack animals who go into a frenzy at the faintest sniff of blood. We know that.

      RNZ’s Chris Bramwell notes how Labour did not help their cause with the way this process was handled: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/329910/labour-party-listing-early-in-election-voyage

      Mr Little himself admits the way it played out on Monday was “unfortunate”, saying the party list deals with people’s careers and livelihoods, and those who spoke out about it did a gross discourtesy to those who wanted their concerns dealt with in confidence.

      While it may have been unfortunate, it was also avoidable.

      It’s election year and Labour will be wanting to avoid any and all ‘unfortunate’ incidents particularly those that play into National’s narrative of Labour being disorganised and dysfunctional.

      This is what happens when people who undermine their caucus and party face little consequence – the rot spreads. Let’s watch what happens when their next MP or candidate speaks out of line.

      • Sacha 17.1.1

        The Herald’s Audrey Young says the party’s Council has undermined Mr Little in its list selections: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11848607

        • Karen 17.1.1.1

          Is Audrey on the payroll of the Nats now or does she do it for love?

          • Karen 17.1.1.1.1

            The fact is (as Audrey knows) the list isn’t a decision made by the council or by the leader. It is a democratic process that involves members, MPs and the council. Also, as Jessica Williams says:

            Jessica Williams‏Verified account @mizjwilliams 9m9 minutes ago
            “I mean. There’s a lot wrong in this article, but jeez, Bill English doesn’t direct what happens in the Nats any more than Little does in Lab”

            • Sacha 17.1.1.1.1.1

              She prefers her facts alternative in service of her beloved party. Her editors and publisher allow that.

  17. Cynical jester 18

    If Duncan Webb loses his seat chch central will have had zero representation from an mp representing the poor and working class for 9 years at the next election. During a major rebuild. I’m sorry but goix god thats foolish and irresponsible. He should be where Trevor Mallard is and Trevor Mallard should be list only.

    • Barfly 18.1

      Mallard is list only mate

      • Cynical jester 18.1.1

        I see now, still i think he should just go. Still think its foolish for labour not to have given Duncan a more guaranteed list spot, if only to have a labour face in chch central which in my opinion is important but oh well. Here’s to him taking that seat and thqt portfolio from Wagner.

  18. Ad 19

    Parliament has 121 seats.
    If Labour got 30% of the vote they get 36 seats.

    With the Maori Seat likelies, there are only a very few on that list who would not get in as electorate MPs.

    If the likely electorate MPs are:
    Ardern, Robertson, Twyford, Woods, Hipkins, Sepuloni, Clark, Nash, Lees-G, Sio, O’COnnor, Salesa, Faafoi, Curran, Dyson, Williams, Wall, Wood, Anderson, Russell, Tirikatene, Eagle, Henare, Mahuta, Davis, Ruawhe, Webb, and Whaitare

    Then the only people who are unlikely to be electorate MPs in the top 30 are, in order:

    – Andrew Little
    – David Parker
    – Radhakrishnan
    – Jan Tinetti
    – Willow-Jean Prime
    – Kiri Allan
    – Willy Jackson
    – Jo Luxton, and
    – Liz Craig

    To make up the 36 seats for getting 30% of the vote, those on the list who would make it would be:
    – Little
    – Parker
    – Radhakrishnan
    – Tinetti
    – Prime
    – Allan

    31% Labour vote gets one more:

    Jackson

    32% Labour vote get you 39:

    Luxton
    Craig

    After that you are in dreamland.

  19. fisiani 20

    If Labour win an extra electorate seat they lose one from the list. If they lose an electorate seat they gain one from the list. Which seat is Labour most likely to win and which to lose? My pick would be Ohariu and Hutt South.

  20. Michael 21

    30% of the Party Vote, plus or minus one or two %, looks possible for Labour, assuming the last two polls represent the trend and there is no dip or surge between now and polling day. I don’t think Labour is likely to surge, because it doesn’t have anything to offer beside the neoliberal status quo, but it might benefit from someone else’s stumble (most likely the Nats). Winston looks likely to surge, perhaps to 15%, with most of his new votes coming from the Nats, but that’s not good news for Labour because it is handcuffed to the Greens and their vote looks likely to dip because James Shaw committed them to neoliberal austerity (with Labour). As a result, Winston looks likely to sign up with the Nats, unless Labour offers a massive bauble to entice him its way. And, if the Greens dip well down into single figures, Labour could cut them loose without a backward glance. Perhaps that was what the BRR was all about?

  21. red-blooded 22

    Duncan Garner’s just been commenting on TV1 and was mostly positive. He said the release process was sloppy, but emphasised that Jackson is saying he’s happy, and that the list shows that the party’s working on renewal and that there’s some impressive talent coming through. He also emphasised the diversity of the list and Jackson’s campaign role with the Māori candidates. Basically a fair report from hm, although the focus on process was an unfortunate distraction.

  22. Tanz 23

    It’s all cronyism, after all. No real refreshment and the members never got a say, as usual. National gives members a vote, I believe, not just up to the party machine.

    • Jenny Kirk 23.1

      You talking about National, Tanz ?? Cronyism and no real refreshment ? That’s the Nats.
      Labour’s new system of choosing its candidates is way more democratic than that – not much cronyism in it. Heaps of opportunity for individual party members to have their say. And resulting in an impressive list of highly talented and competent soon-to-be MPs.

      • Tanz 23.1.1

        Yes, but there is never a say as to who goes onto the list, unlike with electorate MPs.
        However I do concede we have an unelected, retread PM with BIll English.

  23. mosa 24

    Labour will benefit in the years ahead with some outstanding people like Jean Willow Prime.

    30% on election night like a lot of people here are suggesting is not going to do one iota to change the government on September 23rd.

    Helen got 38.74% in 1999 and formed a minority government only because National under Shipley dropped to 30.5%.

    With National at around 43 % there is still a lot of work to do and time is running out.

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    South African coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no idea what they’re going to do about the boat. In a highly anticipated press conference this afternoon, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has finally unveiled the team’s boat for its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. In a press conference that went ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • An increasingly shoddy coverup
    The Operation Burnham inquiry continued to question senior NZDF staff today, and their shoddy coverup over their knowledge of civilian casualties continue to fall apart. If you recall, first, we were asked to believe that it was all a series of "mistakes and errors": a senior officer with multiple degrees ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • If we are to avoid making the earth uninhabitable, we need to rapidly decarbonise our civilisation, and cut emissions to zero as quickly as possible. This seems like an impossible task, but its not. Pushing hard on a few technologies and trends will let us halve emissions in a decade:Greenhouse ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A further attack on transparency
    The Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) had part of its committee stage yesterday. its a generally tedious bill about the nitty-gritty of local government reorganisation. But it includes a clause making the Local Government Commission subject to the Ombudsmen Act, and hence the OIA. Great! Except of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Ihumātao and Treaty settlements
    Yesterday Ihumātao's mana whenua reached a consensus that they would like their land back, and asked the government to negotiate with Fletcher's for its return. The government's response? Try and undermine that consensus, while talking about how doing anything would undermine existing Treaty settlements. The first is just more bad ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Protecting our history
    Its Suffrage Day, the 126th anniversary of women winning the right to vote (but not stand in elections) in New Zealand. And to celebrate, the government has bought Kate Sheppard's house in Christchurch:The government has bought Kate Sheppard's former home in Christchurch for more than $4 million. The Ilam villa ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ostracising the coal-burners
    The UN climate summit is happening in new York next week, and unlike previous years, coal-burners and denier-states are not being invited to speak:Leading economies such as Japan and Australia will not be invited to speak at next week’s crunch UN climate change summit, as their continued support for coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Jojo Tamihere Salutes Herr Goff.
    Get Back Jojo! The elation in Mayor Phil Goff’s camp may be easily imagined as they watched social media light up in indignation at challenger John Tamihere’s "Sieg Heil to that" quip. Just when JT’s notoriously right-wing, sexist and homophobic stains were beginning to fade back into his ‘colourful’ past, ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: A fun but flawed weed documentary
    Patrick Gower is good value when he's high. Not that I've ever, you know, got stoned with him. But in the second part of his documentary Patrick Gower on Weed, he does what you'd expect in a modern weed documentary and immerses himself – first with a doctor, then a ...
    5 days ago
  • Candidate Survey: Western Bay of Plenty – Local Body Elections 2019
    We surveyed candidates on their attitudes to issues facing the Western Bay Region, find out what they think: “Closing the Gap” Tauranga, one of the area groups of Income Equality Aotearoa NZ Inc., has surveyed all candidates in the three local body elections to discover attitudes to some basic issues ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Project Nettie calls on scientists to defend biology
    Please spread widely, and sign, to support science and rationalism over the new irrationalism sweeping universities and institutions.  PROJECT NETTIE Sexual reproduction, the generation of offspring by fusion of genetic material from two different individuals, evolved over 1 billion years ago. It is the reproductive strategy of all higher animals ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • I’m glad I don’t live in Auckland
    Just when I was thinking that Palmerston North's mayoral race (which includes a convicted child molester / public wanker and a convicted child beater) was the worst in the country, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere opened his mouth:Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is being slammed for using the words "sieg ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Index of Power Update, 2018-19: China #2
    We reprint below an article from the excellent website the Economics of Imperialism by Tony Norfield This is an update of the statistics for my Index of Power, using data for 2018-19 and discussing what a country’s ranking reflects. The major change is that China’s rank has shifted up and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: A history lesson
    Why is New Zealand climate change policy so crap? The Herald this morning has a long article on the twists and turns of climate change policy in New Zealand [paywalled / depaywall script], which shows where we've been. The short version is that the government first began worrying about this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What the All Blacks Mean to Us
    The All Blacks have been, for more than a century, arguably the most successful International sports team in the world. But they are more than that; even for those Kiwis who are immune to the charms of rugby (and there are more than a few), the All Blacks are ambassadors ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • No one is born into the wrong body
    A short and incredibly powerful speech from a young lesbian woman. No one is born in the wrong body. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contempt
    Back in June, the UK Court of Appeal ruled that that country's continued arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful. So you'd expect that the UK government stopped approving them, right?Of course not:The government has apologised for breaching a court ruling against the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Covering up the cover-up
    Yesterday NZDF officials were put on the stand about the lies they had told over Operation Burnham, making implausible claims that it was all a big mistake. But along the way, we learned they had already been put on the spot about it by a previous Defence Minister, who had ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Not as important as they think they are
    Farmers have been whining a lot lately, about the methane targets in the Zero Carbon Bill, about Canterbury's proposed nitrogen limits, and about the government's new proposals to stop them from shitting in our lakes and rivers. These policies are "throwing farmers under the tractor", they will force farmers off ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Behind Every Good Woman Should Stand – Another Good Woman.
    Alone, Alone, All, All, Alone: To argue that the Prime Minister is the victim of her advisers’ failure to keep her informed may offer Jacinda some measure of exoneration – but only at the cost of casting her as a hopeless political ingénue. A star-dusted muppet, whose only purpose is to ...
    7 days ago
  • Poor quality, poorly educated kiddie ‘Journalists’ spreading fake news
    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    7 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    1 week ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    1 week ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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