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Media don’t believe their own polls

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, September 21st, 2014 - 62 comments
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LanthanideYou have to laugh at this tart comment from Lanthanide

What strikes me now is the media commentators saying it was “a surprising result”.

Well, if we were to believe all the polls, then this result is not a surprise.

This tells us that the media don’t believe their own polls, but they have no qualms peddling them at us, trying to get us to believe them.

They don’t get to have it both ways – saying National could govern alone, then when they do, saying it’s a surprise.

62 comments on “Media don’t believe their own polls”

  1. Enough is Enough 1

    There weren’t any polls in the last week that suggested National would be able to govern alone

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Note that I said “all the polls”. I generally choose my words quite carefully.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yeah fair enough.

        Going into last night though my general read of the MSM was they expected Winston to hold the balance of power. The surprise is that Winston is irrelevant and Key can do what he likes for the next 3 years.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1

          I was expecting National to drop ~3-4% points from their polling of ~48%, Conservatives to get around what they did, Greens to get ~13%, Labour on ~25% and IMP and NZFirst with enough to give a left-wing government. My boyfriend thinks such a result would have given a 1 term government, and that Labour needed to be on about 30% to be a credible government.

          But yeah, the media seem most surprised by Winston not being the kingmaker, but the point still stands that their poll numbers didn’t show that would be the outcome.

          I wouldn’t mind if the media reported the poll numbers and then discussed about how we can’t take these results as a given and how they’re likely to change on the day, but they never do. Instead all we get is a consistent narrative of “National will govern alone!” and then when it happens, they act all surprised.

          • Matthew Whitehead 1.1.1.1.1

            Yeah I was making around the same calls myself, Lanth, although your boyfriend might be right that such a government would be one-term unless it made some bigs wins during its time in office.

            And yeah, I think this shows very clearly that the media have the same reservations about their polls we do, but that they don’t publish or mention them in their coverage. I feel like we either missed a big shift in public opinion close to election day, the rain hurt left-wing turnout more than right-wing turnout, or something else is going on that’s outside our usual narratives about the election, so I’m giving a think to what it can be and keeping an eye on the blogs for ideas too, as the Greens not improving their vote suggests that whatever it is effected the broader left. Maybe it’s backlash from the National Party suggestion that left-wing politicians are as bad as they are? Seems unlikely that backlash would hit the Greens though, so unless it was the rain I’m somewhat stumped.

    • lprent 1.2

      Yes there were. Most of the polls said (like RM on the 17th) that conservatives would get 4-4.5% and National would get 48%

      Because the conservative votes would be “wasted”, National would slide over the line because of that because the pool of votes dropped from 100% to 96%.

      Perhaps this is why journalists are surprised. They can’t count?

  2. For years I was called a retard, a troll, an idiot among other things, I was told I was crazy for thinking the greens would only get between 10-11% so I left here.

    Well my final election predictions were pretty close to the actual results.
    National 48%
    Labour 24%
    Greens 11%
    NZ/First 6.5%
    Conserv 5%
    Maori 2%
    InterMana 1.5%
    Act 1%
    United 0.5%
    Other 0.5

    I guess all that is left to say is…

    “BUT what are the trends saying????”

    Seriously National is a real centered government, things will go along
    okay, and perhaps political parties will now know not to do “Hate Politics”
    just talk of the issues.

    • Well, either you were oddly prescient or you happened to coincidentally be right.

      I’m going with coincidence, because other than the Greens and NZF, the overall poll trends were actually really good, seriously, go back and have a look for all the other parties. (In fact, they didn’t really over-estimate National so much this time, which is odd) The big surprise for me was Hone losing Te Tai Tonga.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    I’ll also point out that this morning on Q&A, Hooton didn’t mention that he was wrong with his belief that the election would be a tight one and close to the wire, when he was the only high-profile commentator saying that for a long time. He was happy just to gloss over that and act like he knew the score the whole time.

    • aerobubble 3.1

      Hooten lied. Politicians lie. The media cat chased Hagers and then Dotcoms ball. The fog came over the democratic process. As Key said, voters voted for steady as she goes, or rather given the nonsense that has pervaded our collective processes, voters voted for the less unknown.

      So who won it? Well the media won it for Key.

      Welcome to day one of Dirty John.

  4. Fran O'Sullivan 4

    Maybe, but Herald’s political editor Audrey Young did call the election result correctly.

    • nukefacts 4.1

      Except she’s a total National troll, in love with Key.

      I note that National’s total vote went down. Interesting. A few thoughts based on qualitative analysis of the discourses related to me by some voters…

      The campaign – not about Policy as National pretended, because they don’t actually have any. Rod Oram’s recent analysis of this issue was telling – the economy is going backwards under National who instead focus on micro-managerial details that reeks of no plan for the future. Labour and the Green’s campaign should have made more of the Dirty Politics saga and the corruption of democracy this revealed

      IMP – obviously some serious scare mongering going on, and a distinct hatred of .com by voters, not really based on any facts

      Messaging -three major issues here :
      1) Vote Positive is a nothing, means nothing, inspires nothing etc. What does it really mean? Nothing. Contrast to the Greens – all about the environment plus some other stuff, and National – working for NZ – a clearer message than Labour.
      2) cohesion – Labour went to great pains to diss IMP, the Greens etc – not good messaging around collaboration. Voters want unity from their government, not this childish bickering.
      3) ‘Aspiration’ – Key himself referenced this in his acceptance speech. National’s strategy, as well as suppressing the vote, as been to destroy as much of civil society as possible so all that is left is empty aspiration to wealth and status. We’ve had repeated assaults on our excellent education system, public service, and broader democratic entities like ECan in an attempt to drive citizens into aspiring to claw their way up on top of our fellow citizens. Globally, surveys report the five most important motivating factors for people are happiness, love, family, friends and money. Undermining the first four leaves only the fifth, which is the least important. Enter Key ‘I rose from nothing to be PM so you can too’! Bullshit but seductive. Coupled with incessant messaging reinforced by the media, I’m not surprised it worked.

      Media – including you Fran, they show a strong bias for National and a deep collusion with Whaleoil – to the serious undermining of our democracy. E.g see the ‘Greens prepared to work with National’ lie, the manufactured Liu affair where the Herald worked hand-in-glove with WhaleOil etc, Cunliffe’s red tie, the incessant sucking up to National around Charter Schools (seriously, why import a model that’s failed everywhere else in the world when we have one of the best systems in the world). We can only hope that you all grow some balls and morality and eschew the fat-one’s allure and actually do your job and hold the government to account.

      On this issue, it’s clear from analysing discourse that the media has seriously undermined the credibility of Labour – many people I surveyed indicated they thought Cunliffe was ‘a dick’ and couldn’t be trusted – discourses you in the media put out there in collusion with WhaleOil. Do you guys actually care that you undermine democracy and serve the bidding of the National party? You should all be ashamed!!!

      Money – National have lots, others not so much, so they can reinforce their messages put out by the Nat-loving media and the disturbed right wing bloggers etc (Farrar and Slater et-al)

      My predictions for the next three years – more assaults on education, workers, the poor, the sick, beneficiaries and anyone else that dares raise their head above the parapet. National under Key are hell-bent on undermining democracy so they can maintain power and enrich their friends at our expense.

      Hopefully sleep NZ will wake up and realise they’ve been had and boot these fools out in 2017.

    • lprent 4.2

      I was more interested that the Herald poll dropped National by (what was it?) 6.8% in that last poll to do so. It was like they knew what the real numbers were all along, had been fudging it to make National look good, and then changed it at the end to look like the real result.

      Then Audrey concealed the level of the drop with that quoted bullshit about ‘significiant’ changes through the polling period.

      What was that all about? It looked *wacky*

      • Wreckingball 4.2.1

        If you actually believe what you are saying then that is just unbelievable. There is no mass media conspiracy. The country have voted, the polls were overall accurate. People don’t want a far left wing socialist government.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          They weren’t being offered one.

          If you actually believe what you’re saying then you’re delusional.

          Perhaps you don’t understand how money and politics intersect. Have a little think sometime.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.2

          …a planned inquiry to be launched after the election could see the Ombudsman’s office using its Commission of Inquiry powers to compel evidence to be given under oath were there signs information was being hidden.

          “Ministerial offices will be figuring in our inquiry and that is all I will say.”

          She said the Ombudsman’s relationship with the government service was based on trust. Without that, she said, “we’re all in trouble”.

          “We may as well kiss democracy goodbye. The work of this office relies in great measure in the maintenance of a high level of trust and integrity between ourselves and government agencies…

          Beverley Wakem.

          Over the next six months, you’ll see what happens when a criminal government gets found out. Wreckingball is apt.

    • anker 4.3

      Fran @ 4.

      Firstly Fran, thank you for posting on here.

      I am hoping that we could set up some honest and open dialogue with yourself and other members of the NZ Herald.

      I believe there is a fear/suspicion that members of The Herald, engage with the Whale Oil and use its tip line. I think we have been heartened by some of your colleagues, such as Wendyl Nelson and David Fisher, being very open about there experience of Whale Oil

      I think the Standard readers would welcome more discussion and dialogue with you and your colleagues, on line where it is visible for everyone to see (unlike what I suspect happens at Whale Oil). I know we give you a hard time about how you report, but perhaps it would be more constructive if we dialogued with you. We would at least feel the media were listening to the left’s point of view (it may be that you feel you are already, but that is not the impression that most people get her).

      I think we would dearly have loved to discuss the issues/policies with you here, such as NZ Inc . Would you be willing to consider this if other Standardistas are interested (iam just one person who comments here).

      Cheers,
      Anker

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.3.1

        Except that Fran can’t answer the most important questions truthfully: if she did she’d incriminate people.

  5. Richard 5

    I would have said the same thing.

    Looking in a little more depth, the dirty politics of Hagar coupled with mana’s strong turn outs at the halls from photo’s I had seen of them showed there was a big undercurrent of disgust and revolt for national. I won’t go into them individually but there was enough bad national party decisions over the last 6 years to make a great number of people NOT vote national and it also shows if you look at the vote count.

    When I looked at the advanced polls even I did not believe them yet here was the media banging on about them when even they didn’t believe it. Lant said what I would have and many others thought too. That there was a massive tide of revolt against National, on the ground it looked like it.

    What a surprise result is the glaring question. What happened to mana’s support, what happened to the herald comments polls after the debates 3-1 ratio for David winning them, in all three debates? Where did it all go? To national as party vote? but a tick labour for the electorate?
    Where did the protest vote disappear to and please do not insult my intelligence that there were thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people against most of what they were up to.

    How come the polls were just so spookily accurate all night.?

    Queue One foot in the graves, Victor Meldrew, “I don’t believe it”

    • Chooky 5.1

      good questions…some thoughts that come to mind …the Polls are the PR tail wagging the voter dog and persuading people not to vote….the Polls are rigged( that is why msm dont believe their own propaganda) …the Election was rigged( unthinkable in NZ , but possible given the overseas interests and high stakes at play)

      …plus in the last two weeks there was a vicious anti Mana/Int Dotcom onslaught by right wing journalists and a campaign of disinformation and confusion to undermine the integrity of the Left (eg the Greens wanted to form a coalition with Nactional)…these journalists should be named and what they said dissected and analysed and preserved for future reference

    • 2011 National Party vote: 1,058,636
      2014 National Party vote: 1,010,464 (this is pre-specials and likely to increase)

      Overall pretty similar, possibly grown a bit once the specials are taken into account. I would suspect that any losses National has had to their recent scandals have been offset by a strong right-wing and conservative turn out this year. (I suspect there have been losses, given New Zealand First’s absurdly high performance this time, that a lot of the squishy National vote moved to them, and that the migration to the Conservatives was offset by increased turnout from advanced voting- possibly increased rural turnout? I’d have to look into individual polling places or electorates to see, and I’m not doing that unless I’m getting paid for it)

      One thing we can’t say is that National suffered any significant net loss from their scandals- possibly they were actually bad news as they covered up for the Government’s lack of ideas or grasp on policy, but it seems that National’s campaign strategy is still working very well at this stage.

  6. Gosman 6

    Can people stop this nonsense about how the polls are inherently biased towards the right now please?

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      In 2008 and 2011 they were. In 2008 and 2011 they also underestimated NZFirst.

      So, given that we now have a new datapoint, the belief that the polls are biased to the right needs to be reconsidered.

      • Liam 6.1.1

        And in other elections, they have overstated NZF’s support.

        If there is one lesson from this election, it has to be that the strategy of declaring that the polls must be wrong works no better for the left in New Zealand than it did for the right in America in 2012.

        As plenty of people pointed out throughout the campaign, it was a strategy predicated on the following, unsustainable assumptions:

        1- That the National Party, sensing a deficit between it and Labour on GOTV organisation, wasn’t going to invest quite a bit of resources in closing the gap;

        2- That, if the polling companies had got it wrong, they would not act like any other business and adjust their methodologies to eliminate bias; and

        3- That the variance between the voting habits of landline and cellphone only subscribers would be so large as to make a material difference in the polls anyway.

        On the plus side, there’s nothing like a comprehensive repudiation on polling day to shock you out of an addiction to confirmation bias (I speak from experience). Perhaps now Labour will see that it needs to get just left of the political centre and develop an agenda of gradual achievable reform rather than a series of gimmicks with the word “Kiwi” slapped on the front.

        • lprent 6.1.1.1

          So do you think that the fairfax/ipsos poll from 2 and half weeks ago that showed National at 54% and Labour at 22%, and NZ First at 4.4% had statistical validity?

          Here I was thinking that it looked like poll done for its news value…

          What I found interesting was that the two polls that I consider are the most weird in their results (Fairfax’s ipsos poll and Herald’s Colman poll) had a 6-7% swing in their National results in the last two weeks to get close to the actual result. While a poll that is not commissioned by a media organisation showed gradual shifts towards the actual result – Roy Morgan.

          I think that the simpler explanation is that media organisations get the types of results that they pay for. The ones that are entertaining on the news or that suit the media’s editorial line.

          That is why I don’t pay much attention to certain polls and polling companies.

        • Lanthanide 6.1.1.2

          “it has to be that the strategy of declaring that the polls must be wrong works no better for the left in New Zealand than it did for the right in America in 2012.”

          Except if you actually did an analysis of the polls, as Nate Silver did, it was obvious that Obama was going to win. His final forecast was something like 95% chance of Obama winning. The republicans just stuck their heads in the sand about it.

          We had no such in-depth analysis in NZ. In fact the most anyone tried to do was Danyl at Dim Post with his ‘corrected averaged polls’, but as we’ve seen, in this case the assumption that National was overstated (that all the political commentators seemed to think, but not actually tell the public) turned out to be false.

          If you want any other evidence, iPredict had National around 44-46% for most of the entire campaign, even when the public polls were saying 53-54%. So I don’t think you can single out the left as somehow being way-off on their interpretation of the polls, given the past evidence we had to work with.

          • Liam 6.1.1.2.1

            I am sorry but I don’t agree. Those of us who followed the Curiablog weighted average or the Pundit Poll of Polls found it a reliable measure of support for the 3 big parties (although on this occassion they slightly underestimated National and overestimated Labour and the Greens).

            The hard truth is that is seems that nobody outside of, a) Martyn Bradbury b) Matthew Hooton and c) authors and commenters at this site seemed to have seriously thought that the election going to be near run thing.

            What I am saying is that for a combination of the above reasons, it was always an unwise assumption to just declare almost every unfavourable poll as being a “rogue”.

            • Lanthanide 6.1.1.2.1.1

              “I am sorry but I don’t agree. Those of us who followed the Curiablog weighted average or the Pundit Poll of Polls found it a reliable measure of support for the 3 big parties (although on this occassion they slightly underestimated National and overestimated Labour and the Greens).”

              Sorry, what are you saying here? Are you saying that looking at the 2011 weighted polls, they turned out to be an accurate forecaster of the 2011 result?

              Because if you’re talking about 2014, then we didn’t know how accurate curiablog was until the election itself was held, at which point it validated the model. You logically cannot say “On Wednesday we all knew Jim Hickie was the best at predicting snow for Saturday, because on Sunday morning we woke up and the ground was covered in snow”.

              You’re using the results of the election to validate the model – and that’s fine and a valid thing to say. But you can’t say that it was obvious the model was correct prior to the election, when if that same model had been applied to earlier elections it would have proved wrong in those cases.

    • aerobubble 6.2

      Yeah. ACT+NAT+NZF+CON+UF suggest NZ is locked into the finance industry for its daily bread. Sydney Bankers make far too much money from our housing sector.

    • Needs more data. If the polls perform accurately in future elections, perhaps they’ve solved the landline bias problem. At the moment I doubt it, but perhaps. My suspicion is that either the polls missed a big shift rightwards, or that the left turned out really badly at the election compared to polling, most likely due to the rain affecting our less-motivated voters more heavily.

    • They’re not biased at all, Gosman. It’s just that when you read the papers you know which party they want to win. It’s not so much a bias but a a clear manipulation of the voters into voting the party that will do the corporate bidding. You see bias implies a somewhat nasty tendency to favor the one and diss the other but other than that no clear intend. Bias like manipulation is just a technique they use. They are quite open about who we should vote for. Nothing to do with bias.

  7. Disturbed 7

    Poll results can be manipulated.

    Global evidence in the form of 21.4 million sites on goggle show polls are manipulated and there are suspicion around this corrupt Government that may have been the case here in NZ as this is the most unusual poll result “never seen before in history” BBC report this morning so perhaps the results need to be independently verified?

    Wonder if Key would allow it.

    In Florida they called an official independent recount of the florida election returns as they were on a knife edge.

    It was a justifiable request as historically it was Democrat territory for years.

    They called for this after Clinton’s Dem candidate lost to Jeb Bush in late 1990s and the decider for the federal election.

    I was there and they looked fishy results but the Republicans wouldn’t allow it, and everybody wondered why, what were they afraid of?

    https://www.google.co.nz/?gws_rd=ssl#q=how+election+poll+results+can+be+manipulated

    • aerobubble 7.1

      There is a solution. Many now have handheld mobiles that can do polling. If enough people just poll on their lunch break, then collate that data online and we have a alternative to the polling companies. The sooner people know Cunliffe isn’t selling a CGT the soon Labour can start rethinking.

      How can every major western comparable country have a CGT and we can’t even sell it? Because Labour does not want to win.

      • Richard 7.1.1

        I think the CGT is a red herring mate.
        I ask the question, do the Chinese immigrants they have let into NZ only ever vote far right and definitely not anything red? For obvious reasons?

        Does that same demographic outnumber NZ born and raised kiwi’s yet? How much are they influencing the vote by design of the right?

        Have the boundary changes influenced these elections much and why.

        If you borrow to the tune of 80 billion dollars stimulating the economy, whilst raising a further 6 billion in asset sales and only reap back 100 odd million dollars in surplus on the books, where did all the money go? and why do the public never see this type of question being asked to give us assurance the oppositions worth voting for as they ask the awkward questions we want asked?

        The opposition could think of polling the population for the questions they wanted asked most occasionally?

        If Hagars book is correct and they have been playing the game like that, why are Labour not pulling out the stops. In the old days strikes were a tool. Oh that’s right while Labour ignored their unions rights being stripped, and when they got back in power, they left the status quo, didn’t maintain the union image, jeez I don’t even have a union rep at work to vote and strike with when my rights like smoko are about to disappear.

        When is labour going to admit to itself and deal with the real issue! That since a one bloody Margret Thatcher and her and subsequent Tory dismantling worldwide of the unions respectful standing in the community to the point of distrust, and knock on effects, to the point the working man has been decimated if not plainly attacked in his standard of living, work conditions and rights, with the big business owner reaping larger and larger rewards and faster personal wealth.

        Once labour figures that gem out and comes up with a strategy to even up business interest vs workers interests like they used to because trust me Keys Tories are doing the same thing they have been doing successfully for generations of the party, National, supports business interest, minimalistic government, low taxes and they havn’t changed.

        Labour used to be the party of social care, workers party, backed by the unions, teachers, dock workers, what happened? Why did you not restore their power when they were stripped by national?

        Maybe I’m rude and wrong but this has to be said.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          Labour used to be the party of social care, workers party, backed by the unions, teachers, dock workers, what happened? Why did you not restore their power when they were stripped by national?

          Too scared to, trying too hard to appear to be “centrist.”

    • Richard 7.2

      I doubt it was interfered with but you know, now i’ll always wonder in the back of my mind tick, tick, tick. The sort of result I see is one that we had 6 years of perfection, no Earthquake, no Cambell’s wall of shame, no novapay, just a perfect 6 years.

      No scum, no feral, no OIA leaks, No definitely maybe, probably can’t remembers my office did it’s. ,

      Solid honest straight forwardness, excellent economy, no borrowing to 88b and then yes a massive win for National bigger result than last time with Mana, Hone, Maori and all the rest gone able to go alone, Act by my side to get the nasty policies through.

      But we didn’t we had a shocking 6 years numerous resignations and one during the campaign, dirty politic revelations, a strong opposition and debater who won his debates according to the Heralds after debate polls. The greens doing well, Winston looking good.

      and we get the perfect results outcome, how come?

      • Richard 7.2.1

        We can’t go back to those days and all though in some ways I’m right about Labour having been run through with a big right wing spear, labour could never rewind the clock.

        But they still seem to have the mission to fight for social justice having lost a solution to the social problem and solutions don’t grow on tree.

      • Liberal Realist 7.2.2

        “and we get the perfect results outcome, how come?”

        Labour has been under sustained attack for 6 years. Brand Labour = Bad has been burned into the psyche of New Zealanders. The messaging from MSM was/is constant & consistent. National = Good/Competent, Labour = Bad/Incompetent.

        People have decided that they don’t like Labour and they don’t like David Cunliffe. Trouble is most don’t know why they don’t like Labour or Cunliffe. MSM have been telling New Zealand that Labour = Bad (More tax, more welfare, uncertainty etc.) for 6 years and Cunliffe = Bad since well before he became leader.

        Then we have Slater cabal. Ede running black ops out of the office of the prime minister, collins and god knows how many other ministers mucking in when it suits their interests.

        Next we have the polls. IMO the polls manipulate by design. The companies who conduct these polls have a natural vested interest in successive right wing governments because they are owned by people or organisations whom are ideologically right wing. Polls are one of the most powerful tools the right has. Tell the public over and over and over again that the election is a forgone conclusion and reduce the turn out.

        IMO New Zealanders are not very politically engaged. The average punter doesn’t take time to consider how their elected representatives shape and mold the society they live in. New Zealanders believe what they read in the media. The media say National = Good, Labour = Bad and the punters believe them.

        Labour ABC crowd also have a lot to answer for. “United we succeed divided we fall” and fall they did.

        I could go on but we’re getting to tl/dr territory!

  8. Disturbed 8

    Richard;

    While the “big right wing spear” machine goes on a slash & Burn NZ while we all die in the radical sell out?

    Is National winding the clock forward to a place we have never been before?

    “National” by Dictionary terms roughly means “culture of people of the country,”

    So we wonder if this form of National is actually not National at all now?
    If they can move us to another direction, why cannot Labour?

  9. Andrew Welsh 9

    The conspiracy theories posted around poll results being manipulated or biased journalism conveniently avoid facing the reality that New Zealanders were interested in the Key issue (“it’s the economy stupid”) and we’re not interested in one version of a bunch of selectively hacked and published e mails. Two media outlets who were 100% correct are WO and KB but the left view them as the anti-Christ so best avoid giving credit where credit is due.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      But it’s not a conspiracy theory that there is biased journalism – Dirty Politics exposed that there are some journalists that work directly at the behest of the government.

      Also while I don’t think the polls are being manipulated, reporting on them certainly isn’t fair or accurate, which in itself creates a narrative and self-fulfilling prophecy that is not helpful – the media use “bad polls” to attack a certain party and put pressure on them, leading to more “bad polls”, while also brushing off criticism or stuff-ups by the parties that have “good polls”.

      • lprent 9.1.1

        That last poll “analysis” by Audrey at the Herald being a good case in point. An abrupt and very strange drop of nearly 7% (did they need to get it in line with reality before the actual election?) was concealed with some frigging awful statistics by the head of the polling company about trends in microscopic sample sizes.

  10. Disturbed 10

    AW,

    So you believe in politicians as honest, in entirety and Key does not lie or Collins for that matter?

    Rather a long bow to draw.

    You may be one, (a politician or aide,) how would we know?

    Or even the “wholly than thou” media who are definitely not unbiased or honest.

    Nah. Perhaps you should read Dirty politics and learn. anyway we await the investigations as we are interested what those black ops like you and your lot may be are up to.

  11. Andrew Welsh 11

    My point regarding the polls is the weighted average such as KB is very accurate but the left don’t like the politics of DF so this is ignored. Sure polls such as RM or Stuff showed big variances so all the more reason to view a poll such as KB or even Colin James where averages are used from multiple polls.
    As for biased journalism, both the left and right have accused all reporters as being biased to the other side so I call that a draw.
    Why should I believe what’s written in Dirty Politics is anymore true than what I read on WO is always true?
    I will take it as a compliment if you think I am a politician or aide, what I am is one of the 48% who voted for JK who believes that the direction we are going in is the right direction 🙂

    • karol 11.1

      As for biased journalism, both the left and right have accused all reporters as being biased to the other side so I call that a draw.

      That is a very superficial non-analysis. It’s like saying, “Some people support the All Blacks and some people support Samoa. So the match was a draw”. it ignores what actually happened on the field and the relative strengths of each team.

      Of course there will be people from the left and right who criticise the media. But in order to show a dominant bias, there’s a whole lot of elements that need to be analysed – and it is not about finding bias in one or two selected articles.

      Why should I believe what’s written in Dirty Politics is anymore true than what I read on WO is always true?

      It’s about looking t their research and the evidence they put forward.

    • lprent 11.2

      The problem is that there are too few polls in NZ and their techniques appear to have less to do with statistical validity than they do with entertainment. How else would it be possible have polls taken in the same week that show particular parties with more than a 8% spread when the confidence limit is less than 3%.

      It is just as much a GIGO problem when you mash them up and you only have 5 of them happening about once a month if you are lucky. It is different in the US where the polls are taken by different partisan groups, and there are 10s of them per week.

      It is far better in the NZ environment to look for a single regular poll with a known systematic bias. The probability of error is far lower than using a mashup of dubious statistical validity.

      Why should I believe what’s written in Dirty Politics is anymore true than what I read on WO is always true?

      It has been obvious for people blogging what the Whaleoil blog was doing as far back as 2008. The difference was that it wasn’t verifiable and we didn’t know the extent.

      It has also been obvious that Farrar was at least in part complicit with some of it. That showed up in the synchronised resonance effects that they and some journos did.

      Eventually I and various other bloggers started to independently spike them. It became obvious when they were mounting a political campaign. We’d simply write posts of comments that pointed out the flaws. Periodically various of us would simply attack each of them personally.

      That was pretty much when at least Cameron started to take money to attack people out in businesses.

      You’d have to had been willfully blind to have missed it. But that does seem to be your position.

  12. Annie 12

    God help those 285,000 or so children living in poverty for the next three years.

  13. Disturbed 13

    AW I voted for Robert Muldoon when he was a true National politician but my standards are way beyond choosing this simple yes-man Currency trader.

    Why has Key been at meetings with the controversial Bilderberg group black ops world one order agenda group?

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Banned for 4 weeks for using stupid conspiracy theories that appear to have no basis in fact in a post that has nothing to do with them. If you want to write comments here then please don’t be a dumbarse fuckwit. It just displays that you can’t argue or have problems moving the rust in your brain. I really don’t like seeing the other commenters (and me) bored shitless for a nincompoop who can’t leave nutty conspiracy theories in OpenMike. That is what it is there for. ]

    • Jimmie 13.1

      Yeah ok so the evil Jew John Key is actually a neo nazi, one worlder secretly plotting to rule the whole world. (maybe from his secret bunker in Wellington?)

      Plenty of tinfoil hat material in that statement – big picture though if leftie folk keep thinking that the evil John Key is the reason why they’ve been left in the dust then 2017 is gona go the same as last night.

      [lprent: Banned for 4 weeks for using stupid goodwin and wingnut stereotypes. If you want to write comments here then please don’t be a dumbarse fuckwit. It just display that you can’t argue or have problems moving the rust in your brain. I really don’t like seeing the other commenters (and me) bored shitless for a nincompoop who has to resort to a godwin. ]

      • Richard 13.1.1

        Well even if I ignore the man and his she’ll be right attitude (hard call), the policies are crud. Whats trickle down, English didn’t have a clue how to grow the economy, What else they doing, to grow the economy? create jobs talking the talk lets see them walk the walk they portray at the end of the day I’m worried 88b and climbing it’s got to come down like a Greek temple sooner or later.

      • Jimmie 13.1.2

        Yeah ok. The post I responded to was someone saying that John Key was a secret Bilderberger or something of that ilk. Perhaps my response was a little Godwin however he was the one who brought up the weird conspiracy nonsense.

        [lprent: They also received a ban for a different reason. They put up a comment that had no context with the post. However trolling a troll is just as bad. It encourages them. ]

  14. meconism 14

    What I don’t understand is the number of electorates that voted the Labour constituent in and gave their party vote to National. I do not understand how that happens. I understand splitting the vote to other parties on the left but to give it to the Nats? Also the language of left wing posters here and elsewhere using the following words. “Unbelievable’, ‘gobsmacked’, ‘shocked’, ‘don’t understand’, ‘stunned’, ‘struggle to understand’ and’ beyond incomprehensible’. I am more than faintly suspicious of this result.

    • Blackcap 14.1

      Hi meconism,

      I can maybe help you with that one. I (normally would vote National but voted conservatives this time) but gave my electorate vote to my Labour electorate candidate. He is a good man and as such I would rather have him in parliament representing me than the people not standing in electorates but that make up the Labour list. (ie my bit to oust Little, Ardern, Cosgrove out of power if I could). I am assuming there were many others on the centre right that were thinking along the same lines?
      As an aside, I know there was loud cheering in the National camp when Labour’s Kelvin Davis was getting ahead in TTT. So with MMP all sorts of vagaries are possible. People do think about their vote and do vote tactically.

      • meconism 14.1.1

        Hi BlackCap, Thanks for that, however as you say you ‘assume’. If from your avatar I can suggest a cricketing analogy, if this was an IPL 20/20 match result would you be happy with the ‘perfect’ outcome that has been achieved? If the Nats had written their wishlist for Saturday night it would have looked exactly like this result. Yours suspiciously, Meconism.

        • ma rohemo 14.1.1.1

          It did look too good to be real. Greens sat at an even 10.00% for a long time until it looked like it had stuck.Then it changed ever so slightly so it wasn’t a round figure. All the other parties were knocked back to one, except Hone who sat with a softly eroding 240 votes until I looked back later and saw a 1400 swing towards Davis.

          Where were those polling boxes from? So late and so loaded.

          It has us all wondering around here. Where did all the anger at FJK go to within one day? Anyone I talked to last week was very much against him and his behaviour.

          I would like to see audits of the voting in certain electorates.

          I have no trust in the way this country is run.

          Then just to darken my day FJK makes his first real announcement and it is about our flag.
          They’ll keep people looking at trivia while they sneak off to sign the TTPA.

          • Richard 14.1.1.1.1

            Been working for them well, like it’s all dirty politics from the loony left when all the dirty politicking has been coming from WO the herald and National.

  15. scott1 15

    Media reporting is biased obviously towards exciting outçomes. Like peters as king maker.
    By the way geneally it makes sense to vote against your party in the electorate vvote as list is better according to the party itself.

    • Richard 15.1

      I don’t get it Scott. I put two ticks labour. I thought one was for my local electorate, one was for the party, but I too did not know the local one means nothing. Why? if my local MP wins doesn’t he get into parliament? Yes he does and then I thought if they get enough members elected nationwide that will get them more on the list.

      Hmm how do I explain this so you understand..

      I thought the list was decided by how many MP’s were actually elected in local seats, the more seats a party wins the more list members they can invite. This maybe a common misconception.

      Last election it was local vote labour, party vote NZ first a I was sure Goff would not win, others would help Labour and I could also get Winny in to help the left keep key in check. At that time the country was stalking Key, this time I thought the gloss and BS had finally fell off. Sadly mistaken I was.

      You see, without knowing how list members get into government it’s easy to make a complete cock-up of your voting strategy.

      • lprent 15.1.1

        Nope. The party vote is usually the only one that counts. It determines how many seats a party has in parliament.

        The number of list MPs for a party is the number of seats entitled from the party vote, less the number of electorate seats.

        After that there are all kinds of quirks, but that is the essentials.

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  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    5 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    1 day ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    4 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    5 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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    5 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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    5 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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    5 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
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    6 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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    6 days ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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    6 days ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
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  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
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  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
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  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Better Later Life launched
    The Government’s plan to help older New Zealanders live well, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, was launched by Seniors Minister Tracey Martin today. “Better Later Life takes a fresh look at what is required to ensure everyone gets the chance to live well as they ...
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  • Wood fibre to unlock our low emissions future
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    2 weeks ago