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Mount Albert Labour goes active

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labour-candidates-for-mt-albertOn the way to the Question & Answer session for the Mount Albert Labour selection candidates, it was clear that the campaign has kicked off.  The hall is slowly filling up, and it looks like the seats are all full. You’ll see a photo (from the iphone) of candidates on the front table just as the meeting started.

It is likely that local issues are going to be a very strong part of this campaign. Issues like the NACT super-city botch-up, the stalled train station upgrades after NACT stopped the financing, the changes to the state highway 20 where NACT is ‘reviewing’ the existing design to something that is noisier and far more intrusive to the local community, the doubling of the size of St Lukes mall using the NACT minimal protection RMA, etc. It will be interesting to see what the candidates for selection have to say.

Mt Albert Labour HoardingThe first hoardings are up from Labour (left), and I’m sure that I saw some from other parties at Point Chev. Apparently the door-knocking, pamphlets and phone canvassing is all underway for this seven week campaign. Don’t wait for the selection of a candidate, if you want to volunteer, then the Labour by-election is all ready to use your support effectively.

It will be exhausting.

So far the Q&A has been very interesting. The choices will be hard, but I’m sure that I will get a great candidate from it.

I managed to get a copy of the initial hoardings. Looks like a very local campaign, but that is my ‘home’ electorate. The waffle that John Key likes to push won’t work too well here. However I’m sure that he will turn up doing publicity stunts in support of whichever candidate National selects.

68 comments on “Mount Albert Labour goes active”

  1. Good billboards. Simple message and effective I reckon.

    However, just a point about the St Lukes expansion. The Plan Change for it is currently in the notification period so it will all be conducted under the existing RMA rules. But who am I to let the facts get in the way of a good story 😉

  2. mike 2

    You should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decsion to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • lprent 2.1

      mike: I didn’t mention the greens? Why did you? Trying to divert away from the post?

      This was a post on a Labour meeting I was attending.

  3. Sarah 3

    And was David Shearer able to answer a single question on local issues? Brian Edwards calls him a carpetbagger in his post today!

    • And what is Melissa Lee? or Russell Norman. (if not carpet baggers).

    • lprent 3.2

      Sarah – you are wrong. David Shearer has had a house in Kingsland for a while.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a public fool of yourself.

    • FALEFONO 3.3

      I was at the meeting yesterday and I have to say I was disappointed by Shearer. He came across as lacklustre, dithering, completely out of touch with any of the issues, and like he was treating the selection as just a formaility.

      Fryer and Varianathan were both quite good.

      But the clear winner of all three rounds was Bates. She was stunning, like Clark Mk 2 but with good looks and a GSOH.

      That will put Goff in a very awkward position if he still wants to support Shearer after the Q+A embarrasment. If he does it will be clear to at least the 100 members there that talent was not the deciding factor.

  4. The Shearer phenomenon is particulaly interesting and has invited accusations of carpetbagging. Which is rather different, Sarah, from calling him a carpetbagger. I didn’t. See http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2009/04/mt-albert-musings/ I was responding to Matt McCarten’s piece in today’s SST.

    • I find it interesting that Matt always talks as if he knows what is going on inside the Labour Party (I wonder who he gets his information from?). He often turns out to be very very far from the truth.

    • Tane 4.2

      McCarten’s a funny one. I don’t know whether it’s the concering amount of time he spends in the company of the lunatic right or if it’s his just his usual sectarianism, but he certainly gives the impression these days that he’s unwittingly running lines for the right.

      Why else do you think David Farrar quotes him at length on his blog nearly every week and Hooton boosts him in his columns and radio appearances at every opportunity?

  5. outofbed 5

    Mike spot the difference
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the greens as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.
    you should be spraying some of your misguided venom towards the Labour party as it will be their decision to put up a strong candidate that will ultimately turn Mt Albert blue.

    • Outofbed

      I do not understand.

      It is a Labour held seat and the Greens are putting up probably their best candidate. This increases the chance of National winning it. If National does then the centre left will not win the next election. The sort of idiocy that we have seen towards environmental action over the past 6 months will continue and probably be enhanced.

      I have been scratching my head trying to think why and the only justification I can think of is that the Greens want to supplant Labour as the majority left wing party. New Zealand’s history has had other examples of such titanic battles, interestingly National was or became the government during the time of each of these.

      The Green’s miscalculation IMHO is that they can now be painted as National’s poodles, willing to side to a reactionary government that does not believe in climate change so that its members can have the occasional cup of tea with Ministers.

      • QoT 5.1.1

        micky,

        I don’t necessarily agree with outofbed’s position, but the fact remains that just because Mt Albert is currently a Labour-held seat it doesn’t give Labour dibs on standing the only left-wing/left-of-centre candidate.

        Sure, we can say “the Greens standing Norman splits the vote giving National a greater chance.”

        But it is equally true that Labour is just as capable as the Greens of *not* standing in the seat. Yes, it’s ridiculously unlikely. But it takes two to split a vote.

        Besides which, this is like the posts about people voting for the Workers’ Party or RAM at the last general election, and some writers here basically blaming those voters for Labour’s loss. These voters aren’t stupid. If they want to elect a Labour candidate they’ll vote for the Labour candidate. If they don’t want to, they won’t. Strangely, not everyone on the left considers a Labour-led government their default goal.

        • mickysavage 5.1.1.1

          QoT

          I think it is different because this is a FPP election and the Greens are standing their leader. They could fight the good fight and go for John Carapiet who I understand is respected or they can go with Russell Norman and it then like they want to maximise their vote.

          They have chosen to do this, it is beyond what could reasonably be expected. It could damage Labour’s chances.

          RAM and the workers are small enough they will not do any damage. The Greens can campaign as hard as they want at a MMP election, no problems. But this is FPP. This reminds me of 1975 when an enthusiastic dedicated group formed Values and let Muldoon into power.

          For those on the left like it or not Labour has to be the default goal. After 6 months of environmental policy destruction, fire at will and tax cuts for the rich only, dare I say it, there is no alternative.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.1

            And … exactly what reason is there for the Greens not to stand Norman?

            Because seriously, this argument seems to come down to “Labour has dibs on Mt Albert!”

            No one’s forcing Labour to stand a candidate either. This is FPP. They could, just like the Greens, just like ANY party, stand a strong viable candidate to maximise their vote. Or they can not.

            End of the day, Mt Albert voters get to choose who they want as their member of Parliament. And just like RAM voters and Workers’ Party voters, they’re not morons who need their field of candidates narrowed to a single left/right choice in order to know what they’re doing.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.2

            QoT,

            Local electorates are local electorates. By carpet bagging the Greens are treating the electoral process and the voters of Mt Albert with the contempt that is traditional from Labour and National.

            IMO the Greens should run a hard campaign for Mt Albert with a Mt Albert candidate.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.3

            Sure, Anita. Because National and Labour are both going to totally run their Most Genuine 100% Mt Albertonian candidates, and not the ones with better campaigning skills or higher profiles or anything.

            While we’re speaking on a “pointing out the fucking obvious in a condescending tone” basis, just because you call something carpet bagging and state that it’s a bad thing does not actually make it either.

          • Anita 5.1.1.1.4

            QoT,

            As I think I said, i wouldn’t expect any better from Labour or National. Yeah they both carpet bag, yeah it bugs me, but as I have pretty low opinions of both it doesn’t strike me as worth commenting on. I like to imagine that the Greens hold themselves a little higher and behave a little better; not in this case 🙁

            I’d be interested to hear an argument that Norman is not carpetbagging.

            As for why I think it’s bad MMP is designed to be a blend of proportional and local representation. The point of the local electorate is solely to provide local representation about local issues without affecting the overall proprtionality of the house. So if, for example, I lived in Motueka I could expect the Greens to represent my political views, but Chris Auchenvole to make sure my local issues were handled. Carpet bagging leads to poor prioritisation of local issues (which the Greens are supposed to believe are very important) and can lead to deliberate distortion of proportionality (which the Greens…).

  6. Just a quick piece of feedback.

    Please put “Vote Labour” on the election hoarding. It’s just not very clear which party we should be supporting just by looking at them.

    Cheers,
    Francois

  7. Sweetd 7

    Mickysavage

    I foresee the greens fate worse than you predict. They will become the new NZ First. That is, easily moving from left to right depending on what way the wind is blowing, but in doing so they will explain to the public, this is to further green cause; in effect it will be to be distrusted by both labour and national.

    The greens want to not been seen as mini labour, and putting in a strong candidate are showing that. But, I think they may be cutting off their nose to spite their face, in that the long term waves of this action will echo for a very long time and they will forever be on the outer no matter what party is in.

    Or, maybe its just too much cab sav…

  8. outofbed 8

    In some ways we see Labour and National as both side of the same coin
    put really simply
    Both want to grow the economy at the expense of the environment
    The way they cut up and share the pie is the difference.

    How can we get exposure for our brand of politics if we do not take this
    kind of opportunity
    We are an independent party after all

    As I tongue in cheek said before if the Labour Party wanted to achieve Socail justice, one way would be to want a Green electorate MP in Mount Albert as that would strenghten the Greens who are more a natural ally to Lab then Nats

    I disagree that National winning MA would make any difference to the centre left winning the next election.

    What is more likely to let the Tories win Is Labour not be an effective opposition with a poor choice of leader as is the case now

  9. gfraser 9

    Anyone else think that the MSM are doing a top job for National for the upcoming by election?
    I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose”
    Ralstons column in the Herald today could have came straight from the Nats HQ and finally this evening TV3 trumpeting the fact the Goff is 3rd in the preferred PM stakes.
    I hope that the voters of Mt. Albert are not as easily swayed as the rest of the country was by this B.S.

    • I agree GF, it feels like a fight on many fronts at the one time …

    • Daveski 9.2

      I have heard on Morning Report “that National are underdogs and have nothing to lose’

      So the MSM now gets it for accurate reporting?? Which part of that is unreasonable or indeed erroneous?

  10. Doug 10

    gfraser
    Why blame the MSM when Labour are doing such a good job of making fools of themselves, fancy starting a campaign without a Candidate. If Labour thought Judith was to old, Shearer is even older the party seems to be going backwards.

    • lprent 10.1

      Why not. The candidate is not likely to win the campaign, although they could lose it.

      The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

      I think that the Nats just have sour grapes because they don’t know how to get working early enough. Incidentally in Mt Albert terms, this is a really short campaign. We usually start about a year out from the election.

  11. Julie 11

    Do you know when the selection is likely to be finalised for any of the candidates lprent?

    I would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian 😉

    • lprent 11.1

      From memory Labour and the Nats are end of next week. I don’t get all that fussed about candidates. If they’re any good then they’ll trust people to do what needs to be done.

  12. Julie,

    I heard from the grapevine that it will be finalized by Sunday at the latest.

  13. outofbed 13

    “would have thought if we are going to get all bogged down in carpetbagging that Norman wins that hands down – he’s Australian”

    throws hands in air and gives up

    • BLiP 13.1

      Yeah, me too, OOB. I’ve given up on the political process as being the best medium for promoting environmental iniatives while the current bunnies flop around and get subsumed into a Blue-Green tinge. Direct action is where its at. Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.

      • The Baron 13.1.1

        “Just a couple of high exposure stunts highlighting environmental hazards in the Mt Albert area will have more impact than six weeks of Norman puddling around and preening before the cameras.”

        God, I didn’t realise that Mt Albert was such an ecological wasteland. My oh my, BLiP – you standing outside the Kingslander pointing at cigarette butts is bound to swing the vote your way.

        Head for the hills Ma – environMENTAL catastrophy is a-comin!

  14. Tim Ellis 14

    I think it’s good that Labour have got their hoardings up, but it looks like Labour were more interested in getting sites established and a monopoly on public hoardings rather than getting the proper message across. A good strategic move in that respect.

    As for the message itself, I think it is pretty lame. It looks very much like it could have been on behalf of the NZ First party. It doesn’t have any clear association with Labour. If the party was really proud of itself, then it would have a big Labour association.

    It’s amusing to note two things relating to the authorisation statement: firstly, it refers to Mike Smith, who’s based in Wellington. I think this is ironic, given that Labour is promoting itself as having a local candidate to “put Labour first”. Secondly Labour has done away with the home address requirement for authorisation statements that Labour defended so vigorously under the EFA. They’ve put up Mike Smith’s work address rather than his home address.

  15. I don’t know much about them but I’m inclined to agree with David Farrar that it’s a 2 horse race between

    Shearer, darling of the Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10568104

    and Bates, who’s getting this kind of ultra vitriolic attack from the arch right
    https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=19786816&postID=5347170598605038758

    hmm, i wonder which candidate the right are actually worried about?

  16. Pat 16

    The great irony is that Labour’s strongest candidate was Twyford. No-one, left or right, doubted that he would win the seat.

    Look’s like Shearer has 3 votes out of 7 already, so it all comes down to the local party admin who have the ability to nobble him if they can all back someone else like Meg Bates.

  17. the sprout 17

    I’m not so sure Shearer has unanimous Head Office backing. I agree he looks great on paper, but looking at her website I think Bates would clearly be the better candidate to canibalize the Green vote – which I think is why the right are so septic about her. Well, that and the fact she reminds them of their greatest nemesis!

    • Tim Ellis 17.1

      That is an interesting analysis sprout. Bates certainly would seem to be the ideal candidate for Labour if the Greens weren’t running a candidate, to unify the left-wing vote, but that prospect seems to have gone out the door with Russel Norman standing.

  18. Pat 18

    Once again, I think Labour are in danger of falling into carefully laid traps by reading too much into what is posted on Right-wing blogs. i.e. the right are septic about Meg Bates, therefore she must be the best candidate.

    I think the Nats would be overjoyed to see Meg Bates get the nod ahead of Twyford and Shearer.

  19. cassidy 19

    Yeh go Meg Bates – or should I say Megabates! Brains, confidence, knowledge, youth and a woman what more could Labour want for its rejuvenation. A second Helen Clark in the makings. The Labour Party needs both Meg and David – excellent candidates BUT why stand David in a electorate that he knows little about and has no current feelings for…Don’t push Meg aside Phil, give David another electorate to stand in so you get both!! Mt Albert is Meg’s town as she showed with much aplomb in the Qand A session.

  20. Stephen 20

    I think Mt Albert-ers would be a little cautious about installing a professional student as their MP…

    edit: whoops, tutor too.

  21. the sprout 21

    you mean like Helen Clark was when they first elected her?

  22. Stephen 22

    the sprout,

    I should’ve said I was aware of that! Things change – I think Melissa Lee’s record compares very favourably when measured against Bates’, but then in the end it’ll all be about policies…right right right. I think Bates’ youth will probably count against her a bit too…

  23. dave 23

    Lprent
    The campaign in Mt Albert will be won largely on the ground with door-knocking, phone-canvassing, hoardings, message, etc. Most of that doesn’t depend on having a candidate – they are there largely for the debates and baby-kissing.

    AMAZING!. candidates are there just for baby kissing and debates. This is a by-election Lynn. People will vote for and and elect a candidate to ” put Mt Albert first”. Not put Labour first, National first

    No candidates, no by-election.By-elections depend on having candidates. Got it? Labour has no confirmed candidate. That Labour billboard is bit like saying “go to the back of the line” when you don’t know which line you are talking about. You just know you have to go to the back of the line.

    • lprent 23.1

      After the candidates are selected it will be 6 week campaign in an electorate of 45,000 registered voters. Do the maths. A single candidate will not be able to contact more than a small percentage of the electorate. However the parties will. It will largely be a party campaign

  24. Meg 25

    Hi Stephen, just by way of clarification, I am the Head Tutor in the Politics Department.

    This means I am involved in the hiring of a staff of up to 18 that I then train, manage and advocate for. This involves all of the things people like to attribute to the “real world”- budgets, contracts, HR skills, and involves my teaching experience within the discipline of politics.

    I have also been lecturing in New Zealand politics. Please feel free to check out my site to prevent further confusion.

    Cheers

    • The Baron 25.1

      Tally ho, sounds like you’re uniquely suited to parliament then. Surely the theory can’t be that different to reality, right?

    • had enough 25.2

      HI Meg have you got some real life skills with which you can actually relate to the real people of MT Albert with?

      • QoT 25.2.1

        Because the people of Mt Albert totally have a history of rejecting candidates bagged by the nutters of the right for their tertiary education experience.

        Captcha: National voguish. Worrying.

  25. Sarah 26

    You’re a rude little fellow, aren’t you, Iprent? If you read it properly, you’ll see there are no “facts” in my comment, other than a reference to a post. And John Key has a house in Hawaii – does that make him an expert on Hawaiian affairs?

    • lprent 26.1

      I was correcting you saying that he was a carpet bagger. Brian Edwards didn’t as he explained above, and he was was who you attributed the ‘fact’ to. Therefore the ‘fact’ can only be attributed to you.

      Perhaps you should check your facts before making a fool of yourself in public.

      • Tim Ellis 26.1.1

        I find the whole carpet-bagging accusation a bit tiresome, to be frank. Auckland has a very high proportion of transient people who come in and out of electorates anyway. People don’t normally live in the same houses all their lives. Many MPs on both sides of the House didn’t live in their electorates before representing them: Annette King, Trevor Mallard, and probably a few National MPs as well. John Key, David Cunliffe, and Phil Goff don’t even live in their electorates now.

        lp, have you got verification on whether David Shearer has recently lived in the electorate?

  26. gobsmacked 27

    If we’re talking head office versus locals, why is National’s two-time local candidate getting shoved out by a sitting MP?

    There are already a few rumblings of discontent in the sizeable Mt Albert Indian community at this prospect. Something missed by Pakeha MSM commentators (who think Asians are basically all the same, but do serve nice food).

  27. Sarah 28

    Might be a good idea to work out the difference between a fact and an opinion. I didn’t say Shearer was a carpetbagger – others did. And that’s opinion.

  28. Stephen 29

    Thanks Meg. I had read your website bio, but it didn’t really say what you just said about what being a head tutor involves, which is more than I thought. What I do like about ‘real world’ (read private sector) experience is that it involves more than a little exposure to issues that the tax base who provide our salaries faces (I work at a uni too). Just a small personal bias of mine – you’re obviously no idiot, so we’ll see what happens!

  29. Stephen 30

    I think the weird Wall Street stuff should be a different sector in its self.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    4 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    7 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    2 weeks ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    19 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
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    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
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    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
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    12 hours ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
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    12 hours ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
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    12 hours ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
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    16 hours ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
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    17 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
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    19 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
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    19 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
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    1 day ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
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    2 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
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    2 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
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    2 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • 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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