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Open mike 17/11/2011

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  1. freedom 1

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5981284/MPs-get-pay-rise-package-of-7000
    If one of the Parties had a social conscience they would be smart and pool all their members ‘pay raises’ and donate it to charity or simply return it to the people of NZ. A token yes, but one with value.

    It is long accepted by many that the pay rates for MPs has gotten well out of hand and i am sorry but $400,000 to have the honour of being your country’s Prime Minister is more than sufficient.

    If you want to earn big bucks go work in the private sector.
    If you want to serve your country why should it matter what the private sector are paying?

    p.s. you will also notice comments are not turned on for this article.

    • Ben 1.1

      I also notice they’re not turned on for this bit of National propaganda from Stuff:
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5982733/Labours-new-ad-short-on-facts-Joyce

      So let me get this straight: Instead of actually looking at the information presented in Labour’s ad, determining the depth of truth and then putting questions to the National Party, Danya Levy asked “Do you agree?” to which the predictable response is “No” from Steven Joyce. (Then they wrap Joyce’s response as the headline – I notice the headline as written on the main page is “Labour’s new ad ‘short on facts'” without quoting the source of that comment. Interesting.)

      Surely if there was an ounce of journalism in this, they would have at least investigated whether Labour’s claims were fact and presented them to Joyce in a robust way, rather than just phoning him up and saying “hey give us something to write to make you look good.”

      The media in this country let us down something remarkable – especially FairFax.

      If anyone wants to see how to do proper political journalism, watch practically any interview done by Stephen Sackur of the BBC. The John Key HardTalk interview is a good start.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Fairfax has also shown bias in its handling of recent Labour advertising in Auckland.  At some expense Labour has purchased the footer on the front page of all of the Fairfax owned Suburban Newspapers.  In at least three of these papers the same piece of “editorial” by John Key about Surf Lifesaving is placed immediately above the Labour ad on the front page.  There is no promoter statement and stating Key’s support for surf lifesaving is the sort of copy money normally cannot buy. It reads like something his PR department wrote.

        I have blogged about it here

        I cannot believe how appallingly bad this is.  I hope Labour demands its money back. 

    • freedom 1.2

      addendum: Stuff have now switched comments on

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      It is long accepted by many that the pay rates for MPs has gotten well out of hand and i am sorry but $400,000 to have the honour of being your country’s Prime Minister is more than sufficient.

      I agree with the Alliance. All MPs should get the same rate and that rate should be the same as what teachers get paid.

    • freedom 1.4

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5981284/MPs-get-pay-rise-package-of-7000

      richard # 10 threw in a very interesting bunch of questions
      “Richard #10 08:44 am Nov 17 2011
      ‘Opposition Leader’ is an interesting concept these days. Do all opposition party leaders get that, or just the leader of the biggest one? Does signing a coalition agreement cost you the bonus? A memorandum of understanding? And what if the opposition party has co-leaders – do they all get it, or have to split the difference from the backbencher salary?”

      can any of the experts out there offer any clarity for the befuddled masses?

  2. National circus versus good old fashioned election meetings going strong in Dunedin.

  3. Yesterday I was on the Vinny Eastwood show and had the chance to ask one of my heroes some questions about the international finance world and John Key.

    Gordon Duff is the senior editor of Veterans today, an online publication which dwarfs many conventional media outlets and has millions of followers and which addresses many controversial issues such as international finance and banking corruption (Gordon Duff has been in the banking business and is a whistleblower) 911 and the ongoing criminal wars. Here is what he had to say and about 20 minutes in hear what he has to say about John Key. the total interview is about 1:25.

    Added to that here is a copy of an email exchange I had with Gordon Duff after the show:

    Hi Gordon,

    I was on Vinnies show with you and that more or less cancels out the previous email I send you.

    I am left with one question with regards to our National debt. When John Key took power we were in the plus. No huge debt. Now three years later we are $ 40 billion (only four million people here) in debt. Does this mean that John Key just made a fortune for his former bosses?
    His answer:

    yes
     
    but also…there will be “off the books” debt which will be migrated into the public sector…
     
    this would be his “tasking”
     
    g

    The “off the books debt” he is referring to is the tactic of keeping risky financial investments out of the normal day to day bookkeeping such as this example but when they collapse into no value at all try to get them reinbursed dollar for dollar from the taxpayer.

     

  4. vto 4

    All you politicians out there bank the yearly pay rise, while workers lose jobs and get told to take 25% pay cuts at Marton meatworks.

    Fletchers, the largest construction outfit in the country and responsible for Chch rebuild, fires loads of workers due to the downturn, while Fletchers directors pocket increased pay packets of $500,000.

    National govt cuts funding to DOC and increases funding to the Mining dept.

    National govt sells the people’s power stations and gives the money to farmers for irrigation.

    National govt increases taxes on the poor and gives tax breaks to the rich.
    .
    .
    .
    can anyone see a pattern here? A pattern so heavy that if it continues at this rate for another three years all those gated communities and houses may find their gates on the street. Bullshit arseholes.

    • s y d 4.1

      and the biggest shareholder in Fletchers is……

      Total Number of Shares: 680739504 Extensive Shareholding:Yes
      Allocation 1: 296215920 shares

      NEW ZEALAND CENTRAL SECURITIES DEPOSITORY LIMITED

      2 The Terrace, Wellington ,

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    National must really be losing control, if they are even losing control of Armstrong

    National’s safety-first election campaign has been thrown seriously out of kilter as John Key stumbles from one tactical blunder to the next.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10766622

    • Tigger 5.1

      This worried me though “The puzzle is why someone who handled the Pike River mine disaster and the Christchurch earthquakes with aplomb is tripping up on something trivial in comparison.”. It’s obvious what the problem is, this is about Key and, egomaniacal sociopath that he is, can’t cope with criticism or looking bad,

      • Lanthanide 5.1.1

        I saw a big long interview with Key in the paper sometime during the world cup, didn’t read it but glanced at a little of it. In it he said that he came very close to resigning as PM after the Feb 22nd quake, when on that night or the next day he said something like 90 people were dead, when there was no actual evidence for it at the time. Subsequent events eclipsed his statement so he was ok, but he said that if it turned out he was wrong, that he would have resigned.

        That doesn’t seem like he “handled [it] with aplomb” to me. He was making shit up as he went along and managed to get away with it.

        See also: “money is no object”, and yet the bodies are still down there.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    NZ Herald says John Key has 98% approval rating

    Welcome to the socialist society of big business CEOs.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10766423

  7. Carol 7

    Little getting favourable coverage:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/campaign-trail/5981888/Labours-Little-in-poll-jolt

    New Plymouth’s history as a litmus test on election day looks set to continue.

    In a surprise result after last night’s Taranaki Daily News candidate debate, an exit poll of those attending gave Labour’s Andrew Little a resounding thumbs-up for his performance.

  8. Jackal 8

    Steven Joyce pipes up

    After largely remaining silent during the election campaign, Steven Joyce has finally piped up and made a press release on National’s website today…

  9. Deuto 9

    Yet another odd twist to the ACT saga today with Boscawen indicating an about-face to his retirement.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2011/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503012&objectid=10766591

  10. RobM 10

    Reading this the theme tune to Prisoner kept popping into my head (swapping inside for outside):

    http://www.listener.co.nz/nz-election-2011-live/thursday-17-november-what-really-matters/

    TV3′s political editor, Duncan Garner, has been on Firstline describing how the prime minister he knew has changed. It’s like I don’t even know him any more, he almost says. Will they air the tapes? “Where we stand is this: we are reviewing our decisions daily. We understand the law, and this stage we have decided not to run the tapes. But of course there’s today and tomrorow and Saturday and Sunday, so we will just see. I mean the level of public interest has really become quite immense … There are some legitimate questions here … Yes, John Key is trying to create a wedge between the public and the media, so people don’t like the media, but I think there’s enough public interest in these tapes now to come out.”

    And on Banks? “I believe John Banks is now misleading the New Zealand public.”

    • mik e 10.1

      The fickleness of fame
      Has left Liar Key very lame
      While he ducks now for cover
      Its the Media which once loved him is to blame
      A lot of pain for a man so vain

      • RobM 10.1.1

        He used to buy me rosé,
        I wish he would again.
        But I was on the inside,
        And things were different then

    • Colonial Viper 10.2

      http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-Duncan-Garner-on-the-teapot-tapes/tabid/370/articleID/233018/Default.aspx

      This is clip with Garner. He also says that an invitation for Key to appear on the Nation to talk about the big issues stands – but that Key will no doubt be a no show.

      Wow.

      • Jim Nald 10.2.1

        Nice for a change to see Key now screwing the media.

        Maybe the media might now develop a tinge of empathy for Key and Warner Bros?
        /sarc

        • Campbell Larsen 10.2.1.1

          The media are looking out for themselves as they always do.
          While I welcome the newfound criticism of Shonkeys duck and dive, I cannot purge my mind of the weeks and weeks of duplicity from some members of the press and branches of the MSM. What is certain is that in the eyes of many this debacle ‘proves’ that the MSM is not biased – well I am not convinced. Instead I will be taking a different realization from these recent events – I believe that the MSM and it’s owners are actually quite sensitive to accusations of complicity. The Herald for example had been doing a rather poor job of countering accusations of bias, relying on ‘letters’ to the editor to argue their innocence.
          One only has to contemplate the ramifications of a controlled and contrived MSM and the implications on democracy to realize that if a case is made against one then the evidence damns both. The media has chosen to sacrifice the credibility of Shonkey rather than loose their own. Should they be applauded for that?
          A much larger game is being played here – the publics perception of a free press is necessary prerequisite for the MSM to have any influence.
          My guess is that this recent fiasco was intended to reassure people that the Media did not exhibit favoritism towards the Nats but unintentionally has gone too far, actually damaging brand Shonkey.
          The meaningless sound bites uttered by our so called PM are becoming so weird sounding an repetitive that i’m sure that a parrot could inject more human emotion into the words – but still the MSM records and rebroadcasts them with nary a mention or a challenge in regard to this peculiar affectation – people don’t speak like that. It needs to be challenged.

          • Deuto 10.2.1.1.1

            Some intersting points there worth thinking about, Campbell. Think we will get a better idea as things play out.

            And, having five parrots, I agree re your comments about them!

      • RobM 10.2.2

        Garner seems genuinely surprised. From the above clip just prior to the invitation:

        ” . . . I’ve never seen him like this to be honest, when we’ve asked questions in the past
        the access has always been good, he’s always been pretty upfront, in my view, started to lose it a bit a few weeks ago ’round Standard and Poors and the credit downgrade and since then I think we’re starting to see the changing face of the Prime Minister and that’s what you see with stress.”

  11. Jackal 11

    LOL

    Politicians as spammers

    You’re not talking to a human being; you’re talking to a pre-programmed spambot wearing a meat-puppet.

  12. the debate last night highlighted some interesting aspects

    Hone is a rangatira, a leader and what’s more he stays on message and that message is all about the poor and disadvantaged in our society. Sure some will still not like him but others will be realising the spin that they have accepted about hone is just not the reality. Anyone serious about advancing social justice and equality issues must surely now be considering a Mana Party vote and if so – do it!

    I can understand the affection still between tariana and hone – I feel it too – when I watch tariana I feel like I’m watching a auntie, a relly, kin. I am hopeful that the two parties can sort it out after the vote – they will, but the tuākana/taina relationship may not be as expected.

  13. The Voice of Reason 13

    Key’s strategy of pissing off the media takes a new turn with the Police demanding 4 news organisations dob in their sources for the tea tape stories.

  14. joe90 14

    The SPLC winter edition with articles about the hate groups gathering in Montana, the American Family Association’s hate and the resurgence of the neo-confederates.

  15. The Voice of Reason 15

    And now Labour release the Letterman Top Ten list Key didn’t read out on the show:
     
    LABOUR’S LATEST TOP TEN – NATIONAL’S BROKEN PROMISES
    1. GST was increased to 15 per cent.
    2. The wage gap with Australia has increased by $32 a week.
    3. 100,000 New Zealanders have left for Australia.
    4. Budget 2011 cut over $400 million from Working for Families by reducing payments through changing abatement rates and thresholds.
    5. National is already spending the money from their partial asset sales policy and Treasury has already hired an Australian investment banking firm as an adviser on the asset sales.
    6. The underclass has grown with 32,000 more children living in benefit dependent households over the past three years.
    7. National passed legislation that halved the KiwiSaver member tax credit in year starting 1 July 2011.
    8. Only a fraction of the jobs promised from the national cycleway have materialised.
    9. Early Childhood Education subsidies were changed.
    10. The 2010 ”tax switch” has not been fiscally neutral, as promised.

    • Enough is Enough 15.1

      Brilliant List

      However this should have been on boards and on tv for the past month. These kind of facts haven’t been presented to the public in a n effective way and I fear there is now not enough time for them to sink in.

      Memorise this list people and remind your mates of theses facts before they vote next week.

  16. Bored 16

    Election issues….dictatorship in Canterbury. Remember Key and crew taking over ECAN with a commissioner????? All powerful and ready to go and gift whatever to the vested interests?

    Talking to a buddy today he told me that the Conservation Order on the Rakaia was in Madam Bazleys (the Commisioner) hands and that submissions close tomorrow. He basically reckoned (and I dont doubt he is going to be proven correct) that the existing Conservation order would be overturned and water extraction below current minimum flows would be allowed 20 days per year. This is all in favour of providing dairy farmers water on dry country.

    The powers given Bazley cannot be challenged, it is a dictatorship. That is the real nature of Nacts approach to the environment.

    For the record the downstream effects: higher groundwater pollution in the Selwyn catchment, and the further endangering of a very rare bird that lives on the Rakaia river bed (wrybill plover), stuffing up the river as a fishery. Its a great example of power and money driving environmental destruction and species extinction. All for a few more cows.

    • vto 16.1

      I have given up on the Canterbury Plains. This is now a highly developed and barren wasteland industrial zone. Quite why farmers think how lovely it is working in the natural environment I do not know. Go into the mid-Plains and there aint a single drop of nature – it is all foreign grasses, no native bush, polluted groundwater (Dunsandel water supply now requires treatment courtesy of Hubbard’s cows next door), metallic irrigation machinery, roads, houses and hedges of gorse and gum tree.

      It is a wasteland. As is, in fact, most of NZ’s countryside courtesy of our farming sector who have had to totally wreck the natural environment in order for them to make more and more money.

      It is the great shame.

      And yep, the Ecan dicactorship is pure evil. Sent in to do a job. The job is being done. The Canterbury Plains are all over. It’s fucked.

      • Bored 16.1.1

        Actually I laughed like crazy at people who were describing the Rena oil spills in the BoP as NZs biggest environmental disaster, and all the media focus it got. I told them to go to Lake Ellesmere and have a good hard look. I should have said Canterbury, or Manawatu etc etc. You are so right, its fucked.

        • McFlock 16.1.1.1

          while I agree re: water quality etc, I’ve never understood the fixation on “native” vs “exotic” plants. Yes, native species needs to be preserved and NZ is the best/only place to preserve them, but gorse and oak and pine etc are just as nice (it’s just a pity some types have a tendency to crowd out everything else).
           
           

          • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1.1

            (it’s just a pity some types have a tendency to crowd out everything else).

            Which is why they’re a problem – that crowding out destroys the native plants.

            • McFlock 16.1.1.1.1.1

              My issue is more that in a garden or a field apparently native species are “good”, but imported species are “bad” (regardless of noxious status in the area). I just don’t get it. Oak is just as nice a pohutakawa

              • vto

                Mr McFlock my point was about the wholesale destruction of the NZ biosphere so more and more money can be made from farming (which we all bear responsibility for given its 100 year timeframe). One-off trees, sure, oaks and willows are lovely jubbly but they don’t even come close to thousands of square kilometres of NZ goodness.

                Good luck in trying to replace the entire flora and fauna using oak trees and cuckoos …..

                My point is perhaps assisted by explanation. I sometimes head out to bays and beaches on Banks Peninsula (lordy I give away so much personal info someone’s going to spring me one day) and they are generally completely devastated. Nearly all surface area is bare foreign grassland. Now, imagine if these bays were still resplendent in the full regalia of untouched aotearoan wilderness. And then multiply that across the country. Much of NZ’s biospehere has been wiped out in order to support a few uneconomic sheep. May have seemed the right thing to do at the time but in hindsight no way.

                And this entire outlook imo applies, or rather should apply, to the current continuing biospherical destruction of the Canterbury Plains and its rivers for what will, after the boom, be uneconomic moo cows. We are just eating it up for no genuine benefit. The Canterbury Plains is the country’s largest industrial zone. Check it out. Drive down the roads. Try walking across the paddocks. You will get no sense of nature but you will get a sense of industrial food production and an environment laid to waste.

                That’s why I say it’s fucked.

                • McFlock

                  what is wrong with grassland or tussock?
                  You’ll get no argument about the quality of the waterways, or the use of fossil hydrocarbons to make fertilizers. But green fields are just as nice as a bit of bush.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    But green fields are just as nice as a bit of bush.

                    No, they aren’t. Bush has far more boo-diversity in it and is thus much nicer. Then there’s the fact that bush is the natural filter that keeps the streams and rivers clean.

                  • vto

                    Excuse me for disagreeing but there aint no comparison between large scale grass from the northern hemisphere and large scale full blown virgin NZ bush. In both quantity and quality terms. When the first peoples (white and brown) made it to these shores the dawn chorus of birdsong each and every morning was apparently deafening. You know, so loud that you had to yell to hear yourself speak. So imagine the birdlife, for one part, that would abound in, say a 500ha patch of dirt. Now, walk into a 500ha grass paddock. See the difference? And that is even before starting on the giant kauir, matai, rimu, etc and on it goes and goes and goes…

                    I would hazard a guess that the bio life in a grass paddock would be less than 1% of the bio life in a wilderness bush.

                    I am not addressing the obvious follow question – namely, what would NZ have done if it had not farmed, but I’m sure the people would not have starved. I am merely painting a picture of background to provide some context for the destruction being wrought on the Canterbury Plains.

                  • McFlock

                    well what about the high country tussock lands, e.g. central otago?

                    Although I will say that part of keeping the rivers clean with farming going on is planting tree and wetlands along the edges – and willows seem to do quite nicely for that.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.2

          Actually I laughed like crazy at people who were describing the Rena oil spills in the BoP as NZs biggest environmental disaster, and all the media focus it got.

          Well, I didn’t laugh at the assertion but I did question it. Our biggest environmental disaster is farming.

        • kriswgtn 16.1.1.3

          Ohau river not much better m8

  17. kriswgtn 17

    Police are executing search warrants on News Media re any evidence to do with the tea party fiasco

    Wonder if after this the MSM will be up Keys ass like they are @ the moment or go after the bastard

    Mammoth fail DonKey

  18. Jim Nald 18

    Fantastic to see the 1% love Key and want votes to go his way!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10766423

    The 99% know what to do next.

  19. vto 20

    The Great Earth Monster lurking under Christchurch just shat its pants again seemingly right under our house. Aint had a good rattle like that for a while. What a drainer this ongoing shaking is ……….

    If Key really wants to declare war on something then how about this mega-sized monster?

  20. randal 21

    so after key called the cops did they discover if there were any clues?
    to anything.

  21. Jackal 22

    As you might be aware, the Jackal has been running a weekly asshole award. Recipients of this prestigious award are automatically nominated for something you’ve all been waiting for…

    …without further adiue, here is the coveted Asshole of the Year Award prize giving ceremony.

    Hurray!

  22. Fortran 23

    As of fact John Key’s Parliamentary salary goes to Charity (and always has done).

  23. Lyall 24

    Enjoy that Tui Beer Fortran.

  24. Winston to reveal teapot tape contents at 2pm meeting in Invercargill but as David slack tweets “A reminder to listeners: Peters recited most of War and Peace before his Nats coalition announcement. Make yourselves comfortable.”

  25. joe90 26

    Fact du jour, fossil fuel subsidies: Six Times More Than Renewable Energy

    Fossil-fuel consumers worldwide received about six times more government subsidies than were given to the renewable-energy industry, according to the chief adviser to oil-importing nations.

  26. Draco T Bastard 27

    Jon Johansson: Key cannot have it both ways

    I was staggered to hear on TV3, John Key say that while he was ‘not entirely unhappy’ with MMP he intended to vote for change because while he likes proportionality he ‘slightly prefers the characteristics of Supplementary Member’ (SM).

    Those last two statements are mutually exclusive, of course, because SM is not classed as a proportional representation electoral system. Key cannot have it both ways.

    So, Jonkey has finally admitted that he wants to go back to the same failed system that we got rid of 20 years ago.

  27. Morrissey 28

    NewstalkZB’s ridiculous “Huddle” goes from dismal to rock-bottom
    Thursday 17 November 2011

    Larry Williams’ abysmal Drivetime programme is notorious for its extreme views and its lack of intelligent debate. Tonight, though, it’s sunk lower than it ever has before. Joining Williams tonight is not only Bill Ralston, but Leighton “ummmm, Errrr, Ahhhhh” Smith.

    NewstalkZB has obviously dispensed with the idea of intelligent debate.

    With the appointment of Smith to the Huddle, the NewstalkZB “Fair and Balanced” slogan (stolen from the equally ludicrous Fox News) looks more absurd than it ever did.

  28. BLiP 29

    Labour hits ten year low in latest poll

    WTF!!! There’s me out delivering Labour pamphlets (as a favour to a mate since I’m voting Green) all chuffed about John Key making a twat of himself, turn on the news and . . . this!! Tell me its a blip!

    • r0b 29.1

      Both major parties are falling as support goes to minor. In the 3 News poll the Nats are at their lowest since they were elected. It’s usual and expected for major parties to fall and minors to rise at this stage – don’t panic!

      Also – Herald Digipol tomorrow may be better.

      • interesting 29.1.1

        Herald Poll was out of kilter with all other major reliable polls last time…so it will be interesting. when it was showing 49% for nats, the ROy Morgan, 3News Poll, One news poll and the Fairfacpoll all had Nats at 53-54% They did however have Labs trending Down like all other polls.

    • Its a blip …

      ; ) 

      • BLiP 29.2.1

        Whew! Thanks fellas.

      • Olwyn 29.2.2

        I hope you are right, as I am utterly downcast and conflicted after seeing this last round of polls. Conflicted because Labour candidates appear to be doing well in particular places – Andrew Little for instance, and Jacinda Adern, while the polls remain roughly the same. Where are the teachers, the sacked and threatened-with-the-boot public servants,etc? Downcast because I do not think I can stand another three years of this duplicitous circus.

        Perhaps the election will deliver a different result from what the polls are telling us, as happened with Len Brown. But given our large private debt, perhaps a lot of New Zealanders feel OK about feeding the poor to the minotaur so long as they themselves are left alone and their property retains its value.

  29. kriswgtn 30

    tvone – Guyonasslicker– said Labour on 26%

    tv3-Garner– 27.5%

    err whose lying here??

    was great to see Key basically ignored by the workers in Whangerei hahahahahah

    • interesting 30.1

      no one is “lying”….clearly you dont keep up with the polls…they are never 100% agreeable. what they BOTH show is the trend for Labour is DOWN…not Up as you might expect by this timeof the election cycle.

  30. interesting 31

    Oh….what a shame…no bump for Labour in the polls

    http://tvnz.co.nz/election-2011/labour-hits-ten-year-low-in-latest-poll-4548044

    and

    http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-First-climb-polls-on-back-of-teapot-tapes/tabid/370/articleID/233104/Default.aspx

    Sad really…. NOT.

    I can genuinely say i am happy for the greens to be going up. Good on them. They have worked hard to gain in the polls.

    At this rate Nats will govern alone.

    My prediciton for election:

    Nats will govern alone.
    Act will just scrape in.
    Greens will gainmany MPs.
    Labs will be desemated.
    Winne the pooh WONT get back in.

    Dirty tricks, gutter politics and gutter journalism DONT work:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/polls/5988186/National-maintains-lead-despite-tape-saga

    Soon people will get over their Key-derangement syndrome….but at the rate Labour are going they will learn too late that people hate nasty petty gutter politics.

    I believe that is why the greens are up so much…they focus on policy and dont turn nasty like the Labs have (do).

    • Willie Maley 31.1

      Interesting, National will not govern alone. Voters do not like their asset sales policy, this coupled with Key’s meltdown will ensure this.
      Also Labour will not be decimated.

    • Draco T Bastard 31.2

      Dirty tricks, gutter politics and gutter journalism DONT work:

      So why do you think NAct are using them then?

  31. Draco T Bastard 32

    Private Prisons, An awesome profit making Opportunity:-

    Prisoners held in this remote facility depend on the prison’s phones to communicate with their lawyers and loved ones. Exploiting inmates’ need, CCA charges detainees here $5 per minute to make phone calls. Yet the prison only pays inmates who work at the facility $1 a day. At that rate, it would take five days to pay for just one minute.

    So, why is NAct so interested in putting them in place in NZ when they’ve already been proven to be more expensive government run prisons?

    • Vicky32 32.1

      So, why is NAct so interested in putting them in place in NZ when they’ve already been proven to be more expensive government run prisons?

      Cronyism?

  32. jaymam 33

    Pictures from Epsom candidates’ meeting on 17 Nov.

    John Banks (what a fine head of hair!)
    http://i39.tinypic.com/2eo8ms2.jpg

    Paul Goldsmith (Vote for me!)
    http://i44.tinypic.com/kdjszc.jpg

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  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
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    1 day ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
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  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
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  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
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  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
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  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
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  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
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  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
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  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
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  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
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  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
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  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
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  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
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    3 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
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  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
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    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
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  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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    4 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
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    1 week ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    2 weeks ago