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Open mike 28/04/2016

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  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    This clear, unambiguous messaging from Bernie Sanders appeals to the young because it clearly makes sense to them.

    “That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible,” Sanders continued, “to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.”


  2. Tautoko Mangō Mata 2

    TPP- the current status of the TPP ratification in US according to Sr Jeff Sessions

    • ianmac 2.1

      Echoes of the Key effort to flush it through with an omnibus Bill before Christmas. It was clever to have a treaty so fullsome and so legalised that we ordinary folk are effectively locked out.

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 2.2

      TPP- upcoming livestream
      Rules, Rights and Resistance: The battle over TPP and TTIP
      April 29 2016, 9am-6pm (New York Time)
      Joseph Stiglitz, Lori Wallach, Celso, Amorim, Bill McKibben + others
      -a daylong exploration of what is at play in the struggle over “trade agreements”:
      what they portend, the resistances they have generated and the horizons for rewriting and implementing alternative rules.


  3. weka 3

    Cats acting out the centre left after 30 years of neoliberalism dilemma,


  4. North 4

    Sadly the answer to Rachel Smalley’s question is ‘Yes’.


    Wherein the oppressed have become the oppressor. And wherein it is scandalous to weep the biennial murder of hundreds and hundreds of children in the postage stamp area of land Titirangi to Glendowie down to Manukau; Gaza.

    Gaza with a population close to two million – fish in a barrel the prey of the IDF, annually militarily funded to the tune of $US3,000,000,000 by the US.

    “Ssssshh. Don’t say anything. Anti-semitic”.

    • vto 4.1

      Israeli bastards.

      Build a wall.
      Imprison an entire population.
      Apartheid policies.

      The UK MP was definitely onto it in suggesting that Israel relocate to the US, which has the exact same features.

      nasty nasty people

      • James 4.1.1

        Even Corbyn agrees that the comments were far from appropriate – thats why she has been suspended.

        The UK press have some articles about the concerns about the level of anti-Semitic comments from the left. Seems from your comment that this is alone and well down under as well.

        • swordfish

          And yet apparently quite OK for a whole swathe of Israeli society, leading Israeli politicians and an even greater number of Israeli apologists throughout the West to not only (1) support the violent ethnic cleansing of Palestinains from their own land but also (2) demand that they “re-locate” to Jordan.

        • North

          So James you’d be another of those Khandallah bastards sitting back on your lounge sofa watching kids getting murdered by US funded air to ground missiles, going “Tut tut tut……they will keep firing those antique Skuds that kill no one……and throwing fucking stones……that kill no one !” ?

          Well fuck you you Nazinetanyahoo dog ! May you meet an appropriate karma.

    • Heather Grimwood 4.2

      to North at 4: ” the oppressed becomes he oppressor” was the exact contention of Frere’s pleas so many years ago. Granddaughter has my political library but think he flourished end of ’60’s or early ’70’s. His message was that the oppressed when having overcome, must show the maturity NOT to fall into the behaviour patterns of their erstwhile oppressors ( comparable to the immature eye- for- eye tooth- for- tooth developmental stage in which such a huge proportion of humankind is stuck).
      I can only suggest the solution of education,education,education in the widest sense.

      • North 4.2.1

        Yes. And there is no education in ‘sand nigger’. Which is the very essence of Zionist racism and its apartheid expression.

        Do do do shut up however. You know, Anti-Semitism.

  5. Jenny Kirk 5


    Great story in today’s Herald about the Tampa refugees 15 years on.

    • Hami Shearlie 6.1

      About time too – Joyce etc are terrified of Cunliffe when he asks them questions in the House!

      • Pat 6.1.1

        one of Labour’s many mistakes methinks….hindsight is a wonderful thing

        • North

          Pat @ 6.1.1 – re Cunliffe. His crucifixion a terrible mistake I believe. For me there is now no “Labour” in Labour. That’s bad. My first vote 1969. Fourteen triennial votes since then, all Labour. I don’t blame Little. I blame the careerists. The political cargo cultists and power lusters. As scummy and shallow as any of the dicks you’ll find on the other side. My political renaissance – Northland 2017 – Winston, candidate and party. I’ve been left no choice.

      • Puckish Rogue 6.1.2

        “terrified” 🙂

      • Eyre 6.1.3

        Sorry, but I really did laugh out loud

      • Naki man 6.1.4

        “Joyce etc are terrified of Cunliffe”

        What a crack up, Thats hilarious.

        • framu

          well they did launch a hit job on him via the herald based on complete lies

          • Paul

            Naki man knows that.
            He’s just shilling for his masters.

          • Puckish Rogue

            He was the leader of the opposition so of course he had to be taken out, I mean d’uh and the fact that he was so easy to take out (hat tip to Grant Robertson…possibly) means fearing him is a joke

            • McFlock

              another go at spreading discord, pr?

              Trouble is, anyone with a brain knows your tricks, and anyone inclined to believe you probably already thinks it anyway. Preaching to the chior is the low-hanging fruit for propagandists. You’re experienced enough as a bullshitter to do better than that. Have the recent polls hurt your confidence?

              • Puckish Rogue

                You mean the poll that had National drop 3.5% and Labour drop 2% with most of it going to Winston?

                Does this mean Roy Morgan polls are now taken as gospel or is it only when National drops? 🙂

                • McFlock


                  so if it’s not the polls, is it blowback from an unfair performance review?

                  You used to really be able to get folks riled up – it was quite impressive.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    I know right…guess I’m just too comfortable, lost that fire in my belly


            • framu

              “he was so easy to take out ”

              well the herald did oblige – so in that regard it was easy

              but that only means it was easy to fool the public (and the labour caucus) by – drum roll – being dishonest and corrupt

              what a shame they had to resort to that to take out cunliffe aye

              • Puckish Rogue

                Lets be honest here I don’t think you really believe that the Labour caucus were fooled by National into helping take The Cunliffe out

        • Puckish Rogue

          Although to be fair its looking like Littles going to do an even worse job as opposition leader then The Cunliffe so maybe National do fear The Cunliffe coming back

          Or not 🙂

      • MARY_A 6.1.5

        @ Hami Shearlie (6.1) … yes, and the main reason he was crucified by a corrupt partisan msm prior to the last election! FJK, Joyce and a few other nasty NatzKEYS felt threatened by Cunliffe’s intelligence and directness and they still do.

        God I wish Cunliffe would come back as leader. He wouldn’t hesitate to cull the neo libs and ABCs in Labour. They contributed to his demise as leader as well.

        Cunliffe is the only MP there in the party, who is able and competent enough to get Labour back on track to serve it’s constituents as it should, by returning to its core values and principles!

        Cunliffe is doing a very good job at present keeping NZ’s involvement in the Panama Papers out there. Be interesting to see how long msm will keep publishing his findings, because what he’s exposing now, could stir up a hornet’s nest, stinging FJK hard! Good.

        • Puckish Rogue

          Something about rose-tinted glasses springs to mind 🙂

        • ankerawshark

          100+ Mary.

        • North

          Right on MARY_A ! I can’t ‘believe’ in now.

        • Incognito

          I’ve always admired Cunliffe’s intellect. DC had to fight on two fronts: National/Key and the MSM. At the same time he had to watch his back for flying daggers.

          His marriage ended and I think that it is a mark of the man that he’s still on the team and playing a good hard game.

          That said, AL is a non-polarising leader who has brought relative stability back to NZLP.

    • Magisterium 6.2

      Cunliffe wasn’t suggesting there was evidence anything illegal had occurred…

      Wow, Cunliffe comes out swinging. Step back everyone, this man means business

  6. Pat 7

    “EQC this morning signed a joint statement with the EQC Action Group, and Canterbury Claimants says it is clear that EQC will have some explaining and extra work to do.
    “Despite years of EQC instructing their staff and contractors that their ‘job is to repair a claimant’s home to return it to the way it was before the earthquakes, as quickly and efficiently as possible’2 today EQC have admitted they were wrong,” says Canterbury Claimants spokesperson Cameron Preston.
    EQC’s obligation is, and always has been, to reinstate to a “when new” condition, not to “Pre-earthquake Condition”, says Mr Preston.
    He says that despite EQC attempting to avoid the cost of consequential reinstatement works such as rewiring houses, today they have now confirmed such works are covered at their cost.
    And despite EQC and Private Insurance companies relying for years on a Government issued and mandated “guidance” on floor levels which we believe was to avoid capturing earthquake damage to foundations, today EQC have admitted they were wrong to rely on this.”


  7. Tautoko Mangō Mata 8

    Have I missed something or has the Herald completely ignored the latest Roy Morgan poll? Audrey? Claire?

    • Paul 8.1

      The msm often ignore news unfavourable to their masters.
      Witness the Sun and the Times recent failure to publish the Hillsborough judgement.

      • ScottGN 8.1.1

        Extraordinary that The Times was shamed into putting a picture of the grieving families on the front page of the second edition of the paper (and apologising for the omission) by its own journalists.

        • Paul

          Extraordinary is not the adjective I would use. Actually it’s quite ordinary for people like Murdoch to treat people disgracefully.

          My selection of adjective would be ‘repulsive’.

    • MARY_A 8.2

      @ Tautoko Mangō Mata (8) yes, I noticed the same. NZH completely doing it’s three wise monekeys act on the RM poll … “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” … and I will add one more … will not publish such evil either, for fear of informing the masses!

    • Magisterium 8.3

      I’m not sure why you’d want to draw attention to Labour support falling to 26%.

  8. Nessalt 9

    Whats happening with Niue? i thought the corruption would be apparent 4 days after the smear was launched? it was pretty much settled by the commentors at the standard that it had happened. yet there has been not a peep since the weekend? DP fail

    • McFlock 9.1

      We have to have the whitewash “investigation” first. I believe it has been referred to the Auditor General by leader of the opposition?

      Thanks for keeping tabs on this issue, though – the appearance of government corruption needs to be avoided in order to maintain the integrity and legitimacy of the system. It’s the duty of every government to be squeaky clean!

    • framu 9.2

      “DP fail”

      no – thats you trying to claim that a public political attack that is no different to what parties have done for eons is the same as running a secret smear machine out of the PMs office.

      either you know that they arent the same or you dont – deceit or ignorance

      or you can explain exactly how that case is dirty politics – while comparing it back to JKs secret smear machine at the same time. That should be fun

    • Magisterium 9.3

      And there was that Panama thing, what happened with that?

  9. Stuart Munro 10

    Not a word in the press, but isn’t it true that Key has crawled back into New Zealand without any pandas? He must have lost his touch.

    • Hanswurst 10.1

      Can’t get a cycleway built, can’t buy a panda, can’t maintain the surplus that is his marquee policy, can’t build affordable homes in Auckland, can’t rebuild Christchurch, can’t formulate credible land-tax policy, can’t remember 1981, can’t speak English, can’t wield a hammer or resist a ponytail… honestly, is there anything the man actually can do?

      • Puckish Rogue 10.1.1

        Well he can win three consecutive general elections AND gain more votes each time in an MMP environment so that’s not bad going if you’re a politician 🙂

        Labour, if you’re interested, has gone downhill

        • Hanswurst

          Well he can win three consecutive general elections AND gain more votes each time in an MMP environment so that’s not bad going if you’re a politician

          That wasn’t Key, that was Lynton Crosby. He’s even got a knighthood to prove it.

  10. greywarshark 11

    British police castigated over Hillsborough deaths are anxious to indicate to the public that they are turning the other way and making people live longer, whether they want to or not. They broke down the house door of a sick old woman who had bought drugs to assist her in dying to confiscate them and save her life. These commonly used for ending life have been made illegal, so giving the state the opportunity to play Bad Nanny, a strange choice for Britain RW pollies who usually don’t seem to care about citizens’ at all.
    This is from the International Business Times; either it’s regarded as bad for business, or a bad business!

    Aged 81 this university professor had decided that her multiple conditions were leading to a miserable period of incapacity with no enjoyment of life, and had chosen euthanasia. But no, like the Spanish Inquisition of Monty Python they burst in without jokes or irony, bringing a psychiatrist. Who is mad in this case?
    Imagine the Brit cops in red but not as much panache, just the ache left.

  11. MARY_A 12

    During a time of austerity (obviously only for some though), these self serving MPs spend up large on our money! Absolutely no justification for such outrageous expenses!

    Have a read of this one folks. Revolution anyone?


    • Chooky 12.1

      +100…thanks MARY_A

      …it is easy to see how New Zealand politicians become corrupted and remote from their New Zealand constituency

    • Naki man 12.2

      “During a time of austerity (obviously only for some though), these self serving MPs spend up large on our money! Absolutely no justification for such outrageous expenses!”
      “Have a read of this one folks. Revolution anyone?”

      Who are you refering to, all MP’s or National MP’s?

  12. Chooky 13

    ….meanwhile there is some glimmer of hope for the USA and peace?…I would prefer Trump over warmongering Clinton any day

    Trump on foreign policy:

    ‘America First’: Trump lays out foreign policy vision in Washington speech’


    …”Trump also reached back to early US history, echoing the famous line delivered in 1821 by Secretary of State and future president John Quincy Adams.

    “We do not go abroad in search of enemies,” he said, “We’re happy to see our old enemies become friends, and friends become allies.” “

  13. Jenny 14

    The National Party in secret talks with the US government made a promise leaked to the public, that New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance would be “Gone by lunchtime”.

    It has taken a wee bit longer than that, but John Key is still intent on honouring his party’s secret pledge to tie New Zealand back into the US global war machine.

    In November 2016, a US warship will be returning to Auckland Harbour for the first time in 32 years.

    In the same month the international merchants of death will celebrate New Zealand’s return to the nuclear fold with a weapons conference of 500 delegates at the Aotea Centre.

    Will the Watersiders refuse to tie up or provide any services to the US warships as they did in the ’80s.

    Is it time for the ageing members of the Peace Squadron to come out of retirement?

    Will they be joined by members of the new generation of Kiwi boaties in numbers sufficient enough to blockade our harbours against the return of the worlds biggest nuclear armed navy into our territory?

    Will New Zealanders protest outside the weapons conference in the numbers that once pushed Anti Nuclear and Peace issues onto the parliamentary agenda?

    An initial public meeting is being called in an attempt to answer these questions;

    If you are opposed to war and and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and you support the ideal of a free and peaceful independent New Zealand respected and admired around the world, put the following details in your diary and come along.

    Make sure to bring your flags to shame the traitors selling out this country’s hard fought for ideals.

    Date: May 12, 2016

    Time: 7pm

    Address: Unite Union offices, Western Springs Road

  14. Puckish Rogue 15

    On a completely different subject:


    Stephen King could almost do a sequel

  15. mary_a 16

    Is the The Daily Blog under attack again, almost a year to the day the same thing happened in 2015? Bit suspicious!

    Been unable to get into TDB site. Message comes up the site is unavailable and has timed out!

    Anyone know what’s going on with TDB this afternoon? I do not have a social network, so not able to see any messages posted there.

  16. North 17

    Superbly written stinging stuff from Raybon Kan !


    Turns out Fake Man Key was always but a puff of candy floss. Spun up by harpy Boag, the Business Roundtable, and Flossby Textor.

  17. North 18

    Calling John “Resign!” Armstrong formerly of The Herald.

    Where are you when we need you John ?


    What?????????? Fucking What??????????

    The Prime Minister deputises his personal lawyer and friend to tell a minister of the Crown to put the heavies on the government department for which the minister’s responsible ?

    And the entitlement. Like you’d just do it in a discoverable format ??????????

    Is Ken Whitney The New Imelda ? I well remember the guy from Auckland days…….always struck me as somewhat gauche……..(strange, not)……..he’d be brill’ in stilettos that guy !

  18. Jenny 19

    Private investors (whatever their nationality or origin) under the cover of government policy and council inaction, have descended on the modest working class suburbs of Auckland into free firing zones for rent gouging and speculation.

    “Investors are running amok. In Otara 80% of sales recently went to investors. These people are struggling to be tenants in their own backyards.” DUNCAN-GARNER, Radio Live


    State Housing, once kept a competitive lid on high rents in the working class suburbs of Auckland. With the government’s privatisation of the State Housing asset this safety valve has been removed, with predictable results.


    In countries that never had State Housing, one method used to control rocketing rents and enable low income families to be housed are rent controls imposed by local municipalities.

    In the US, the home of the ‘Free Market’, rent control is the favoured method used to prevent low income families being priced out of accomodation.


    The issue of rent controls needs to be on the agenda for the Auckland Mayoral and local body elections.

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  • Cook Islands Language Week will close generational gap
    It’s Cook Islands Language week and the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio wants the community to focus on what it means to keep the language alive across the generations. “Our Cook Islands community in Aotearoa have decided to focus on the same theme as last years; ‘ Ātuitui’ia ...
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  • Cost of Living support payment to reach over 2 million New Zealanders
    From 1 August an estimated 2.1 million New Zealanders will be eligible to receive the first targeted Cost of Living Payment as part of the Government’s plan to help soften the impact of rising global inflationary pressures affecting New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. The payments will see eligible ...
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  • New Zealand’s border fully open to visitors and students
    · New Zealand’s international border opens to all visitors, including from non-visa waiver countries, and international students from 11:59PM, 31 July 2022. · Cruise ships and recreational yachts able to arrive at New Zealand ports. This evening marks the final step in the Government’s reconnecting plan, with visitors from non-visa ...
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  • Government sets out plan to eliminate HIV transmission in New Zealand
    New Action Plan to eliminate HIV transmission released for consultation today $18 million Budget 2022 boost Key measures to achieve elimination include increasing prevention and testing, improving access to care and treatment and addressing stigma The Government has today released its plan to eliminate the transmission of HIV in ...
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  • Government support lifts income for beneficiaries
    A report released today shows Government support has lifted incomes for Beneficiaries by 40 percent over and above inflation since 2018. “This is the first time this data set has been collected, and it clearly shows Government action is having an impact,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “This Government made a commitment ...
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  • Māori Housing: Urban development underway in Mt Wellington
    Thirty new warm, safe and affordable apartments to be delivered by Tauhara North No 2 Trust in Tāmaki Makaurau Delivered through Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga programme, jointly delivered by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Allocation of the apartments will be prioritised to support ...
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  • Phil Twyford to attend Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meeting
    Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Twyford will lead Aotearoa New Zealand’s delegation to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference at the United Nations in New York next week. “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long history of advocating for a world free of nuclear weapons,” Phil Twyford said. “The NPT has ...
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  • Construction Sector Accord – launch of Transformation Plan 2022-2025
      I am delighted to join you today for the launch of the Construction Sector Accord Transformation Plan 2022-2025. I would like to acknowledge my colleagues – the other Accord Ministers, the Accord governance and sector leadership, the CEOs of Government agencies, and leaders from the construction sector. The construction ...
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  • Work underway to make Wairarapa roads safer
    Associate Minister of Transport Kieran McAnulty was joined this morning by the Mayors of Carterton and Masterton, local Iwi and members of the Wairarapa community to turn the first sod on a package of crucial safety improvements for State Highway 2 in Wairarapa. “The work to improve safety on this ...
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  • Next steps taken to deliver Milford Opportunities Project
    The board to take the Milford Opportunities Project (MOP) forward has been announced by Minister of Conservation Poto Williams today.  “The Milford Opportunities Project is a once in a generation chance to reshape the gateway to Milford Sound Piopiotahi and redesign our transport infrastructure to benefit locals, visitors, and our ...
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  • Construction Sector Transformation Plan to accelerate change in industry
    A new three year plan to transform the construction industry into a high-performing sector with increased productivity, diversity and innovation has been unveiled by the Minister for Building and Construction Dr Megan Woods and Accord Steering group this morning. As lead minister for the Construction Sector Accord, Dr Woods told ...
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