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Open mike 31/10/2011

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98 comments on “Open mike 31/10/2011 ”

  1. I see that if John Key is returned to power he intends to ring fence the power company share proceeds into a special fund that will be used to obtain productive infrastructure.

    I have just the investment for him to consider.  This investment is in an area that is strategically vital to the country.  Its value will only increase as the price of oil continues its irreversible path higher.  The investment will save overseas funds, and local control will benefit local industry as well as Kiwis personally.

    The return on this investment is very good and within nine years it will pay for itself.  From then on all income will be pure profit.  And there is no purchase cost, no risk and miraculously the cost of privatizing the power companies will disappear.

    The investment is to retain the power companies in public ownership.  This should be a very easy decision to make.

    • I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning…..
       
      If he is so keen to have an infrastructure fund then why not ring fence the revenue from the assets now?
      The problem he has is that he has taken out of the revenue $2 billion in tax cuts for the rich and he has failed to energise the economy in such a way that he could use the revenue to pay for standard budget items.
      Throw in the fact that he is trapped by promising sales to the RWNJs in National, who want wholesale asset sales, and you find  he is supporting an unpopular policy.

    • I see that the ‘ring fencing’ is in areas that National hopes to introduce greater private sector involvement.

      Apparently, there will be $400m for internet network between schools. I wonder who will get the contract to put that in and ‘maintain’ the system (perhaps with a rent).

      Key needs to be pushed on how this ring fenced money will actually result in publicly owned and operated assets, rather than just public money being put into projects for private companies to make a profit.

      If he wants to assuage concerns that there will be an overall loss of public ownership of assets then, presumably, he’d be happy to give assurances that none of this saved money will end up in private pockets?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      The PM’s admission of failure

      Sending kids to school seems like a good idea to me. Having hospitals where sick people might be made better – that seems like a reasonable service in a modern economy too.

      Turns out the prime minister thinks services like schools and hospitals are optional extras. Families will only get education and health care if we go along with his plans to flog the power companies and Air New Zealand.

      Perhaps Mr Key could tell us what previous governments had to sell to pay for them? He might find that back in the old days before we began “modernising and transforming”, whatever that means, we didn’t sell our assets to pay our grocery bills.

      How does the prime minister propose to pay for schools and hospitals once the money from asset sales runs out?

      Remember, people on the prime minister’s income have received tax cuts worth a thousand dollars a week since he took office, and now on his own admission we don’t have enough money.

      That seems to sum it up well enough.

    • Vicky32 1.4

      Brilliant MS! Too simple for Key, but…

  2. Carol 2

    Ha! Ha! Jonkey is afraid to debate with Phil Goff on RadioNZ Morning Report this morning…. he needs “more time to prepare”…. He’s had 3 years?!!! So Shonkey will just do an interview next week. SHAME… is this the most inadequate PM NZ has ever had?

    • Bok bok bok…..
      It’s one thing not to have your picture on a billboard but a whole other thing to run from facing up in debates.
      What is he afraid of? Slurring his words? Not shaking Goff’s hand properly? People might say bad things about him and not give him the validation he craves?
      This is definitely a harm minimisation approach.
       
      I think today, every time John Key is mentioned I will let loose a “bok bok bok”.
      (Yes, my life is that sad but I will make me feel good – until the sun goes over the yardarm).

    • Vicky32 2.2

      I was made up with Phil Goff, he was awesome… despite the hostility of the 3 interviewers…

  3. ianmac 3

    Very hard to understand Key’s reluctance to front – unless he knows that to front is to expose his shallowness.
    I wonder if TV1 tonight will prevent shouting over the top of other speakers is controlled by switching off microphones, as they do in the House?

    • Tigger 3.1

      More likely Key can be wired with an earpiece for TV. I know he couldn’t for radio, or at least that’s my limited tech understanding, happy to be corrected.

      • just saying 3.1.1

        If that’s the case, Goff could win a point by mentioning that unlike Key, he can run his own lines.

    • Jenny 3.2

      Key’s reluctance to front may be part of National Party elections strategy.

      If you’re too frightened to speak because people might think you’re an idiot, best to keep quiet rather than confirm it.

      MANA MEDIA RELEASE

      31 October 2011

      PAULA BENNETT ON THE RUN?

      Mana’s Waitakere candidate Sue Bradford says Paula Bennett appears to be running away from public debates with her.

      “I know of several organisations now who have tried to organise public debates between the local candidates, including Paula Bennett, but she keeps backing out of them.

      “Waitakere residents want to hear what Paula has to say, particularly on issues like welfare where she is pushing a very controversial agenda.

      Ms Bradford says the TV7 programme ‘Back Benches’ wanted to do a special programme with Labour candidate Carmel Sepuloni, herself and Paula Bennett last week.

      “However, it had to be cancelled because Bennett would not front,” she says

      Then last week the Minister of Social Development – and local member for Waitakere – pulled out of an NZEI West Auckland Election Forum due to be held 7.00pm this Tuesday 1 November, despite having told organisers that she would certainly attend.

      As soon as advertisements for the meeting appeared in local paper the Western Leader, Ms Bennett pulled out.

      ‘Nor have I seen Paula Bennett on the platform at other West Auckland candidate meetings – so far,’ says Ms Bradford.

      “The people of Waitakere deserve better. Paula will be implementing a big chunk of National’s War on the Poor if National returns to power.

      “If she is reelected as MP for Waitakere, the rest of the country are going to hold local voters here responsible for her actions.

      “It’s just not fair to them that she refuses to front in these circumstances.’

      Sue Bradford

      Mana candidate for Waitakere

      • vto 3.2.1

        Saisbury complaained of the same last week on closeup.

        Someone should maintain a register of each of his chickenshit no-shows. And publish it.

        book book book bok

      • Ianupnorth 3.2.2

        Had an appointment with Jenny Craig

  4. AAMC 4

    A brilliant look at the Anthropologist who was instrumental in the start of and the horizontal style of OWS…

    http://thebrowser.com/articles/david-graeber-anti-leader-occupy-wall-street

    And an interesting development, @occupymarines teaching tactics to protestors when faced with riot police..

    http://occupymarines.org/occupyomc-occupy-america/occupied-riot-resistance-orr/occupied-riot-resistance-1/

    • uke 4.1

      Thanks for the David Graeber article link – I will be looking out for his book “Debt: The first 5,000 years”.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    The Decade Wall St Went Insane Pt 1

    And this is why the financial world is in the shit, and why worker pension funds are now under funded by hundreds of billions.

    These ‘traders’ decided to go to Las Vegas with other peoples’ money. This is John Key’s background.

    • In fact he was in that world right up until March 2001 and left after having helped Merrill Lynch set up their derivatives department and well after the repeal of the Glass Steagall and the housing bubble well on its way act mentioned in the second part of this nice little mini doco.

  6. just saying 6

    Sound track for a New Labour party ad featuring Phil, Trevor, the two Davids, Grant and Damien, full leathers, Harleys, high speed, an empty country road, and a town in the distance. Phil’s bike just out ahead and those pants are tiigght! Cut to shot of Key mincing in an all black Jersey……

  7. Kty 7

    The debate tonight at 7.00 on TV1 Should be good. Shonkey will not be able to hide behind his favourate game of blame shifting, and will have to be accountable, if he uses his normal method of debating, like he does in parlimentry question time he will only confirm that he and his mates are well and truly in the mire, and will have pressed the self destruct button.

  8. No Reason for Partial Privatization

    The National party would have us believe that without partial privatization of our power companies, we will not be able to fund new schools…

  9. Dv 9

    I like imperator fish take.
    Sell assets to pay for the schools leaky buildings. Who was it that changed the regs to allow leaky buildings?

  10. John Cleese had a problem. I have a similar sort of problem 🙂

    It”s just a fact of political life, the fruitier the loop the greater the media harvest.

    • Galeandra 10.1

      Not normal, PG, just stuffy. Face it, we’re part of yesterday’s generation. However, you do show occasional signs of fruitloopery, maybe because you’re tone deaf when it comes to yoof and their dis-ease with the sensible elderly types who’ve survived very nicely, thanks, on trying to keep the golden showers flowing. Only fruitloops jive to the band on the Titanic.

  11. Willie Maley 11

    Hooten just said on Nine to Noon that Key was mobbed in ChCh on Saturday, with people queuing for hours to have thier photo taken with him.
    Any truth in this? Or more deflecting BS from Hooten?

  12. joe90 12

    Peter Sinclair’s newest video looks at the fallout from UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller’s research.

  13. Nationals Propaganda on Rena

    The NZ Herald has become a function of the current National government, providing spin to promote a regime of disinformation…

  14. Campbell Larsen 14

    The Sunday star times is running a 2011 elections banner across the top of political pages in National party blue complete with National party stars in the background.
    I think a complaint to the electoral commission is in order – the impartial colour for referencing the elections is the orange employed by the electoral commission itself.

    • Chris 14.1

      I haven’t seen the actual paper but going on your description and what they have as the banner on the stuff website isn’t that the NZ flag?

      • Campbell Larsen 14.1.1

        Same stars as the NZ flag, but no union jack – looks like a national party banner flapping in the wind with the ‘N’ obscured to me.
        Either way the dominant presence of a colour block and stylistic features that match the branding of one of our political parties creates an impression of dominance or authority and this in turn influences opinion.
        This is why we have election orange for the electoral commission – because their voice must not endorse a particular political party. The Sunday Star Times is supposed to adhere to similar principles and not resort to cheap psych tricks to big up their buddies.

  15. joe90 15

    This makes me angry, pricks.

    U.S. had advance warning of abuse at Afghan prisons.

    KABUL — Across the street from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul, shrouded from view by concrete walls, the Afghan intelligence agency runs a detention facility for up to 40 terrorism suspects that is known as Department 124. So much torture took place inside, one detainee told the United Nations, that it has earned another name: “People call it Hell.”

    But long before the world body publicly revealed “systematic torture” in Afghan intelligence agency detention centers, top officials from the State Department, CIA and U.S. military received multiple warnings about abuses at Department 124 and other Afghan facilities, according to Afghan and Western officials with knowledge of the situation.

    Despite the warnings, the United States continued to transfer detainees to Afghan intelligence service custody, the officials said. Even as other countries stopped handing over detainees to problematic facilities, the U.S. government did not.

    U.S. Special Operations troops delivered detainees to Department 124. CIA officials regularly visited the facility, which was rebuilt last year with American money, to interrogate high-level Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects, according to Afghan and Western officials familiar with the site. Afghan intelligence officials said Americans never participated in the torture but should have known about it.

    When the United Nations brought allegations of widespread detainee abuse on Aug. 30 to Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. military commander here, he took swift action ahead of the public release of the findings. Coalition troops stopped transferring detainees to Department 124 and 15 other police and intelligence agency prisons. They also hastily began a program to monitor those facilities and conduct human rights classes for interrogators.

  16. A remodeled parable:

    A young woman was about to finish her first year of university. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be leftish/socialist, and she was very much in favour of higher taxes to support more government programs – in other words, the redistribution of wealth.

    She was ashamed that her father was a business owner, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had attended, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harboured a selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

    One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

    The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth, and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing at university.

    Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 90% average, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many university friends because she spent all her time studying.

    Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend doing?” She replied, “She is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 50% average. She is so popular on campus; university for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties, and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

    Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 20% off your average and give it to your friend who only has 50%. That way you will both have a 70% average, and certainly that would be fair and equal.”
    The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

    The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “welcome to socialist reality.”

    • Campbell Larsen 16.1

      You should stick with bland non committal sanctimonious pronouncements Pete – they really are your forte.

      • Pete George 16.1.1

        I’m not surprised you don’t want to get it. You know what? Troll attacks don’t bother me.

        • Campbell Larsen 16.1.1.1

          What is United Futures position on retaining interest free student loans Pete?

          • Pete George 16.1.1.1.1

            No policy so intent is to leave interest as is – and to have zero fees and abolish student allowances to stop taking and giving money-go-round and abuse by business people.

            Student loans still for living expenses, but they will be substantially reduced.

            http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/tertiary-education-1/

            • Campbell Larsen 16.1.1.1.1.1

              No policy = UF will not oppose interest on student loans – and not only that wants to remove student allowances as well.

              Some friend to students you are – first saddling them with debt and then bleeding them dry with interest.

        • mickysavage 16.1.1.2

          Pete do you always substitute parable for serious thought?
           
          And why post something you borrowed off the sewer?
           
          Wouldn’t you rather talk about policies or the ills of the world or what we should do to make the world a better place?

    • Uturn 16.2

      Would you say the attitude displayed by your fictional student could be found in any political group or any group at all? What would it’s name be and what are its causes?

      Have you demonstrated your character to be a Socialist as you say, or have you discovered that your evidence points elsewhere.

      Are you suggesting that educated people cannot be socialists?

      Are you saying that older people in business cannot be socialists? Where is the cut off age?

      What makes a socialist, Pete? Where’s the specific turning point?

      What indicators are there that she was ashamed of her Father?

      If the Father was already intending to trick his daughter, was he really listening to her ideas?

      What is a good definition of listening, Pete?

      Why was the daughter “taken aback” at her Father asking about her grades? Did he not usually speak to her?

      Are you suggesting that the only route open to humans is to “selfishly take” what one thinks to be their own?

      Evolutionary Altruism, Pete. Discuss and offer alternatives.

      • Pete George 16.2.1

        Socialist idealism usually falls over in the face of real life.

        Apart from the common peril of power socialism never works due to inherent incentive lacking large scale laziness. Capitalism’s biggest problem is greed but that can be controlled if there is enough will.

        • Uturn 16.2.1.1

          Pete, please define:

          Socialism
          Real life
          Laziness
          modes of incentive
          will

          Please expand on your claim that greed can be effectively controlled. What methods exactly?

        • just saying 16.2.1.2

          So you’d be spending your twilight years staying in bed until noon and watching tele, were it not for the “incentive’ of a big fat politicians pay cheque for all this industrious campaigning, Pete? Not so much about a passionate desire to reeallllly represent people after all, Pete?

          I’m shocked, shocked!

        • KJT 16.2.1.3

          Capitalisms biggest failure is it has to be heavily socialistically regulated to work in real life.

          There. Fixed it for you! Again!

        • Ianupnorth 16.2.1.4

          Pete, many of us work very had for a wage that is far lower than we could command for less thrilling work in the private sector; your childish story is quite simply that, childish.
           
          Some of us actually do stuff that benefits others, not shareholders.

        • Puddleglum 16.2.1.5

          Here’s a ‘Epilogue’ to your morality tale, Pete George.

          And then she remembered. Her friend had just had her parents divorce after a long five years when her father was made redundant twice and her mother had been diagnosed with depression. On top of that the friend had had to take out a large student loan because her home was no longer a safe place for her.

          She turned to her father and said, “You’re just being heartless and taking no account of the circumstances that ordinary people have to deal with. That’s what makes you say such simplistic rubbish. Personally, I’d be happy to have my student fees go up if I knew that the University would provide more affordable, live-in accommodation, free health checks and the other supports to nurture those qualities that I see in my friend … and the reason I call her ‘friend’!

          You could learn a thing or two about reality, Dad. There’s still hope for you!!” 

        • KJT 16.2.1.6

          How does your laziness theory, explain that when the work was available, at a time when benefits were relatively a lot higher than now, the Prime Minister could say he knew every one of the unemployed by name.

    • joe90 16.3

      From that bastion of intelligent debate, conservapedia.

      Moron.

      • Uturn 16.3.1

        I like this one:

        “How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”

        So now reading something makes you the thing described and understanding makes you anti? This could prove hilariously problematic.

    • KJT 16.4

      Like most right wing propaganda you forget the real story.

      At university it was the rich kids who were partying, infesting the ski-fields and having gap years.
      While investing their student allowance/loan. Their marks are generally not that good. But it doesn’t matter because they went to Kings with the right people.

      The kids with working class parents couldn’t afford to bag off and are in lectures every day after working a 10 hour shift at the supermarket.

      On average hard working business owners do not earn much more than wage earners.
      Dominance by big corporates of finance and markets ensures that.

      Most wealthy are people who do no work whatsoever while the accumulate more money, from pre-existing wealth, than they can ever spend in their lifetimes.
      Or business managers/directors who, in NZ anyway, have proved so incapable of actually running or starting a business they want to steal ours.

    • wtl 16.5

      So I take it from this ‘parable’ that you are against all forms of income redistribution?

      • Pete George 16.5.1

        Not at all, that’s a starnge conclusion.

        With money/tax/benefits ome redistribution is essential, it’s a matter of getting the right balance – and making everyone “equal” is not the right balance.

        Many people would work fine within socialism (I’m not particularly money driven), as many people work fine within capitalism. But significant numbers don’t.

        The commune experiments in the 70s often failed because a few hardworking idealists found couldn’t support (and eventually didn’t want to support) the number of freeloaders wanting an easy life for little input.

        • KJT 16.5.1.1

          Capitalism is failing now because we hard workers cannot support the financial system that is freeloading off our work.

          The system, that in the USA, now owes more money than US real productivity can repay in 1000 years.

          Actually, Anglo Saxon capitalism’s biggest mistake, IMHO, is that we let accountants off the stools in the back office and let them foster the delusion they can run anything.

          “Accountants know the cost of everything and the value of nothing”.

          Anyway. Who is arguing for making everyone’s income equal. I am not.

          However. There is no justification for someone earning 100’s of times more than someone else. No one works that much harder.

        • KJT 16.5.1.2

          Pete. If you are not money driven, why do you give so much support to those that are!

          • Pete George 16.5.1.2.1

            How much support do I give who KJT?

            Do you not support anyone who is driven to earn more?

            • KJT 16.5.1.2.1.1

              I applaud people who earn more from their own efforts and contribution to society.

              Unlike you, I do not support those who gain an income from society, out of all proportion to their contribution, simply because they have money capital. Or find ever more useless ways of increasing their share.

        • wtl 16.5.1.3

          It’s not a strange conclusion. The comment above suggests income redistribution can never work because it will merely be providing money to those who are lazy and not working hard enough. It doesn’t go into the complexities of the real life situation at all. Thus, it seems to me that you think that redistribution is a load of crock and can never work.

          If you post simplistic comments, expect simplistic conclusions.

          • Pete George 16.5.1.3.1

            I didn’t say anything like that.

            • Draco T Bastard 16.5.1.3.1.1

              Yes you did, right here. Or are you now going to deny that you posted that simplistic clap trap?

            • vto 16.5.1.3.1.2

              Pete George your parable is a pile of shit with virutally zero features that are comparable with what you are trying to compare it to.

              I had some time for your relatively shallow musings before but this has really taken that esteem down a peg or three. All those cliches about the quality of our politicians srping to mind again thanks to this shit.

              Good luck in the election – I suspect that even with all the luck in the world it wont be enough …

              simple is as simple does

        • Colonial Viper 16.5.1.4

          91% income tax rate over 25x the median wage.

          Land taxes and estate taxes on net property over $2M.

          FTT @ 0.1%.

          And a universal income for all NZ citizens.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.6

      Except that’s not socialist but normal RWNJ stupidity.

    • Redbaron77 16.7

      This story says much about your lack of understanding about Socialism and it’s not particularly original either. If you wish to run a critique on Socialism by all means go ahead, but please do some basic research first before commiting keyboard to screen.

    • Vicky32 16.8

      The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “welcome to socialist reality.”

      Sigh, I first read a version of that in the Libertarian rag that briefly existed in 1984! The old-fashioned language is a dead giveaway…

  17. aerobubble 17

    Fish evolve immunity to toxic sludge, or rather they woke up a dominent
    more costly gene put to sleep. So what would Brash had done? Well
    fish were hurting and so Brash would have thrown them a life line,
    kept fish from toxic sludge and so left them better able to survive
    in clean seas. Well that doesn’t sound like free market theory, that
    sounds more like national socialism, protectionism, Australian,
    British companies directly competing with NZ companies pay
    CGT, have to pay more to attract those who can deal with the
    complexity, and they also don’t have to pay workers as much
    because workers get the first 5,000 off excempt of tax, and
    workers don’t pay tax on fresh food. But Brash can’t understand
    it, or can MSM, how could food being less than sugary drinks
    actually help the economy avoid costs like diabeties, poverty,
    obsecity.

    Whehn the MSM give these reckless right wing idiots too much
    time, they manufacture consent for inane seat warmers of the
    right, they do our economy a deep disservice. I have a really
    dim view of Victoria University, their economic department
    cannot serious condone what Brash says in any shape or form.

  18. randal 18

    red herring pete geroge. all societys except eastern despotisms and out and out tyranny’s are a mixture of socilaism/ capitalism. they are not mirro images or each other and neither are they an either or proposition. the major problem with capitalism is that it alloows the accumulators of capital to keep increasing their wealth without actually doing anything. then the f*ckers begin to think they did it all themselves. worst of all are the accountants who just want everything because they are like that. i.e. too much is not enough.

  19. Ianupnorth 19

    Admins – please do a Big Bruv on pete!!

    • Don’t you like anyone encouraging discussion? Or do you want just want restricted discussionto suot your preferences.

      Plenty of jumping to conclusion about my intent, you don’t even know what I think about the parable. Attack first, don’t think later seems to be a common theme here.

      • KJT 19.1.1

        I like discussion. Just prefer the RWNJ’s would come up with some original thought for us to get our teeth into.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.1.2

        You don’t encourage discussion – you seem to do your damnedest to undermine it with you puerile non answers and assertions.

      • Ianupnorth 19.1.3

        Pete, you just talk shit mate!

      • Uturn 19.1.4

        Instead of saying what you think about the parable, you take 7 posts to tell us we don’t know what you think? You’re a troll and have entered my ignore list.

      • marty mars 19.1.5

        snot your preferences pete you give the average troll a bad name

      • Uturn 19.1.6

        Reading through a Kiwiblog thread on tax cuts for the rich offered by Labour, today, and I find this:

        Pete George (11,634) Says:
        October 31st, 2011 at 1:16 pm
        Mark’s parable is very good, but it doesn’t just apply to staunch right versus left, most of the centre would probably also acknowledge the message in that.

        A comment in reply to the same parable you posted here 10 mins afterwards. So that’s what’s you think of it. It’s “very good” and since you identify with the centre on yours and UF blog, you agree with it’s message. You’re a troll. You come here to troll.

      • Vicky32 19.1.7

        Please do not jump to the conclusion that I agree with you in any way but this Pete George – but it’s sadly true that people here are very good at attacking first, and not asking questions later…

  20. Ianupnorth 20

    Hot off the Herald website
    Govt does not convince business
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10762942

    … it also found that while 98.4 per cent of respondents believed it was important for the Government to have a co-ordinated plan of action that raised New Zealand’s economic performance, only 34.5 per cent thought it had one.
    Deloitte chief executive Murray Jack said it was “disturbing” that the No.1 issue emerging from the survey was the lack of a “clear, well understood economic plan”.

    also

    The survey also showed only 19 per cent of respondents thought the Government’s current infrastructure spending plans would deliver the best economic outcomes for New Zealand against 23.6 per cent who thought they wouldn’t. But significantly, more than half – 57.4 per cent – were unsure.
     

    and (saving the best till last)

    Labour deserved credit for “grasping the nettle” by saying it would raise the eligibility for NZ Super and Mr Jack said he was encouraged there was now more debate on the issue.
    However, he said Labour’s policy was flawed, partly as the changes did not take effect until the baby-boomer generation had retired.
    Labour at least recognised the link between KiwiSaver and NZ Superannuation, he said.

    So, the business community is getting word about the Nats!

  21. vto 21

    Solid rumour around the traps down these parts is that Brownlee is threatening the Christchurch City Council with an Ecan-style sacking post-election.

    He needs to be called on it. Pre-election. Perhaps during the debate tonight with Key.

    If he does go through with this threat I predict all hell will break loose and it will leave the protests around the Ecan sacking looking like a picnic in the park in comparison.

  22. outofbed 22

    I haven’t decided who to vote for yet Mana or the Greens
    depends if hone looks like getting in, amongst other things
    Order at Moment
    Greens
    Mana
    Labour

  23. 2011 Election Debate Fail

    Despite John Key refusing to be a part of the actual debate, I thought the Native Affairs election kick off on Maori television was very good. Overall it was well produced and insightful, making me hopeful that this years campaigning would be worth watching…

  24. 3News tonight, (Patrick Gower’s article for those who want to see the vision), Key and Goff shake hands. Goff is genuine and makes eye contact. Key ducks and dives and scurries away.
     
    Hhmmm…..telling.

  25. millsy 26

    Ooooooooohhhhh crrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaapppppppppp

    John Key’s announcing the welfare changes tomorrow.

    The ones that will probably see mothers and their babies out on the street.

  26. Draco T Bastard 27

    Recession – tick
    Wages decreasing in real terms – tick
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  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
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  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
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    22 hours ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
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  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
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    1 day ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
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    1 day ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
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    2 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
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    3 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
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    3 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
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    3 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
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    3 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
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    3 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
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    3 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
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    3 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
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    4 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
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    4 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
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    5 days ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
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    5 days ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
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    5 days ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
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    5 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
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    5 days ago
  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
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    5 days ago
  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
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    6 days ago
  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
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    6 days ago
  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
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    1 week ago
  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
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    1 week ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme kept on track
    The Government is increasing its investment in the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery. Over two thirds of the projects will proceed as announced despite increased costs due to COVID, with modifications being made to others. “NZUP is already supporting over 1,000 jobs with 13 ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Northern Pathway gets green light
    The Government is committed to the Northern Pathway with its preferred option being a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Geotechnical investigations and testing has determined that building a structure connected to the Auckland Harbour Bridge is not possible ...
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    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to continue, planning underway for managed return flights
    Following the Victorian Government’s decision to extend their lockdown restrictions,  New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will also be extended for a further six days, with a further review due on Wednesday 9 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. I acknowledge this extension will cause further inconvenience ...
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    1 week ago