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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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  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
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  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
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    19 hours ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
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    2 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
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    2 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
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  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
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  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
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    2 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
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  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
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    2 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
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    3 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
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    3 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
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    3 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
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  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
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  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
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    3 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
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    3 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
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    3 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
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    3 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
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    3 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
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    3 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
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    3 days ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
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    4 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
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  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
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    5 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
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    5 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today, it is great to be here.  I mean that both sincerely and literally. For this equivalent speech last year I took part virtually, beaming in from the Beehive Theatrette with only a socially distanced press gallery bearing silent witness. You are a ...
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    5 days ago
  • Budget 2021 reprioritises nearly $1 billion
    The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, Grant Robertson said in his annual pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning. “As part of Budget preparation I ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech on Digital Identity Trust Framework
    I'd like to start by thanking Graeme, David and Ben from NZTech and Digital Identity New Zealand for inviting me to speak to you. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are, including some of this country’s top tech ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZ Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19 recovery
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel ...
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    6 days ago
  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises saddened by passing of KiwiRail Chair
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the China Business Summit by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth
      Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Tena koutou katoa.  Good morning. It is my pleasure to join you today for this China Business Summit – my first as Minister for Trade and Export Growth as well as Minister of Agriculture – and to have the opportunity to speak to you ...
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