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Housing selloff – obsessive secrecy and power

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 19th, 2015 - 21 comments

shushing key

National’s selloff of our state houses is yet another example of its two main obsessions, secrecy and unaccountable power.

So much for the competitive market

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 23rd, 2015 - 18 comments


I love how right-wing ideology is just some thing that can be switched on and off at will. Case in point, ownership of state houses…

Selling state houses to Australia

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, June 28th, 2015 - 20 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

English needs to explain why the government can’t find NZ buyers for their “social housing” plans. The Nats to explain how selling state houses helps a single family in need.

Oppose the housing sell off!

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, December 10th, 2014 - 4 comments

state house plan

A last-minute, urgent appeal from Phil Twyford – oppose the sell off of state houses – today!

Social housing providers

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, November 12th, 2014 - 46 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

Is Key planning to flog off state houses at half price to a liquor company?

Effects of privatised power

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, November 11th, 2014 - 120 comments

dim bulb

The entirely predictable effects of privatising much of our electricity generation capacity are arriving thick and fast.

Mighty Big Gamble on Mighty Big Gift

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, August 20th, 2013 - 19 comments

money into pocket

Hey John, how much public money are you going to pay the wealthy to “buy” our assets? (And how just desperate are you…?)

Market not impressed with $30 Million payout

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, August 9th, 2013 - 89 comments


Yesterday John Key gave $30 Million of tax payer’s money to Rio Tinto in order to prop up its electricity deal with Meridian – and thus to prop up his privatisation ideology. Mighty River Power shares took a hit. Smart investors getting out?

Another $30 Million to prop up Meridian sale

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, August 8th, 2013 - 55 comments


John Key just spent another $30 Million of tax payer’s money to prop up his privatisation ideology.

45,000 more signatures

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, July 8th, 2013 - 46 comments

keep our assets petition boxes

The eight week window to gather more signatures for a referendum on asset sales is now over, and the new signatures will be presented to Parliament today. Lots of them…

Meridian sale panic

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, July 5th, 2013 - 45 comments

money into pocket

The Nats must be panicking about the prospects for the sale of Meridian – because they’re resorting to extraordinary tactics.

The wheels are falling off

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 28th, 2013 - 59 comments


The Nats have tried to do too much too soon, and now the wheels are obviously falling off their sad “flagship” privatisation programme.

MRP sale fail numbers

Written By: - Date published: 6:03 am, May 9th, 2013 - 192 comments

key fail

Here are the numbers that sum up the MRP sale fail – foremost among them the $1,000 that the government has spent per Kiwi investor attracted.

Asset sales petition has more work to do

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, May 7th, 2013 - 142 comments


Breaking – The asset sales referendum petition has collected 292,000 valid signatures. It needs 16,500 more (about another 5%) to reach the threshold. The Keep Our Assets Coalition has 2 months to get the remainder – and says it will get them…

Economic sabotage

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, April 23rd, 2013 - 184 comments

nz power logo big

Which is really the party of “economic sabotage”?

Attention Mum and Dad investors

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 10th, 2013 - 90 comments

money into pocket

Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove reveals that when selling Mighty River Power shares, brokers will get twice the commission for selling to a foreign buyer. This will send ownership overseas and drive up prices for Kiwis.

Should the Left keep opposing asset sales?

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, March 12th, 2013 - 80 comments


Should the parties of the Left continue to oppose asset sales? Lew At Kiwipolitico (loudly cheered on by Bryce Edwards) doesn’t think so. I think Lew is wrong. Here’s why…

Kiwis at the front of the queue?

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, March 4th, 2013 - 140 comments


One of the promises that Key made about asset sales was that Kiwis would be “at the front of the queue”. So why will up to 30% of the current offering be heading overseas?

Body on Mighty River

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 22nd, 2013 - 14 comments



Judicial review of water ownership rejected

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 pm, December 11th, 2012 - 17 comments

not for sale dam

A win for the Nats, a loss for the country. The Maori Council’s request for a judicial review of water rights has been rejected.

Mighty River sale on hold

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, October 23rd, 2012 - 28 comments

not for sale benmore

As expected, the High Court advised today that the government should hold off sale of Mighty River Power. The government is complying.

Asset sales grind on

Written By: - Date published: 5:50 pm, October 15th, 2012 - 37 comments


Amidst all the current scandal and chaos, the Nats’ privatisation agenda grinds on.

Maori unity and aspirations

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, September 14th, 2012 - 126 comments


Yesterday’s national hui on water rights has resulted in the best possible outcome for Maori, a decision to present a unified front in the face of National’s divide and rule tactics.

Asset sales delayed

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, September 3rd, 2012 - 49 comments

not for sale dam

Breaking news – the government is delaying the sale of assets until at least March next year.

NRT: Numbers out of his arse

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, August 22nd, 2012 - 31 comments


I/S at No Right Turn on Key’s made up numbers.

3 News polls mums and dads

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, August 10th, 2012 - 43 comments

not for sale dam

Turns out that not many “mums and dads” are planning to buy shares in their own assets.

The illusion of consultation

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 4th, 2012 - 22 comments


For some reason the Nats are in a hurry to complete their privatisation programme within two years.  Anyone in any doubt as to how the process of consultation with Maori will play out might be informed by some recent history.

Waitangi Tribunal: Asset sales should stop

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, July 30th, 2012 - 70 comments

not for sale dam

The Waitangi Tribunal has recommended that asset sales should stop.

Will update as reaction emerges.

Asset sale delay likely

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, July 17th, 2012 - 62 comments

not for sale dam

Even John Key is now admitting that the asset sale program is facing a serious legal challenge, and that delays in the sales are likely.  Any such delay would have several implications…

Iwi and the riverbeds

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, July 3rd, 2012 - 15 comments


The only remaining possible legal threat to the Nats’ plans to sell off our power companies is a Treaty based claim to water rights or riverbeds.

Sale of the century

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 2nd, 2012 - 71 comments


So – what kind of person does well out of asset sales?…

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