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The Standard Week: August 15-22

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, August 22nd, 2008 - 54 comments
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As expected, the polls out last weekend did not show National being hit by the secret agenda tapes scandal because they were conducted before the story had fully emerged. We will have to wait for the next round of polls to see what effect there has been – although sources say both National and Labour’s internal polling shows the gap narrowing by 4-5% already. A Colmar Brunton poll, also conducted before the secret agenda tapes had fully emerged, showed voters do not believe National is being open about its plans and do not support its borrowing for tax cuts policy. Other than the polls, there was a grab-bag of smaller issues, but look forward to fireworks when Parliament resumes next week for the last session before the election. Here are our favourite posts of the week:

Ambitious for transport
Why are we spending $1 billion on Transmission Gully when by the time it is finished the price of petrol will be up to $10 a litre according to a study by the Australian CSIRO?..[more]

Did you say “wages”, John?
That’s nice to hear but given National’s policy is to reduce work rights and make it harder for working Kiwis to negotiate a better deal it seems a bit rich….I guess it’s this kind of credibility gap between what National says and what it does that makes it so hard for voters to trust them….[more]

Reviewing the weekend polls
As I said last week, the polls that came out this weekend can not reflect any impact of the secret agenda tapes…Labour will be heartened to have moved up in 2 of the polls (including an 8% gain in the last two Colmar Brunton polls) and recorded no change in the third. The Greens polled under 5% in two of the three polls, but nobody seriously expects that they won’t win 5% on election day… [more]

Greens call for public input on ETS
The Greens should vote for the ETS not because it is perfect but because it is good, because it has been improved by negotiations between Labour and the Greens, and because the alternative is much worse…[more]

Nats: some of us look like youse
you’ve got a woman at 7, another at 10, yet more at 17 and 20 – you’re talking up to four women in a National Cabinet! And two of them aren’t even Pakeha!…good on National for joining the twentieth century. I look forward to the day they move beyond tokenism but I won’t be holding my breath…[more]

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54 comments on “The Standard Week: August 15-22”

  1. Rob 1

    Over all a good week for National John will be happy came through the polls well. People like their pragmatic approach to Energy. Welfare also has the support of the Majority.

    A few problems for the Labourites with the flavoured condoms getting a lot of exposure yet still no Herceptin very touchy subject.

    The Sex Ed in school caused some very lively debate and would expect that to come up in the house next week in terms of the Material they are handing out. Labour is obviously trying to desensitise people realign their moral compass but don’t believe its working for them.

    ETS is going to be a problem Greens worried about the cost on the average person. Also Labour wont declare where the money is going so just becomes another Cullen Tax, Labour with a real chance of being defeated not a good footing to start off a Election platform.

    Summary pretty good week for Crosby keys & textor

  2. watch out, jokers and jokesses, the Majority has spoken via that medium of world renown – Rob.

  3. MikeE 3

    Any comments on the EMPU’s treatment on Shawn Tan from a “workers” perspective?

    I see Idiot/Savant is against it

    http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2008/08/just-not-on.html

    Surely the standard would be against such a disgusting abuse of workers rights by this terrible employer.

  4. Rob 4

    Steve sorry there was one thing I forgot to add there is still the Saga of Winston hanging around Helen even though she is trying to distance herself from it. It appears to be getting murkier by the day I mean who would not remember or forget whether they paid a $40000 bill or not. It funny how the tune changed when they got caught out do we believe him Yeaa Right !! just another casualty of the EFA rather ironical I think.

  5. Rob 5

    Just as the Police have decided to charge the man who flicked his Sons ear in Christchurch. Great news the Bradford / Clark bill will be gone by Lunch time. Helen will’try and defend not holding it with the Election but wont make her look very good.
    A referendum will be held on anti-smacking laws after parliamentary officials confirmed a petition calling for the ballot had enough valid signatures.

    The Clerk of the House said an audit of the petition found that 310,000 of the 390,000 signatures were valid.

    This was 25,000 more than needed to trigger a referendum.

    Petition organiser Larry Baldock said the vote should be held in conjunction with the election.

    The Government has ruled this out, saying it would best be held as a postal ballot next year.

    [lprent: Enough. Putting you into moderation. This isn’t a damn news service for talkback or Wishart repeater clones. You’re annoying me and a high proportion of commentators. Take a weeks ban for being a bloody nuisance.

    I have to say that you’ve just had a unique accolade. You don’t fit any of the usual criteria, but I’ll add a section to the Policy about what I’ll do for bloody nuisance.

    This is one time I’ll invite comment about a decision (of course I’ll make my own decision). However I suspect it is going to be quite popular. ]

  6. Matthew Pilott 6

    Any comments on the EMPU’s treatment on Shawn Tan from a “workers’ perspective?

    Depends how long he will need to campaign… Common courtesy would dictate you inform your boss if you’ll need a few months off.

    I’m glad to see, MikeE, that you’ve come so far around you think that an employee should be able to walk off their job and expect to have it waiting for them three months later, without mentioning why to their boss.

    Tell you what – you’ve got an even stronger opinion about it than I – but it’s wonderful to see you recognising the inherent imbalance in power between worker and employer, the necesity for strong employment law protection for workers, and that you’re throwing your full support behind the workers. I look forward to reading further comments from you and your newly-found extreme pro-workers’ rights viewpoint!

  7. MikeE 7

    “However, he said his supervisor told him he should resign if he was thinking about standing for Act when he first raised the subject.”

    Mathhew…. I believe the above would amount to constructive dismissal in anyones books…

    Also from the EPMU website:

    “Discrimination means that the employer has not treated the worker in the same way as other workers because of the worker’s:

    * Sex
    * Religious beliefs
    * Colour
    * Ethnicity
    * Age
    * Employment status
    * Sexual orientation
    * Marital status
    * Ethical beliefs
    * Race
    * Disability
    * Political opinion
    * Family status
    * Union involvement”

    http://www.epmu.org.nz/discrimination-2/

  8. Matthew Pilott 8

    MikeE, I was going on the story that said he decided to run without telling his employer, despite the time required to do so.

    If he’d done the same for a holiday would you be here asking the same?

    Good to see you supporting the goals and aims of the EPMU. I look forward to your words of encouragement for workers, and against employers, in all further industrial disputes.

    You could start out with agreeing to the following: “Act are scum as they refuse to deal with Unions in principle.”

  9. Billy 9

    Lprent, since you asked…

    Banning someone for being annoying? How come you keep letting Rogernome comment?

    [lprent: He doesn’t cause me extra work – see my comment below]

  10. Matthew Pilott 10

    Lprent – make it a new category, willful ignorance! It’s not just annoying, constant threadjacking does prevent a good debate.

    After all that I’m going to say that this is the one post that I think Rob-style comments would be tolerated (i.e. a bit of a Friday Misc thread, but a few links, accurate comments and less clipping-service style stuff would be the go) but pretty much all of the others have been nuked, none of them vaguely close to the topic. Not exactly constructive.

  11. Billy – as a special treat you can ban roger for a day next time he comments on our blog…

  12. Billy 12

    Must you address me as if I am wearing a gimp suit?

  13. Also from the EPMU website:

    Ha! From the Act party 20 point plan:

    12 Labour. Allow freedom of contract to make it easier to trial new workers and replace poor performers. Business runs better with right staff. Workers and company earn more. Contract protects both parties.

    http://www.act.org.nz/files/pledge/20pointplan.pdf

    Ironically if Tan’s party had their way he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on – I suspect he still doesn’t…

    What a dick.

    edit: Billy – I thought it was my turn to wear the suit!

  14. Matthew Pilott 14

    When you to are old men will you play chess in the park and bicker like…old men? I hope so.

  15. Anita 15

    lprent,

    Being a bloody nuisance is very subjective.

    Making shit up, on the other hand, is clear as day – repeatedly using masses of completely incorrect and unreferenced facts, making no attempt to correct factual errors, and showing no interest in moving towards being truthful is easy to assess.

    I know it probably pisses me off a lot more than it does most people, but… 🙂

    I really think that there is a problem with allowing completely untrue pseudo-facts to stand uncorrected in the comments; for a start someone might actually believe them, and they might even attribute them to The Standard, it uses The Standard’s cred to spread bullshit. One off srcew ups are one thing, repeated barefaced inaccuracy is another.

    Thanks for listening 🙂

  16. Billy 16

    To demonstrate your point, Matthew Pilott:

    ‘sod, just why do you suspect Tan doesn’t have a leg to stand on? Are you in favour of employers sacking employees for their political affiliations?

    If, as Matthew has pretended, it is because they are concerned about his ability to perform both jobs (oh, puhlease) surely natural justice wouldn’t allow a summary suspension.

  17. Anita 17

    My understanding of employment law precedent (someone please correct me – this is rusty!!) is that there is an acceptance that the actions of an employee may be so inconsistent with the business of the employer that the employee’s behaviour, in and of itself, undermines the employment relationship.

    Say, for example, someone who was a public face of an organisation trying to reduce NZ’s binge drinking spent their off hours encouraging binge drinking by 18-24 year old (by running alcohol centred events for example), that behaviour was picked up by the media, the employee did not change it, and it undermined their ability to speak credibly against binge drinking, and undermined the employer’s position and authority. I believe that in that circumstance the employee’s employment relationship could be altered or terminated because their actions have significantly damaged it.

    Does that sound right/fair?

  18. higherstandard 18

    Begs the question as to why the EPMU didn’t just say that all their employees are welcome to participate in the democratic process and just leave it at that.

    If Mr Tan gets into parliament he’ll have to leave the EPMU to take up his new job.

    Seems to me the EPMU have played this poorly

  19. higherstandard 19

    Anita

    Bit of a long bow to suggest participating in the democratic process is inconsistent with the business of the EPMU.

  20. Matthew Pilott 20

    Apparently it’s in their contract that if they are thinking of a candidacy they must inform their employer.

    Anyone else find it ironic that sokmeone running for Act would willfully violate a work contract, especially in light of ‘sod’s comment above? So much for contracts protecting both parties!

    Billy – why ‘pretended’? Do you think running for parliament is a 7pm – 8:30pm every second Tuesday kind of affair?

    HS – I suppose the EPMU could have allowed him to violate his contract wilfully, but that isn’t something they should have to suffer to ‘play’ a situation well…

  21. Matthew Pilott 21

    Bit of a long bow to suggest participating in the democratic process is inconsistent with the business of the EPMU.

    Bit of a long bow to suggest that running for a party that would happily destroy all ability for the EPMU to function isn’t inconsistent with working for the EPMU…

  22. lprent 22

    Anita: All of the moderation on here is totally subjective and up to the moderators judgement. For instance one persons troll is another’s “Telling it like it is”, personal attack from one persons viewpoint could be calling them anything whereas another wouldn’t blink an eye, one persons inaccurate facts are another’s “brave attempt to overthrow entrenched orthodoxy” (eg in the climate change debate), etc.

    Generally I’ll (usually) tolerate quite a lot in ambiguous situations because I think the debate is worth having even when I disagree strongly (eg climate change).

    In this case, the deciding factor isn’t even any one of these. It is a combination that requires I have to spend too much time reading comments and debate that is essentially about bugger all.

    Each time someone complains about someone else here, I usually have to track back to the relevant comment to see if there is a good reason (ie the personal attack provisions). Rob has a goodly number of these against him and the level of personal attack in each comment is rising. Almost all of them are about partial (but usually not full) inaccuracies. Rather than having to eventually ban people who are complaining about him, I’ll ban the cause.

    So in this case he was becoming a bloody nuisance – to me. That is what he is getting banned for, and hopefully he’ll modify his behavior when he gets back on.

    Billy: I think that also answers your query about roger as well. Also why I don’t ban d4j or randal for the same reasons. They don’t cause me extra and unnecessary work.

  23. Daveo 23

    This is an Act party beatup. The union’s rules and collective agreement appear to be very clear, staff who wish to stand for public office must get approval from the national executive.

    Tan broke his contract, he got suspended pending an investigation (possibly on full pay for all we know). There’s no story here.

    It’s also worth pointing out that there’s a major conflict of interest between being a union organiser and an Act party candidate. You can’t credibly spend half your time helping workers to enforce their rights and spend the other half trying to remove those rights.

  24. Daveo 24

    Mike: Idiot/Savant is a terribly excitable nobody who’s inclined to fly off the rails before all the facts are in. This plays right into the hands of people like Farrar who then use his misinformed outrage to give the right a moral highground they don’t deserve.

    To cut to the chase, I wouldn’t put too much stock in his analysis.

  25. Gustavo Trellis 25

    You can’t write a contract that negates the law either.

  26. higherstandard 26

    MP and Daveo

    “You can’t credibly spend half your time helping workers to enforce their rights and spend the other half trying to remove those rights.”

    “Bit of a long bow to suggest that running for a party that would happily destroy all ability for the EPMU to function isn’t inconsistent with working for the EPMU.”

    I didn’t know ACT was running on a ticket of banning Unions ?

  27. CMR 27

    I have just heard the lawyer for Mr Tan speaking to Larry on Newstalk ZB.

    The lawyer is confident that Mr Tan will proceed to the Employment Court. Good luck to him.

    The behaviour of the union thugs is graphic in this context. How can anybody on this blog simply dismiss it as an “Act party beatup” (Sic!)

    Please note the lawyer does not believe Tan has been “suspended pending an investigation!” (As Daveo states.)

    Mr Pilott optimistically suggests common courtesy ought dictate the circumstances here. Excuse me! The alleged facts from Mr Tan’s lawyer’s perspective admit he DID attempt to give notice but on doing so was summarily tossed from his job! Is this any form of courtesy? Certainly not “common courtesy.”

    While all employers have the right to set the conduct of employees the action by this union is unspeakably grotesque. How do they treat their members? Bloody hell the thought is a scare!

  28. higherstandard 28

    What’s next – producing propaganda and demanding their members only vote for certain parties ?

  29. randal 29

    hs…randal will start a morons party and force you to vote for it.

  30. Matthew Pilott 30

    I didn’t know ACT was running on a ticket of banning Unions ?

    Read my comment again… You were discusing inconsistency and long bows, I elucidated.

    CMR – I guess there’s a reason I don’t rely on Talkback. I might wait until the real facts come out. As I gather, Mr Tan did not inform his employer, as he was contractually obliged to; this was the cause of his suspension. As to what you say, the obligation is to inform your employer before the fact, not after. I wouldn’t take either of the two stories as Holy Writ though, as you’ve chosen to.

    I suppose you have to, though, to muster such righteous indignation.

  31. Anita 31

    hs,

    Bit of a long bow to suggest participating in the democratic process is inconsistent with the business of the EPMU.

    It doesn’t seem that the issue was Tan’s involvement in a democratic process as a whole. It was an issue of the party he chose to be very publicly aligned with, the extent of his public alignment, and the policies of that party.

    If, for example, a school teacher were to stand for a political party whose sole objective was the legalisation of sex between adults and children, I suspect their promotion of that viewpoint might be seen as undermining the employment relationship between the teacher and the school.

    I am not saying the Tan/ACT/EPMU situation is that clearcut, but nor is it as clearcut as those who’d argue it should have absolutely no effect on this employment. There is black, white and grey in this area of employment law and political participation.

  32. Draco TB 32

    The lawyer is confident that Mr Tan will proceed to the Employment Court. Good luck to him.

    He’s certainly going to need it. Willfully breaking contract isn’t defensible.

    EDIT: Willfully breaking contract also indicates that he’s not ready for government either.

    Please note the lawyer does not believe Tan has been “suspended pending an investigation!’

    The alleged facts from Mr Tan’s lawyer’s perspective admit he DID attempt to give notice but on doing so was summarily tossed from his job!

    Facts tend to be essential here and so far you haven’t provided any. Neither has the lawyer.

    While all employers have the right to set the conduct of employees the action by this union is unspeakably grotesque.

    In what way?
    He broke contract and was suspended for doing so. Seems perfectly normal to me.

  33. Sarah 33

    So if anyone provides an opposing view lprent you ban them?

    Sure the presentation of his arguments isn’t fantastic but he’s perfectly entitled to make the points he’s making.

    It’s a discussion of the week in review. He’s commenting on the week in review. But because he makes some points that come from a source you don’t agree with (“Wishart repeater clones”) you ban him. I’m sure if he did the same from a lef-wing source, he would not get the same punishment.

    All you’re doing is banning anyone who has a view opposite to you, so when the time comes to discuss a point of importance, no one will disagree with you because there simply isn’t anyone left to argue back.

    That’s not a democracy. It’s a joke.

    [lprent: This blog isn’t a democracy – it is private property – I pay for it. The reason Rob got a ban was because he was chewing too much of my valuable time. Do you think that I should waste my time unproductively? If he added something to the site it wouldn’t have been a problem. But most of the comments directed towards Rob’s comments was about how inaccurate his information was. ]

  34. CMR 34

    Draco: Have you read the contract? I have read many in my time and while there are a series of customary provisions it is not essential that all employment contracts are identical. If you have not actually read the contract which pertainsd to Mr Tan’s employment then you are rather presumptuous are you not?

    Breach of contract is defensible on numerous grounds: Frustration: Common Mistake: Vis Major: etc…

  35. Bill 35

    Interesting reading through the comments relating to Shawn Tan. So he’s suspended on full pay because he apparently did not declare a conflict of interest. That’s how it’s reading to me.

    But the question being begged, which no-one has touched on is, I would have thought, blindingly obvious.

    How many more ‘Shawn Tans’ are there within the union movement and what does that say about the state of NZ’s union movement?

    Once upon a time unionists were unionists. It would have been unthinkable that a union organiser could hold views in line with those of the Act Party.

    Has unionism degenerated to become a vehicle for careerists and opportunists? How can a person work in a workers organisation and be so removed from working class roots?

    If Shawn Tan has been discriminated against (and I very much doubt he has been) then he will get compensation.

    But as I have said, I really do not think that is the pertinent point here. What the hell was he doing working for a union in the first place!?

  36. vto 36

    As someone else said ‘imagine if the employer had been BusinessNZ or some such and Tan had wanted to stand for labour or the greens’. The shrieking would be heard across the land.

    interesting interesting. Whatcha gonna do Mr Little?

    Also, are the greens in fact doing a Lockwood Smith and swallowing a dead rat over the ETS?

    interesting interesting. Where are those principles so loudly stated over the tapergate thing?

  37. higherstandard 37

    Anita I find your example nauseating

  38. Lew 38

    Interesting situation.

    My initial position was that of Idiot/Savant – that he should get his job back. However the suspension was not that he was standing for the ACT party – it’s that he breached contract by standing for office without seeking approval first; and indeed, having been informed he should seek approval, and then having failed to do so.

    All that said – this seems to me a very minor breach. `Breach of contract’ is a symbolic term which anyone who believes in the rule of law will decry, absent additional information. However as others have noted there are defences for some breaches of contract, and in some cases it’s justifiable.

    In this situation it seems the EPMU has been mean-spirited; but it’s important to remember that the game’s not up yet. Pending the disciplinary process, they can yet show themselves to be bigger than the political scandal by standing up for this worker’s rights, and backing to the hilt his right to stand for office for whatever party he sees fit as long as it doesn’t prevent him doing his job. I’ll watch with interest.

    I also have some sympathy for Bill’s point: what the hell was someone with ACT sympathies doing working for the EPMU in the first place? This rests upon the presumption that ACT is inherently opposed to the union movement, and instinctively I think it is. Anita’s point (distasteful but illustrative example aside) is also relevant: it may be that the EPMU considers this a position which undermines his credibility as an EPMU staffer.

    What’s clear from all this is how political the union movement is – in a micro sense, as well as a macro sense.

    L

  39. higherstandard 39

    Not another moron’s party Randal surely we already have enough in NZ.

  40. Anita 40

    hs,

    Anita I find your example nauseating

    Sorry 🙁

    I was trying to find an utterly totally clear example, and that was the best I could come up with. ’tis clear though :-/

  41. Draco TB 41

    As it stands the situation is:

    Tan was suspended for breach of contract. Not fired or dismissed but suspended. A valid action by the employer where a potential conflict of interest arises from the breach in contract.

    Human rights would be an issue if he had been fired immediately which he wasn’t. He announced several months ago that he was a member of ACT and kept his job and, by all appearances so far, was discriminated against in any way. Further, the law takes into account conflicts of interest so, if a conflict of interest is proved which is likely considering that the two political institutions involved are ideologically opposed, there would be no human rights issue if the EPMU do dismiss him.

    Breach of contract is defensible on numerous grounds:

    Yeah, agreed. This isn’t one of them though due to the potential for a conflict of interest.

    What’s clear from all this is how political the union movement is – in a micro sense, as well as a macro sense.

    The union movement has always been political. They’ve always striven to change the way society operates. Labour came about as their political arm when they finally realised that just protesting wasn’t working and that they needed someone on the inside of parliament.

  42. dave 42

    This is not just about breach of contract, it is about human rights. If an employer was to breach the an employees human rights by telling him he should resign if he stood for a certain political party, because of the political party stood for, while telling him not to bother asking for permission as he wont get it – then a persons human rights was breached before a contract was breached.

    And Anita, that was a pretty bad example. Do try harder.

  43. higherstandard 43

    No problem Anita, I just thought the comparison was overly ugly.

    What’s your take on why ACT’s policies are such an anathema to the EPMU that they feel they have to go down this track.

    I find the whole thing completely topsy turvy in that a supposed protector of employees rights is acting against what they’re supposed to promote, while people supporting the right for individual contracts are taking the opposite view.

  44. Anita 44

    hs,

    What’s your take on why ACT’s policies are such an anathema to the EPMU

    I don’t have a detailed view on this, and am unlikely to gain on while stuck on the end of a slooooow modem link. But I can guess wildly 🙂

    ACT’s pledgecard says:

    Allow freedom of contract to make it easier to trial new workers and replace poor performers

    I can’t find any more detail on what they mean by this (either their website has a blank page in their policies section or modem speed is causing me grief), but I would guess that it is an even more radical variant of National’s 90-days free fire trial period as well as some alterations to the ERA to make firing easier.

    The EPMU has come out strongly against National’s proposal, and led the campaign against Mapp’s earlier attempt. So we’re talking about someone working for the EPMU and campaigning for a stronger version of something the EPMU is campaigning against.

    Much like a ramped up version of my (hopefully less ugly) binge drinking example.

  45. higherstandard 45

    With my tongue firmly in my cheek can you I say that I would have thought that the EPMU should be all for making it easier to trial new workers and can only shy away from the replacement of poor performers if the think employers will abuse the right to replace poor performance which is after all already a reason for replacing staff.

    I’m getting the distinct feeling that the EPMU is one of the weaker unions in NZ and is far too heavily involved in the affairs of the Labour party and vice versa – they should take a leaf out of some of the other prominent union’s books and concentrate more on working for their members and less on playing politics.

  46. Daveo 46

    Lew. There’s a lot of information swirling around the movement at the moment that isn’t in the media. Be careful not to form your opinions on the basis of sensationalist media stories or the excitable moral outrage of Idiot/Savant.

    Why was he in there in the first place? I don’t know Shawn personally but the story goes that as recently as two months ago he was a leading green party activist and had previously been employed by two other unions. Mu understanding is he’s very immature and was easily bought off with an offer of a place on the act party list. This story is just a little exercise in self-promotion on Tan’s part.

    Higherstandard. I’m an EPMU member and they’re at the forefront of the new zealand union movement both politically and industrially. Think four weeks annual leave campaign, fair share 5% in 05, the campaign against the 90 day bill, stopping the air nz engineering jobs going overseas. I’d be interested to hear if you have any basis for that comment other than right wing blog talking points.

  47. Anita 47

    hs,

    With my tongue firmly in my cheek can you I say that I would have thought that the EPMU should be all for making it easier to trial new workers

    With my tongue equally firmly in my cheeck can I say I think you should join the EPMU and advocate for a change in policy? 🙂

    But back to reality for a moment… given what the EPMU is campaigning for, and what ACT is campaigning for, what do you think of the situation around Tan?

  48. Draco TB 48

    Eeep :0

    …by all appearances so far, was discriminated against in any way.

    That’s supposed to say wasn’t

  49. higherstandard 49

    Anita

    On the face of it my thoughts are that Tan sounds a bit odd and that the EPMU should just have kept their traps shut.

  50. bill brown 50

    Lynne, wrt Rob,

    It’s only the thread jacking that I find to be a pain in the arse, if his comments are on topic then so be it – if they’re inaccurate they’re usually easy to refute – bit of easy meat to help break up the day.

    Oh, and I’ll miss his naked yearning for JK – it always warms my heart.

  51. higherstandard 51

    Daveo

    Just my opinion but I think Laila Harre, Deborah Powell etc do a better job.

    The EPMU just seems too spend much time trumpeting Labour good National bad all the time.

  52. Daveo 52

    Laila Harre does good work, Deborah Powell is a crook who runs her union like a business and has been convicted of rigging a union election ballot. Shows how much you know about the trade union movement ‘higherstandard’.

    Mate you seem like a good sort, so I’d advise you to steer clear of the crap you hear on Kiwiblog and come to debates like this armed with facts before slagging off my union.

  53. Daveo 53

    “the EPMU should just have kept their traps shut.”

    They did – it was Tan who went squealing to the media to beat this minor employment disagreement into a story.

    From my experience as a union delegate going back twenty years he’s almost certain to get the sack now, but then I suspect that’s what he wanted all along.

  54. randal 54

    if he is anything like wodney he will be squealing like a weasel and acting like a toad…that is the act style my friend…sad but true!

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    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    1 day ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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