The test

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Fairfax (joined to a lesser extent by the Herald) has decided to go a bit mental on Labour and Cunliffe. An endless stream of stories trying to tweak Cunliffe’s nose over every little thing. Part of this is covering the embarrassment of their own rogue poll. More importantly, it’s a test that all new leaders get. The wave of hypercritical stories don’t mean much in themselves, how Cunliffe’s Labour responds does.

If Cunliffe appears to be shaken or to go to ground, then that will reveal a weakness in leadership. If Cunliffe responds with strength and confidence, that will define him as the incoming PM.

Having just heard a clip of him on RNZ, I think we can be confident he’ll go with the latter. He knows himself and he knows the issues – and he provides excellent quotes.

My advice would be that Cunliffe is Labour’s great strength – the rise in Labour’s polling since his took over shows that – and they should seek to maximise his msm opportunities.

That means him fronting on issues rather than spokespeople more often. It means giving radio and print in particular the message that they should go to him for comment on big issues, rather than to the portfolio holder (TV’s harder because you have to be in a major city to get filmed for the news and Cunliffe’s doing a lot of travel – while regional visits are important and he got good coverage in Shannon, I would be hesitant about putting him in media blindspots too often). It also means approaching any radio stations where he doesn’t have a regular weekly interview slot and asking for one.

My other piece of advice would be for Cunliffe to take a leaf from Key’s book on tricky issues and shrug them off. Fairfax is trying to make a big deal over some of the conference remits, for example. Cunliffe should say ‘this is a democratic process, that means letting people present a range of ideas and what it produces are well-thought through, reasonable positions’.

Lastly, remember that this is a test, it’s not a declaration of war from the journalists. So don’t treat it like one, don’t go into siege mode. Just pass the test.

114 comments on “The test”

  1. amirite 1

    Just listened to Marcus Lush’s interview with Cunliffe, where Cunliffe criticised the media for focussing on just one of many issues to be discussed at the conference. After the interview finished Lush comment was something like this :”Cunliffe should be careful how he interacts with the media. The media can make you and break you”.
    And this is what Labour is against.
    If only they had the moral fortitude to treat ShonKey and his dodgy bunch the same way.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Lush is a well known Farrar supporter/confidant

    • tc 1.2

      Radio Live = Mediawonks = Steven Joyce = Shonkey’s DJ gig in last election campaign besides all the BS from the likes of Gluon/ Dunkster/ Glower

      Cunliffe has to run these gauntlets as part of the gig.

    • greywarbler 1.3

      amirite
      Gosh, that from marcus Lush sounds like a really malicious threat against Cunliffe.

      • David H 1.3.1

        Yeah but it was only Lush (The radio version of Gower). Not like it was from a jouno/radio host of some renown.

  2. Puckish Rogue 2

    So the media are are doing their jobs and questioning the next potential leader of NZ…it will be interesting to see how he does

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 2.1

      It’s a step up, at least, now you’re parroting Eddie rather than National Party talking points. Go for broke with an original thought of your own.

    • karol 2.2

      Pity they media didn’t do that when Key became leader of the Nats caucus. The country may not have been subsequently sold down the river.

      • Wayne 2.2.1

        Karol,

        Think about what you have said. John Key has been the Leader of the National Party since 2006, around 7 years, and has won 2 elections to date. His personal rating remains high (even if softened a bit).

        You cannot seriously pretend that he has not been subject to a great deal of media scrutiny over that time.

        New Zealanders have got to know him pretty well, both his strengths and weaknesses. And they have made their judgements, which of course can change.

        And I know that you are not one of those who thinks a large percentage of her fellow citizens are stupid dupes, simply because they vote National and think that John Key, by and large, has been a good PM.

        • Lanthanide 2.2.1.1

          “You cannot seriously pretend that he has not been subject to a great deal of media scrutiny over that time.”

          Given the way he acts in parliament is quite different from what is displayed the rest of the time, it seems to me like the media really haven’t subjected him to adequate scrutiny.

          • thechangeling 2.2.1.1.1

            The only time Key ever got seriously grilled was on BBC Hardtalk where he was spectacularly dismantled unlike any kiwi journalist has managed to do since.

            • Crunchtime 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Correction: unlike any kiwi journalist has TRIED to do since. It’s not that nobody can. Nobody WANTS to touch Key because the owners of the media – ie the ones who pay all the reporters and journalists – want him in.

              • thechangeling

                Noam Chomsky’s 5 media filters operating here? Wouldn’t surprise me.

              • Lanthanide

                John Campbell tried not too many weeks ago.

                • Richard Christie

                  And Kim Hill made him look like know-nothing dick on morning report (she was standing in for a week) several months ago.
                  But in general Key won’t front for serious interviews. It’s soundbites only folks.

                  • Lanthanide

                    What’s the bet Key was just filling out his bucket list?
                    “Interview with Kim Hill – check”.

                • Dumrse

                  Like a kindergarten show wasn’t it?

            • politikiwi 2.2.1.1.1.2

              That remains one of the most stunning interviews I’ve ever seen.

              Sackur is brilliant. Every NZ journalist should be listening to the HardTalk podcasts religiously. I know I do.

          • BrucetheMoose 2.2.1.1.2

            Johnny has been subject to media scrutiny, in a pretend sort of way, as not to at all would have serious future repercussions on those media factions and those heading them.

        • locus 2.2.1.2

          hmm right wing voters think what they think… it didn’t make berlusconi a good pm and it won’t make history any the kinder to shonkey when he’s long gone

          David Cunliffe on the other hand doesn’t need media advisers to tell him to perform in any particular way. He knows what he’s talking about, knows what’s needed to bring New Zealanders together… and he has a warmth and a genuine concern for everyone in our increasingly divided country who’s not getting a fair shake – and this will shine through whatever the msm might decide to ‘test’ him with

          • Wayne 2.2.1.2.1

            Locus,

            Now I know you don’t really think that John Key is actually comparable to Berlusconi, and neither would you be able to convince any NZ’ers that he is (well maybe a couple of your close friends).

            However, I do think a relevant comparison would be Stephen Harper of Canada.

            • framu 2.2.1.2.1.1

              “Stephen Harper of Canada.”

              and hes a total scum bag – thanks wayne

              are you seriously going to sit here and claim that key didnt ever get an extended soft treatment from the media?

              If you are your either deluded or fibbing

        • karol 2.2.1.3

          Wyne, after Key became leader, and right up to him becoming PM and beyond, the MSM largely cheerleaded Key. He was not given the same amount of scrutiny, especially in the early days of his leadership, as already being applied to Cunliffe.

          Key has had some scrutiny from time to time, but, on balance, he gets treated softly in comparison with the way Cunliffe has been treated. Scrutiny was applied to Cunliffe even before he became leader. Key, in contraST, was just tipped favourably to become Nats next leader.

          • Wayne 2.2.1.3.1

            Karol, That probably is a fair point, at least of John’s first two years as leader. Mind you he did not leave himself open for such scrutiny.

            Not many contradictory statements. Not different things said for different audiences. A much more united party. And not the slight touch of smugness that David Cunliffe seems to carry about himself.

            • framu 2.2.1.3.1.1

              yep – deluded

            • karol 2.2.1.3.1.2

              Wayne, Key was often seen to say different things to different audiences. That was much commented on here. Of course, Key tends to mangle many of his statements so it is not always clear what he is saying – the statements seem to be implying something specific, but closer scrutiny sometimes results in bafflement as to the exact meaning.

              “Smugness” must therefore be in the eye of the beholder.

              The Nats are much more tightly controlled and work within an autocratic structure – provides a public face of unity. This and a very slick PR machinery that the MSM tends more to follow unquestioningly, rather than apply very much in-depth scrutiny.

              • Wayne

                Having been a senior office holder before I became an MP I do not agree that the Nats are more autocratic than Labour (which I have some knowledge of), but we were aware of the need for a united front, especially since it was not so present 1999 to 2004. Read Richard Harman on this referred to by Bryce Edwards in yesterdays Herald.

                And as for the slight smugness (and I only mean slight), many journalists also comment on this.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Many journalists mindlessly repeat other right wing mantras too.

                • framu

                  “many journalists also comment on this.”

                  the same journos who have given key a free ride for years?

                  Its funny you talk up the “slight smugness” yet cant seem to see the out right lies, threats, different personalities and general contempt displayed by key

                  for someone whos been in parliament for years your making some beginner level rhetorical mistakes

                  • gobsmacked

                    Perhaps Cunliffe needs to bribe – sorry, reward – sorry, selflessly show kindness to – the journalists?

                    Fact: John Key hands out gifts of bottles of wine to journos, picks up bar and restaurant tabs, ingratiates with his wallet, not just smiles.

                    Fact: few journalists report this fact.

                    It would fail any conflict of interest test. So they don’t tell us about it.

                    • framu

                      exactly – wayne?

                    • Jim Nald

                      Wayne is one of the many who have been helping Natz fight a public relations battle of trialling pejorative labels to make them stick on Cunliffe. This time they are also trying to be more subtle by adding the qualifying “slight”.

                      Big Bruv was around recently to test “extreme narcissist” which their counterparts tried on Rudd. And the Nats backroom machine as well as Gower was previously using “over the top”.

                      Just keep a watchful eye on what they are attempting.

                • RedBaronCV

                  Wayne – can I ask a question? Why do you bother with us? I really don’t feel that you are holding discussions, rather more it feels like a lecture and you are telling us this “for our own good” because we can’t be trusted to make those decisions for ourselves.

                • Tim

                  Are you SERIOUSLY trying to use Richard Harman as an example of a ‘fair and balanced journalist’?
                  There goes a man who uses the good work he’s done over the years – and his length of service (experience) as a means to portray some sort of unbiased impartiality.
                  It’s actually quite pathetic really.
                  Some of us have longer memories and a knowledge of their ‘sympathies’.
                  It’s a bit like using Ralston as an example of a non-bigoted, fair and balanced ‘journalist’. Some of us remember his referring to his benefactor (TVNZ) as “STATE TV” (right up until the time it began fruiting).
                  Richard Harman is intelligent, diligent, and certainly no fool – but definitely BIASED in favour of the right wing agenda that feeds his ego and pays his bills.

                  Harman should actually keep well away from politics – if he did, he might be someone that an audience (regardless of political persuasion) would pay some respect to.
                  Unfortunately, and in that regard – he’s no better than a respectable version of a slippery Slator (and all built on a publicly funded platform he’s only ever TAKEN from, rather than GIVEN to).

                  Come the revolution – the likes of Harman/Ralston and others (half of TVNZ senior management) are the very people that need licking out of the way if ever we’re to resurrect public SERVICE media in whatever form.
                  (Don’t worry – there is an unwritten list – and they won’t be getting golden handshakes – not even tin ones)

                  • Tim

                    btw …. having said that – giving them a golden handshake just to get rid of them might actually be a good investment

            • Daveosaurus 2.2.1.3.1.3

              Not different things said for different audiences.

              You mean, like telling businessmen that he’d “love to see wages drop”, while telling the country “firstly, we will raise wages” ?

            • Murray Olsen 2.2.1.3.1.4

              Key’s smugness is not a slight touch at all – it’s laid on with a shovel. I bet if he was exposed to penetrating questions for a week by competent journalists, he’d lose his rag completely. The way he refuses to answer questions in parliament, resorting to puerile wisecracks instead, is disgusting. His habit of not holding anyone on his side accountable and appointing his mates to important positions is extremely damaging. He’s just like Berlusconi, minus the young girls and the media ownership. Mind you, with the ownership and direction most of our media has, it serves his purpose without being owned.

              I haven’t mentioned his little habit of being more than economical with the truth.
              Jeez, Wayne!!

            • Unicus 2.2.1.3.1.5

              In typically Australia style APN and Fairfax colluded to get rid of Helen Clarks government at the beginning of its third term.- the National Party owned Radio Networks of course had been using its propagandists to undermine Labour from the beginning . In Clarks final years as Prime Minister faux scandals were used to attack her credibility – speeding through Temuka – signatures on paintings –

              MSM elevated Key to saviour status – through his own ineptitude that status has been exposed as fraudulent although every opportunity is still taken to sustain the fiction of his competency

        • Blue 2.2.1.4

          He’s been subjected to a great deal of media attention but I wouldn’t exactly call it scrutiny.

          That’s life in a media environment which is centre-right politically and the journos personally like the man in the top job. They simply don’t find too much they dislike and find excuses when they do.

          That the sheer volume of attention has allowed people to see some of Key’s flaws is true enough though.

          • gobsmacked 2.2.1.4.1

            For anyone who’s forgotten – or chooses to …

            When Key was at the same stage as Cunliffe (i.e. new oppo leader), the coverage was sycophantic in the extreme.

            The Herald produced one of the most extraordinary pieces that I have ever seen in a democracy. It was co-written by one journalist who then joined Key’s Beehive office, and another who was his speech writer (Paula Oliver and Carrol DuChateau). Over several days and pages, it advertised (sic) the leader of the Opposition shamelessly.

            That was the worst example, but there were many more. An interview on Campbell Live (that lefty hack, we’re told now) was trailed thus:

            “Hi, I’m John Key and I’ll be appearing on Campbell Live tonight.” As if he were a visiting celeb. The subsequent chat was softer than marshmallow pillows.

            Much of this is still online – use the Google archive for 2006-2007. There is NO comparison with Cunliffe’s treatment. None at all.

        • RedBaronCV 2.2.1.5

          His coverage comes from media outlets that haven’t printed the unemployment rate since when??? There has also been some academic survey of “media mention” that seemed to disclose favourable coverage bias.

        • David H 2.2.1.6

          Wayne you said..

          “You cannot seriously pretend that he has not been subject to a great deal of media scrutiny over that time.”

          Upto about a year ago you would have been lucky to ever find a bad story by MSM as they were all kissng his ass. And even now, when everything is turning to shit in the Nat party, the MSM still don’t print much about it . They would rather go and make up stories about the Labour party, and it’s leader. Easier than actually doing their jobs, and reporting the news.

  3. vto 3

    the test will be a doddle

  4. BLiP 4

    I’m beginning to wonder if it would be in New Zealand’s long-term interest for the Labour Party to spend another three years on the opposition benches. Another term might provide an opportunity to get in with the trepan and permanently remove those stubborn remnants of the Roger Douglas era, along with a few of those parliamentary parasites. Cunliffe can spend some time considering whether he’s genuine about reversing the neoliberal agenda or whether he’s just happy slowing it down. I’m sorry to report but it looks like John Key was right when he said Cunliffe supports the Sky City scam. Cunliffe just admitted as much in today’s New Zealand Fox News Herald. He’s also talking up the fallacious benefits of the TPP. At this stage, Cunliffe’s coming across as more of a glib change-manager rather than a leader. Sure, another three years from now, Sir John Key will be swanning about some international board room, there won’t be any assets left, and the dole queues will be lining up around the block. Yet, the mood of the nation will be such that Labour’s traditional core beliefs will provide, just about, the only way out from under the impending totalitarian jackboot and climate catastrophe.

    • amirite 4.1

      I completely disagree that three more years of National pillaging and plundering the country is good for Labour. It will leave New Zealand in complete disarray that will be near impossible to sort out.

      • SpaceMonkey 4.1.1

        Harder but not near impossible. Although another three years of National would kill off neoliberalism in NZ, the parlous state that NZ society would be left in might make some things easier to change.

        • thechangeling 4.1.1.1

          You guys speak as though neo-liberalism can be got rid of from our shores but as long as the policy coming out of the WTO, IMF and WB remains neo-liberal in nature and New Zealand is wedded to them to trade and receive international finance, neo liberalism will not leave our shores.
          David Held’s ‘Cosmopolitan Social Democracy’ needs to replace the global neo liberal policy platforms that are enforced by those international institutions.Until an uprising large enough and angry enough to make global change in international trade and finance policy happens, NZ remains wedded to a neo liberal orthodoxy.

      • Tim 4.1.2

        After the Ruthenasia era, I often thought that the damage done would take 2 or more generations to undo. Unfortunately, Labour decided to have a lay down and a cup of tea (or rather a gorgeous glass of chardonnay, more than likely poured & regularly topped up by a slippery Josie Pagani engineering her political career – or someone of similar ilk). In their 3rd term (last Labour gubbamint), Labour lost their momentum and provided the careerists an opportunity to entrench their little pozzies of comfort – stalling the opportunity they had to reverse many ills inflicted on NZ citizens by the NActs (embouldened by all that 84/87 neo-lib Labour junta. They fukn blew it!
        A golden opportunity lost! A leader (probably one of the best PM’s ever had) losing interest and having to push an increasing number of dead weight opportunists with their self-interests and growing sense of entitlement – believing they’d ‘paid their dues’ – FORGETTING they are/were actually there to REPREfuckingSENT their constiuencies!.
        Trevor fucking Mallard ffs!. Maid Marion – having achieved so much but letting her frikken …. well better not say it …. but maternal instincts, ego, probably have a fair bit to do with it – things she should have grown out of anyway!
        It’s the reason why Labour will not get my party vote under ANY circumstances until they prove themselves. Once I’m disgusted at, Twice they lose my trust, Thrice they well and truly fucked up and need to show the left that they actually REPRESENT the left. That’s where we at now – in a space where they need to show it and demonstrate it. I might even become a member again some time in the future if they pull it off.
        Alternatively ….. well, we’ll wait and see, but the onus is on them. If they actually start to recognise that, then those 800k plus ‘disenfranchised’ might actually begin to give them more support than they do watching episodes of “The Block”

        • ak 4.1.2.1

          Onya Tim. But Hels tried hellishly hard, old man.

          The Brash bullshit is what got her. Orewa One.

          Deliberate, planned, hatemongering – all there in The Hollow Men, old sport.

          Joe Public played like a fiddle. NATzies from gutter to gods in a second.

          Freaked from there on in. Fucked by the non-fickle finger of Farrarsies. But more importantly, his Scribes.

          F&S. ECA.

          Choose your acronym. Or none.

          Just sit in the back of a speeding car, or sign a painting for charity.

          “Cunliffe……..” is all they’ll see tomorrow.

          And like the “One Law for All” headlines of yore, it’s the only lie that will matter…….

    • thatguynz 4.2

      BLiP – I fully respect a lot of things you do and say around here but personally I couldn’t stomach another term of National, simply because of the state that it would leave the country in. Irrespective of whether that makes Labour eminently more electable next time around (which isn’t exactly a selling point for me), the damage would be too significant. That is of course barring a potential new party arriving that could turn politics in NZ on its head and get us back to a democracy that is representative of the people rather than the corporates – in essence a significant paradigm shift within NZ. Given I don’t see that on the horizon in any way, shape or form, another National term would likely see me packing up the family and exiting stage left..

    • Tim 4.3

      @BliP – In some ways I’m inclined to agree with you (the benefits of another term in opposition – “burying the remnants of the Roger DOuglas era”, etc.).
      Except it’d probably be easier for some bugger to just shoot the bastard, but more importantly – another 3 years will result in there being nothing left of ‘NZ’, its sovereignty and its citizens (in hibernation as many of them currently are).
      I think the more likely scenario though is that if Labour blow it this time, they destined to just become totally irrelevant – fighting to represent something that will no longer exist.

      What scares me most is that in many ways – history is repeating. Most are unwillingly to apply the ‘fascist’ labels to much of what’s going on (here in NZ as the centre for political experimentation and trials of various ideologies and agendas), AND globally.
      It scares me, only in the sense that the longer the destruction goes on whilst the sheeple sleep, on their awakening, the more violent and destructive the fight-back will be.
      Thankfully I won’t be around, but my offspring will.

      Labour/Greens need to win! THEN once they have, and have proven themselves, they’ll earn the respect, and the votes of a good many of those that have simply lost interest! I’ll even become a member again (maybe).

      I hope Labour (and Greens) are thinking a little deeper than just getting votes as well – such as constitutional changes that will ensure none of this wholesale selling of assets and sovereignty cannot reoccur, and those that engage in such endeavours are both held to account and punished appropriately. (Like in some private SERCO prison located on a remote island along the Tonga Trench somewhere).

  5. Sable 5

    Labour should take a leaf out of Ecuador PM’s Rafael Correra’s book and generate their own media campaign/outlet. Instead they exhaust time and effort responding to false claims from the low rent mainstream media.

    The problem with this approach is its very easy to engineer information to make it look like their is legitimacy in any claim made and responded to. Its akin to the old “have you stopped being a witch” scenario, its a loose, loose situation.

    Instead if Labour side stepped the MSM by starting a leaflet or modest quarterly newspaper delivered to people or available as free hand outs (akin to the old notion of a broadside) much as the local free newspapers do, they could respond on their own terms and counter the lies/half truths told by the MSM.

    As it stands Labour are playing the MSM’s game and that is to no ones benefit save National and its right wing cohorts.

    • Lloyd 5.1

      How about contracting or buying existing local papers?

    • Tat Loo (CV) 5.2

      “Instead if Labour side stepped the MSM by starting a leaflet or modest quarterly newspaper”

      Perhaps one like the namesake of this blog?

      That’s right, Labour has had to struggle against the right wing media for a very long time.

      • ak 5.2.1

        Go Tat – but remember and learn the lessons of Mining and Obama, it’s been done old boy, just carry it on……and literally for Christ’s sake, see the Greens, and suckle them to your breast.

  6. Olwyn 6

    This piece succinctly outlines the challenge to the Cunliffe-led Labour Party:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11149582

    “Required here is a wholesale rearticulation of the role of government in generating collective goods in their widest possible sense. Also required is a serious commitment that future generations inherit an economy that works for New Zealanders within a healthy ecosystem, rather than a balanced budget for a national economy that has failed to deliver prosperity for most people. It’s a tall order for any leader in Opposition, but no one said it was easy.”

    I was disheartened hearing David Parker defending the idea of raising the pension age on RNZ this morning. “Soon we will paying more for pensions than for education,” he said, or words to that effect. Which may be true, but it is the same old song we have heard, rejected but still had inflicted upon us for 30 years now. A well-paid man telling us who must be thwarted this time round for the sake of the books. The minotaur needs feeding. It’s not his fault, that’s just the way things are. Well those of us who have drawn the shorter straws have had enough. Labour needs to understand that.

    • karol 6.1

      Damien Rogers? Fran Mold’s partner?

      And scholar of issues around international small arms control & ex-GCSB, MOD, employee?

      • Rodel 6.1.1

        Damien Rogers.What C-T drivel! Sorry I looked at it..Is this person purporting to be an academic actually lecturing to students?

      • Olwyn 6.1.2

        I know very little about this guy, nor about his views in general. But I do largely agree with the view he has expressed in this piece, whatever his motive for expressing it. David Cunliffe offered change and many voted for him for that reason. He now needs to deliver it. The same old third way dressed up new rhetoric will not cut it.

        • Olwyn 6.1.2.1

          I should add that I voted for David Cunliffe and I am glad that I did. But I really do not want to see a retreat back into Goff-Shearer territory.

          • karol 6.1.2.1.1

            Well, I wouldn’t either, Olwyn. But taking into account Rogers pSst activities and views, I’d say he is firmly in Goff-Shearer territory.

            • Pascal's bookie 6.1.2.1.1.1

              What annoys me about that piece is that he spends the first half blathering about nothing, and then drops that stuff in the second to last para, which goes nowhere.

              he says it’s real hard, and that the LP might not have the firepower for the job. He’s an academic. What does he think we are paying him for? Put your thinking hat on and start coming up with alternatives instead of just bleating that there must be one and Cunliffe must deliver it. Fucksake.

              • greywarbler

                Sounds like this Damen is preparing to be beaten before he has played the game. Won’t want him in the All Blacks. Or any team that is aiming for No.1.

              • karol

                Pb, the first half of the article looks like pay back for Cunliffe replacing Shearer. It repeats the mythology about Cunliffe becoming leader through underhand means. It also takes a pretty cynical and skewed view of poll results since Cunliffe became leader – all-in-all Rogers panders to right wing spin lines.

                It then goes on to accuse Cunliffe of the very failings exhibited by Shearer in terms of appeasing neoliberalism.

                However, underlying all that spin, of course Cunliffe’s performance at the Conference will be a measure of his performance and approach.

                I’m still waiting to see what Cunliffe and the Labour membership have to say on things like the TPP, resurrecting social security and state housing.

                • Olwyn

                  Yes, I must admit that I read the piece over-hastily, still a bit cross after hearing David Parker on RNZ, and did not think about possible agendas for writing it.

      • David H 6.1.3

        Doctor of what? anything useful?

        • karol 6.1.3.1

          Depends on what you regardsas useful:

          He holds a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University, and postgraduate degrees from the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Rogers is author of Postinternationalism and Small Arms Control: Theory, Politics, Security (Franham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009) and is currently reading for a PhD on international prosecutors of atrocity crime at the University of Waikato.

          That last sentence can be read more than one way.

    • Sable 6.2

      Parker ought to keep his trap shut. They lost the last election trying to flog this unappetizing chestnut to the public.

  7. Tracey 7

    Cunliffe needs to leave behind phrases like “in camera” and say “in private”. Little things I know.

    wayne, now we know every western country is spying on each other do you still believe secrets are kept in the tppa negotiations? It now seems beyond dispute that the only ones in the dark cos of confidentiality clauses are tge citizens?

  8. jrb 8

    I have been a supporter of David Cunliffe for some years and thought he had what it took to lead the country. I was impressed with what I saw when he participated in political debates during election campaigns over the years, I thought he was very sharp and performed well. I used to follow him on Red Alert a few years ago also, and I thought he was a highly intelligent man who understood the big picture.

    I have been a bit disappointed with him so far as Labour leader though. It is very early days, but he seems to be not quite hitting the mark when he speaks. I can’t quite put my finger on what the problem is, but it is like he is trying too hard to please everyone and to be liked and he doesn’t come across as believable somehow or as decisive as he was. I wonder whether the internal troubles within Labour have taken their toll, and he is now too worried about being seen as arrogant and not a team player and therefore not having the support of his caucus.

    It is easy to be leader of the Nats, they are all united around the common goal of maximizing incomes for the moneyed class. Labour is so diverse, and now with so many politicians in the caucus operating purely in self interest being leader is like herding tigers. I hope DC still has some mojo left, New Zealanders like a bit of mongrel in their leaders, and he had that in spades once. I hope he is getting some media training too.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      I have been a supporter of David Cunliffe for some years and thought he had what it took to lead the country. And then I read a DPF post and got pissed off about how he looks like a cat. What’s up with that. Why does Cunliffe kill fantails?

    • gobsmacked 8.2

      I reckon the discussion in Cunliffe’s office would have gone something like this …

      “So, the media are only interested in Len Brown’s rooting. Shall we make that major policy announcement today, or just stick it straight in the shredder to save time?”

      “Nah, let’s wait until they’re paying attention. Conference, then by-election. Two platforms guaranteed, unless there’s an earthquake or the Queen dies.”

      Sounds smart to me.

    • Rogue Trooper 8.3

      sure didn’t leave much off the list of Concern there jerb

    • greywarbler 8.4

      I think this is right from jrb and we should all remember this when we are thinking and talking about Labour and policy and people. Penn nearly got in in France because of all the splinter groups of the left with their separating points of view fracturing the broad movement.

      It is easy to be leader of the Nats, they are all united around the common goal of maximizing incomes for the moneyed class. Labour is so diverse, and now with so many politicians in the caucus operating purely in self interest being leader is like herding tigers.

  9. captain hook 9

    who are these bloody journalists to decide who should lead.
    what about examining the policies?

  10. tricledrown 10

    Sable print media is on the deline big time.
    Obama managed to use the digital media and people on the ground.
    Labour greens the left need to get numbers of volunteer supporters to help motivate those who didn’t vote last election simple solution but hard work to get people on the left to help door knock!
    The personal touch will win voters over.
    Delivering an expensive papet to everybodies letter box a waste of money and time as it will end up in the trash.

  11. Rogue Trooper 11

    Audrey Young on Labour, the Greens and Cunliffe’s “pro-growth” stance
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11149670

    An interesting article examining many issues and Joyce characterizing much of the ‘left’ as preservationist . If by that he means preserving the eco-system we rely on for survival, then I agree.

  12. Rich 12

    They’re crumbling though.

    I think the APN sale of magazines might be a harbinger of renewed attempts to sell the newspapers. Given the unlikeliness of them finding a buyer, I can see the Herald and it’s clones going digital-only quite soon.

    Fairfax cannot be far behind (given that through the stake in TradeMe, most of their ad revenue in NZ doesn’t actually come from owning a newspaper).

    • greywarbler 12.1

      Haven’t Fairfax gone and sold Trademe for some strange reason? Last year or something.

  13. greywarbler 13

    If that’s Joyce’s description it must be meant to be derogatory. Preservationists! Is that view a result of NACTs desire to get rid of everything of value that’s left if they get back in.

    They are treating NZ like a dying relative and they are in control of their propertyhaving been given a sweeping enduring power of attorney that enable anything to be sold or bought now or later, sort of the One Ring to rule them all. The family administrator can keep family treasures and memoribilia and assets for the others or hock them off and enjoy the proceeds. The family can moan later when it is too late. The items will be gone, there may be some legal recompense involving money but if the goodies are sold the right of ownership has passed away.

    The double loss of a closely related family member, and all the remembered items and memorials and valuable estate is a wipeout of an important relationship, and that will be all that is left after NACT is given the opportunity for power again.

    I have just recently been enjoying Wind in the Willows which I think is a delightful little children’s tale, done by many great artists. NACT is like Toad, an incorrigible fool and manic and dangerous incompetent. Only Toad had a good side to him, and was forgiven much by his friends, NACT doesn’t compare – there isn’t anything good there.

  14. Adrian 14

    Getting back to how much of an easy ride Key got by the print media and particulary the DomPost,at the time of the tax scam scandal that Mike Williams took the fall for the DP in the earliest edition ( that goes out to the SI and NI country areas) had a photo on the front page of the multi-million dollar cheque at the centre of the controversy. The signature on it looked a lot like John Keys, the photo did not appear on any later editions and could not be found on the website. I think Key claimed it was signed by Colin Ash or some such fall guy.

    • Adrian

      Due to many hours of research I have done into this, I’m confident John Key was not a signatory on that cheque.

      I do however have every reason to believe that the statements he and his ex-Elders Merchant Finance (EMF) colleague Paul Richards gave to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in 1991 about an alleged ‘lunch’ they had had in August of 1988, were (and still are) entire fabrications..

      Australia’s National Crime Authority (NCA) was investigating Elders IXL (domiciled across the ditch, and EMF’s parent company) on other matters, when an SFO investigator from New Zealand went to the NCA to seek their assistance in unraveling a series of perplexing forex trades that Elders IXL had had with Alan Hawkin’s Equiticorp in 1988.

      In the course of these investigations, Key was asked to provide a collaborating statement for Richards, who had named Key as someone who could confirm his version of events that he was alleging had happened on a particular day. The NCA was charging him with fraud for the part he played in facilitating the faux transactions.

      I’m not exactly sure what purpose it would serve Richards to insist an event happened on a different day when all other parties involved in the fraud were in agreement it was another date altogether.

      Still, Richards and Key remained insistent an event had taken place on a particular date, 31 August 1988, saying they could allegedly recall the date because it was the same day they were celebrating Key’s career move to Bankers Trust in Auckland with a lunch – a lunch they say that Richards was called away from for a short period of time. The story goes, Key was due to start with Bankers Trust the next day, 1 September 1988.

      No evidence can be found of a lunch on the 31 August, at the restaurant they named, nor any evidence via any payment receipts (by either party) at that restaurant or any other. The charges against Richards were eventually dropped in return for him being a witness for the NCA and their prosecution of Elders IXL exec/s on this matter and others.

      Apart from the lack of evidence of the alleged ‘lunch’ ever having taken place; more damning for John Key and the very real reality that his statement was a fabrication – are the media bios on him in 2008, which had his ex-Bankers Trust CEO, Gavin Walker (now Chair of New Zealand Super Fund) talking at length about the ‘lucrative relationship’ Key had had with infamous American currency raider Andrew Krieger.

      Key, we were told, had responsibility for all the millions of dollars of trades Krieger and others at the New York branch of Bankers Trust were putting across Key’s trading desk; trades they say, that soon turned Key’s dealing room into the number 1 dealing room in the country.

      Key himself discussed receiving a call from Krieger not long after he (Key) had started with Bankers Trust, saying Krieger’s first questions were to ask about New Zealand’s monetary supply.

      One small problem – it is well documented that Krieger resigned from Bankers Trust in February 1988 in disgust over a bonus payment. After he resigned he went on holiday, worked briefly with a couple of different firms, but by end of June he had retired from the currency markets altogether; not too return to them until some two years later.

      My blog, John Key did you lie to the Serious Fraud Office?, provides links to articles, videos and radio interviews and asks the questions our media haven’t (or won’t). Feel free to share.

      Lastly my research unearthed one other piece of evidence that is potentially very damning for Mr Key, that I’ve yet to put out there publicly. I would be keen to talk to someone who knows a great deal about restructuring companies first.

  15. Natwest 15

    I note silent “T” is now back tracking fast on Labours (Phil Twyford and Moana Mackey) absolute promise to re-open the Napier – Gisborne rail line if elected to Government in 2014. Now, it’s a been declared as a desire. This follows the flip – flop by “T” over the Sky City Convention Centre Contract. Question: when is a Labour promise, a promise – and when is a Labour promise, a desire? Because, like me, the rest of the country must surely becoming confused.

    [lprent: you are confused, we know that. However I made a wee promise to myself that I was tired of this T shit. It was amusing. It is now boring and I have warned on it. You are the first to benefit from my irritation.

    Two week ban. Each person from here on out I will double the ban each time I have to ban someone on it. ]

    • framu 15.1

      stop thinking the rest of the country and you are in agreement.

      You never go beyond baseless assertion and you never respond when challenged

      your nothing by a drive by idiot – so keep driving

      • Natwest 15.1.1

        Well that’s an incredibly intelligent response. Tell me how my question is baseless – you numb skull, or is an answer beneath your level of intelligence? So I’m responding – how about you dickhead.

        • framu 15.1.1.1

          you routinely post absolute BS then when points of difference or just plain corrections of facts is put to you, you fucking disappear.

          Now suddenly come over all “ooh thats a smart response”

          Its pretty obvious that your only responding to my comment for the simple fact that its not actually forcing you to think beyond your own scrotum

          Put up some evidence for a start – then we can talk about whether your actually talking facts or just some unevolved bacteria floating around in your empty cranium

          without any supporting evidence you have what! What exactly do you call making a claim without evidence! – a baseless assertion genius

          You have the gall to talk of intelligence!

          • gobsmacked 15.1.1.1.1

            As I point out below, Natwest just copies directly from W. Oil. It’s too stupid to think for itself – or even to pretend to – so best just to ignore it.

        • Sable 15.1.1.2

          Maybe you could take a up a job with Unfairfacts oops I mean Fairfax, Fatvest?

    • gobsmacked 15.2

      Here’s a strange coincidence.

      Why does “Natwest” comment at exactly the same time, on exactly the same subjects, using exactly the same language, as Mr W. Oil?

    • karol 15.3

      What’s Trevor Mallard got to do with it? I much prefer him being silent.

  16. Saarbo 16

    Personally Im gutted I couldnt make this conference. I hope it goes well, glad the media are not allowed in on Sunday…the were absolute dick heads last year..

    Good luck labour!

  17. chris73 17

    The problem for Cunliffe is hes over-promised and now has to back-track on his and labours promises…sorry not back-track on promises but “subject to the provisions of fiscal responsibility”

    Hopefully he now realises that what he says and promises will be taken note of and replayed

    • gobsmacked 17.1

      Another Oil parrot … don’t any of you guys have original lines? It appears on Twitter, minutes later – like clockwork – it appears here.

      Do you guys realize how laughable it is when you all get your talking points from the same source?

      (helpful hint, use a thesaurus so at least you can disguise the plagiarism).

      • Rogue Trooper 17.1.1

        Such Crimes of Graffiti.

      • felix 17.1.2

        Or maybe “chris73” is providing whaleoil with the talking points first…

      • Dumrse 17.1.3

        Any chance you want to comment on the actual message without getting mentally stressed about how it got to you?

        • felix 17.1.3.1

          Not particularly. This “message” is just a bunch of false assumptions wrapped in hypocrisy. There’s nothing about worth remarking upon, just tories pretending they run the Labour party.

          The story about the person writing for whaleoil and kiwiblog is far more interesting. Apparently he works for John Key’s office but is paid by PS so immune to the OIA.

          • North 17.1.3.1.1

            Spot on Felix !

            “…….Tories pretending they run the Labour Party.” Could not be better said !

            Their bloated arrogance and sense of omnipresence is palpable.

  18. lolitasbrother 18

    I didn’t realise the media was soft on the centre right, but glad to hear it

  19. North 19

    Get this incoherent opining from Old Wanker Armstrong in the Herald this morning:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11150241

    Sniffy pejorative from the author of “John Key has gravitas”.

    Subtext – “Hmmm………Cunliffe’s run away somewhat…….we’d better set about pegging him back…….all together now 1-2-3……”

    So many on TS have anticipated the ramping up of the corporate media attack. Here it is.

    As for TS contributor Wayne – ignore the pompous prick and his mock reasonableness. He’s here to obfuscate not to educate. Just like Old Wanker Armstrong.

    • Paul 19.1

      The Herald really is a disgusting rag shilling for large corporates.

    • karol 19.2

      Well, Armstrong accuses Cunliffe of being out of touch on key issues. Yet if anyone appears out of touch in Armstrong’s latest piece it is him. He has focused on some issues that he marks as marginal, and ignores others – where is mention of the superannuation issue?

      His main compliant about Cunliffe and Labour is this, as in the caption under the Cunliffe photo:

      Marching leftwards is neither in Cunliffe’s best interests nor Labour’s, as a mainstream party.

      And in the article:

      Cunliffe is the left’s man. They have given him a power base outside the caucus. They have got him where they want him. He is now expected to start backing up the rhetoric, which only stretches so far for so long, with some real substance.

      And judging from conference papers alone, that means heading in one direction – leftwards.
      […]
      Marching leftwards is neither in Cunliffe’s best interests nor Labour’s, as a mainstream party.
      […]
      They would seem to prefer engaging in a pointless and unrewarding war with the Greens for the relatively few votes on the far left.

      And what are all these things on the agenda for the conference that show it is heading “marching” (shades of fac1ism!) to the left?

      It all reinforces the impression of a party focused inwards rather than outwards.

      That is underlined by the series of policy remits which deal with such pressing matters as compulsory Maori language classes in schools, apologising to Maori over the foreshore and seabed farrago, state funding of political parties (a hardy annual) and entrenching the Bill of Rights (whatever difference that would make).
      […]
      Even on a matter of moment – state asset sales – Labour seems to be living in the past. One proposal up for debate at yesterday’s workshops would have had a Labour government reviewing the state-owned enterprises model so that it was no longer “pro-capitalist” and enabled “workers’ participation, control and management of industry”.

      The “policy proposal” would have also required Labour to “re-nationalise” every state asset privatised by the current National Government, with compensation being paid only to shareholders with “proven need”.

      Armstrong just woke up to the smell of his own fear – looking everywhere, in every nook and cranny – to find something to say it ain’t so….. change is coming.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago

  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago