Turn out and vote National out

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 21st, 2014 - 110 comments
Categories: corruption, david cunliffe, election 2014, national, public services, same old national - Tags: , , ,

At the last election, the high non-vote spoke to one important truth – many voters saw no reason to turn out. The media had told them that National would win by a landslide and they either didn’t mind or thought that one vote wouldn’t make any difference.

This election is radically different. It is rapidly becoming clear that we are losing control of our country. The National Government is dirty and corrupt to its core, the public service are no longer neutral, the police toady to Government politicians, the media has sold out every single journalistic virtue and there are no other brakes which can be applied.

The National Government has long promoted the idea that you can buy anything in NZ if you have enough money. Their dealings over SkyCity, Warner Bros, Donghua Liu and Oravida have shown that there is literally nothing they will not sell. When the Labour Party’s attacks on their dirty deals got too much for them to bear, they struck back with the lowest smear campaign NZ politics has seen in some time. The Prime Minister is completely unashamed of the obvious direct line from his office to Whaleoil to the NZ Herald. Far from avoiding accusations of being involved in muck-raking, he is now happy to publicly wallow in it and rejoice in his success.

The public service deciding to appoint the Prime Minister’s candidate to the head of the GCSB and their blatantly political decision to release letters that Labour MPs wrote about Donghua Liu but keep those written by National MPs private, and to give David Cunliffe only half an hour’s notice of the release, shows how just deep the corruption runs.

The police have been willing helpers of the National Government from the moment John Key decided to throw a fit about Bradley Ambrose’s recording of the 2011 Epsom ‘cup of tea’. They have covered his arse, and John Bank’s arse and kowtowed to Maurice Williamson when he interfered in one of their investigations.

The media have been the tools of the Government, excusing and protecting John Key, John Banks and Judith Collins over their respective ‘brain fades’, fraud and corruption. By contrast they have gone absolutely nuclear on David Cunliffe for not remembering a form letter he signed over a decade ago and reported rumours and innuendo about donations as if they were fact. They have hounded Labour with a triple whammy of dodgy polls, Government-manufactured ‘scandal’ and hysterical opinion pieces. Their position is obvious – they do not mind being used by the National Government to destroy their political opponents and they believe they need not bother with Labour because they have ensured that they will not win the forthcoming election.

There is only one way to stop the rot and stuff up National’s stranglehold on our democracy.. Vote on September 20, and vote against this Government.

– Blue

110 comments on “Turn out and vote National out ”

  1. Jrobin 1

    Succinct summary of the current state of what used to be a Nation, now a satellite of Us interest and a whore to business interests. This hypnosis of the populace is a strange and scary process. How to interrupt the signals and soma induced sleep walking. Some sort of shock is needed to wake up the survival instincts of the slumbering kiwi. Any suggestions?

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Succinct summary of the current state of what used to be a Nation, now a satellite of Us interest and a whore to business interests.

      With John Key, National and its corporate cronies acting as the pimp whoring us and our nation out, taking a big cut of the dollars on the way for their own extravagant and amoral ends.

    • Tom Jackson 1.2

      I don’t think it’s hypnosis. Many people sincerely believe what John Key says, and many people probably don’t, but are trying to hold on to what they have and will vote for the party that is less likely to raise taxes on them. The fact that this is collectively self defeating behaviour eludes them.

      Time to hunker down and see what can be salvaged from this mess.

      • lurgee 1.2.1

        Part of the problem is (unintentionally) summarised in the title of the post – people might be inclined to vote National out, but they sure as Hell can’t think why they might want to vote Labour in. They might not trust John Key any more, but they sure as Hell don’t trust Cunliffe. They might not like where New Zealand is going, but Labours alternative is not winning much support. It isn’t registering. It isn’t making people’s ears prick up and think, “Yeah, we need some of that!”

        As for the ‘dodgy polls,’ spare us the excuses. If Labour are tanking in the polls it is because the electorate Just Don’t Want To Vote For Them. It might not be as dire as 23%, but it certainly isn’t much better. Labour have managed to move backwards from the glory days of David Shearer. No policy, no unity, no leadership, no vision, no message, just a weak bunch of time serving vacillators who are thinking they’ll be back no matter what, so why bother trying?

        New Zealanders are still voting for John Key because they think he is better than the alternative. That’s a bitter truth but one the Labour party will need to face up to. Until Labour can actually put together a coherent series of arresting, exciting policies that stand up to scrutiny and don’t sound intimidating or confusing (“They’re going to force me into Kiwisaver? Then put up the rate?”) they haven’t a hope. And they won’t d that until about half the MPs in caucus have been ejected and replaced by real people, not political professionals and nonentities. And that’s only the first step.

        It’s pathetic that two defeats and another in the offing have not percolated through to the senile brain of Labour. It isn’t working, to borrow from Saatchi & Saatchi. It might be unfixable. We might be looking at a new, post-Labour left. Which is a shame,a s it will take a couple of electoral cycles at least for that to work itself out. And that means another couple of years of Key and then a term and a bit of Bill, at least.

        Maybe Labour really needs to be hammered in September. National experienced that in 2002. Maybe Cunliffe will be Labour’s Bill English, who failed because he couldn’t win the support and trust of the radical right fringe of his party. It was brutal, and it nearly ushered in the now unthinkble idea of Don Brash as Prime Minister. But it lead to the formation of a new, disciplined, focused and united party, Hell bent on winning power. Unfortunately. Perhaps Labour needs that sort of near-death experience, so it finds the will to re-invent itself. Or maybe it just needs to be put out of our misery.

        Even if Labour manages some sort of victory in September, it will be nothing to celebrate about. The party of the working class, the party that is supposed to champion the 99% of New Zealanders who aren’t stinking rich and who don’t own gold speedboats, polling 30% and jobbed into power by the Greens and Winston Peters? It’s an indictment of the uselessness of the Labour Party that it has come to this.

        • Melb 1.2.1.1

          Your comment is exactly what the readership here don’t want to admit. They come to the Standard to fantasise about “the missing million” putting Labour into power without Labour making any changes whatsoever. It’s a dream, and will turn into a nightmare when the reality of the election results sink in.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.1.1.1

            Changes like a more democratic way of creating policy and electing the leader, for example?

            As a Green supporter I still can’t help but notice how ignorant of the changes in the Labour Party you are. That’s ok, ignorance is a condition we all share, but this is a political forum, perhaps you might try and get up to speed?

            • karol 1.2.1.1.1.1

              And lurgee’s also dissing the Greens. Great if many people vote Green as an alternative to Labour, and the make-up of a left government reflects that. As well as being wrong about Labour changing, Lurgee also seems to be living in a FPtP world.

        • karol 1.2.1.2

          It is frequently said that governments don’t get voted in, they just get voted out. Key’s government only got in to start with because of the concerted anti-Clark campaigning and whispering game of the righties.

          Key’s government will get voted out…. it’s already on the slide. They are not trusted by a large number of Kiwis. And if people aren’t into Labour, there are alternatives to vote for. We’re not in FPtP anymore.

        • BM 1.2.1.3

          Great post, not a lot more you can really add to it, covers pretty much everything about what’s wrong with our 2nd largest party.

        • Tom Jackson 1.2.1.4

          This post assumes that the problem is Labour failing to make itself electable.

          If Labour making itself electable means veering towards the National Party, then left wingers have very little reason to vote at all. It’s the constant, unprincipled moving to the centre (or call it what it really is: moving ever rightwards) that is putting many people off voting at all.

          But even if Labour did this and got elected, it would solve very little, since it would need to be somewhat to the left of where it is now to actually solve many of the most pressing issues. It’s hard to see any real progress on house prices without some large piece of state intervention in the market (whether this be public housing or increased taxation of rental properties, or whatever). It’s also hard to see NZ fixing Christchurch or avoiding another similar mess without large scale intervention, since the private insurers have proven unreliable. Can’t see electricity prices or funding retirement being fixed properly without similar large scale state interventions either. Haven’t even mentioned poverty or inequality yet.

          To be fair, Labour has made some fairly decent gestures towards taking on some of these problems, but it’s made them unelectable (although media screaming is responsible for some of that). So you have the sad situation in which any party proposing to actually work to fix things is unelectable, and the only advice people have to a party is to make it’s policies more stupid and useless so as to get elected.

          NZ is starting to look like the US, where the political system and the majority of voters are the chief impediment to fixing society’s problems. No wonder people don’t vote. What’s the point in voting when voter ignorance, selfishness and irrationality prevents a worthwhile outcome? You can’t have a working democracy when voters won’t take responsibility for the long term welfare of their own country.

  2. Paul 2

    This needs a wider readership.

    • Olwyn 2.1

      I thought the same – if only one could see pieces like this in the mainstream media.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        The Left needs its own media infrastructure. Its how you pressure the MSM to lift its game. Shame them into it if necessary. The Standard is a reasonable step. (Well done again to those foresightful lefty souls all those years ago).

        And Labour was never that serious about full on non-commercial public broadcasting last time around; hope they have learnt from having that slack centrist attitude bite them in the ass.

    • Anne 2.2

      +1 Paul.

      Not one word in that post has been exaggerated. Congrats Blue.

  3. MrPip 3

    You’ve convinced me. I’m just not sure of what.

  4. BM 4

    And vote in the coalition of the fuckwits.
    Good luck ,pitching that to Joe Public.

    Facts are Labour in in no way ready to lead the country, the Greens are immensely disliked and as for Hone the racist Mofo and his best buddy Sergeant Schultz, the less said about them the better.

    Even if Key has a few faults, he’s light years ahead of the alternative and that’s obvious to anyone who isn’t a drooling idiot.

    • Paul 4.1

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • fisiani 4.2

      Turn out and vote National (fixed it for you)

    • weka 4.3

      lolz @ BM. You’re forgetting that half the country didn’t vote for the bunch of clowns we have now. Keep up the false framing though, it’ll mean a harder fall if you lose.

      • MrPip 4.3.1

        oh dear, and so you could say 70% didn’t vote Labour, 85% didn’t vote greens, at what point is this an absurd grasp?

        • weka 4.3.1.1

          What? BM seems to think that most of the country like NACT. I’m pointing out that not even 50% of the country voted for them, so he’s full of shit.

          There are other, more qualified people who can comment on the likely makeup of the non-vote. Plenty of comments on this recently if you want to have a look.

        • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.2

          oh dear, and so you could say 70% didn’t vote Labour

          72.5% did not vote Labour. Plus about 800K non-vote. For a party which is supposed to represent 90% of NZers, that alone should bring some pause.

    • Blackcap 4.4

      Could not agree more. The polls are reflecting your sentiment. And before anyone starts rubbishing polls, the money is on National too…. they predict a 80% chance of victory and Centrebet in Australia have even suspended betting on the NZ election. I do not have a problem with Labour normally but they have alienated their core constituency. What would be great would be a coalition govt of National and Labour and get rid of the far left extremist nonsense that is the greens and Mana/Internet. But I do not think NZ is ready for that yet. It happens all the time in say Germany or Holland where the centre right and centre left parties govern.

      • karol 4.4.1

        So you are saying Labour & NZ is no longer committed to left wing values.

        A grand coalition would be the final nail in the coffin of democracy in NZ – no longer a party that works strongly for the least well off – a coalition for the already haves.

        • Blackcap 4.4.1.1

          No I am saying Labout have deserted their centre left constituents and have gone too far to the left. The least well off in this country have it pretty good under either Labour or National. But Labour are pandering to the Greens/Mana/Internet and that I cannot accept. If Cunliffe had outright said he will not be doing a deal with Mana/Internet then maybe just maybe he may have had a bit of credibility. But Cunliffe is just a union puppet and he has no real kahunas to make a fist of things. Shearer was a lot better. At least I could respect Shearer as a person. I loathe Cunliffe and all he stands for.

          • karol 4.4.1.1.1

            I disagree with your argument, and judgements. The parties you call “extremist ;left” are the ones standing most strongly for the least well off. The Labour Party is still focused too much on winning over those on middle incomes. in a coalition of Nat and Labour, the least well off would be abandoned, and Labour would be pulled even more into the neoliberal scam.

            • Blackcap 4.4.1.1.1.1

              Hi Karol,

              Thats ok, we shall just have to agree to disagree 🙂

              • Anne

                Just make an effort to better inform yourself Blackcap. There’s a good chap/chapess.

          • Colonial Viper 4.4.1.1.2

            The least well off in this country have it pretty good under either Labour or National.

            Do you genuinely believe this? If so you really are an ignorant dick.

            So let me ask you:

            1) when was the last time you had to choose between going to the dentist to get a filling fixed or paying your power bill?

            2) when was the last time you had $50 left and that’s all you had to spend for a weeks groceries?

            3) when was the last time you wore you shoes until they were so worn water seeped in every time you stood in a puddle?

            Just another ‘well I’m alright, Jack’ type.

            • Anthony B'stard 4.4.1.1.2.1

              Colonel V, the government is forecast to spend $28 billion on welfare this year, out of $64 billion in crown revenue.

              What would you prefer it be spending?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                That’s for several reasons – one is the baby boomers getting old – not much we can do about that. Another is that there are always far more unemployed under National, and despite that, dumb crackers who behave like Chicken Little at the mere mention of ‘welfare’ keep on voting for them.

                Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

              • David H

                And the biggest chunk of that welfare bill? Pensions for our aged and it will climb and climb until someone has the balls to lift the age of eligibility.

                • Colonial Viper

                  With all due respect David H.

                  Fuck your neoliberal message of “austerity is the courageous thing to do, there is no alternative.”

                  NZ households have $120B in bank deposits and there are another $200B in managed funds. The reserve bank can issue another billion dollars into the Cullen fund at the snap of the fingers.

                  If you have decided that Super cannot be afforded despite the immense wealth of this nation, and despite its immense productivity, it is because you have made a political decision not to afford it, and you have made a political decision to make cutting Super more important than a land tax on the wealthy, or an FTT on our bloated financial system.at

                  And my words to you are: fuck that, any Labour Party which wants to keep people in an excess labour pool for more years when there aren’t enough jobs around, can go get deservedly fucked.

                  • David H

                    Oh FFS CV Stick that Bullshit where the sun don’t shine.

                    Even the LABOUR party has been talking about raising the age of eligability.

                    So that must make you a Nat supporter because it’s TricKey thats been against raising the age.

                    And he’s me under the misapprehension that you stood for LABOUR.

            • Blackcap 4.4.1.1.2.2

              I’m afraid you lose all credibility by attacking me the person and not the issue. I shall therefore not respond to your questions.

              • greywarbler

                Blackcap
                You stand on your dignity. Too dignified to deal with the real issues referred to by CV rather than mouthing the propaganda of the smug and the determinedly ignorant.

                and Anthony BS
                What ideas have you? Do you want others to put theirs up like targets at a fairground for you to knock down to fill in your idle-minded time. Get busy and put your own ideas up to assist with the real problems that are evident to all. All that is who aren’t glued to the info/entertainment on their highly-coloured television walls at home or in the pub.

              • Anne

                You don’t answer the questions because to do so would be to expose yourself for one of the greedy wannabes who don’t care a damm about those less well off than yourself.

            • SNMP 4.4.1.1.2.3

              Easy to answer

              1) Under the last Labour Goverment
              2) Under the last Labour Goverment
              3) Under the last Labour Goverment

              These responces are my personal experance

          • fender 4.4.1.1.3

            If Cunliffe Key had outright said he will not be doing a deal with Mana/Internet Act/Conservative then maybe just maybe he may have had a bit of credibility.

          • millsy 4.4.1.1.4

            What do you have against trade unions? Do you want them banned? Do you want slavery brought back?

            Do you workers to lose their sick leave and holidays?
            Do you want the minumum wage to be slashed?

            What is your opinion of the US health system and do you think it should be replicated here?

      • Lloyd 4.4.2

        I think that if you look carefully at the real definition of left and right you will find the Greens are a centre-left party. If you look at National and Act you will find their present policies are generally far-right. Keeping Labour away from following those right-wing neo-liberal economic policies is the only way will avoid a total economic melt-down of the country. A coalition of Labour and National is a guarantee for total electorate turn-off as there would be no economic difference in any possible government.

        The main danger of Mana-Internet is that any economic policy likely to come out of that marriage will be a totally confused mish-mash, with totally confusing outcomes.

  5. Once was Pete 5

    Empty rhetoric! Long on emotion and short on facts. It is this sort of futile ranting that has somewhere between 72 to 78% of voters (if you believe the latest polls) turned off the Labour Party.
    Only the most syncophantic supporters would believe the proposition the the current government maintains the policy that any thing is for sale. Some of the examples you cite can equally be used against Labour eg Mr Liu, and it is a safe bet to say that many Labour voters would have supported the Warner Bros accomodation.
    As for the rest of your hit parade, these were accusations levelled at the Clarke government, and in some instances (eg the Police) there was considerably more evidence to suggest that this was what Labour had actually done. Right wingers are also always bleating about the left wing bias of the press.
    And now the polls are dodgy. Give me a break! For heavens sake this whinging is not reflective of the Labour Party I grew up supporting. That was made of much sterner stuff, and there was then, a more or less stacked deck. Not many people actually believe that anymore. Also, this generation of voters is much more educated than in my day. I honestly, don’t believe the polarising adjectives have much traction with them.
    So, my message to Labour is suck it up, stop the ranting and start getting some half way decent policy out there. Because right now there is no reason for voters to turn away from National. I want to see some grand vision from Labour that can inspire me and point the way forward. All we have had so far is ill conceived and ill prepared policy anouncements that have been killed stone dead within a day or two.
    I have come to see Labour as just as bad as National in protecting vested interests. And both are equally bad.
    So I am sorry, but the message contained in this post wont do it for me, but I am sure it will find a lot of support from some who like this sort of stuff.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      And both are equally bad.

      No, National’s belief in crony capitalism is far worse.

      Why? Because National will sell out the entire nation for 30 pieces of silver. Whereas Labour will only lend it out.

      • Grantoc 5.1.1

        Colonial, either wittingly or unwittingly, you’ve just proved ‘Once was Pete’s’ point.

        It’s nonsense to emotionally rant that that “National will sell our entire nation for 30 pieces of silver”.

        Slogans like this are not going to get Labour elected. They might stir the hearts of a few sad old lefties, but the rest of the country will just turn over and go back to sleep (and vote National)

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          grantoc, I’m betting that you’re wrong.

          But if you are right, National will win, so you can be happy

        • Tautoko Viper 5.1.1.2

          Grantoc, can you explain what policies of National make you want to vote for them?

  6. Jrobin 6

    And as for BM the racist apologist for a corrupt semi dictatorship, why would readers of this excellent post take anything you say seriously? Your arguments just restate the personality politics of the right who want to persuade voters we now elect govts using a Presidential electoral system. All the parties you dismiss are more than their leaders and all have policies that are concerned with NZ sovereignty and local issues. If you want to vote in the American system, feel free to leave tomorrow.

    • Wayne 6.1

      Jorbin,

      Which country is this corrupt semi dictatorship. It is obviously not NZ, since on just about every international measure of good government, we are in the top 5 or so.

      Or is every country on the planet, a corrupt semi dictatorship, and the lower down the scale the more corrupt and dictatorial.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1

        What do you make of the Law Society informing the UN about your party’s human rights abuses Dr. Mapp?

      • Mike the Savage One 6.1.2

        In other countries it is called corruption, in New Zealand it is called “old boys network” or “old boys and old girls network”, “you scratch my back, I scratch yours”, “networking”, “mates rates” and “business”.

        Like in business, most in politics know each other, and as parties can get funding from big and not so big business, from lobbyists and private donors freely and easily, networks and ties exist between politicians in governments, where they certainly will to some degree look after each other.

        It is all done on acceptable terms, and with handshakes and the usual “formality”, and much is also tax exempt.

        So do not pretend this is such a “clean” and “honest” and “transparent” society here, it is as corrupt as many others, maybe not the Middle Eastern, Southern Asian or Latin American way, but New Zealand is having enough corruption, that is simply covered up well, as the participants make sure it looks tidy and does not get exposed.

        John Key is in into it, Judith Collins is into it, Maurice Williamson is into it, Stephen Joyce is into it, many of them are, and one must be fair, there will be such amongst the Labour MPs as well.

      • North 6.1.3

        Be honest Wayne…….you know well the corruption of ‘connectedness’. You know very well individuals who are its beneficiaries.

  7. Charlieboy 7

    Yep, this is it.Forget all the sideshows and media kissing Keys backside,it is now time to make a stand.Be very afraid of three more years of the Natz.
    I am encouraging all my friends and family to vote Labour.
    Take your blinkers off and see the New Zealand we once knew is being destroyed forever by the Big Brother Natz.

  8. Adrian 9

    I have 3 kids at varsity and I do not want them under ANY future obligation that they are to be at the mercy of a ( awful Americanism ) ” first responder” “best friends” adventurism run from Washington.
    Intervention should only be after a considerered discussion at UN level, otherwise we will be unequivicly expected to partake in any minor slight that the US takes exception to.
    This has to be resisted and overturned at every level.
    Write to your local paper, most in this country don’t read the big ones but everybody gets a local giveaway.
    This is a dramatic aboutface on our foreign relations strategy .

    • karol 9.1

      Yes. Key has been taking us further and further into the US Empire. People need to wake up and learn about what’s happening. It’s not good for the future of the country or its people.

      • MrPip 9.1.1

        Have you ever read a post that contains “People need to wake up and learn ” and though well that’s a reasoned statement?

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1

          Have you ever made a well thought out point in your life? If not, this is a great time to wake up and learn.

    • Blackcap 9.2

      Why should I pay for your 3 kids at varsity. How selfish of you.

      • weka 9.2.1

        Adrian didn’t say anything about paying for his kids’ education. Did you even read past the first six words?

        Besides, you aren’t paying for anyone’s education, the state does that (or should do). That you don’t understand the difference says more about your own perceptions of fairness and selfishness than anything else.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.2

        Why should I pay for your 3 kids at varsity. How selfish of you.

        Cluetip for novices: it’s you being the selfish one here.

      • anker 9.2.3

        CBlackcap at 9.2cause maybe they will be Dr’s or lawyers or IT gurus etc, etc, etc, who will benefit our country and economy and pay for your pension…………BTW who paid for your schooling?????

  9. chris73 10

    Crime down, employment up and the economy moving along nicely which is why National will be returned to power. The tide will go out on National but it won’t be at this election.

    • freedom 10.1

      I would like to add to chris73’s erudite list that the cheques in the mail, diet coke helps you lose weight and Mike Hosking is an unbiased bastion of truth.

      • chris73 10.1.1

        I could add some of Cunliffes words of wisdom when it comes to telling the truth but really we all know hes “economical” with the truth 🙂

        • karol 10.1.1.1

          yeah, that’s another one to add to freedom’s list,

          also, John Key is “honest”, “rockstar economy”, there is no reason for anyone not to have a job that wants one….

        • freedom 10.1.1.2

          that’s so funny chris73 I forgot to laugh, but seriously I thought you were heralding the government’s grand achievements but if you want to make this about a party leader’s truthiness ….. nah i’m guessing you don’t want to do that, you’ll be grumpy all weekend

          • chris73 10.1.1.2.1

            Actually I would like that very much because for the last 6 years the left have tried to depict JK as shonkey, untrustworthy etc etc yet theres never much of anything in the papers about it yet Cunliffes only been leader of the opposition for 9 months but the public are certainly learning about his brain fades

            Theres a reason Labours slipping the polls and its probably because they’re getting to know the real Cunliffe

            • freedom 10.1.1.2.1.1

              my head hurts
              and I could probably keep goldfish in my desk’s new dent

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Much better to keep them between Chris’ ears, thereby doubling his IQ.

            • Puddleglum 10.1.1.2.1.2

              It’s a funny old world chris73.

              On the one hand the left are apparently shooting themselves in the foot by constantly making negative attacks on Key and National.

              On the other hand, as you say, negative attacks on Cunliffe are all over the papers and have ensured that the public are “getting to know the real Cunliffe”.

              Anyone with a curious mind might wonder what’s going on.

    • North 10.2

      For more go to Chris73LicksArseBetterThanKey.Com

      Oh No ! Q+A – Dr Raymond and Character-Caller-Boag. Fuck. She’s found something OUTRAGEOUS. Oh it’s about Iraq, of which she knows SOOOO much. Robert Reid doing her dinner like the dog she is.

      Wonder when we’re gonna wake up to news of ‘Dame Dog Dinner’ ? For services to ShonKey Python.

    • Lloyd 10.3

      Crime is down because of the previous Labour government’s welfare and education policies. The benefit to a country of equitable welfare and education policies are gained several years down the track.

      I predict the present negative policies will start causing negative crime statistics in the next three years or so……

  10. Richard Foulkes Jnr 11

    Theres nothing wrong with NZ democracy IF we all realised the power of the vote. When all kiwis decide to get along and its easy enough to want to right? We can do miracles together.Just imagine 100% enrolling to vote and that amount of people getting to vote for their PRIME MINISTER…Their MPS..the whole country democrafied….MORE Maori Pacifica Asian Afro Politicians. NO Suicides, NO Drunk driving deaths..AN INCREASE in MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING…IT WILL HAPPEN..RIGHT?????

  11. weka 12

    Good summary blue. It raises the issue of how to take that message to the wider non-voters who haven’t been following the politics. Is it enough to point out how shit NACT are and encourage them to vote them out? I know there is this idea that the left should focus on the positive and I agree that Labour in particular need to keep on with promoting their policy as the main thing they do. But maybe those of us outside the parties can push the ‘let’s get rid of the bastards and give the other lot a chance’ meme, and then follow that up with what the left are doing right.

    • MrPip 12.1

      Bingo to this! How about focus on the policy and the benefits, pointing fingers over matters that really have little interest or effect on the missing or lazy voters is what will get you to the line. You can’t throw stone ad infinitum and not expect some reaction, regardless if you think your attacks are valid and bringing things to account, you have to maintain the same level of account. You might also ask why is the Green party by and large don’t find themselves embroiled on the receiving end of any gutter politics. (Well aside that they sit there hoping to hoover up middle of the road votes).

  12. Jrobin 13

    Crime down, are you joking? Dd you not read the news lately? Why then is there so much concern over domestic violence, child abuse, murdering of dairy owners, rising violence from drunk teenaged boys? Are you in a parallel universe or perhaps sleeping chris73

    • chris73 13.1

      Rather than rely on sensationalist headlines you need to gather more information, try this:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11230189

      “Statistics New Zealand Criminal figures for the year showed offences dropped by 4.1 per cent in the last calendar year, with 15,602 fewer crimes recorded last year than in 2012.”

      • joe90 13.1.1

        Of course there are fewer recorded crimes – things have never been easier with thousands of emergency calls to police abandoned, hundreds of non-sworn clerical staff dumped, fleet numbers cut and still no secure communication.

      • “recorded” being the operative word.

      • anker 13.1.3

        Chris @13.1Crime has dropped internationally it is nothing to do with National. There is good evidence that this is to do with demographics. The number of men aged between 18 – 24 has dropped. The same thing happened in New York for the same reason. You need to read beyond the headlines to really understand what is going on.

    • BM 13.2

      The news is more interested in sensationalism than facts.

      Unless you actually look at the crime figures which shows a steady decrease in crime over the last 10-15 years, you’d be under the impression that you’d have to be a complete mad man to leave the house without putting on a suit of armor and carrying a very large sword.

      The media’s job is not to inform but to entertain, if you want the honest truth you have to go look for it yourself.

  13. swordfish 14

    True, Blue, true (if I can put it that way) – but, unfortunately, there won’t be too many non-voters reading The Standard.

    National, of course, are counting on voter apathy – especially among younger people who, according to the polls, disproportionately favour the Left and a change of government (see my latest demographic breakdowns from the Fairfax/Stuff-Ipsos Polls (February/May/June) here. http://sub-z-p.blogspot.co.nz/2014/06/fairfax-ipsos-poll-february-2014.html ..)

    (1) Problems

    Leading New Zealand political scientist and psephologist, Prof Jack Vowles (see ‘Down, Down, Down: Turnout in New Zealand…’) places an emphasis on two key factors:

    (a) A widespread perception that the Election will be closely fought (and, therefore, that one’s vote will make a difference)
    and
    (b) A widespread perception that a consistent and clear ideological/policy gap exists between the major parties and hence that the result actually matters and has real practical consequences.

    If, conversely, the Election appears to be a foregone conclusion (even if it isn’t in actual fact – a la 2008 and, to a somewhat lesser extent, 2011 – thanks to FPP-style media headlines like ‘Labour is Dog Tucker’) and if the main parties’ policies and broad ideological direction seem to converge then that, of course, can have a quite devastating impact on turnout.

    Unfortunately, at the moment the widespread perception fuelled by the MSM is the polar opposite of (a) – a seemingly relentless narrative that a National victory is almost inevitable – All Over Bar the Shouting.
    And whether or not (b) exists is highly debateable. Labour really needs to give working people and beneficiaries – arguably still its core electoral base (particularly given a sizeable liberal urban middle-class swing to the Greens at the last election) – a good reason to vote.

    (2) Hopes

    I’m hoping (against hope ?), however, that:

    (1) Labour is able to utilise this sophisticated software package we’ve been hearing about – capable, so we’re told, of precisely identifying the voters and previous non-voters Labour needs to win, particularly those former Labour voters who sat out the 2011 election (apparently something similar to the computer software that proved so crucial to both the Obama presidential campaigns). They’re apparently fairly confident that these 200,000 or so can be identified, contacted and re-engaged as electors come election day. But persuading a reasonable chunk of the 800,000 who abstained last time to vote Labour in 2014 is gonna be a huge logistical task. For this sort of major get-out-the-vote operation, you really, of course, need significant funding and a whole army of experienced on-the-ground election volunteers, quite apart from the morale and motivation dependent on (a) and (b) above. (I know Labour’s membership numbers are up but I’m not sure they’re up by quite that much).

    (2) Also hoping that the IMP can fulfil its historic mission of mobilising as many first-time and previously abstaining voters as possible. There are what ? – about 400,000 or more New Zealanders in the 18-24 age group. And although my gut feeling is they’ll be lucky to top 3.5%, I’d like to think that .Dotcom’s political apps/communication strategies/significant war-chest will give the IMP a reach and a level of sophistication that might just surprise us all. It’d be great if they could mobilise a whole swathe of young erstwhile non-voters (with Harawira or Sykes, of course, winning their electorate). But the fact is they’re not doing particularly well in the polls at the moment – not much different to Mana’s pre-IMP ratings. Hopefully they’ll get going in the near future.

    • weka 14.1

      Will polling companies be even reaching many of those likely to vote IMP? If they are currently non-voters would they bother talking to a poller? Isn’t it what’s going to happen over the next few months that will turn them into people that would show up on a poll as an IMP voter?

      (as an aside, I assume that on the voting papers the party will be listed as IMP. I’ll be interested to see how the IMP manages that over the next few months given they’re campaigning separately as well).

      “about 400,000 or more New Zealanders in the 18-24 age group.”

      Do you know what percentage are non-voters and first time voters?

      The GP aren’t slouches in getting voters out either, and I saw something recently about them going for the overseas vote which has worked well in their favour in the past.

      • Lanthanide 14.1.1

        It will appear as “Internet Mana Party” for the party vote, and Internet Party for the electorate vote.

        I suspect that putting “Internet” ahead of Mana was a very specific decision by the leadership to ensure they could maximise their new voters.

        • karol 14.1.1.1

          Also, Mana is going strongly for some electorates, while IP is all about its list.

      • swordfish 14.1.2

        “Do you know what percentage (of 18-24 age group) are non-voters and first time voters ?”

        Non-Voters by Age-Group at the 2008 and 2011 Elections

        Age

        18-24……….2008 40%,………2011 42%

        25-44……….2008 27%,……….2011 26%

        45-64……….2008 10%,……….2011 13%

        65 + ………..2008 6%,…………2011 5%

        Not sure about first time voters. Probably no more than 25% of 18-24 year olds (if the definition is newly-eligible voters).

    • Wayne 14.2

      Of course the MSM theme of the inevitability of a National win is also a big worry to National. It could result in National leaning voters not bothering to vote because it is seen to be in the bag.

      So if Labour can make the election transparently competitive, it will also help to mobilize the National vote.

      There is a lot of evidence that National suffered from the MSM inevitability effect in 2011, since the turnout in the strongest National seats was lower than in 2008. And that is illustrated in the turnout figures for 45 to 65 age group in swordfish’s post.

  14. Rodel 15

    Notice how the Nats in this blog in writing their opinions make it appear that they are facts..
    e.g. ” crime down…employment up.”… .”facts are”..etc. ad nauseum.

    I have right wing friends who do this all the time . Some are just outright propagandising (lying) but I realise that most actually believe that their opinions are based on evidence but never sure about where the evidence lies.
    .When confronted and challenged about evidence its quite funny to watch their reactions.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      It’s true of the ‘great unwashed’ that favour any particular party. They will repeat slogans without understanding the evidence behind them and will react poorly when challenged. It just happens that at the moment the ‘great unwashed’ are much more likely to support National than Labour.

    • Anthony B'stard 15.2

      The employment rate has been increasing over the last 12 months – are you disputing that?

      Its now the same as Australia’s, even though the unemployment measures they use are designed to hide their real rate of around 10%.

  15. Jrobin 16

    The manipulation of statistics is a feature of Neo Liberal governments world wide. For instance if you are really interested in informed comment read up on Health reforms in Britain, where it has been revealed that omissions and manipulation of data was used to encourage privatisation and run down public health funding. Under Cameron statistics are regularly used in an Orwellian manner, another example he re edited his own recorded speeches and had Google delete and edit them because they revealed his flip flops and hypocrisy. There are many examples of this in Neo con governments if you read The Guardian or watch Aljazeera, don’t stereotype all media, just because New Zealand is owned by Fairfax and corporate lobbyists.

  16. Will@Welly 17

    Lets vote National! – yeah right! Hang on, we did, back in 1984, when we elected Douglas & co into power in the Lange Government.
    The deceit of those years still lingers. I know. I still can’t fathom, as an ex-Christchurch resident, how the hell David Caygill., an ex-National Party member ended up being elected in St. Albans, or Geoffrey Palmer got Christchurch Central. By his own admission, Labour was the easier option.
    Look at the present day caucus, full of neo-liberals, hanging on from the past. Say nothing, do nothing, and as Mike Williams said so succinctly, the prospect of losing their pay packets might galvanize them into reacting. What a joke. There was a time when being Labour meant something. Being a left-wing politician meant you had principles – not this ragtag lot.
    Mr Key goes to Washington, and you know the whole place is up for sale.
    One time candidate, and now media commentator Josie Pagani went on TV explaining what was wrong with Labour. Really, she was just blowing her own trumpet. Time for her to join her favourite party – the Nats. But her and Fran O’Sullivan are right about one thing – Labour need to get their message out there, not worry about the Nats.
    If you’re sick of my message, its because it’s quite simple. Strategy, strategy, strategy.
    The election is there to be won. Losing it is easy.

  17. Colin 18

    All sadly true Labour needs to stop Grant Ronertson from destroying ever leader

  18. infused 19

    Where are the /scarc tags?

  19. Skinny 20

    Labour have done themselves no favours leading into this election by not clearing out dead wood. Old faces like Mallard, Goff, Dyson, Street inspire little public confidence. Goff should have quit after getting rolled as too probably Shearer, and Mallard’s past antic’s when a Minister is off putting to the LP brand, as many people would still harbour a grudge. Looking at the probable new comers from the list is concerning. There should be far more of current MP’s listed above that get shunted out of safe seats for new blood, and ranked in the early 30’s+.

    I have no problems out campaigning talking up other Left party’s if someone dislikes Labour. Far rather getting the vote out than time wasting putting a potential voter off voting altogether.

    I cannot emphasise enough to the L/G party’s that they use the phrase “Ten thousand votes was the difference between a Left or Right Government last election.”

    Regardless of what the wingnuts say the Left are still most likely to win because we will get the vote out when you consider the numbers we have to campaign this election.

    • Rodel 20.1

      Skinny
      You have no idea what a superb politican and person Ruth Dyson is.
      She works tirelessly for her constituents right or left. There are many devout Tories in her electorate who give their party vote to National but their personal vote to Dyson as they know and respect quality. Carter eventually gave up trying to unseat her because of this.

  20. dimebag russell 21

    People know already that john key is getting ready to abandon ship.
    that no longer means he is a spent force.
    if he returns to new york then he will know just how to enforce fiscal discipline and Labour will have some hard choices.
    no lavish and extravagant promises and no loony left.
    the payoff is fair and decent government.
    only Labour can deliver on that.

  21. Jenny 22

    At the last election, the high non-vote spoke to one important truth – many voters saw no reason to turn out. The media had told them that National would win by a landslide and they either didn’t mind or thouht that one vote wouldn’t make any difference.

    This election is radically different…… [my emphasis J.]

    That’s for sure..

    And not just for the reasons stated above. For one thing, according to the polls the result will be very close and one vote could make a bigger difference than ever before.

    …until recently most of the public polls have shown Labour plus Greens within touching distance of National plus its current allies. I think history suggests that:

    If the total for Labour plus Greens is within about 2% of the total for National and its allies (whichever of ACT, United Future and the Conservatives makes it into Parliament), then it’s actually pretty much a dead heat.

    Gavin White UMR Research “What political polls tell us about the election”

    What this also tells us is that strategic voting will be very important. A party that doesn’t use strategic voting is not serious about gaining or holding office.

  22. seeker 23

    @Chris73 4.03pm 10.1.1.2.1

    “..for the last 6 years the left have tried to depict JK as shonkey, untrustworthy etc etc yet theres never much of anything in the papers about it ..”

    How true. I wonder why that is – it’s almost as if ‘the papers’ were supporting john key.
    However, this clip was posted by the Herald last April so you can see and hear for yourself key actually lying which I think certainly shows him to be “untrustworthy”.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics-videos/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503464&gal_cid=1503464&gallery_id=131968

    And today we find another hair raising example of his duplicity:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10184624/NZ-welcomed-back-to-spy-network

    but I bet ‘the papers’ won’t make much of it such that if you blinked you’d miss it. Please don’t blink but read the link Chris as you certainly appear to have ‘missed it’ for six years.
    Guess there are some people who will always be taken in by conmen because they are sadly unable to distinguish the ‘bad guys’ from the more wholesome members of the human race. Hope this helps.

    • chris73 23.1

      What you don’t seem to get is that people on the right view left-wing parties with the same distaste that people on the left view right-wing parties and as such the ends justifies the means

      Its never about who tells what its about the perception and what the voters think, you and everyone else can post screeds and screeds of links until the cows come home but it won’t change one iota of voting habits out there away from this blog and other blogs

      Hell you may even be right that John Key is the biggest liar and conman that NZ politics has ever seen (hes not of course) but it doesn’t matter because the narrative is that Cunliffe is at best sneaky and at worst a liar

      David Cunliffe is under more scrutiny then John Key for a variety of reasons so he has a choice and that choice is either to engage his brain before he opens his mouth which will starve the msm of easy hits and cause them to look elsewhere for stories or keep going on as he his and make the msms job easy

      • felix 23.1.1

        Save your barren and vacuous whaleoil political philosophy for the mouth-breathers, “chris”.

        No one here gives a shit what you don’t think. We have a country to rebuild.

        • chris73 23.1.1.1

          You’ll be back in power in 2017 so don’t go getting your hopes up this early

          • felix 23.1.1.1.1

            Moi? I think you have me confused with someone else. I am not what you are, cretin.

  23. Ronnie Chow 24

    The first act by virtue of which the State really constitutes itself the representative of the whole of society—the taking possession of the means of production in the name of society—this is, at the same time, its last independent act as a State. State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous, and then dies out of itself; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production. The State is not “abolished.” It dies out.

  24. dave 25

    ive out door knocking around few state areas in the last couple of weeks
    there one thing i am telling them this time round your voting to keep a roof over your head its not scare tactics its true.
    i tell them John doesn’t want you to vote he want you to stay at home don’t let the bastard win!vote

    • Harry Holland 25.1

      Yeah. Talking to folks I’m hearing that “there’s no point since National will win anyway”. This is the dream scenario for the Nats. To counter this the left needs to tack the turn-out-and-vote message onto the end of every other message. “Change the Government – turn out and vote”.

  25. upandcomer 26

    You still don’t get it. This is all the same stuff from the first time around. National are winning because they now own health, education and the economy. Labour is just beset by this weird focus on manufacturing dirt. Now the media aren’t in Helen’s pocket – conspiracy. Now that the public service is gratefully allowed to be neutral – that equals partisanship, after the disgraceful takeover of the public service by Labour a last Madeline Setchell. As for money? Labour Will take it from wherever they can find it since they cant just steal public money from opposition, but apparently can’t record it sometimes.

  26. dimebag russell 27

    national will not win.
    they have had their ‘turn’ and now they must face up to the fact that while they may have stabilised the economy after the GFC they are about to try and lead the country down dangerous paths that it does not want to go.

  27. Lorraine 28

    THE SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION ON AUCKLAND IS THRIVING

    It is clear that some Aucklander’s think that the better off should not pay taxes to support the poor. They don’t believe higher education should be available to the poor, nor do they think that hospitals should provide treatment to poor people who can’t afford health insurance and would love all benefits except super to be scraped. They consider themselves to be a better class of people than the rest of the not so high earners and especially beneficiaries. I have been shocked at what I have heard come from their mouths re social discrimination. They have well paying jobs and lots of fancy toys and nice homes and cars. They can afford to take themselves off on holiday.
    They usually have no interest in the rest of NZ and it would be fair to say they think NZ stops at the Bombay Hills. Many probably would think it stops at the northern side of the Auckland harbour bridge and north of Albany, except where their holiday homes are.
    Everyone who isn’t as well of as them in their opinion has bought it on themselves no matter those people’s circumstances, cancer and all.
    Once we were an egalitarian society. Now we have class systems especially in Auckland. These people think it ok to outwardly verbally abuse people who are not financial equals or above them.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    5 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    7 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    7 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Aotearoa Says – No Diggity.
    Strictly biz, don't play aroundCover much ground, got game by the poundGetting paid is a forteEach and every day, true player wayOne month ago tens of thousands of Kiwis took to the streets to protest against the coalition’s Fast Track legislation. Concerned that it would prioritise some people making a ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Strangers and others
    For a moment yesterday I thought I might have been trailing my old friend Simon Wilson across the Danube, over cobbled stones, and into the old town square of Linz. Same comfortable riding style, same jacket, same full head of hair, but no, different friend of cycling.There is a kindred ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Killing the Golden Goose of New Zealand's economy
    IntroductionIn New Zealand, the National party generally retains a reputation of being pro-business and pro-economy.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.The underlying assumption is National are more competent economic managers, and by all accounts Luxon and his team have talked ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
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    3 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
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    3 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
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    4 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
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    4 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
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    4 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
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    4 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
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    5 days ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
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    5 days ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
    The Government is progressing a requirement for building consent authorities to use remote inspections as the default approach so building a home is easier and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Building anything in New Zealand is too expensive and takes too long. Building costs have increased by ...
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    5 days ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government aligns Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia to reduce vehicle prices for Kiwis
    The Government will be aligning the Clean Car Importer Standard with Australia in order to provide the vehicle import market with certainty and ease cost of living pressures on Kiwis the next time they need to purchase a vehicle, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“The Government supports the Clean Car Importer ...
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    5 days ago
  • NZQA Board appointments
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today announced three appointments to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Kevin Jenkins has been appointed as the new Chair of the NZQA Board while Bill Moran MNZM has been appointed as the Deputy Chair, replacing Pania Gray who remains on the Board as a ...
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    5 days ago
  • More support for Wairoa clean-up
    A further $3 million of funding to Wairoa will allow Wairoa District Council to get on with cleaning up household waste and sediment left by last week’s flooding, Emergency Management and Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell says.  In Budget 24 the Government provided $10 million to the Hawke’s Bay Region to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister thanks outgoing Secretary for Education
    Education Minister Erica Stanford has today thanked the outgoing Secretary for Education. Iona Holsted was appointed in 2016 and has spent eight years in the role after being reappointed in May 2021. Her term comes to an end later this year.  “I acknowledge Iona’s distinguished public service to New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • Minister concludes local government review
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has concluded the Future for Local Government Review and confirmed that the Coalition Government will not be responding to the review’s recommendations.“The previous government initiated the review because its Three Waters and resource management reforms would have stripped local government of responsibility for water assets ...
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    1 week ago
  • Consultation begins on new cancer medicines
    Associate Health Minister for Pharmac David Seymour says today’s announcement that Pharmac is opening consultation on new cancer medicines is great news for Kiwi cancer patients and their families. “As a result of the coalition Government’s $604 million funding boost, consultation is able to start today for the first two ...
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    1 week ago
  • 50 years on, Niue and NZ look to the future
    A half-century after pursuing self-government, Niue can count on New Zealand’s steadfast partnership and support, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says. “New Zealand and Niue share a unique bond, forged over 50 years of free association,” Mr Peters says. “We are looking forward to working together to continue advancing Niue’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Upgrading system resulting in faster passport processing
    Acting Internal Affairs Minister David Seymour says wait times for passports are reducing, as the Department of Internal Affairs (the Department) reports the highest ever monthly figure for digital uptake in passport applications.  “As of Friday 5 July, the passport application queue has reduced by 34.4 per cent - a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Roads of National Significance moving at pace
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news that the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is getting on with the Government’s first seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS) projects expected to begin procurement, enabling works and construction in the next three years.   “Delivering on commitments in our coalition agreements, we are moving ...
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    1 week ago
  • New school for Flat Bush
    The Coalition Government is building for roll growth and easing pressure in Auckland’s school system, by committing to the construction of a new primary school, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. As part of Budget 24’s $456 million injection into school property growth, a new primary school (years 1-6) will be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Dr Shane Reti's speech to Iwi-Maori Partnership Boards, Rotorua
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    1 week ago
  • Announcement of Mental Health Targets and Mental Health and Addiction Community Sector Innovation Fu...
    Kia Ora Koutou, Tena Koutou, Good Morning. Thank you Mahaki Albert for the warm welcome. Thank you, Prime Minister, and thank you everyone for coming today. When I look around the room this morning, I see many of our hard-working mental health and addictions workforce from NGO and Community groups, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Expert panel appointed to review Public Works Act
    An independent expert advisory panel has been appointed to review the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk has announced.  “The short, sharp review demonstrates the Government’s commitment to progressing critical infrastructure projects and reducing excessive regulatory and legislative barriers, so ...
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