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Tuwhera mike 23/07/2014

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  1. Tautoko Viper 1

    The Herald are push-polling for National. Just LOOK at the question on education

    It is framed as smaller classes/more teachers OR improving teacher quality

    This is deliberate push polling based on John Key’s soundbite which gives a totally incorrect view of Labour’s policy.

    Can this comment be transferred into Open Mike today if possible???

    [Done – MS]

    • felix 1.1

      That’s a very leading question. It’s phrased as:

      Labour = smaller classes
      National = higher teaching standards

      What absolute bollocks. What do they think the point of smaller classes is if not higher teaching standards? ffs.

      Surely higher teaching standards is the desired result of both approaches. But they’re comparing the method on Labour’s part with the desired goal on National’s. Why wasn’t the question phrased as:

      Labour = smaller classes
      National = more money for some teachers

      Or better still, because “smaller classes” actually means “more teachers”, a more honest phrasing would be:

      Labour = more teachers
      National = more money for some teachers

      Ok so that’s a crazy dream to expect that from the herald, I know. My next crazy dream is that Labour MPs will be all over the radio and tv and interwebs spelling this out, starting a hour ago.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        god forbid we could have both!

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.2

        Surely higher teaching standards is the desired result of both approaches.

        Nope. Lower teaching standards is what you get from National’s approach. This is a fairly obvious result of throwing ever more work at the teachers so that they don’t actually have time to teach and thus we must assume that National’s desired result is worse teaching.

      • Gosman 1.1.3

        Essentially you won’t be happy unless the Herald did a poll asking whether voters prefered Labour’s plan to inprove education out of sight ot National’s plan to screw over our children.

        It is at least good to see that the issue many leftists have with the media is not bias. Just that they aren’t biased towards the left of the political spectrum.

        • You_Fool

          Actually I would have been happy with the following question

          Is it better to improve teacher quality by

          Offering incentives to teachers to perform better
          Training more teachers to reduce class size (or maybe Training more teachers to reduce teacher work load)

          • logie97

            The problem is that National has set a false agenda. For the last 6 years the mantra has been, New Zealand schools failing our children. First it was the introduction of “Standards” – and then the quality of teaching.

            The premise is wrong. Whilst there can always be room for up-skilling of the educators, ERO and robust in-school assessment of teaching practice, ensured that best practice was happening. Schools were offered brilliant in-school professional development through ” Team Solutions”, but the ministry saw fit to disband that group by privatising it and reducing the courses and expert personnel accordingly.

            The journalists have swallowed the meme and consistently look for opportunities to bash the teachers and the profession.

            Any half professional journalist should be examining closely what the National prescription for raising achievement is compared with what was in place. They might also be asking
            (1) How are they going to identify these bushy tailed, blue eyed experts (surely not the ones with all the stars in their planning folders)?
            (2) How are they going to ensure that the classroom programme of this “expert” is going to continue to run smoothly while the “expert” is away mentoring 40% of the week?
            (3) Have they consulted the parents of the children in these “buzzing” classrooms if they want a job-share going on.

        • felix

          “Essentially you won’t be happy unless blah blah blah”

          You could assume that Gosman. Or alternately you could read what I wrote which was the exact opposite of that.

          I’ll type more slowly this time: Two methods have been proposed, both with the stated goal of improving the quality of teaching. In the question posed, one of those methods was described by referring only to the proposed method, the other by referring to both the proposed method and the stated goal.

          That is called loading the question.

          An unloaded question would either refer to both by describing the method and the goal, or to both by describing only the method.

          This is really simple stuff Gosman. You have no excuse for not following it.

    • Saarbo 1.2

      Agree. National policy is probably unworkable for a start. Additional teachers is only one of the improvement that Labour is proposing, add in funding of Reading Recovery (which is critical but has been cut in many schools in my area over the last few years) , increased funding per student (which could be used for Professional Deveopment…so will directly improve Teacher Standards), Funding of school donations and Computers for kids.

      So the biased piece of shit called The New Zealand Herald keeps pushing National, oh well, their days are numbered anyway (National and NZH).

    • vto 1.3

      At the risk of repetition…..

      The Herald is owned by big business multi-national corporations – as such the Herald has a built-in bias and is incapable of independent and objective reporting.

      Legislation should be passed requiring all media to outline on their front page who owns them.

      The Herald is conflicted to all hell and in accordance with its ownership has a far right bias.

      • Colonial Viper 1.3.1

        critical points – mass media standards and reform is a must – one good way of holding corporate media to account is by setting up powerful public interest broadcasting.

        • vto

          that too, but clear and simple disclosure to the public of the ownership interests on the front page, with links to further detail online about ownership actions and political leanings over time would have a greater effect.

          • Colonial Viper

            transparency of ownership etc is an important element – but people still believe what they read and see. So best to make it quality as well as doing all the transparency stuff.

        • bad12

          The Fairfux arm of the New Zealand newspaper industry maybe in for a major shake-up in the next little while,

          Listening to the bloke that does commentary of ‘the media’ on my wireless, RadioNZ National, yesterday, He seemed to think that there is in the next 12-18 months a big chance that the current ‘owners’ of that particular chain will be looking to sell,

          It would be nice to think that any new owner/owners would address the ugly biased ‘opinion’ that has now virtually subsumed ‘political journalism’ as the discourse put forward by the major print media, but, such a thought isn’t one i would hold my breath waiting for…

          • Gosman

            Here’s an idea. How about a bunch of you lefties get together some funding and purchase the media assets of Fairfax in NZ. I am sure you could find some left leaning investors to help out. Kim Dotcom might even be convinced to contribute. I am sure he is interested in getting a favourable press.

            • vto

              That’s not an idea.

              How about you face up to the reality of distorted reporting due to the ownership of the Herald. You are such a stuck-in-a-rut partisan hack.

              • Gosman

                It’s an idea alright just one that lefties like you won’t ever take up the challenge to bring in to reality because you enjoy whining about how unfair it is that the media is against you too much.

                As for me facing up to reality on the media bias, I have constantly asked for how this control from on high actually works in practical terms in relation to getting a biased report. All I get is vague generalisations and comments along the line that I am ignoring reality. If it is reality then tell me how it works in this reality. How does the corporate bosses pass on down their instructions to the journalists on the front line?

                • vto

                  same way bosses everywhere pass down their requirements to the front line, what do you expect? do you not get out much?

                  • Gosman

                    Thanks for proving my point about using vague generalisations as evidence of right wing control of the media vto.

                    Btw when my boss passes on his/her requirements they tend to do so in a manner that is traceable (e.g. e-mail). Is the media so dominated by right wingers there is not a single whistleblower who can provide the evidence of this sort of directive from on high?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Btw when my boss passes on his/her requirements they tend to do so in a manner that is traceable (e.g. e-mail).

                      Really, most bosses just talk and talk is untraceable unless rare conditions, such as witnesses, apply.

                    • Gosman

                      It is a foolish person who does only what he is told and doesn’t ask for it in writing.

                    • you can’t be that thick/simplistic..gossie..

                      ..the person owns the media..

                      ..the person hires an editor whose jib-cut he/she likes..

                      ..said editor hires sub-editors etc..

                      ..that also reflect that corporate ethos..

                      ..which brings us down to the reporters..

                      ..and the reports they have to file to ‘get past’ their subeditor/censor..

                      ..are you seeing a pattern here..?..at all..?

                    • and why would anyone want to invest in the uber-polluting/dead-duck/sunset-industry that is the dead-tree-media..?

                      ..and have you seen the quality of what they produce..?


                      ..one of the main reasons i started my news-thang is because we were so ill-served by our corporate-media..

                      ..and we are still ‘so ill-served’..by those dinosaurs teetering towards extinction..

                      ..invest in them..?

                      ..you must be mad man…!

                    • Murray Olsen

                      Fox News people in the US already have gone public about interference in stories. In Aotearoa, the papers are more likely to just hire right wingers who understand what’s required. It doesn’t need written directives, but you knew that anyway.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  How does the corporate bosses pass on down their instructions to the journalists on the front line?

                  Several ways:

                  1. They hire editors that think the same way they do with a publishing history to match
                  2. The editors then hire journalists with the same thought patterns
                  3. Editorial direction and the inherent biases in the journalists result in inherent bias in the organisation
                  4. Owners can, and do, give the editors direct instructions on how to address certain issues as well as indirect pressure.
                  • Gosman

                    Undoubtably owners can and do give instructions. These tend to be traceable hence why you can link to an article showing such a situation. Now all you need to do is link to an article showing it occuring in NZ.

                    BTW how did John Campbell get employed given his obvious left leanings?

                    • Shut up Gosman

                      Draco answers your question above in enough detail, but on you blabber anyway. The underlying claim of your question is Culture Doesn’t Exist. Stop boring us with your cotton-in-ears arm waving. Only someone dumb enough to think John Campbell is left leaning could muster the audacity to claim culture doesn’t exist.

                    • vto

                      bullshit gosman. you most definitely don’t get out much

                • framu

                  “Here’s an idea. How about a bunch of you lefties get together some funding ”

                  heres a better idea – come up with something new for a change

                  ohh – wait for it, i here a zimbabwe coming

                  and since when have you ever given a shit about what gets said back to you – you wont accept anything anyway so why do you ask?

            • alex

              Gosman…the paper would go under so fast..not enough people would read it..all negative news..you can only write so many good news stories about David C…Anyway isn’t this blog doing the job anyway..

              • McFlock

                As opposed to the success of having a tory liar as editor of “Truth”?

        • Gosman

          You mean like they have in say the UK with the BBC.

          How does that influence the rest of the media there?

  2. SPC 2

    Why oh why say a ‘three’ day holiday with the family was too long, when the polls show most people had no problem with it …. indicative of support for politicians taking time out to be with family.

    • Ad 2.1

      Pretty rich when the PM had a couple of weeks.

      Everyone at work thought it was a ridiculous beatup and had wry sympathy for DC.

      • phillip ure 2.1.1

        why the f… did he issue a public apology

        ..for it..?

        ..and for his scarf..?

        ..i don’t like those yellow socks he affects..

        ..where’s my apology..?

        ..and he could/.should apologise for that poor-ignoring clark-govt..

        ..that he and all his compatriots were part of..

        • You_Fool

          I would not be surprised to find that the apology by Cunliffe was heavily edited to take out all the bits where he is blatantly mocking the media for the beat up.

          My favourite bit was with TV3 then bashing Cunliffe for apologising for “minor” issues, after they spent a day with everyone else going on about these “minor” issues

          • Ant

            He shouldn’t have said anything that sounded like an apology then. He seems to do it all the time, adds in something along the lines of “I’m learning”, “I need to do better on that”, “its not helpful”, “I’ll try to do better in the future” the media then take those and turn them into bites that authorize and give substance to the smears.

            I’ve been disappointed on his performance in that regard, he’s under heaps of pressure, more than I’ve seen any other leader be under, but… he needs a better script and needs to bloody stick to that script.

            • Tom Jackson

              Perhaps he’s privately given up. I would not blame him.

              I’m not sure how it would be possible to portray a positive image when the media are hell bent on editing and spinning everything you say.

              New Zealand is in a strange place at the moment.

        • The Al1en

          “he could/.should apologise for that poor-ignoring clark-govt”

          The Clark government that provided night classes, interest free loans for further education, Kiwi bank 100% start up mortgages, working for families to come off the dole in to part time work for a full weeks wage, free child care with trained teachers etc..

          What did Clark ever do for the poor of NZ. 🙄

          You should apologise for being totally maliciously disingenuous.

          • bad12

            Alien, a positively glowing recommendation of the Clark Government, so where then did the 280,000 kids living in poverty come from,

            Did the whole demographic of such children just ‘pop up’ in the time of the Slippery lead National Government???…

            • The Al1en

              The underlying point being Bad, that the poor were not really ignored at all, and though it wasn’t a left wing utopia by any standards, compared to the Shipley government before and the Key government after, it was a world away.

              If you could choose a third term for Key or have back Clark, what would be better for the poor of NZ?

              • Chooky

                The Allen +100…the poor originate from the Rogernomics Labour govt ( some of whom still have positions of power both in and outside of the Labour Party ) ….where many hundreds of thousands of Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders were laid off work to become the generational beginnings of unemployed families in poverty

                …Nactional continued with the Neolib start made by Rogernomics

                …to blame Helen Clark who was one of the few, along with Jim Anderton , to NOT endorse Rogernomics and to oppose it at her peril, is disingenuous imo and possibly misogynist ….i question the real motives and agendas of such people

                ….it was also Helen Clark that kept the subsequent wreck of the Labour Party afloat ( when many former Labour Party activists just wished it would sink)

                • The Al1en


                  You have a realistic grasp of it.

                  It’s bad enough having history rewritten by the nats, let alone 1% loony left minorities like PU getting disproportionate air time on an issue they clearly have ulterior motives over.

                • u r talking shite chooky..

                  ..the clark years were just more neo-lib/rogernomics..

                  ..she had nine years of boomtimes..to make things right..

                  ..and she completely and utterly failed at that task/responsibility..

                  ..and a new question ..which i am gagging to find out the answer to….

                  .(.and which will be answered by the dotcom-data drop..with greenwald..)

                  ..is just who opened the door..and let the americans spy all over us?
                  ..was it key..or clark…?

                  ..i feel that many in labour are dreading those revelations as much as key/national are..

              • bad12

                Alien, my opinion, on the question you pose, Key/Clark Governments vis a vis ‘the poor’,

                Pretty much even, there’s little difference down at the Bene level where on the day the money hits the bank account its all gone and the only way to survive is to make another trip to WINZ for a special needs grant which at the time of the Clark Government were quite freely being okayed by that office,

                And, on the day that the Bene hits the bank account and its all gone and the only way to survive is to make another trip down to the local hall to access the food bank which is the ‘norm’ for those who cannot manage under the auspices of the toughened WINZ regime of the Slippery National Government,

                Of course the Clark Government could have, as the Ministry of Social Development have belatedly advised Slippery’s Government to do, devised the family tax credit to include beneficiary reliant families with children…

            • Tom Jackson

              Who knows.

              On the other hand, National’s policy for helping poor people is essentially cribbed from an Amway seminar.

            • Te Reo Putake

              No, it really started with the Bolger government. The proportion of kids living below the income poverty threshold in 1990 was around 7%. By the end of the nineties the figure was 3 times as high. The Clark governments bought the figure down by about a third, but it has risen under Key back to the Bolger era levels. The main driver appears to be housing costs, including the brutality of market rents for public housing.

              Clark can take credit for taking 80-90,000 kids out of poverty in her time. Key has revered that in less than 5 years.

              • but clark and that govt can take no credit for ignoring the poorest children of all..

                ..the children of the unemployed/benificiaries..

                ..she did nothing to undo the evils wrought by richardson..

                ..for nine long fucken years..and in boom-times…

                ..and of course..by also doing nothing..

                ..clark /that govt also so well prepared the ground for paula benny-basher..

                ..and her ensuing pogrom on those poorest/weakest..

                ..and guess what..?

                ..labour still are not promising to put that right…

                ..and have still not acknowledged/owned just how ‘wrong’ that was…

                ..and they wonder why those people they most fucked over still don’t trust them..

                ..that’s my ‘wonder’..their ‘wonder’..

        • Kiwiri

          If a few Labour supporters can get together and quickly organise the mass production and knitting of some Red Labour scarves (made with NZ wool and knitted locally), those scarves can fundraise and publicise Labour’s campaign and can be worn by many.
          I would wear them all this winter!
          And also when I make my trip to the polling booth (surely wearing a coloured scarf would be ok with electoral laws about not campaigning on polling day?).

          • Jenny Kirk

            Yes Kiwiri – you can wear your colours to the polling booth. You are just not allowed to have the words Vote, Labour on your colours – so a red scarf is a great idea !!

      • Rodel 2.1.2

        ‘Everyone at work thought it was a ridiculous beatup and had wry sympathy for DC.’
        Yes-Talked to a relative last night who went with daughter to listen to DC in spite of leaning toward national.
        They are not especially political but are so sick of the media bias against DC and sycophantic to JK that they are seriously considering vote Labour.
        Was good to hear.

      • Gosman 2.1.3

        Funnily enough all my work colleagues (men and women) were just having a laugh at Cunliffe’s expense. That ‘I’m sorry for being a man’ comment has impacted his reputation.

        • fender

          My bet is your colleagues are actually laughing at you, and want to see you take some much needed sick leave..

          • phillip ure

            r u not well there..gossie..?..


            ..lifestyle outcomes..?

            • phillip ure

              as a distraction from cunnliffe..

              ..they should get ‘ducky’ to don the lycra again..

              ..and to strut about..and say stupid things..

              ..for the amusement of the media..

          • Gosman

            Yes I suppose when one of my colleagues mentioned the failings of males and I responded by asking her if she wanted me to apologise for being a man like David Cunliffe that her response and the associated laughter about Cunliffe being a wet blanket and rather pathetic was actually directed at me. However I’m not trying to be in position to become PM in less than two months so I don’t care. David Cunliffe on the other hand should care how people perceive him.

            • fender

              I’m not surprised your female colleague mentioned the failings of males in your presence, shame you didn’t take it seriously like David does.

            • Banjo

              A man showing emotion and empathy for victims of domestic abuse is derided as a “wet blanket” and “rather pathetic” at Gosmans workplace? Doesn’t sound like a very healthy workplace culture. It’s sad how Cunliffe has been attacked for a human reaction, but the fact that Paula Bennett, who reportedly sat on stage playing on her phone after she gave her speech – giving the impression that she doesn’t give a shit, doesn’t rate a mention.

        • dv

          I am interested that you work and can spend a lot of time commenting on the standard.
          Your boss must very very tolerant.

    • Tracey 2.2

      crazy… Why not say i mixed work with family and wont apologise for putting my children first in a year they have and will see so little of me. Politicians families give up enough already so i gave up three days for them.

    • Chooky 2.3

      ‘A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday’

      By Martyn Bradbury / July 22, 2014 / 14 Comments

      I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their latest sideswipe at Cunliffe…

      • ianmac 2.3.1

        Actually it might be quite clever to say you are sorry for taking a 3 day holiday. It highlights that it was 3 days and not a week and most people would say only a 3 day holiday? So what!

        • Chooky

          @ ianmac ….good point…i think many NZers are beginning to see the ridiculousness of these criticisms

          ….and the concerted attacks on Winston just served to make him more popular.

          Most NZers do have a sense of fair play and most are not dumb!

      • greywarbler 2.3.2

        Cunliffe apologising again!
        FFS stop! People will think that you really mean that you are sorry you are a man.
        Man up and put carpers and journalists in their place like Winston does. Now there is a man who can come from a low point and win votes.

        We have journalists like hyenas, and really they speak for the shallow money-seekers in our country. But there are a lot of good NZs who aren’t down there that David should be directing his thoughts to. If he doesn’t think the questions that are being asked are relevant or fair, a short dismissive comment, a move to what the current important thing is, and a Winston-type query about why the journalist is not discussing this important matter.


    • Anne 2.4

      My guess is, the senior ABCers made a big song and dance about it in Caucus yesterday and he felt compelled to appease them by apologising.

      The public were on your side David – STOP APOLOGISING!

      I want to know who was the brat who whined to the SST? If anyone has any inside knowledge would they share it with us please? The sooner he’s outed the better. We know there’s more than one of these tittlle-tattlers in Caucus but until someone is made an example of… then it will happen again and again.

      • bad12 2.4.1

        There was an intimation on this subject made on my wireless,RadioNZ National, this morning, sorry i cant even remember the context of what was being discussed nor who was discussing it,

        However, mentioned as ‘the culprits’ were ”the candidate for Napier” and ”the candidate for Te Tai Tokerau”

        My pick for the ‘leaker’ is ”the candidate for making shit up” and i cannot quite understand how so many can take an unattributed piece of Jonolism from the mass media as ‘gospel’ when we all are fully aware that these media have for quite some time now happily been quoting ”the candidate for making shit up” in their efforts to rake muck…

        • Anne

          They have both denied it bad12 and we have to believe them unless there’s proof to the contrary. Some insider talked that’s obvious but there’s every likely-hood whatever they said was embellished upon by the journo.

        • veutoviper

          However, mentioned as ‘the culprits’ were ”the candidate for Napier” and ”the candidate for Te Tai Tokerau”

          As Anne said, both have denied this BUT it was Key who suggested these two as the possible culprit(s) in Question Time yesterday. So, Key again stirring the pot ….


          PS – this has gone into moderation as I misspelled my name.

          [lprent: And that means you generally have to wait for me to have a break as I’ve started a new job and it is a bit busy at present. ]

        • Jenny Kirk

          It wouldn’t have been Kelvin Davis, Bad 12 – he’s not that sort of person.

          • bad12

            Aha Jenny Kirk, as i say above my belief is that the story came directly from ”the candidate for making shit up”, also known in some circles as the journalist interviewing Her/His computer screen…

      • Chooky 2.4.2

        +100 Anne…deserves to go!…i note Shearer has not ruled out another go at being leader….if this were to become a reality this really would sink the Labour Party ( Shearer is most popular with the Nacts and Hooton for obvious reasons)

      • greywarbler 2.4.3

        @Anne 9.59
        Every breath you take
        Every move you make
        Every bond you break
        Every step you take
        I’ll be watching you

        Every single day
        Every word you say
        Every game you play
        Every night you stay
        I’ll be watching you

        • Anne

          Thanks greywarbler. Enjoyed that. Ooohoo… if only I was young again. 😉

          • greywarbler

            @Anne 10.49
            Your thoughts are still young. And anyway youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While you’ve got it you don’t know how to appreciate it. You need some years on, to get to that understanding.

      • Hami Shearlie 2.4.4

        This morning Annette King said the person was not one of the Caucus – John Key alluded to it being someone in Napier – That got me thinking hard!! Like to know how Key knows the person is from Napier?

        • Clemgeopin

          If Key said that it shows the depth of gutter type of politics that Key, a nation’s Prime Minister, practices while exhibiting a calculated veneer of respectability in his public image. I lost any respect I had for Key when he admitted that he keeps a dirt file on Labour MPs in his top drawer but said he “doesn’t do anything with it”!

          [ Tuesday 22 Oct 2013 6:31a.m. TV News:

          John Key says “plenty of people” call him with information about misbehaving Labour MPs but he doesn’t do anything with it.

          “I’ve always done the same thing – written it down and put it in my top drawer,” he told reporters.

          “Maybe I’ll write a book one day, it’ll be fascinating.”

          The Prime Minister isn’t getting involved in any of the gossip and speculation about Auckland’s Mayor Len Brown either.

          Mr Brown last week admitted he had a two-year affair with Bevan Chuang, who unsuccessfully stood for a seat in this month’s local body elections.

          Ms Chuang ran on a right-wing ticket alongside Mr Brown’s main rival John Palino, whose campaign manager was former National Party president John Slater.

          The affair was revealed on a blog run by Mr Slater’s son, Cameron.

          John Slater has denied any knowledge of the affair.

          Mr Key says the National Party didn’t have anything to do with it.

          “The first I knew about it was when I read it on that blog,” he said.

          Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/John-Key-reveals-top-drawer-secrets/tabid/1607/articleID/318203/Default.aspx#ixzz38F90r444 ]

        • Tracey

          sorry? Key took time to comment on who might have squealed to the press about cunliffes break, but cant apologise to the victim of an alleged sexual assault, an alleged criminial allowed to leave NZ by his govts incompetence? Is this the new definition of a man down at the rugby clubs?

      • Clemgeopin 2.4.5

        Cunliffe was reported to having a fairly good idea who it was, though he said he does not think it was any of the MPs.

      • felix 2.4.6

        Anne, if I recall correctly, the squealer was only ever referred to as a “senior party insider”.

        What makes you think it’s anyone connected to the Labour party?

        • Anne

          Right you are felix. My comment re- tittle-tattlers in Caucus was misleading. What I meant was someone in the Caucus couldn’t resist tittle-tattling and it was the recipient who passed it on to the HoS journo. Don’t know if that is exactly what happened but it looks that way to me.

          I can tell you that sort of thing rarely happened pre -1984. The Caucus members in those days remained loyal to the Party hierarchy at all times. It wasn’t until years later that odd bits and pieces came out and then only when they could do no longer do any damage.

          • felix

            That’s if there was ever a caucus tittle-tattler at all in this instance. The story could well have begun and ended between the senior (national) party insider and the willfully gullible journo.

    • The Al1en 3.1

      Could you manage an increase of four days?

    • Paupial 3.2


      Not that I disagree entirely, but our present labour market is geared to; having many working long days with an unemployed reserve driving wages down – and acting as a threat to workers of being discarded onto that same scrapheap if they dare complain about working conditions or safety.

      Also, there are skill shortages in some areas of employment, but a surplus of unskilled (or rather; those untrained for a specific job). Going to a one size fits all 32-hr/ 4 day work week might just lead to people being expected to “do more with less” and effectively working; unpaid, undeclared, and unnotified overtime (even more so than at present). I personally like the idea of a; central government apportioned work-hour bank (a bit like the proposed kiwipower scheme), where skills are matched up to available employment with the aim of eradicating unemployment – however, I can’t see it flying in the present business environment.

      Thanks for the link though, it was interesting to see that there is a bit of momentum in this area.

      • phillip ure 3.2.1

        re 4 day wk..

        ..i actually think a 3.5 day working week wd be best..

        ..and wd be a much more efficient uses of resources..

        ..as a seven day wk wd become standard…for most businesses..

        ..with those seven days split in two..

        ..what’s not to love about that..?

        ..and carlos sim has come out with a 3 day 10 hr day working week. plan/idea..


        ..which is another viable option..

        ..and arbeit doesn’t make you frei..

        ..frei-time makes you frei..eh..?

        • Colonial Viper

          3.5d/wk is ideal, with the remaining time devoted to family, learning, hobbies and community volunteer work. And politics of course! Which is what the Tories would hate…

          • Draco T Bastard

            And politics of course! Which is what the Tories would hate…

            I think that that’s why they like decreasing wages so much – it means people have to work longer and thus have less time to think about their position and how it could be improved.

        • The Al1en

          Could you manage the increase to a three and a half day working week?

          • Paupial

            T Allen

            If you regard commenting on TS as community work (as I do), then our phillip would work way more than a 3.5 day week! Especially if you include his website (though I’ve only glanced at it the once; all those dots just made my eyes glaze over, I scroll past them often enough here to not have to search out more of his idiosyncratic punctuation).

            • The Al1en

              But for real work with wages and paye, it’s not really work at all, no matter how community spirited or self serving it is.
              It’s easy to go on about solutions to ending poverty and those poor people going without, but if you’re not prepared to get stuck in and help then you’re part of the problem.

              And the website …fucken…who(a)re…eyes..glazed… over… alright… eh?
              Needs more smilies.

              • Pasupial

                T Allen

                If you regard wages & PAYE as the sine qua non of work, then you must also regard the much-vaunted (almost mythical) Entrepreneur and other self-employed types as being unemployed. I don’t get paid for the effort I put into raising my son, but it is sure enough work!

                If we had a UBI, then the forms of work which have no immediate monetary reward for the individual, yet contribute to the well being of society would flourish (there are entire posts about this if you care to scroll back through TS’s history).

                Also agree with PU & CV that a 3.5 day work week would be optimal, but I’m not holding out much hope for the immediate future.

                • The Al1en

                  To be fair, writing crap on the blogs isn’t a job, it’s something any of us can do, but end child poverty or help the poor it won’t.

                  @ Fender

                  Presently unemployed and struggling to find work, so not saying what Bennett is at all.
                  PU is not anger inducing to me, but his comments need checks and balances as many of them are wrong, insincere or blatant politicking.

              • fender

                T Allen

                1) Like Bennett you seem to be suggesting there are ample situations vacant to go around.

                2) I once had a run-in with Phillip, we got over it soon after and prefer to concentrate on directing hostilities at the right wingers now. I know you have been suffering from the actions of your creepy ex boss but if your residue anger is now being directed towards Phillip it’s unfair and unhealthy.

                • to be honest fender..i don’t recall it at all..

                  ..and i don’t even recall having a falling-out with you..

                  ..but i don’t..usually..remember/hang onto those things..

                  ..i think the essence of healthy political-debate/dialogue..

                  .. is to be able disagree vigorously with an individuals arguments/ideas on one day..

                  ..and then the next to be able to honestly murmur agreement at an idea/argument from that same individual ..that you agree with..

                  ..to sit and sulk..forever more..is the essence of unhealthy political-dialogue/debate..

                  ..and in my case any ‘feud’ is very one-sided..as i clearly don’t remember..

              • Draco T Bastard

                It’s easy to go on about solutions to ending poverty and those poor people going without, but if you’re not prepared to get stuck in and help then you’re part of the problem.

                Coming up with those solutions takes work – often without pay – and you’re not going to have any solutions unless someone is doing that work.

  3. amirite 4

    I’m getting really sick and tired of the anti-Cunliffe barrage in the media, and even though everyone deserves some degree of criticism, what’s going on there is overkill.
    Meanwhile, short of being found out to be a paedophile or a murderer, John Key can do no wrong.

    • Tom Jackson 4.1

      It’s all right. The UK establishment covered up for paedophiles, and nothing’s going to happen to them, so it wouldn’t be any different here.

      After all, a conservative run paedophile ring pales in comparison to David Cunliffe signing a form letter 10 years ago for a constituent.

      • You_Fool 4.1.1

        Or how about that time he wore a red scarf! I mean even John Key eating live babies whilst molesting them would not be as bad as that, and then Cunliffe appolisiged for wearing it. You wouldn’t hear John Key apologise about eating and molesting babies, because he knows how to lead!

    • Tracey 4.2

      in his soundbite on tv3 he said something like he was going to focus on the issues “you” guys say are important to nzers…

      Why direct it to the media, look at them but speak to us.

  4. the emoji-backlash has begun..!


    ..and not before bloody time..!


    • The Al1en 5.1

      A literary standards critique by Philip 🙄 😆 😉

      • McFlock 5.1.1


        • phillip ure

          emoji stands for:


          ..(not many people know that..)

          • phillip ure

            now there’s a new meme..

            ..make up new meanings for known acronyms..

            ..i’ll go first..

            ..seeing as the spca signs-off on/approves all of the vivisectors’ experiments on animals..

            ..in the interests of accuracy..

            ..should we re-name the spca..as the society for the protection (promotion?) of cruelty to animals..?

            ..how about the auckland regional council..?

            ..the a.r.c..

            ..you could go with the obvious/vulgar auckland region ((ladyparts)

            ..or u cd try a bit harder..auckland region careerists…

            • bad12

              As 10 year old’s we used to do exactly what you are suggesting via all the acronyms in the back of the dictionary,

              Our rules allowed the addition of the odd extra letter here and there, thus the BBC became the BBCC,(you can guess the wording, the last two being cleaning company),

              Of course being ‘bad’ and also having an inquiring mind the new addition to our home, the telephone, got a good workout in conjunction with such adulterated acronyms,

              my favorite of course was to ring the local manse, brothers and sisters gathered round, putting on the best accent i could muster to indulge His Reverence of the BBCC,

              As a call once to the right Rev concerning the BBCC didn’t produce any reaction of great note, a series of calls at odd times, day and night, depending where at the time the parent was, certainly resulted in the desired results being achieved,

              The poor old Rev, if you think that was pretty ‘bad’, he was i think the Presbytarian one in the hood, He got off lightly from my machinations, not so the right Rev attached to the C of E, He was made to suffer on a weekly basis, His ability for forgiveness tested over and over and found wanting on a number of ocassions…

          • McFlock

            not many people know that

            Mostly because it’s a bullshit backronym

  5. Rick Rowling 6

    So what’s up with Kim Dotcom joking about killing sex workers?


    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Yeah, it was rubbish. Good on Laila Harre for slapping him down on that and making him pull his gameboy head in.

      • The Al1en 6.1.1

        So that’s Hone and DC in the mip alliance that don’t have a very good opinion of women.

        • bad12

          Alien, i am sure that Hone’s Mrs would have a far different view on that subject than the one you express…

          (PS, when i attend ‘the road show’ here in Wellington i will be sure to do a scan of the hall to make a quick assessment of the support vis a vis male/female numbers)…

          • The Al1en

            Forget scanning for the gender split, go and ask Hone why he said what he said on Backbenchers in the first place.
            As my mate Marty on here said at the time, shit comment and shit apology.

            • marty mars

              Yes allen I said that at the time – you appear to not want to move on – probably because of your dislike of both Hone and Kim – your comments used to be amusing now they come across as a broken record – lift your game mate.

              • The Al1en

                “you appear to not want to move on”

                Come now Marty, first thing I’ve said about it since the issue came up. I didn’t even write anything when kdc was making sex worker killing jokes. That’s hardly not letting it go, by any standards.

                “your comments used to be amusing now they come across as a broken record – lift your game mate.”

                I haven’t posted much here for bit, but thanks for the critique, I’ll bear it in mind 😉

            • Pasupial

              T Allen

              The comment was:

              The country was facing more pressing matters such as “kids starving”, he said. Harawira added: “Let’s just keep it there, it’s allegedly, and so until such time that this sorts its self out, let’s get on with running the country in the best interests of all off the citizens.”

              The apology:

              “I have reviewed the tape and I accept that my comments were not helpful at all.
              “Sexual assault IS a big deal, and I applaud Tania Rose Billingsley for her brave and courageous appearance on television last night.”


              Though the part of the comment that (perhaps deservedly) drew criticism was:

              calling the row over a sexual assault charge against a diplomat “bugger all.”… “I think all of the media, their heads should roll for making a big fuss about bugger all.”

              But considering that; he had no involvement with MFaT or the case itself, and at the time the alleged offender was in the process of being returned to NZ to face questioning, and Billingsley had not yet waived her privacy right; I consider that the question was inappropriately directed. If he’d been asked about the existence of rape culture, or the violence all too frequently meted out to woman (and yes; men) by the often drunk thugs of the country (who are disproportionately male), and said that issue was; “bugger all”, then I might be less incline to support the IMP as I do.

              • bad12

                Pasupial, thanks for that, i had given up on watching Backbencher’s, it was beginning to bore me, of course the week that i don’t watch it Hone is on and ‘flames’ the conversation,

                That puts the comment the ‘bugger all’ bit of which i had seen into context as well as the well thought through apology from Hone later…

              • greywarbler

                I hadn’t heard what Hone Harawira said, which I read commented on unfavourably.

                I guess that Hone was despairing at other issues constantly cropping up that detract from urgent attention and consideration to those serious structural ones we have of poverty, disease, anomie and sinking living standards. When you think we might be getting into low caste slum territory as in India it does make you anxious. And this without the explicit Indian caste system that has developed and embedded in the culture to isolate and deprive a group of people from humane treatment and respect.

                No wonder Harawira was dismissive. Except that individual people can’t get pushed aside in the major drive forward to change conditions for all. That just perpetuates in a small way the lack of humanity being protested.

                Charlie Brown voiced the situation:
                I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!”
                ― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

            • bad12

              Alien, i personally have way more positive things to try and discuss with Hone as opposed to raking over the ashes of one inappropriate comment for which He has already issued an apology,

              Tell you what tho, feel free to turn up at all ‘the roadshow’ venues and demand of Hone whatever it is you are after,(of course my saying ‘all the roadshow venues’ is obviously tongue in cheek as i am sure that InternetMana supporters would make you aware of their feelings surrounding such an intrusion even if this required ‘sign language’,

              The positive i hope to take out of the Wellington leg of the InternetMana roadshow is the pulling together of the various thin strands of IntrnetMana support in the Wellington region with a view to furthering the aims of the party far past the September contest…

              • The Al1en

                I’d never demand, but I have no problem with asking why he thought Ms Billingsley’s affair were “bugger all”. It’s a fair question of a party leader, there was enough information available to see it as anything but “bugger all”.
                I would also say to him at least he made an attempt at an apology, unlike our looking bored prime minister, who didn’t and won’t, so at least I think he’s better than John Key”, who I believe Hone coincidentally once photobombed, saying he didn’t respect him or something.

                If met with sigh language, as you allude, I would call that as saying more about those supporters than me.

          • Pasupial


            Why not just look at the probable IMP MPs:

            1 Harawira
            2 Harre
            3 Sykes
            4 Minto
            5 Chris Yong
            6 Miriam Pierard

            Now it may be a bit overoptimistic of me to suggest that the IMP alliance will garner 6 seats, but that gender balance is as good as the Greens. I don’t suggest that Dotcom is without faults, but he is only; founder (and primary donor) of the IP, while he does have significant input into the party at this startup phase (though Kumar is CEO & Harre leader), he will not be able to dictate the actions of the MPs once elected. He can’t even get his cash back if we do ignore him, as it’s in a dedicated fund that would be distributed to other political parties who share similar ideals to those central to the IP (NZ independence, Internet expansion and privacy, environment etc…) if the party was to be disbanded.

            But yeah, I agree with CV that it was a rubbish comment from the gamer space where the way to deal with prostitutes is to kill and loot them (eg GTA); that’s the kind of policy announcement I’d expect from ACT! Fortunately; Kim Dotcom and the IMP alliance are different things.

            • Colonial Viper

              The inside joke was that Batman/Bruce Wayne would never actually do anything to a prostitute. Other than perhaps tip big.

      • Tracey 6.1.2


  6. I thought the Greens have had a couple of good policy releases in the past week, but still not seeing much in my community.
    We don’t have any Green billboards in Hamilton West that I’m aware of, and as the Greens are a party that represents most of the voters here more so than the others combined, even if they remain unaware they’re being represented, a bit of coordination wouldn’t go amiss.

    Divisive 1% parties will do nothing for the electorate here, and as most of their policy is culled from the Greens and Labour, a bit more of a concerted effort is needed to encourage a higher turnout than in 11′

    I’d suggest a Green tea bag mailed to homes with a Green party message ensuring everyone gets a share of the cup of tea deals going on. Party vote Green, electorate vote for the candidate most likely to beat the nats. Simple as.
    Certainly negates having to get criminal millionaires involved in NZ politics. Like the right has had them for years, and now the left have them too. 🙄

    Clean and green. What a message.

    • karol 7.1

      As I understand it, The Greens are trying to encourage a lot of volunteers from the flax roots to help mobilise their campaign. I get the impression they working towards more grassroots involvement. They are having some Saturday meetings for volunteers around Auckland.

      If you think there’s not being enough done in your area, I suggest you sign up, and then make some suggestions to your local party/co-ordinator.

      Sign up as a volunteer here.

      Get involved web page here.

      • The Al1en 7.1.1

        I’ll certainly request a billboard for the front fence as a minimum.

        • bad12

          The latest Green Party policy Alien???, i have actually been trying not to comment on that,”unity of the left leading into the election and all that”,


          i got the form email from Metiria yesterday explaining how the latest is a child poverty busting one because research has shown(pity there was no www which linked to this research), that children who attend early learning from age 2 have better outcomes later in life,

          That was the gist of the message which had me laughing sadly, i cannot quite imagine the stressed Mum down the end of the street, four kids, reliant on a benefit, no car, falling about with glee at the prospect of getting 3 of the kids off to the local primary school AND getting the youngest into the pushchair at the same time for a trudge in the opposite direction to the local Kindy,

          The real beneficiaries of that particular policy i would suggest will be , as usual, the middle class who have the means to get their 2 year olds to a Kindy, much as it distresses me i am starting to form the same opinion of where the Green party is now ‘at’ as Phillip holds…

          • The Al1en

            Different cultures Bad, but I’m familiar with the example.
            The mum should take the four of them to school as normal, or if lucky enough, let the kids go on the walking bus if the school has one like our nearest primary does, and make the extra effort to reach the kindy so when she finally gets home she’ll have three and a half to four hours time to herself at the same time her kids are getting educated and cared for for free.
            And if those kids, going by the uncited statistics are getting better outcomes later in life, then that should put a bit of a smile on her dial as it does mine.

            I wouldn’t know if it’s policy, but even as unintended consequence, an inch is worth a mile.

            • Tracey

              the greens also prpose school community hubs which wld see primary and preschool, health and so forth all on one site.

              • The Al1en

                Good work. I know the children of Melville would benefit greatly from that. The community house is well run does good work, but underfunded.

                Playing fantasy politics, I’d be happier still if adult education and green tech job training/work experience schemes were available at those hubs, then before too long, anyone in the community would have all the help they needed to be part of the green revolution, as part of the workforce for the new green tech industry jobs that will be attracted here, or more ideally set up here by kiwi companies.

              • bad12

                Absolutely right Tracey, the Green Party does propose exactly that, ”identify and treat the overt signs of ongoing poverty”, would that be a fair comment of the intention of such school hubs???,

                ”Then send the kids straight back into the overt poverty which is the root cause of the original maladies identified and treated at the school hubs”, which is in my opinion where the policy falls over for want of a better expression,

                Treating the diseases of poverty at a school ‘hub’ does exactly nothing to treat the root cause which is the poverty of the families from which these kids come, so, once treated what becomes of the kids,

                Back into poverty where in a month or 3 they are back at the school hub being treated for the diseases of poverty perhaps???…

            • bad12

              Alien, you could get a business start grant from Winz, you would do well manufacturing ‘smoothies’, although i suggest you brand your product ‘soothies’,

              So, the magic wand so waved by the present policy being discussed will in 18–20 years have removed these children from poverty???,

              We could address here the fact that the stressed Mum down the street aint got the finances to afford school lunches nor the basics of wet weather gear for the kids or herself on that trudge to the Kindy, but as Metiria didn’t address those issues in Her recent email i assume we are supposed to just ignore these peripheral issues,

              Sure the Party has the ‘policy’ of raising benefit levels, but, as another peripheral issue shall we ask or not ask just how likely in % terms is this likely to occur, my thought 0%,

              My view is that until such time as child poverty is addressed either directly through raising the actual income of the parents, or, by removing from the parents certain costs which in effect raises their disposable incomes, nothing, and i mean NOTHING will change in terms of outcomes for those children…

              • The Al1en

                “So, the magic wand so waved by the present policy being discussed will in 18–20 years have removed these children from poverty???,”

                Well just by attending school and nursery, the kids would have had a nutritious free breakfast and lunch, so that’s an immediate plus for some of those kids, no need to wait 18 to 20 years. Then those well fed kids would be in a fit and proper state for learning, and as we know, those kids do better, so double whammy for them.
                Mum and/or dad or both, then have a chance to use those four hours free to recharge, maybe do polytech or uni, maybe work if they can find a part time job, which opens up wff, so they benefit financially which immediately lifts them out of poverty if they’re on benefits, like I am.

                Knock on effect for having those two year olds at playschool could be huge in the fight against poverty in our community. And it isn’t spin if it’s true, not that you’ve said nor implied any other way…. Though of course it is a bit, it is election year.

                • bad12

                  Ummm, ???? @ ”nutritious breakfast and lunch” haven’t seen that among Green party policy so far, have i missed something???,

                  There is a lot of IF’s in this the latest of your Soothies Alien, the neo-liberal paradigm within which the economy is structured SAYS that NO there will not be any more work in the economy than the present amount,

                  i see nothing in Green Party policy,(or for that matter any other parties policy), which suggests that we structure the Taskforce Green Program to offer all beneficiaries a chance to have enough hours of work so as to be able to avail themselves of the tax credit portion of Working for Families,

                  It is obvious that the private sector will not EVER supply the amount of work required, so, it would cost the Government purse a hell of a lot of coin to first provide the necessary hours of work and secondly come up with the coin to pay for the additional tax credits for those families with children,

                  it would cost that Government purse one hell of a lot less to simply re-arrange the stupidity of the tax credit portion of the Working for Families program so that beneficiary reliant families with children were given the full tax credit…

                  • The Al1en

                    I was assuming that to have the kindy would have to be from a left government, and admittedly not knowing if it’s part of policy, I couldn’t see the greens opposing free food in schools, so take them as coming one another.

                    I’m not surprised you don’t see those as green policy, that’s me.
                    The extra jobs thing is from the fantasy politics thing, as stated, based on the notion if there is to be a green tech industry boost, the jobs have to come from somewhere. No reason it can’t (or shouldn’t be made to as part of the deal) come from our poor communities.

                • bad12

                  Another ummm ???? @ Mum and/or Dad maybe doing Polytech or Uni Alien, you may be at present in a bottom of the heap position, but, you appear to have no real grip upon the whole demographic which make up the bottom of the heap,

                  A large part of the bottom of the heap are in fact the 20% who yearly get to leave our education system as basically functional illiterates to suggest that they will be attending Uni or Polytech would suggest that you see everything through the lens of the middle class which you are temporarily excluded from,

                  In reality the Green Party policy differs from that of Labour in that the Greens are saying ‘education will set you free’ while Labour are saying ‘work will set you free’

                  Both of course in an ideal world where everyone was and could be educated to the same standard would be lofty ideals to uphold,

                  Given the current economic paradigm tho, should such worthy and lofty ideals ever be attained, what we would have is a large demographic of highly intelligent, educated people parked up reliant upon a benefit as their source of income…

                  • The Al1en

                    Bottom of the heap and from a large, extended whanau of my own, from which one of my four brothers daughter, now mid twenties was the first in our family to attend uni, and myself later in life, retraining here in the 00’s.
                    I know the demographic, the struggles of the working class, I’m still living in it. I know how hard it can be from a practical and personal experience, just like most do. I know of middle class and I’m far from it. That should be obvious, but if it isn’t, there it is.

                    As for those two messages, combined they’re onto a winner. Work life balance it to 30 hours a week like suggested and they are win.
                    Doesn’t mean one size fits all, so if one didn’t want to take advantage, there should be a penalty free way to opt out of a good thing.

                  • The Al1en

                    “Given the current economic paradigm tho, should such worthy and lofty ideals ever be attained, what we would have is a large demographic of highly intelligent, educated people parked up reliant upon a benefit as their source of income”

                    Replace benefit with ubi (as I have also seen suggested), then a large demographic of highly intelligent, educated people out of poverty with happy healthy children is what you get. It’s what revolution is made from.

                    • bad12

                      Aaah Alien, you are tripping off into naked idealism now, the discussion being about ‘election policy’ i would have to ask what Parties are directly campaigning on a UBI as part of the ticket,

                      What % of a chance is there that a UBI will be part of the Legislation of the next incoming Government of the left, going out on my little limb again i would have to suggest the chances are 0%,

                      The 20% who escape the education system yearly with barely the education to read or write???,

                      Here again you wave the magic wand of education will set them free simply ignoring that the statistic, the 20% year in year out, who leave the education system barely able to read or write after having been engaged, well presumably engaged, with that education system for many many years,

                      That statistic, simply says that you can’t, educate them that is, you either cannot educate that 20% which is the statistic, or, there is something really really seriously wrong with the education system that the political parties are all willfully ignoring which happily turns out 20% of school leavers annually with barely the skills of reading and writing…

                    • The Al1en

                      I don’t deny the charge of waving a wand, after all, I did say it was fantasy politicks, but even if all the greens achieved was a nation of intelligent, well educated but reliant on the state, that’s not a bad start and a vast improvement of what we currently have or are likely to have under a third Key government.

                      No one to my knowledge is campaigning on a ubi, but a few here advocate for one. If we had that and a well educated populace, that’s a win win in the fight against poverty. But yes, that’s the fantasy bit kicking in.

                      As for educating I dispute your point. I accept the difficulties, but believe there are many ways to reach and educate. It doesn’t have to be black boards and eyes front.

                    • bad12

                      Alien, you dispute my point about education, does such a disputing of this point include disputing the 20% figure i put forward,(just asking so as to know if i need to dig those figures out of the ether as i do not have them at hand),

                      However, as far as primary/secondary education goes that is all we do have, by the vast majority education is eyes front and blackboards,

                      Which simply brings us again full circle to election policy and i have yet to see any political party put forward a policy which directly targets that 20% who for whatever reason are turned out of the system barely able to read and write,

                      Ok, i have to give a nod in the direction of Labour, while i doubt the smaller class sizes will be any sort of magic bullet, its a small movement of a toenail in the right direction…

              • Shut up Gosman

                If you refuse to stop thinking sensibly, you’ll never be able to follow politics without inducing some kind of stroke. Though I suspect you’ll be beaten to death by your friends before that.

                • bad12

                  Pfft, another one with a violence fantasy running through ‘its’ psyche, i am tempted to respond but being mindful of a certain exchange the other night wont…

  7. Ffloyd 8

    Very briefly looked at Armstrong’s latest offering at the altar of #teamkey. As per usual. Same old doddery rhetoric, and that was just the first paragraph Couldn’t stomach much more.. But imbedded in his column is the ‘little blue bus’ with the gurning ugly mug of the little man himself. Is it my imagination or has his head got bigger. And it looks like he polishes it. Or maybe that’s Bronagh’s job.
    I am getting bloody tired of all these screaming LARGE headlines abusing Cunliffe for trying to address all the merde that they INCESSANTLY print about him without once acknowledging that it is THEM presenting all the bad imagery that when you look beyond the headlines is usually a ‘summat or nowt’ situation, but the general population gets sucked in because of the large print headlines which is all they usually read. I know this because that is what I used to do.
    Anyway. Cunliffe, DO NOT apologise for anything else that you done that you truly believe to be right, and do not apologise for anything you might wear, or eat, or drink or think or..or..or ad infinitum.
    We need Labour to get back in.

  8. greywarbler 9

    Here is a link to a really good comic, exciting, frightening, humorous, well drawn, provided by Gareth. http://economixcomix.com/home/tpp/

    Gareth put this up to illustrate literally, what our economic system (dysfucktional) is doing to us, and why TPPA is needed to totally screw us up. The piece of no resistance sorta!

    Exchange rate hikes killing NZ industry and jobs


    • adam 9.1

      Great comic greywarbler, very good for people who have a limited understanding of international trade and economics. And a great wee explanation why the ttp is hell for working people

      • greywarbler 9.1.1

        Agree. It’s palatable and understandable too for people who really want to put it in the round to it and too hard basket. Just another thing overlayered the list of all the other things to worry about. And I can’t resist passing on that other type of comic delivery – in music. Got to laugh sometimes. Often I’m so Worried!

  9. Puckish rogue 10


    As a right-wing voter take these comments however you like but it seems to me Cunliffe is getting extemely poor advice

    He fishes, shoots, plays rugby and has strong support from a successful wife all ingredients that should equal an easy (as easy as you can get in this game) yet its not happening

    I think its his media people and advisors letting him down

    • freedom 10.1

      Yeah, it’s all the fault of Cunliffe’s people!
      The MSM have no say in how they themselves present the stories 🙄

    • karol 10.2

      It’s quite a good piece by Andrea Vance – until last section. And the opening section focuses on the negatives – some good bits in the middle.

      She says this:

      By polling day, he will have been Labour’s leader for just over a year. His rise to the top saw his reputation take a beating. Colleagues painted him as untrustworthy, destabilising the tenure of predecessors Phil Goff and David Shearer as he clawed his way into the top job.

      Another common narrative – driven largely by National opponents – is that he is “tricky” or fake.

      Over a breakfast of eggs, salmon and coffee at Legends cafe, old mates Tony Morton, Ivon Hurst and Steven say this just isn’t so. All but Cunliffe have stayed locally – and they now see more of their old friend on television than in the flesh. ”Character just doesn’t change. When I see him on TV, he is exactly the same,” Steven says.

      • Mainlander 10.2.1

        Rick pricks and their fancy breaky at Legends eh-Joking but seriously that will now probably be spun as DC’s m8’s confirm he has always been they way he is (or as the msm portray him) or Cunliffes friends confirm he has always been an apologist for wearing red scarves taking holidays and being a man, either way im sure it wont be ralayed as “his friends think hes the same good bloke he used to be”

    • Mainlander 10.3

      DC seemed to be doing ok until McCarten joined the team, thinking back, to me thats about the time things started going pear shaped, personally i think he should ditch the so-called advisors and go it alone, its like they have put him through some sort of bad acting class

      • Puckish Rogue 10.3.1

        He couldn’t do any worse but thinking back someone messed up his CV, didn’t give him the information about the baby bonus, didn’t talk him out of attacking John Keys house, didn’t check up on Liu

        these are all things that his people should be doing but arn’t…so why arn’t they?

        • One Anonymous Bloke

          Way to prove Freedom’s point.

          Key attacks the Sallies, media reports Cunliffe’s rightly contemptuous response out-of-context. Right wing parrots pretend ad nauseam makes it true.

          Don’t worry, the solution is to privatise Hansard.

          • Puckish Rogue

            Not really, all the stuff ups are because someone on Cunliffes team dropped the ball, maybe he does need to get rid of his advisors and do what his gut tells him?

            I mean it can’t be any worse then railing against trusts and having one yourself

            • One Anonymous Bloke

              Yes, really, the full exchange is in Hansard, and was distorted by media framing, and since you’ve got nothing to rebut that point, you’re flailing around introducing red herrings as fast as you can.

              Your natural gutter instincts will be to destroy Hansard by privatising it to make it more efficient and remove left wing bias, otherwise known as reality.

    • Clemgeopin 10.4

      From the article :

      ”I have a fantastic caucus. I think that as the leader of the party my duty is to be the leader for the whole party. So, for me, it’s not about friends and not friends, it’s about doing the best I can to bring the best out of each and every colleagues. I have personal friends and family of my own and those relationships sustain me.”

      The criticism and pressure does take a toll. ”It’s a test of character because you do sometimes ask yourself are the critics right? And there are nights when you ask yourself all of those hard questions.

      ”But at the end of the day you fall back on why. And I know that the only reason that makes it worthwhile is service.”

      Foe me personally these two points are very clear:

      [1] I trust Cunliffe any day over Key.
      [2] The Labour party is any day far better for a broad proportion of the people and the good of this country than the pro wealthy National can ever be.

      • Puckish Rogue 10.4.1

        Unfortunately for you (but fortunately for the rest of us) the rest of NZ appears to disagree with you

        • Colonial Viper

          Sorry mate no one appointed you spokesperson of Kiwi Land.

        • Clemgeopin

          We will see how the public will vote on Sept 20.
          My prediction is on a Labour led progressive government.

          • Puckish Rogue

            Mines a National leg positive government

            • fender

              “Mines a National leg….”

              Yes ok, can you stop with your leg humping fantasies already..

              • Puckish Rogue

                Fat fingers syndrome strike again

              • Murray Olsen

                Dogs have to have that trained out of them.

                Calling the NAct government positive is delusional. They attack Cunliffe, they attack beneficiaries, they attack dolphins, they attack the homeless…Overall I’d say they’re the worst government we’ve ever seen.

  10. Kiwiri 11

    Tuwhera Mike!

    I like the Te Reo touch!

    Keep up the good work.

    Btw, what would ‘The Standard’ be in Te Reo?

    • Rosie 11.1

      +1 I like it too Kiwiri.

      I was wondering what the microphone part of Open Mike would translate to in Te Reo, a microphone being a device that amplifies the voice. Is there a comparison in Te Reo I wonder?

    • Te Reo Putake 11.2

      te paerewa, I think, Kiwiri. Though that is a literal translation and doesn’t quite fit the meaning of the standard as a flag for labour to rally around.

      And my suggestion, Rosie, would be two noses in a hongi, symbolising the exchange of air (communication).

  11. a longform dotcom interview..(41 mins..)

    ..it is on newstalkzb and he calls them out as ‘the fox news of nz radio’…


    • Tiger Mountain 12.1

      Well worth a watch for those that have not experienced Kim Dotcom talking at length, which would be most people. Kim ‘asks ze qvestions’ right back at the twin interviewers.

      Steam bursts and anguished howls emanated all over good’ol boy Veitchieland during this one.

      • bad12 12.1.1

        Lolz @ ”asks ze questions”, i am waiting in anticipation the day that DotCom does a full on ”Sergeant Shultz” lampoon tin ‘lid’ included…

    • ianmac 12.2

      Kim Dotcom’s interview was wow! I thought I would watch the first few minutes and felt compelled to watch to the end of 41 minutes, because he was authentic and clear and credible. You know how when listening to Mr Key your antenna is twitching all the time watching out for spin and deception? Not so for Kim. He is credible in dismissing the “criminal” label and the “all about me” label put up by the Right Wing. No wonder they are scared of him.

      My loyalty to Labour or Green stands, but I can sure see how not only the young but an awful lot of open minded others will be attracted. 5%+ ? I reckon so.

      • Tiger Mountain 12.2.1

        Internet Mana may just do it ianmac. The combination of new voters, experienced activists and a few left swayers is a niche but it may just be enough. It is not all about Dotcom; Hone, Sykes and Minto will carry on regardless after the election. This opportunity is understandably being relished by them and Laila Harré.

        Hone had to ration signage severely it was that tight last election. This time there is a budget.
        Anette has been campaigning hard too. Dotcom has now seen the Far North first hand and been in Māori protocol meeting situations, both of which a lot of Pākehā avoid like the proverbial. He has definitely learnt something out of all this going on the interview.

        John Mintos dad died yesterday too according to John on fb, at 97!

        • idlegus

          yeah that was good, what an engaging speaker. i liked how he reframed the questions, when asked ‘what surprised you about greenwald?’ (what a stupid question!!!!) & he just answered right back ‘surprised? ill tell you what i liked about greenwald…’, i think (dare i say it) cunliffe can learn a lot from how kdc kicks right wing media arse, especially when kdc happily calls them out for their bias & they can’t really reply other than to say ‘we are the most popular radio station in nz’ which reminds me of what a few right wing posters say here on the standard. & yep, kdc even says ‘i’m a terrible politician, i say the most awful things’…

          • ianmac

            Exactly idlegus. Wasn’t it refreshing to listen to a fluent speaker?
            I figure that Helen Clark was so good because her personal philosophy was so well grounded that she could respond to any question in a flash.
            I had the same feeling that Kim Dotcom was sure of his philosophy and could respond so well.
            John Key is fuzzy and calculating a response to suit his audience and if that doesn’t go down well he jokes his way to distract.

        • Kiwiri

          John Mintos dad died yesterday too according to John on fb, at 97!

          My condolences to John Minto.

  12. shit..!..irma thomas on nat-rad doing ‘time is on my side’..way back when..

    ..and totally blowing out of the water the beery/bleary version later released by the rolling stones..

    ..the stones just copied thomas’ take..and badly..

    andrew loog oldham was clearly a plagiarist..

    • swordfish 13.1

      well…yeah, phil…but isn’t it always the way ?..

      ..elvis…nicking black R&B…and…gospel/soul…

      ..and sugar-coating it..

      ..the stones not even coming close…

      ..to the great bluesman…howlin wolf…

      …in their early/mid 60s blues phase…

      …with jagger doing a ludicrous impression…

      …of a black American man…

      …sounding thin and reedy by comparison…

  13. freedom 14

    Why do things need to change ?
    Here is an excellent image that spells it out.

    View post on imgur.com

  14. Rosie 15

    Helix Personas. I first heard this term used in conjunction with the “return of the worm” and googled Roy Morgan to find out more about but they only had a very vague inadequate over corporatised definition. But now this:


    This sounds very creepy and invasive to me. Is there nothing left of our lives that is private?

    I sometimes wonder if an old workmate of mine who was retiring had the right idea to sell everything and take up travelling around NZ in a caravan, off the radar so to speak. No address and no bills apart from pre pay cell phone and internet. Voting via a special vote. Away from prying eyes and ears that are greedy for data on your life.

  15. Rosie 16

    An update on this sign:


    (Thanks for the image karol)

    I’ve been in touch with the manager at ITM Tawa via email about their sign. The aim was to educate them on the context of Cunliffe’s talk and highlight the seriousness of domestic violence.

    We had an interesting and amicable dialogue. I was heartened that the manager was willing to be open and engage. I won’t put any of the email content up here as there were personal stories of rape on both sides of the discussion.

    Just to let those of you who read the discussion about it on Open Mike on Saturday, that the sign was removed today.

    • Tiger Mountain 16.1

      Good on you Rosie, I enjoy reports like yours here as it shows that at least some people on political blogs are about action as well as words.

      • Rosie 16.1.1

        Lols, ta Tiger Mountain. I’m way more gobby off site than I am on site. I’m a right little busy body and if I feel that something is wrong I see what I can do about it.

  16. Bearded Git 17

    This is copied from Imperator Fish today:

    If David Cunliffe decided one day to redecorate his kitchen, they would call it a décor flip-flop.
    If David Cunliffe chose tea yesterday and coffee today, he would be accused of inconsistency.
    If John Key announced a major policy u-turn tomorrow, the New Zealand Herald would laud his pragmatic and decisive leadership.
    If David Cunliffe works 18 hour days, then takes a three day break to be with his family, he is lazy and unfocused.
    If David Cunliffe worked 18 hour days and never took a break, they would say he works too hard and needs to learn to relax.
    If John Key goes on holiday for eleven days, nobody minds.
    If David Cunliffe fails to memorise every standard form letter he ever writes, he is either incompetent or corrupt, and John Armstrong will say he should resign.
    If a senior National Party minister’s incompetence and ineptitude embarrasses his leader and the entire nation and allows a suspected sex offender to flee the country, John Armstrong will say it’s not a resignation offence.
    If David Cunliffe cannot instantly state to the last cent the exact cost of a Labour Party policy when asked, he is indecisive, dithering and inept.
    If John Key can’t be bothered to find out how much taxpayer money his own disgraced MP spent, it’s because he’s focused on the issues that matter.
    If David Cunliffe apologises for something he shouldn’t really have to apologise for, it’s weakness.
    If John Key refuses to apologise for something he should apologise for, it’s strength.
    If David Cunliffe decided one day not to wear his red scarf to work, some person claiming to be a party insider would probably say he’d been pressured by his caucus to remove it.
    If a Labour MP says anything remotely unusual or off-topic, it undermines David Cunliffe’s leadership and brings Labour to the point of crisis.
    If a National MP uses taxpayer money to buy herself nice things, it’s forgotten the next day.

    • Rosie 17.1

      +1 Ain’t that the truth. A prefect summary of the blatant media bias and spin supported by the rabid comments sections in such media, in our country.

      Let’s not forget the comparison of the treatment of Cunliffe during this campaign to the embarrassing grovelling and dribbling at Key’s feet during the’ 08 and ’11 campaigns.

    • ianmac 17.2

      A breath of sanity BG and now what do we do about it.

      I just struggled through a Bryce Edwards column where as usual he highlights all the negative blogs and columns that he can find. And all those, as usual fill the top 9 tenths of his column.
      Then maybe right at the end, a little bit of brighter news. Balanced writing? Hardly.

      • Bearded Git 17.2.1

        ianmac-I just read that Bryce Edwards crap. Not a hint of balance (I don’t count quoting Pagani as balance). Not a hint of policy, except to criticise how Labour launches policy.

        It is as I said above-the Herald has an agenda to pound Labour with criticism with at least 3 articles each day. Edwards seems only able to follow the right-wing MSM herd and not have a single independent thought-he will be a worthy successor to John Armstrong.

        Solution? I think Cunliffe’s media advisers should get him on Campbell Live to set out policies and talk about his background. Then he should go on Wallace Chapman’s Sunday programme to set out policies and talk about his background.

        Maybe Labour should run a couple of party political broadcasts NOW with Cunliffe fronting and talking policy (assuming this allowed under the rules).

        At least with Campbell/Chapman he will get something of a fair hearing and early PPB’s would seize the initiative.

        Some brainstorming from contributors to TS would help here. But Cunliffe needs to come out fighting; show them what he is made of. Seize the initiative from the MSM.

  17. Puckish Rogue 18

    and in the battle of the headline National wins again


    • McFlock 18.1

      wow, call me surprised.
      Not so much a “battle” as a game where the referee is the blue side’s best player.

      • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1

        Best game to play is one where you’ve already won

        • McFlock

          Was that an admission that the media has a gross tory bias?

          The other point is that the best game to play is the one where the outcome is unknown and you have to use your brain in order to achieve the objective.

          I’ve never seen the point to games that you’ve won before starting. There’s no achievement or victory in it. It’s just a waste of time.

          • Puckish Rogue

            See you in 2017 then if thats the attitude of the left

            • McFlock

              Helping the 260,000 kids in poverty in NZ isn’t a game, though.

              I brought up games because “battles” don’t normally have referees, biased or otherwise.

              But then it’s not even a battle, because nobody will be shot – even if you do want to be all butch with macho language.

              The fact is that it’s the old story of people with money and power wanting to exploit the poor, to the point of death if needs be. In a democracy, the moneyed class uses the media to spread propaganda for its preferred candidates. Been like that for hundreds of years.

              So your wanking about National winning the “battle of the headline” is simply stating that the moneyed class has supported National.
              I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here…

      • idlegus 18.1.2

        ha! yes, thats why mike hoskings will be hosting the tvnz political debates, john key will be needing all the help he can get.

  18. Hami Shearlie 19

    Just heard Stephen Joyce on the General Debate, as usual taking pot shots at David Cunliffe and laughing at him for apologising etc. Strange thing is, the Nats hardly mention Labour’s Policies. If they are staying away from that subject it must surely be that they know the policies are sound!! I think still harping on over David Cunliffe’s speech to the Women’s Refuge, is wayyy overegging the pudding, and I think it’s going to backfire – the general public will get very tired of hearing the same old one-liners! Once you’ve heard a joke once, it sure gets old fast!! And no-one likes a person who constantly laughs at their own jokes. I would think that the subject of the dodgy Claudette Hauiti was far more relevant today, only there for a few months and two major dodgy incidents, and suddenly she’s disappearing Stage Right and lying low, with the media not investigating any further – maybe they would if she wore a blue scarf two days running??. And to think she will be getting full pay for another FIVE MONTHS!!!

    • ianmac 19.1

      Winston raised Hauiti in the General debate. Funny that Key doesn’t know and won’t ask just how much money was involved and how come Hauiti doesn’t resign now as a list MP and not collect her pay. That makes 17 Nat MPs gone by lunchtime!

    • Gosman 19.2

      I think you will find they are going after the weakest link like a predator targets the weakest members of a group of prey. That doesn’t mean the predator fears the prey just that it is easiest to take down something already on the way out.

  19. Clemgeopin 20

    Interesting info re education in today’s question time:

    Chris Hipkins : What confidence can parents have that national standards data represents an accurate picture of student achievement when the Ministry of Education is advising schools in writing to arbitrarily adjust their results from below standard to above standard in order to make their schools data add up?
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : That is absolute rubbish. That is not what is happening. What is happening is that the Ministry of Education is checking totals with schools, is checking whether the data would disclose privacy issues, and is reporting exactly what schools are telling it with those results.
    Chris Hipkins : I seek leave to table an email from the Ministry of Education to Valley School in Pukekohe, advising it to manipulate its data. It is dated 9 May. I have removed the name of the official who sent it.
    Mr SPEAKER : Leave is sought to table that particular email. Is there any objection? There is none. It can be tabled.
    • Document, by leave, laid on the Table of the House.

    Chris Hipkins : Why should parents have confidence in the national standards data when the principal involved has stated “What they are suggesting I do is in fact manipulate my data to make it fit. In this case it would make my data look better, as I would now have no Asian students in the ‘below’ category and three more Asian students in the ‘above’ category.”, and that principal further went on to say “I feel sorry for all parents and communities who look at the 2013 national standards data and make assumptions about school performance based on manipulated data, and I am appalled at the thought that schools will be judged and ranked based on such data.”?
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : The answer to the member’s question is in the very quote he read out. He is talking about four Asian students. In a school they would be identifiable if those numbers were used.
    Chris Hipkins : Does it paint an accurate picture of a school’s student achievement if the Ministry of Education is advising schools to adjust the results of students that the school has ranked as being below the standard to be above the standard?
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : It seems that the member is unable to process the answers I have been giving him. There is—
    Hon Members : Ha, ha!
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : Yes, I agree. I agree that it is extremely funny. The conflict here is the balance of managing the privacy of students where the numbers are so low in a school that the students would be recognised. The member’s own evidence was that we were talking—
    Chris Hipkins : Make the numbers up.
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : Perhaps the member would like to listen. We were talking about four students—four students of a particular ethnicity being disclosed. That is not manipulation. That is in accordance with the 1993 Privacy Act.
    Chris Hipkins : How does it accurately represent student achievement at a school when a school is being advised by the Ministry of Education to change data so that students whom the school has assessed as being below the standard are now reflected in the school’s data as being above the standard?
    Hon HEKIA PARATA : I absolutely reject the assertion that the ministry is adjusting its reporting. The ministry is certainly working in terms of protecting privacy. The information that is provided by schools is what is reported. Therefore parents, the public, and everyone can look at that information, and it will be available to them. Actually, it provides a systematic report to parents about what is happening, unlike Labour, which is promising to replace—
    Mr SPEAKER : Order! [Interruption] Order! That answer is now sufficient.


  20. TeWhareWhero 21

    “Some journalists have asked: “Who is giving John Key all this good advice?” But they have merely been pointed to the crew in his parliamentary office. Asked last year if he was getting media training, Key replied: “No. Should I be? I guess there’s part of me that says I’ve got my own natural personality and it’s served me well over the last 45 years. I’m not convinced I should try and make myself into something that I’m not.”
    But Key has not been disclosing an important secret about his leadership: that each step of his campaign to become prime minister has been overseen and directed by the same professional manipulators used (and also kept secret) by his predecessor, Don Brash. They are the Australian political tacticians, Crosby/Textor. Their role advising Key is known to National Party staff, including some who are uneasy about Crosby/Textor’s involvement, but has been kept secret from the public.”

    Note how an outright lie from Key is described as him ‘not disclosing an important secret”…….

    Do read this article – it is incredibly revealing.


    • Puddleglum 21.1

      Thanks TeWhareWhero. Very interesting and good to be reminded how planned and ‘bought’ Key’s career has been.

      Here’s a particularly interesting quote:

      The report’s “strategic opportunities” section concluded that the research revealed “an emerging perception that Helen Clark is too busy with minorities' andother people’ to worry about the concerns and the pressures on `working families’.” They developed a “mantra” about an arrogant and out-of-touch prime minister. “It must be stressed that this sentiment is embryonic and must be consistently demonstrated and leveraged if it is to be effective,” Textor wrote. “These perceptions will not exist and mature on their own.”

      • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1

        “These perceptions will not exist and mature on their own.”

        Back when I was young that was called lying.

        • TeWhareWhero

          It’s still called lying by people of conscience – the unethical call it ‘spin’.

          • Anne

            – the unethical call it ‘spin’.

            Think Matthew Hooton.

            • Ben Adam

              ..And think English, Joyce, Parata, Collins, JamieLee, Tolley, McCully, Bennet, Bridges, Boag, Slater and Key…..Different shades of dirty.

      • TeWhareWhero 21.1.2

        As apposite today as it was in 2008.

      • Clemgeopin 21.1.3

        Another interesting bit :

        “The second strand of the London mayoralty strategy was relentlessly attacking Livingstone’s [Insert Helen, Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe’s] reputation. He [Insert Labour] had introduced some innovative and popular policies, so they concentrated on personal attacks. News stories appeared (never directly from Johnson) claiming Livingstone had three “secret children” [Insert all the silly planted/exaggerated scandals against Cunliffe] and that he’d hired a Muslim extremist in his office [Insert appropriate parallels]. The major newspapers did not run such stories but giveaway tabloids[insert W.Oil and sadly MSM and TV and Blogs in NZ !] did.”

        We have a huge gutter media and government here!
        Welcome to the land of the long while clouds and evil dark government and nasty biased unfair political media lies!

        Kick the dirty buggers masquerading as a ‘Government’!

    • karol 21.2

      Asked last year if he was getting media training, Key replied: “No. Should I be? I guess there’s part of me that says I’ve got my own natural personality and it’s served me well over the last 45 years. I’m not convinced I should try and make myself into something that I’m not.”

      This is the guy that was kept well away from doing very many interviews for the first year or so of his Nat leadership. he’s the guy who turned down doing the tougher interviews on RNZ endlessly, while doing the soft fluff radio and TV appearances.

      May not exactly have been media training, but it sure as hell has involved a lot of media management.

    • Clemgeopin 21.3

      From the article :
      ” Their reputation for dirty tactics includes Textor being caught conducting `push polling’ against Labor candidate Sue Robinson in a 1995 Canberra by-election. Australia’s Radio National obtained a tape of a telephone pollster asking a householder if they’d be more or less likely to vote for Robinson if they knew she had publicly supported abortion up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Following a lawsuit, Textor had to apologise to Robinson in writing and pay her $A80,000 (she’d said nothing of the kind). But she had lost the election.

      Working for the Conservative Party in the 2005 British elections, Crosby/Textor used attacks on gypsies and immigrants under the sly campaign slogan “Are you thinking what we’re thinking?” They tightly controlled the public image of Conservative candidate Boris Johnson to help him win the London mayoralty last month. The previous mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, complained that Crosby/Textor had orchestrated a stream of negative rumour and innuendo against him in tabloid newspapers. “You clearly don’t employ Lynton Crosby if you want a clean and uplifting campaign,” he said.

      Oh, dear! What a set of nasty bastards infused with such an evil corrupted conscience!

  21. feijoa 22

    Hekia is mind boggling..
    She says the MINISTRY isn’t manipulating their data – er – well, no ,, they’re asking the SCHOOL to manipulate the data
    This is an absolute disgrace

    • freedom 22.1

      I saw Stuff had posted an article earlier and made a mental note to go read it later
      later duly arrived
      but it has vanished !

      Do you have a link to it feijoa?

  22. Clemgeopin 23

    Hi Karol, Can only see Hekia’s spin and BS, but not Labour’s press release.

  23. Clemgeopin 24

    Tonight on Prime TV:

    Back Benches – 23 Jul 14, 10:45PM

    Google CEO Larry Page proposed a four-day work week to increase productivity, should NZ to get on board? Plus, tonight’s MPs debate if water fluoridation should become a government decision. PGR

    P.S :
    Such a late slot for this programme! Just shows how little interest people have in political issues. People seem to take democracy/poltics-some what like oxygen, Di hydrogen Oxide and mom- for granted!

  24. ianmac 25

    Oops for Winston I think. Today in General Debate Winston used most of his time to accuse the Christchurch man who has been challenging EQC on behalf of ruined house owners. He accused him of fraud, non GST returns, fraudulent import of Asian workers complete with emails and notes. Very emphatic and assertive

    It appears that the man Winston accused took his accusers (Headhunters Gang) to court as they had apparently been trying to extort big money from the man. Now before the Court.
    Remember when Winston wrongly delared a very very expensive estate in Hawke Bay had been sold to a Chinese investor. Proved to be wrong.

    Possible that Winston has been suckered by someone in the dirty tricks brigade. Credibility challenge for Winston? (I thought that some of the NZF MPs looked a bit surprised/uncertain?

    • Clemgeopin 25.1

      I was perturbed that for a seasoned polly, Winston did not bother to call the man he accused first! Pretty shoddy !

  25. freedom 26

    Meet John Key and his All Blacks. Cover image for this week’s Rugby News apparently.

    Here is the image alone for those not wanting to read the comments

    Gotta be said, the lighting does not look like they were all photographed together.
    There are some comments that Rugby News have confirmed it as real, but I cannot find any reference to it on their site at this time. Odd that the magazine would release a cover image to a personal political page before publication.

    Does this make the All Blacks third party promoters of the PM?
    Wonder if the Electoral commission will be asked for comment on this? The TeamKey hashtag is in the PM’s comment under the photo, thus directly linking the image to the campaign.

    John Key

    Richie is looking a little bemused, but it’s all in the spirit of backing the boys. Catch Rugby News this week. #teamkey, I wish.

  26. North 27

    Laila Harre on TV3 tonight from the PartyParty on K Road……sat the garrulous fool Henry square on his arse. Cheap naggy comments after Laila whirled away served only to underline it. Excellent !

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

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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