Housing is the critical issue for the election

By Dr Susan St John 

We are not doing policy development well in New Zealand. Labour now has a real chance here to get it right. There would be time, for example, to investigate the risk-free return method first discussed by the McLeod Tax Review committee in 2001, and more recently by the Gareth Morgan foundation.

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Why Jacinda needs to lose this election

By Keith Rankin 

I believe that there will be a financial crisis next year (see my recent ’New Zealand’s Cyclical Growth Contractions’, 12 Sep 2017), and that Labour at present is ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s’ crisis belatedly dragged Labour into the twentieth century.

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The TPPA and this election

By Professor Jane Kelsey 

The most important first step is get the government to adopt a moratorium on future negotiations until it conducts a full open review of the implications of these agreements, including the risks of investor-state disputes. But that will only happen if ‘we the people’ force them to do so.

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1969: The “Nearly-But-Not-Quite” Election

By Chris Trotter

“WE’VE GOT IT!” Was the triumphant (if incautious) assertion of the supposedly neutral Professor Bob Chapman on the night of the 1969 “nearly-but-not-quite” general election. The worthy professor should perhaps be forgiven for his premature psephological ejaculation. He had marked down the electorate of Eden as the seat Labour was bound to take if it was on-course to becoming the government.

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Who to vote for?

By John Minto

Voting involves a moral choice.

In a capitalist economy you either vote with capitalism’s winners or with the losers. With those who have used the system to enrich themselves at the expense of others or those forced to struggle at the margins.

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What is happening to our Politics? Youth have become a class and Jacinda is its champion

…what van Beynen has stumbled upon in his tour is a basic truth from the generational backlash of the 30 year neoliberal experiment. 

‘Youth’ is no longer an age. It is a class.

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EXCLUSIVE: My case against a secret NZ Police investigation that breached my privacy and my civil rights

It’s not important to like or dislike my work, but I think we can all agree that allowing the Police to conduct secret investigations into activists and political bloggers that then damage their reputation negatively based on spurious grounds isn’t acceptable in a liberal democracy.

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Dear Beneficiaries of NZ – I’m beyond being polite – please read this & share

These rich white male broadcasters who are vilifying Metiria for courageously admitting what you all know, (that the cruel system WINZ treats you to is impossible to live on), aren’t just angry, they are frightened.

This character assassination of Metiria isn’t just driven by naked sexism, racism and classism – it is driven by fear.

Read their diatribes and rants, beneath the anger is a genuine fear. A fear that Metiria will unleash a wave of beneficiaries who are part of the missing million voters.

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Housing is the critical issue for the election

By   17 hours ago

We are not doing policy development well in New Zealand. Labour now has a real chance here to get it right. There would be time, for example, to investigate the risk-free return method first discussed by the McLeod Tax Review committee in 2001, and more recently by the Gareth Morgan foundation.

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Why Jacinda needs to lose this election

By   17 hours ago

I believe that there will be a financial crisis next year (see my recent ’New Zealand’s Cyclical Growth Contractions’, 12 Sep 2017), and that Labour at present is ill-equipped to handle such a crisis. Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s’ crisis belatedly dragged Labour into the twentieth century.

Read More →

The TPPA and this election

By   17 hours ago

The most important first step is get the government to adopt a moratorium on future negotiations until it conducts a full open review of the implications of these agreements, including the risks of investor-state disputes. But that will only happen if ‘we the people’ force them to do so.

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1969: The “Nearly-But-Not-Quite” Election

By   1 day ago

“WE’VE GOT IT!” Was the triumphant (if incautious) assertion of the supposedly neutral Professor Bob Chapman on the night of the 1969 “nearly-but-not-quite” general election. The worthy professor should perhaps be forgiven for his premature psephological ejaculation. He had marked down the electorate of Eden as the seat Labour was bound to take if it was on-course to becoming the government.

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Who to vote for?

By   2 days ago

Voting involves a moral choice.

In a capitalist economy you either vote with capitalism’s winners or with the losers. With those who have used the system to enrich themselves at the expense of others or those forced to struggle at the margins.

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Analysis of National Party advertising

By   2 days ago

Analysis of National Party advertising

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Does Labour’s Man In The Wairarapa Have A Gaping Gulf Betwixt Rhetoric And Reality?

By   2 days ago

Earlier in the week, Wairarapa Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty made some pretty stirling remarks about the problems of social housing and housing affordability at a local Meet The Candidates event. He’s quoted by the Wairarapa Times-Age as stating an intent to “prioritise” sorting the present situation wherein denizens of the local Trust House social housing scheme have […]

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VOTE!

By   4 days ago

IF, ON ELECTION NIGHT 2017, you end up staring at the numbers in horrified disbelief. If National proves the people at Reid Research are the best pollsters in the business. If the Jacinda Train runs out of puff several percentage-points short of being able to form a government. If the Greens: the dear, earnest, tree-hugging Greens; fall below the 5 percent MMP threshold. If, after all these calamities, you’re casting about in your anger and your grief for an explanation, then reclaim from the back of your mind this crucial piece of information from Elections New Zealand.

As at 15 September, just over a week out from Election Day, “nearly 20,000 fewer young people under 30 [have] registered compared with 2014”.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Why the Auckland oil pipeline rupturing is the perfect symbolism of 9 years under National

By   8 hours ago

The story of how Kauri poachers damaged the only oil line into Auckland sums up the last 9 years of the National Government so perfectly and has dropped it hot into the lap of the voting public days before the impact of Auckland running dry of petrol will arrive with the election.

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Auckland running out of petrol & Maori voter suppression: ‘Events, dear boy, events’

By   2 days ago

The last thing National needed was a reminder that they’ve done nothing to prepare our infrastructure  for the growth they’ve generated.

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Who are the biggest snowflakes? Gun owners, Landlords or Farmers?

By   3 days ago

Who are the real snowflakes? Who are the people in NZ who are in such denial about their impact on the rest of us that they desperately need safe spaces because they’ll scream micro aggression if confronted with their behaviour?

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The unbelievable Saudi Sheep Bribe should disqualify National from Government

By   3 days ago

Saudi Arabia crucifies human beings – just think about that for a second. Do we really want a free trade deal with a country that crucifies human beings? To be told that we not only are attempting to in fact cut a free trade deal with a country that whips women for being raped, we fucking well spent $11.5 million trying to bribe these buggers to get that trade deal!

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When will Newshub & Radio NZ investigate Jian Yang with the same focus they investigated Metiria with?

By   3 days ago

Are they honestly saying a solo mother committing welfare ‘fraud’ 25 years ago to feed her child is more important than a possible Chinese spy infiltrating the Government?

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What is happening to our Politics? Youth have become a class and Jacinda is its champion

By   4 days ago

…what van Beynen has stumbled upon in his tour is a basic truth from the generational backlash of the 30 year neoliberal experiment. 

‘Youth’ is no longer an age. It is a class.

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BREAKING: Labour announce no new taxes before 2020

By   5 days ago

Labour is removing National’s tax scare mongering plan by announcing today that there will be no new taxes until after 2020…

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“I taught the spies, but I’m not a spy’ doesn’t fill me with confidence

By   6 days ago

Allegations that one of their MPs might be a Chinese spy demands scrutiny on top of National’s relationship with Chinese business people.

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Media Watch View All →

WaateaNews Column: Maori voter suppression allegations demands investigation!

By   16 hours ago

Allegations of widespread Maori voter suppression made by Massey University Political Lecturer, Veronica Tawhai require an immediate response from the Electoral Commission.

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Why on earth are we interviewing 13 political parties tonight at 8pm?

By   2 days ago

Tonight from 8pm, live streamed here at The Daily Blog and on www.kiwidebate.online I will interview 13 Political Parties to hear what they think the big issues of our country are and how they intend to solve them.

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Facebook suppressing Willie Jackson’s post on Maori and youth voter suppression

By   2 days ago

…Facebook needs to explain why they are suppressing this post about voter suppression.  

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BREAKING: New Roy Morgan Poll – Nats 40% (down 2.5), Labour 39.5 (up 7), Greens 9, NZF 6 (down 5.5)

By   4 days ago

Somewhere Matthew Hooton, Ben Thomas, David Farrar, Michelle Boag, Cameron Slater, Simon Lusk and Jordan Williams are all silently rocking and sobbing in a  group pity hug.

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BREAKING: New TV One Poll Labour 44% National 40% Green 7% NZ First 6%

By   5 days ago

This gives Labour plus the Greens the majority. If you look at the train wreck of Winston on Radio NZ this morning, you can see that Winston has lost his puff.

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The new Fonterra advert has to be seen to be believed

By   6 days ago

Richie McCaw wanders around a Farm in the early morning and marvels at the pristine goodness of these human beings as if Jesus himself had personally popped down to the milking shed to milk a herd before feeding 5000 with a block of cheese.

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TV Review: Who Owns NZ Now?

By   7 days ago

Bryan Bruce has done more fourth estate journalism in one documentary than the entire mainstream media have managed all year on housing. In a country where the sleepy hobbits don’t want to be woken from their slumber with economic ideologies when the Bloc is on, we have allowed a train wreck neoliberal experiment to benefit the few while crucifying the many.

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WaateaNews – The importance of the Maori electorates this election

By   1 week ago

There’s a chance Labour could lose Te Tai Tokerau and Te Tai Hauāuru and possibly gain Waiariki, but only focusing on the electorates misses the bigger picture, and that’s in Party vote. The Party vote determines the final shape of the Parliament and in this case, the Party vote that Maori voters are looking to send Labour is enormous and could well see Labour in the mid 40s.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – URGENT: Maori and youth voters being abused by Electoral Commission staff – KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS!

By   3 days ago

In 2017, I will not tolerate any attempt to rob Maori or young people of their right to vote because of a incompetence and ignorance at our electoral booths.

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Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

By   4 days ago

Jacinda Ardern – Setting the record straight on National’s tax scaremongering

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – National’s use of suicide to attack Jacinda disrespectful and ugly

By   7 days ago

O’Connor claimed that Jacinda’s tears at the suicide memorial were strange because she supports euthanasia and went as far as to suggest Jacinda’s motives were driven to exterminate voting groups who don’t support Labour.

Just writing that makes me ill.

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – I will not vote Labour

By   7 days ago

I will not vote Labour, not even strategically to keep the National candidate out in my electorate. Why?

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Why Jonathan Coleman must go

By   1 week ago

I have time for many MPs across the spectrum, but Coleman is someone who really tests my patience. Under his watch as Health Minister he and his Government have underfunded health by almost $2billion during their 9 years in power and it’s an underfunding that is killing some of our most vulnerable.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Joyce’s disgraceful dirty politics

By   2 weeks ago

The dirty politics tactics of Steven Joyce who has lied about Labour’s budget is a disgrace to the credibility of the Finance Minister, the National Party and to the entire country.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Will US vs China/Russia end in WW3?

By   2 weeks ago

The Pentagon now agrees with anti-imperialists that the US is in decline and faces the rise of Russia and China. They term this the “loss of US primacy” or global hegemony, and want the US military to gear up to take on Russia and China.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Response to Paula Bennett recent statements

By   2 weeks ago

No one wants to see meth in our community, no one wants to see organised crime flourish – but Paula Bennett’s absurd suggestions that we allow Police to conduct unreasonable searches on ‘gang members’ has so many loopholes and counter productive outcomes it smacks of desperation rather than intelligent and well thought out social policy to solve complex issues.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

The Liberal Agenda – The Winterreise Project

By   1 day ago

 The Winterreise Project plays
17th to the 28st of October 6.30pm
Basement Theatre
Lower Greys Avenue, 
Auckland CBD (adjacent to Civic Car Park)

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Confirmed guests for The Daily Blog’s KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE Monday 8pm

By   5 days ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Daily Blog Announces The KIWI FAIR GO DEBATE In a real democracy, everyone gets a voice.

By   6 days ago

The Daily Blog is pleased to announce the “Kiwi Fair Go Debate” – the first major broadcast political debate open to every registered political party standing in the 2017 New Zealand general election.

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The Liberal Agenda – Come To Waihopai Spy Base Protest, January 26-28, 2018

By   2 weeks ago

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Two-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson joins 4th Internet Party #AntiSpyBill Panel TONIGHT!

By   2 weeks ago

How many people do you know who will be kayaking the Potomac River to the Pentagon in a flotilla to protest the monolithic oil consumption of the war industry? That’s how our friends roll. Well, glide to be precise.

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The Liberal Agenda – Medical Cannabis March – the election special this Saturday!

By   3 weeks ago

Patients, caregivers and supporters of safe legal access to natural affordable cannabis will march down Queen Street in Auckland, this Saturday 2nd September. 

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The Liberal Agenda – Turei Will Not be Silenced on Poverty

By   3 weeks ago

WHEN: Thursday, 31st August

WHERE: Cardboard Cathedral 

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   17 hours ago

National Party redneck fuckwits scream they don’t want to be seen as redneck fuckwits

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 19th September 2017

By   17 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

“And then after you’ve been spanked on the naked bottom 3 times by each member of the ACT Executive, you can become a candidate, it’s all very above board.” David Seymour explains the inner workings of his Party to a concerned candidate.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 18th September 2017

By   2 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

Once again it will require red and green to solve a blue problem

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 17th September 2017

By   3 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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16 Political Decisions that show National don’t care about the environment

By   3 days ago

16 Political Decisions that show National don’t care about the environment

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Political Caption Competition

By   4 days ago

Why Young Nats are virgins into their mid 20s

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Raw News feed View All →

Shortage of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough DHB part of wider pattern – ASMS

By   1 day ago

A survey of senior doctors at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has revealed a shortage of specialists nearly two and a half times larger than the number of vacancies officially recorded, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). This follows a similar survey of senior doctors at Capital & […]

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Party policy score cards – CPAG

By   1 day ago

  Throughout 2017 Child Poverty Action Group has been demanding real and significant action on improving low incomes and poor quality and unaffordable housing, which would see a reduction in child poverty and poverty-related hospital admissions. We need to see action on these issues from ALL political parties. To make it easier to see where […]

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PEOPLE ARE DYING CANNABIS REFORM MUST BE HIGH PRIORITY – TOP

By   1 day ago

The Opportunities Party will make cannabis reform a high priority if elected to Parliament, and calls on all other Parties to do the same.   With at least twenty deaths linked to synthetic cannabis in the past three months it is past time for the country to deal with what the Dominion Post describes as […]

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BREAKING: ELECTORAL COMMISSION UNDERMINING OF MAORI RIGHTS – COMPLAINTS NATIONWIDE

By   3 days ago

Only a week into early voting, complaints have been laid with the Electoral Commission about misinformation being provided to Maori electors, causing confusion and non-voting amongst Maori electors and refreshing previous claims of deliberate sabotage by polling booth staff of Maori votes. Veronica Tawhai, a Maori politics lecturer and citizenship educator at Massey University, has […]

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Disgraceful description of health and safety as “overkill” – CTU

By   4 days ago

The Council of Trade Unions is appalled that an Auckland accounting business has described health and safety as “overkill”. Reckon Accounting has published a survey today, which claims health and safety is a “compliance” that takes focus away from “core business”. “When 34 people have been killed at work this year, it’s a particularly poor […]

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Harsh punishments on sole parents fuel child poverty – Child Poverty Action Group

By   4 days ago

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that urgently removing Sections 176, 177, 178 from the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill and extending the In-Work Tax Credit portion of Working for Families to all children irrespective of their parents’ hours of work are critical moves an incoming Government must make to ensure the wellbeing of all […]

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Vote on the Real Scandals: Inequality, Poverty, and Housing – Closing The Gap

By   4 days ago

Closing the Gap is urging voters to take a hard look at where the parties stand on the core issue of inequality, and not be distracted by the kind of short-lived scandals that always emerge in last days of election campaigns. “New Zealanders have said clearly that inequality is their number one concern, and we’re […]

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Using Your Vote for a Better Balance of Income & Wealth – Equality Network

By   4 days ago

Clear choices for voters are revealed in this election on policies that can share the income and wealth of our country more fairly. Parties that have committed to policies that are likely to make good progress towards greater equality are the Green Party, the Labour Party and the Māori Party. Meanwhile, while other parties’ policies […]

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