EXCLUSIVE: Government accounting fraud, NZ Super and austerity

By Mike Treen

The government commits a form of accounting fraud when it refuses to include the $41 billion in the NZ Super Fund as part of the government’s assets.

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Andrew Little reaffirms Governments moral compass with news of Pike River Mine re-entry

Some say this costs too much. It’s $36m compared to the $27million Key wasted on a flag vanity project, so I have no time for National Party toadies complaining the cost and I also find it jaw dropping hearing National Party supporters claim the money would be better spent on the poor and homeless…

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Christmas Contributions Drive

Brothers and sisters, Comrades, it’s that time of year again when we pass the hat around so we can pay the bills over summer and buy beloved ones a tiny Christmas gift – if you want to support independent blogs who have done so much to counter the right wing bias of the mainstream media,  then we need your support.

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MUST READ: What Is “Rogerpolitics”?

By Chris Trotter

“ROGERNOMICS” is political shorthand for the neoliberal economic policies introduced by Labour’s finance minister, Roger Douglas, between 1984 and 1988. While most New Zealanders have heard of Rogernomics, nowhere near as many have heard of its inseparable companion, “Rogerpolitics”.

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Another week from hell for Minister Eugenie Sage

This is the time to be activist with your Ministries, what the hell was the point of going into Government as a Green Minister if it is merely to rubber stamp flawed free market regulations?

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We are now prosecuting a cannabis documentary maker with possession of a pipe & one plant – what the hell New Zealand?

We should not be arresting cannabis reform documentary makers, surely we are going backwards here? 

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The 5 images that best sum up the Current New Zealand Government

Some will argue that only substance over style matter, but it’s difficult getting substance passed if people don’t have the vision of hope to disrupt our disposable fortitude to reach for that level of real change. 

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Listen to our Teachers I say

By Peter Hughes

I think it’s fair to say that Teachers, particularly Primary school teachers are generally a conservative lot when it comes to being union militants. It has taken a lot to get them agitated enough to focus on their own personal needs. That’s not because they don’t care about themselves. It’s just the nature of the profession and the personal responsibility they take on when they get in front of those children. But there is a limit for everyone and their patience and their professional dedication has been pushed to the limit.

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The lowest unemployment rate in almost a decade an incredible result

By Willie Jackson

The unemployment rate has dropped to 3.9%, the lowest rate in almost a decade. That’s 29,000 more jobs in June alone, 6000 young people in training, employment up to a record high of 68.3% and the regions seeing employment rates spiking as well.

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Rating Reality Television

By Chris Trotter 

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what the enormous popularity of reality television reveals about contemporary New Zealand culture? Understandably, the nation’s cultural elites do not consider this to be an important question. What the lower orders choose to pollute their minds with is hardly worthy of serious consideration. The only social significance attachable to reality television is the extent to which it uses up space and resources that could, much more profitably, be devoted to genuine cultural production.

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Wait, What? NZ Spies & cops need MORE terrorism powers? Really? After all that mass surveillance?

This is a deeply concerning slide towards huge Police State powers with no ability to reign them in and not even a rational explanation as to why we should keep feeding them with more and more intrusive search and surveillance powers.

Who is the threat? Extremists or the Deep State?

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Investigation into sabotage of Academics car must finally start demanding answers about Chinese influence in NZ?

By   14 hours ago

…maybe we should, you know, get back to that whole China influencing our politics thing in light of new allegations that the Academic who is outing this assault on our democracy may have had her car sabotaged…

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MUST READ: What Is “Rogerpolitics”?

By   16 hours ago

“ROGERNOMICS” is political shorthand for the neoliberal economic policies introduced by Labour’s finance minister, Roger Douglas, between 1984 and 1988. While most New Zealanders have heard of Rogernomics, nowhere near as many have heard of its inseparable companion, “Rogerpolitics”.

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EXCLUSIVE: Government accounting fraud, NZ Super and austerity

By   16 hours ago

The government commits a form of accounting fraud when it refuses to include the $41 billion in the NZ Super Fund as part of the government’s assets.

Read More →

Rating Reality Television

By   2 days ago

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what the enormous popularity of reality television reveals about contemporary New Zealand culture? Understandably, the nation’s cultural elites do not consider this to be an important question. What the lower orders choose to pollute their minds with is hardly worthy of serious consideration. The only social significance attachable to reality television is the extent to which it uses up space and resources that could, much more profitably, be devoted to genuine cultural production.

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A Diet Of Lies

By   4 days ago

Very few New Zealanders ever grasped what the rest of the world saw when it looked upon the British Empire: a huge blood-smeared lion whose sharp teeth and vicious claws struck terror into the hearts of all those too weak to resist them.

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Dr Liz Gordon: In Flanders field, the poppies grow

By   5 days ago

So now 100 years have passed since the end of the first globalised war – a war in which most countries either took sides or (some) refused to do so. A war in which so many were killed like little rats in dug trenches, their lives squashed in an instant.  Anyone who hasn’t seen the extraordinary representation of the Gallipoli campaign at Te Papa should certainly do so (closes in April 2019). It makes me cry every time for the human tragedy and waste, and I am a serial viewer.

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Why did New Zealand suffer the worst casualty rate in World War One?

By   5 days ago

New Zealand casualty rate in that war, killed or wounded, was 58%. That is equal to one-quarter of the adult male population aged between 20 and 45 and eligible to serve. Our death rate of those who served at 16.6% was higher than that suffered by Germany!

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SIS persecuting foreign students with allegations of WMD research

By   7 days ago

The SIS has been causing grief to some foreign students by delaying or denying visas on the grounds that their research could help produce weapons of mass destruction. It has been happening for years but we have never been told publicly how any New Zealand course of study is making it easier to produce WMDs, or what students are involved.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Another week from hell for Minister Eugenie Sage

By   16 hours ago

This is the time to be activist with your Ministries, what the hell was the point of going into Government as a Green Minister if it is merely to rubber stamp flawed free market regulations?

Read More →

We are now prosecuting a cannabis documentary maker with possession of a pipe & one plant – what the hell New Zealand?

By   16 hours ago

We should not be arresting cannabis reform documentary makers, surely we are going backwards here? 

Read More →

Andrew Little reaffirms Governments moral compass with news of Pike River Mine re-entry

By   1 day ago

Some say this costs too much. It’s $36m compared to the $27million Key wasted on a flag vanity project, so I have no time for National Party toadies complaining the cost and I also find it jaw dropping hearing National Party supporters claim the money would be better spent on the poor and homeless…

Read More →

The 5 images that best sum up the Current New Zealand Government

By   2 days ago

Some will argue that only substance over style matter, but it’s difficult getting substance passed if people don’t have the vision of hope to disrupt our disposable fortitude to reach for that level of real change. 

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Jacinda once again sparkles on the International Stage

By   2 days ago

I wonder if we are beginning to see the possible first female leader of the UN.

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Wait, what? A National Party Member is now in a relationship with Karel Sroubek’s ex???

By   2 days ago

There are enough reasons already to conclude this is a storm in a tea cup, but this latest fact starts making it look suspicious.

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The Nashy solid under Wally Haumaha high ball as report denies NZ media another #MeToo Villain

By   4 days ago

…I’m no fan of the cops but the medias attempt to manufacture another #MeToo villain here seemed to outweigh their journalistic curiosity as to who was actually leaking all of this to them, and more importantly, why?

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Wait, What? NZ Spies & cops need MORE terrorism powers? Really? After all that mass surveillance?

By   5 days ago

This is a deeply concerning slide towards huge Police State powers with no ability to reign them in and not even a rational explanation as to why we should keep feeding them with more and more intrusive search and surveillance powers.

Who is the threat? Extremists or the Deep State?

Read More →

Media Watch View All →

TWITTER WATCH: National Party Stormtrooper Hamish Price goes full Trump on Pike River Mine

By   2 days ago

I’m guessing the Venn Diagram of people who hate Jacinda’s baby and who believer re-entry into the Pike River Mine is wrong almost overlap entirely. 

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Christmas Contributions Drive

By   4 days ago

Brothers and sisters, Comrades, it’s that time of year again when we pass the hat around so we can pay the bills over summer and buy beloved ones a tiny Christmas gift – if you want to support independent blogs who have done so much to counter the right wing bias of the mainstream media,  then we need your support.

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So the entire Karel Sroubek case and attacks against Iain Lees-Galloway are farcical – when will media & National Party apologise?

By   5 days ago

This Sroubek thing is a storm in a tea cup while sectioning a dissident MP using anonymous sources for harassment and Chinese business influences attempting to buy two Chinese MPs is FAR more important for us to focus on.

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Stuff threatened to gut journalism if they didn’t get their monopoly – will this spook Government Broadcasting Policy?

By   5 days ago

It’s like Stuff keep threatening to gut journalism while yelling ‘what a shame that will be for democracy’ and democracy is too  busy sharing a white supremacist explanation for why 9/11 was an inside job that includes aliens and fluoridation in water on Facebook and just mumbles over its shoulder,  ‘well off you go then’. 

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Waatea News Column – The attacks by National on Immigration Minister, Iain Lees-Galloway are ridiculous !

By   7 days ago

The attacks by National on Immigration Minister, Iain Less-Galloway are ridiculous! The Minister based his decision on Karel Sroubek using the best information from the Ministry. Allegations and accusations aside, a 3 week inquiry will get to the bottom of the decision and then we will have clarity.

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The Listener is manipulating NZers over retirement

By   1 week ago

The latest Listener (Nov 10) proclaims “Fresh moves to raise the age of super to 67”.  I like the Listener but this article is at best misleading.

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LIVE: American Midterm Elections – Dawn of Resistance or Cultural Apocalypse?

By   1 week ago

TDB will cover the American Midterm Elections Live and update any news with analysis as it comes to hand.

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BLOGWATCH: The Standard’s hate rant at Bryce Edwards is weird

By   2 weeks ago

File this under ‘needs a cup of a tea and a lie down’.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – The lowest unemployment rate in almost a decade an incredible result

By   2 days ago

The unemployment rate has dropped to 3.9%, the lowest rate in almost a decade. That’s 29,000 more jobs in June alone, 6000 young people in training, employment up to a record high of 68.3% and the regions seeing employment rates spiking as well. It’s an incredible result from many talented and passionate people inside the Ministry of […]

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GUEST BLOG: Peter Hughes – Listen to our Teachers I say

By   2 days ago

Primary school teachers across the country are striking for the second time in 3 months.  This is Historic. I think it’s fair to say that Teachers, particularly Primary school teachers are generally a conservative lot when it comes to being union militants. It has taken a lot to get them agitated enough to focus on […]

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Hope and Heartlessness

By   4 days ago

I went to a meeting yesterday . 26 people – really good hearted people from all walks of life – called together by Barrister Jo Wickliffe to see if we could help solve a problem.

You see, Auckland City doesn’t have a night shelter.

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GUEST BLOG: Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha

By   4 days ago

I am very pleased that we now have Ms Scholtens QC’s independent report. Her findings on the process for my appointment answer the matters that have been raised. The IPCA’s report is still to come: but she has already found that the appointment process was correctly carried out.

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GUEST BLOG: Speech: Governor-General – Armistice Day

By   4 days ago

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy
Governor-General of New Zealand
Armistice Day National Ceremony
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Sunday 11 November 2018

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Capitalism needs to serve the State

By   6 days ago

I’m reading Nicholas Shaxson’s excellent new book The Finance Curse. Here’s part of a paragraph that jumped out at me yesterday:

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Thank you all for your messages of support

By   6 days ago

Thanks for all the messages of congratulation – too many for individual replies.

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GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – This is one of the graphs I worry about.

By   7 days ago

It comes from the Reserve Bank and if you look at the vertical blue stripes you will see that Household Debt in New Zealand is rising.It’s now about 170% of Nominal Disposable Income – so we are spending a lot more than we are earning.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

GIVEALITTLE APPEAL: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis: Alex Pirie a social justice and mental health advocate

By   7 days ago

Alex Pirie has recently been diagnosed with advanced cancer. He is starting chemotherapy to prolong life. He would like to have the opportunity to spend time with his wife, friends and tick off his bucket list. Alex is an incredible mentor and is incredibly deserving.

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The Liberal Agenda – Is there a future for Public TV?

By   2 weeks ago

We have a new Minister of Broadcasting, Media and Digital Communications but what’s he going to choose – RNZ+, TVNZ, combine it all together or just push everything online?

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The Liberal Agenda – Tribute Signals Coastal Kiwis’ ‘Special Relationship’ with Māui and Hector’s Dolphins

By   3 weeks ago

A bittersweet tribute to the World’s smallest dolphin will be held at Muriwai Beach this Saturday 27 October at 2pm. Māui and Hector’s dolphins are only found in New Zealand – they’re one of the rarest dolphins in the world and they’re probably found at a beach near you. Māui and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders NZ […]

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The Liberal Agenda – Cuckoo’s Nest 2 takes place this week for Mental Health Awareness week

By   1 month ago

Cuckoo’s Nest 2
Friday 12 October 7:00PM
Ding Dong Lounge, 26 Wyndham St, Auckland

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The Liberal Agenda – AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

By   1 month ago

AAAP to rally at Government’s South Auckland welfare consultation meetings

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The Liberal Agenda – Time For A Serious Train Solution To Auckland Airport

By   2 months ago

PUBLIC MEETING 9th OCTOBER:

The public meeting is this Tuesday night (9th October), 7pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road.

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The Liberal Agenda – Paper Planes: Theatre Magic from a First-Time Playwright

By   2 months ago

Dates: 2nd – 6th October, 6.30pm
Venue: Studio, Basement Theatre
Tickets: $18 – $25
Bookings: www.basementtheatre.co.nz

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   16 hours ago

This is for the American Dream.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 16th November 2018

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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Malcolm Evans – Winston on the World Stage

By   2 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Winston on the World Stage

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

President Trump quietly humming the Imperial March from Star Wars

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 15th November 2018

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

Can we please put this behind a paywall?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday 14th November 2018

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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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Tuesday 13th November 2018

By   4 days ago

5: 31 DEAD AND MORE THAN 200 MISSING AS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES HIT RECORD LEVELS
4:  Israeli air raids kill three Palestinians as Gaza tensions rise
3: HOW NICARAGUA USES ANTI-TERROR LAWS AGAINST PROTESTERS TO SUPPRESS DISSENT
2: A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism
1: UK all but gives up on November Brexit summit

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Raw News feed View All →

Eight long years later, working people killed in Pike River will not be forgotten – NZCTU

By   2 days ago

Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today welcomed the long-awaited release of the Pike River re-entry plan as a victory for the Pike River community and families of the men killed working in the mine. “For eight years, while politicians excused, delayed and tried to walk away, these families have never given up the fight for […]

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Ambos open to further strike action

By   2 days ago

Ambos open to further strike action as St John reluctant to request more Government funding for staff numbers and pay… Around one thousand ambulance professionals employed by St John have voted to take a sophisticated series of strike actions to ensure patient safety is not put at risk. From tomorrow (14th November) ambulance crews across […]

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Greenpeace calls for ban on chemical nitrogen fertiliser

By   2 days ago

Greenpeace is opening up a new front in the struggle to save New Zealand’s rivers and reduce agricultural emissions. The environmental heavyweight is calling for a ban on chemical nitrogen fertilisers. Firmly in the sights of the new campaign are Ravensdown and Ballance, two little-known companies that sell 98% of all fertiliser used in New […]

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Govt Should Invest in Waste to Energy Plant – Social Credit

By   2 days ago

The Government should invest in building a waste to energy plant south of Auckland. Landfills are the least preferable option for rubbish disposal, and with new technologies, waste to energy plants have the potential to be carbon negative. In addition the government should pass legislation requiring at least 60% of waste to be re-processed by […]

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E tū welcomes Pike River re-entry – E tu

By   2 days ago

E tū has welcomed the decision to proceed with the re-entry of the Pike River mine drift in a bid to uncover the cause of death of the 29 men who died there in November 2010. The Minister in charge of the re-entry effort, Andrew Little made the announcement this morning, together with some of […]

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Maori Climate Commissioner criticizes Shaw’s Interim Climate Change Committee for lack of focus

By   2 days ago

Maori Climate Commissioner Donna Awatere Huata has challenged the Interim Climate Committee established by Hon. James Shaw for treating Maori concerns in a superficial fashion. “I have heard many anxieties expressed from Maori and other community leaders in rural New Zealand about the costs and the distributional impact of the proposed 2050 climate zero target. […]

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Andrew Little confirms Pike River Mine Drift re-entry plan to proceed

By   3 days ago

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today. “I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa – Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. […]

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We’re in! – Stand With Pike media release – 14 November, 2018

By   3 days ago

The coalition government’s decision to recover the Pike River Drift is an historic moment for truth and justice for all New Zealanders. Anna Osborne, who lost her husband Milton in the mine explosion in 2010, says it has been a long journey. “We’ve waited eight long years for this, we stood up for our men […]

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