Politics Daily


New Zealand Politics Daily is taking  a break.

I don’t have the time or inclination to provide the same service of a reasonably comprehensive list of links to news stories and blog posts on issues of the day.

However, I’m willing to start with a few and invite anyone who has read anything I’ve missed to add a link to it in a comment.

I won’t pretend to be balanced – there will be more links to blogs of a bluer hue. Anyone who wants the red and green end of the spectrum better represented is welcome to leave links.

(I do realise I did a Politics Daily post this morning, but think it works better in the afternoon so this is a catch-up for today and tomorrow’s will be about this time).

John Key

John Key – PM to lead Pacific Mission to Samoa, Tonga and Niue

Vernon Small @ Dominion Post – Key gets specific about Pacific


John Armstrong @ NZ Herald – Internet Mana best taken seriously

Christ Trotter @ Bowalley Road – Authoritarian Labour: Why Kelvin Davis Needs To STFU – Right Now!

Chris Keall @ NBR – Cunliffe: no pre-election deals; insider: deals under the radar

TV3 – $3M funding will make votes count – Harre

Tracy Watkins @ Dominion Post –  Internet-Mana creates a crowded Left

John Roughan @ NZ Herald – Oldies after the youth vote

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – “Mana” Cartoon of the Day – 31 May 2014

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – The GIMPs revisited – by Curly Sue

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – The ABC faction say no to a Mana-Dotcom alliance

Cameron Slater @ whale Oil – First sign of trouble between Internet and Mana

Cameron Slater @ wahle Oil – What does Labour think of the Internet Mana Party?

Cameron Slater @ whale Oil – Cartoon of the day

Ele Ludemann @ Homepaddock – Too hard, too early

Pete George @ Your NZ – Greed for power versus democracy

Bryce Edwards @ NZ Herald – The Morality of the Dotcom-Harawira-Harré deal

Peter O’Neill @ Timaru Herald – A marriage made in . . . ?

Nelson Mail – Preposterous pairing could be brilliant


Tracy Watkins @ Dominion Post – NZ now the ‘lucky country’

Matthew Hooton @ NBR Cunliffe tries out the politics of hate; the surprising truth about our migrant mix

Michael Cummings @ Manawatu Standard –  Immigration issue fraught with risk

Martin van Beynen @ The Press – Racist rage shakes political landscape


NZ Herald – Fiordland monorail rejection right

Nelson Mail – No surprise monorail plan derailed

Green Party

Isaac Davison @ NZ Herald – Greens focus on teens

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Greens promising an extra $280 million a year of health spending


Mary Holm @ NZ Herald – Bill English’s balancing act on the level

@ NBR – Government interference: how much it costs

Stephen Mills – The deal with the Conservatives?

Dominion Post – Today in politics

The Nationa @ TV3 –  Lisa Owen interviews Nick Smith

The Nation @ TV3 – Lisa Owen interviews Labour’s Housing spokesman Phil Twyford

Judith Collins – Diverse Bananas, Global Dragons conference

Word of the day


Sesquipedality – using, or given to using, long words; an instance or condition of being sesquipedalian.

Rural round-up


Lower forecast still good – Hugh Stringleman:

Fonterra’s confident opening forecast of $7 a kilogram of milksolids for the new season has equal upside and downside in volatile times for world prices and the New Zealand dollar, chairman John Wilson says.

Many uncertainties meant the only thing Fonterra could predict was that the 2014-15 season wouldn’t end on $7, he joked.

“The best way we can serve our farmers in the pre-season is by giving the most accurate forecasts.”

The market realities included considerable volatility in world prices, high NZ dollar exchange rates, and potential for big milk production increases in Europe and the United States, he said.

That said, Fonterra surprised market commentators with its opening price because some were picking $6.50 or less. . .

Wool stands up well when the heat goes on – Alan Williams:

People going to see I’m Loving Wool at Auckland’s Britomart as part of Wool Week were shown how wool can’t be set on fire.

Shearer and showman Billy the Sheep Man – also known as Billy Black – set an oxy-acetylene torch to the fabric to show bystanders its inflammability. 

He also showed how easy it was to set fire to a synthetic fabric.

“The blowtorch was really good,” Primary Wool Co-operative (PWC) chairman Bay de Lautour said. 

“It showed up wool’s fire-resistant qualities and we need to do more on that to show how safe woollen children’s wear is.” . . .

The reasoning behind my micro dairy business – Milking on the Moove:

In the next 2 months, I’ll begin milking a small herd of 15 cows. I’ll sell the milk direct to the public. I’ll milk my herd on leased lifestyle blocks, using my mobile cowshed.

In my last blog post I outlined 5 points that I wanted to achieve with my new business.

  • Create a truly environmentally sustainable dairy business
  • Create farming opportunities for young people that also provided a great lifestyle
  • Keep control of the value chain
  • Offer real unaltered whole milk to the public
  • Concentrate on building a brand rather than owning land

It’s taken a few years of thinking about the issues and I wanted to briefly outline how I have come to settle on my current system. . .

He has a  quick video of the mobile cowshed.

Overseas experience to boost foot and mouth preparedness:

A team of vets and animal industry representatives are heading to Nepal next week for first-hand experience in dealing with foot and mouth disease (FMD), Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

“This field training is part of a newly signed agreement with Australia to cooperate and work together on preparedness for this disease,” Mr Guy says.

“While both countries are determined that it never enters our borders, we still need to be prepared and work on our readiness and capacity.

“Everyone knows that an outbreak would have major impacts on our valuable livestock industries, disrupting our exports and trading reputation. It would be devastating for farming families, rural businesses and communities. . .

Govt Inquiry into WPC to conclude in November 2014:

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye said today that they have received a letter from the Chair of the Government Inquiry into the Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) Contamination Incident, advising that:

“The Inquiry has considered the time that will be needed to report, taking into account the work already undertaken by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Fonterra investigations, the number and nature of the issues arising from the Terms of Reference; the number of participants; volume of material; and the need for fairness to all participants.

Our preliminary advice has been that 6 -9 months would be an appropriate estimate. However, conscious of the need to resolve matters promptly, and in anticipation of full cooperation from all participants, the Inquiry’s present estimate is that it will require until Friday 28 November 2014 (6 months) to present its final report. Participants with whom the Inquiry has consulted have accepted this is a realistic estimate.” . . .

Addressing the big issues at our High Country Conference:

Federated Farmers will be addressing the big issues at their High Country Conference next week in Queenstown.

“We will be talking about what it means to be a ‘Good Neighbour’, and what it means in achieving positive outcomes,” says Chas Todhunter, Federated Farmers High Country Spokesperson.

“We are pleased that we have both sides of the political spectrum speaking, with Eugenie Sage, Green Party spokesperson on the Environment, Conservation, Water and Local Government, and Hon. Jo Goodhew, Associate Primary Industries Minister, both attending. I would expect there will be a lengthy question time from our delegates. . .

New programme set to transform hill country farms:

A new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme focussed on transforming hill country farms is formally underway, after this week’s contract signing between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and industry co-investor Ravensdown.

Announced in principle in June last year, the Pioneering to Precision: Application of Fertiliser in Hill Country PGP programme is a seven-year programme that aims to improve hill country sheep and beef farming productivity and protect the environment through more efficient and more precise use of fertiliser. 

By doing this, the programme will improve the profitability of hill country farming and generate earnings of $120 million per annum by 2030 from additional exports of meat and wool. . .

Dairy Awards Help 7000 Entrants:

About 7000 entries have been received in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, since the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year competition began 25 years ago.

“It’s a pretty impressive number. When we started to look at the figures and add up those that have entered over the years we were really surprised,” national convenor Chris Keeping says.

“What is also true is that the number of people involved or touched by the awards is many more times that.”

Mrs Keeping says many of the entries received were from couples and they were supported by farm owners, farm staff and families. Sponsors have also played a significant role in the awards programme with sponsor representatives from throughout the country backing the awards and encouraging clients to participate. . .

50 MPI officers swoop on rock lobster black market:

Fifty Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) compliance officers wrapped up an undercover operation today that targeted recreational fishers catching and selling rock lobster (crayfish) in the South Island.

The operation was focused on activities in the Kaikoura area but also included the Christchurch and Marlborough/Nelson areas.

It is illegal to sell your recreational fishing catch with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. . . .

Saturday’s smiles


A chicken walked into the library, went up to the circulation desk and said, “Book, book, book, boook”.

The librarian handed the chicken a book. It tucked it under his wing and ran out. A while later, the chicken ran back in, threw the first book into the return bin, went back to the librarian and said: “book, book, book, book, boook”. Again the librarian gave it a book, and the chicken ran out.

Within a few minutes, the chicken was back, returned the book and started all over again: “Boook, book, book book boook”. The librarian gave her yet a third book, but this time she follows the chicken.

It ran down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank.

There, sitting on a lily pad was a big, green frog.

The chicken held up the book and showed it to the frog, saying: “Book, book, book, boook”.

The frog blinked, and croaked: “reddit, reddit, reddit”.



10/10 in the Herald’s politics quiz

Too hard, too early


Laila Harre has political experience but Chris Keall thinks she has let her enthusiasm get away of her:

Yesterday, I praised Laila Harre’s strategic nous. I spoke too soon.

It looks like she has gone too hard, too early and too publicly, painting Mr Cunliffe into a corner where he had little choice but to back his man in Te Tai Tokerau (naturally, Labour leader maintains it was never in doubt). . .

Hone Harawira holding Te Tai Tokerau is essential to the Internet Mana Party’s plans.

IMP is unlikely to win any other seats or get at least 5% of the vote.

Cunliffe’s view isn’t clear but Labour’s candidate in the seat, Kelvin Davis,  is definite that he wants to win the seat.

In a tweet that’s now been deleted he said:

Bro, I think of the people of Te Tai Tokerau, not Sergeant Shultz.

 He has the support of others in caucus:

Phil Goff is also with him, Kiwiblog (at the link above) has a Facebook post from him:

Goff says (correctly) Dotcom is trying to buy the political system. His Facebook post also appears to have now been deleted, so it looks like the leadership is trying to whip the caucus into line and stop them criticising the Mana-Dotcom Alliance. Because the more they criticise it, the harder it is for Cunliffe not to rule them out of a coalition.

I’ll be very very interested to see a poll in Te Tai Tokerau. I’m not sure voters there will be any more keen on Kim Dotcom purchasing a political party, than these Labour MPs are. David can win the seat by just campaigning on this issue. The question is – will he be allowed to? . .

If the IMP could increase the votes for the left it would be in Labour’s short-term interests to throw the seat to Harawira.

But votes gained by IMP are likely to come from within the left and even if they come from previous non-voters the idea of  a weak Labour supported by the GIMPs (Green and IMP) is highly likely to scare at least of many voters towards National.

And Labour’s chances of leading a stable government in the medium to long term would be greater without the hard left marriage of convenience that is the IMP.

Crowd sourcing politics daily


New Zealand Politics Daily is taking  a break.

I don’t have the time or inclination to provide the same service of a reasonably comprehensive list of links to news stories and blog posts on issues of the day.

However, I’m willing to start with a few and invite anyone who has read anything I’ve missed to add a link to it in a comment.

I won’t pretend to be balanced – there will be more links to blogs of a bluer hue. Anyone who wants the red and green end of the spectrum better represented is welcome to leave links.

Internet Mana Party

Duncan Garner @ Radio Live – Party for sale – Internet-Mana is a sham and a rort

Toby Manhire @ NZ Herald – Thoughts on a strange union

Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock – We can’t help but wonder . . .

Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock Of David and the GIMPs

Chris Bramwell @ RadioNZ – Power play

Claire Trevett @ NZ Herald – PM accuses Dotcom of trying to ‘buy influence’

Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil – Laila Harre not “Kim Dotcom’s political puppet”

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Who is Laila Harre?

Lindsay Mitchell – Why Internet/Mana should be taken seriously

Patrick Gower @ TV3 – Davis ‘not running to come second’ – Labour

Dan Satherley @ TV3 – Labour’s loss is minor parties’ gain – Ross

Gravedodger @ No Minister – Couldn’t Make this stuff Up. Could you?

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – First Gower now Garner

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Tweet of the Day – 30 May 2014

Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Scary, scary, scary…

Karl du Fresne – Mana ties knot with eye on cash

Tracy Watkins – Internet leans to Left with Laila in charge

Gordon Campbell @ Scoop – On the rise of Laila Harré

Danyl Mclauchlan @ Dim Post – Uncertainty and the Internet Party

Bryce Edwards @ Liberation – Cartoons and photos of the new Internet Mana Party

The Press – Politics deserves better than this

Dominion Post – Harre breathes life into contest

Vernon Small @ Stuff – Political pre-nup has clues to motivation

Chris Trotter @ Bowalley Road – L’État c’est Sue

Monorail decision

ODT – Erring on the side of nature

Southland times – Whose was the one-track mind?

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – I thought National stood for development and jobs

Employment law

Shawn McAvinue @ ODT –  Snow days issue under new safety law

Simon Bridges – Fortnightly Minimum Wage Order made

Labour Party

Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil – How the unions help Labour campaign

RadioNZ – Labour’s immigration cap ‘bad politics’

Green Party

Isaac Davison @ NZ Herald – Greens eye up their Cabinet jobs

Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil Greens counting chickens before they hatch

John Banks

NZ High Court – Judgment on TV3 Coverage in John Banks Trial

David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – The Banks Trial


Nick Smith – Building consent figures continue to rise
Growth in building consents just keeps on going, with 22,705 issued in the last 12 months to April 2014, up 27% on the previous 12 months. http://ntnl.org.nz/TYxj88

Nick Smith – Latest figures show good progress in Auckland

10-year passports

Claire Trevett @ NZ Herald – Return to 10-year passports on the cards


Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Photo of the day 30 May 2014

Stuff – Today in Politics

Victoria University –  ‘No contest’ election could lead to fewer young voters


On the move again


The 2013/14 dairy season ends today and the new season starts tomorrow which makes this Gypsy weekend.

Dairy farms supplying export milk have dried off their cows and hundreds of people, their household goods and stock are on the move from one farm to another.

Some are taking promotion – taking on a sharemilking or management position for the first time and moving another step towards farm ownership or whatever other goal they might be saving.

Some will be taking on their own farm for the first time.

All will be looking forward to the next few weeks when they don’t have to get up early to milk the cows.

The change of jobs, farms and homes means big changes for those involved and the communities they leave and to which they go.

Some country schools can have more than a third of their pupils come and go.

That can be highly disruptive but a local principal says he’s noticed more families trying to stay within the school catchment area when they change farms so while their children might move home they don’t change schools.

It’s also the time of year when people get out their lists of things-to-do when it’s not so busy on the farm.

Experience would suggest that’s done more in hope than expectation.

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Saturday soapbox


Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse.

Capitalism is Freedom

May 31 in history


1279 BC – Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) became pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

526  A an earthquake in Antioch, Turkey, killed 250,000.

1223 Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River – Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeated Kievan Rus and Cumans.

1578  Martin Frobisher sailed from Harwich,  to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.

1669   Samuel Pepys recorded the last event in his diary.

1678  The Godiva procession through Coventry began.

1759  The Province of Pennsylvania banned all theatre productions.

1775  American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolutions adopted in the Province of North Carolina.

1790 Alferez Manuel Quimper explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

1790 – The United States enacted its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.

1813  Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, reached Mount Blaxland, effectively marking the end of a route across the Blue Mountains.

1819 Walt Whitman, American poet, was born (d. 1892).

1859  The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, started keeping time.

1862  American Civil War Peninsula Campaign: Battle of Seven Pines or (Battle of Fair Oaks) – Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston & G. W. Smith engaged Union forces under George B. McClellan outside Richmond, Virginia.

1864 American Civil War Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee engaged the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant & George G. Meade.

1866  In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O’Neill led 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara Riveras part of an effort to  free Ireland from the English.

1872 Heath Robinson, English cartoonist, was born (d. 1944).

1884 Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao,  Maori king, to claim protection of Queen Victoria.


1889 – Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people died after a dam break sent a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

1898 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman, was born (d. 1993).

1902 The Treaty of Vereeniging ended the second Boer War war and ensured British control of South Africa.

1910 Creation of the Union of South Africa.

1911  The ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic was launched.

1916  World War I: Battle of Jutland – The British Grand Fleet under the command of Sir John Jellicoe & Sir David Beatty engaged the Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Reinhard Scheer & Franz von Hipper in the largest naval battle of the war, which proved indecisive.

1921 Tulsa Race Riot: A civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the official death toll was 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll was much higher.

1923 Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, was born (d. 2005).

1924  The Soviet Union signed an agreement with the Peking government, referring to Outer Mongolia as an “integral part of the Republic of China”, whose “sovereignty” therein the Soviet Union promised to respect.

1927  The last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.

1930 Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor, was born.

1935  A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroyed Quetta, Pakistan,: 40,000 dead.

1935 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born.

1938 Peter Yarrow, American folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary), was born.

1939 Terry Waite, British humanitarian, was born.

1941  A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin claimed 38 lives.

1942 World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines began a series of attacks on Sydney.

1943  Zoot Suit Riots began.

1961 Republic of South Africa created.

1962 The West Indies Federation dissolved.

1962  Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.

1965 Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel, was born.

1967 Phil Keoghan, New Zealand-born US televison personality, was born.

1970  The Ancash earthquake caused a landslide that buried the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people were killed.

1971  In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.

1973  The United States Senate voted to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.

1975 Mona Blades, an 18 year-old htich hiker disappeared, after last being seen in an orange Datsun.

Mona Blades vanishes

1977  The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System completed.

1981  Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka.

1985 Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.

1989 – A group of six members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Movement Tupac Amaru (MRTA) of Peru, shot dead eight transsexuals, in the city of Tarapoto

1991 – Bicesse Accords in Angola laid out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations’ UNAVEM II mission.

2005 – Vanity Fair revealed that Mark Felt was Deep Throat

2010 – In international waters, armed Shayetet 13 commandos, intending to force the flotilla to anchor at the Ashdod port, boarded ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, resulting in 9 civilian deaths.

2013 – The asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon made their closest approach to Earth for the next two centuries.

2013 – An EF5 tornado devastated El Reno, Oklahoma, killing nine people, becoming the widest tornado in recorded history, with an astounding diameter of 2.6 miles (4.2 km).

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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