Vernon Small @ Dominion Post –
It was a half-promise. Almost no promise at all. But Prime Minister John Key’s announcement yesterday his Government was looking at increasing the recognised seasonal employer scheme had all the symbolic force he wanted. . .
Claire Trevett @ NZ Herald – PM returns to Samoan village which made him a chief:
Prime Minister John Key has returned to the Samoan village of Poutasi five years after it made him an ali’i [high chief] and was welcomed with an ‘ava ceremony. . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Grassroots democracy:
Was in Mount Maunganui last night for National’s selection of a candidate to replace Tony Ryall in the Bay of Plenty. Tony’s majority in 2011 was a staggering 17,760 votes. . .
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Alfred for Te Atatu:
We met National Party List MP Alfred Ngaro last year and were most impressed by him. We’ve previously posted his maiden speech to Parliament in 2011, which was widely acclaimed. . .
TV3 – Govt ponders bigger Pacific seasonal quota:
The Government is considering allowing more Pacific Island seasonal workers to come to New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key says. . .
Environment Commissioner urges New Zealand to “get ahead of the game” on an expanding oil and gas industry:
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has found regulation in New Zealand is not adequate for managing the environmental risks of oil and gas drilling, especially if the industry expands beyond Taranaki. . .
Pattrick Smellie @ Business Desk – Environmental watchdog gives fracking final tick, seeks national guidelines:
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has given a guarded final clearance for hydraulic fracturing, confirming her 2012 report that there are sufficient environmental safeguards, while calling for a National Policy Statement as a guide for local authorities facing applications from oil and gas companies. . .
Ministers welcome final PCE report on oil and gas :
Ministers today welcomed a report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on oil and gas drilling.
Environment Minister Amy Adams and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges say the Commissioner’s report is a useful contribution to the discussion on how best to manage the environmental effects of onshore petroleum development, including hydraulic fracturing. . .
Inventory 2 @ Keeping Stock – Laila the waka jumper:
We came across this interesting gem hidden away on Stuff; check this out:
Laila Harre is on the spot changing trail
Meanwhile, Norman revealed that new Internet Party leader Laila Harre had wanted to be a Green Party MP before she quit her adviser role in December. . .
David Farrar @ Kwiblog – Harre was on Greens campaign committee until a fortnight ago:
. . .If this was Game of Thrones, Harre would be a sellsword or a mercenary. How can you be on the national campaign committee for one party a fortnight ago, while negotiating to be leader of a competing party? . . .
Pete George @ YourNZ – Harré and non-disclosure of political commentators:
Laila Harré’s political associations were well publicised late last month, but earlier in the month she was posing as a political commentator without disclosing her interests. . .
Tim Watkin @ Pundit – That’s the price I pay for hating Key the way that I do:
If you’ll excuse the paraphrasing of Billy Bragg, it seems appropriate as the left leave the moral high ground for a bit of electoral mud-wrestling and coat-tailing. But at what cost? . . .
Cameron Slater @ Whaleoil – The Internet Party and Postie Plus. No, really:
. . . Now we all know that the Internet Party is nothing but a scam, and the whole process of using MMP to score a hit on Key on behalf of Mr “I’ll destroy, anybody” Dotcom, but to have it so clearly illustrated mere days into her job is rather sooner than I expected. . . .
Pete George @ Grumpollie – How Internet/Mana will appear on the ballot:
I received this email from the very helpful folks at the Electoral Commission today: . . .
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Irony: the Internet Party doesn’t understand the internet:
Regan Cunliffe reports
“Yesterday afternoon, the Internet Party posted the following tweet: . . .”
Brain Rudman @ NZ Herald: Real cost of Dotcom alliance remains to be seen:
When eccentric millionaires hijack the political landscape as their own private playground, mere mortals should be very afraid. Even veteran leftie Sue Bradford, who loudly denounced the latest game and refused to have any part in it, has been shamelessly used by conservative oddball Colin Craig. . . .
NZ to invest $5 million to rebuild Tongan schools:
Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will contribute $5 million to rebuilding schools in Tonga’s Ha’apai islands following the devastating Cyclone Ian earlier this year. . .
NZ to contribute to the upgrade of Teufaiva Stadium:
Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games. . .
NZ to invest $1 million into Samoa’s tourism sector:
Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will invest $1 million to help boost Samoa’s tourism sector. . . .
$359m boost for student achievement moves forward:
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed advice from sector leaders on the Government’s $359 million initiative to raise student achievement, saying it maintains momentum and strengthens the path forward.
Ms Parata has released a Working Group report that provides support and advice on the Investing in Educational Success initiative announced by the Prime Minister in January. . . .
Christchurch housing rebuild momentum grows:
Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today visited the site of a new Housing New Zealand development in central Christchurch, saying the progress on the 12 new two-bedroom apartments illustrate the momentum underway to fix and replace the city’s damaged housing stock. . .
Minister opens new Police National Command Centre:
Police Minister Anne Tolley has officially opened a new National Command and Coordination Centre in Wellington, which will use the latest technology to tackle and prevent crime and to keep New Zealanders safe. . .
Four young New Zealanders chosen for Bastille Day commemorations:
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Christopher Finlayson announced today the four young French-speaking New Zealanders who have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Bastille Day military parade in Paris on 14 July. . . .
Coat Tail law:
Cameron Slater @ Whale Oil – Why wait? Cunliffe says ending coat-tailing a priority for his first 100 days:
David Cunliffe is grandstanding over coat-tailing and brilliantly painting himself into a corner.
Instead he is now saying that ending coat-tailing is a priority for his first 100 days in office…but in order to get into office he may have to rely on coat-tailing parties. . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Cunliffe pledges to change electoral law under urgency with no consensus:
In Firstline this morning David Cunliffe said that Labour will amend the Electoral Act within 100 days of office, to remove the one seat electorate threshold in MMP.
This is absolutely appalling. A Government that will ram through major electoral law changes under urgency, probably with no select committee hearings, and without consensus, is dangerous. Labour have form for this. . . .
Inventory2 @ Keeping Stock – Has Labour learned nothing from the Electoral Finance Bill debacle? :
Those who have been hanging around Keeping Stock for a long time will know our history. The blog was started due to our anger at Labour’s insidious Electoral Finance Bill, rammed through Parliament in the last sitting days of 2007. It was bad legislation, and the process was even worse. . . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – Labour now doing the “Have you stopped beating your wife” routine:
How pathethic. Select committee scrutiny of estimates is meant to be about spending and performance of government. Instead Trevor Mallard uses it for a smear disguised as a question. . .
David Farrar @ Kiwiblog – New Ziland Labours Weekly:
It’s a photo you’ll have to click the link to see it.
Phil Quin – Jump to left puts Labour on rocky road:
Some Labour Party cheerleaders have convinced themselves they can capture the Treasury benches without winning an election. They’re wrong. . .
TV3 – David Shearer – I’m sticking with Labour
Labour’s former leader has no ambition to follow Shane Jones into an ambassador role. . .
Labour candidate for Tamaki Makaurau electorate could threaten Treaty settlement:
The selection of Peeni Henare as Labour’s candidate for the Tamaki Makaurau seat could threaten the settlement of the country’s largest Treaty settlement, between the Crown and Ngapuhi. . . .
Adolf Fiinkensein @ No Minister – Nine years of noise with no performance:
Yessir, that’s what Kelvin Davis needs to be hammering home to the electors of Te Tai Tokerau. . . .
Chris Trotter @ Bowalley Road – Truth Or Dare: Why David Cunliffe Needs To Come Clean with the Labour left:
WERE YOU TELLING THE TRUTH, DAVID? When you told your party that the age of neoliberalism was over? That you, alone among all your colleagues, had grasped the meaning of the global financial crisis, and only you could lead Labour to an election victory that would restore New Zealand to itself? . . .
Chris Trotter @ Bowalley Road – Labour’s flight from reality:
STALLED AT 30 PERCENT in the polls, Labour is still pretending it can win the General Election without help. Bluntly speaking, the party is in a state of serious, collective denial. The most frightening aspect of which, from the perspective of those New Zealanders seeking a change of government in September, is that while the condition persists National cannot possibly be defeated. Heedless, the Labour Party continues to fly from the reality of its own poor performance. Even worse, it’s begun flying from the reality of its own history. . . .
Jamie White – Russell’s Carbon Tax equivalent to 4.5% rise in company tax:
Last week, the Greens announced a plan to replace the emissions trading scheme (ETS) with a greenhouse gas tax.
Industrial firms that emit greenhouse gases will have to pay $25 per tonne. Farmers will have to pay $12.50 per tonne. This is a BIG new tax, the equivalent to lifting the corporate tax rate from today’s 28% to 32.5%. . . .
Stacey Kirk @ Stuff –
Labour opposes the Green Party’s new carbon tax policy, saying the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was its preferred option.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said today his party would negotiate with the Greens on the policy, but did not favour it. . . .
Lindsay Mitchell – The living wage effect and EMTRs:
Two parking wardens who will receive $4 an hour extra under the Wellington City Council’s adoption of a living wage each have a partner and a 4 month-old baby. Both say that they will be able to reduce their work hours due to the increase, and spend more time with their families. One from 75 hours down to 40 and the other from 50 down to 40.
Jörg Guido Hülsmann @ Not PC – How inflation helps keep the rich up and the poor down:
The production of money in a free society is a matter of free association. Everybody from the miners to the owners of the mines, to the minters, and up to the customers who buy the minted coins — all benefit from the production of money. None of them violates the property rights of anybody else, because everybody is free to enter the mining and minting business, and nobody is obliged to buy the product. . . .
Gabriel Makhlouf – The diversity advantage:
Thank you very much for inviting me to come and speak to you today. I’m going to focus on an important issue for New Zealand, for the public and private sectors and for the Treasury itself: our diversity advantage. . .
Matthew Beveridge – Twitter conversation 2 Jessica and Michael:
As David Slone said to me on Twitter this morning about the earlier Twitter Conversation of the day post
“proves pollies and journos can be human after all :-)” So here is another example. I have to say, I can’t wait to see why Jessica is looking up the numerology of tweeting MPs…….
Matthew Beveridge – Social media and open debate:
One of the things we all seem to love about social media is the ability to actively engage with people. This is even more the case when it comes to politicians and parties. For many, social media is the only time and method they have for engaging directly with politicians or parties. Yet some of them are potentially sending the message that they don’t want to engage with people. . .
Matthew Beveridge – Candidate social media details:
Ashley Murchison and I have been slowly compiling a spreadsheet of social media details for all of the candidates for the various electorates. It has take a while, but we are finally making some progress. The spreadsheet is available here as an XLS spread sheet. . . .