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MP’s pay rise Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the wage hike for MPs (and Paul Robeson) Isaac Davison (Herald): Ex-MP Mike Sabin included in salary payout Demelza Leslie (RNZ): MPs reluctant to accept pay rise Aimee Gulliver (Stuff):PM backs calls for rework of politicians' pay calculations TV3: MPs get $8200 pay rise TVNZ: MPs get 5.5% pay rise against PM's wishes Peter Wilson (Newswire): Greens want MPs' salaries index linked Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets about the MP pay rise No Right Turn: John Key on MPs' pay rises No Right Turn: Pigs at the trough Newswire: John Key: 'I don't... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
This is a collection of various images relating to MP pay. The most recent images are at the top, with older ones going back a few years [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
Election Satire ‏@SatireNZ @actparty: "We believe MPs pay should be linked to productivity" @dbseymour: "Thank goodness for the minimum wage" Ministry of Spin ‏@MinistryofSpin #BREAKING MP's considering going on strike over pay rise. Workers collectively facepalm #nzpol #firstworldproblems Heather dPA ‏@HDPA We've laid down the challenge to the MPs. If you don't want a pay rise, make it stop … Jordan M. ‏@prinnbanktce No Member of Parliament is in it for the money, especially on the blue team. > McDub ‏@singlemaltz @prinnbanktce Not the salary anyway. There's a long game being played by some though, surely? > Jordan M.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
NZ in Iraq Matt Ogilvie (TVNZ): Ron Mark to PM: What will you do if a NZ soldier is kidnapped by ISIS? John Weekes (Herald): Warning: Kiwis in Middle East should be on high alert Vernon Small (Stuff): More noise on mission in NZ than from Isis Vernon Small (Stuff): No winners in war of words between leaders Audrey Young (Herald): Isis mission: Parliament deeply divided Claire Trevett (Herald): Key guarding high ground over Iraq 'crusade' Stuff: Peters: Iraq decision made 'on golf course' Tova O’Briend (TV3): Will NZ send spies and SAS troops to Iraq? Peter Cresswell (Not PC):... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at liberation
NZ in Iraq John Armstrong (Herald): The fight against Isis: John Key is not winning the debate Russell Brown (Public address):Haphazardly to war Vernon Small and Mike Mather (Stuff): Brace for IS threats, analyst warns Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Parliament and public split like seldom before over Iraq Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Scepticism over Iraq deployment Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Off to Iraq Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On whether NZ troops are the least of Islamic State’s problems Dan Satherley (TV3): Little: Doesn't take 'guts' to boss troops around TVNZ: Key is sending our troops into the 'snake pit' - Winston Peters TVNZ:... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at liberation
Here’s some of the more interesting reactions on Twitter to the NZ Government’s decision to send the military into Iraq. As usual, the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below] Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc I get it that this contribution is about diplomacy and obligations to allies, but why not just say instead of making shit up? Matt Nippert ‏@MattNippert Govt denies SAS presence in Iraq or Syria. In unrelated news, Willie Apiata announced as new ambassador to Raqqa. Danyl Mclauchlan @danylmc The problem with saying 'we must do something' to stop ISIS is that the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at liberation
NZ in Iraq John Armstrong (Herald): Which 'club' is Key hoping to beat Jihadists with? Chris Trotter (Press): Iraq deployment: Has NZ been lured into a fool's errand? Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the drip-feeding of information about the Iraq deployment Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Troops To Iraq Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Members of the Club Press: Editorial: No consensus on Iraq mission Dom Post: Editorial: New Zealand must face a grim duty Timaru Herald: Editorial: Little choice in joining fight against Isis Jo Moir (Stuff): 'Lives at risk' in Iraq troop deployment Audrey Young (Herald): Prime Minister John Key claims... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at liberation
NZ in Iraq Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On today’s announcement on sending our troops to Iraq Andrea Vance (Stuff): Why are we sending troops to Iraq? Jane Patterson (RNZ): Decision due today on Iraq deployment Stuff: Iraq troop deployment decision may have already been made John Weekes (Herald): Cabinet expected to give Isis fight green light tomorrow Patrice Dougan (Herald): John Key: New Zealand can't 'do nothing' in Isis fight RNZ: Iraq vote not required – Key Nathan Smith (NBR): John Key to make case for NZ troops in Iraq Standard: NZ sending troops to Iraq Audrey Young (Herald): Fight against... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at liberation
Andrew Little Toby Manhire (Herald): Free advice ... invoice to follow Karl du Fresne: What's really interesting about the David Cohen affair Scott Yorke (Imperator Fish): Guest post: A character formed very early Duncan Garner (RadioLive): Andrew Little’s honeymoon is over Claire Trevett (Herald): Little's misdemeanours take heat off the enemy Jono Natusch (Occasionally Erudite): Contractors aren’t workers? Matthew Beveridge: Andrew Little, Fonterra and pies Spy agencies Brent Edwards (RNZ): Spy committee spat not the whole story Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the dangers posed by the upcoming security services review No Right Turn: National wants secret evidence in our courts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at liberation
Intelligence Committee membership Vernon Small (Stuff): Green Party sees red, gets a dose of the blues Chris Trotter (Daily Blog): With A Little Help From Your Friends: Labour betrays the Greens – again. Waikato Times: Editorial: A bad day for Andrew Little Isaac Davison (Herald): Labour accused of sexism over intelligence committee spot Andrew Little Patrick Gower (TV3): Emails reveal Labour contractor's attempts to get paid Claire Trevett (Herald): Labour leader Andrew Little was unaware of journalist's unpaid bill Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Neologism needed David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Incompetence from Little and Labour Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Ummm – beyond... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at liberation
This is a collection of cartoons about the various topics relating to New Zealand's orientation to the issues in the Middle East and Iraq. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at liberation
NZ in Iraq Brian Rudman (Herald): Peacekeeping UN, not warlike US, is our club ODT: Editorial – Treading a delicate line Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): How different is Labour’s re-invasion of Iraq from National’s re-invasion of Iraq? Laura Heathcote (Newstalk ZB): Defence negotiators face tough ask Michael Timmins (Daily Blog): Our Independent Foreign Policy Tim Fookes (Newstalk ZB): Labour Wrong on ISIS Isaac Davison (Herald): PM John Key: 'We've got to be part of standing up against Isis' RNZ: Govt still to make shoot-to-kill decision for troops Simon Wong (TV3): NZ decision on IS fight expected next week Gordon Campbell... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at liberation
SkyCity convention centre deal Dan Satherley (TV3): Little: Labour might scrap SkyCity deal Taranaki Daily News: Editorial: SkyCity plays better poker than National Kim Baker Wilson and Jane Patterson (Radio NZ): Back to the drawing board Dom Post: Editorial: Voters may not forgive John Key for casino fiasco Manawatu Standard: Editorial: Another chapter in sorry SkyCity tale Nicholas Jones (Herald): Labour leader Andrew Little warns SkyCity over deal Herald: Editorial: SkyCity best bet despite public concern Stuff: Labour pressures SkyCity to deliver Richard Meadows (Stuff): SkyCity shares slip after convention centre plan change Catherine Harris (Stuff): SkyCity says revised conference... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at liberation
SkyCity convention centre deal Dave Armstrong (Dom Post): Odds stacked against SkyCity Chris Keall (NBR): SkyCity: a win-win-lose deal Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On the SkyCity debacle Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): On Hooton on Sky City No Right Turn: "Close to corruption" Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): The C word Fran O'Sullivan (Herald): Will Bill collar SkyCity over centre funding? Sam Thompson, Josh White and Frances Cook (Newstalk ZB): Faction exposed in Nat caucus over SkyCity saga Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): SkyCity - it should never have got to this Bryce Edwards (Liberation): Top tweets on the latest SkyCity convention centre announcement Martyn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at liberation
This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets about the National Government’s latest announcement about the funding and arrangements of the SkyCity national convention centre. The most recent are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at liberation
SkyCity convention centre deal Matthew Hooton (NBR): SkyCity debacle offers morbid fascination Dom Post: Editorial: Pokies paradise a folly Nats should let go Toby Manhire (Herald): Time to bail out of SkyCity bailout No Right Turn: Sky City doesn't need our money Matthew Dallas (Stuff): Manawatu Standard: Editorial: SkyCity deal looking like a hustle Newswire: Key: Govt may still walk away from SkyCity deal Campbell Live (TV3): SkyCity fundraiser brings in $41.20 Nick Grant (NBR): Council commissioners consider convention centre consent – but where's the business case? (paywalled) Herald: Editorial: $402 million enough to buy us the centre we need... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at liberation
Here's some recent cartoons and images relating to the National Government's convention centre deal with SkyCity. [Read more below] Emmerson - NZ Herald 13 February 2015 Hubbard - 11 February 2015 Scott - Dominion Post 12 February 2015 Emmerson - NZ Herald 12 February 2015 Hubbard - 14 February 2015 Moreu - Timaru Herald 15 February 2015 Chicane - Southland Times 12 February 2015 Walker - 1 January 2015 Cartoons from previous years: Hubbard - 21 February 2013 Brockie - NBR 1 March 2013 Body - NZ Herald 23 February 2013 Chicane - Southland Times 21 April 2012 Body... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at liberation
SkyCity convention centre deal Patrick Gower (TV3): SkyCity share price jumps on Govt announcement Vernon Small (Dom Post): Counting the cost of 'free' ODT: Editorial: Rolling the dice Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): Stoush over SkyCity Barry Soper (Newstalk ZB): High stakes between PM, SkyCity Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The Old Renovator's Curse Duncan Garner (RadioLive): Key must say no to SkyCity Vernon Small (Stuff): Govt at odds over SkyCity convention centre Anne Gibson and Nicholas Jones (Herald): Public money for SkyCity convention centre 'least preferred' fix Anne Gibson (Herald): SkyCity has big plans for Adelaide property Tim Hunter (Stuff): SkyCity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at liberation
SkyCity convention centre deal Maria Slade (Stuff): SkyCity unlikely to walk away from convention centre deal Vernon Small (Stuff): Tax chips likely for SkyCity Nicholas Jones (Herald): Key warm on taxpayer funds for convention centre Nicholas Jones (Herald): John Key warns of SkyCity 'eyesore' if more money is not found Vernon Small (Stuff): John Key: SkyCity will be an 'eyesore' without government money Simon Wong (TV3): Taxpayers could go all in on SkyCity convention centre Dom Post: Eyesore threat ups the ante Patrick Gower (TV3): SkyCity deal political jackpot for Little Patrick Gower (TV3): SkyCity pokies deal a total rip-off... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at liberation
Mike Sabin investigation and Northland by-election Andrea Vance (Stuff): PM felt no need to remove Sabin TV3: Key stands by Sabin decision Claire Trevett (Herald): John Key defends Mike Sabin's select committee role RNZ: Key stands by his Sabin decision Andrea Vance (Stuff): Labour: Sabin had 'conflict of interest' Claire Trevett (Herald): Sabin case shows PM's 'cavalier attitude' – Little Pete George (Your NZ): Sabin chaired Law & Order committee after Key knew Pete George (Your NZ): Little on Key and Sabin Pete George (Your NZ): Key painting a risky comparison Mike Smith (Standard): Captain’s Call Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): Peters... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at liberation
Waitangi David Fisher (Herald): Voices from Waitangi David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Brash’s response to Morgan David Fisher (Herald): Treaty book cost $600k, says Morgan TVNZ: Waitangi visitors falling after fee introduced Claire Trevett (Herald): Little offers brave views on a republic Claire Trevett (Herald): Let's look at law-making by Maori: Andrew Little Ruth Hill (RNZ): PM putting self interest over sovereignty – Little The Standard: Tino Rangatiratanga Ewan McQueen (RenewNZ): A “level of self-governance” is not sovereignty Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): All of Little’s good work undone by ‘courageous’ pandering to Maori Teuila Fuatai (Herald): John Key's Waitangi speech on Iraq raises... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at liberation
Waitangi Claire Trevett (Herald): No froth as Little avoids the 'small beer' issues Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): Our National Day Tim Fookes (Newstalk ZB): Time For 'New Zealand Day' Demelza Leslie (RNZ): PM expects share of Waitangi argy-bargy Michael Field (Stuff): Waitangi Marae boss urges more listening Claire Trevett (Herald): Pressure goes on Ngapuhi ahead of Waitangi Day TVNZ: John Key faces confrontation with Maori elder at Waitangi Sarah Robson (TV3): Politicians descend on Waitangi Herald: Treaty of Waitangi: Queens rep visits historic Mangungu Mission TV3: Campbell Live: Brash hasn't learnt anything 11 years on – Morgan David Fisher (Herald):... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at liberation
Mike Sabin inquiry RNZ: Labour questions PM's info on Sabin Herald: Andrew Little says John Key is lying about when he knew of Mike Sabin allegations Andrea Vance (Stuff): Sabin: a fishy smell, but nothing hookable TVNZ: Police asked questions about Mike Sabin six months ago Simon Wong (TV3): Little queries Key's handling of Sabin Audrey Young, John Armstrong and Nikki Papatsoumas (Herald): Little: PM must have known about Sabin Danyl Mclauchlan (Dim Post): Shorter Sabin Summary The Standard: The Sabin issue timeline David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Dates around the Sabin allegations Rob Salmond (Polity): I don't really care when John... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at liberation
Mike Sabin resignation Audrey Young (Herald): Andrew Little alerted John Key's office about Mike Sabin in late November Northern Advocate: National had been canvassing for Sabin replacement for weeks Jamie Ball (NBR): Party secretary sticks to Key line on Sabin RNZ: Little questions PM's timeline Stacey Kirk (Stuff): Labour tipped off PM over Mike Sabin troubles: Andrew Little TVNZ: 'I don't think the Prime Minister is being straight' - Andrew Little John Armstrong (Herald): Little joy looms for Labour in byelectionWrong time; wrong seat. Cameron Slater (Whaleoil): What on earth is going on in John Key’s mind? Cameron Slater (Whaleoil):... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at liberation
Eleanor Catton Brendan Manning (Herald): Eleanor Catton has 'no particular great insights into politics', says John Key Martin van Beynen (Stuff): Eleanor Catton should speak the truth as she sees it Alison Flood (Guardian): Eleanor Catton blasts critics’ ‘jingoistic national tantrum’ Nick Clark (The Independent): Booker novelist Eleanor Catton responds to 'vicious' attacks in New Zealand TVNZ: Eleanor Catton hits back at 'vicious', 'patronising' criticism Herald:I'll discuss backlash with foreign media, says Eleanor Catton Tim Watkin (Pundit): Putting Eleanor Catton among the pigeons Brian Edwards: I offer my humble opinion on Eleanor Catton’s treason Mark Blackham (Political Business): Uppity poppy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at liberation