john key Archive

  • Kennedy Graham

    Public interest on UN bid says – ‘Show us the money, John’ - by Kennedy Graham



    Under the John Key Government, New Zealand has recast its reputational integrity, losing traditional hues of national colour to which the Prime Minister is congenitally blind. This current Government has practised, to an art form, the statement of principles to govern the pursuit of stated objectives, in eloquent words of surpassing meaninglessness, whilst proceeding under […] read more
    June 24, 2014 8:29 am - 2 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Inequality in New Zealand is getting worse - by Denise Roche



    Alarmingly, despite the growing disparity, New Zealanders display a hardening attitude towards those in need. The graph published in yesterday’s NZ Herald accompanying the article about the visit by authors of The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, showed that only 50.1% of our people think the government should take some responsibility to reduce the income gap. We come last in the OECD countries for supporting government intervention. read more
    May 14, 2014 4:50 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Contemplating the Global Carbon Budget – nervously - by Kennedy Graham



    We’d all like to avoid dangerous climate change, especially those under 20.  If you are a bright year-8 school student, you will be at your professional peak in 2050, and a proud, if apprehensive, centurion in 2100.   I shall be dead, but I am equally determined to avoid dangerous climate change. The quaint thing about […] read more
    November 26, 2013 12:41 pm - 10 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Atlas shrugs off climate change – a New Zealand policy failure of monumental proportions - by Kennedy Graham



    Our record on climate change has come to rank as perhaps the greatest policy failure in New Zealand history. The latest figures for this country’s greenhouse gas emissions were released on Monday.  They project an extraordinary blowout in our emissions over the next quarter-century – the critical period of global and national emissions that will […] read more
    October 23, 2013 9:23 am - 11 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    The Living Wage will help the economy - by Denise Roche



    What is it with this government and their complacency about the hundreds of thousands of people who are living in poverty in this country? Yesterday the Prime Minister John Key ‘slammed’ the concept of introducing a Living Wage and suggested that introducing a better pay rate for low paid workers will be bad for the […] read more
    September 3, 2013 2:03 pm - 145 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Targeting the next generation: National’s version of a brighter future - by Kennedy Graham



    Back in 2011, John Key’s Government headed into the election campaign with National’s plan to build a stronger economy and a brighter future for Kiwi families. The Plan included protecting communities, supporting the primary sector, creating jobs, and protecting the environment. Last Friday, the Government announced its latest version of a brighter future for Kiwi […] read more
    August 21, 2013 11:30 am - 52 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    How long is a piece of string? RAMSI, New Zealand, and posterity - by Kennedy Graham



    We flew to Honiara, Wednesday, to mark the 10th anniversary of RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.  The Prime Minister, 3 cabinet ministers, Phil Goff, Winston Peters, Peter Dunne and me; several Pacific leaders; NZ officials – several hundred of us, all up.  Australian ministers for foreign affairs and aid, plus officials, flew […] read more
    July 27, 2013 3:08 pm - 2 Comments
  • Steffan Browning

    It’s time to submit against spying - by Steffan Browning



    John Key may be comfortable with many things but we are not comfortable; we are not comfortable with, among many things, John Key’s pandering to the USA’s spymasters, and the wholesale spying on New Zealanders, either already happening or intended to, and assisted by the law changes in front of Parliament now; the GCSB and Telco Interception Bills. read more
    June 10, 2013 10:18 am - 37 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Muldoon and Key - by Russel Norman



    In my speech to our party conference last week, I compared John Key to Robert Muldoon. This has provoked a furious response from the Right who accuse me of being a migrant who has no right to speak about Muldoon. So lets have a look at it a bit more rationally. Obviously Key isn’t exactly […] read more
    June 8, 2013 11:48 am - 65 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “What Does It Take” … to extract climate change action from this Government? - by Kennedy Graham



    Yesterday the World Met. Organization released its annual ‘Statement on the Status of the Global Climate’. The report, which investigates the major climate & weather events of the past year, found 2012 to be the 27th consecutive year with above average global temperatures. Global average temperature in 2012 was 0.45⁰C warmer than the 1961-90 long-term […] read more
    May 6, 2013 4:57 pm - 130 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Trading New Zealand’s credibility in Colombia - by Jan Logie



    Last week John Key announced his plan to sell Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV’s) to Colombia. In an effort to build trade and sell off redundant military equipment, John Key seems to have chosen to make New Zealand complicit in the further arming of a potentially illegal military force who has been responsible for very significant human […] read more
    March 12, 2013 8:28 am - 6 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    John Key needs to raise killings of unionists during Colombia visit - by Denise Roche



    While John Key is pushing the cause of free trade in Colombia, he needs to raise concerns around the appalling number of trade unionists that die protecting workers’ rights there. In 2011, according to the International Trade Union Confederation 29 trade unionists were murdered in Colombia. Colombia is a violent society where helping to organise […] read more
    March 5, 2013 2:17 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    John Key and NZ’s refugee obligation - by Jan Logie



    Over the last few days, we’ve heard a number of statements from the Prime Minister relating to the decision to take 150 refugees per year from Australian offshore detention centres and the proposal for New Zealand to process asylum seekers arriving here at those same centres. John Key: “One, We don’t take more people, two […] read more
    February 13, 2013 5:20 pm - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Asylum seekers deserve respect, dignity and compassion - by Jan Logie



    The announcement that New Zealand will take 150 refugees per year from Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea is good news for those refugees. They will be able to leave what the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called “harsh” conditions with a “lack of clear and […] read more
    February 12, 2013 11:07 am - 19 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Discontent over this loss of democracy - by Eugenie Sage



    On Tuesday I was on the steps of Parliament with Christchurch based MPs from Labour and NZ First to deliver an open letter  to the Prime Minister from seven Christchurch groups and the Wizard of New Zealand seeking a restoration of democracy in Canterbury. We investigated the decision making around the Government’s suspension of Cantabrians’ […] read more
    December 6, 2012 9:42 am - 6 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Hobbit Fever - by Denise Roche



    I’ve been a big fan of JRR Tolkien since I was a kid. I was so taken with Lord of the Rings that after I finished reading the books I became convinced that one of my older sisters was a hobbit and she started shaving her toes to shut me up. In my teens my […] read more
    November 29, 2012 5:04 pm - 90 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Pike River, two years on - by Kevin Hague



    At the Pike River memorial service held at our local racecourse on a hot, still day in the weeks following the disaster, Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, who has often had the knack of putting his finger exactly on how our local community is feeling, referred to the Paparoa Ranges towering beside us as “our […] read more
    November 19, 2012 12:54 pm - 11 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Gay red top - by Kevin Hague



    Oh all right then. The issue with using the word “gay” in the way the PM did is that it works as a put-down only because it taps into and reinforces a bunch of negative ideas about homosexual people (actually, I didn’t think weird was one of them). As an adult gay man who has […] read more
    November 7, 2012 2:42 pm - 50 Comments
  • frog

    Brain fades to grey - by frog



    Has John Key’s brain joined the exodus to Australia? Who or what is actually running the country? If John Key’s brain was sunning itself in Queensland it would explain a few things starting with how the Prime Minister can’t remember anything that it doesn’t suit him to remember. The latest lapse, over how he voted […] read more
    October 19, 2012 3:08 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Marriage Equality – idea whose time has come - by Kevin Hague



    Marriage equality is about basic fairness. It is a pretty basic principle of law that discrimination that disadvantages a particular group based on irrelevant criteria is unacceptable, particularly when it is practised by the State. Louisa Wall’s bill to redefine marriage to exclude discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is about eliminating exactly […] read more
    August 14, 2012 11:00 pm - 54 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Meet John Adams, NZ Prime Minister – masking our political shortcomings at Rio - by Kennedy Graham



    Some 115 heads of state or government assemble at the 3rd Earth Summit in Rio this week.  They include France and Australia. John Key, our erstwhile Prime Minister, is not among them.  He has more important things to do.  He has sent one of our more junior cabinet ministers, Amy Adams.  Amy Adams is a […] read more
    June 22, 2012 8:57 am - 2 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    John Key in Indonesia – What about West Papua? - by Catherine Delahunty



    The messaging around John Key’s trip to Indonesia has not inspired confidence around the dirty little secret of West Papuan human rights and self-determination. One positive though has been the ability to raise some awareness around the human rights abuses that are currently occurring in West Papua. I hope that the Prime Minister will be […] read more
    April 16, 2012 4:54 pm - 5 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Scary stats about youth health - by Holly Walker



    Last Wednesday, I spent the afternoon at Te Papa at a Youth Health and Wellbeing Symposium organised by Auckland University to present and discuss the findings of a youth survey undertaken by their Adolescent Health Research Group. This was the symposium where John Key made his surprise announcements about youth mental health interventions, which I’m cautiously […] read more
    April 8, 2012 11:15 am - 2 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    How to crash the budget - by Russel Norman



    The fiscal neutrality or otherwise of the 2010 tax changes is important because it goes to the heart of the economic competence of National.  They claimed the cut to income tax for upper income earners plus the cut to the company tax rate was balanced by the increase in GST and other tax changes. That […] read more
    April 5, 2012 12:07 pm - 6 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Where does John Banks stand on SkyCity dirty deal? - by Denise Roche



    Here’s how the votes look likely to stack up on John Key’s dirty deal under which SkyCity would get a relaxation of casino gambling laws and an increase in their pokie machine numbers in return for building a new convention centre in Auckland. For: National + United Future = 60 Against: Greens + Labour + […] read more
    April 5, 2012 11:21 am - 12 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Education that works for students - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week John Key and David Shearer made key note speeches which included references to education. The rhetoric around education flowed freely but I couldn’t hear any depth or real excitement in either speech. Setting targets for NCEA improvement (which is the Government’s plan) and getting of  bad schools and bad teachers (which is Labour’s […] read more
    March 16, 2012 5:13 pm - 54 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Better Public Services – or just round two of slash and burn? - by Denise Roche



    Today the Government released its vision for public sector reform. Prime Minister John Key has announced major reforms including the establishment of a super-ministry – the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – merging the Ministries of Economic Development, Science and innovation, the Department of Labour, and, somewhat strangely, the Department of Building and Housing. […] read more
    March 15, 2012 3:03 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Welfare Reform goes nanny goat gruff – Part 1 of many - by Jan Logie



    The Green Party believes in an inclusive society, active job creation and basic human rights for every New Zealander. We believe in times of fiscal restraint it is all the more important to value people and foster our points of commonality rather than differences. This may sound all very ‘herbal’ as one friend of mine […] read more
    February 28, 2012 12:20 pm - 15 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    A stingy and evidence-averse decision on the minimum wage - by Denise Roche



    As I predicted in my blog post last week, John Key’s Government has announced today what amounts to a nil increase in the minimum wage – a paltry increase of 50c an hour. The nominal increase is 3.8% – but at the same time the Consumer Price Index increased 4.6% in the year to September 2011 […] read more
    February 8, 2012 5:33 pm - 15 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Government stuck in the ‘80s on the minimum wage - by Denise Roche



    Sometime around now, Cabinet will be undertaking its annual review of the minimum wage, which currently stands at a lowly $13 an hour. My bet is that we will see another effective nil increase, with the minimum wage being adjusted upwards no more than the level of inflation over the past year. That would be […] read more
    January 31, 2012 1:19 pm - 61 Comments
  • frog

    John Key’s new Cabinet announced - by frog



    Prime Minister John Key announced his new Cabinet this morning. The line-up is pretty predictable, but some of the portfolio allocations and rankings are interesting: The big winners are Steven Joyce and Hekia Parata, moving up 10 and 13 places respectively in the Cabinet ranking. Parata replaces Anne Tolley as Minister of Education. Paula Bennett’s […] read more
    December 12, 2011 1:02 pm - 10 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    National’s war on the poor - by Catherine Delahunty



    This afternoon John Key and Paula Bennett announced the National Party’s long-heralded welfare reform package.  As I expected, it is a punitive war on the poor that will harass beneficiaries into low paid jobs, or in many cases off benefit and into no job at all because the jobs simply don’t exist.  Metiria says National is backing […] read more
    November 1, 2011 5:34 pm - 75 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Kaimoana, Motiti, and the oil - by Metiria Turei



    Yesterday I was on Motiti Island, where the hapu have borne the brunt of the oil and debris from the grounded Rena. You can clearly see the Rena really from the coast. The hapu are extremely well organised with clean-up crews. They have all the protective gear and they are sending teams out every day. […] read more
    October 19, 2011 1:31 pm - 14 Comments
  • Sue Kedgley

    PM averse to public service radio - by Sue Kedgley



    The Prime Minister is becoming increasingly picky about who he will speak to in the media. While happily fronting a weekly slot on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme, and on Radio Sports, and a one hour special on Radio Live, he has refused virtually all requests for interviews on Radio New Zealand. He has declined 174 requests […] read more
    October 5, 2011 2:14 pm - 22 Comments
  • frog

    “National will not be raising GST” – 1st anniversary edition - by frog



    Celebrate the 1st anniversary of National breaking its 2008 election promise to not raise GST by making a commitment to vote for a Party you can trust – the Greens. read more
    October 1, 2011 5:49 pm - 12 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Calls to Free West Papua at the Pacific Forum - by Catherine Delahunty



    Genocide is not a word to be used lightly but for the last forty years West Papua has been the dirty secret of the Melanesian Pacific. read more
    September 8, 2011 11:21 am - 6 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Welfare changes: private profit and political posturing - by Catherine Delahunty



    Did I miss something? Did the Prime Minister say he was going to work with the business and community sectors to create jobs at a living wage for the 27 percent of young people with no jobs? No. But he did promise to privitise the management of youth benefits for profit via a food stamps system. read more
    August 15, 2011 2:05 pm - 24 Comments
  • frog

    John Key is wrong on Green plan to end child poverty - by frog



    On Wednesday Green Co-Leader Metiria Turei launched the Green Party’s plan to bring 100,000 children out of poverty within three years. John Key poured cold water on both the Working for Families and minimum wage proposals contained in the package. But he is wrong on both counts. read more
    August 5, 2011 10:54 am - 24 Comments
  • frog

    John Key scared to debate - by frog



    Russel questions John Key on why he will go on lightweight shows like the Letterman show and the Tony Veitch show,  but refuses to go on Morning Report , Campbell Live or particpate in an all-party leaders debate where he could face tough questions.  read more
    August 3, 2011 5:06 pm - 14 Comments
  • Keith Locke

    More information needed on spy story - by Keith Locke



    It’s good that the PM finally backed down on his position that he couldn’t say anything about whether Mossad spies had been operating in New Zealand, for “national security” reasons. Pressure from the Greens, Labour and the media certainly helped the PM shift his stance. However, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. The […] read more
    July 21, 2011 11:57 am - 2 Comments