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Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:06 pm
by fishandchips
Nine years as a Prime Minister is an accomplishment for Ms. Clark. We'll see how the new governing party will respond to issues affecting New Zealanders, even when they own international firms abroad or do business with international companies.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:48 am
by yukon
Helen Clark takes foreign affairs post in Labour reshuffle

Phil Goff has been confirmed as the new Labour leader to replace Helen Clark. The unanimous decision was announced at a
press conference at the Beehive this afternoon following a meeting of the Labour caucus.

Annette King has been elected as deputy leader while David Cunliffe will be finance spokesman.

Outgoing Prime Minister Helen Clark has been named as foreign affairs spokeswoman.

Mr Goff said Labour would be a strong and effective Opposition.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:42 am
by deja vu
MPs start new jobs with an instant pay rise

A pay rise for MPs and ministers of between 3.8 per cent and 4.8 per cent has been confirmed this afternoon.

As forecast by the Herald this morning, Prime Minister John Key's salary rises from $375,000 a year to $393,000.

The annual pay increase awarded to members of Parliament was made public this afternoon after being decided
by the independent and low-profile Remuneration Authority.

MPs do not decide their own pay, but the issue has often been controversial - particularly in 2005, when the
authority decided to correct "slippage" in the rates and gave Helen Clark a 9.4 per cent rise.

This is not the time for a new government to be getting a pay raise, Cant see this going over well with the
voting public. They should have said no to this but we all know that never happens. Everyone is struggling to
make due and so should they. Im waiting to see if they give the Kiwis the We need to pull together, make ends
meet, we all have to make sacrifices speech. Meanwhile that same day they happily deposit they pay raises.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:50 am
by dreamon

Thanks to the New Zealand Herald

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:56 pm
by CielOnTap
Could be an apt commentary by any Commonwealth government only just now acknowledging the situation.

Want to see government leaders getting in public communication with their citizenry about any massive public works projects or economic development. No more doing on their own because they don't want public input, etc. Time to face the voters and get their input on all big money ideas.

Oh yes, expand unemployment benefits-programs and money given out. Allow anyone who has paid into the mandatory program to get access to it.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:59 pm
by yukon
Admired Helen Clark can hold her head high

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has won the Kiwi vote, gaining the title of Greatest Living New Zealander.

In a close race against Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata, Helen Clark edged out in front with 3163 votes - 25 per cent of the overall vote - while Corporal Apiata gained 21 per cent, with 2645 votes.

Helen Clark said the win was "a nice way to start the year", but was quick to deflect her success, acknowledging other worthy New Zealanders and rival Willie Apiata.

"I guess it's quite a hard ask asking who is the greatest living New Zealander - Sir Ed's gone and undoubtedly would have won any such poll conducted in his time." She said Willie Apiata's rating reflected people seeing the award of a Victoria Cross as something quite extraordinary.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:33 pm
by yukon
MP's door open for mob thug

Government Minister Paula Bennett looked after a violent gangster in her home while he awaited trial.

The man, Viliami Halaholo, has now been jailed for causing grievous bodily harm, but his girlfriend - Bennett's 21-year-old daughter Ana - visits him once a fortnight in Mt Eden Prison. Their daughter Tiara-Lee is aged 2.

Yesterday, Paula Bennett and the Prime Minister refused to say whether the Social Development Minister had disclosed her personal connections to the gang member in top-level security vettings.

Comforting to know that a minister in charge of sensitive information keeps such company. She should be removed for this one. This man is clearly trouble and she more than a passing connection to this man and the people he knows. A lot of questions to be answered and yet they put up the brick wall for now. Honesty would have been the best way to go, coverup opens the idea that they have something to hide.

When will they learn?

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:41 am
by reeceracer
Government and drug campaigner backing NZ law conference

The Government has found itself in the embarrassing position of jointly financing a $165,000 conference on drug policy with one of the world's leading advocates of decriminalising marijuana use.

Billionaire currency speculator George Soros' Open Society Institute has given $35,000 to this week's symposium, which will be attended by Government ministers, police and a judge and will examine New Zealand's drug laws.

Mr Soros is known for financing drug reform campaigns, and most recently backed a referendum in the American state of Massachusetts which decriminalised possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Someone did not do their homework. I wonder who the scapegoat will be for this error.

Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:20 pm
by deja vu


Re: New Zealand Politics

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:34 pm
by dragonfly
Former Kiwi PM lands top UN job

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark has been appointed the head of the United Nations Development Program.

Highly-placed sources have told the Trans-Tasman political newsletter that UN Secretary-General Ban Ky-Moon will confirm the appointment within the next few hours.

The post, to be taken up in August, is the third most senior UN role and would involve overseeing a $US5 billion ($7.5 billion) budget, which is mostly spent on programs in Africa.

Clark was Labour prime minister from 1999 until 2008 when she lost an election to the conservative National Party.